free cosmetics

Ulta is having an adorable deal where you get this cute makeup bag and honey infused lipgloss when you buy anything over $35 from Too Faced. So naturally I got the PB& Honey palette because it’s so cute and I’m a sucker for the tin palettes. Also I really wanted the sister palette to the PB&J palette

I'm going cruelty free!!!

Buying only cruelty free cosmetics means that from now on, I will only purchase from brands that do not test on animals.

Animal testing is used all over the world for medicines, household products, cosmetics, etc… and personally, I think testing cosmetics on animals is unnecessary and cruel. There are over 7,000 FDA approved ingredients that cosmetic companies can use for their products. There are technologies available to mimic human tissue, eliminating the need to test new ingredients on animals. We do not need to torture animals that have no say in the matter just to put shit on our faces. (and I say this as a makeup LOVER).

I’m trying to be a more conscious consumer. I have the ability to be discerning with my product purchases, and this is a SUPER EASY way to reduce harm in the world.

For me personally, my goals are to only purchase makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care, and body care products that are cruelty free. I will not be throwing away my current non-CF products, because that damage has already been done I guess? Plus, literally all of my perfumes are not CF and most of them were gifts, so I’m not tossing those. I don’t anticipate running out of perfume in the next lifetime, anyway.

Brands that have products I love that I will not be purchasing from in the future:

  • MAC
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Benefit
  • Maybelline
  • L'Oréal
  • Most designer brands (Dior, Giorgio Armani, YSL, etc…)
  • Neutrogena
  • Origins
  • Dove
  • Pretty much EVERY mainstream fragrance company 😂

And honestly? I’ll be fine. Makeup, while a big hobby of mine, is a pretty frivolous thing in terms of what you “need” in life. There are SO MANY amazing brands that will have me 100% covered.

Brands that I LOVE that are cruelty free:

  • NARS
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Tarte
  • Urban Decay
  • Too Faced
  • Hourglass
  • Dose of Colors
  • ColourPop
  • Kylie Cosmetics
  • BECCA
  • Kat Von D
  • NYX
  • Milani
  • Jordana
  • Milk Makeup
  • Glossier
  • Bite Beauty

Obviously not all of them but a bunch that I love.

This is pretty exciting for me and I have thought about doing this for a while… and I finally thought about it and decided that I’m going to do it TODAY. Not some day, but today. 

HAPPY 2017!!!!!
To kick of this new year I have teamed up with some awesome people who want to give a few of you guys a great New Years gift! WILL SHIP INTERNATIONALLY (Unless Specified I purchased the product)
To enter you must be following me @fuckyesclairedearing and then all you have to do is like or reblog this as many times as you want (each is a new entry) and there will be a spot prize every week!!! Closes March 28th
As you can see there are some pretty rad things up there and I’m am so glad to be able to share this with you all! I’ve been promising a giveaway for a while and now that I’ve hit a real milestone here we are! The products are:
A HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit that was donated by HiSmile
Fjallraven Pink Bag donated by StandBags
Lush Space Girl bath bomb donated by LUSH Cosmetics
3 Mac Matte Lipsticks donated by Farmers NZ
20 meters of Copper Fairy Lights donated by Typo Aus
How Do You Like Them Apples blush set The Balm donated by Unichem
Nudes Palette the Balm donated by Unichem
USD$25 Starbucks Voucher from my mum
Because Cats phone case (winner to chose model)
Marble Phone Case
Activated Charcoal Mask
Benefit Give Me Brow Gel
NASA Shirt (winner to chose size)
Oversize Rugby Top from Lazy Oaf
A Kylie Lip Kit
Obama Mug from my friend @notsofictionalboys
GOOD LUCK!!!

Lush Reviews✨

I love Lush. They create such amazing cruelty free, vegetarian, fresh, affordable products that are very effective. About a month ago, I got these three products from Lush and I wanted to try them out before I gave you guys a full review. Please keep in mind that I have oily, acne-prone skin and what might work for me might not for you😌

•Don’t Look at me fresh face mask💙

This mask is made with lemon juices and ground rice. It is this vibrant blue color that definitely draws attention. I like this mask, but I don’t love it. It did leave my skin smooth, and it did exfoliate, but I was expecting my skin to brighten up. Because I’m oily skin, I’m looking for something less Hydrating. This mask is intended for all skin types, but I’d suggest it more for sensitive-dry-combination skin. I feel like it was too soft on me and didn’t do much. I would rather put on the Cup O Coffee ☕️ mask. It did leave my skin soft, but it’s not as much as the coffee mask would.

•Tea Tree Toner Water 💦

This has been a game changer for me. I barely use my cucumber water anymore because of this product. This toner comes in a spray bottle, and when sprayed on my face it left me refreshed, hydrated, and it took care of my redness. It is redness reducing and it has helped with my blemishes. What I like to do is, after cleansing I swipe some witch Hazel all over my face and then spray my face with the toner water. I love how fresh my skin feels and how quickly it calms my redness and blemishes❤️

•Magical Moringa Moisturizer

The magical moringa Moisturizer is truly magical. It has been my first matte moisturizer. This moisturizer contains Rosehip, Argan, and Moringa oil so it has the perfect combination of GOOD oils for your skin. It does feel a little oily (I wonder why) but it leaves a very smooth matte finish. It is not drying for me, but it might be for more dry skin types. It says it can be used as a makeup primer. I personally haven’t tried it as a makeup primer but I have used it every day and I apply my spf ☀️ afterwards and I’m still Matte so I do not need to bake my face with translucent powder. I will keep you guys updated for when I do use it as a makeup primer and tell you how it went😘

The only product that I can say for sure that I will repurchase is the Tea Tree Water Toner. I want to give the other products a chance. Don’t get me wrong, I love the magical morning moisturizer, but I want to try out other matte moisturizers (like the new GlamGlow Matte glow moisturizer). I will keep you guys updated💕

10

Hey guys! So this month has been killer on us. My employers decided to dock me almost 29 hours from my check this month, so my check was over $300 short. They’re reasoning on this was that I had not built up enough sick time so earlier this month when I was out a whole week with 3 separate viral infections, I didn’t get paid. But I understand, it’s just how the district works, I know that was on me and not them.

However, now I’m finding out that in addition to that, our county court didn’t accept our payment for our expired tags ticket because it was a couple days late. So now we have to go into court Monday, and pay the ticket on top of all the court fines. Plus, they decided to put out a warrant on Austin, so if we’re not careful, that’s a $250 bond.

This would be all fine and dandy if my check had been full. But it wasn’t. So now I’m unable to pay both my utility bill and 2 loan payments (my student loan and a personal loan). I’ve been real good about never being late with my loans, however I’ve been late with the utilities before, so I’d like to get back to being good with them.

So the point! If you have a little spending money and enjoy handmade cosmetics and jewelry, I’d really like it if you’d check out my shop! Almost every cosmetic is completely vegan (maybe 1 product isn’t), and its completely cruelty free. I make sure that no ingredients I use have ever been animal tested and are ethically sourced. And it’s all super reasonably priced! I’d prefer shop purchases over donations (I really don’t like donations), so that I’m able to give something in return! You can find my shop here:

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