Recent Emptied Natural Products

februaryemptiesRead on for the “eh’s” “oohs” and “aahs” of some of my recent finished all-natural bath and beauty products!

ED4OLO Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil – I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle of this luxury product.  It is expensive, but 1) I’ve gotten it on sale every time I’ve purchased it, and 2) less expensive cleansing oils just don’t compare for me.  Definitely a product I wholeheartedly love.  The scent, the way it dissolves makeup and yet somehow is completely water soluble…aaah.

Zylicious Xylitol Gum – I picked up this affordable gum at the all-natural health food store I frequent.  It doesn’t contain most of the nasties that conventional gums do, but it contains titanium dioxide (to make it white) which I’m not a fan of.  The taste was great, though.

Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil – This oil has been on my face every single day this winter.  It’s amazing.  Seriously.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – This is purely a staple in our bathroom.  I haven’t used it often this past winter because I’ve needed extra heavy serums and balms.

Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Cleanser – I loved using the sample of this cleanser.  I would definitely buy a full-size…if I could get it at a great price.  It’s a bit expensive for my taste, but it is very, very nice.

Honest Company Shampoo & Conditioner – These are also staples in our house.  They are the only products I use to wash my daughter’s hair (review coming soon!).

Hurraw! Moon BalmI love Hurraw!  So….that being said, this is my least favorite flavor/scent that I’ve tried.  I wanted to love it, but the flavor is just funky.  I got used to it after a while, but I was never a fan of the smell.

Lotus Wei Infinite Love Energy Mist – One of the most beautiful scents I’ve ever come across.  I was so sad when this bottle was empty.  I haven’t repurchased, but that’s because I really want to purchase the Infinite Love Perfume and just haven’t gotten around to it….yet.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara My favorite mascara, maybe ever.  I’m currently comparing a new tube of it to the brand new Lily Lolo mascara…review to come!

Odacite Buriti Lime Serum – This was a sample and I absolutely loved it – the texture, the smell, the way my skin looked in the morning.  Definitely not cheap, but I’d love to buy a full-size in the future.

Gemstone Organic Ylang Ylang Gem Hydrosol – I love GO Cremes…but this hydrosol was just like spritzing water on my face.  It really did nothing for me, and I wasn’t a fan of the scent, either.  I love that they put a piece of crystal in their hydrosols, and I’d be willing to try another scent in the future, but I would not repurchase this one. (At the time of posting this, I don’t see this product available on their website, so I’m not sure if it’s out of stock or discontinued).

Evan Healy Lavender HydroSoul – EH hydrosols are amazing.  The quality is obvious, the fine mist comes out perfectly, and the scents are complex and a pleasure for the senses.  I repurchased an EH hydrosol but in a different scent.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator –  A fantastic hydrosol/hydrating toner.  The smell is delicious, the quality fantastic.  I didn’t repurchase this one because it is expensive.  However, the product is stellar and I will probably repurchase this one in the fall/winter.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Foaming Cleanser – I already repurchased this, but haven’t been using it.  Instead, the past few weeks, I’ve only been using oils and cleansing balms due to my very sensitive, dry winter skin.  I’ll add this back into my rotation once the weather warms up.

Stark Skincare Neroli Midnight Oil – This was a sample, and I really enjoyed it.  It didn’t knock my socks off, but even with such a small sample, I could tell it was a great serum.  I didn’t love it as much as the Odacite serum, but it was still nice.

Have you used any of these products?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Favorite Products: Hurraw! Lip Balm

hurrawI know, I know.  Everyone has written about their favorite all-natural lip balm.  And now I am, because I love this lip balm and I have to say it.  I’ve been using Hurraw! Lip Balm for several months, so I know for sure I love the brand.  I’ve also been using all-natural lip balms for years, so I’ve tried quite a few and I know this one is special.

First, these lip balms are made with vegan, organic, raw ingredients.  Second, the company has great customer service.  Third, they are fairly easy to find and very affordable.

I am definitely a scent person – I love nice scents with one caveat – it has to be a natural scent, not chemical.  Chemical perfumes and scents make me sick and generally bring on an automatic headache.  These balms are all naturally scented and smell fantastic. The Black Cherry lip balm is even tinted – yes, truly tinted! It smells fantastic and leaves a gorgeous sheer red tint.  My favorite for fall is Chai Spice.

