Monday, April 18, 2011

I Like Your Sleeves...

First of all, I love this skirt. Second of all, I love these shoes. Third of all, this top cost me one dollar. :) 
Yep, true story. I decided to check out a little resale shop I had never been to, and this beauty was on the sale rack. I got another Banana Republic top, and the Apt 9 dress that was in my last outfit post. It was a nice place, but because everything was designer/name brand it was a little more expensive than I care for. I'm kind of cheap. haha. 
And, that's about it! haha. Short and sweet. I kept this very simple because it was 93 degrees today. Yes, in April. I shudder at the thought of June, July, and.. ughh.. August. This summer is going to be interesting. Plus, I had an interview! :] I wanted something that looked nice, but also showed that I dress a little funky.I feel really good about how it went. I guess we'll just wait and see though! I just really want to move on from where I am. 
Top- Banana Republic Thrifted ($1!)/Skirt- Forever 21 ($21.50)/Shoes- Payless ($20)/Necklace- Forever 21/Belt- Thrifted ($2!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Special: Cruelty-Free Drugstore Finds..

Hey guys! I don't believe that I've ever done a non-outfit post. but I'm really wanting to branch out a little bit, and I have quite a few ideas under my belt. This being the first of them! I don't know if I'll keep the non-outfits to just Saturday, or switch it around, or if I'll even have posts for every week, yet. I guess we'll just see! Anyway.. I wanted to start out with this topic because I've always been a passionate gal. I once told my mom not to leave the water running when she brushes her teeth, because if we use up all the water, there won't be any left for the whales in the ocean!

In college I had to write an essay, and do an oral presentation, and I got to choose any topic I wanted! So I did a lot of research on animal testing done by cosmetics companies and it hit me pretty hard. I boycotted any companies that still did it, and I passed out fliers to all my friends (and strangers) and showed a pretty intense video as part of my oral presentation. As time went on, I kind of fell away from that. I got lazy, and just bought whatever I could afford, or sounded good. Not too long ago, however, I got the bug again. And I decided to re-commit myself to buying cruelty-free. I did a lot of research, because.. yeah.. You can find plenty of more expensive makeup brands that don't test on animals, but I don't necessarily have that kind of cash flow coming in all the time. So I need something that will satisfy my pockets and my morals. Here's a few brands that I've found, the products I most enjoy from them, and what I think about their performance.

                                    Physician's Formula                                                                 Revlon

It's kind of sad, but out of all the actual make up brands that are sold in drugstores/Target/WalMart or wherever.. The Revlon/Almay company and Physician's Formula are the only ones that don't test on animals. Luckily they have REALLY great products!! I love the ColorStay foundation because it lasts long, have SPF right in it, and it covers really well. Which is important for a girl like me with not-so-perfect skin. Their PhotoReady makeup is awesome as well, it has a light shimmer to it, that doesn't look glittery at all, but reflects light in a beautiful way. For powder I like the Physician's Formula Mineral Wear because it's light, but sets my makeup, and keeps the oil to a minimum without feeling cakey or blocking my pores. Both brands also have blush, eyeshadow, lipsticks, everything you could possible need at great prices, and everything I've tried has looked really nice. :) 

Like I said earlier, I have some problem skin. I have tried everything on the market. Seriously. I was at the point where I was going to just give up and go to the doctor for it. However, I decided to give this scrub from Burt's Bees a shot, since it's all natural and of course, cruelty-free, whereas most face washes and stuff are made by companies who do test their products on animals. I have to say, I LOVE this stuff! It has a kind of weird smell, but it's not strong. .it's just an obvious "natural" smell. But it makes my skin feel reallyyyy soft, and I have not had any major breakouts since using this. I do have a pimple on my chin right now, but I got lazy and haven't washed my face properly. I should do that tonight. I would say, though, that it's a pretty thick scrub, and isn't super great at actually removing your makeup. But Almay makes these awesome wipes that remove all of your makeup, mascara and all, easily and gently. I would recommend using one of those before washing your face with the scrub. 

I just recently found this moisturizer, but I'm really diggin' it. It's all-natural like the Burt's Bees stuff, and it can be used on your face or body. This specific one has Alpha Hydroxy Acids which are found in fruits and cane sugar. The acids help the turnover of cells speed up, so that you're getting a great exfoliation and unblocking pores, and allowing the new skin cells to grow. This is a very important thing for girls with problem skin, and everyone, really. Exfoliation is necessary! This is just a wonderful way to do it naturally and keep your skin looking great!

For my shower time...  TRESemme makes some WONDERFUL hair products! They have every kind of shampoo and conditioner you could possibly need, plus mousses, hairspray, even dry shampoo. I haven't tried that, yet. But I definitely plan on it. I was using Aussie for awhile, but they're not cruelty-free, so I found out Tresemme was and made the switch. The bottles were about a dollar more, each, than what I was using.. but they're huge bottles! For a dollar more, I got almost twice the product! Totally worth it. 

