Monday, November 26, 2012

L'Oreal Buys Urban Decay and... I just don't have anything left

Maybe you've heard this news.  As a gal committed to her vegan makeup collection, I find this super-disappointing and ultimately rather depressing.  Makes me feel like I don't even want to write a beauty blog anymore (what's the point, if practically all the makeup companies are owned by one or two BIG companies that test on animals? I don't want to promote them, even in my microscopic corner of the internet).
I'm still a big fan of Too Faced, and independent companies like Lime Crime and Fyrinnae.
I get tons of my basics from ELF, which is both affordable and of decent quality.
I guess all I'm trying to say is I really appreciate all of you guys and the support you've given my little bloggie for over a year, and I'll enjoy your blogs whether you're into cruelty-free only or not... but I'm feeling like I don't really want to blog anymore myself.  I've always bought everything for this blog with my own money, and I just don't know if I can generate a decent number of posts when I only use a few brands.
Anyway, <3 you guys.  This might be good-bye.
Sarah S.

20 comments:

  1. Aw NO Sarah :( Stick with it, your blog is a really lovely place and so many people enjoy it. Just because Urban Decay sucks and decideds to do dumb things, don't let that stop you from blogging. Their are still TONS of products/brands that are vegan, and things you can still enjoy. I personally could probably live off of Fyrinnae ;) I'm serious Sarah, I love your blog - don't give up on it. It's obviously your decision, but I would stick with it. Don't let UD being stupid ruin your blog. You could still post about a ton of stuff, reviews on the products you own that are vegan, FOTD's, EOTD's, and even more lifestyle posts like about your baby. Don't give up Sarah! :(

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  2. Aww, Aly, thank you :) You're such a good friend. I hope I can find my mojo again.

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    1. Have you seen Phyrra's post? UD told her they would stay CF, but I'm not sure how that would even happen if they were owned by LOreal. Now I'm just confused.

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    2. Yeah, similar to The Body Shop. It depends where the shopper draws the line. I admit I still have bought *some* things from The Body Shop, but it's definitely not a "go-to" place for me. UD was definitely a go-to brand for me but that won't be the case if their parent company isn't cruelty-free. If they uphold the individual company's stance like The Body Shop, I might get something from them here and there (not totally boycott) but I will buy significantly less. In fact, I'm returning my unused Naked foundation today (in part because I never used it, but mostly because I'd rather seek out a completely CF & vegan alternative for when I do start using foundation regularly again).

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  3. I hope you can find your mojo again too. I think not blogging about UD might make you stand out more actually. There have been so many posts about UD in my feeds lately I just go right on by. It's like "Oh look another Vice palette.. oh look more about Naked basics."

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    1. Thanks, Lori Ann. I don't often bother to review UD products for that reason, but I use them in looks so often :-/

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  4. :( We need your voice! Don't go.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Aww, thank you, Jessica! I think I need to figure out what I really want my blog focus to be.

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  5. ah Sarah, i understand how upsetting this could be for you.
    i was upset when l'oreal bought essie and i started seeing essie retail bottles and l'oreal polishes with identical colors..
    but i wish you would still blog occasionally.
    :)

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    1. Thank you, Lena. That's a good point about essie. I really hope UD doesn't lose quality and uniqueness, and of course that they will be allowed to remain truly cruelty-free.

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  6. Aww this makes me sad Sarah! I am also so so upset with this decision. I feel well and truly sold out by Urban Decay (I never ever use Loreal products because they are the number 1 culprits for animal testing). Although I do use products that test on animals, I try and stay away from Loreal and now one of my personal favourite brands, Urban Decay are going against everything they have ever stood for. Just shows how in business, promises and standards mean absolutely nothing when money is involved. Anyways gone off on such a tangent but ANYWAYS, don't let this stop you. There are a tonne of indie brands out there, you could turn that into your niche? :)

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    1. Hi Marvelle, thanks for commiserating with me. I understand your stance, too - if a company will admit it tests on animals at least we don't feel led on or lied to. UD just seems to claim one thing and then do another, and I like to feel like I can *trust* a company if I'm putting their products on my face, LOL. Maybe this will turn into a Lime Crime/Sugar Pill blog ^.^ once I have some time to do colorful eye looks again... that'd be great <3

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  7. Oh no :( I love your blog and I would be sad to see you go! But I can understand your point. I admit that although I prefer Cruelty Free products, I am not dedicated to buying only Vegan products. But for you, this is a huge deal. And if I was in your position, I would be very discouraged too. I think if I was indeed in your position, I would stick to awesome Vegan indie brands. :D In the end, it is always your choice. I will support your decision no matter what :)

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    1. Thanks, Nancy :) I'm really grateful for blogs like yours that feature indie brands with lots of vegan options (and I love the ideas you give on how to use them in looks, too!).

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  8. WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!? I never knew about that! Why do they ALWAYS have to ruin EVERYTHING?! Makes me so, SO MAD! I personally still buys from cruelty-free companies like The Body Shop and Burt's Bees even though they are owned by companies who test, but I understand that a portion of the sale goes to that bad parent company. I found Urban Decay’s response on Temotalia's website: ”Though our ownership is changing, our policies are not. We just spoke to both the CCIC and PETA, and will keep our cruelty-free bunny icons. Urban Decay is staying cruelty-free and proud.”

    Aw and please don't stop blogging! I find there are very few cruelty-free bloggers out there, and you are one of my favorite ):

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    1. Hi Gaby, thank you :) I think I'm just going to buy much less from them, and always seek an alternative first... it's just sort of a hassle!

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  9. I hope you do stick around in the blogsphere, i admire your strong principles and ethics when it comes to animal testing with cosmetics. It is a shame!

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    1. Thanks, Nic Nic, that means a lot to me :)

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  10. Hey lady, I was just thinking about you and thought I'd say hi! Hope all is well with your soon-to-be new addition, too. :) xox

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Actually my little one was born 12/28, and it's been a crazy time just with visiting relatives and taking care of her. I'm glad to see you're back, too ~ going to check out your blog :)

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