If You're A Drugstore Makeup Fanatic, Then You Must Know That COVERGIRL Is Finally Cruelty Free

If You're A Drugstore Makeup Fanatic, Then You Must Know That COVERGIRL Is Finally Cruelty Free

Now you can be easy, breezy, beautiful, AND cruelty-free.

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In early November of 2018, the world renown drugstore makeup brand COVERGIRL made the announcement that they are officially one hundred percent cruelty-free. You can even check out

If you're a drugstore makeup lover, then you might want to continue reading. Sit back, relax, and get your wallets ready because you're in for a game-changing surprise.

Makeup can be quite the expense, and as someone who loves makeup just as much as the next twenty-something year old, I must tell you I am excited for myself and my bank account.

If you don't know much about COVERGIRL and their old ways, then it's time for a history lesson. It all began in a little town in Maryland.

COVERGIRL has been making women and men all over the world feel beautiful with their products since 1961. Almost 60 years later, and they are finally evolving and re-branding themselves as they become more diverse with their products. According to their website, their goal is as follows, "Our goal is to help every person look and feel their best as they create personalized looks with the products we offer."

With shades ranging in colors for any women or men of any race to wear, and affordable products, you'd think COVERGIRL would be on top of their game, right?

Wrong.

On paper, COVERGIRL seemed like the most sensible brand to use. It was affordable, beautiful, and diverse. However, what people forgot to notice about their products was how they were being created and tested.

In order to get that perfect formula for your favorite foundation or mascara, thousands of furry friends were being hurt or even worse, killed to make you feel beautiful. That doesn't sit right in your conscience, does it?

So why should it feel right as your contour sits on your face?

Personally, I am thrilled that COVERGIRL has decided to re-brand themselves as "#COVERGIRLCrueltyFree." Not only will it help them increase their users, but it will save so many more animals in the time being.

I won't sit here and say that I have never used COVERGIRL products. I love their creamy lipsticks just as much as the next person swatching them on the back of their hands at Target. But I will sit here and tell you that I can wear their products with a clearer conscience.

After learning about how dark animal cruelty can get from one of my best friends, I've come to understand how important it is to try and put a stop to it. Knowing that COVERGIRL is now cruelty-free not only saves my wallet, but it saves the lives of harmless animals that didn't get the choice to get out of this situation.

Shout out to COVERGIRL for finally addressing how horrific animal testing in the cosmetic industry can get.

Becoming cruelty-free just might have changed the make-up game even more.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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What To Expect For Your First Brazilian Wax

Be informed and do it right the first time!

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It's going to hurt like hell, you're going to swear to yourself you're never going to go through with it again, and that you've betrayed your razor. Just like the pain, these feelings will subside.

Before The Appointment.

First things first girl, you must let your hair grow out very long. Ideally, it should be longer than a grain of rice. Absolutely do not shave two to three weeks before since the wax will have a harder time gripping onto short hair, likely leaving it behind. When I hear Brazilian, I think bare. Hairs left behind defies the whole point of a Brazilian, so please just wait.

Next, you should exfoliate the area a day or two before your appointment. Exfoliation will remove the dead skin around the follicle, making hair removal a tad easier.

Right Before.

Now, it's the day of your long-awaited Brazilian appointment. Shower, which is self-explanatory and a nice gesture for your dignity and much appreciated from your esthetician, though do not exfoliate. That will irritate the area before the waxing even begins. It will help to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Yes, it will still hurt, but it will help.

During The Wax.

During the session, relax. Your esthetician should guide you in deep breaths and knows techniques to minimize the pain.

Personally, I love going to the salon because it's like a free therapy session. You can vent and talk about anything and they'll likely listen and give you their opinion, or silently judge. They're already seeing every bit of you, so nothing seems off the table, but proceed with caution and just be yourself.

When the wax is over, they will apply a cooling crème, gel, oil, or other product to soothe the stressed skin.

After Care.

After the appointment, it's crucial to be aware that everyone's skin heals at different rates. It's also likely you will develop little white bumps from waxing. To inhibit ingrown hairs from forming, I've found that applying Thayer's witch hazel, or another witch-hazel toner without alcohol helps the healing process immensely. Then, top it with a hydrocortisone cream. It helps with redness and swelling. If you don't have witch hazel, that's perfectly fine. Just proceed with hydrocortisone cream and an ice pack if needed.

I'm aware that these after-care instructions make a Brazilian sound like a terrible self-inflicted experience, but I can assure you'll be going back for more. After the bumps subside, you will love the smooth skin, the ability to hit the pool without the worry of "Did I shave?" In a way, I'd compare the experience to giving birth, but way less painful. Yes, it hurts, but women are strong. They become pros at childbirth, and soon, you'll become a pro at Brazilians.

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