I’ve been a long fan of Cleansing Oils for washing my face. They are hydrating without being too much (even when my skin was oilier). They’re gentle yet effective, and they even remove makeup without much trouble. They really can be an all-in-one product. Plus there’s just something about the process of using a good cleansing oil that I really enjoy. I have tried a number throughout the years – from higher end to more budget friendly – and I’ve recently stumbled upon two very similar oils…but with dramatically different price tags! For the pricier option we have the Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil and on the more affordable end, we have the Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil. So, let’s go through the similarities and differences and see – do we have a budget-friendly dupe?!?
Well, August is here. That means traditional US Summer is more than half gone! How? Why? Where has it gone?!? But I shouldn’t complain. Things are going well and it’s been a decent Summer so far…not that much has actually happened in my world. LOL! I just love the long, sunny days (which I feel the need to point out the ridiculous amount of rain this year) and I actually enjoy the heat…as long as there is air conditioning. 😉 Since July has past, we all know that means it’s time for another Cruelty Free Favorites! I’m not going to pretend that I wore much makeup throughout the month, but I have been trying a lot of new skincare in a surprisingly successful attempt to battle to onslaught of dryness brought about by Accutane. I should probably call this my “Cruelty Free Skincare Favorites.” LOL! But there’s some great skincare that I’ve been loving in July as well as a few food stuffs. So sit back, relax, and I’ll try to keep it brief…at least as much as I’m capable! LOL!
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!
July has come and gone which means it is time for another Monthly Favorites post! It’s been a really hot and humid July and I’m guessing that August will bring even more of the sweat-drenched sunny days. 😀 I’m all for the sunshine, but I could do without the humid. 😉 Anyway, July’s been a decent month. I can’t say that I’ve really done much, but no complaints from this corner. I haven’t been wearing a ton of makeup, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some stand outs that I keep reaching for over and over and over again! Without further ado, I bring you my July Favorites for 2016!!!
I never managed to put together an annual favorites post in 2015 because the shit hit the fan around that time. It’s all good now and a lot of great products have entered my life since the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve! Because of that, and because we’ve kind of reached the half way point of the year (in blog favorites terms), I thought I would compile some of my top finds so far from 2016! Not all of these are brand new products, but I hadn’t tried them before. The one thing they all have in common is that they are fantastic! 🙂 No more suspense, let’s get to the good stuff!
Ah dandruff. Those pesky white flakes that no one wants. Lucky me, I seem blessed with the hair snow! 😀 Granted it’s not terrible and since my roots are (often) blonde, it can be sort of disguised just by the nature of the lack of color contrast. But still, I find myself dealing with an itchy scalp and enough noticeable dandruff that I feel a need for a dandruff shampoo. Unfortunately, since I color treat my hair (why is called treat when it’s more like abuse?) and I insist on cruelty free shampoos and conditioners, it’s been difficult to find anything that meets my cruelty free color-treated standards. Of course when I do, I often find products to be only somewhat effective. Enter the Derma E Scalp Relief Shampoo! I think I have found my scalp’s savior! 🙂