How Expensive Is My Face?

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For those who may not have seen this post before you may be a little weirded out. This post basically sums up all of the makeup I put on my face every morning and takes tally of how expensive each of those products are. I haven’t myself run the numbers yet and I’m a bit scared to find out how much this total comes to! Stick around and find out!

Nivea’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm – $6.49

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – $39

NYX HD Concealer – $4.99

RCMA – $12

NYX Eyebrow Pencil – $9.99

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – $36

Wet N Wild Mascara – $4.29

Wet N Wild Contour & Highlighting Palette – $4.99

NYC Contour Powder – $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush – $2.99

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – $31

Tarte Lippie – $20

Which comes to a total of $176.73 and excuse me while I go vomit (because I’m dramatic). That’s a disturbingly high number for my face makeup! That’s not even including the large array of brushes in my arsenal. Yikes! Too bad I’m in love with all these products and refuse to give them up. I hope you all enjoyed this fun post and comment below if you have done this so I can be sure to check it out for myself!

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Wet N’ Wild Max VOLUME PLUS Mascara Review

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If you’re a makeup junkie or maybe just very particular about your makeup, you know that a mascara can make or break your look. If you accidentally pick up a bad mascara it can be very frustrating to try and take it off, as it’s normally the last step of your eye makeup. I’ve tested quite a few mascaras and can definitely say that I’m picky when it comes to the formulas. Before I started my transition into buying cruelty free products, my favorite mascara was hands down the L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black. After I switched from that I spent a few months bouncing back and forth between mascaras trying to find the right fit but I found my new love in this one!

The Wet N’ Wild Max VOLUME PLUS Mascara has quickly become my ultimate mascara. I would be lost if they ever decided to discontinue it. It doesn’t clump up when layering and does exactly what the name lets on, adds volume plus length. I love this mascara! I used this on my wedding day and every day since! I’m now on my second tube of this, which shows just how much I love this. It’s the most natural looking mascara I’ve ever used!

If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I would definitely recommend trying this bad boy out. Since its Wet N’ Wild, you know that the price is just right! I’m not sure why this isn’t hyped up more often but I love it! Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite cruelty free mascara is!

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Shopping Haul – Target, Ulta, Michael’s

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I definitely satisfied my shopping itch this weekend. My wallet isn’t happy, but I am! Like most people, Target always gets the best of me. This haul is definitely an odd mixture of all things décor, clothing, and beauty so let’s just get into it!

Firstly, this shirt…omg it is made of the comfiest material ever. I purchased it this weekend and I’ve already worn it. It’s super cute and super comfortable. This shirt will definitely be one of the most used in my collection and who can argue with that price? Am I right? Target you don’t disappoint.

Cat owners will understand this next purchase. I’ve been needing a jewelry tray to put my ring and earrings in at night. Whenever I put them loosely on my night stand, I’ll wake up to find that my cat took them and hid them…This tray is super cute and I loved the metal mixed with glass.

I was in desperate need of a mascara so I decided to try out a Wet N Wild mascara to add to my cruelty free products. So far, I’m not disappointed! I can’t tell if that is because this mascara actually rocks or if my old mascara was soooo beyond done that anything looks better. I’ll keep you updated.

I picked up two more bottles of the Batiste Dark & Deep Brown dry shampoo because I go through these things like nobody’s business! I like the brunette version much better than the original due to the fact that I don’t have to worry about brushing out the white cast.

I’ve wanted to try out these blushes ever since I saw Casey Holmes rave about them. So I picked up Wet N Wild’s Color Icon Ombre Blush in Mai Tai Buy You A Drink. I’m excited to try this out! I bought it at Target but can only seem to find the purple blush on their website? So I linked the actual color from Wet N Wild.

I couldn’t resist picking up another darker nude liquid lipstick and I’ve been meaning to try the new NYX Lip Lingerie line (mine is in the color Push Up). Dark nudes are definitely my go to year round.

I’m always looking to get my hands on a backup eyebrow pencil. So naturally, I had to pick up some more of my ash brown!

I’ve been looking for a good set of cute letters to display. I’m not quite sure where they’re going to be displayed yet but I love the color and material of these. I just had to have them!

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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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