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Deciding on Accutane & My Acne Story

If you’ve read my recent posts or seen my (semi) recent InstaStories, you probably know that I’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 I’ve had with my skin. I have absolutely thought long and hard about it and I’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. It’s honestly difficult for me to focus on much else. It’s not all bad as I’m enthusiastically researching skin care for dry skin and squirreling away products like an expectant mother awaiting her firstborn child. I know that’s trivializing things a bit, but it keeps me optimistic about what could potentially be a dreadful “treatment” 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. We’ll see. I have a lot of thoughts about this so-called “journey” 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. 😉 Let’s start with how I got to this point….

Brief Update & Brief Accutane Intro

I’m trying. I’m really trying to get a post up this week, but there’s just no time. It’s been so swamped that I have to prioritize and cleaning cat boxes has to come before a standard blog post with pictures & all the goods (though I’d rather do the latter 😂). I haven’t had the time or energy to even think about a topic, let alone write a post. So here we are. I thought I would just update you on life in my little insignificant world. I may need to be a bit vague in spots, but here we go…!!!

Happy 2017!!!

Let me start this out by wishing everyone the happiest of New Year’s!!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve, so I can’t tell you how mine has gone yet, but it’s a pretty safe bet that I’ve spend it chilling at home with my mini zoo of furry friends. ? I’m not usually one for much in the way of celebration, resolutions or even reflection this time of year…or anytime really! This year though, I thought I would at least think back at 2016 and actually make note of things that I feel I have changed for the better throughout the year. I never make resolutions so I can’t tell you if I’ve kept them, but I do think I notice some changes in myself that I’m feeling good about! ☺️

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to MakeUpGuineaPig! I’m so glad you have found our new little home on the internet. If you are new, I’m so glad you’ve stumbled upon our little cruelty free community and hope you will stay awhile. If you’re coming over from the previous site, thank you so much for sticking with us! I hope to continue bringing you cruelty free beauty content and aim for the blog to be even better in the months and years to come!

 

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Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to check out my little blog. It means the world to me! I hope to see you back again and again. Please feel free to contact me through the comments, via email, or on social media. And please interact with each other in the comments as well! This is a community for everyone after all!

 

I welcome you all and appreciate your support so, so much!!! Thank you!

xoxo

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Brief Christmas Greetings & Update

Merry Christmas everyone!!! Just wanted to send Holiday wishes and do a brief check-in. I feel like December has flown by, but then it also seems like it’s been a long month. It’s been a bit crazy as I’m sure most people feel about December. I really love this time of year, although there’s something kind of bittersweet about Christmas, don’t you feel? It’s always wonderful gathering together and being with friends and family, but then everyone tends to go their separate ways for part of the day and I end up bored out of my mind. Plus once the excitement of Christmas morning has come and gone, it’s almost a bit of a let down when you realize it’s over until next year. But still, it’s still a wonderful time that I always get excited about.
As a brief update, this year as last year Christmas is being delayed for my family so not really much excitement around here today. Someone quite close to me is in the hospital…as last year. Basically it’s to repair the problem that arose last year. Everything was planned and seems to have gone fine so fingers crossed everything keeps moving along smoothly. That’s part of the reason I’ve been more MIA than usual recently. That and I’m just feeling really tired, drained and all-around kind of burnt out. Everyone needs a break now and then, right? JFor the time being, the break will continue but I am hoping to get at least a few posts up in the next week or two. Still not sure when I will go back to a more regular schedule, but I hope it will be soon. I just need more time to rest and kind of regroup.
In other news, little Bailey had 9 teeth pulled this month! If you don’t remember Bailey, she is my little ragdoll mix rescue kitten (ok, cat now) that joined the family maybe 3 years ago. I documented her first six months on the blog so if you want to see tons of pictures of a tiny kitten throughout the weeks, just search the blog for “Bailey” or ”kitten,” or click here for the first post I can find. Anyway, apparently whatever breed you would consider her has a crap ton of issues that I had never heard about associated with it. Some kind of gum disease is one of them. So, the 9 teeth had to go to hopefully save the rest. The poor little girl survived just fine and is bounding around as though nothing happened. Yea!
That’s really about all I have to update you with today. I hope everyone has had a wonderful Holiday whatever you celebrate…if anything at all! All the best from me and mine!
xoxo,

Christine, Bailey, Emerson, Mini, Moxie, Chloe & Barclay (the lone pup!)

