review, skincare Oz Naturals Ocean Minerals Facial Cleanser | Review * January 19, 2016

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I’m a cleanser junkie, I’m always trying them out and trying to figure out which ones work best for my skin. I have combination skin, usually oily in my t-zone (sometimes) and dry everywhere else. My skin is also very sensitive so I have to be careful what I use and since I recently went cruelty free, I have to look more into what items I’m purchasing. I was fortunate enough to have this product sent to me through Brandbacker to review for you guys, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it!

Oz Naturals is a brand that is cruelty free and proudly made in the USA. They also have vegan formulas,  biodegradable products & use recycled products – plus so much more. Companies like these make me really happy and proud to use them since they do so much extra to make sure their products are high quality and are also helping the Earth. It’s a win-win for us all.

Now onto the review…
First off, it’s a cleanser so it’s obviously going to have that normal cleanser smell, but it’s not too overwhelming and the smell didn’t turn me off to the cleanser. There are 92+ ocean minerals that heal and soothe skin, something I need for my dry irritated skin. It gives you a deep clean to unclog your pores and fight toxins on your face to help prevent future breakouts. Since my skin is sensitive, I need something that is going to be gentle on my skin and this product totally is. No burning or irritation after I’ve used it (I think that’s a first for any cleanser that I’ve used before). This cleanser also lathers very well, which makes it easier to apply in my opinion. The lather also makes me think that it’s actually doing a better job of cleaning since it’s all bubbly (am I the only one who thinks that?) Overall, this product has made my skin so SOFT and clear. I had a few small breakouts and it helped to reduce the redness and bumps which I’m so happy about. I totally recommend this product if you’re looking for something that will be gentle on your skin and actually cleanse like it’s supposed to.

If you’re interested in trying the Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser, then click here. They also have tons of other products that I can’t wait to get my hands onto, you can check those out here.

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was 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.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you want to try this cleanser out 🙂

Xoxo,

Rae

cruelty free, makeup, youtube ColourPop Lippie Stix Review | Video January 12, 2016

I’m totally digging doing videos lately, since I feel like its a little bit easier to share my opinion/show you guys that I’m actually using the product rather than just writing about it.

Today, I do a first impressions/review of the ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tootsi, Silk & Dalia (which are all gorgeous colors). Watch the video above to hear my opinion or keep reading for a more detailed review 🙂

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cruelty free Going Cruelty-Free for 2016 January 6, 2016

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One of my goals that I totally forgot to mention in my last post is how I want to go cruelty free with my skin care products, make-up, and hair care products. I feel like this is a very important goal and will take lots of time to research new products, but will be well worth it in the long run. For me, this means no buying new products that are NOT cruelty free. I will only buy products that are cruelty free that do not sell their products in China (there are lots of loopholes with a company claiming to be cruelty free, yet they still test in places were necessary by law…China is the only place that requires animal testing for products being sold there). I’m not going to purge the makeup products that I have now, just because I have already invested the money, but once they are gone – they’re gone for good. I also might give some of the items away to friends since I personally don’t want to be using them anymore.

What inspired me to go cruelty free:

In my graphic design class, we were asked to pick a social issue and create and negative and positive poster about the social issue. We had to choose a word to describe the poster, I researched about animal testing and was ultimately horrified when I found out what they did to these poor innocent animals. I ended up choosing the word “Humane” for my posters, and created a captivating set of posters that make you question what is humane. Companies claim that they test in “humane” ways towards animals, but I don’t think forcing animals to inhale fumes is humane in anyway, but keep thinking that L’Oreal, Covergirl and Rimmel (plus loads of other brands). This experience really sparked my interest in the movement towards eliminating animal testing for good. There is no need to test on animals since products have already been approved that are safe for skin, but most companies want to try “new” formulas, so they opt for testing. Artifical tissues have been created so companies can test on those rather than animals, but still most companies don’t comply since China (a huge market) requires animal testing for cosmetic products to be sold in their country…it’s awful, isn’t it?

Resources I have been using:

I went on YouTube and found some beauty gurus who are only cruelty free. Some of my favorites are xoLoveLetiTashina Combs (who also runs Logical Harmony), and Rhian HY. YouTube has tons of tutorials for those cruelty free brands and about the movement itself. I have been using Cruelty Free Kitty as a resource to get lists of brands that are cruelty free. Suzi does tons of work by contacting companies to find out if they are vegan or cruelty free. I also use Logical Harmony as a resource to check for brands that are cruelty free and Tashina does reviews of products and weekly check ins to make sure that companies aren’t changing their policies. If I were you, I’d totally bookmark these websites for easy access whenever you’re out shopping.

So with all of this being said, no more buying products that are not cruelty free for me. Once my products are gone, I will not repurchase them (no matter how much I love them) but I will replace them with a cruelty free dupe/alternative. This is really important to me and I hope you guys will be inspired to make the change too, I’d love to have some support during this (small) lifestyle change.

*I purchased some lippies from ColourPop as well as a few products from the Flower beauty line (which are both cruelty free companies) and they will be arriving later this week. Stay tuned for a first impression/review of them 🙂

 

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