Why You Should Care About Cruelty Free Cosmetics

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It’s been over two years since I started my cruelty-free journey and this blog. I have learned a lot about what cruelty-free means and I have been able to teach my friends, family, and readers about animal testing and why it needs to end. I feel like everyone is aware of animal testing but it’s when we turn our awareness into caring and become advocates in the fight against animal testing. Here’s why you should care about purchasing cruelty-free cosmetics.

It’s inhumane.

What got me interesting in learning about animal testing is a project I was assigned my freshman year in college. For my computer graphic design class, we had to pick a social topic and a word to describe both sides of the “argument” then create two posters that showed both sides. I did some research and came along animal testing, I used this site as a source for my project and was astonished that they still tested on animals even though there are alternate testing methods that leave animals out of the picture. A lot of companies claim that they test humanely, hence why I chose the word humane for both of my posters. There’s absolutely nothing humane about forcing chemicals onto (or even into) animals. Animals do not deserve to sit in cages all day and be tortured. Period.

It’s unnecessary.

Like I stated above, there are alternative testing methods that don’t harm animals. Many argue that there is no other way, but there is! In history, numerous things have been tested on animals and have been deemed safe or unsafe, therefore we don’t need to keep testing said ingredients on animals if they have already come to a conclusion about them. (A lot of safe ingredients are STILL being used to test on animals, which is unnecessary since they’ve already passed previous tests, correct?) We have come so far with technology that we have invented new ways to test products or ingredients – which is also cheaper than testing on animals! P.s. Animals don’t wear cosmetics, so why do we inject stuff into their eyes? Doesn’t make any sense.

It’s more than just bunnies and mice – it’s other animals too.

Yup, you heard that right. Did you know that beagles are the most commonly used dog breed for animal testing? And do you want to know why they use beagles? It’s because they’re naturally trusting of humans and they’re docile – so basically, they use that to their advantage in the lab and abuse those poor babies that just want to be loved. Totally uncalled for. Not to mention, most of the tests done on animals go wrong, so then those poor animals just get euthanized with no chance at a normal life.

It’s not accurate.

If you haven’t noticed, you aren’t a mouse, or a guinea pig, or a fish…so why do laboratories test on these animals when we really aren’t like them? “92% of experimental drugs that are safe and effective in animals fail in human clinical trials because they are too dangerous or don’t work” (Source). We aren’t wired the same as the animals that they test on – just like some humans have more sensitive skin than others. We have completely different body make ups, hence why we shouldn’t be testing on animals since these products/chemicals/drugs/ingredients could react totally different in a human beings body. THERE ARE OTHER TESTING METHODS OUT THERE, yo, laboratories get with the program! Stop testing on animals.

Now, as an ending note I would like to clarify a few things in case the comments get heated (I don’t think they will but you never know). 1.) Animal testing has been done for years and years and years. We are now in 2017, we have a list of ingredients that are safe and we don’t need to continue to test on animals if we know what ingredients are safe,

1.) Animal testing has been done for years and years and years. We are now in 2017, we have a list of ingredients that are safe and we don’t need to continue to test on animals if we know what ingredients are safe, kapeesh?

2.) Animal testing has contributed to life-saving procedures as well as medicine. Now, this is where it gets a little weary and confusing. There are some things in life that we won’t be able to get that haven’t been tested on animals – like medicine. BUT, there is a HUGE difference between testing medicine and testing VANITY products on animals. Just because you know that there are some things that have been tested on animals that you need, doesn’t mean you should just give up on buying cruelty-free products. Your dollar is your vote and you buying from L’Oreal, MAC, etc isn’t going to fix the problem – you’re contributing to it. MAC claims that they are in the fight against animal testing and only test where required by law and that’s a load of crap. They still sell in China even though they KNOW that China requires them to test their cosmetics by law, so they are not in the fight to stop animal testing. (This is just MY opinion, it’s not a “cruelty-free” law y’know).

3.) Start somewhere. Whether it’s purchasing a cruelty-free foundation or mascara, that’s a start. You don’t have to replace every single makeup product you own today just because I’ve been talking about animal testing, but when you go to purchase new items – take a second, think about it, and support cruelty-free brands (there are plenty out there)!

