October 31, 2013

October Empties

Here we are at the end of October! It's been a cold, dry month, and I've been constantly reaching for all sorts of oils, creams and lotions to prevent my skin from getting all reptilian. I used up less products than my massive stash from September, but I did get through a good amount of actual makeup items this month. So without further ado, my recyclables:

October 29, 2013

Au Naturale Creme Shadows: White Quartz and Ivory

I realize I've been neglecting the "makeup" in Pure Makeup a bit lately, so I'm excited to share some shadows today from Au Naturale Cosmetics. Au Naturale is a very pure range of mineral and cream makeup with a modern feel. I was immediately drawn to these neutral Creme Shadows ($24) with their beautiful shiny swirls of color.

October 27, 2013

Nourish Organic Body Washes: Spiced Citrus and Fresh Fig

By now I've already introduced you to Nourish Organic, the exceptionally clean, fully USDA-approved body care brand. After success with their hand soap and extra amazing body butter, I've been putting two of their Moisturizing Cream Body Washes ($9.99 for 10 oz) to the test.

October 25, 2013

Weleda Calendula Baby Cream

We all make mistakes, some smaller than others. On the less important side of the spectrum, I meant to order my favorite face cream from last winter, Weleda Calendula Face Cream, and I picked out the regular Calendula Baby Cream ($7.99 for 2.6 oz) for the body instead. This would have perhaps been a happier accident, if I had not already been seriously evaluating the amount of body moisturizers I have in my life, and now inadvertently here was one more to add to the collection. But I thought, what the heck, I guess I was just meant to be.

October 23, 2013

Better Botanicals Chamomile Hydrating Cleanser

I need to talk about my love of cream cleansers again. They are the happy medium of face washes: more gentle than foaming ones, more pH friendly than soaps, and more convenient than cleansing oils. Now I have discovered an Ayurvedic one that I absolutely love, Better Botanicals Chamomile Hydrating Cleanser ($16.99 for 3.25 oz).

October 22, 2013

Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask

When your skin is really going haywire, is there anything to make it feel better quite like a good facial mask? When I get a breakout, there are two things I almost always reach for: clay and honey. Lately I've been loving Honey Girl Organics Rejuvenating Mask ($26.99 for 1.75 oz) because it combines these two things, plus a couple other powerhouse natural ingredients, into one mask. In one go, you get the benefits of raw honey, bentonite clay, royal jelly, propolis and blue green algae.

October 20, 2013

Sample Sunday: Osmia Organics, Honey Girl Organics and Weleda

Today is my first ever "Sample Sunday" post. I often neglect to write about the many samples that I go through, and I thought it was a good idea to share some brief thoughts on some of the mini-products that I've tried. If you like body moisturizers and/or citrus, or are looking for a pimple spot treatment, read on.

October 18, 2013

The ultimate lash duo by Jane Iredale: PureLash Conditioner + Longest Lash Mascara

A natural mascara that actually works is a extremely elusive item. Over time, I've found a few that I liked, but none ever had that "wow" factor, and many had major drawbacks like excessive flaking or irritating formulas. Well, I have finally found some products that I absolutely love — just as much, if not more that drugstore or high end mascaras. Jane Iredale totally delivers with their amazing PureLash Extender & Conditioner ($16) and Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara ($33).

October 16, 2013

Better Botanicals Ayurvedic Hydrating Body Oil

Before I switched over to natural products, there was a time that I thought body oils were only for body builders and people who suntan. I could only imagine the purpose of such products was to show off extreme muscle definition or toasted skin. Well, I was very wrong. Now that I am firmly pro body oil, I need to spread the word. Not all body oils make you into a greasy oil slick. In fact, Better Botanicals Ayurvedic Hydrating Body Oil ($14.99 for 3.5 oz) is the least greasy one I have ever tried.

October 14, 2013

SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing Salve

Just look this oversized orange, white and teal tin. What could it possibly contain? If you suspect it has something natural and nourishing inside, you would be correct. In a single sentence, SBT Seabuckthorn Sensitive Skin Soothing Salve ($19.95 for 4 oz) is tin of balmy, golden sea buckthorn goodness that smells cool, floral, fresh, green, with just a hint of woodsiness. To reduce it to only one word, it's fantastic.

October 12, 2013

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Hand Wash

Yesterday, I wrote about the amazing Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter, and now it's time to talk about the matching Fresh Fig Hand Wash ($7.99 for 7 oz). This is pretty much the option available if you want a USDA Organic liquid hand soap.

October 11, 2013

Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter

Lately, I've become more and more fixated on with body products that smell good. That's why I'm obsessed with Nourish Organic Fresh Fig Body Butter ($9.99 for 3.6 oz). I'm not being hyperbolic when I say this is one of the best smelling products I've tried to date. From the name, I was expecting just a fig scented product, but this certified organic fragrance has notes of lemon, grapefruit, green apple, currant, fig, apricot, peach, strawberry raspberry and caramel. It's sweet and exotic, without being too in your face. If I could imagine my perfect fruity fragrance, this would be it. I am so glad there is a matching body lotion, body wash, hand soap and deodorant, because I want to smell like this all of the time! I highly recommend this if you like light, sweet scents.

October 8, 2013

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Soap

Meet my favorite Nubian Heritage scent (this far). Nubian Heritage Black Seed and Honey Soap ($3.09 for 5 oz) is dee-vine. It's very musky, a little sweet, and a bit mysterious. The fragrance is on the stronger side, but like many of the Nubian Heritage soaps, when you actually use it in water it becomes more mild. It contains black seeds that provide more gentle exfoliation than some of the brand's other soaps. According to the packaging, black seed is known as the "seed of blessing" for its healing properties, and was even found buried in the tomb King Tut. Indeed, Web MD has a whole list of conditions it has been used for, and unsurprisingly most of them have not been studied enough. For me, I just love the scent and how moisturizing these soaps are. I've repurchased this soap before, and will likely again in the future. I liked it so much I got the heat protectant from Nubian Heritage in the same scent.

October 6, 2013

The Skincare Tag

Moisturize! (And treat with the diluted Desert Essence Tea Tree Lavender Oil)
Today's post is a little different. It's a skincare "tag" where I'll answer a set of questions about my skincare routine. I've included photos of many of my favorite products. Many of them I have already written full reviews of, but if not, I promise they are coming in the future.

October 4, 2013

Ellovi Butter

I've come across a lot of natural "butters" in my blogging time, but Ellovi Butter ($26 for 3.5 oz) is the first product I've tried that actually mimics the exact texture of, well, room temperature butter.
This product is formulated with six simple natural ingredients: macadamia, coconut, marula and hemp oils, plus corn starch and shea butter. Marula is the newest "it" oil that contains antioxidants and fatty acids that hydrate and repair damaged skin. Macadamia oil is a popular ingredient in haircare, but its similarity to the skin's natural sebum make it a fantastic choice for the skin as well. And who hasn't discovered the rich moisture of shea butter and coconut oil yet?

October 2, 2013

Dr. Sponge Cleansing Sponges: the handy skincare tool you never knew you needed

Dry sponges
I've never been one to complicate my cleansing routine too much. I don't keep more than one or two cleansers around, and I certainly never thought of washing my face with anything other than my hands. But Dr. Sponge's Cleansing Sponges ($8.50) have me thinking differently. These little beauty tools make cleansing easier, more effective, and more fun.
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