One of the main reasons I have been pretty faithful to these lip balms is the texture.  Beeswax based lip balms tend to have a drier or harder consistency that can make it difficult to really “coat” my lips.  Hurraw! is made instead with candelilla wax as its second ingredient, which makes for a texture that is perfection.  I’ve used other beeswax-free lip balms that were so soft they felt almost watery in consistency.  This formula just hits the nail on the head.

What is your favorite natural lip balm?  If you like Hurraw!, what is your favorite scent?

What’s Currently in My Makeup Bag

currentmakeupbagI take this bright pink striped bag with me everyday when I go to work, adding in whatever products or items I think I’ll want during the workday.  It changes everyday, but this is what I took to work with me most recently.

Hurraw! Lip Balm in Chai Spice – I must apply lip balm around a dozen times a day.  I think part of that is habit, part of it is I love the smell, and the other part is that I cannot stand for my lips to be dry.  This scent is so nice for fall.

Beauty Without Cruelty Super Cover Cream Concealer in Fair – This pencil concealer is perfect for touch-ups at work.  It’s not the concealer I use when I apply makeup in the morning, but its so convenient to keep this in my bag for when I’m out of the house.

Oil Blotting Papers (similar) – I always keep these on hand.  I don’t use them as much as I used to, primarily because my skin seems drier this past year.  But these are perfect if I have excess oil or shine on my T-zone.

Comb, Hair Tie, Nail File – These are un-fancy for sure, but I use the comb every day to smooth out my hair.  And nobody wants to get caught with a snagged fingernail and no file.

Gemstone Organic Ylang Ylang Gem Hydrosol – When I first heard of this brand, I jumped over to their website to see their products.  Adorable packaging, fascinating gem information, and wonderful ingredients.  This was my first purchase.  I love that there are little gems actually in the bottom of the hydrosol bottle.  Ylang Ylang is used as an anti-depressant in aromatherapy.  I’ve been using this as a pick-me-up during the workday.  I’ve ordered one of their crèmes and can’t wait to try it out.

Pacifica Devocean Natural Lipstick in XOX – I received this in my Petit Vour box – and I love it!  I’m more of a skincare girl than makeup (though I do love makeup) so I’m glad I received this because otherwise I wouldn’t have bought it.  It smells like delicious coconuts, is hydrating, and the color is a beautiful everyday pink.

Travel Journal (similar) – Ever since I bought this little journal, I’ve been taking it with me in my bag everyday.  I have been struggling with some anxiety, and I also deal with S.A.D. so I’ve found this journal so comforting and soothing when I feel stressed, anxious, or just a bit down.  I’ve been filling the pages with quotes that inspire and comfort me.  I especially like to re-read the quotes that help me manage my anxiety.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Flower Elixir – Since I purchased this a couple of weeks ago, I’ve put five drops of this sweet flower elixir under my tongue a few times a day, everyday .  It has an immediate and tangible calming effect on me.  Instantly, I feel more relaxed and less anxious.  I won’t leave the house without it now!

What items/products do you take with you when you leave the house for the day?

Autumn Inspired Natural Makeup Look

fallmakeupI love changing up my makeup routine as the seasons change.  All those products and colors that didn’t seem to make sense in the hot July sun are suddenly fresh and perfect for Autumn.  These are the products that I think are perfect for a look inspired by fall’s gorgeous shades.

100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer – this product is nice because it adds more hydration to my skin in cool weather, and has nice coverage for a tinted moisturizer.

Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm – Although not a fall color, the smell of vanilla always reminds me of autumn and winter, and this is one of the best lip balms I have ever used.  It’s great to use as a pre-lipstick moisturizer.

100% Pure Pot Rouge in Pinkie – It might look bright pink in the jar, but this super buildable and blendable cream blush gives the softest, most natural pink flush to cheeks – not too bright and not too subtle.

Modern Minerals Shimmer Eyeshadow in Lola – I know a lot of women steer clear of shimmer eyeshadows, especially in fall and winter, but this gorgeous rose gold eyeshadow isn’t overpowering.

Beauty Without Cruelty Eye Defining Pencil in Soft Brown – I pretty much completely forego eyeliner in summer when the humidity is up, but I’ve been using this pencil lately and love how it softly accentuates my eyes without the harshness of black eyeliner.

Ilia Lipstick in Femme Fatale – Ilia describes this color as a combination of berry and burgundy, which means this fits right in for autumn.  I love that this color can be worn more sheer or layered for a very sexy look.

I’m also a huge fan of plum eyeshadow for fall, but that’s another post!  What are your favorite colors for this fall?