Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

The Privilege of being Cruelty-Free (and why we need to acknowledge it)

Life is about choices, and there is no limit to what drives us to decide the way we do. There are endless reasons why anyone would choose to live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, for example, anywhere from health, to religion, to moral and ethical standpoints, to even peer pressure or familial expectations. The same… Continue reading The Privilege of being Cruelty-Free (and why we need to acknowledge it)

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My Most Unprofessional Correspondence with Maxlash (a.k.a how NOT to do customer service)

I have been on the hunt for a new eyelash growth/enhancement serum, and as such I've been Emailing some companies inquiring that they clarify their stance on being (or not being) cruelty-free. As would be expected, many of these companies responded promptly and politely, regardless of how much detail they provided regarding my specific questions.… Continue reading My Most Unprofessional Correspondence with Maxlash (a.k.a how NOT to do customer service)

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DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

As dedicated as I am to my (complicated) skin care regime, I can't deny that there are times that there are times when my skin needs a pick-me-up, but I'm just not up for much of an effort. Fortunately, for times like this, we have a magical, 1-step, zero effort option that we call sheet… Continue reading DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

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10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

If your skin is anything like mine (as in, after 3 Acutane regimes I'm still dealing with blemishes), there seems to be no end to the factors that cause acne. Even when it seems you're doing everything right, your face is never 100% clear of pimples and zits. You sit back and bitterly think, "This isn't damn… Continue reading 10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

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DIY Lipstick that Lasts (a.k.a how to create any colour you’ve ever wanted)

Ever seen a shade of lipstick that you weren't sure you liked enough to buy, but kept coming back to? Or couldn't find that specific shade or colour that you've been dying for? I'm sure other make-up enthusiasts were just as excited as I was when the Anastasia Beverly Hills Limited Edition Lip Palette came out, for… Continue reading DIY Lipstick that Lasts (a.k.a how to create any colour you’ve ever wanted)

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Long-lasting Foundation Hack for Oily Skin that WORKS? (a.k.a ice + patience + less-is-more)

A day doesn't go by when I am not bombarded by 'flawless foundation hacks'. They're all over Youtube and Facebook, and inspire SO much hope that we make-up lovers can't help but give it our best go. Unfortunately, some of us (ergo, those of us with less-than-ideal skin) are left wondering just what went wrong,… Continue reading Long-lasting Foundation Hack for Oily Skin that WORKS? (a.k.a ice + patience + less-is-more)

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How Flawless is the Flawless Foundation Hack? (a.k.a trying out the powder-foundation-powder hack on oily skin)

For as long as I can remember, through trial and error of many brands and techniques, my foundation coverage has never lasted me more than maybe four hours of the day (if that). As someone with oily, acne-prone skin, most full-coverage foundations become cakey and flaky as the oil pushes up from beneath it during… Continue reading How Flawless is the Flawless Foundation Hack? (a.k.a trying out the powder-foundation-powder hack on oily skin)

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Oils for Oily/Acne Prone Skin? (a.k.a why oil isn’t always your enemy)

If you suffer from oily skin like I do, chances are the going narrative you've encountered is to STAY AWAY from products containing oil at all cost. For years, I refused to put anything on my face that did not say 'oil free', since I thought I had more than enough natural oil than I… Continue reading Oils for Oily/Acne Prone Skin? (a.k.a why oil isn’t always your enemy)

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Tackle Blackheads in 3 Steps (a.k.a why nose strips and suction masks don’t work)

We've all been there: buying the nose strips, coating our face in glue and charcoal, eggwhite and toilet paper, or using peel-off suction masks to try and rid our faces of blackheads. I'll admit, there is something satisfying in seeing blackheads and whiteheads come away on those strips; seconds ago, they were stuck in your… Continue reading Tackle Blackheads in 3 Steps (a.k.a why nose strips and suction masks don’t work)

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My (Cruelty-Free) Korean 10-Step Skincare Regime (a.k.a what I discovered about pampering your skin)

Korean skin care has been growing in popularity in North America for quite some time now, and beauty enthusiasts have been eager to investigate the hype. My very first impression on coming it across it for the first time could be summed up in one word: overkill. Surely putting all of these products on your face… Continue reading My (Cruelty-Free) Korean 10-Step Skincare Regime (a.k.a what I discovered about pampering your skin)