The first test is for eye irritations, or Draize test, in which shampoos and cosmetics are put into rabbit’s eyes, which are fastened, open. The chemical causes blistering, swelling and blindness. The pain often becomes so intense that the rabbit breaks its back trying to get away from it.
The second test is the skin irritation test in which the test animal has an area of its back stripped of fur and the test product repeatedly rubbed into the bare skin causing rash, pain and swelling.
The third test is the LD/50 test (Lethal dose - 50% die). In this test cosmetics are force fed to test animals to determine the amount necessary to cause 50% of them to die in severe agony from such things as organ blockage, toxic reaction, and convulsions.
Fourth is the inhalation test. In this test, animals are sprayed repeatedly in the face for a 2-1/2 hour period, and then killed and their tissues examined.
I grew up in Chicago, IL. Here, I attended art school at Columbia College of Chicago majoring in fashion design and fashion runway production. After leaving Columbia, I went on to get my makeup artist license and my cosmetology license at AIC (Aveda Institute of Chicago), where although my love for hair cutting and styling wasn't apparent, my love my nails was. Since moving to Hollywood, California in the summer of 2010, I've since created a network of models and become friends with people in the entertainment industry. Doing my own nails, and nails of friends with expertise designs and pictures using small tools, or Konad Nail Stamping (www.konadusa.com), I've come to learn that it really is what I have a passion for. I would like to take this to the next level by showcasing my photos in a portfolio here in hopes that other people will become interested in my work.