Youth To The People

Now that the cold weather is approaching here in New York it is wreaking havoc on my skin and I’ve noticed dry patches around my chin so adding a good moisturizer is crucial in my winter skincare routine. I really like this Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream by Youth To The People because it quickly absorbs into the skin feeling lightweight making it comfortable to use at night and doesn’t clog my large pores and it could be the ashwaganda herbs calming effect that makes me feel relaxed at the end of the night like I’m pampering my self physically and mentally. I wake up the next morning with my face looking and feeling well hydrated. This moisturizer has become my skincare savior and I already feel the need to purchase another one before this one runs out! 😍

Milani Rose Blush Review

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What Is It?

Rose powder blush from Milani

Product Claims

“Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.”

 

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Pros

Easily blend-able
Builable
Affordable
Long-wearing

Cons

None

Overall Rating 5/5

Okay so here is alittle back story about my product experience in the past with Milani, back in highschool I mostly used drug store cosmetics and Milani was my first brand of instense eye shadows, I remember buying a matte bright blue and the pigment was freaking amazing! It was my staple eyeshadow and afforadble for a teen my age at the time. I love that this brand is cruelty free and also uptains good quality products.

These rose blushes were apart of a limited addition line however due to its popular demand Milani decided to make them permanently a part of their blush line (smart move Milani!) I’m in love with everything from the rose detail to the color choices and intensity, you can apply lighty for a natural look or glow or a more opaque coverage. The Tea Rose is my absolute favorite but I find all 3 colors to be flattering for any skin-tone.

Newbie To Cruelty Free

Hi everyone it’s been a while since I wrote an actual blog post so today I figured I’d talk about how and why I made the conscious decision to buy products that are cruelty-free. I’d like to make a personal note that I am Not Vegan but a newly vegetarian (I may occasionally post recipes that can also be suitable for vegans) while I’m currently challenging being a newbie vegetarian and cruelty-free I believe the small steps I’m taking are still steps in a good direction and I already feel somewhat accomplished.

“For years I’ve been buying non-cruelty cosmetics mainly because I never really looked into the harsh truth about the beauty industry.”-Me

If you are familiar with PETA,BUAV,Leaping Bunny and other animal rights organizations then you might already know about the horrific side of the beauty industry. If you don’t, I strongly advise for you to do research as I can only give you my opinion and personal experience from all the research I have collected thus far. After doing research online and watching documentaries, video clips and finding cruelty-free blogs I finally decided I want to commit to buying cruelty-free items. I want to also tell you that there is a Difference between Vegan & Cruelty Free. (You can find out more information here http://www.logicalharmony.net/cruelty-free-vs-vegan/#axzz3L54rpEZt ) If a product is Cruelty-Free it means it’s not tested on animals, however some cruelty-free items contain other ingredients and chemical that vegans wouldn’t use. Vegan products don’t contain any animal bi-products nor tested on animals, so Vegan products is a win-win situation but cruelty-free is still being aware and great for starters like me.

Big named companies own/buy small companies and test on animals, In some countries it is by law that all cosmetics be tested on animals before being available to the public, while animal activist and Cruelty-free organizations try to abolish this law it is in best interest to not purchase products from countries that “require” such law.
Whether you choose to buy cruelty free or vegan products you are still making a difference, and that’s how I feel. It is better to educate myself now and be aware now than to go on in life completely oblivious about the cruelty these animals endure. Endorsing cosmetic company’s to “feel pretty” isn’t worth knowing numerous animals have been pricked with needles, sprayed in the eyes and inhaling harsh chemicals for “our safety”. As a consumer we aren’t giving a damn about their safety when we buy non-cruelty products and thats just being inhumane.

Around the time I started doing research I’ll admit I’ve cried numerous time watching videos of animals being tested on, sometimes my eyes would tear up so much my vision was cloudy but as much as I couldn’t bare to watch I forced myself to because I needed to see it to believe it, and my gosh I can’t believe I never noticed to care. It’s ignorant to think “it’s bunnys,monkeys,pigs and rats” but come to realize they are companions too. Labs also test on cats and dogs, yes ladies and gentlemen your furry pawed companions. I remember looking over to Milo as I was petting him and couldn’t help but think what if it was him being tested on, and how could I think it’s okay to mistreat these animals while I care so much about my own, that’s being hypocritical of me. So I have decided for personal and ethical reasons to buy cruelty-free cosmetics, I would like to incorporate as much cruelty free items in my life whether it’s beauty or household products but it’s going to take more research so I ask that you be patient and understanding and if you shop cruelty-free I welcome all advice but understand I am a newbie to being cruelty-free. I will try to the best of my abilities/knowledge to provide you with accurate products that I use or hear of however It’s best for you to do additional research.

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I hope that you will all continue to join me throughout my new challenging journey but who doesn’t like a good challenge?!

Here are some helpful links if you’re interested:

http://www.gocrueltyfree.org/consumer/the-eu-animal-testing-ban

http://leapingbunny.org/resources.php

http://www.logicalharmony.net/#axzz3L54rpEZt

Tarte Cosmetics mini haul

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Last week I received my package from Tarte. Those who aren’t familiar with the brand should know that they use all natural ingredients without using parabens (which is used in a wide range of cosmetics as perseveres however parabens can cause Estrogen-disruption which can lead to breast cancer) It is also cruelly-free which means they do NOT test on animals. Tarte along with a selected few cruelty-free/vegan brands can be found at Sephora or you can purchase TARTE products from their website.

I have used the Tarte Lights,Camera,Lashes in the past and loved the amount of volume it gave my lashes without weighing them down, I’ve also used the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer and was pleased with my results so I figure I’d start to accumulate more from the brand.

Here’s a simple Pros & Cons based on each individual product:

Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Pros
Build-able coverage
Flawless finish
Healthy glow
Weightless

Cons
luminous finish, those with oily skin will need to touch up.

Lights, Camera, Lashes

Pros
Volumizing
Buildable
Doesn’t clump as most mascaras do
Light Weight

Cons
None

Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage Foundation

Pros
Build-able
Matte finish
Full coverage
Long wearing

Cons
Cakey but only if you apply too much, alittle goes a long way.

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

Pros
Build-able
Full coverage
Long wearing
Lightweight

Cons
Cakey but only if you apply too much, alittle goes a long way.
Shine (I noticed alittle shine which can be covered with a powder foundation)

Maracuja C-Brightener (sample size)

Pros
Moisturizing
Hydrating
Smoothing
Reduces dark circles

Cons
Heavy (feels heavy however once it starts to seep into the skin it isn’t very noticeable) best to use at night.

If you have any questions or your own experience with any of the products above please feel free to share your feed back. 🙂