For anyone who is wondering, NYX cosmetics are awesome + cheap + cruelty-free! The only thing I don’t love so far is their mascara (currently loving the equally eco-friendly Physicians Formula for that!!) #nyx #cosmetics #makeup #crueltyfree 💄💅👄

My Latest Obsession

… is finding cruelty-free make-up, hair, and general hygiene products. I recently found a great list of all brands that do and do not test on animals (and no, the list does not come from an extreme source like PETA.) 

Some of my products got an A+ on the Animal Testing Report Card, but quite a few got a big fat F, the most disappointing of which were pretty much ALL of my mascaras. Seriously, my top 3 faves of the moment – Lancome Hypnose Star, Maybelline Full n’ Soft, and L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes – are all on the no-no list. WTF?

As I’m sure just about any girl knows, it’s hard to find a mascara you love. But I’m determined to try and find a new one! And with the wide variety out there, I’m sure I can find one I like..

The harder things will be the more “unique” items I’m currently in love with… like my new Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate (part of my new interest in skincare.) I was kinda surprised a supposedly more “organic” and natural brand like Kiehl’s would test on animals… but inshallah… what can ya do.

Today I ran a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Chamber at a new little gift boutique called Tickled Pink. I fell in love with this little leopard print stiletto make-up brush holder. It was one of those “I can’t stop thinking about you I must have you!” sort of situations. It’s not even quite big or deep enough to hold all my brushes, but it’s cute… who cares if it’s functional. Duh! 🙂

Rosy Cheek a-Hunting

Typically, I go for warm, coral blushes when I shop for makeup. I’m always looking for that summer glow – shimmers, bronzers, golden peaches. But lately I’ve wanted to switch it up and change to a cooler, crispier pink. I want to trade in my warm glow for the fresh flush – something that would brighten my light complexion instead of warming it. Or maybe something that would add some cool contrast to the warm glow – make me a little less clay-like!

Of course, now that I want it, I can’t find it anywhere. I don’t know if it’s the trends or the season keeping me in the bronzes and peaches, but all I want is the Rose Sucre shade from Lancome that I had years and years ago…

Sigh. First world problems.