BUY FROM CRUELTY-FREE BRANDS, PLEASE.

Not sure where to start? Check out my cruelty-free on a budget posts, my posts featuring cruelty-free products, and check out Logical Harmony for a HUGE list of cruelty-free brands!

I hope you enjoyed the post. Sorry if it seemed all over the place, I saw another blog post that kind of ticked me off so I decided to write about my side and why I am a cruelty-free beauty blogger.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: No affiliate links. All opinions are my own and sources are linked accordingly. Again, these are just my opinions – they are not right or wrong but this something I feel passionately about and I feel like more people need to be aware of. 

July 6, 2017
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Foxbrim Haul + Review *

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Hey my loves! Another haul comin’ at chu. Today is all about Foxbrim, a cruelty-free company who offers organic, natural skincare and hair care products, which are also affordable!

(P.s. Shout out to my friend Emily for some great pictures that I wouldn’t have been able to get on my own!)

This is by far one of my favorite products that I’ve ever tried. I have stretch marks on the back of my thighs that kind of just appeared out of nowhere and I’m really insecure about them (like not wanting to wear shorts, insecure about them). I’ve always been kind of skeptical about stretch mark creams or similar products but decided to give this one a go since it contains rosehip oil and I’ve heard that it’s good for scars and marks. I tried this at night and the next morning one of my stretch marks was faded and wasn’t as deep as it used to be (if I ran my fingers over it I could feel the indentation…) I was seriously so surprised. I apply it at least once every day, usually before bed but it is suggested to use it twice a day. I definitely recommend the Revitalizing Stretch Mark Oil, it’s what dreams are made of.

The Ocean Mineral Lotion has been my go to in the morning. It’s lightweight and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy, plus it smells good! I love that it has hyaluronic acid in it because it helps with aging and I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin since using this.

Another thing I like to use in the morning! The Lavender Mist Toner is so refreshing on the skin and it has beneficial ingredients in it to fight redness and inflammation, and the lavender essential oil helps to reduce stress and calm you down.

*insert goofy pic here*

This has been my go-to cleanser lately now that my acne has calmed down a little. The Coconut Mil + Honey Facial Cleanser has vitamin E oil in it, aloe vera, honey and more to give you a gentle but effective cleanse. It’s so gentle on the skin and helps to balance out my oily-ness.

The Ultimate Renewal Scar Cream is perfect for acne scars, dark spots or other parts of your body! I’ve been using it on some of my acne scars and so far, so good. It’s been lightening the spots and helps to heal the skin. The bottle is smaller than the other products, but you don’t really need a lot of it for it to do it’s job!

I also have a discount code for my readers. Get 15% off ANY and ALL Foxbrim products with the code “RAECHIC15”!

I hope you enjoyed the post. Are you interested in any of these from Foxbrim?! Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Yes, these products were sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

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July 3, 2017
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Lush Haul + Mini Review

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Hey my loves! I recently went to my local Lush store and fell in love with all of their options. I’ve shopped online with them in the past, but definitely enjoyed going to the store more! I wasn’t really sure what to pick out so I decided to grab the Hello Gorgeous gift set so I could try out a good amount of different products! It was $42.50 for the gift box and it contained 6 items, a mix of bath and shower products + skincare!

Ro’s Argan smells absolutely amazing and feels great on the skin too! This has a generous amount in it so I know I’ll definitely be getting a lot of use out of it – and when this one is done, I’m totally getting the full sized! It says to use it while you’re still in the shower, but I don’t, I just apply it like a regular body lotion. I know, I’m breakin’ the rules but you gotta do what you gotta do.

So this is a teeeeny sample of the Gorgeous moisturizer, which costs $90 for the full sized *yikes*. The girl at Lush told me that this sample should last me three weeks (lol, what?) so that I can get a good feel for it and see if it works with my skincare routine, since it takes about a month for stuff to start working for you. I have not tried it yet, mainly because I’m doing well with my current skincare routine and I’m not sure how this would be on my skin but also because the container is incredibly hard to open (or maybe I’m just a lil’ pathetic).

