Products I’ve Used Up: Skincare & Makeup

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Lots of products I used up during the last half of winter and spring.  Some products I loved, some I didn’t!

Flo + Theo Body Butter in Lemon Orchard – I loved this Petit Vour sample – the scent, the whipped texture, the way it hydrated my skin.  I would consider repurchasing if I ever run out of body lotion/oil/butters, which I never seem to do.

Balanced Guru Scrub Me – Another Petit Vour sample.  I enjoyed this very much the first time I used it, however, after a couple of weeks I opened it to use again, and it had dried out to the point where I couldn’t really use it, which was very disappointing.

One Love Organics Skin Savior – One of the products I used during the winter and early part of the spring to combat my very sensitive and dry skin.  Possibly will repurchase this fall, but there are some other cold weather skincare products I might try instead.

BWC Brown Eyeliner – Yet another Petit Vour sample, this one from last fall I believe.  I tried to like this, I tried not to waste it – but this eyeliner is terrible.  The color payoff is minimal and I had to really tug on my eye to get any to show up.  Not worth it, so I got rid of it.

Balanced Guru Fearless Spray – Another disappointment I just could not get myself to enjoy.  The smell, for me, was terrible.  It just smelled unpleasant.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – A staple in my shower that I use a couple of times a week.  So nice and such a great price point.

Hurraw! Lip Balm in Orange – Possibly my favorite flavor from my favorite lip balm company. More here.

Stark Grapefruit Balm – A sample I received with an Integrity Botanicals order last winter, I used this on my winter skin and really enjoyed the consistency and scent.  I did not like it as a cleanser, however.

W3LL People Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara – Favorite mascara, ever. Excellent non-flaking formula, perfect wand, perfect consistency.  Enough said.

Mineral Fusion Oil Cleanser – Bought this on a whim and I basically forced myself to use it up – no other oil cleanser compares to the original formula of the ED4OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil.  Sadly, I heard that to obtain ECOCERT status, OLO had to take out one of the ingredients that made their cleansing oil so great.  Disappointing, but I do understand.

Laurel WPO Healing Balm – Another Integrity Botanicals Sample – I loved this balm so much, it was my favorite out of the face balms I used in the winter (OLO Skin Savior and Stark Grapefruit Balm being the other two).  I would definitely consider purchasing a full size this fall.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen Tint – My favorite summer sunscreen, which I recently posted about here.

Evan Healy Rose Geranium Hydrosoul – I love EH hydrosols – there are just excellent quality.  I don’t think you could go wrong with any of their hydrosols.  Expensive, but so nice.

Root Science Youth Serum – An excellent serum.  I would definitely repurchase.

Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap – The granddaddy of all-natural multi-purpose products.  I primarily use this watered down to clean my kitchen and bathroom. Look here.

Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water – Such a beautiful rose water.  I picked this up at Whole Foods and absolutely loved it to the last drop. I primarily use rose water to set my makeup or as a pick-me-up during the day.

Raw Skinceuticals Cream Blush – A Petit Vour sample that just didn’t make sense to me.  The color was a weird mauve-lavender and the texture was creamy but somehow still dry.  It didn’t blend easily, either.  No, thanks.

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator – A cult status product that just didn’t wow me personally.  I got at least 10 uses out of the mini size, which was impressive.  However, I just never noticed a difference in my skin – it was not softer, clearer, or brighter after using.

Lotus Wei Inner Peace Energy Mist – Loved this, but not quite as much as their Infinite Love Energy Mist, which has the most amazing scent. These products truly have an immediate, positive affect on my mood and sense of well-being.

Christopher Drummond Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer (FYI – now Hynt Beauty) – My favorite concealer ever.  It doesn’t crease, lasts all day, and covers my dark circles and redness.  I won’t fix what isn’t broken, so I just keep repurchasing this one again and again.  This company recently became Hynt Beauty and this is the concealer now.  I hope it is exactly the same as the old formula!

 Are any of these products favorites of yours?  Are there any you have tried and were disappointed with?

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!

My Current All-Natural Evening Skincare Routine

eveningskincareMy nighttime skincare routine is a little more decadent because night is when your skin recovers, so I like to really pamper my skin at night.  It seems like I might have a personal stake in One Love Organics, but it’s somewhat circumstantial that so many of these products are OLO.  Having said that, their products are great.  These are the items that just happen to be in my rotation currently.   Some of these products I will most likely repurchase, others maybe not.

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil – I absolutely love this product.  It smells like heavenly tropical dessert, literally melts makeup away, and leaves my skin soft!  I have tried a cleansing balm (a highly recommended one to boot) and it just didn’t compare to this for me.  I may give balms another go in the future, but for now I love this.  I apply it to my dry face, massage with water, and wipe away with a muslin face cloth.  I already have a second bottle in my cabinet, waiting to be opened. It’s that good.

