Wow! Did 2018 disappear in the blink of an eye! Anyone else with me? I know it’s cliched to say, but it is so true. It was a crazy year with a lot of major changes – mostly from mid-year and will be continuing on into the beginning of 2019. Nothing bad (I hope! 😉), but it’s been super hectic…thus the total lack of blog posts the past 6 months. I really tried (at least initially) to keep posting – in fact, I have an August Favorites post still sitting on my computer that was never posted. Good intentions couldn’t win out over the craziness. If you’d still like to see that post, let me know and I’d be more than happy to post it…or maybe transform it into a “Recent Favorites” type of thing. Anyway, back to the point. Since I love Favorites posts so much, I wanted to make a real effort to post my Annual Beauty Favorites. So here we are! I’m gonna do my best to keep it as short as I can, but we all know that I run on…and on…and on. 😄 To help with that a bit, I’m going to break the faves into a few categories. It should also help organize my thoughts a bit. I have yet to tackle my Makeup Favorites, so who knows if or when they’ll make an appearance, but I’m trying! All of these items were not necessarily new in 2018, nor were they all new to me, but they were definitely the things I reached for over and over again. So, let’s see how we do here and start with some of my Favorite Skin Care Products from 2018!
Believe it or not, it’s that glorious time of the year again…a Sephora Sale is here! Yes, that’s right. There’s a Beauty Insider Appreciation Sale in August instead of the usual early November VIB time frame. No one seems certain if this is a replacement sale time, or an additional sale. I’m hoping for the later…I think! 😉 Given the unexpected discount season, I thought I would share some of my Cruelty Free Recommendations for the sale. So we’ll start with the recommendations, and end with the boring sale details – there’s an unusual restriction this time around that I haven’t heard many mention that may affect your purchasing, so I’ll explain that. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!
Today we’re reviewing a weird product. I knew it was unusual going into it, but I found it intriguing despite all the snickering I saw online. I’m talking about the new Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse. These are essentially waterproof lip stains in solid form. I absolutely love the idea of lip stains, but they tend to be on the streaky side and are almost always incredibly drying. So color me strange, but I found the concept of the new Vegan Lip Mousse intriguing. Naturally that curiosity convinced me to buy it. So, let’s talk about it because I have some definite thoughts! 😜
Another month down, so it’s time for another installment of Cruelty Free Favorites! July was a month of trying to switch things up on the makeup front, so I feel like it’s unfair to mention some of the makeup that I may love, but didn’t use frequently. That said, I had a bit of a go-to eye look, as well as some skin and hair favorites…plus a semi-random one, though it might be expected if you’ve seen some of my other random inclusions. 😉 So, as per usual, let’s just get to it!
I have been testing…and testing…and testing the new Lawless Beauty Woke Up Like This Foundation for quite a while now. With all that testing, I feel it’s finally time for a review. Lawless Beauty is a relatively new cruelty free brand available at Sephora and I was really excited when they released a foundation because I seem to be a lover of foundation testing. 😄 That and Lawless Beauty is a brand that intrigues me as they aim to be free of toxic ingredients, while still being as good, if not better, than many well-known makeup brands. To be fair, “toxic,” or “clean,” ingredients are not something I focus on because many ingredients that get a bad rap do so without a lot of scientific research behind the scary claims. To be fair, there may not be many studies that prove the safety either, but water can be freakin’ harmful so the whole “toxic” thing isn’t a huge issue for me…but it still intrigues me because most brands in that realm tend to aim for light natural beauty, not dramatic makeup. Lawless Beauty seeks to fill that gap! Case in point – the Woke Up Like This Foundation claims to provide full coverage…and we’re going to find out if it delivers! 😉
Agh! Summer is nearly halfway over! How does time fly by so fast?!?! Since another month has long since passed, it’s well past time to round up the best of the best cruelty free stuff that I couldn’t stop using in June! There were some definite constants in my makeup routine with some great new finds as well. There’s a bit of makeup, some skin care, and even a new bag to include! So, without giving it all away right off the bat, let’s get into my Cruelty Free June Favorites…bonus, a lot of them are vegan too!