Pretty Great “Ingredients” Series

pretty great ingredients

Hey Pretty Lovelies!

You may have seen the Pretty Bad Ingredients post which focused on educating our readers on how important reading your labels is! Now on the flip side I’m giving you some ingredients, etc that are good for you! So here are a few things you want to look for when shopping for both skincare and beauty!

1. pH Correct
Did you know that our skin is actually slightly acidic? It sits at a 5.5 on the pH scale. And the reason its slightly acidic is to ward off pollutants, free radicles, environment, etc. So its seriously important to be using a product that is pH correct. When you use a product that isn’t pH correct it strips your acid mantle and can cause problem skin like dry skin, oily skin, acne, break-outs, etc. We aren’t suppose to have problem skin! When I switched to a pH correct product my skin totally changed, I no longer have dry skin, and my skin has a new glow. I only get break-outs when I eat unhealthy or sometimes when its that time of the month.

2. Vegan
I’m pretty sure all of us here LOVE animals, and if you don’t — shame on you! They’re adorable and fluffy and the best. It is so easy for us to turn a blind eye to skincare and cosmetics companies that test on animals. But for me once I found all vegan skincare and cosmetics it was a no brainer, why would I support companies that have shitty morals? Yes I write for a beauty blog and yes I will review and talk about products from companies that do test on animals and that do have animal by-products but on a day to day basis I’m all about vegan. I think from now on I’ll make a note on each post about whether a product is cruelty-free or not.

3. Dermatologist TESTED
Often we’ll see dermatologist recommended on a product. This means that the dermatologist was paid for by the company to recommend it, regardless of whether they believe in or like the product or not. But when you see dermatologist tested you know its a product that has been responsibly tested for you. Tested usually means that whatever the product says it does, it actually does!

Feel free to ask any questions if you have any! Do you have any ingredients, etc that you look for in your products?

Stay lovely,
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Pretty Bad Ingredients Series

Pretty Bad Ingredients

Hey Pretty Lovelies!

As some of you may know within the last few months I started working with a vegan health and wellness company called Arbonne as a consultant. I’ve always been fascinated by how skincare and beauty products impact our health so I love that my job is about educating people. I thought it would be a fun idea to do a series of posts that focus on that! Look out for Pretty Great Ingredients where I’ll talk about things you want from your skincare and cosmetics!

1. Mineral Oil
Skincare and beauty companies are so sneaky because when I first saw the word mineral oil I thought it was a good thing, like mineral water, etc. But it turns out its actually a by-product of the crude oil industry – read Benzene Gasoline! It costs the gas companies a lot of money to dispose of it properly so instead they sell it off to skincare and beauty companies (especially in North America) so they can use it as cheap filler. And if thats not bad enough its linked to cancer, its the 2nd reason for aging after the sun AND it sits on your skin like plastic wrap so your biggest detoxifying organ aka your skin can’t detox and IF there is anything good in the product its not going in to benefit you.

2. Glycerin
Aka Animal by-product. This is definitely the one that upsets me the most and why I strive to use all Vegan skincare and beauty products for my day to day routine. Have you ever heard of Animal Rendering? Its the recycling process by which Animal by-products get into skincare and beauty (this is a HUGE Industry in North America). They take all meat deemed inedible for us like roadkill, euthanized pets, dead zoo animals, rotten meat, etc and they boil it all together and whatever rises to the top — you guessed it, gets sold to cosmetic companies for filler. Also natural and organic products can still have animal by-products so looking for the word Vegan is key. Note: Glycerin (plant) is in the safe zone!

3. Parfum (Fragrance)
This is an umbrella term for a variety of cocktail chemicals, meaning these companies don’t actually have to tell you what they’ve put in the product! That seriously scares me because there are about 3,000 chemicals they can use and leave nameless without even testing to see if they are TOXIC! And if a product says fragrance free or unscented it can still have chemicals to mask smells of the other chemicals in the products.

Now I’m not going to throw any companies under the bus just yet but I strongly encourage you to READ YOUR LABELS! Even if these products aren’t doing damage to your health now, over time they definitely will. So I suggest starting to introduce safer, healthier products into your day to day routine.

If you are curious to know more let me know as I love educating and spreading the word! Do YOU have any ingredients you like to avoid?

Stay Lovely,
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Quick n’ Lovely: Simple @home Manicure!

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

So I waltz into Sally’s Beauty today after work, and it just so happened to be ‘Buy One Get One Free’ on China Glaze polishes! Love it when it happens – good quality polishes, and two for the price of less than an Essie polish?! Yes, please!


Here’s a quick rundown of the usual @home manicure I like to do in between when I treat myself at the Salon a couple times a year for an ‘XL mani/pedi’. Hope you enjoy!

Step One:

Remove previous nail polish, of course! I like to use Pure Acetone…I know that a lot of people aren’t big fans of this, but I love how quickly and easily my polish comes off with this – especially when I’m consistently wearing red, and I hate it when it gets all over my hands! It definitely dries out my fingers, but nothing the next steps can’t fix. Of course, use whatever remover you’re comfortable with!

steponeStep Two & Three:

Cuticle removal…the biggest hassle of a manicure! I used to use cuticle clippers, but let’s just say it never really did much of a good thing – too many nips and deep clips! Then I discovered ‘Cuticle Off’ by GENA. Simply apply to the cuticle area, wait 30 seconds and then take a file or a file stick like the one pictured below and files those babies off! Rinse with warm water and dry off with a towel. 


step3Step Four:

Not a necessary step – but I love to give myself a mini coconut oil soak (tablespoon of organic coconut oil in warm water) before I shape and paint. I find it soothes my skin (I have very dry skin) and also helps to take off the last bit of flakey skin. 

step4Step Five:

Shape! No words are needed. 

fiveStep Six:

Base coat, Nail Polish of your choice, and Top! I never used to use a base coat…and I definitely regret it. It’s so important for the longevity of your polish and the overall health of them. It also helps for polish to not yellow your natural nails over time. 


China Glaze – Strong Adhesion Base Coat
China Glaze – 711 China Rouge 
Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

And there we have it! I hope you guys had a great Tuesday evening like mine, and maybe got some good tips from my usual routine! Let me know what you’re usual routine is, and if you have any other great tips or tricks to share with us!