Happy late January Favorites! Apologies for this being so late. I was down and out with the flu for almost 2 weeks. Let me tell you, this horrible flu that keeps making the news? It really is awful! Finally I’m feeling a bit better and I don’t want to miss one of my favorite kind of posts to write. I have 2 apologies to make quickly before we get into it. One: deepest apologies for so many “Favorite” type posts the last while. I have been – and still am – feeling a bit at a loss for subject matter. I’m working on it though. Two: As I was sick most of the second half of the month, I wasn’t loving much outside of my bed and sleep! Therefore, I don’t have a crap ton of favorites for January…and there’s no makeup coming up, though I’m guessing if that’s your main interest, you aren’t reading this blog anyway. 😄 So, disclaimers out of the way, I did manage to wash my face a few times throughout the month as well as wash my hair here and there. That gives me a few “new” favorites to mention, so here we go!!!
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!
As a lot of you may know, I’ve been on an Accutane regimen for a little while now (I just found out I’m about to start my *hopefully* final month!). Accutane is infamous for the extreme skin dryness that everyone seems to experience while on the medication. To give an example, while I’m writing this, I’m on 7 day hair!!! 😳 Yup. It’s been an entire week without washing the not-even-remotely-greasy mop on my head which, I must say, is a positive side effect in my eyes. 😉 With that though, my face has certainly gone from combo / oily to definitely on the dry side. Given that, I have managed to avoid much of the flaky, itchy, tight or other such variations of actual discomfort from the drying effects of the Accutane…with the exception of my nose, which, to be fair, is usually a bit flaky. Since I’ve been using the same products pretty consistently, I feel like I can finally share my cruelty free “secrets” for managing super dry and sensitive skin that is also safe for using while taking Accutane.
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!
Happy official first Favorites of Summer!!! ☀️ I cannot believe that June is already coming to an end. I know, stereotypical blogger Favorites opening. 😜 It’s so true though! Seriously, where is the year going?!?! Enough! I have a lot of favorites from June so I’m not going to ramble…too much! 😉 We’ve got some hair care, skin care, SPF – good and bad – body care, makeup and something kinda random. So let’s get into it!!!
In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new affordable cruelty free brand on the market – The Ordinary! Though mainly known for their skincare (which I’ve also been loving btw!), they recently blew the makeup world away by introducing what they call “Colours,” aka Foundations! There is a Serum Foundation and a Coverage Foundation – both setting you back less than $7 per 30mL bottle!!! How great can a $7 foundation actually be? Let’s just stick with the Serum Foundation for today. So, keep on reading to hear my thoughts with before and after photos about The Ordinary’s new Serum Foundation!
***Quick Note on Cruelty Free Status: Deciem (The Ordinary’s parent company) has entered into a “partnership” with Estee Lauder. To read the details, check out the Founder’s letter about the “marriage” here. In my eyes, Deciem remains cruelty free, but this is up to you to decide.