• Beauty,  Clean Beauty,  Clean Lifestyle,  Clean Skincare,  Makeup

    What I learned during a year of using exclusively Clean Beauty

    I started #cleanstreak at the end of January 2019 after a major makeup and skincare declutter. For those of you just tuning in, post-declutter I made a goal to only repurchase, pursue and use clean skincare, makeup and haircare products. Side Note: I did continue to use and finish up any viable not-so-clean things I already had <<wastage benefits no one>>, but once I started accumulating amazing, effective clean beauty products, I didn’t find myself missing what I used before (for the most part…I’m getting there). I’ll start off by saying that the beauty industry has changed a lot since I started watching YouTube beauty gurus back in 2008. It’s…

  • Clean Beauty,  Makeup

    Brand Spotlight: Ilia Beauty

    Recently, while editing a GRWM, a brainwave hit me – I’ve got a lot of Ilia Beauty products in my collection (check out my Minimal and Quick Clean Beauty FOTD here)! Not only that, but I reach for them often and have developed pretty strong opinions along the way. I know I’ve demo-ed and spoken about products here and there (especially on Instagram: BittaFab), but I’m ready now to give you guys more of an in-depth review. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in – this is gonna be a long one 🙂 ILIA Beauty I was attracted to Ilia right from the start, with their modern website and…

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    Clean Beauty: Part 3 – Where to Start?

    The world of clean beauty and skincare can be a bit overwhelming. It’s one thing to pick a new deodorant, but now what? Making the change takes you away from the familiar comfort of all the mainstream products you’ve used and relied on your whole life and drops you smack into unknown territory. Between learning a whole new language of ingredients, getting used to and testing new products, the inevitable greenwashing, all the while trying to be sensible and shop smart, I’ve questioned why I’m on this journey more than a couple times. I know I’ve barely dipped more than my pinky toe into this venture and there are many…

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    Morning Skincare Routine

    This post has been a long time coming, both because I have been planning on writing this for a while and also because it took me a long time to develop a skincare routine. Up until my late twenties, my routine, if you could call it one, consisted of two items: an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 and a jar of cleanser. While there is nothing wrong with either of these items, they stopped addressing my skincare needs long before I stopped using them. In my previous skincare post, I mentioned that I have dry skin. I had just about gotten used to the tight, stretched out feeling that comes…

  • Clean Beauty

    Clean Beauty – Part I: Intro

    #CleanBeauty is a pretty trendy topic nowadays. But what does it really mean, or rather, what should we really be looking for with clean products? In my web browsing, I wasn’t able to find just one definition for clean beauty by a regulatory agency or otherwise. I was, however, able to grasp the general gist: Clean beauty implies products that have been created without any known toxic ingredients, proven or suspected, and that have been sourced and created with our health and the environment in mind. As a consumer population who pays close attention to what we are putting in our bodies, giving preference to foods with ingredients we can read…