Four Cruelty-Free Products for Winter

Listen, you can take the old blog out of the girl but you can’t take the girl…I don’t know. I’m not sure that was really going the way I wanted it to. There’s really nothing I like more than talking about makeup, even if I don’t get gussied up like I used to circa 2006 when I had time to do nothing but smoke cigarettes and go to the gym twice a day. But, I digress. Winter wreaks havoc on my skin. Always has, always will. No amount of straight up coconut oil can help me. I have a small arsenal of products I can use at night when no one sees me, but my day game was lacking seriously. Not anymore, my friends! I present to you the best of the best (and really all you need!)

  • Pacifica Beauty Coconut Probiotic Water Rehab Cream ($16 USD) – this cream is a legit lifesaver! My skin goes through its own hangover when the weather changes. This cream, night and day, gets my skin feeling hydrated and repaired like no other. The best part? It’s so light! Usually, I’ve found that heavy duty repair creams feel like a weight on your face. Not this one! And it smells like a tropical paradise.
  • Ulta Beautifully Bare Eye Palette – ($10 USD and up) This baby is only available in store, but is a nice dupe for your NAKED palettes and much more budget friendly, too! I love how the colors compliment one another so I can create easy looks right from the get-go, no drama. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
  • YUNI Beauty Aromatic Body Mist ($28 USD) – I’ve talked about two things on Curls.nu a lot: essential oils and yoga. That hasn’t changed. YUNI’s Yoga-inspired products are still a fan favorite. Holiday time stresses me out, so a quick spritz of this Bergamot and Sage infused spray helps me find my chill. Not to mention, organic Kukui Seed Oil provides soothing essential fatty acids plus antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E to protect skin from free radical damage. So it soothes and you smell deliciously zen.
  • Pacifica Beauty Lips Like Sugar Scrub ($5 USD) – You know how it goes: the heat goes on and your lips feel like a forgotten Triscuit cracker on a party platter. So, how do you buff away all of that dry skin without ending up looking like the joker? Pacifica’s sugar scrub is gentle and effective and packed with jojoba, sugar, and grapeseed oil. It’s also no fuss–the lip balm style packaging is easy to use. I use this after a shower when skin is still soft and finish with a Pacifica lip balm.

So, products under $30? Sign me up amirite? I think you’ll love all of these just as much as I do! Happy almost holidays and cheers to getting pretty without bunnies, nasty chemicals, and soul crushing prices.

4 thoughts on “Four Cruelty-Free Products for Winter

  1. I’ve been debating and procrastinating on how to get started on my blog and I think you’ve inspired me to throw something up about my beauty faves. I think it is very interesting how different our daily out-in-the-world looks seem to be! (Do you have any rules about clothes and makeup as a teacher?)

    I do share your love for mists — They are really underrated! Especially in the summer I was loving a few spritzes of my favorite patchouli-based spray on my face and body. (We were sharing the kitchen at the time, otherwise I would have kept them in the fridge!)

    A friend surprised me with some Pacifica products in the mail a couple years back and I do like the brand, although it’s a little mellow for me. Part of it may have to do with skin tone as much as taste — Colors that pop on bloggers like Tashina don’t do much for my skin. I did hang onto a lip balm and it’s so pale that I’ve put it on my boys when their lips start to get dry. 🙂

    How does the Lips Like Sugar Scrub work exactly? I sometimes use table sugar on my lips but the tried and true method I’ve used for years was learned from Tyra. 😀 On one of her shows she recommended soaking lips in petroleum jelly then scrubbing with a toothbrush dipped in hot water. That one is still my favorite method, although nowadays I’d swap the jelly for coconut oil.

    1. We actually don’t have a dress code at my school which is nice! I can pretty much wear whatever I’d like. My makeup routine has always been so simple and understated though. Probably because I used to dance and always had it packed on for recitals and competitions. I got into Pacifica not from their cosmetics but actually because of their candles a long time ago! I loved all of the beachy summer scents. Their scrub is similar to Lush’s lip scrub. Rub it on, lick it off. I just like not getting my hands/fingers all sticky, heh. Stoked for your blog, mama!!

  2. I love Pacifica, but I haven’t tried those two yet. I’ll definitely keep that rehab cream in my mind. I have the “Wake Up Beautiful” mask you leave on while you sleep, and I really love it.

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