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Thrive Market Haul + Review


Hey my loves! Finally, a beauty related post I’m sure you’ve all been waiting for. I’ve been seeing ads for Thrive Market a lot lately and decided that I would try it out for myself since they have a pretty damn good selection of products, including food, cleaning products, beauty products and more. It’s basically a one stop shop for everything you need and you can filter the results you get by only gluten free items or only cruelty free items (+ more categories)! I find that super helpful, especially when I want to try out new products from cruelty free brands.

So, about Thrive Market. It is a paid yearly subscription service, BUT it’s worth it. Just like having Amazon Prime is worth it! It’s $60 a year and with each paid subscription they’re able to give low-income families a membership so they can make cheaper and healthier choices. You can get 25% off your first purchase and a 30-day FREE trial of the service here.

Alright, now onto the goodies I got!

I picked up 4 things for a total of $25. I found a coupon code for $10 + free shipping – so make sure you download Honey to find you the best coupon codes!

Derma E Very Clear Moisturizing Cream $11.95 w/ coupon (regularly $19.50)

So I’m still having trouble keeping my acne at bay lately, damn you birth control. I guess I can’t really do much about it since it is hormonal but I thought I would try out a new moisturizer and this one happens to be targeted for oily/acne prone skin. It doesn’t dry me out, which I was worried about but it does smell like tea tree oil, so if you don’t like that, you won’t like this. I haven’t met a Derma E product that I haven’t liked yet! 10/10, do recommend.

Derma E Very Clear Acne Cleanser  $9.45 (regularly $15.50)

There is a theme here with this order lol. I also grabbed the Derma E acne cleanser to help out my skin as well. I use this in the shower when I wash my face and I use it on one of those rubber scrubbies. It feels really good on the skin but does have that tea tree oil smell. It not only helps with reducing irritation, it also acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial face wash to help kill the breakouts before they happen! Surprisingly, this doesn’t dry my skin out either. I mean my skin type has definitely changed, I’m more oily/normal now when before I was extremely dry. It’s crazy how hormones can change your skin, right?! Anyways, again another 10/10, do recommend! I literally love Derma E so much.

Desert Essence Blemish Touch Stick $5.95 (regularly $9.99)

I was a fan of the ELF acne fighting gel for $3, but lately I felt like it wasn’t entirely effective for me anymore so I decided to get this bad boy. The ingredients are similar, but this one has witch hazel and tea tree oil as the first ingredients and in the ELF one they’re kind of scattered. SO, I think this one is definitely more effective. It’s super concentrated and helps to dry out my spots, another item that I liked from this haul! I would recommend this if you want a cruelty free spot treatment that’s invisible 🙂 (besides the smell, haha).

Thrive Market Vanilla Mint Lip Balm $6.95 (regularly $14.99)

I’m always running out of lip balms and I know for sure that I am not the only one. 4 lip balms for $7? Heck yeah. Maybe that isn’t a good deal, but for me it is since I obviously want to use products that are cruelty free and if I’m out and about, I don’t want to buy a $2 lip balm that isn’t cruelty free, y’know? I’m not even sure if I’m making any sense, but maybe you’ll understand how I feel. Plus, most cruelty free lip balms (ex: Hurraw! are my fave but are almost $5 for one :/) are over $2 a piece, so I figured this would be a good value. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right – who knows!

Anyways! That’s the end of this haul, check out this cute lil stop motion I made on Instagram!

BTW, are you following me on Insta? If not, you can check it out here and I would love if you followed me.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Have you used Thrive Market before? Let me know 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: These products were bought with my own money and all opinions are my own. I will be paying for my own annual subscription and I am not being paid to make this post. The links for products are NOT affiliate links but the link for your first Thrive order is (so if you click it and start an order/membership I will receive commission off of that – if you’re not comfortable with that, then you don’t have to click it!)

May 25, 2017

Nip + Fab Review *


Hey my loves! I hope you’re doing fantastic. Today I have a special post for you about Nip + Fab! I’ve done a review on some of their products in the past, which you can read here. Nip + Fab is cruelty free, affordable and available at Ulta or CVS (plus on their website!)

Nip + Fab has makeup, skincare, bodycare and even products formulated for the gents.

Glycolic Fix Night Pads // $15

I’m a huge fan of the daily glycolic fix pads, so when I saw that they had a night version too I was super excited! Formulated with glycolic acid, lactic acid, hyaluronic acid and salicylic acid -these exfoliating facial pads will refine your pores, brighten your complexion, and decongest your skin. These pads seriously pack a punch! I have sensitive skin, so I only use them once a week but I’ve noticed a difference in my skin – it’s smoother and looks clearer. They don’t burn or irritate my skin, which I was worried about. I was also worried that they would dry my skin out too much, but they don’t. I do recommend them if you want to incorporate something new into your skincare routine. They’re affordable and effective!

