Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May Favorites & a Miss

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Milani Prime Perfection primer; Thayers Witch Hazel toner; Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel

I hope your May was full of fun, food and favorites! I have five recent beauty favorites to share that I've been using and loving this month. Bonus: They are all cruelty-free and affordable. Also, I am almost completely cruelty-free with my makeup! I only have one non-cruelty-free mascara, brow product and lipstick to use up before my (small) makeup collection is entirely composed of products not tested on animals. I have been working toward this goal for more than a year now, and I am excited to finally get there.

And now, May's favorites:

Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel ($21.97 for two pack): This shave gel doesn't require water, so you can shave wherever! This is especially handy when you're in a hurry, hence the name Busy Beauty. You simply rub in the excess gel as you would a moisturizer. It's also cruelty-free and vegan. It has eucalyptus, tea tree, clove, ginger and oat essential oils in it, and it's also paraben- and alcohol-free. (This was sent to me by Busy Beauty to try out.)

Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel and Preserve Shave 5 razor.

Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal ($10.95): I've tried and loved the Lavender toner, so I wanted to try the rose-scented one. I love it just as much and it's a regular staple in my skin-care routine. I like that it's gentle and never harsh. Also, one bottle lasts me several months.

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo (about $5): I was looking for a new shampoo after trying several cruelty-free products that had scents I didn't enjoy. I knew after the first use that I would like this. Scent is super important to me along with cleaning my hair.

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Conditioner (about $5): I like the scent of this NYM product as well. It does the job it claims to do. Also, it doesn't weigh down my long hair.

Milani Prime Perfection Primer ($9.99): This primer is both hydrating and slightly pore minimizing, in my experience. It feels like a moisturizer in that it hydrates as you rub it in. I have compared this to the Wet 'n Wild Coverall primer in my past; they are extremely similar, except this Milani primer has a better scent.

A miss:

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Cleanser: I wanted to like this. It was an affordable Marshalls find that drew me in with the Hawaiian reference. It does the job of cleansing and it is gentle, but I simply hate the scent. It reminds me of the mildew smell of clothes left in the washer for too long. I'm using it up because I hate wasting products, but I'll be repurchasing my trusted Pacifica face wash soon.

What products are you using and loving? Share them with me in the comments!