Well, August is here. That means traditional US Summer is more than half gone! How? Why? Where has it gone?!? But I shouldn’t complain. Things are going well and it’s been a decent Summer so far…not that much has actually happened in my world. LOL! I just love the long, sunny days (which I feel the need to point out the ridiculous amount of rain this year) and I actually enjoy the heat…as long as there is air conditioning. 😉 Since July has past, we all know that means it’s time for another Cruelty Free Favorites! I’m not going to pretend that I wore much makeup throughout the month, but I have been trying a lot of new skincare in a surprisingly successful attempt to battle to onslaught of dryness brought about by Accutane. I should probably call this my “Cruelty Free Skincare Favorites.” LOL! But there’s some great skincare that I’ve been loving in July as well as a few food stuffs. So sit back, relax, and I’ll try to keep it brief…at least as much as I’m capable! LOL!
You may have noticed that there’s a new palette in town. Though the hype is dying down a bit, there has been a lot of talk about the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. This is the latest offering in Urban Decay’s infamous “Naked” line of supposedly neutral palettes, and I must say that I’m losing any sense of what significance there even is to the designation. This flamin’ hot palette takes neutrals to the pinky-orange side. Pinky-orange neutrals? I guess that’s a thing these days. Lol! Semi-mocking aside, you can create wearable looks with this palette, but it’s not going to be for everybody. I’m guessing if you’re not going to like it, you already know it…and are probably not reading this review! But before I give away the store, let’s talk about the palette some more.
If you’re after healthy glowing skin, you absolutely need to be exfoliating. Whether that be with a chemical or acid exfoliant or with a manual or “scrubby” exfoliator, this is the best beginning to removing those dead dull skin cells and reveal that fresh healthy glowing skin underneath. That said, I find that a really great exfoliator is hard to find! In particular, manual exfoliators are one of those goldilocks-type products that are often not scrubby enough or are way too harsh for even the toughest of skins. As my skin becomes increasingly sensitive and ever more dry (read into that more and more dry flaky skin that I really want removed!), I find it even more difficult and even more important to find a great exfoliator for the face. Being on Accutane, I cannot really use chemical exfoliants and I need to be very careful with manual ones as well. Finding something that’s not harsh, while still being effective has always been quite the challenge. But fear not! Today I am sharing with you the solution – the Odacité Jojoba Beads Exfoliant!!!
As most of you probably know, I recently started taking Accutane in a last ditch effort to help my acne situation. If you’re familiar with Accutane, you know that it is known for drying out pretty much everyone’s skin. Knowing this, I came to the party prepared! I wanted to be using only skincare items that were best suited for dry, sensitive skin even before starting the medicine. I have found that there are 4 cleansers that I’ve been rotating between and I actually really enjoy them all! Perhaps best of all my skin, though it is drier, has yet to become flaky or uncomfortable! So, in an effort to share what little knowledge I may possess, I thought I would share my finds with you!
It’s Summer which usually calls for less coverage up top…well, often everywhere. Get your minds out of the gutter! You know, tank tops, skirts, shorts, dresses, etc. Often this can lead to real issues with undergarments – bras in particular. If you’re like me, you’ve never been terribly comfortable with going completely braless because the girls need at least some support. After having a mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction on one side only, this has become even more of an issue. My already lower hanging fruit is now super perky on the one side, but sagging more and more by the day on the other. Support has never been more of an issue! Since I live in semi-skimpy tops in the heat, I need something pretty that I don’t mind if it peeks out or is even somewhat on display for underneath. Enter the ever-illusive bralette. But finding one that holds the saggy side up, actually fits my small band size with my large cup size and looks pretty has been a battle I had just about given up on. But alas! I have found not only one, but three styles of bralettes that tick all my boxes!!! To learn all about them, keep on reading!
Happy official first Favorites of Summer!!! ☀️ I cannot believe that June is already coming to an end. I know, stereotypical blogger Favorites opening. 😜 It’s so true though! Seriously, where is the year going?!?! Enough! I have a lot of favorites from June so I’m not going to ramble…too much! 😉 We’ve got some hair care, skin care, SPF – good and bad – body care, makeup and something kinda random. So let’s get into it!!!