Make Up Declutter & Transitioning to Cruelty Free Cosmetics - Primers

It's that time of year for a yet another make-up declutter. For me with the change of seasons is a reason to purge items from my closet and cosmetic stash.

What's different about this purge is that I want to support companies that don't test on animals. It's 2016 and I can't think of one logical reason why such practices should still occur. Now this first go round won't be perfect because there are a few products I won't want to let go of as of right now. It's all about progress people.

Today we are focusing on my face primers. As you can see I don't have too many - left to right:

1. Mirabella Beauty's Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes

2. Benefit's The POREfessional

3. Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector

4. Pixi's Flawless & Poreless, M.A.C.'s Prep and Prime

5. Yu-Be's Moisturizing Skin Cream



The POREfessional was almost empty so I just rid of it. Sadly, Benefit is not cruelty free which means I won't be repurchasing this product.

I lost the cap to the Mirabella Prime so I decided to get rid of it as well. I fear that with the product being open as such it would be breeding ground for bacteria growth and well....that's not what I'm trying to put on my face. I'm not sure if Mirabella Beauty test on animals because the whole missing cap issue was driving me crazy that I just wanted it gone.


This primer works well minus the fine shimmer/glitter in it. This is one M.A.C. product that I don't mind gifting to a friend.

These three products are all cruelty free! The Becca primer is a recent purchase and I still am learning how best to use it on my skin. The Pixi has been around for a while but I always overlooked it for the POREfessional. I guess now is it's time to shine. The Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream isn't a primer but it great night cream. I've already used up this sample and have re-purchased the full-size from Sephora.

Whew! Well that was easy. I hope the rest of the process is like this!

What's your stance on cosmetic companies testing on animals? Any recommendations of primers for oily/combination skin?

Rants & Ramblings: #TeacherLife, New Workout Routine, Natural Hair Woes & Possible Veganism

Can I just say what's on my mind and heart right now? I mean...please?

I'm tired as shit and I'm feeling quite overwhelmed. Two weeks ago I turned 29 years old. Grateful to see another year but I would have been even more grateful if I would have been able to stay home from work. Instead, I administered the P.E.R.T. test to my students over the span of 2 days. 41 out of the 62 students passed with a 97 or higher.

Oh yeah....your girl brings the results.

To think I was in the clear for the rest of the school year, administration decides to switch things up and give me two new preps (courses)! So in addition to Algebra I Credit Recovery, I now have Geometry Honors and will soon have some sort of Business Education course to teach as well.

I'm also enrolled in two on-line courses I have to complete for an ESOL endorsement. There are 5 courses in all and so far these first two have left me bored to tears.


In other news, I started a trial run of my new workout regimen this Sunday. What I mean by a trial run is that I had my husband walk me through several of the machines/exercises that I wasn't familiar with. I made it through my entire Back & Glutes regimen and felt like a million bucks. Well, until I woke up Monday morning. Soreness is on fleek. I mean every movement is a struggle.

And the worst thing about starting a new weight lifting program after being strictly cardio for months? The initial weight gain. I'm not new to this. It happens anytime I resume a strength training regimen after a prolonged break. Here is a great article that explains the why this occurs.

This is always the absolute worst phase! But who else can I blame other than myself for having to start over yet again? This time I plan to stick with it and push through. Before if I missed one day I would feel so guilty that I would wait until the start of a new week for a fresh start. My issue with perfectionism is real. Not anymore though. If I happen to miss a day, because life does happen, I will just pick up where I left off according to my workout schedule.

I need my locs to grow and to grow fast! I feel like I did the Big Chop all over again! It's at that awkward length where it's not considered short but not long enough to do anything with it.

I have my moments where I miss my loose Natural hair but then I recall the hours I would spend washing, detangling and styling my hair every three weeks. Oh and let us not forget having to protect my hair every night. Preserving a twist out was a headache and a half. I'm just going to have to suck it up and be patient because having locs gives me so much freedom to just get up and go.

And I am trying to give up animal products. As of now I shy away from poultry and red meat, but occasionally have a piece of bacon or seafood. Also I've started going through my cosmetics and cleaning things up slowly. Nothing too drastic because I see every step, no matter how little, as progress.

Okay. That's all for now. Off to have a warm shower and a glass of wine. I plan on counting sheep by 8:30 p.m.


Music Monday: "Hustlin'" - Rick Ross (2006)

Everyday I'm hustin'...literally. These long days of working study hall after school until 5:00 p.m. and then hitting the gym are leaving me quite exhausted. But I've been through worse and I know I can push through until June.

You will see quite a bit of music from Rick Ross in the upcoming months because...well, I don't want to say just yet. Not everything is finalized but plans are definitely in the works.