Glycolic Cleansing Fix // $8

When I first saw this I thought it was a toner, but it’s actually a cleanser. It has glycolic acid in it to retexture and resurface the skin while the olive oil in it hydrates and smooths your skin. I use it after I get out of the shower, while my skin is still damp. I really focus on my problem areas (my chin and around my mouth) to make sure that I get all of the gunk out of my pores. This has really helped with my hormonal acne and I do recommend! P.s. A little goes a long way 🙂

Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot // $20

This is a highly concentrated serum that will resurface your skin, reduce the appearance of pigmentation, and will stimulate cell renewal so you’ll look younger and feel better about yourself! I’m happy to say that I’ve incorporated this into my daily routine, I apply it in the morning before moisturizer and it gives me such a nice glow.

Post-Glycolic Fix Moisturizer // $19

This moisturizer is a must-have for me! It’s the last step for my morning glycolic skincare routine. Not only does it have SPF in it to save your skin from harmful UV rays, it also has ingredients to calm + soothe your skin plus it also helps to control oil-buildup throughout the day! It smells great, feels great and my skin loves it. I’m sure yours will too! 🙂

Overall – Nip + Fab is an amazing skincare brand that’s surely becoming my favorite. I can’t wait to try out some of the their other products.

Have you tried anything from Nip + Fab? Let me know if you have or if you want to! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed the post.

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 anyway. 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. I am not being paid for this post. Thank you Collectively for the opportunity!

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April 21, 2017

Feel Good Inside and Out: The Cruelty Free Makeover



When we experiment with makeup and pick out a lipstick, we don’t really think about the story behind it. Sadly many companies still sell products that test on animals, and a lot of what goes into a lipstick and other makeups isn’t always healthy. There many toxic chemicals listed with funny names on the ingredient labels, often leave us baffled and confused. Rather than drive yourself crazy trying to figure it all out, why not make that switch to cruelty free cosmetics!

How to Spot Cruelty Free Products

To be sure that you’re using products free of animal testing, look for cruelty free certifications. This is shown with the pink bunny PETA logo. Sometimes a product can be misleading by saying that their ‘final product’ isn’t tested on animals. That doesn’t mean that the ingredients are cruelty free. It’s important to know the difference.The leaping bunny logo means no animal testing was carried out throughout the whole production process. Another AMAZING source is Logical Harmony!

Dispelling the Cruelty Free Myths

You may be thinking, “I don’t know, cruelty free cosmetics sounds great, but I just don’t have a big budget that allows me to make that switch”. Well, this is where many consumers are misled into thinking that cruelty free means twice the price. Not necessarily! It’s not like it used to be with only only a select few niche brands. Nowadays, the list is endless – and we’re talking cost effective prices too. Cruelty free products are now getting the spotlight and appreciation they deserve.


Knowing Where to Shop

Huge cosmetic stores like Sephora stock a great choice of cruelty free beauty brands like Butter London and NudeStix. If you like to shop online places like Vegan Cuts and Credo Beauty have an extensive range of animal friendly products. (LoveGoodly is my current fave sub box for cruelty free products!) Lush Cosmetics is another great brand with nationwide stores. If you’re not sure about a particular brand, you could always email the company about where they stand in terms of animal testing. Make sure you ask specifically about ingredients and not just the final product. Also ask them if they sell in China…if they do, that means that they aren’t cruelty free! Some cruelty free claims by brands can be confusing since there are loopholes, so I totally recommend using Logical Harmony as a source.

Visiting a Salon

If you’re unsure about what the best hair salon for you is when it comes to cruelty free products, just pop into your favorite local and ask if you can bring your own for them to use. The staff are there to help you and will be happy to offer advice. You could even try calling anonymously to ask over the phone.

Transition Gradually

If you decide to make the switch to cruelty free cosmetics, you don’t have to throw away your current products in defiance! That would be a waste. Donate them to a friend or family member. Evaluate your current products and see how they stack up. Transition gradually – there’s no rush. As long as you know you’re in it for the long haul, you can take your time to incorporate gradual changes. Over time you’ll discover new brands you never knew about and will be able to identify cruelty free cosmetics much more easily.

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something new! Are you transitioning to cruelty free beauty? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

February 22, 2017

How to go Cruelty Free on a Budget | Pt. 8



PT. 1 (Skincare)| PT. 2 (Foundation)| PT. 3 (Eyeshadow & Liners) | PT. 4 (Mascara & Brows)

 PT. 5 (Lips) | PT. 6 (Shower Hygiene) | PT. 7 (Everyday Hygiene) | PT. 8 (You are here)

It’s been a lonnnnnnnnnng time since my last CFOAB post, I do apologize. I hope you didn’t miss them way too much, but I think this may be the last post in the series unless I find something else to add. (Maybe haircare if you’re interested?)


Some of the brands that carry cruelty free toothpastes are Eco-Dent, Jason and Dr. Brite. (I’m sure that there is more, but these are all that I’ve heard of!) I didn’t put Dr. Brite in this collage because at the time that I made it, I hadn’t heard of them before. These toothpastes go for $10 or less, so they are a bit pricey but if you are trying to be a conscious consumer, I do suggest them! I purchased the natural toothpaste from Dr. Brite and I do enjoy it. I find it to clean my teeth very well and I have noticed them becoming a bit whiter since it is a whitening toothpaste 🙂 Let me know if you want a full review on the Dr. Brite products I purchased.


