Cruelty free. Vegan Care. Not tested on animals. Are you as confused as I am?

Wonders in Wellness

I try my best to make the right choices for my family and the environment, but sometimes the choices are endless and it is easy to get lost in the labels and how marketers define their products.

Is a cruelty free product the same as a vegan product? Is a product that is not tested on animals the same as cruelty free? Are we taking into consideration the individual ingredients or the product as a whole? It can get even get more complicated if we consider the skincare industry…

Clarity is essential….here is what I discovered.

Vegan and Cruelty Free?


A vegan product is a product without the addition of ANY animal by products, a cruelty free product is one whose ingredients were never tested on animals….they can be both, or one and the other.


No-Animal-Testing-862x669 Cruelty free does not mean vegan . As a matter of fact, there are quite…

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How to Style a White Dress for Memorial Day

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Simply Audree Kate

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Happy Thursday and almost holiday weekend! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was celebrating Memorial Day Weekend last year in the Hamptons – where has the past year gone?! So, in honor of celebrating the change of seasons, I thought I would style my newest white dress from Abercrombie + Fitch. I paired the dress with a light-weight navy leather jacket – perfect for cooler nights – and some of my favorite accessories. For more summer style inspiration, make sure to follow me on Pinterest because I’m pinning fashion and beauty inspiration every day! (Check out my Summer Style board here!)

Also, I just back to NYC from my long vacation in Arizona and Vegas, and I cannot wait to share the overload of travel and outfit posts coming your way in the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned! xo

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Things to Consider When Choosing Your Bridesmaid Dresses

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The quest for the perfect bridesmaid dresses is a challenge to many brides. Choosing the right dress that not only fits them but also you and your wedding theme can be a daunting task. Make little mistake and check out our tips / things to consider before nailing down on your bridesmaid dresses.

Budget

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Set a budget as to how much you are willing to spend on your bridesmaids’ dresses. Starting with a practical budget can help you make important decisions along the way.

Who is Paying?

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That said, will you be paying for the dresses or do you require the bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses? Although, it is more common for the bride to pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Color

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Decide on a color palette for your wedding before you set to decide on the color…

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Beauty, skin deep

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‘Beauty is only skin deep’ they say. Then why is it that every emphasis is placed upon the appearance of a woman? The definition of that proverb is that a pleasing appearance is not a guide to character. When I ‘discover’ on Instagram all I literally see are females prancing about in their underwear, butts and boobs I like to call them.

The female essence had been reduced to butts and boobs…doesn’t that just make us proud? Look at yourself and say ‘I am a butt’ or ‘I am a boob’. Thats just makes me cringe to be honest. When we sit back and think about what we believe to be a attractive, we see that it’s all merely physical.

That rant over there brings me to this week’s blog post. As I am shedding the kgs and growing in my weight loss journey, I am discovering that I have unrealistic ideas of what…

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New Season, New Me: Changing Your Skin Routine

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After four months of playing in Jack Frost’s wonderland, our  skin tends to be quite unpleasant and dry to the touch. I can’t speak for everyone when I say this but what I do know is now is the time to welcome in the new season with open arms. The sun will be out more often, and your body will change its past routine. If you kept your skin velvety soft and hair unlike autumn leaves, Kudos to you! You understand the way seasons works.

We all anticipate for the spring to allow for us to put our feet up some and relax with all the lotions, layers of pants, and 32oz water jugs. In the real world, that’s not bound to happen. When one door closes, another opens. Yes- you still have to moisturize and drink water to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but not as much as you…

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How To Make Your Lipstick Last All Day

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Lipstick has become a beauty staple for me the past few years. I wear it almost every day, and I get a lot of questions from friends and readers which types of lipsticks I wear and how I actually make it last all damn day. My friends are always pretty surprised that I can go most of the day, while eating and drinking, and still have my lips pretty much fully intact. So today, I am sharing  5 steps that will make you lipstick stand the test of time…or until you decide to wash your face. See below!

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1. Exfoliate and moisturize
I wash my face every night, and I always make sure to exfoliate my lips because wearing lipstick as often as I do, it can easily dry out my lips. Some people use lip scrubs, but I found that using  a washcloth and water works just as well and is a cheaper, easier way…

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St. Patrick’s Day Outfit Ideas

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Hi Lovelies

Today I thought  I’d share a few ways you can ‘go green’ and make a fashion statement this coming St. Patricks Day 🙂 Growing up I never worried much about wearing something Green on Paddy’s Day, but I know in a lot of places it can be a tradition:) I found all these items on Asos.com and they don’t break the bank either 😀

My first pick is this gorgeous little sundress that goes lovely with these mid-heeled sandals if you’re lucky enough to get great weather this Paddy’s Day 🙂

Now if you’re really not into dressing up or if comfort means more to you this oversized jumper would be perfect 🙂

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If you plan on heading out and really want to make a bold statement then this metallic green mini dress should be right up your ally 😀

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Asos actually has a lot of options when it comes to…

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Pink (BLW Contributor)

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“A red winged angel flew into amass of white clouds. Brief was her embark through the snow white surround.  Her curiosity was rewarded after passing through the cumulus completely. She returned on the sky blue path seeking her landing place among her kin. Landing within the village square she was met with eyes of awe and astonishment. Compliments of a change she herself was unaware of, directed her eyes to her own wings. An elder of the village made her way through the crowd, with tear filled eyes. She described the tint in her wings as pink, a shade known well amongst humans. The memories of her years spent as a guardian flooded her consciousness. Joy and sorrow danced in her heart, and her tears began to fall like raindrops. Like a harp and a lute, her stories carried melodies of truths of the newly found shade. She explained, The…

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On Judging Others (BLW Contributor)

The reality of it all (BLW Contributor) 

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Just a quick note, my blog is primarily based on personal views and experience, sometimes referring to research and some background information, with the aim of helping anyone who may be suffering, or know of anyone suffering from a mental health illness. I haven’t written in a while, so let’s see how this goes. I would welcome any advice and feedback on my blogs, or your personal thoughts on the topic.
This post has quotes from some people that I know, with particular experiences with mental health illness. They have provided a personal account of their mental health illness.

These people would like to remain anonymous, so I have included just the statements that these people have said, with a short summary as to their mental illness. I have done this in the hope of raising some awareness about the ‘real life’ effects of a mental illness on the one…

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