Je t’aime – “I love you” or “I love this” in French

I opened up this blog to talk about my current interests and hobbies; basically anything I currently love (hence the name, Je t’aime). I tend to go through phases of what I like, which I’m sure most people do, so I want to leave the topics on here open to whatever I am interested at the moment. For the most part my posts are related to cruelty-free makeup and skincare.

My topics are motivated solely on the mood I’m in and what I want to blog about. I do not get paid or sponsored to write reviews and all products I mention on this blog are purchased by myself or given to me as gifts from people in my life and never from companies. I do not have this blog for popularity or to make money, which is why I don’t have ads. This is purely for fun and to offer my experiences to others who may find interest in them.

I decided to go cruelty-free in 2011 after learning that animal testing was still very prevalent in the cosmetic industry. I was under the false assumption that it was a thing of the past and felt very guilty for buying products that caused harm to animals. I began educating myself and found that many resources online were provided conflicting information. So I started contacting companies directly and decided to start posting their responses on here for others to read and make up their own minds.

∗ I’m Canadian, currently residing in Toronto ♥
∗ I’m petite, standing at 5′
∗ I try my best to be as environmentally conscious with my decisions as possible
∗ I care about animals and try to only buy cruelty-free products

Beauty Details
∗ I have dry skin, and often have flaky patches on my cheeks and forehead
∗ I have a medium shade of brown skin with a yellow undertone
∗ I use an orange corrector for my dark circles (see here and here)

I am the following shades in various foundations/tinted moisturizers:
∗ Josie Maran Matchmaker Serum Foundation – Medium Dark [read review]
M.A.C Studio Fix – NC35
∗ Marcelle Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer – Bronze Soleil [read review]
Mary Kay Timewise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation – Beige 8 [read review] †
∗ NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – Syracuse (Medium-dark 1) [read review]
Revlon ColorStay Foundation (Normal/Dry Skin) – 330 Natural Tan
∗ Tarte Recreate Anti-Wrinkle Foundation – Medium [read review]
∗ Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm in Nude Glow [read review]
∗ Vasanti’s Liquid Cover Up Oil-Free Foundation – V8 [read review]

†I no longer use these products because their companies are no longer cruelty-free

Email: hotashi.jetaime@gmail.com
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  1. Hi Hotashi,

    Thanks for making such a great web site. I will only use cruelty free products too, and I’m finding it very upsetting that my favourite once cruelty free brands are now testing in China.

    You know what is frustrating? When a cruelty free company, like Korres, is joined with Johnson and Johnson, or Laura Mercier is joined with Estée Lauder. Burt’s Bees with Clorox. What do you think about this? I really like Korres, but I don’t like Johnson and Johnson.

    It’s also hard to find out one consistent answer on if they are tested or not. PETA says yes, Leaping Bunny says no, some blogs say yes. AArrgh. What do you do when this happens?

    My question to you is about Art Deco cosmetics. I’m here in Toronto too, and I’m wondering if you can please tell me the location of the Shoppers DM you found them at? Thanks so much.

    Your T dot friend in animals. Jane

  2. Hi Jane,
    Thanks for stopping by. I agree, it’s very frustrating when cruelty-free companies are bought out or partner with companies that test on animals. I wrote a post on this earlier on this topic here.

    I actually saw the Artdeco cosmetics in a Shoppers Drug Mart in Brampton. I have yet to see it at a location in Toronto, but I tend to frequent only one or two locations so they might be stocked in many locations and I just don’t know about them.

  3. Hey girl! Came across your blog and have been reading through it and pinning and LOVING it ever since! Thank you for all your reviews from a CANADIAN perspective! Wow has it every helped me (especially the Modcloth reviews and others like it) with my online shopping.

    Wanted to share my great experience with a website called eshakti.com – have you ever ordered from there? … just a suggestion for shopping and a review!


    • Hi Martine. Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying my posts. I haven’t head of eshakti but I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. I love the look of ArtDeco products and I emailed them recently cause I saw the new Dita Von Tees makeup line! I messaged to their official German facebook and their International and they said they are cruelty free since 1985 something like that and are against animal testing! However my friends aunt is thier supplier in “CHINA” so I am skeptical! I’m getting a reply from my friend soon!

    By the way really love that you put all those emails from different companies on your blog! Very informative! :) keep up the good work!

    Bwe the Promoter x

    • Hi Ann. Please do share the info when you find out. By the way, I’ve heard that Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China have different laws about the cosmetic industry. Supposedly only China required animal testing to prove product saftey and Hong Kong doesn’t. I still need to do more research about it but keep that in mind when your friend asks their aunt.

      • Yes it is true! Hong Kong and China’s requirements are different but my friend told me Art Deco is sold in Shanghai so yep that means they test! My friend also told they do test. It’s the law. So sad.

        Hotashi I’d like to email you about an interview section I have on my blog :) would you be interested?

        • Hi Ann. Thanks for the update. I found a site talking about their Shanghai location so I’ll be posting about this soon.

  5. Thank you for this blog. I really care about animals and I want to use cruelty free products, not easy to cind, especially hair products. You mentioned urban decay but they belong to l’oreal now, so back to animal testing. Canada shoud ban imports and sales of animal tested products and ingredients like the European union, what can be done?

    • Hi Karima. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like my blog. You’re right, Urban Decay is now owned by L’Oreal (I had blogged about it when it happened) and I no longer purchase their products. I agree, Canada should ban animal testing on cosmetics and consumers need to let Health Canada know that animal testing for cosmetics is unnecessary and not acceptable.

  6. Just discovered your blog and I love it – I’m brown and Canadian too – we have around the same skincolour and eyecolour, so it’s great to see reviews and looks from you that I can totally relate to!

    Looking forward to reading and commenting on your posts!

  7. Hello! I am a make-up artist and SO thrilled I found your page! Big Cover FX fan (if you haven’t tried their products, you must! Their brushes are vegan as well.)
    I was wondering if you have done any research into Etival? Available at Shopper’s. I only found one review and she claimed they were cruelty-free. I work as a cosmetician/esthetician and would like to know if they are cruelty free as I always tell customers and clients if the products are cruelty free or not. Thank You

    PS you are my first *favourite* page on my new laptop

    • Hi Kayla. Thanks so much for your comment. It made me so happy! :)

      I haven’t researched on Etival, but I’ll look into them. As for Cover FX, I haven’t tried their products but I was looking at them today while browsing through SDM. I might give them a try.

  8. Thanks for all you do and your research. Your blog is very informative and a pleasure to read.

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