August Beauty Empties


Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

It’s time to purge my hidden beauty empties drawer and show you all a little sneak peek behind a few things I’ve ran through recently. I feel like last month I ran through quite a few odds and ends in my beauty collection; but, most of my empties this month are hair products. Without further ado, let’s jump into this empties collection

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo + OGX Argan Oil Conditioner

I’ll save you some redundancy and time and link my full review of these products here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Divine Dark

Yet, another favorite of mine. Check out some more thoughts of mine in my last empties post. I go through these like every other week!

Tresemme Hair Spray

This has been my tried and true hairspray for YEARS. My hair literally doesn’t move but doesn’t compromise the lividity. No crust but all the hold! Now with me using this up, I’m on the search for a cruelty free hairspray solution. Let me know what you recommend!

Radha Rosehip Oil

Obsessed. I’ve already replenished my stock on this oil. I’m so glad I tried this out. The best part? I find mine on Amazon and have it delivered straight to me! This oil has totally changed my skin for the better and I can’t even imagine my life before it.

Retread

My go-to hair mask for damaged hair. It’s helped me keep my long hair while repairing my dead ends. I didn’t think I could get my hair to grow past a certain point; but, this product proved me wrong! Love it!

Glam Glow Thirsty Mud

Dry skin? You need this! I have loved each and every Glam Glow mask I’ve tried thus far. This mask is so perfect for that extra boost of hydration and it smells delicious!

Mario Badescu Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream

There’s no better time to start taking extra care of your skin than before the damage is already done. I started using a neck cream this year and this was the first product I tried. I loved the thick consistency and it felt very nourishing. I didn’t see any change in my neck but, then again, I don’t have mature skin yet. I’m trying a different neck product now and will let you know how the two compare!

Victoria’s Secret Fresh Body Mist

This mist is from….Christmas I think? I was gifted a collection of four or five and have been switching between them all. Clearly, I really liked this one! The scent wears off easily but what body mist doesn’t?

NYX Micro Brow Pencil

My everyday eyebrow pencil that has seriously upped my brow game. I have already repurchased!

E.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner in brown

E.l.f. is seriously underrated. I love some of their products and this is one of them. Their eyeliners are great quality and easy to apply. What could be better? I like switching up my eyeliner color to brown for daytime looks because it’s less harsh. I recommend trying this one out!

Leave me a comment below with a cruelty free hairspray you recommend I try out!

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My Evening Skincare Routine

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Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

Makeup is fun and all, but no one can disagree with how amazing it feels to take it off at the end of the day! Over the years I’ve tried a lot of different products out on my skin to try and find the best combination for me; and, after 23 years, I think I’ve got it!

My Skin Type: I tend to be more normal but get oily in my t-zone areas. I’ve struggled with acne as much as the next person, not too bad but not crystal clear skin either. Most of my acne is hormonal but I’ll get the occasional pimple in areas I subconsciously touch throughout the day (Ex: chin and temples).

My Routine:

  1. My nightly routine always starts with a makeup remover. The one I’ve been using for the past couple years is the Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion on a cotton pad. Despite what the name says, it is not lotion. It does a great job breaking down my makeup and leaving my skin feeling fresh. Using one pad for my face and a separate one for my eyes seem to work best for me and keeps junk from clogging my pores.
  2. After I have removed my makeup sufficiently, I go in with my cleanser. Currently, I have been trying out the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control and am really enjoying it! It definitely isn’t as natural of a formula as my makeup remover but it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I ALWAYS dry my face off with a fresh towel to prevent the buildup of bacteria and undoing all the cleansing I just did.
  3. Aloe Vera is a secret of mine that really helps my sensitive skin. The aloe calms down any irritation and helps with reducing redness. Definitely a good idea to add to your regimen.
  4. Next, I like to go in with my moisturizer. I make sure to apply a decent amount so my skin can continue soaking it in all night. Be sure to bring down the moisturizer onto your neck (it’s one of the first places to show your age!).
  5. Eye cream has definitely helped out my bags and help me eliminate the need for color correcting during my makeup routine. I added this about a year ago to help prevent wrinkles and eye bags. So far, it has done a great job! (Looking for a great cruelty free eye cream to move onto after this one.)
  6. I tend to sway more towards using Vaseline as my lip treatment at night. It definitely helps keep my lips moisturized enough to handle liquid lipsticks every day. Vaseline works much better than a simple chapstick does but it’s often too thick to wear during the day.
  7. For pimple spot treatment, I always go back to my Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. I’ve used this product for years now and it does a wonderful job drying out my acne. Be sure to ONLY apply it directly to the pimple because it is very drying. I cannot say enough good things about this product!

It may seem a little excessive but I swear by each and every step. I’m the epitome of a lazy girl but I can’t find any corners to cut when it comes to my skincare routine. If I skip a step, I can tell the next morning. Good news is, after some time, it becomes habit and now I can get through all these steps in less than 5 minutes! Makeup is fun but products and trends come and go. Be good to your skin, you have it forever!

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Cruelty Free Makeup and Beauty Products

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This year I made a big change in my life that I’m definitely proud to share. I only wish I had done this sooner! I had all these preconceived notions that making the switch over to cruelty free products was going to cost me an arm and a leg. I’m not saying some products aren’t pricey…but there are great drugstore priced alternatives that are out there. Since I do have rather sensitive skin, I’m fine with paying a little extra for products that will have a major impact on my skin’s behavior. For instance, I tend to shell out a little more money on foundations, moisturizers, toners, makeup removers, etc. Not to say there aren’t great products in the drugstore price range for these items. I just prefer not to chance it with my sensitive skin.

WHY MAKE THE SWITCH?

I have always been a big lover of all of our furry creatures but never really paid attention to the impact we had on them. One day I was surfing the internet and came across a gruesome picture that finally woke me up and got me to really open my eyes. Of course I won’t post a picture of that extremely graphic image here, but just know what exactly you’re getting yourself into if you Google “animal testing”. That is probably my most important point I want to touch on in this blog, is research.

RESEARCH. RESEARCH RESEARCH.

Researching for yourself what exactly animal testing means and how it impacts our furry friends. Researching what brands are completely cruelty free and which are obligated to test on animals. And of course, researching which products are worth spending the money on. Youtube has definitely been a great resource for me. Watching and listening to dozens of experts in the field hear about why they use certain products and what products work well with certain skin types definitely broadened my knowledge of makeup (as well as taught me how to better treat my skin).

HOW DO I MAKE THE SWITCH?

Making the switch over to cruelty free products is a long one. If I was a millionaire, I would just trash all my old makeup and buy all new. However, for a realistic girl on a budget, I am slowly just replacing my old with the new. Every time I run out of an old product I buy a cruelty free substitute! When old products start to get low, I turn to blogs, videos, and reviews to help me decide which cruelty free product I should replace it with. I started this transition at the beginning of the New Year and I have made a pretty solid dent in my beauty stash.

Making this switch has definitely lifted a weight off of my shoulders and I can sleep a little better at night knowing my selfish habits don’t harm anyone. I do urge you all to take the plunge and do better for our furry friends; but, I do want you all to do your research and figure out what all it entails. Together we can steadily make cruelty products a standard in the beauty industry.

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