Products I’ve Used Up: Skincare & Makeup


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?

My Face Oil & Serum Collection

faceoilsAbout two years ago, I finally took the leap into all-natural facial oils after hearing about how many benefits they have for your skin.  I did a lot of research and reading about oils for the face and read experiences from those that used and loved facial oils. I don’t have any specific reading recommendations on the subject of the use and benefits of natural facial oils and serums – I’m a big fan of using your favorite search engine and falling down the rabbit hole for a while.  That, in my opinion, is the best way to get well-rounded knowledge of something.  Reading, and reading, and reading some more.  I suppose that’s the English major in me.

My gateway facial oil was argan oil, which, in my mind, is perhaps the most well-known of the facial oils.  One of the things I noticed after I switched to argan oil (from semi-clean face creams) was that I had significantly fewer breakouts, and the annoying little clogged pores (aka bumps) on my forehead cleared up.  Things were going well with argan oil for quite a while…and then I started wanting to try more brands of oils and serums with different ingredients, oils, herbs, essential oils – you name it, I was curious.

I have been loyal to only one face oil in two years – and that is the magnificent Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, but more about that in a moment.  We also always keep a bottle of Acure Organic Argan Oil, which my fiancé uses quite often.

This is my current selection of face oils and serums I’m using, along with a brief review of each.


Oil “swatches” from left to right: Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium, TLA Ultra C Radiance Serum, Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir, Acure Organic Argan Oil, Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil, One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Serum


The Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum – After falling in love with TLA Cacao & Banana Face Glow (here) that I received in a recent Petit Vour box, I read up on their other products and wanted to try out this lovely serum.  This is formulated to revitalize skin and boost collagen production, with fantastic ingredients like rosehip oil, vitamin C, Co Enzyme Q10, Squalane, and towards the end of the ingredients, Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), which encourages cell turnover and is a proven anti-aging ingredient.  [As far as my stance on the safety of retinol, I will say this – the retinol is at the bottom of the ingredients list for this product and I only use this serum about 3 times a week, and always at night].  I really have been enjoying this serum.  For me, this has a nice scent that isn’t overpowering, and the consistency is medium-heavy.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – This oil is my love.  I am smitten with this simple but powerful product.  It only contains rosehip CO2 seed extract, rosehip CO2 fruit extract, natural vitamin e, and rosemary leaf extract.  It isn’t complex, but the quality is what makes this shine.  The grade of oil is superior and highly concentrated.  I can’t say enough about it.  If you’ve had success with other products containing rosehip oil, put this oil at the top of your “to try” list.  It has healed sun exposure on my daughter, pimples, dry skin…there is nothing this hasn’t been able to fix for me – it truly is a fantastic all-around oil.  When I purchased my first bottle of this oil, the scent was a bit much for me (OK – I didn’t like it at all) but I swear, I have not only adapted to the scent, but I actually like it.  Our senses are funny things, aren’t they?  For me, the consistency is medium-heavy.

Skin Owl Beauty Drops in Geranium – I heard a couple of natural beauty bloggers and YouTubers comment on this oil, so when I caught it on sale on Pharmaca, I decided to try it, and have not regretted it at all.  Only containing argan oil and geranium oil, this is another oil that while not complex in ingredients, is special because of the quality of those ingredients.  I can tell that the quality of argan oil is of a higher grade than more affordable argan oils.  There is also something about the geranium oil that just works for me.  Since I purchased it, I have actually been reaching for this oil quite a bit.  The scent is mild and nice, while the consistency is medium but heavier than the Acure argan oil.

Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir Facial Oil – Oh, mama, is this oil spectacular!  Seriously, just click on the link and read the ingredients…I just can’t handle its awesomeness.  I also have their amazing Face Balm, but that’s another post.  This oil is a gorgeous golden color and sinks into my skin like no other oil I’ve tried.  It is a luxury serum and an investment, no doubt (I actually scored a very nice discount code on my bottle), but the quality is stellar.  The texture is silken and the scent is complex and beautiful.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – A staple in our bathroom cabinet, this is the bottle of oil my fiancé most generally reaches for after he gets out of the shower.  I tend to use this oil only for my neck, décolletage, legs, and cuticles.  This is also the oil I use if I want to add an oil to my face masks.  It is affordable and does the job.  For me, this is a medium consistency oil with little noticeable scent.

Meow Meow Tweet Face Oil – I kept my eye on this oil during the winter, as I read that it was excellent for breakout prone skin.  My skin was almost completely free of pimples for several months when the weather was dry, but it tends to act up in more humid weather.  Since it is starting to get humid where I live, I’ve been using this a lot since I purchased it about five weeks ago.  It is really great considering the affordable price tag.  The hempseed oil is the star ingredient.  As far as consistency, it is a bit on the thicker side to me.  And the scent has never bothered me – I actually like the scent.

