Sunday, 23 February 2020

Bag parade

✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯

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"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."

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With shoes, bags and other accessories you can change any outfit. The same dress can be worn with high heels, simple jewellery and a clutch, perfect for a night out, but also with sneakers and a small backpack for a trip. By choosing the right accessories you can create different looks from the same outfit. But have you ever thought about how many types of bags you can tell the difference? Backpack, briefcase, clutch, cross-body bag, envelope bag, tote bag or wristlet are just a few of them. But do you know the difference between the terms, or is it just one bag in different sizes?

Backpack is, I think relatively obvious what it is. Of course it is a bag that is carried over the shoulders with the help of two straps. Traditionally, they are quite big, primarily for students and travellers, but they are also available in smaller sizes for everyday use. Tote bags are very common among women. They are large rectangular bags, with or without closure. Cross-body bags are also very popular. They are, as the name suggests, carried with a strap that is looped over one shoulder and crosses the body diagonally. The briefcase is a hard, rectangular, box-shaped bag with a small handle and last but not least a clutch is a small, hand-held evening bag with or without a strap. 

The above pieces have been selected from the website of Baginning, where you can buy different types of bags in a variety of colours. Handbags, such as satchels and clutch, or shoulder bags, backpacks, but also wallets. You can also find waist bags and genuine leather handbags in their webshop.

Check out the genuine leather handbags here...

... the waist bags here...
... and the satchel bags here.

Do you have many or only a few bags? Which type is your favourite? Are you open to choose the colours or more for black? As always, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Lots of love,

Monday, 10 February 2020

Nail polishes

✯ Hello Shiny Stars! ✯

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"Keep calm and paint your nails."

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As I mentioned in my „Nail art” post, nail polish originates from the early times, 3000 before Christ, from China. The original ingredients included beeswax, egg whites, gelatine and vegetable dyes, which then changed over time and the mixture underwent a major transformation. The first nail polish that we can call modern was invented inspired by automobile paints, and a colourless version was introduced in 1916.
Today, several companies offer nail polishes, but some of the most popular nail polish brands are not cruelty-free. This is mainly because they choose to sell their products in China, where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics. Since these brands do not want to lose such a large market, they are part of animal testing in this country and we can only call a nail polish cruelty-free if it is not tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Rimmel London is one of those brands that is not completely cruelty-free at the moment. They do not test their products on animals and have committed themselves to ending animal testing throughout industry, but they import into countries where governments require finished products to be tested on animals. On the good point, they are involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities to find alternatives to animal testing. But however they are committed, we still cannot consider the brand to be cruelty-free.

On the other hand, Barry M and Zoya are vegan and cruelty-free, and Nails Inc has created its Nail Pure collection in a way that it is „10 free”. It is free from parabens and chemicals, cruelty-free and vegan.
Cruelty-free means that the brand does not test neither its finished products nor its ingredients on animals, and that they do not sell their products in countries where animal testing is required by law.

Do you know about your favourite nail polishes, whether they are cruelty-free? Is it important for you to choose a product accordingly? In your opinion, is it acceptable from a brand not to test their products on animals but to export to a country that does? I look forward to reading your comments.

Lots of love,