I’m really excited to try this shower cream out! The Comforter smells soooo good and it looks gorgeous in the bottle. I haven’t used it yet since I’ve been trying to use up the body wash in my shower right now but I’m ready to just ditch what I have and finally give this a go. I’ve heard so many good things about their shower creams and I love that they’re affordable and natural!

The Comforter also comes in a bubble bar! I’m pretty sure I tried one of their bubble bars before, but I was confused on how to use it, but this time I figured it out! I took a bath the other night and broke off a couple chunks of this and ran it under the water, it made the water a pretty pink color and added some nice bubbles which reminded me of my childhood! (Bubble baths were the shhhhizz). This isn’t full sized but you can definitely get a couple of uses out of it.

This bath bomb totally reminds me of a jawbreaker, anyone else? Sakura is a bath bomb that totally relaxes you. It smells really good and my skin felt incredibly soft after getting out of the tub. A lot of reviews on the Lush website don’t sound too good about this one, but I really liked it since the scent was subtle and not overwhelming like some other products I’ve tried. Very mellow and very calming, very much like.

This is the Rub Rub Rub body scrub and it smells incredible. I took it out of the bag to take a picture of it and I was blown away at how good it smells, definitely floral like the other products in the gift set. I like the color too! I haven’t used this one yet, since I’m still working on a body scrub that I have in my shower but I will definitely give this one a go. I think it might be a new favorite of mine!

I also grabbed two things in addition to the gift set.

This is my new favorite thing. As you guys know, I’ve been having a lot of problems with my skin and my acne since my birth control is the legit devil. I’ve tried tons of different things and most of them were slightly successful but not entirely successful if you know what I mean? I wanted to try this out since I know tea tree water is good for acne spots and killing bacteria and all that kind of stuff. This is a toner water that feels so refreshing on the skin, it’s now a must for me. It doesn’t dry me out like I expected it to and helps my skin stay balanced. I spray it on my face before bed and in the morning to freshen up. I highly recommend it! I’ve been using it like crazy, I might need to get another one soon.

Lastly, Lush works with charities and I love that about them. This is the shark fin soap and it’s super cute and I love the message behind it. This year 100% of the proceeds from this bar of soap will support the completion Rob Stewart’s newest documentary Sharkwater: Extinction – all extra funds will be used to continue his legacy to help save sharks and the ocean which I think is amazing! This soap is sold out on their website but I’m not sure if you can still get it in store – I’m happy I got it when I did.

Soooo, I may become a Lush addict now, especially since there’s one only 20 minutes away from me…do you have any Lush recommendations for me? Let me know!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

July 1, 2017
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Melt Proof Makeup Tips for This Summer | Guest Post

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We all love summer, but our makeup doesn’t. One of the downsides of hot weather is melting makeup – a faux pas to be avoided at all costs. To help you deal with this unpleasant problem, we’ve compiled a list of useful ideas you should consider.

Get a primer  

A makeup primer is an incredibly useful product if you know how to use it properly. The way to do it is to apply it gently before putting on your makeup, but after you’ve slathered some moisturizer on your face. All you need is a pea-size dot of oil-free primer that will not grease up your skin. It can be applied in seconds and its effect will last for hours. It prevents your makeup from flaking and makes it last much longer, which can be a real challenge during hot summer days.

Go light  

The best advice for boiling-hot days is to go light on your makeup. No matter how useful makeup can be, your skin will appreciate the opportunity to breathe without the layers of primer, foundation, concealer and other products. Moreover, the less makeup you put on your face, the less makeup can melt onto your clothes – as simple as that. Dab a bit of concealer on the problematic areas and wear a wide smile; most of the time, that’s all you really need.

Pick creamy shadows

Powdery makeup is a no-no in the summertime because it easily becomes cakey and heavy in hot weather. Instead, go for creamy shadows which are more durable, and they also glisten nicely in the sun. Moreover, keep in mind that having the right brushes is half work done. Even if you’re not a professional, investing in high-quality makeup tools like Sigma brushes can really make a difference. Creamy eye shadows also tend to look more lively than the regular, powdery ones.