One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser –  I have been using this cleanser after I remove my makeup with the Cleansing Oil. It has a very nice, light scent, though I find it very difficult to get it to lather at all.  Although I’ve enjoyed using this cleanser, I won’t repurchase it, just so I can try something else.

Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator – I’d heard great things about this product so I ordered the smaller size, which is still enough for several uses.  You apply it like a mask and let it set for 10-50 minutes.  I’m only using this once a week at most because of its cost.  It is a very nice mask chock-full of beneficial ingredients.  This is more of an indulgence product.  I haven’t used this enough to form a solid opinion, but so far, so good.

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – I mist this over my skin just after I cleanse.  The smell is complex and beautiful….sort of like a spicy vanilla marshmallow.  As it gets colder I may use this product more during the day, but for now I’ve been reserving it for nighttime or when I feel my skin really needs a little something extra during the day.

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Serum – I stumbled upon a great deal on this serum and snapped it up.  And I am so glad I did – this serum is fantastic.  There is something really amazing about watermelon seed oil, because my skin has been in better shape since I’ve started using this serum.  I like this for night because it is a bit of a heavier serum.  I think after this, I will always include watermelon seed oil in my skincare – the results have been that great.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – I bought this oil because again, I heard great things about its effectiveness.  This is my first bottle, and I’ve had it nearly four months.  I love this oil for healing irritated skin or blemishes.  And here’s a true story about this stellar oil: two separate times this past summer, my daughter was exposed to too much sun when she wasn’t with me.  She came back home with red cheeks and forehead.  I rubbed some of this oil into her skin at bedtime, and the next morning the redness was completely gone.  That makes me a believer in this potent oil.

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin E Active Moisture Eye Balm – This has made me a believer in eye balms.  I cannot believe the difference in an eye cream and a balm.  Balms are amazing for the eyes, especially if you’re over the age of 25.  This completely hydrates my eye area for the entire night.  This was a sample, and I won’t be purchasing at this time because I already have a new eye balm I bought to try.

Silk Pillowcase – I have one similar to this.  I bought one several months ago when I read about how pure silk is good for the skin and helps to prevent creases on the face while you sleep.  I’ll try anything that says it can benefit my skin naturally!  Plus, it is better for your hair, as it doesn’t snag and pull hair the way a cotton pillowcase does. An alternative to this for a vegan would be a nice satin pillowcase.

I would love to know – what nighttime products do you love? Do you enjoy any of these products?  What is your favorite night serum or oil?

Fall Natural Beauty Wishlist

Fall Beauty CollageI never tire of discovering amazing skin products, sampling, and gushing over amazing ingredients.  Winter was brutal around here last year, and my skin was a wreck from the cold Artic air.  I had to really go into damage mode around December and found myself scrambling to find products that would soothe my poor dehydrated skin. This year, I’m going to be more proactive and have been searching out products to pamper my skin as soon as the weather starts to get dry and cool.  These are a few products that I would love to get my hands on.

1) One Love Organics Skin Savior – This is a waterless beauty balm that OLO says is suitable as a makeup remover and a super moisturizing balm, which would be ideal for fall and winter. No, this isn’t the most wallet-friendly product ever, but a little goes a long way with balms, so this would easily last months and months.  I have tried a few of their products and they have yet to disappoint – in fact, the products I’ve tried have been amazing and I have a feeling this one would be, too!

2) Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Nobody’s Baby – I adore lip balms and have them stashed everywhere – and I mean everywhere!  But a fusion of lipstick and lip balm?  Perfect!  I have Ilia lipsticks and love them, but am curious how their coveted tinted lip conditioners would work on my sensitive, dry winter lips.  Nobody’s Baby is a beautiful pinkish nude that would be a great go-to shade.

3) Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator – I think I need a hydrating toner for fall and winter.  The great thing about a product like this is that you can mist yourself throughout the day as needed, even if you have makeup on!  Sometimes my skin gets that dull look in the middle of the day and I’m thinking this would be a great moisturizing pick-me-up.  Plus, the ingredients sound amazing!

4) Alima Pure Sombra Contour Powder – I’m currently finishing up a sample of Tarte’s Park Avenue Princess bronzer, which is nice, but it’s shimmer is best suited for summer.  For fall, I’m really anxious to try this beautiful matte powder that has cleaner ingredients. I think it would be perfect for adding natural color to cheeks.

5) RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up – I have had my eye on RMS products for a while but have yet to take the plunge.  They are a bit pricey, but if I could snag a great deal, this is the product I think I’d try first.  Not only does it get glowing reviews, but I think the coconut oil base of this product would be simply perfect for hydrating my skin during fall and winter. My only issue is deciding between shades 00 and 11 for my fair olive skin.

Have you tried any of these products?  What products are you looking forward to using this fall?