Moving Towards Cruelty Free Beauty

Wet n Wild Color Icon Contouring Palette

Hey yall hey!

So I’ve been thinking about moving towards purchasing only cruelty free beauty and skin care products ever since I saw this video here. With all of the technology we have available to us these days I don’t see any reason why a company would need to test a product on an animal. I guess it’s not something I’ve really thought about before but after watching that video I did a quick online search for a list of companies that test on animals (here is a great one I found). I was honestly blown away by how many major companies test on animals. So many of the products I own come from companies that think it’s ok to put these chemicals on sweet little critters. That just floored me.

If you took a few minutes and watched the video I linked above then you know how incredibly strong Christine is, removing all of the animal tested products from her collection. I don’t quite have that level of strength, at least not at this moment in time. I want to move towards have a cruelty free beauty routine, but I can’t bring myself to give away everything I already own. The solution I’ve come to is to continue to use and slowly finish up everything I already own. I’ve already given my money to those companies and it’s not like they are going to give it back to me so I might as well use what I’ve purchased. Additionally I don’t have the financial means to replace all of the products from animal testing companies all at once. Since I am already working on using up a lot of my makeup I figured now is an awesome time to give that goal even more focus and work on using up all of the products that aren’t cruelty free.

I haven’t been making many beauty purchases recently, but as certain products need replenishing I will only be buying from cruelty free companies. There are plenty of awesome, reputable companies that don’t test on animals so I’m sure I won’t have any trouble finding suitable replacements for most things I already own. The only item that makes me nervous is concealer. My Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is only product I own that I would give “holy grail” status to, but I’m sure there must be a great replacement out there somewhere. This gives me an excuse to get lots of samples at Sephora!

I’m definitely not aiming for living a completely cruelty free life. I have a few leather items and some poultry and fish. Perfection is not my goal, but I don’t see any reason for vanity, luxury items like makeup to be tested on animals. There’s a huge back log of data and research on many products we use today. I just can’t wrap my head around why companies are still doing this.

So, going forward there are a few things you can expect to see from me. First of all, you won’t be seeing much beauty hauling since I am trying to use up a lot of my stash. Secondly, when there is hauling of beauty items those items will be cruelty free. And thirdly, you’ll hopefully be seeing plenty of those items from animal-testing companies in my future empties videos.

I’m excited to get started on this journey, but I am a bit intimidated by the sheer amount of makeup I’ve accumulated. Even before deciding to move towards cruelty free products I had stopped buying makeup for a few months now. I just couldn’t keep spending my money on makeup when I have so much. My biggest offence for sure was lipstick. I honestly don’t even want to count how many lipsticks I have because I know the number will be embarrassing. I’m not giving up though.

How do yall feel about companies testing on animals?

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My Current Hair Care Routine

My Current Hair Care Routine

Hey yall hey!

Today I wanted to share with yall my current hair care routine. These are just the products I use in the shower because all of my styling products are exactly the same as the last time I share a hair care routine – It’s a 10 and Lush R & B.

For shampoo and conditioner I’m currently using exclusively Bain de Terre products. I absolutely love how gentle that brand is on my dry, curly, easily damaged hair. It doens’t really matter which line of their products I use. I’ve found all of them work really well and are quite nourishing. Another awesome thing about the Bain de Terre line is that the liter bottle of product can be found at Marshalls and TJ Maxx for just $10, which is just over half off the normal retail price.

I keep within the discount diva theme with my deep conditioner as well. I usually just pick out one that seems nice from the hair aile at Marshalls, which is how where I bought the Theorie Green Tea Hair Mask show above. I would really love to try the Carol’s Daught deep conditioners but I just haven’t worked up the nerve to fork out the cash for them just yet.

Last time I talked about The Wet Brush I mentioned I still had to use my traditonal stiff bristle brush from time to time to brush out all the knots. I’m proud to say I’ve fully converted over to The Wet Brush now. There is definitely a learning curve involved with using The Wet Brush on curly, knot-prone hair, but I can definitely see why it’s such a better brush. My hairs in much better health since I’ve stopped using my stiff bristle brush.

The only other hair products I have hanging around are dry shampoo and hair spray. I have two mini cans of dry shampoo that came in subscription boxes but I really don’t know what to do with them. I never use dry shampoo. My hair just doesn’t need it. I have a Tresemme hair spray I’m working on using up and likely would not repurchase. I really like the Marc Anthony hair spray and the full size bottle is only $8.99. I think I can handle that price. I’d actually like to try other products in his line since I love the hairspray so much.

What hair products are in your current rotation?

