By Terry

About a year ago I fell in love with the brand “By Terry.” Everything smells like roses (always a bonus in my eyes… or nose…), everything is beautiful. By Terry brought out a perfume line last year, and it only recently became available in Australia. I discovered one which I just adore, it’s called “Reve Opulent.”


It’s your typical sweet, floral perfume in a way (“hyacinth, rose, floral notes”), but with a softness and fresh youthfulness to it that makes me think of smiles and faded pink and summer day picnics (I’m not romantic at all…). But that’s just me! I definitely want to buy it.

However, of course, my main concern is whether or not it is tested on animals. So I sent an email directly to By Terry to find out what their stance was. This was the email I sent:

“Hi there,

I really love By Terry products, especially your perfumes and eye shadows. However I want to be fully informed about the products I am buying so would really appreciate it if you could answer some of my questions about animal testing:

1) Do you test ingredients or finished products on animals?
2) Do you use third parties to test ingredients or finished products on animals?
3) Do you sell your products in countries such as China (or others) where animal testing is required by law?

Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

And their reply was:

“Dear Madam,

We thank you for your interest in the brand BY TERRY.
Following your email, we are pleased to inform you that the brand BY TERRY does not test its products on animals both in design and in the finished product.
Moreover, our products are distributed only in Hong Kong which is not subject to Chinese regulations on cosmetics.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.


Sophie Martin
Customer Service”

So it looks like good news (apart from the fact that it took them a month to reply)! What do you guys think? Is it safe? Should I buy the perfume?



Hi again!

Sorry I’ve been kind of missing for a while. University has been a bit hectic so I’ve been avoiding the internet for a bit, and also avoiding shopping (as far as I can…)!

I LOVE Illamasqua, the make up brand. They make the only foundation that is the right shade for my skin (pretty much one shade off white! Damn my pastey-ness) and make really great eye shadows. So of course one of my concerns was that they do animal testing, as I really don’t want to give up this brand!

Luckily!!! it looks like they are fine! I sent them an email a while ago, asking some specific questions about animal testing, and they answered all my questions.

I said:

Hi there, I love Illamasqua products, especially your foundations and eye shadows. However I want to be fully informed about products that I buy, and would really appreciate it if you could answer my questions about animal testing. I have read your FAQ but wanted to double check everything. 1. Do you test your ingredients or final products on animals? 2. Do you buy ingredients from third parties who conduct animal testing? 3. Do you use third parties to conduct animal testing on your ingredients or final products? 4. Do you sell your products in countries such as China, who require animal testing by law? Thank you so much for your help! 🙂 Liane

And they replied with:

Hi there,

Thanks for your email. We can confirm that Illamasqua does NOT test on animals, we do not have any parent or subsidiary companies and we do not contract any third parties to test our products or ingredients on animals. 

Our brushes are all cruelty free, synthetic fibres.

We ship to China but do not have any stores or concessions there.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards and thank you for your support of our brand,

Customer Services
Illamasqua Ltd

6-8 Amwell Street, London, EC1R 1UQ

So it looks like it’s alright! Another blog, veggie beauty, confirmed this a while ago, but I wanted to double check myself. I do not know whether Illamasqua is vegan-friendly though. I will look into this.

So yay!! Illamasqua eyeshadow review coming up soon!!!

Until then, all the best!


The Aesop Journey Continues…

So… I went back to Aesop!

Satisfied with the hand cream samples I was given last time I went there, I decided to go and purchase it!

The hand cream I chose was the “Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm.” There are two available; this one, and the “Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm.”

The Resurrection smells citrus-y and lavender-y, to me smelling fresh and fruity/floral. It comes in three different sizes, 75mL for $29 AUD (in an aluminium tube), 125mL for $37 AUD (in a small glass jar), and 500mL for $103 AUD (in a large plastic pump bottle). I bought the 125mL jar because I can carry it around with me, it’s a nice size and the jar protects the product very well. I’ve always had an issue with aluminium tubes because as soon as they get pressed by something, the product unstoppably shoots out when you take the lid off. The big bottle is not practical for me as I need a hand cream on me all the time.


120mL glass jar

The product itself feels very light and creamy, it spreads easily, and leaves my hands feeling soft and… well… kind of normal! In the winter my hands get so dehydrated (despite drinking enough water), and I long for the summer months when my palms sweat and my hands feel normal again. This hand cream leaves a very close effect – closer than I have experienced with other hand creams! It lasts a fair while as well, I found myself using it less than other hand creams I have used in the past. My hands also feel softer and smoother – and after only a few days of use.

The cream on my hand

The cream on my hand


The cream inside the jar – it moved around from being in my bag, it’s not a weird mixture or anything!

The Reverence hand balm comes in only two sizes – the 75mL aluminium tube at $29 AUD, and the 500mL pump bottle at $103 AUD. I’m not sure why this is, perhaps the Resurrection cream is slightly more popular? I don’t know! But this doesn’t matter for me since I do not like the scent of this one. It is supposed to smell woody and earthy with citrus, but to me it just smells… gross (sorry!). Definitely go and smell it yourself, but it’s not a scent I like. I think this balm is also supposed to be for extremely dry hands (with cracking), as the cream is much thicker.

My hand balm with the samples I was given

My hand balm with the samples I was given

The sales assistant (a different one this time) was more helpful and also gave me heaps of samples, which is great! These are:

– B & Tea Balancing Toner
– Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque
– Fabulous Face Cleanser
– Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

I’m looking forward to trying all of these out and seeing what happens!

So my final verdict on the hand cream:

I really like it. It makes my hands smooth and soft and lasts quite a while. My hands feel hydrated when I use it. I love the brand Aesop for its ethical stance. The product smells lovely!

Any questions or suggestions? Please leave a comment!!

Until next time,

Liane 🙂

Cruelty-Free Products Pledge

So I have made a pledge to myself:

I will never again buy cosmetics, beauty products, hygiene products, etc that have been tested on animals or harmed animals in anyway*.

This blog will be a record of my search for great beauty products that are cruelty-free… possibly with a little bit of fashion along the way! (Who can resist a beautiful bag?)

* I do not consider the use of animal by-products to be harmful or cruel to animals, eg lanolin, beeswax. While I do try to buy vegan products, it’s not always possible. And while I do support vegans and vegan ideas, I am not a vegan myself.