Cruelty Free Beauty

A few months ago my friends and I were talking about how they were looking into witching to more natural products in their lives. Mostly regarding skincare and makeup, but some other items as well. This got me thinking about the products that I use. I have a bit of a conflict when it comes to natural products. Yes, I do think that natural is probably better for you, but I feel like a lot of the unnatural products get a bad reputation. I’m a full believer in everything in moderation, so while I didn’t think going only natural products would be the right choice for me, I decided that I would make an effort to switch to cruelty free products.

Funnily enough, a lot of the cruelty free products end up being natural, but that wasn’t my intention. I am a big animal lover, and this seemed like an easy change I could make in my lifestyle to help support companies who love animals as much as I do. I did give myself a few exceptions, such as the items I get as samples either with purchase or as a part of the Sephora box, or items that are holy grail products for me. For example, my hair has taken me years to master, so I am not going to even play with that.

It has been both easy and hard making the switch. There are a lot more companies out there than I expected that are cruelty free which has made it a little easier. I have also discovered new brands which has been a lot of fun. The hardest part has been learning that brands that I have used and loved, such as Estee Lauder and NARS, are not cruelty free. For me, this means no longer using them as my go-to brands if I can find a product that works just as well from a cruelty free company.

Also, I am not going crazy. I know that some people are strict with what they use and don’t and will go as far as not using any products form companies that are owned by a parent company that isn’t cruelty free, even if that specific branch is. At this time, I am not making that drastic of a lifestyle change.

My point in sharing all this with you is that I have recently changed my skin care routine, and plan on doing an update on that soon. My skin has been looking pretty great though, if I do say so myself!

 Have you ever made lifestyle changes to your beauty routine?

Mini-Hiatus

I don't know if I've ever explicitly mentioned this on the blog, but I work full time as a speech pathologist in the schools. My school year is ending on June 7th, so there's a lot of end of the year stuff that I am trying to get in order. Because of that, this will be a quiet space for the next week. I just wanted to post a little something so you didn't think I forgot about you!

Thanks for the patience :)

Lapcos Sheet Masks

When I celebrated my birthday in March, one of the gifts I received was a sheet mask from Anthropologie. Until then, I didn’t even know that Anthropologie sold sheet masks! The nice thing is that a lot of the ones they sell are natural and from cruelty-free brands. Since I had the 15% off birthday coupon, I decided to head into Anthropologie and pick up another mask or two.

The one I received for a gift was the Leaders 7 Wonders Mask in the Mediterranean Olive Brightening Mask ($6 a mask). I really enjoyed this mask. It was pretty thin and fit my face nicely. It also didn’t slide off all the time, even though it had a good amount of serum. My face felt wonderfully moisturized and a bit brighter. I don’t know if it minimized visible dark spots, but it did even my skin tone a little bit.

I went into Anthropologie with the intention of purchasing more masks by this brand. Possibly either the calming or the moisturizing mask. But then, spotted on the shelf below these masks was a different brand in metallic packaging. The Lapcos sheet mask variety set contains all 7 of their masks as well as an exfoliating pad for $22. Considering the 7 Wonders masks were $6 a piece, I was tempted to try Lapcos.

Lapcos is a Los Angeles based Korean beauty company. I contacted them and they did confirm that they are a cruelty free company. The Variety Mask set contains one of each of the types of sheet masks that Lapcos Makes. This includes:

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Pearl- a brightening mask with pear extract that is also meant to minimize dark spots

Milk- a moisturizing mask also meant to exfoliate the skin

Charcoal- a pore care mask that will extract toxins and tighten pores

Honey- a nourishing mask also meant to boot skin elasticity

Aloe- a soothing mask with aloe leaf and cucumber extract

Aqua- a hydrating mask also meant to revitalize skin

Collagen- an anti-wrinkle mask also meant to plump the skin

Milk Feel Exfoliating and Cleansing Pad- two sided pads that cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin

I am so excited to try these masks! I love that the variety pack is so inexpensive, since it allows me to try all of the products without making my wallet cry. Especially since there are multiple masks that have similar effects. I am most excited to try the honey, milk, and aloe masks. I’m also curious about the aqua mask and how it will differ from the milk and aloe masks.

I will try to do an update once I have worked my way through the pads to share my thoughts and feelings, as well as which one ended up being my favorite!

How do you feel about sheet masks? Do you have a favorite?