St. Ives is my favorite company for buying body washes. They're luxurious, and there's every kind you could think of. Right now, I'm using the Energizing Citrus, and I just love the smell. Their products are ALSO all-natural, and they have face products, lotions, and of course the body wash, everything you could ever need, and I would stand behind every single one of their products. :) 

The last thing on my list, is something that I bought out of necessity, and then was happily surprised to find out that it wasn't tested on animals! It hadn't even crossed my mind to think about my shaving cream, mostly because I don't normally use it. I had gotten spoiled by Schick Intuition. The razors with the big bar of cream right around the blades. I think their company might be owned by Proctor-Gamble, though. Which is a no-no for me. Plus the replacement blades are pretty darn expensive. So, in a pinch.. I ran to the Dollar General of all places to pick up some throw-away razors and just bought the cheapest cream, which just so happened to be this. It wasn't until I had used it for about a week that I thought to read the back of the can.. and there it was. "This product not tested on animals". I was so excited! And even though using the old standard cream from a can takes a bit longer than my old razors with it built in, I think it's worth it. And this cream is perfect for my extremely sensitive legs. They get dried out easily, and I haven't had that problem with this stuff. :]

So, there it is! What do you think? Is animal testing something you care about? Could you ever commit to buying only cruelty-free cosmetics?? Or do you just buy whatever you are drawn to? Either way is fine with me. I'm no longer a crusader, I just choose to buy these because it's what I like. And the products just happen to be great quality. It's a win-win in my book! Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blue, Yellow, and Black

What a lovely Tuesday. This is my only day off this week (again) but I really enjoyed it. I lazed around a little bit, then got dressed and went to the library. I returned some books, and then checked out a few books on blogging, since I know there's still ssooo much I have to learn! I'm starting with Blogging Heroes by Michael A. Banks. It's pretty interesting so far. 30 interviews with top bloggers in all different fields, giving advice and providing important information. After that I went to McAlister's Deli for a late lunch and sat out on the patio drinking iced tea and reading, just enjoying the pretty weather. :) I also got the yard mowed for my grandma! Productive day. Yes!
Anyway.. on to the outfit. You've seen the cardigan 389745034952037 times before, I know. But it went with the yellow in the print of this gorgeous dress. I pulled the black out with the belt and sandals, and then the flower clip I got for a dollar at Michael's. A random, but nice find. 
Cardigan-Thrifted/Dress- Apt 9 thrifted ($12.50)/Shoes- Not Sure?/Belt- Taken from different skirt/Flower- Michaels ($1)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Black Plus Brown Equals?

I'm not sure how most people feel about the whole.. mixing brown with black controversy. It's not really an issue I have. I've just never done it before for some reason. But then this thrifted beauty of a skirt came into my life, and it already both black AND brown in the print! I just had to put stuff with it. So there ya go. Brown top, black belt, black shoes. Gold necklace that is similar to brown with a black accent in it! I didn't really get a close up picture of my necklace, though. So just take my word for it. I also didn't wear any other accessories for some reason. Maybe accidentally on purpose? I don't know. In the back of my mind I just felt like the outfit didn't need anything else. Maybe I'm just lazy. We'll never know. (I'm pretty lazy)
Luckily the skirt is actually a "skort" thing with built in shorts underneath. Because my goodness it was WINDY when we tried to take these pictures before going into the Chipotle to my right that you can't see to stuff our faces. But I digress. We got quite a few "outtake" pictures that I won't scare you with. Let's just say a lot of hair, and crazy faces. 
Top-Gap Thrifted/Skirt-Thrifted (I think it was handmade)/Belt-From a different skirt/Shoes-Payless/Necklace-Forever 21
So what do you think about how I mixed these supposed enemies? Have you done it before? How did you feel the first time you broke a "Fashion Rule"? I feel pretty awesome, really.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Strangely Familiar.. (Pink Skirt, DIY Scarf, Rose Pattern)

Yes, I just wore this skirt not too long ago, but after wearing it that first time, I want to pair it with everything! It's sooo comfy, and goes well with a lot of stuff. But really, I just made this T-shirt scarf that I found out about through Made This/Love This that was started by the awesome Indiana, of Adored Austin. :] And I wanted something simple and easy to wear it with. Ta-da!
I tied it in a knot, because untied it was too long, and doubled up it was too short and bulky. So I thought this way solved the problem pretty well. It was suuuuper easy to make, and i want some in all different colors and lengths now!! 
Top-Thrifted/Cardigan- Forever 21(Got 2 for $10!)/Skirt-Thrifted/Shoes-Payless ($20!)/Scarf-DIY
Have you tried any DIY projects lately? I'd love to hear about them! :]