Skin Care


Best of Skincare TAG – Cruelty Free Edition!

Ah skincare! Something I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. πŸ˜„ 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 β€œtag” 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! πŸ˜‰) 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! πŸ˜€ 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? 😜

Herbivore’s Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask – A Definite Favorite

One of my absolute favorite face masks is the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask. As the name suggests, it uses both AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and BHA (Salicylic Acid) to gently but effectively exfoliate the skin while aiding with acne and congestion. For my problematic skin, it’s absolutely perfect! That said, I feel that anyone can benefit from this mask because it is really quite gentle and not skin-type specific.

Saying Bye Bye to Makeup! – IT Cosmetics New Cleansing Balm

I feel like I’ve reviewed a fair number of makeup removers on this blog because, love it or hate it, removing makeup comes with the territory when you choose to wear it. Finding a good makeup remover can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re a fan of anything waterproof. Now days there are so many options to choose from that figuring out what to try can be a bit daunting. I’ve always seemed to lean towards makeup cleansing oils and have rarely been disappointed. However, I recently ordered a set on QVC that included a cleansing balm and I finally decided to give it a go. So glad I did because I’m absolutely loving the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm!

5 Cruelty Free Products WORTH the Hype!



If you’re like me and read a lot of beauty blogs or watch a lot of YouTube beauty videos, you surely have noticed that certain products are mentioned over and over and over again. They get a lot of buzz! One always wonders if those products are really as good as they seem, or if there’s just some kind of mob mentality keeping everyone enamored with the same so-so products. Always curious about the next best thing, I often find myself trying those β€œit” products of the moment just to see if they’re really everything my mind has made them out to be. Well, today we’re going to go through five of those very products that do indeed live up to every glowing review, each overly enthusiastic video and even, of all things, most of the products’ own claims! πŸ™‚ Without further ado, I bring you 5 Cruelty Free Products WORTH the Hype!

Smooth, Soft, Summer – Ready Skin the (mostly) Natural Way!



Though the weather here has been a bit deceiving since I didn’t see the sun for most of May, do not be fooled! Summer is on its way!!! With warmer temperatures and longer days comes more exposed skin. I don’t know about you, but I want my skin to be as soft and smooth as possible! So today I’m going to share with you all my tips and tricks for getting your softest, smoothest Summer-ready skin! And bonus, they’re pretty much all on the more natural side and definitely affordable! πŸ˜‰

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil – Blooming Good?



Farmacy is a brand that’s relatively new to Sephora. Being the curious-about-all-things-beauty-person that I am, I was intrigued. Farmacy is a small New York-based company that uses local farm fresh ingredients and cosmetic experts to create non-irritating products. All of the products are based around their patent-pending EchinaceaGreenEnvy, a potent form of Echinacea Purpurea that is rich in antioxidants. The first thing that caught my eye, and I felt would be least problematic for my acne-prone skin, is the Clear Bloom Glideaway Cleansing Oil. Naturally I decided I needed to try it! I am so glad I did because, though there is a slight learning curve, it is my new favorite way to remove makeup! Let’s get into the pros and cons so you can determine if it’s right for you! πŸ™‚