As most of you probably know, I recently started taking Accutane in a last ditch effort to help my acne situation. If you’re familiar with Accutane, you know that it is known for drying out pretty much everyone’s skin. Knowing this, I came to the party prepared! I wanted to be using only skincare items that were best suited for dry, sensitive skin even before starting the medicine. I have found that there are 4 cleansers that I’ve been rotating between and I actually really enjoy them all! Perhaps best of all my skin, though it is drier, has yet to become flaky or uncomfortable! So, in an effort to share what little knowledge I may possess, I thought I would share my finds with you!
It’s Summer which usually calls for less coverage up top…well, often everywhere. Get your minds out of the gutter! You know, tank tops, skirts, shorts, dresses, etc. Often this can lead to real issues with undergarments – bras in particular. If you’re like me, you’ve never been terribly comfortable with going completely braless because the girls need at least some support. After having a mastectomy and subsequent reconstruction on one side only, this has become even more of an issue. My already lower hanging fruit is now super perky on the one side, but sagging more and more by the day on the other. Support has never been more of an issue! Since I live in semi-skimpy tops in the heat, I need something pretty that I don’t mind if it peeks out or is even somewhat on display for underneath. Enter the ever-illusive bralette. But finding one that holds the saggy side up, actually fits my small band size with my large cup size and looks pretty has been a battle I had just about given up on. But alas! I have found not only one, but three styles of bralettes that tick all my boxes!!! To learn all about them, keep on reading!
Happy official first Favorites of Summer!!! ☀️ I cannot believe that June is already coming to an end. I know, stereotypical blogger Favorites opening. 😜 It’s so true though! Seriously, where is the year going?!?! Enough! I have a lot of favorites from June so I’m not going to ramble…too much! 😉 We’ve got some hair care, skin care, SPF – good and bad – body care, makeup and something kinda random. So let’s get into it!!!
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 email@example.com) 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.
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!
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.