Today’s Best of 2017 is focusing on Cruelty Free Skincare. This is a bit of a tricky category for me because 2017 was the year that I finally started taking Accutane for my stubborn acne. If you’re unfamiliar, Accutane is an often controversial drug taken to (hopefully) “cure” treatment-resistant acne. It has the side effect of completely drying out everyone’s skin, so the second half of the year I was doing everything I could to keep my formerly combo-to-oily skin as hydrated as possible while taking the drug. Having said that, you now know what skin types we are working with here, and since I had two majorly different concerns throughout the year, I will specify which type of skin I had while using the product if it’s relevant. If it worked well either way, I won’t specify the skin type unless it’s still somehow relevant. So, with that out of the way, let’s just get going because there is a lot!
It’s the second most wonderful time of the year for those of us with massive Sephora addictions! 😝 That’s right! The Sephora VIB Sale is almost here!!! I thought I would go through some of my favorite cruelty free products available at Sephora to give you a few recommendations while considering what new goodies to pick up this go-round. Real quick, the details as I understand them are that the sale runs from April 18th through the 24th for VIB Rouge members and your discount will be 15% off of everything as many times as you choose to shop in that time frame! Similarly, VIB member will receive 15% off between April 19th and 24th, while Beauty Insiders will be getting 10% off from April 20th through April 23rd. If you’re one of these lucky Sephora Insider members, you should receive a card in the mail as well as a code in your email that can be used over and over again during the above mentioned dates! There has also been some fantastic cruelty free news: Tashina from Logical Harmony has confirmed that Smashbox and Marc Jacobs Beauty (not the fragrances) have been added to her cruelty free list (Stila‘s back too)!!! Discounts and new brands and cruelty free goodness, oh my! 😜 Enough silliness, let’s get to the recommendations (linked to reviews if I have one). 😉
Ahhhhh!!! It’s that time of year again! Yup, Sephora’s annual VIB / VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale! If you’re a Rouge member, you are probably aware that the sale just began for you (code “20ROUGE”)! ? For Rouge members, the sale runs from November 4-7, while VIB members get a go at the sale from November 11-14 (code “20VIB”). Given this always exciting event, I thought I would share some of my cruelty free recommendations with you today! So let’s get started as this could become rather lengthy. ?
Time to take a walk down memory lane again and revisit my May Favorites from 2015! I’m going to try and do these more towards the middle of the month from now on so there aren’t so many favorite-based posts stacked up together, but planning hasn’t been my strong suit lately! 😀 Anyway, the point of this post is to go through favorites from prior years and see how I feel about them today. In other words, did my love for them stand the test of time? 🙂 There weren’t a whole lot of things that I mentioned in 2015, so hopefully I can keep this relatively short…fingers crossed! 😉 Instead of rambling, let’s just jump right to it!
Firstly, skin care. As I mentioned in my post on Skin Care Game Changers, my skin seems to react well to glycolic acid. Since I am still trying to reduce the congestion in my skin, I turned to the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. I’m usually not a fan of pre-soaked products, but I’ve been using these in place of my toner at night and they have been helping a lot! They are drenched in lactic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate, tone and brighten. They’re very gentle and have definitely helped break down a fair amount of the clogged areas of my face. Though I only have the smaller jar of these pads, they haven’t dried out at all, which is one of my biggest complaints with pre-soaked products. I think the screw on jar-like container helps maintain the moisture in the pad. I have the larger size of the Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads as well and, though I’m just about finished, they haven’t dried out a bit. I would definitely recommend the Facial Radiance Pads to anyone having trouble with clogged pores, congestion, breakouts, dullness, or even dryness. Really, I think anyone could benefit from these! I just ordered the full size and intend to test out using them twice a day.
Given that this miraculous wonder balm works so well, it almost certainly is filled with some strange potentially horrible for you ingredients, right? Nope! J It is literally just natural oils, waxes and flavor most of which are organic. It’s truly amazing! Having said that, you might be able to make something similar in your kitchen with a little bit of know-how, but I am totally willing to pay for this because it is so spectacular!