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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Vegan & Cruelty-Free Morning Routine

My morning routine is a big part of my day. I follow this entire routine almost exactly the same each morning in a true zombie trance. Most days, I can't even properly talk to anyone until after my morning routine is completed, it's that bad.

As soon as I wake up in the morning, I have to brush my teeth. Usually, this step wouldn't be included in a "morning routine" post, but I wanted to talk about this new vegan and cruelty-free toothpaste I've been using. It's by the brand Hello (Adele approved... not really but, as you can all tell, I think I'm hilarious) and it's by far the best vegan toothpaste I've tried so far. This brand also has mouthwash, toothbrushes, and breath sprays that are all vegan and cruelty-free which excites me a whole lot.

After I brush my teeth, I either wash my face with my Pacifica face wash or moisturize with my favorite Just the Goods moisturizer, or I do both, it really just depends on how my skin is feeling that morning. If my face is a bit spotty, this is when I apply my Fanciful Fox Spot Check. I swear by this product, it's that good. I'm pretty sure I mentioned these exact products in a skincare routine I posted sometime last year, which says a lot. This part of my morning routine has stood the test of time.

Now that my face is feeling nice and refreshed, I then eat breakfast. Lately, I've been loving this peanut butter flavored cereal from a brand called Puffins. It's honestly just like jumbo sized Captain Crunch (without the painful mouth sores after eating) with only 9 ingredients, which is very rare in cereals. I pair the cereal with some almond milk and I'm good to go.

With my belly full, I usually check my social medias. I really don't have a set time to do this, I honestly just do it whenever, but this is when I typically crawl back into bed and scroll through Instagram and Twitter for a while. I'm not the only one who does this, am I?

If I'm doing something that involves going out in public or actually socializing with people outside of my family, this is when I would do my makeup and hair. Sadly, I haven't discovered any amazing vegan and cruelty-free hair care products worth mentioning, so if you have any recommendations, please leave them in the comments! 
I never go all out on my makeup during the day. I usually use a bit of concealer under my eyes and on any spots that magically appeared overnight. I then fill my eyebrows in with the Milani Eyebrow Kit. I've also mentioned this product lots before, but it's a favorite of mine and I haven't had a reason to replace it. Now that my eyebrows are nice and filled in, I'm onto my eyes. Mascara is a must. I have been absolutely obsessed with the Tarte Gifted mascara. It's honestly the best mascara I've used, even before switching to all vegan and cruelty-free products.

Though I almost forgot to mention this important part of my morning routine, the last thing I tend to do while getting ready in the morning is get dressed. I usually put on my jeans with my right leg first (100% joking. Seemed fitting since I went into great detail throughout the rest of the post. Please don't take me too seriously).
Finally, the absolute last thing I apply while getting ready is perfume. I usually forget this step and realize only after I left the house... kind of like how I almost forgot to add this step to the routine. The Tahitian Gardenia scent from Pacifica is my favorite scent at the moment. I'm obsessed with it.

And that's my morning routine done! 

xo, Sarah Holt

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Girl Online Appreciation Post

I'm a big fan of cozying up with a good book and a nice hot cup of tea. I'm also a big fan of reading books straight through with no breaks, even if it means staying up until 3 in the morning. Girl Online and it's sequel, Girl Online: On Tour, are both exactly that; nice cup of tea books, and read-straight-through books.
I first read Girl Online a few months ago mainly because it was written by Zoe Sugg, (or Zoella, but I know everyone reading this already knew that). Also because it's a young adult novel and I'm currently obsessed with those. After reading, I was instantly hooked on the characters, Penny and Noah. The book also had anxiety and panic attacks as a theme which made me like it even more. It's hard to find books that depict anxiety as accurate as Girl Online and that's extremely refreshing, coming from someone who sometimes doubts the people who say "you're anxiety will get better over time". Sometimes you just need reassurance knowing you're not the only one with an extremely chaotic, overthinking brain, even if it is coming from a fictional character.
After finishing the first book, I was itching for a sequel. Even though I had to wait quite a few months, Girl Online; On Tour, was just as great as the first one, if not better. The theme, a little less about anxiety, and more about the future and Penny living her life for herself, somehow resonated with me even more, if that's even possible. Though Penny is only 16, I feel for her. I'm 21 and I have no clue what I want to do with the rest of my life, and that's pretty scary. I do know, however, that after reading Girl Online: On Tour, I'm not going to feel the pressure of anyone else telling me what I should be doing with my life. 
I'm not really sure where I was going with this post. It's not a full on review, it's more like a very long recommendation post. If any of you reading this are like me, an over thinker with an anxiety-ridden brain, no clue about the future, and a sucker for love stories, then you'll absolutely love these books.

xo, Sarah Holt

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