15 Favorite Beauty Tips & Tricks

Iโ€™m not sure what got me started, but Iโ€™ve been working on a list of beauty tips and tricks that I personally think are great for everyone to know. No reviews. No specific product recommendations. Just plain old fashioned beauty tips and tricks that have probably been around since people discovered mirrors! ๐Ÿคฃ Youโ€™re all in luck as Iโ€™m not in a rambling mood, so weโ€™re just going to get straight into my top 15 Beauty Tips & Tricks!

The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation – Affordable Cruelty Free Foundation REVIEW!

In case you havenโ€™t heard, thereโ€™s a new affordable cruelty free brand on the market โ€“ The Ordinary! Though mainly known for their skincare (which Iโ€™ve also been loving btw!), they recently blew the makeup world away by introducing what they call โ€œColours,โ€ aka Foundations! There is a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation โ€“ both setting you back less than $7 per 30mL bottle!!! How great can a $7 foundation actually be? Letโ€™s just stick with the Serum Foundation for today. So, keep on reading to hear my thoughts with before and after photos about The Ordinaryโ€™s new Serum Foundation!


***Quick Note on Cruelty Free Status:ย Deciem (The Ordinary’s parent company) has entered into a “partnership” with Estee Lauder. To read the details, check out the Founder’s letter about the “marriage”ย here. In my eyes, Deciem remains cruelty free, but this is up to you to decide.

Best of Skincare TAG – Cruelty Free Edition!

Ah skincare! Something I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. ๐Ÿ˜„ Since this may be my last post before starting Accutane (not entirely sure, but my next dermatologist appointment is around the corner!), I thought I would do the Best of Skincare TAG thatโ€™s been going around the blogging / YouTube world in recent days! Itโ€™s a really great tag (if youโ€™re unaware what a โ€œtagโ€ is, itโ€™s really just a bunch of set questions that people answer and ask others to do as wellโ€ฆyou know, like the game of tag! ๐Ÿ˜‰) that I believe was created by ttsandra and MakeupTIA on YouTube. These have been so wonderfully interesting to watch lately, so I figured why not take the opportunity to go over some of my favorite skincare products pre-Accutane! ๐Ÿ˜€ Lord knows Iโ€™ve tried a lot of different skincare over the years. So instead of rambling on, letโ€™s just get to the question and answer portion of the post, shall we? ๐Ÿ˜œ

Cruelty Free May Favorites 2017

How is it Summertime already?! I remember when I was a little kid and every school year took for-ev-er, but now? Months go by like weeks! Anyway, I love Summer so Iโ€™m really happy to see the sun shining bright, longer days, and oh how I enjoy the hot sticky goodness thatโ€™s still to come! Hmmm. That sounded a bit obscene, no? I donโ€™t mean it that way! ๐Ÿ˜œ Iโ€™m just a fan of warm weather. I find 80 degrees to be damn near perfection! ๐Ÿ˜† I think Iโ€™m weird that way, but I love Summer! Why the hell am I rambling on about Summer when Iโ€™m trying to get to my May Favorites? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thatโ€™s right, itโ€™s time for all the things Iโ€™ve been loving throughout May!!! ๐ŸŽ‰

Cruelty Free At Home Waxing with Parissa Wax Strips!

This weekend begins the unofficial start to Summer!!! We all know what that meansโ€ฆmore sun, more fun and more bare skin. Many of us choose to wear dresses or shorts and donโ€™t want a mess of long leg hair sticking out โ€“ if you donโ€™t mind, then you do you! No judgement from meโ€ฆthatย sounds freeing actually, but for me I prefer to keep theย leg hair to a minimum. So today I thought I would share just how I keep my legs hair free for as long as possibleโ€ฆand with as little effort as possible! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Itโ€™s actually quite simple and relatively inexpensive, though this particular option is not vegan if thatโ€™s a deal breaker for you.ย There are vegan options out there, just none that I know if in this exact form. What am I referring to? Wellโ€ฆ.

Deciding on Accutane & My Acne Story

If youโ€™ve read my recent posts or seen my (semi) recent InstaStories, you probably know that Iโ€™ve decided to take the drug Accutane / Roaccutane / Isotretinoin in hopes to defeat my acne. I know that this is a highly controversial and pretty serious drug with a lot of potentially dangerous side effects that should not be taken lightly. Honestly, this is kind of the last resort in this ill-fated 5 year struggle Iโ€™ve had with my skin. I have absolutely thought long and hard about it and Iโ€™ve just reached the point where nothing helps enough so I am willing to at least try the drug and see how I react to it. I have reached my breaking point if you will. This decision and impending change have been on my mind. A lot. Itโ€™s honestly difficult for me to focus on much else. Itโ€™s not all bad as Iโ€™m enthusiastically researching skin care for dry skin and squirreling away products like an expectant mother awaiting her firstborn child. I know thatโ€™s trivializing things a bit, but it keeps me optimistic about what could potentially be a dreadful โ€œtreatmentโ€ period. Anyway, I thought I would go through a bit about my skin care woes and how I came to this point. I do not want this blog to turn into all things Accutane all the time, but I would like to discuss it, perhaps as an additional post each week. Weโ€™ll see. I have a lot of thoughts about this so-called โ€œjourneyโ€ and how I can share the experience in ways that may help others facing the difficult decision of starting this extremely brutal drug. More on that in a sec. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Letโ€™s start with how I got to this pointโ€ฆ.

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