One of my favourite things to do on the weekend, especially on Sunday nights, is a really indulgent skincare routine. You can have the most expensive, top-notch makeup products on the market, but if you’re not taking care of your skin, they’re not going to perform the way you want. My skin is always a good barometer of my overall health, especially my diet, stress level, and sleep habits. Taking care of your skin is taking care of yourself so that’s why I’ve chosen to do the ‘best of skincare’ tag for this week’s Self Care Sunday post. This tag started on YouTube, but since I’m a blogger, not a vlogger, I thought I’d adapt it. I’d love to read your answers in the comments below!
For the past few years I’ve been focusing on downsizing the amount of ‘stuff’ I own. It started with creating a capsule wardrobe and progressed to anti-hauls and decluttering my makeup collection. We recently moved house and I’m blown away by the number of things that we were able to let go of with little effort. The shift towards a more minimalistic lifestyle has been really positive. Living with less has made me feel so much lighter. So when I saw a video in my YouTube feed about decluttering the ‘fantasy self’, I was all in (thanks Allison Anderson!).
Your fantasy self is an idealized version of you. It represents who you want to be or think you should be as opposed to your true, authentic self. The basic gist of it is, we end up holding on to all kinds of crap in order to support the lifestyle of our fantasy self without even realizing it. This idea was really intriguing to me and I thought it would be interesting to figure out who my fantasy self is and what she’s keeping in my house.
Sometimes I have a hard time believing the crap that the beauty industry tries to convince us to buy. The other day while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a promo shot of a product that made me roll my eyes so hard that I felt compelled to make this post. I let out an audible “c’mon son!” when I saw the price tag, promises, and list of comments from people eager to shell out their hard-earned cash for a product that was pretty well guaranteed to disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and skin care products and I’ve certainly given in to the hype in my time (I’m looking at you Urban Decay Naked Heat palette), but the products I’m going to list today are next-level silly. If you have oodles of money burning a hole in your pocket and these are your favourite things, that’s cool. You do you. But for the rest of you, I invite you to peruse this list and think about what you’re really getting the next time you pick up a hyped or expensive product. Drumroll please……
If you’re not familiar with Influenster, it’s a site where you can read and provide reviews of products. Occasionally you may be selected to receive a Vox Box containing free products for you to try in exchange for your review based on your profile, reviews, and reach. Vox boxes are not always beauty based, and feature everything from drugstore to ohigh-end luxury brands. I was recently selected to receive the free Rimmel Vox Box featuring two of their new products. Total disclaimer, I don’t purchase from Rimmel because they’re not cruelty-free but, for the sake of the review, I’ve excluded that as a factor. Read on to find out if these products were up to snuff!
If you’ve read my Latest Loves post from December, you know that I’ve been loving Kimberly Clark’s anti-haul videos on YouTube (what she’s not gonna buy-hiiii!). Since I’m starting a no-buy in March (more on that in an upcoming post), I thought I’d kick it off by going through some of the beauty launches that have been popping up in my inbox and Instagram feed and share why I’ll be passing on them. It can be really tempting to give into the hype of every new palette, lipstick, or [insert-anything-limited-edition-here], so sometimes it’s helpful to deconstruct that hype and realize that, no, you don’t really need another neutral blush or pretty highlighter. I’m working on being a more conscious consumer and really evaluating items before I pull the trigger. Total disclaimer – these are my personal opinions. You may be really excited about some of these new launches or have these items on your must haves list and that’s cool! I’ll just be passing them by for now.
Welcome to the first edition of a series I’m calling ‘Latest Loves’. I didn’t want to commit to a monthly favourites post, because some months I just don’t have that many exciting things to share. You’ll see these posts pop up whenever I’ve got something new to tell you about. Want to know what I’ve been into lately? Read on!
Last week I talked about how I was starting to make the transition to using only cruelty free beauty products. It’s certainly a work in progress and I’ll be sharing more about it in an upcoming post. For this week’s Friday Five, I thought I’d share some cruelty free brands (and products) that I love.