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Naked Nails

Naked Nails

You guys haven’t seen or heard much in the way of nail polish from me for quite some time. I’ll usually Instagram my mani or mention a favorite nail polish, but not so much as of late and here is why. I took a break from nail polish. Winter in Baltimore got super cold and dry, my hands were a mess, and the very last thing I wanted to do was scrub at my fingers with polish remover. Thus I’ve been rocking the naked nails for a few weeks and smothering them in hand cream.

It felt pretty strange at first not having nail polish on. Before this break I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t have my nails painted. Nail polish had pretty much become something I never thought about but always had on. I’m not sure if I’m conveying this thought correctly with the words coming to my mind right now, but essentially my nail polish was just like my underwear – it was always on. I know many women who never wear nail polish and it’s not like they look any less polished or professional, but for some reason I always felt like I had missed a step in my routine if the nails were naked.

So, not only was the nail polish break exceptionally wonderful for my nails and hands, but it was also a great mental exercise in breaking these silly standards I’ve come to hold myself to. No one is going to notice if I don’t paint my nails besides myself because it isn’t a big deal. It’s a small life lesson, but certainly one I needed. I feel like we all get caught up on silly little things that we think we absolutely need to do or the world will end but let’s be real, the world will keep spinning.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation Review

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation

Hello my friends! Today I wanted to talk about the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation. It’s been out for a while but I haven’t been able to really sit down and type a post about it until now.

So lets talk about the buying process since that comes before the application process. The color range is incredibly minimal. I purchases shade 101 Classic Ivory, which is just about right for my fall/winter skin (which, let’s be real, isn’t that different from my spring/summer skin). There are no options for those paler than me, there’s not much selection for dark skin, and since the shade range is small there is obviously little chance to mess around with undertones.

I love the packaging this foundation comes in. This flatter squeeze tube design is hygienic and great for getting every drop of product out. The texture has a good grip to it so you won’t drop the bottle mid-squeeze. The tube is a great design and I’m glad to see several companies moving towards this design.

There are several claims written on this foundation tube so let me list them out to y’all:

~ Demi-matte finish
~ 24 hour wear
~ Medium coverage
~ Air-light texture
~ Oil control
~ Never dull, never flat

That’s a lot of very definitively laid out claims so lets talk about them. Here is my before picture.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation

And here is the after photo.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24Hr Foundation

I would say this is definitely medium coverage. Demi-matte, never dull, never flat? No. This actually gives me a super matte finish to the point where it looks chalky. It takes a lot of work to make this look nice on the skin. The texture is very light. I definitely don’t feel it on my skin. I can’t say that this product controls oil, but my skin doesn’t get shiny. Instead I find that the oil on my nose just breaks down the product, almost like the oil is eating the foundation up if that makes any sense. And thus that leads to the final point, this product does not last for 24 hours. That’s a ridiculous claim. Maybe if you sat still for 24 hours and did absolutely nothing but breathe, but in everyday normal wear this will last you most of the day. At the end of the day this is going to be worn away a bit just like most other foundations.

So, how do I really feel about this foundation? Honestly, I’m a bit torn. I don’t think this is the best match for me. On the other hand, I think this could be a great foundation for someone with very oily skin who really craves that matte finish. The ingredients aren’t terrible and while the claims aren’t fully lived up to I wouldn’t say this product is a fail either. If you have dry skin I would skip this foundation altogether. And if you are like me with combination/normal skin then I would approach this foundation with caution. You can make it work, but it takes some elbow grease (or 2 rounds of Fix +).

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Rimmel Provocalips 16Hr Kissproof Lip Colour Review

Happy Valentine’s Day my loves! Today I want to talk to yall about my initial opinions on the Rimmel Provocalips 16Hr Kissproof Lip Color. I only have two colors so I can’t speak to the quality of the whole line, but from the two I have I can say I’m a bit torn.

I'll Call You

The above color is I’ll Call You. It’s a gorgeous deep rose pink. This color gave me everything that the product promises. It’s super pigmented , beautiful, and lasts all damn day. Literally I put this on around 7AM and had to use oil to work it off around 6PM. This stuff stays put and looks amazing all day long. I had an amazing experience with this color.

Dare To Be Pink

This color is Dare to be Pink. My first thought is this color is so not pink, at least not on me. It’s very much a peachy tone. This color does not apply in an opaque layer. The lightness of the color combined with the fact that this color wore away much more makes the lips look incredibly dry and crackly. I tried applying it many times and many different ways and nothing worked with this one.

I’m not sure what to think of them. I’ll Call You was amazing but Dare to be Pink was awful. I would love to try a few other colors to get a more well-rounded view of the line but I’m trying to cut down on buying makeup for a while so for now all I can for sure recommend is to buy I’ll Call You and stay far away from Dare to be Pink.

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