Beauty Picks by a Non-Beauty Blogger

We are halfway through the week and almost totally done with January. Is this how 2016 is going to be? Because I totally lost track of this month and it flew…

Anyway, today I’m talking about the products I use every day. Everyone else talks about this stuff and I really love their recommendations. I am 110% lazy and I don’t spend much time taking care of my face/skin/hair… but these products have made the prepping process more enjoyable. Lately I’ve been putting serious effort into my morning/night routine and these are my staples, so if you’re anything like me and you’re looking for easy-to-use products check these out 🙂

Bonus! Everything on this list is cruelty-free because I like my rabbits fully-furred and my dogs un-caged ❤︎
Also, no one asked me to say these nice things- all opinions and selections are mine.


Lush Cosmetic Lad | This weekend is the first time I allowed myself to get sucked into the Lush world. My only purchase prior to my Saturday morning splurge was a canvas bag that proudly displays their anti-animal testing logo. This weekend I let a very nice girl named Amanda cleanse and hydrate my hand with an array of products. Her pitch worked because I bought this creamy moisturizer and I’m loving it so far.

Lush Ultrabland | Obviously Amanda was super convincing because I went in for an herbal scrub and walked out with the aforementioned cream and this cleanser. It’s a little waxy, but winter does a number on my sensitive skin so I’m all about sealing in the moisture. Additionally, my face breaks out if I just touch it, so when I find a product that’s gentle (and effective) on my pale cheeks I stick with it!

e.l.f. Tone Adjusting Mineral Infused Face Primer | After reading all the expert beauty blogs I decided that I needed some primer in my life. I love how satin-y and light this stuff is. I can’t even tell it’s on my face but I really do believe it keeps my scars and acne at bay under the make-up. Also, it doesn’t make me breakout which is huge. I love all my e.l.f. cosmetics.

Yes to Coconut Curl Defining Hair Smoother | When we ran out of shine spray (which we loved, but was a gift and an alleged animal-testing brand)  I went on the hunt for some cruelty-free frizzy control. While most of the “Say Yes to…” face products irritate my skin, this hair smoother is such a light, effective, greasy-free life saver! I use it all the time; it doesn’t matter if I’m gelling my hair, curling it, or straightening it. It’s also affordable- score!

Big Sexy Blow Dry Volumizing Gel |Up to this point all my picks have only been used by me… but in our house we tend to share products (mousse, shampoo, some face wash, etc.) and this is one product that K and I both love! Similar to the primer and curl smoother, this stuff is weightless once it’s in your hair. After I towel dry my locks I just put a nickel-size dab on my finger tips and comb it through my roots. I add my smoother, some gel, and then blow everything into place. This stuff doesn’t hold your hair in place, it just give you great body and volume!

[* Big Sexy is a European brand and, therefore, doesn’t test on animals; however, the company was bought by Henkel which owns a variety of other companies, including Dial, which have been known to test their products on animals. Just an FYI.]

Admittedly this is my second beauty-centric post (see my first attempt here), but it’s the first time I’ve gone into great detail on tried & true products that I really, really love.

What brands or products would you suggest? I’m always in the market to try something new!


23 thoughts on “Beauty Picks by a Non-Beauty Blogger

  1. You are making me want to try some face primer now.
    Yep – that Say Yes To WRECKS my face. but I’m up for trying the hair products!


    • I’ve heard setting spray is also a good thing…? But I haven’t tried that. I do love my primer, though. And e.l.f. stuff is SO inexpensive 🙂 The “Yes to…” stuff makes my face red and inflamed, but the hair stuff is lovely!


    • Oopsy 😀 I have a whole list of things I want to try next. My only choice is to order online, though, because the closest store is two hours away! (Hopefully that keeps my wallet full for a while…)


  2. I love all the picks! I get hair stuff from Lush, but not face things. I actually just asked John yesterday for a Lush gift card for valentine’s day because I want to try the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser and a moisturizer that’s supposed to be good for redness. Hooray Lush!


    • I haven’t tried any hair products from Lush… K would have to get on board with that since we share. I’m a fan of our tea tree oil stuff right now, though. Now I want a Lush gift card….. hahaha!


  3. You are a lifesaver. I need primer too, and I have a post idea for the future where I basically just name off a bunch of (inexpensive) beauty products and ask if they’re good or not. That ELF primer is on there!!! So I may just have to snag that. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s ‘meh’ about beauty products too! When people say they could spend hours in Sephora I’m like…HOW?! Hahaha.


    • I had to read the directions on the bottle because I was so clueless…. I’m still such a fool when it comes to make-up. I can’t believe how much money people spend on make-up!! If I felt like I was better at the whole primping thing I might spend lots of $$$ but I’m so bad at it… More power to the beauty bloggers with the perfect brows! I honestly just want my acne gone/hidden and my hair fluffy… hahaha!


  4. totally love seeing how other people do their routines (i’m super nosy so that’s probably why!) my skin is driving me insane right now so i’ll have to consider those products! i need to check out some face primer – had no idea that was a thing!


    • Ughhh. I am SO itchy! My skin and my scalp kill me in the winter. I’m trying to stay on top of it all. I actually forgot one product!! I’ve been using a lotion by alba and I love it. I hate lotion but I’m starting to resemble a lizard soooo…. 🙂 The primer I use is SO satin-y… it’s weird how it just melts on and I totally forget about it!


    • Giiiirl, you are the beauty guru! I won’t even know about primer if it weren’t for your blog 🙂 I really wish I could use the Yes to… line for my face but it just doesn’t work out for me 😦


    • I haven’t tried any of the monthly subscription boxes yet (except Dollar Shave Club, haha!) but I’m getting ready to sign up for petit vour. It’s a cruelty-free make-up box that costs $15 a month (plus shipping maybe?). I don’t know if that’s expensive or not, but I’ve heard great things!


  5. So I’m like you and don’t use a lot of stuff…I’m lazy as well. But I might have to try some this. Especially the primer and the lotion. My skin is so dry it’s horrible and it hurts! Ouch! Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂


    • Yes yes! I’m very low maintenance, but I’m starting to think my acne might benefit from a more high-maintenance routine. I’ve seen great results so far with all this stuff!


    • Yes yes!! My husband and I LOVE it! I can definitely see a difference when I use it!! (I blow dry my hair with a diffuser, so I’m not sure if that makes a difference… but just FYI!)


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