Best Bralettes for Summer – Supportive AND Pretty!

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!

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….

My Cruelty Free “Travel” Makeup Bag!

If you saw my InstaStories this past week, a) thank you for watching my nonsense! and b) you’ll know that I went on a short road trip with my dad. It was just overnight, but I still over-packed…especially with the makeup. 😉 To be fair, I did use almost everything, but it’s a lot. Since I only took things that I love, I thought I would share the contents of my “travel” makeup bag with you! I’m skipping skin care as that’s a whole post unto itself; we’re just sticking to the makeup here. Like I said, there’s a lot so we best get to it! 😄 (Links to reviews and related posts in pink.)

Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty – Cruelty Free Edition!

The clocks have ticked forward, the sun is shining longer, and – despite the snow currently on the ground here – Spring is just around the corner! 😃 If you’re an avid beauty shopper like myself, you know what that must mean…Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty for Spring 2017 is just around the corner!!! 🎊 If you’re unfamiliar with this event, twice a year Ulta brings us fantastic prices on all kinds of beauty products that rarely, if ever, go on sale. These deals almost always are for a single day only, so you’ve got to hurry for those wildly popular products. Of course not all the deals are on cruelty free products, but many are and I’m going to share all the cruelty free details with you today…plus some tips and a few ways to get the most bang for your bucks! 🎉

Companies That DON’T Test on Animals – New Addition!

Probably the most useful resource for anyone who is or is going cruelty free is a list of brands that qualify as cruelty free. I’ve wanted to compile such a list for a loooong time, but I must admit that it’s an overwhelming chore that requires a lot of maintenance. Alas, I’m going to do it because it’s important, useful and I feel obligated to provide you – and myself – as much information as possible. You may have already noticed a new drop-down menu at the top of the site called “Cruelty Free Resources.” Hover over it and you will see an option for a “Companies That DO NOT Test” list. Here is where a link to this list will live. I also plan to add a “Companies That DO Test” list as well as an “Awaiting Response / Grey Area” list. For right now, all that information is included in this post, but I want a central location to keep the info that can be found quickly and easily from anywhere on the site. Luckily, this menu bar follows even as you scroll down the page so you’ll be able to access it from any page no matter where you are on the site. This list will always be a work in progress as testing policies, parent companies, markets, etc are in constant flux, not to mention there are always more companies to check with. I will do my best to find a way to let you know the last date of contact with a company, though at this moment I have yet to come up with an acceptable way of doing this (if you have any thoughts, please let me know!). I’m going to try though.

Dealing With Illness – When a Loved One Is Sick

It’s been a rough couple of years for me, my family and now my friends. The winter Holidays in particular have not been kind. Since dealing with these difficulties has become more and more frequent in my life, I thought I would write a post about dealing with illness. The last few years have given me an awful lot more experience with the topic. That’s not to say that I hadn’t already had more than my share, but the last few years have somehow been a little different. I have more and more often found myself being the “rock” that others are depending on for a wide variety of things. I’m not gonna lie. That’s not an easy thing to deal with. But it is something you can deal with and I thought that I would share some of my thoughts, experiences and tips for anyone else struggling to deal with one of those rough patches in life.

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