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal – I’ve heard some people say this serum isn’t heavy enough, but for me, it is a heavier consistency oil.  It doesn’t immediently absorb into my skin the way the Mahalo Body Vitality Elixir does, for example.  It tends to “sit” on my skin and actually looks like I have a layer of oil on my skin.  This is actually my second bottle, but I’ve been reaching for it very rarely these days.  It’s not that it’s subpar – it’s actually a very nice oil.  I just have been having more success lately with other products.  I think maybe the watermelon seed oil is what I really like about this product.  I will definitely use this up at some point.

There you have it – my current collection, which is always rotating as I discover new oils and serums that I want to try!  Have you tried any of these with success?  Do you have a favorite face oil or serum?  Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


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

eveningskincaredec14My evening skincare routine is more involved than my morning routine.  Not only do I have makeup to remove, but I think a great time to replenish my skin with good ingredients is while I sleep.  I’m always changing up a few products here and there to find the best products for my skin type.  These are the products I’m currently using.

Elizabeth Dehn for OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil – I’ve religiously used this to remove my makeup every night for about 4 or 5 months.  My skin doesn’t like the cold winter weather, and this oil is so soothing and gentle.  It really does melt makeup away, and smells so good.  I really love nice smelling products, and this one is stellar.  I highly prefer removing makeup with this as opposed to balms, which make a greasy mess on my hands and face and make it difficult to remove eye makeup – this oil makes it effortless.

Painted Earth Optimum 15% Vitamin C Face Wash – I’m on the fence about this face wash.  It works…but how well for me?  I still haven’t decided.  After using a few different face washes in the last six months, I think I lean more towards the very gentle and mild cleansers.  My skin just seems happier with them.  I may start adding this back into my routine when spring gets here and my skin is less sensitive.

evanhealy Lavender Facial Tonic HydroSoul – This hydrosol is a complex lavender scent.  When I first smelled it, I was taken aback – it doesn’t smell like traditional lavender to me.  However, the scent has grown on me.  I mist this all over my face after I finishing washing it.  It is so calming and soothing.  I’ve purchased another EH Hydrosoul scent for my next bottle.

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil – Even with all the fancy and complex oils and serums out there, this oil is still stellar to me.  Sometimes, simple is best.  I have been reaching for this bottle more lately because whenever my skin is irritated, chapped, or developing a pimple, this oil seems to just make everything better.  It’s fantastic, and I’ve already ordered another bottle.

One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal Serum – I’m on my second bottle of this lovely serum.  It just works really well and I will attribute that in part to the watermelon seed oil.  I have been reaching for this a little less lately, but that’s because my skin has been so sensitive and dry and I’m trying my damnedest to figure out what products make it happiest.

Laurel Eye Balm – This thick, rich eye balm is great – fantastic ingredients, gentle, non-irritating, hydrating.  Before this, I was using the ED OLO Eye Balm which I absolutely love, too.  It’s a toss up between these two eye balms for me – they are both great. (Not to be a tease, but I’ve been using a sample of Laurel’s Healing Balm – oh, my.  It’s my favorite face balm yet. The ingredients are stellar and don’t include coconut oil).

Gemstone Organic Jade Creme – I featured this creme in my current morning skincare routine as well.  I don’t use this every day, just depending upon my mood.  It’s almost empty and if I do buy another of their cremes, it will be the Ruby Creme.

One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm – I purchased this when my skin started freaking out from the winter weather.  I’ve been dealing with irritated, itchy skin with dry patches.  Not fun, let me tell you.  This is another product I don’t use every day.  Its main ingredient is coconut oil, and as there are a lot of people who have experienced skin issues with too much coconut oil use, I’m leery to get too coconut oil crazy.  I do use this when my skin is extra dry or tight and just needs that extra layer of moisture.  Sometimes I use it as a morning facial cleanser as well.  It does make my skin soft.

What products do you recommend for sensitive, dry winter skin?  Do you use any of these products?  What evening skincare products do you love?

My Current All-Natural Morning Skincare Routine

morningskincaredec14I’m still tweaking my winter skincare to find the best solutions for my skin.  Typically, I have slightly oily skin in summer and dry skin in winter.  I’m still researching for the best products that will moisturize, help me retain moisture, but also not irritate or break out my often sensitive skin.  Tall order.  For now, these are the products I’m currently using for morning skincare.

OLO Brand New Day with Manuka Honey – a couple of times a week, I use these two products and apply them as a mask to my face before I hop in the shower.  I’ve mentioned how much I enjoy this mask in a past post.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Cleanser – I’ve also been using this in the mornings for a few months now.  This cleanser is great – very affordable, gentle, but still makes my skin feel clean and prepped for other products.

Root Science RS Youth Serum – This serum is so nice – I love the smell, the ingredients are fantastic, and I love the packaging.  It’s pricey, though (I bought this during a sale).  To make this bottle last longer, I’ve only been using this as my morning serum.

Laurel Eye Balm – Another pricey luxury that I picked up during a sale.  At this point in my life, an eye balm is a necessity in winter (and year round, too).  This one is really lovely, but I still cannot decide if I like it better than the ED OLO Active Moisture Vitamin E Eye Balm.  Regardless, this is a truly great eye balm.  It moisturizes so well without irritating my eyes at all.

