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Worth the Splurge? Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream vs. Prtty Peaushun

I’m a bit of a body moisturizer freak and am constantly trying out new creams, oils, lotions and potions. My recent go-to has been the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but I have also been intrigued by the Prtty Peaushun  Skin Tight Body Lotion for quite some time. Given what I’ve heard from other reviews, it sounded as though the two may have similar formulations so I thought that I would compare the two today! So, to see my thoughts…and if I have a preference, keep on reading!

Cruelty Free August Favorites! – Antonym, Sol de Janeiro, Aquis & More!

***This post was written before the recent disaster in Texas, so please don’t think I’m ignoring it or being insensitive. If you are interested in more information regarding ways to help in the wake of such tragedy, please see yesterday’s post. And we now resume our regular programming….

 

This has been the strangest Summer. The weather has been absolutely bizarre. At this point, I almost feel like Fall is already here…and much to my shock, I’m not entirely upset by that! As September rolls around, I’m finding myself looking forward to all the fun things about Fall – the food, the pretty leaves (even though they’re a dying sign that winter is coming), the berry-hued lips. Yes friends, I may be turning into a Fall loving convert! Then again, I am still an absolute Summer lover too. Anyway, this is all a long way of saying that today’s post is dedicated to my Cruelty Free August Favorites!!! Much like last month, I haven’t been wearing much makeup. Still, I have come across some fantastic beauty products that I want to share. So let’s see what they are!

Hurricane Harvey – Ways To Help

With all the horrific events that have occurred in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over the past week, I wanted to post something regarding how to help. Let me add that to anyone affected, my heart goes out to you. I truly wish I knew what more to say, but I honestly do not know what more I can say. Instead of waffling on, I wanted to share some ways we can all help whether it be a financial donation, donation of something physical, or actual volunteer activities that are available to those in the area. Obviously being an animal lover and cruelty free blogger, I cannot leave out the animals that are in just as much need as the people. I hope this listing is helpful and that many of you will choose to pitch in in whatever manner you are capable.

 

Articles with Ways to Help, Donate & Avoid Scams (including Links for Donations)

Great article from The New York Times with local organizations, national organizations, ways to help online, as well as tips to help avoid scams.

CNN has a great roundup of groups that need help if you’re in the area. There’s also a donate button that allows you to provide a donatation that will be split between a number of CNN-verified (as in legit, not necessecarily endorsed) charities – you can see which charities are included. Whether you want to donate via their link or not is up to you, but I recommend checking out the charities they have included if you prefer to pick and choose.

Quick Note on the Red Cross:

I know that some people feel that supporting to the Red Cross is not a great option and that money is better sent elsewhere. I’m not taking a stand either way on the Red Cross as I don’t know enough about the controversy to have an opinion, but as I understand things, the Red Cross is often one of the first organizations on the ground to help. Given that, I urge you not to overlook the option of donating to the Red Cross. You can make a $10 donation by texting the word HARVEY to 90999.

 

Animal-Related Charities (in no particular order)

ASCPA’s Harvey Relief Disaster Response

Humane Society of the United States Disaster Relief Fund

SPCA of Texas

Houston SPCA

Houston Humane Society

Austin Pets Alive

Animal Defense League of Texas

Louisiana SPCA

 

There are so many more places that I’m sure could use help in whatever form you’re able to provide, but I feel like these are some great places to start. I would also encourage you to seek out smaller organizations that likely do not get as much attention, though I would double check with Charity Navigator before donating to ensure the organization is legitimate.

 

I hope this has been helpful and I hope you will consider helping out in whatever way you’re able. Again, my heart goes out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

 

Cruelty Free July Favorites 2017 – Lots of Skincare

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!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review

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.

Odacite Jojoba Beads Exfoliant – One Great Cruelty Free Vegan Scrub!

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!!!

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