Good news, everyone: Urban Decay says it will remain cruelty-free  »

Thanks, peta2, for contacting Urban Decay and demanding answers following last week’s announcement that L’Oréal had bought the beloved cruelty-free cosmetics company. Peta2 reports that Urban Decay has “assured PETA in writing that its animal testing policy will not change.”

Are you relieved? I am really relieved. Also super-happy to have an excuse to post a photo of happy bunnies. Cosmetic animal testing is for the jerkiest jerks.

[Photo by Mark Philpott via Flickr]


Pro or con: L’Oréal buys Urban Decay  »

Vegansaurus loves makeup, though we of course only support vegan makeup companies, because duh. Urban Decay makes vegan makeup that is high quality and totally gorgeous;  wearing it makes you look and feel fantastic, for reasons both superficial and profound.

Today, however, devilish old L’Oréal announced that it has acquired Urban Decay. Now, Urban Decay has been owned by luxury brands LVMH and the Falic Group, before being sold to a private equity fund, so it’s not like it’s been sitting alone on a pedestal making sparkly vegan eyeshadow since 1996. And L’Oréal did partner with the U.S. EPA earlier this year to work on eliminating animal testing, however hard you have to side-eye the world’s biggest cosmetics conglomerate promising no more bunny torture to make mascara.

Companies need capital to keep going. We want Urban Decay to continue to produce its wonderful products, create new ones, and make us all pretty without harming animals. A notoriously wicked parent company doesn’t mean all the brands under its umbrella will be wicked, too. What do you think? Will you still buy Urban Decay? Could this push L’Oréal toward ending its animal-cruelty practices sooner? That’d be the best outcome, but how realistic is it?


Rock the VEGAN lips for International Women’s Day  »

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day! Hurrah! How will you be celebrating? The home site for the day has lots of events and information you can check out. Another campaign going around for International Women’s Day is Rock the Lips. Have you heard about it? You can read about it in the Washington Post, they have a nice discussion and some background. Basically, we are all supposed to wear red lipstick tomorrow to celebrate women. 

I’m not sure what this will accomplish but I do imagine you’ll get to knowingly wink at other women wearing red lipstick and if there’s anything I love doing, it’s knowingly winking.

If you are planning on participating in Rock the Lips, I say you rock VEGAN lips! There are many vegan-friendly brands of lipstick but as the event is tomorrow, I think your best bet is to take your ass to Sephora or Ulta and purchase Urban Decay’s lipstick in Revolution. I haven’t tried this particular color but I love Urban Decay and this lipstick is vegan. It’s also hella red! Hurrah!

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