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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clothing Winter Clothing Essentials January 2, 2016

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Happy New Year! We got snow today so that’s always nice to look at, although I hate having to shovel it. For today’s post I wanted to share with you guys some of my winter clothing essentials.

1.) Chunky knit scarf – Scarves can dress up or dress down outfits, which is one of the reasons why I love them. I personally love chunky knit ones in the winter cause they keep me warm and can also double as a headrest in class (shh…don’t tell my professors that!) I have one that I knit for myself and its so cozy and oversized.

2.) A white v-neck – White t-shirts are an essential for any season. I included one in this post though because they’re easy to layer up, by wearing a bralette underneath it or adding a flannel on top of it. I love wearing v-necks then adding a patterned scarf on top so I look a little bit more put together. They’re super easy to style which is one you NEED one…or ten!

3.) Long, oversized cardigan I love clothes that I swim in (by that I mean they’re way too big). There’s just something about the look of it, like hobo-chic haha. But I think it makes you look cozy and comfy, and that’s what your style should really be about, right? I love the marled burgundy one pictured above, especially because it has pockets! Cardigans are a must, especially for the cold weather. They’re easy to layer with and go with pretty much any outfit. (They’re a staple in my closet!)

4.) Dark Wash/Black high waisted jeans – I love love love jeans. Everyone says how much they hate them since they’re uncomfortable, but they go with anything and can make your outfit look casual or dressy, depending on how you style them.

5.) Beanie  Beanies are amazing. You can easily hide your bedhead or two-day hair which is why I love them. They’re easily to style with and can make your morning easier since you don’t have to dry shampoo since your roots will be covered, no one will know 😉

6.) Boot socks – I’m such a sock person. I asked for socks for Christmas and got so many pairs (yay!!) I love wearing combat boots as well as knee high boots and I think they don’t look 100% right without a pair of socks sticking out (is that just me? I hope not…) I have a pair of lace edged socks that look great with my boots!

7.) Heeled booties – Booties are a staple, you need at least one pair (but I totally won’t judge if you have more…) I personally love the ones pictured above because they aren’t too high and the heel is thick enough so they would be easier to walk in rather than stiletto heels. I also like the lace detail and feel that it would tie your look together (haha, get it??)

 

Well that’s all! I hope you enjoyed the post and got some inspiration if you do a little shopping for clothes before it’s full on winter 🙂

Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments what your winter clothing essentials are! 🙂

XOXO, Rae

 

youtube My First YouTube Video! January 1, 2016

Hey lovelies! Here’s my first YouTube video which I’m very excited about. Obviously the quality is terrible (even though I recorded in 1080p…boo you youtube) I hope you guys enjoy the video and let me know if you want to see more videos from me!

Please subscribe and give the video a thumbs up so I know to make more content for you 🙂

 

Thanks for an AMAZING year! I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me.

 

Xoxo, Rae