Make it waterproof   

Waterproof makeup is taking the world by storm and there’s a good reason for it. This type of makeup is resilient and can get you through any weather and setting. Moreover, if you decide to go for a quick dip, you won’t get the famous racoon eyes. With or without water, this is the best way to ensure durability. A waterproof mascara is particularly a must.

Expect the unexpected

To make sure you can deal with any makeup crisis that might arise, always carry the essential ‘repair’ kit in your purse. Mini-sized packages of makeup always come in handy in times of crisis. Another thing to keep in mind, and in your purse, is blotting paper ‒ the best ally against an oily forehead and nose. Apply it regularly to your T-zone in order to prevent any unwanted shine.

Forget about powder blush

As we’ve already said, powdery products are not a good choice during hot weather. Blush, however, is one of those products that you can rarely do without. Compensate by opting for cream or gel blush that you can rub in carefully to ensure a long-lasting effect.  

Choose a liquid eyeliner

Some women shy away from liquid eyeliners since they take some getting used to, which can be slightly frustrating if patience is not one of your virtues. However, in the summertime, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, since liquid liners won’t smudge as easily as pencil liners tend to.

Trust vibrant colors

Summer is the time when we’re not afraid to flaunt our lively colored clothes and funky patterns. Similarly, tinting your lips in bright colors or experimenting with vibrant eye shades is something you should definitely try. This will not only spice up your look and make it more suitable for summer, but also refresh your whole appearance, especially if neutral and balanced colors are your usual choice.  

Use these easy tricks to prevent your makeup from smudging and melting in hot weather. Once you’ve done all the steps, kick back and enjoy the sun knowing that your glowing look is here to stay.   

I hope you enjoyed the post! A big shout out to Mia for writing this post! Check her out below. 🙂

 

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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June 23, 2017
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LoveGoodly June/July 2017 Unboxing

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I’m really bad at not spending money…I constantly tell my boyfriend to take my debit card away from me but that won’t help me any since PayPal exists and I cannot be stopped.

ANYWAYS, previously I told you guys that I would be canceling my LoveGoodly subscription. Well I did, then I saw that the June/July box was going to have a FULL sized KVD everlasting liquid lipstick in it and I hopped onto LoveGoodly so quickly to resubscribe and I’m happy that I did! This is a treat for me every other month and I really do enjoy opening it and trying out the new products in it. I’m happy that this whole box wasn’t just beauty related items, so if you’re curious to see what I got, keep on reading! (I apologize for the crappy pictures, used my iPhone since my ring light was not cooperating!)

So this is the KVD Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovecraft which is a beautiful mauve color. If you’ve been around for a while, you know I don’t like the Colourpop Ultra Matte lipsticks but I love this one. It doesn’t feel drying on the lips like the Colourpop ones do. The KVD one definitely has a creamier consistency while the Colourpop ones have a wet consistency. Anyways, SUPER excited to wear this in the fall. Mauve looks really good on me, not to toot my own horn or anything but gotta give yourself compliment when you can, y’know?

I was surprised to see these in my box, but I’m kind of glad that they were included. My nails are so brittle and break all the time so I hope these supplements will help me out. They are vegetarian which is a mega plus. I wonder if they’ll help you my skin problems to…I’ll keep you updated on Instagram, so make sure you’re following me there!

Ah! This is so cute. So this is a hair tie that also doubles as a bracelet (or a bracelet that doubles as a hair tie). They were giving this turquoise color away in boxes or a black one and I’m happy I got the turquoise one! The color is one of my favorites and I love the bracelet. Really cute, really simple but also handy! GemTye also has a lot of different styles so check those out.

This is a pretty pink polish from FABY. I’ve never heard of them before but they are 7 free (meaning no yucky chemicals) and they’re vegan if that’s something that is important to you. This one is called “Hula Hoop Pink” but I don’t think it’s available for purchase anymore but they do have loads of other colors that are pretty as well.

Here is a pin from Fred + Far which is a company that promotes self-love. They make jewelry to remind you to love yourself and honor yourself. I think this is an amazing idea! I already put the pin on my backpack and I can’t wait to show it off on campus.

Here is the card with all of the prices and details if you were curious! This month’s box supports Farm Sanctuary <3

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

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June 17, 2017
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