Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Public Service Announcement

As most of you know, I fell in love with a mineral makeup company called Glittersniffer Cosmetics. I'm coming to you all tonight with a heavy heart, but thankfully clear eyes, to inform you that I no longer support, endorse, or suggest the use of the pigments from this company. Lela Warren, owner and pigment mixer, has done some really terrible things, but seems to be a PR expert as you'll rarely see a negative comment on her fan page. I will list for you all my reasons for leaving.

1. She states that she is an all vegan company. This is a lie. Several of her pigments contain carmine which is a red powder derived from crushed up bugs. The nonvegan aspect doesn't bother me nearly as much as the fact that she claims to be a vegan company when she's not.

2. When the shit hit the fan in December and she closed the website, she made a list of  things she promised to do. Among the promises made were: selling only through the GS website, selling only what she had in stock (meaning no pre-orders on collections, sets, or pigments) She has gone back on her word on almost every single promise she made to her customers.

3. Starting in October of '10 she mixed up a few charity collections. The idea was that these collections would help raise money for several charities. A vote was held on the Facebook fanpage, and the fans chose the charities. The collections were released the first of November and were to be sold until December 24th when the money would be donated to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) , ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) , and TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms) This money was never donated.

4. The pigments are not made in a sanitary manner. She typically mixes the pigments in her kitchen, without gloves, with unwashed hands. That's right, she doesn't wash her hands before making a product that is going to go on your eyes. This would be a gross and unsanitary practice even if she weren't selling these items, but the fact that she sells them with who know what kind of contaminates is beyond gross.

There is much more that I can go into, but I'm going to leave it at this for now. More information can be found here, where the facts are presented in an impartial manner.

Edited to add: She knowingly sold unsafe pigments as safe for eyes makeup. This did not happen just once, but over the course of YEARS. There was a certain collection I own that I knew was not eye approved when I got it, but I am talking about regular pinks, and a CHILD'S makeup collection.

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