NYX has brought out what I initially thought was a less expensive version of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – a “coverage drop” that can be mixed with a product of your choosing to amp up the coverage. However after a bit more research and actually trying this new dropper foundation – which is all that it is, not a mixing agent – I can honestly say they have very little in common beyond the dropper bottle packaging. Though I do love the Custom Cover Drops, I may just like the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation even more! 😍 Let’s just get into the who, what, when, where, why of it, shall we? 😜
Another month means another Favorites! 🎉 It’s been yet another one of those weird months that has felt insanely long while flying by rather quickly. In a way not a lot has gone on, but it’s also been weirdly busy. Whatever the case, February has come and gone and we’ve got a wide assortment of favorites this month that spans hair care, skin care, makeup, nails, food and, if you saw last month’s favorites another podcast that should be no surprise. 😜 There’s even something that really did not work for me. So instead of dragging this on further for no reason, let’s just get right into it!
As some of you may know, my hair has been thinning. It took me awhile to realize it, but it is most definitely falling out to some extent. I do have a potential answer at this point – my iron storage level is low so I need to take an iron supplement – but it’s not making my hair any thicker any faster. 😄 Given that, I’ve been doing everything I can to help my hair at least look and feel thicker with styling products. I thought I would share just what those are today! The bulk of them are from Living Proof, which is not intentional. Their products just work! I feel like there is a huge lack of information surrounding Living Proof’s cruelty free status and I’m not entirely sure why. I have emailed them a number of times and they have satisfied my questions, which keeps me believing that they are cruelty free. With that said, let’s get into how I’ve been keeping my thinning hair looking and feeling like a fuller version of the reality! 😜
Probably the most useful resource for anyone who is or is going cruelty free is a list of brands that qualify as cruelty free. I’ve wanted to compile such a list for a loooong time, but I must admit that it’s an overwhelming chore that requires a lot of maintenance. Alas, I’m going to do it because it’s important, useful and I feel obligated to provide you – and myself – as much information as possible. You may have already noticed a new drop-down menu at the top of the site called “Cruelty Free Resources.” Hover over it and you will see an option for a “Companies That DO NOT Test” list. Here is where a link to this list will live. I also plan to add a “Companies That DO Test” list as well as an “Awaiting Response / Grey Area” list. For right now, all that information is included in this post, but I want a central location to keep the info that can be found quickly and easily from anywhere on the site. Luckily, this menu bar follows even as you scroll down the page so you’ll be able to access it from any page no matter where you are on the site. This list will always be a work in progress as testing policies, parent companies, markets, etc are in constant flux, not to mention there are always more companies to check with. I will do my best to find a way to let you know the last date of contact with a company, though at this moment I have yet to come up with an acceptable way of doing this (if you have any thoughts, please let me know!). I’m going to try though.
If you’ve been following me for a long time now, you’ll know that I have always been intrigued by Flower Beauty. Well get ready because the new releases for 2017 are here!!! 🙂 Given that the price point isn’t the lowest at the drugstore (or Walmart in this case), I was rather choosy with what I picked up this time around. My biggest interest? The new blushes and highlighters! Not wanting to go too crazy while flying blind, I started out with the Lift & Sculpt Contouring Palette because it included a bronzer, blush and highlighter – and all looked promising! So how did they turn out? 😉
Believe it or not, this January Favorites is not going to start with an “I can’t believe how fast the month went” kind of intro. It was a loooong ass month. I feel like New Year’s was months ago now. In fact, I can’t remember what the hell I loved at the beginning of the month because it feels so long ago! But I’m gonna do my best. I actually don’t have a lot of favorite beauty products for January because I’ve been trying a lot of the new things. It hasn’t been all bad, I just don’t feel they’ve had a fair test yet. So my list is not very long, but I have a few things to mention…plus another non-beauty item! 🎉 And instead of dragging on further, I’m gettin’ down to business. 😜