Monday, September 25, 2017


At the beginning of my 'quest' to find cruelty free products for my beauty routine, I thought the hardest thing to find would be an eye makeup remover.  Since my face cleanser also removes my makeup, I don't need a full face makeup remover.

I've always had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that works.  My eyes are so sensitive.  In fact, sensitive doesn't even cover what happens with my eyes.  I literally have to use eye drops every day just to keep the inflammation at bay.  It's almost like my eyes are allergic to almost everything.  So, when I started using the L'Oreal Clean Artiste Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover years ago, I was so happy that it actually worked for me.

I used it for the last time a few months ago, when I switched to these RMS Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes.  These were on the Sephora site, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to try them out.  These wipes are individually sealed in a foiled pouched.  The cloth is infused with organic coconut oil, and they can be used with water.

And... that's how simple it is.  I use these to remove my eye makeup, and they work extraordinarily well.  I have a video showing how I use them.  Even though I was super excited to find a cruelty free eye makeup remover on my first try, there are a few cons.

These come in a box of 20 wipes, and it costs $16.  That's pretty expensive, but I have figured out how to make them last longer.  Since each wipe comes in a pretty sturdy foil pouch, I just cut each wipe into two pieces.  I use one piece and the save the other piece for the next night.  When I put the saved piece back in the pouch, the foil folds over it tightly.  There really isn't a chance of it drying out anyways, since it's infused with coconut oil.

That solution also solves the problem of another con, which is that it feels wasteful to use a product that is individually wrapped.  Making the wipes last longer makes me feel a little less wasteful.

There are, of course, pros!  I love that it has simple ingredients.  I've tried to use coconut oil to remove my makeup before, but it never worked.  I even tried the expensive Kopari coconut oil, and even that burned my eyes.  For some reason, this organic coconut oil does the trick for me.  The wipes are very soft and gentle on my eyes.

So, for now, this is my go-to eye makeup remover. I'm not on the market for a new one.  If you're looking for a gentle, organic, cruelty free eye makeup remover this is a really great one.  Even though it's pricey, you can definitely extend the life of a box to lower the cost a bit.

Rebecca Lately Cruelty Free Beauty RMS Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

Rebecca Lately Cruelty Free Beauty RMS Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes

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Friday, September 22, 2017


Even though summer is coming to an end, I'm still totally in the mood for gingham.  As the summer winds down, I'll definitely be wearing my gingham as much as possible.  This gingham dress is so cute and bonus ... it has pockets!  The bright pink is a beautiful ode to summer and nips in the waist.  Going with black accessories allows the pink to pop & take center stage next to the gingham.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017


This dress is one of my more recent purchases from Em's shop The Flourish Market.  I've been so inspired by all her new arrivals, I even had another package arrive last week.  It's not quite cool enough to wear what I purchased in that package, so it'll be a few weeks before I wear it.  I had to snag this jacket when it was available, because it's been flying off the racks!

When I saw this dress, which is called the Amalia Dress, I thought it'd be a great addition to my wardrobe.  I'm trying to focus more intentionally on the colors I add to my closet.  Mustard, bordeaux, navy, and olive green are colors that I'm focusing on.  They are all harmonious together, so I should be able to mix and match a lot in the upcoming season.

Since this past weekend was warm-ish (it was warm yet windy), I used my trusty nudy wedges.  I don't need to say they go with anything, because that's totally obvious.  I also paired it my favorite burnished gold necklace that I picked up a couple years ago at Altar'd State.  It's one of my go-to necklaces, no matter what season.

I love the flowy aspect of this dress.  The waist is elasticated, but it's not snug at all.  When the weather cools down, I'm going to try belting it with a black belt.  It would look really great with a pair of heeled boots, too.  I have a pair that's been sitting in my closet for a couple years.  I've been debating selling them, but maybe this is the perfect dress to pair them with!

Do you focus on certain colors each season?

Rebecca Lately Amalia Dress The Flourish Market

Rebecca Lately Amalia Dress The Flourish Market

Rebecca Lately Amalia Dress The Flourish Market

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MY PERFECT MORNING ROUTINE | Nature Made® Adult Gummies

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I am such a morning person.  I love getting up early and starting my day before anyone else is up in the house (save the cats, ha!).  It actually seems counterproductive to get less sleep and be more energized, but it's true.  Getting up early is such an energizing way to start my day.  I'm going to share my best routine to get my day started on the right foot.

Granted, when I wake up, it is dark outside.  So, of course you wouldn't be able to see anything if I took pictures during that time.  If you're wondering why it's so sunny in these pictures ... no, my family does not sleep in until all hours of the morning!

First step first: coffee.  The night before, I set my coffee maker to brew automatically.  It's the first thing on my to-do list in the morning.  I grab my kindle and go outside to check our outdoor cat Tater.  He is so sweet, and he loves when I sit with him on the porch.  I fill up his food and water bowls and sit down to read for a bit.  Sometimes I knit first thing in the morning while I drink my coffee, but most of the time I read.  Right now, I'm reading Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.  It's a historical fiction murder/mystery.  It's pretty good so far!

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After I head inside, more then likely no one else is up.  If the kids have started to wake up, one or more of them will be getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and heading downstairs.  My husband handles breakfast for the kids and us (I handle all the other meals), so I head into the bathroom to take a shower.  My 'getting ready' routine is super easy.  It takes me maybe 30 minutes from the very beginning to the end.

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After my hair and makeup are done, I get dressed.  I prefer to get dressed last, so that I don't have hair clinging to my shirt.  I'm also very klutzy when it comes to putting on my makeup, so this also prevents makeup stains from getting on my clothes.  Setting out my outfit the night before helps my morning run even smoother, too!  That way, I'm not wasting time finding an outfit.

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