Blissoma A+ Perfecting Serum – This was a sample and I really enjoy this.  Typically, my skin is in good shape, but I always deal with periods of time where my skin is a bit irritated or has a couple of pimples.  I don’t know how I would feel about its effectiveness if I bought the full-size – I may purchase just to get a better idea of how well I like it.

Gemstone Organic Jade Creme – This stuff is fantastic.  I’m almost out of this thick, moisturizing, fragrant cream. I really want to pick up their Ruby Creme, as it doesn’t contain coconut oil and I’m paranoid that too many products with coconut oil will start to affect my skin.  The Ruby Creme sounds amazing.

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter – Possibly my favorite body butter ever.  For me, this scent is heaven.  I am euphoric every time I open this jar to put some on my skin.  It smells so good, that I can’t even put it into words.  And as far as moisturizing, it does a wonderful job.  I usually deal with really dry skin on my shins, but this butter is so good that no matter how cold it is outside, my skin is soft and hydrated. My one tiny gripe is that it does seem to take a little longer to absorb into my skin than other products, but I’ll deal with it. And for the price, this stuff is just phenomenal.

Do you use any of these products?  Do you have any recommendations for products to help deal with sensitive, dry winter skin?

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?

My Current Morning Skincare Routine

morningskincareI’m always changing up my skincare routines, tweaking them to fit the season and my skin’s needs.  I love to try new products, but I also will stick with products that work great for me.  One thing to note is that I try to keep most of my products in the mid-price range: no, my skincare products aren’t the cheapest, but they certainly aren’t the most expensive products out there, either.  These are the products I currently use in my morning routine.

HollyBeth Organics Chamomile Foaming Cleanser – I just love this as a morning cleanser.  My skin isn’t dirty in the morning, but I still want to “wash” – and this cleanser is perfect because it is mild and incredibly hydrating due to all the wonderful oils it contains.  Not only is this a very affordable clean skincare product, but one pump is all I need so it will last a while.

Root Science RS Youth Serum – I am just smitten with my sample bottle of this gorgeous serum.  It has a stellar list of ingredients (including prickly pear seed, tamanu, and sea buckthorn oils), smell wonderful, and is perfect consistency for layering under makeup.  I really want a full-size and this is one of the few high-end products I actually want to buy.  I’m trying to make my sample last long enough to hopefully buy a full-size with a discount code.  Crossing my fingers, because this serum is amazing.

Acure Organic Argan Oil – Argan oil was my “gateway oil” and I still think it’s a fantastic basic oil.  Acure’s version is fairly easy to find and affordable compared to some higher-end brands.  I add a drop or two of this to my skin along with the RS Youth Serum in the morning.

One Love Organics Brand New Day Scrub + Masque – I wrote a post about how I use this with manuka honey when I want a calming face mask on the weekends.  This is a lovely, gentle scrub and the smell is tropical fruit heaven.

Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – I use this dark green scrub about twice a week when I’m in the shower. This contains argan stem cells, chlorella growth factor, and green clay.  It is a nice, affordable exfoliator that smells nice, works well, and isn’t too rough on my skin.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream – This is a lighter eye cream, so it is better for layering under my makeup in the morning.  I keep reading that people say this smells like coffee, but to me, it smells like an amazing vanilla buttercream frosting.  A bonus is that my tube is lasting forever, making it even more wallet-friendly.

Heritage Store Rosewater Mist – I use this after cleansing and before I put on my serum, and then again to set my makeup.  It smells like a fresh bouquet of roses.  I really love the way this sets my makeup and gives a nice glow to my skin.  It’s like it helps the makeup to really set better on the skin, which makes it look more natural.

Are there any morning skincare products you can’t live without?  Do you use any of these products?


All Natural Manuka Honey Face Mask

facemaskOne thing I love to do on weekends is take the time to use a mask on my face.  Masks are good for different skin conditions – there are masks for dry skin, problematic skin, oily skin, and so on. My skin is combination – a mixture of more oily areas and drier areas.  In the summer, my skin is more oily and in the winter much drier.

For an nice year-round mask, I like mixing One Love Organics Brand New Day scrub with Manuka honey, which is known for its anti-bacterial and healing properties. Although the OLO scrub can be used as just that, it can also be used as a mask.

In the palm of my hand, I take a small amount of the OLO Brand New Day powder and add 1-2 teaspoons of the honey.  Sometimes I add a few drops of water to get it to a thin enough consistency to spread over my clean skin.  The texture is slightly sticky, but not too bad.  Once on my face, I let it set for at least ten minutes.  The smell is fantastic – Brand New Day contains pineapple fruit extract, and mixed with the honey, it smells like a tropical fruit salad face mask.

This mask works for me to calm my skin and tame down any redness or irritation.  Personally, I’m still undecided on how effective Manuka honey is for actually healing the skin, but regardless, it has definite benefits such as calming and hydrating the skin.  Once I’ve used Manuka enough times, I may be able to determine what I think about its topical healing properties.

What are your favorite facial masks?  Do you have a favorite face mask product, or do you make DIY face masks?