I will be the first to admit I don't take care of my skin the way I should. I know what my skin hates - because trust me, I've tried it and broke out - but I'm not sure what my skin likes. I'm going on a skincare journey and you are coming along for the ride. My previous makeup remover was just coconut oil. In fact, it was my remover and my moisturizer. I swore by it, but I think that is mostly because the internet was telling me I should. Now, at the beginning of my skincare curiosity, Korean beauty is the best place to start! Nooni is a K-beauty brand that I was excited to try because 1. no testing on animals in Korea! And 2. This is a product specifically for removing makeup. No more overusing coconut oil! It's not allowed anymore. 

It is worth noting that this product feels exactly like coconut oil. It's oily, greasy, and I'm basically just rubbing around all my makeup as the product removes it. I don't love that, but it's something I can deal with, and what comes next is totally worth it. After rubbing the oil in, I turn on the warm water and wet my hands. The water activates the oil to turn into a cleanser! I still wash my face after, but I feel so fresh after removing my makeup in a way that coconut oil could never.

Overall, Nooni is amazing for being cruelty-free, smelling nice, looking cute, and working well! It hasn't made me break out, and I never end up with excess makeup after using it. I'm thinking I should try more Korean products. Let me know what your favorite K-beauty products are!




How To Go Cruelty-Free

3 tips to get you started

I started my love affair with cruelty-free products when I discovered Lush Cosmetics. I was maybe 12, and mostly in it for the pretty bath bombs and hopelessly trendy nature of the girls who worked in there. Ever since then I've been obsessed. My skin craves all natural, organic products and it has never disappointed. As a lifetime animal lover, the cruelty-free part of Lush was just a bonus. 

As my love for animals has grown (I seriously wish I could donate all my money to elephant conservations) I have made a life change when it comes to the products I use. I've gone cruelty-free! 

I'm definitely not the type of person to push my beliefs on anyone, and I totally understand when people are not cruelty-free. It's crazy how many companies test on animals! And it's hard to avoid. But if you're like me and want to make a change, here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Do Your Research

I started by looking up all the products I use, and acting surprised when I found out those companies tested on animals. I feel like I know too much, which definitely helped me make the switch. I couldn't even spray my perfume on me after looking at some PETA ads. (I wouldn't recommend it) But I found a great website, Cruelty-Free Kitty, that has lists on lists of info on the brands I should and shouldn't use. It's very helpful!

2. Don't Hurt Your Wallet

Going cruelty-free does NOT have to drain your bank account! It can be a way to save money, and there are a lot of options for any price range. Trust me, you won't be missing out on quality products! More and more companies are making the switch every day. You won't have to settle, and can still get in on any makeup or hair trends with what you have.

3. Start Small

The way I started was that every new product I bought was cruelty free. I didn't just throw away all my makeup and hair products and start fresh. Just because I don't buy from MAC anymore doesn't mean I'm going to throw all that money in the garbage. Use up what you have! Just don't buy from those non cruelty-free brands in the future.

Now that you've decided to take the steps toward a cruelty-free lifestyle, get out there and save the animals! (Just kidding, but seriously)