Cruelty-free Favourites: July 2015

August 5, 2015 Beauty Edits
july 2015 cruelty free favourites

I didn’t have much going on in July except for family gatherings and the odd trip down to Bondi Jn/Newtown with Chris to run some errands/grab a bite. So naturally, I wasn’t too fussed with doing my make up this month.

In saying that, the products included in today’s post are probably my everyday basics/essentials! So read on to find out which products I’ve been using to assure I don’t walk out the door looking too tragic :)

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Monday Musings: Be A Practical Optimist

August 3, 2015 Lifestyle
an optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a cha-cha

How do you react to an overwhelming situation? Are you one of those people who throw their hands up and walk away a hot mess? Or are you one of those resilient people who don’t need a hiatus to get back on track?

The idealist in me compels me to be more like the latter and I like to believe I’m doing an okay job at that, but I also acknowledge there is more to just bouncing back from the curveballs life throws us than simply ‘staying positive’.

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Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette Review

August 1, 2015 Eye Makeup
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Ever since I ran out of my Eye of Horus brow pencil, I discovered what a great brow team this Urban Decay palette is with an angled brush that I had to include it in June’s cruelty-free favourites.

A word of warning though, while Urban Decay’s products are cruelty-free, it is a subsidiary of L’Oreal – a company that conduct testing on animals. So profits made from UD sales inevitably travel upstream to the parent.

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Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist Review

July 30, 2015 Face Skincare Perfume
Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist

What I’ve realised in the past few years is that cruelty-free fragrances are pretty hard to come by. Most people opt for essential oils but I find them too heavy as perfumes. Besides, I find layered scents more interesting.

Despite being marketed as an energising mist, Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love Energy Mist has quickly become a handbag must-have. Not only is it a refreshing facial mist, it also doubles as my everyday fragrance too!

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Chemical Nasties: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)

July 28, 2015 Beauty Edits
sodium lauryl sulfate

Chemical Nasties is a new blog series on Classic Muse where I do a write up while I research chemicals to keep an eye out for on product labels. Hopefully it will help fellow eco-conscious consumers too!

While you’re able to save some coin buying chemical-laden mainstream household and cosmeceutical products, your body may be paying a much higher price. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is one such chemical to be aware of and here’s why.

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July Wishlist 2015

July 26, 2015 Lifestyle
july wishliest 2015

Besides from the relentless spending on lip care, I would classify myself as a fairly frugal woman. It’s not that I don’t want anything, but because I usually leave the store telling myself to think about whether I need it.

I did that today, actually. While perusing the shelves of kikki.K this afternoon a certain little workbook caught my eye, I decided against getting it only to change my mind when we were leaving the stores. Continue Reading