#BeCrueltyFree Week & #BlogForBunnies – My Cruelty Free Story

This week begins #CrueltyFreeWeek – the Humane Society International’s campaign to bring attention to the unnecessary horrors of animal testing and the many alternatives to such barbaric practices. I was asked to be a part of the HSI’s #BlogForBunnies project by writing a blog post (I have at least 3 to post during the week) focusing in some fashion on cruelty free cosmetics. I thought, since I’ve never addressed it before, that I would begin by sharing my own cruelty free journey. It pains me to hear about animals of all kinds suffering in any way and, though I don’t choose to ignore it, I don’t like to investigate it too deeply. Having said that, I want to help acquaint all of you to this campaign and HSI’s daily efforts to end animal cruelty once and for all…everywhere in the world, so that’s what I’m going to attempt doing this week! Fear not, I won’t get into the nitty gritty details of horrific tests, but pleasebe aware that they are happening right now. If you’d like to learn more about animal testing and other aspects of animal cruelty, as well as efforts to stop unnecessary testing and sign the Be Cruelty Free Pledge, you can learn more about these things on HSI’s website, or check out their Facebook page here. While you’re there, please sign their “Be Cruelty Free” Pledge as well…it doesn’t cost anything and they don’t spit out countless unnecessary emails. I encourage you to share your own cruelty free journeys in the comments, on your own blogs, on social media (using the hashtags #BeCrueltyFree and #BlogForBunnies and tag @HSIGlobal and me @MakeUpGuineaPig), as well as anywhere else you choose.

As I said, I thought I would begin the week by sharing with you why I choose to be cruelty free. Don’t get me wrong, I do from time to time mistake things as being cruelty free that are not. We all do. It kind of comes with the territory. But if I have a choice and I am able to purchase a cruelty free option, I certainly do my best to act accordingly. My reasoning is really quite simple. I love animals. There are few things that I love more than animals and the thought of harming them for something optional like cosmetics just breaks my heart. As a child I often thought that I wanted to be a veterinarian in order to help animals, but at the same time I knew that I couldn’t bear the idea of dealing with mistreated, abandoned, incurably ill and just generally suffering animals. It hurt too much to even consider. I know that as a veterinarian I would actually be doing my best to help those animals, but the thought just hurt too much. So, alas, I did not become a vet, but I still do what I can to help prevent unnecessary animal suffering by being a cruelty free consumer and, in some small way, an activist.

I have had a deep held belief against animal testing of cosmetics pretty much since I was a teenager. Back then it was a lot more difficult to truly know which cosmetics companies did and did not test, and just shooting off an email was not nearly as effective as it is today. PETA’s list was really the only animal testing list that I was aware of at the time and I tried to only purchase products…at least cosmetics…that were made by manufacturers on the “Don’t Test” list. The choices were few, although I remember there being many ill fated “moratoriums” listed from most of the major cosmetics companies. As the years flew by, I kind of believed that most brands were cruelty free. I would check the “Don’t Test” list now and then and buy accordingly, but it wasn’t until maybe a year or two before starting this blog that I really began spending a lot of free time emailing companies and reading about cruelty free beauty.
Fear not, the wrap is faux!

Needless to say, my opinions and beliefs about cruelty free beauty evolved over time. Nowadays, I try to investigate everything the best I can before jumping on the bandwagon, though I do occasionally realize after purchasing an item that the brand either tests on animals or sells in China and is thus not bunny-friendly. It’s not easy to comb through the fancy and often misleading wording from PR companies, the lack of information relating to some companies and the flat out silence with which so many emails are met, but to me it is worth the extra effort to feel confident that my beauty products are not harming our furry friends unnecessarily. An excellent resource for a pretty comprehensive “Don’t Test” list for all kinds of cosmetics and home products throughout the world can be found through the Leaping Bunny’s website (check it out here). If that doesn’t answer your questions, don’t be afraid to contact companies directly, as well as check out well-established and reliable blogs like My Beauty Bunny and Logical Harmony (also Vegan!)…and I like to aim for this blog to be a good resource as well! J 
That leads us to this week and HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign. The Humane Society International has been tirelessly campaigning against animal testing on cosmetics. They have succeeded in full test and sales bans in all of the European Union, Norway, Israel, India, the Brazilian state of San Paulo and, within the last week a plan to achieve testing free status by 2017 in South Korea!  HSI is also currently involved with draft legislation being considered in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United States of America! Though China is not cruelty free yet, HSI has aided in removing mandatory testing on domestically produced “ordinary” cosmetics throughout the country! A dramatic step in right direction, indeed! J

Despite all these strides towards a cruelty free cosmetics world, animal testing for cosmetics remains legal in nearly 80% of countries. To help bring awareness to the Humane Society International’s efforts across the globe and the general plight of animal testing for cosmetics, I am taking part in HSI’s #BlogForBunnies project. Putting a stop to cosmetics testing on animals is obviously an issue that is near and dear to my heart. I hope you feel the same way and will check out the HSI’s #BeCrueltyFree campaign, as well as the other bloggers participating in the #BlogForBunnies project. If you are also committed to a cruelty free lifestyle or would like to take strides in that direction, please add your name to the Cruelty Free Pledge, which is linked here. And please join in the cruelty free discussion using #BeCrueltyFree and #BlogForBunnies and tagging @HSIGlobal and me @MakeUpGuineaPig on social media. If you write a blog, join in there as well! Every cosmetic purchase you make is another chance for your voice to be heard, so I hope you will join the Humane Society International, me and the rest of the #BlogForBunnies project in shouting our support for cruelty free companies…not just during #BeCrueltyFree Week, but every day until animal testing is something for the history books!!!
Stand Against Animal Testing!
Please check out hsi.org/becrueltyfree for more info
Check out the HSI #BeCrueltyFree Campaign on Facebook here
The #BeCrueltyFree Pledge can be found here

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