My Cruelty Free “Travel” Makeup Bag!

If you saw my InstaStories this past week, a) thank you for watching my nonsense! and b) youโ€™ll know that I went on a short road trip with my dad. It was just overnight, but I still over-packedโ€ฆespecially with the makeup. ๐Ÿ˜‰ To be fair, I did use almost everything, but itโ€™s a lot. Since I only took things that I love, I thought I would share the contents of my โ€œtravelโ€ makeup bag with you! Iโ€™m skipping skin care as thatโ€™s a whole post unto itself; weโ€™re just sticking to the makeup here.ย Like I said, thereโ€™s a lot so we best get to it! ๐Ÿ˜„ย (Links to reviews and related posts in pink.)

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – Cruelty Free Edition!

The clocks have ticked forward, the sun is shining longer, and โ€“ despite the snow currently on the ground here โ€“ Spring is just around the corner! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ If youโ€™re an avid beauty shopper like myself, you know what that must meanโ€ฆUltaโ€™s 21 Days of Beauty for Spring 2017 is just around the corner!!! ๐ŸŽŠ If youโ€™re unfamiliar with this event, twice a year Ulta brings us fantastic prices on all kinds of beauty products that rarely, if ever, go on sale. These deals almost always are for a single day only, so youโ€™ve got to hurry for those wildly popular products. Of course not all the deals are on cruelty free products, but many are and Iโ€™m going to share all the cruelty free details with you todayโ€ฆplus some tips and a few ways to get the most bang for your bucks! ๐ŸŽ‰

Companies That DON’T Test on Animals – New Addition!

Probably the most useful resource for anyone who is or is going cruelty free is a list of brands that qualify as cruelty free. Iโ€™ve wanted to compile such a list for a loooong time, but I must admit that itโ€™s an overwhelming chore that requires a lot of maintenance. Alas, Iโ€™m going to do it because itโ€™s important, useful and I feel obligated to provide you โ€“ and myself โ€“ as much information as possible. You may have already noticed a new drop-down menu at the top of the site called โ€œCruelty Free Resources.โ€ Hover over it and you will see an option for a โ€œCompanies That DO NOT Testโ€ list. Here is where a link to this list will live. I also plan to add a โ€œCompanies That DO Testโ€ list as well as an โ€œAwaiting Response / Grey Areaโ€ 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 youโ€™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!). Iโ€™m going to try though.

Dealing With Illness – When a Loved One Is Sick

Itโ€™s been a rough couple of years for me, my family and now my friends. The winter Holidays in particular have not been kind. Since dealing with these difficulties has become more and more frequent in my life, I thought I would write a post about dealing with illness. The last few years have given me an awful lot more experience with the topic. Thatโ€™s not to say that I hadnโ€™t already had more than my share, but the last few years have somehow been a little different. I have more and more often found myself being the โ€œrockโ€ that others are depending on for a wide variety of things. Iโ€™m not gonna lie. Thatโ€™s not an easy thing to deal with. But it is something you can deal with and I thought that I would share some of my thoughts, experiences and tips for anyone else struggling to deal with one of those rough patches in life.

Veering Off the Path Again – My Best Teacher

Weโ€™re going with another prompt post today. Itโ€™s from Brittany, Herselfย again. Iโ€™m going with prompt number 14 which says, โ€œTeachers can make or break your back to school experience. Tell me about the best or worst one you ever had.โ€ I certainly agree that teachers can change lives and the quality of your teachers truly shapes you in so many different ways. I honestly cannot say that too many of my teachers stand out in my mind. Thatโ€™s not to say that they were bad, they just donโ€™t stand out. However, there are a few that do stand out and, though I wouldnโ€™t necessarily rate them in terms of best or worst, I do have a favoriteโ€ฆthat I can still remember. ๐Ÿ™‚ I took every class I could that he was teaching because I just found him so fascinating. That teacher wasโ€ฆwell, believe it or not, I cannot remember his name (I found it and added it at the end to give him his due credit)! ?

A Break From the Ordinary – Who Would I Bring Back to Life?

One of my favorite pictures!

As you may know, Iโ€™ve been having trouble getting posts written and posted the past month or so. Iโ€™m not entirely sure why, but I do know that it started by just pushing too hard when ideas and words just would not come to me. In an effort to try and remedy my issue, Iโ€™m going to try to post something from a blog prompt question as often as I can. I may jump around a bit as to where the prompt comes from and I may vary the order a bit. Iโ€™m starting with Prompt #5 found on the blog Brittany, Herself. The question? If you could bring one person back from the dead, who would it be?

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