So, the brands that I mentioned above also carry mouthwash. Jason has quite a few different types of mouthwash, so you definitely will be able to find one targeted for your oral care needs, while Dr. Brite only has one type of mouthwash (which I use!). Eco-Dent also has a couple different types, but the bottle they have are 8 oz and cost you about $9, while you can get a 16 oz bottle of Jason mouthwash for about $13. So I guess it’s up to you for what you’re looking for. Dr. Brite’s mouthwash is also $9 and is 8 oz, so Jason is definitely the better deal.

Dental Floss

This may be a strange topic, but in order to keep all your daily products cruelty free, dental floss needs to be from a cruelty free brand! Eco-Dent has dental floss that comes in eco friendly containers (so no plastic – win win). 100 yards will cost you $5.49, a littttttle pricey but won’t you feel better about using something eco-friendly? I know I do. Desert Essence also carries dental floss that has tea tree oil (an antiseptic) so you know that your gums will be super clean and free of yucky germs. This floss will cost you about the same. Then lastly, another option for you is a Waterpik. I don’t know if a brand that tests on animals owns the company/products, but it is a good alternative if you want to reduce your waste. It may be a big investment for you, but it’s less money you would have to spend daily and less waste on your part.


Just like dental floss, buy toothbrushes from companies that don’t support animal testing! That means no Reach, Oral-B or Colgate toothbrushes. Instead, grab an eco-friendly toothbrush from companies like Charbrush, which carries eco-friendly toothbrushes with charcoal bristles that help to whiten teeth, fight plaque and prevent bad breath. The toothbrush will cost you about $10. Another brand that carries bamboo toothbrushes it Brush with Bamboo, you can get a 4 pack of brushes for $20, so that’s $5 per brush which isn’t too bad.

Gum & Mints

I thought I would just throw these here in case you were looking for some options to keep your breath nice and fresh throughout the day. I personally only know of two vegan gum brands Simply Gum and Pur Gum. I haven’t had them personally, but Rhian HY (from YouTube + WifeLife) talked about Simply Gum in one of her videos. As for mints, Hint Mint is a vegan brand that carries mints that are also aspartame free but it seems like all of their products are on backorder right now 🙁

That’s all for the (maybe last) post in the CFOAB series! I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out all of the past posts.

Xoxo, Rae

August 8, 2016

My Favorite Cruelty Free Products Under $10



Hey lovelies! I’ve been kind of in a blogging funk lately, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to have back up posts so that when I really can’t think of what to blog, I can just post those instead. I’m thinking about either making a video or a blog post (or both) about why I want to go on a spending ban (mainly for beauty products), does that sound interesting to anyone?

But anyways, here I’m going to show you a few items $10 and under that I love and that are cruelty free!

Milani Prep + Set + Go Transparent Powder ($9.99)

I bought the Milani powder a couple months ago to replace a non-cruelty free translucent powder that I had and I really really love it. It’s a great setting and mattifying powder that doesn’t overdry the skin. I try to focus this underneath my eyes to set my concealer, just because if I put it all over my face it does make it feel dry and tight (but I think that’s just because I have such dry skin). I think it would be great for those of you with oily skin or if you have an issue with your makeup sliding off.

Hask Hair Bamboo Oil Shampoo + Conditioner ($6 each)

I love love LOVE Hask’s products and now my sister has found a new love for them too. I love how inexpensive their products are. The quality is absolutely superb for what you pay and I don’t think I’ll ever switch to another hair care brand. I’m currently using up the Bamboo Oil collection that I have and I think I will be purchasing the Keratin collection once I use this set up!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6) Stockholm is pictured above.

NYX is extremely affordable and they have a wide variety of products. I’m a huge fan of their lip products, especially their soft matte lip creams. They have decent lasting power and come in a ton of different colors. I love them because they aren’t drying on the lips and aren’t too matte (to the point where you have cracking lips). I think they’re a staple lip product.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek Highlighter ($8) Stole The Show is pictured above.

Colourpop has been one of my go to brands lately, because of their price and quality. I picked up one of their highlighters and fell in love and now I’m always reaching for it. They have a ton of unique colors and a couple different finishes so I definitely think they’re worth checking out!

Pacifica Kale Detox Face Cleanser ($10)

Pacifica is my favorite skin care brand. They have masks, cleansers, and moisturizers and they even have some makeup products. I love love love their cleansers because they aren’t too drying on the skin, they smell great & they do their job. Definitely worth the money!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip ($6) Echo Park is pictured above.

Again, I love Colourpop and their Ultra Satin Lipsticks are my go-to now. I have a couple different colors from them and I love every single one of them. I feel like they’re super wearable and comfortable on the lips (I didn’t like the ultra mattes – so these are the

What are your favorite products under $10? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the post & thanks for reading <3

Xoxo, Rae

June 29, 2016