I’m not going to sugar coat this. This news just ruined my day and it hurts me to share it with you, but I want to make sure that you are all aware that NARS IS NO LONGER CRUELTY FREE. They have changed their testing policy to include the dreaded, “except where required by law” clause and will be entering the Chinese market where animal testing on imported cosmetics is required by law. If you want more details about this, please check out Tashina from Logical Harmony’s post here. That is where I learned the news and she always does a spectacular job of explaining the details.


I want to encourage all of you to write to NARS (email and encourage them to reconsider their plans. Make sure to tell them you will no longer support the brand and they are losing you as a customer. I have already done this. Some of you may remember that this exact thing nearly happened with Urban Decay and the outcry from the cruelty free community was so strong that they abandoned their plans. We CAN make a change! It certainly doesn’t hurt to try. Below you will find what I personally wrote to NARS. Feel free to model your words after mine, copy and paste (though I would advise a few changes like your name 😉), or write something from your own heart. Honestly I feel like something personal is most effective, but whatever you choose to do, we NEED to make an effort to prevent this tragedy! You can call as well: 1-800-788-NARS from 8am-8pm EST Monday-Friday; 9am-6pm EST on Saturdays.


My letter to NARS:

My name is Christine and I am a cruelty free beauty blogger as well as a frequent customer. I have grown to respect NARS for its long-held stance against animal testing and resistance to entering the Chinese market. I am deeply saddened to learn that you have agreed to China’s animal testing requirements in order to expand into the Chinese market. You will not only be losing me as a customer, but so many other cruelty free beauty lovers who will now refuse to buy your products. I would like to encourage you to reconsider your entrance into the Chinese market and consider not only the animals that will be hurt on your behalf, but all of the customers who already know and love your line whose hearts are breaking right now. You will be losing a huge segment of an already familiar customer base. Please reconsider your decision and remain a cruelty free brand!


Thank you for your time and I hope you will take these words to heart.



15 Favorite Beauty Tips & Tricks

I’m not sure what got me started, but I’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! 🤣 You’re all in luck as I’m not in a rambling mood, so we’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 haven’t heard, there’s a new affordable cruelty free brand on the market – The Ordinary! Though mainly known for their skincare (which I’ve also been loving btw!), they recently blew the makeup world away by introducing what they call “Colours,” aka Foundations! There is a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation – both setting you back less than $7 per 30mL bottle!!! How great can a $7 foundation actually be? Let’s just stick with the Serum Foundation for today. So, keep on reading to hear my thoughts with before and after photos about The Ordinary’s new Serum Foundation!


***Quick Note on Cruelty Free Status: 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” 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. 😄 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 that’s been going around the blogging / YouTube world in recent days! It’s a really great tag (if you’re unaware what a “tag” is, it’s really just a bunch of set questions that people answer and ask others to do as well…you know, like the game of tag! 😉) 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! 😀 Lord knows I’ve tried a lot of different skincare over the years. So instead of rambling on, let’s just get to the question and answer portion of the post, shall we? 😜

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 I’m really happy to see the sun shining bright, longer days, and oh how I enjoy the hot sticky goodness that’s still to come! Hmmm. That sounded a bit obscene, no? I don’t mean it that way! 😜 I’m just a fan of warm weather. I find 80 degrees to be damn near perfection! 😆 I think I’m weird that way, but I love Summer! Why the hell am I rambling on about Summer when I’m trying to get to my May Favorites? 😂 That’s right, it’s time for all the things I’ve been loving throughout May!!! 🎉

Cruelty Free At Home Waxing with Parissa Wax Strips!

This weekend begins the unofficial start to Summer!!! We all know what that means…more sun, more fun and more bare skin. Many of us choose to wear dresses or shorts and don’t want a mess of long leg hair sticking out – if you don’t mind, then you do you! No judgement from me…that sounds freeing actually, but for me I prefer to keep the leg hair to a minimum. So today I thought I would share just how I keep my legs hair free for as long as possible…and with as little effort as possible! 😉 It’s actually quite simple and relatively inexpensive, though this particular option is not vegan if that’s a deal breaker for you. There are vegan options out there, just none that I know if in this exact form. What am I referring to? Well….

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