My First Time Using a Bath Bomb?!

I have a confession to make; I, Patti, cruelty free Blogger of almost 3 years have never used a bath bomb. I don't think this realization is as shocking as it is a bit ridiculous. Over the years it's kind of crazy to me that I have never tried a bath bomb. My last apartment had a standing shower, so when I moved to our new place I was elated to finally have a working tub to soak in. Since I moved in I've tried a few bath soaks, but last night I tried out my first bath bomb.

Ethical Wardrobe Staples

Three years ago I started blogging about cruelty free alternatives to the beauty and skincare items I use in my daily life, since then my lifestyle has evolved quite a bit. I try to consider cruelty free alternatives in most aspects of my life, and now I think it may be time to shift my focus to ethical fashion as well.

This fall there have been 2 trends that I have been absolutely loving, animal print and leather*! I paired both trends together for today's look.

Today I opted for the 'Maria' a classic biker style jacket with an asymmetrical zip and silver studs. The Maria Jacket can be found at James & Co, an Australian ethical clothing brand specializing in conscience clothing.

James & Co is PETA approved, and only offers ethical vegan leather options.

Cruelty Free & Spooky| Cruelty Free Halloween Picks

As the fall weather rolls in I'm thinking more and more about everyone's favorite time of year-- Halloween! This month I was kindly gifted some spooky samples to review for you guys, and I'm really excited to share my thoughts.

People always ask me if it was hard narrowing down my beauty and skincare purchase to strictly cruelty free products. With a number of brands jumping on the cf bandwagon I never really felt limited in my choices. There are always tons of amazing brands to try, and I don't think I've even scratched the surface of what's out there. Then the huge k-beauty trend emerged and I felt a bit left out-- I was having trouble finding information on a lot of trending brands so I kind of just gave up on the trend.

Lucky for me JJ Young reached out about their charcoal line, and I was happy to find that they are cruelty free. JJ Young is my first review of a Korean beauty line, and I'm excited to share my findings with you!

After spending a lovely Sunday apple picking and eating apple cider donuts with my boyfriend I decided to test out the line.

First I tried the black cleansing stick. I used a micellar water to remove my makeup first, rinsed my face with warm water, and then rubbed the cleansing stick in circular motions in each area of my face. The cleanser lathered nicely and did not leave my skin feeling stripped. I think this would be a great cleanser to travel with or to throw in a gym bag. After rinsing the cleanser off with warm water, I followed' with a rosewater toner and facial oil. I think this would be great for a multitude of skin types.

A Game Changer| What's in my blender bottle?

Up until this month I've kind of been struggling with supplementing my workouts with protein, I had become tired of the previous powders in my pantry and was looking for something a bit smoother.

Finding a smooth dairy free protein has been a hard task for me, so when Basik Health reached out to me about their Pea Protein Powder I was skeptical but I knew I had to give it a try.

Just Pea pea protein powder by Basik Health Co is dairy free, soy free, made in the US and has been tested for heavy metals-- something I have become concerned about when it comes to finding the right plant based protein for me.

Cruelty Free Brands that Give Back| Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As you may already know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this month serves as a reminder to all women to book their checkups and scans, as well as honor the women in their lives affected by Breast Cancer.

1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. If you haven't already had your checkup this year I would encourage you to make an appointment soon. Early detection is key and I am a huge advocate for yearly checkups.

This October there are two cruelty free brands I would like to mention that are donating a portion of their proceeds to Breast Cancer charities.

The Better Skin Co.