January 31, 2014

December + January Empties

You might have noticed that December slipped by without a peek at what I had used up during the month. I was still at home over the New Year, and like a reasonably sane person, I did not pack any empty bottles for the trip. It was also an incredibly slow month for empties; I think I only used up three products. On a side note, do you notice that in months you buy things, you don't use up much, and in months you are frugal, you seem to use up everything? Since I skipped last month, this month I have an oversized load of things to let go of. Here's what I've used up in December and January:

January 28, 2014

Organic Wear Bronzers mega-review

From top, clockwise Peachy Glow, Healthy Glow and Natural Glow
The Organic Wear Bronzers ($13.99) have been on my wish list forever. I'm talking like, since I started my blog. I found these on super sale, had a little coupon mom moment, and ended up getting every single color — six in all. Yes, I am a bit impractical when I get caught up in the moment. The influx of bronzers was actually my main motivation for joining #NoBuyJanuary. Someone who purchases so many bronzers surely needs to sit a month off from buying makeup. I digress...

January 26, 2014

The brush downsize part 2: face

Welcome to part 2 of my mega makeup brush downsize. If you made it through part 1, and still want more, let's work on sorting through my face brushes. I talked about why I have too many and why I want to downsize in that post, if you're wondering why on earth I'd be letting go of perfectly good products. Like my eye brush collection, it makes me cringe to post a picture of the starting size:

January 24, 2014

The brush downsize part 1: eyes

As I mentioned in a post about my goals last week, my brush collection has been in need of a downsize. I own way too many makeup brushes, and at this point, I don't want all of them anymore! How did I get here? I had a collector's mindset for a long time. I thought the more the better, and I had a large turnstile holder that I wanted to fill to the brim with brushes. My first brushes were from mark., and then I was convinced to get Sigma's Premium Kit by some YouTube video. From there I got a couple MAC ones, Elf, EcoTools, Everyday Minerals, Bdellium, and my favorite of all: Real Techniques. 

January 22, 2014

Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo Fiber Collection

Like countless other bloggers, I adore the Real Techniques line. They are hands down my most reached for brand, and their ease of use is pretty much incomparable to any other brushes I've tried. Like an overzealous beauty blogger, I jumped on their Limited Edition Duo Fiber Collection ($19.99) last spring, partly (and stupidly) because the handles were white like a MacBook. I've had plenty of time to test them out, and report back on their performance, so off we go:

January 20, 2014

Jane Iredale POMMISST Hydration Spray

A pomegranate scented facial spray might sound to some like a summer spritz, but now more than ever, Jane Iredale's POMMISST Hydration Spray ($27.00 for 3.04 oz, or $60 for a 9.5 oz refill bottle) is an absolutely essential part of my routine. No matter how much water I drink, freezing temperatures and turned up furnaces make me feel so dry, inside and out. When you've got a full face of makeup on, I can't give into the desire to slather my face in oil. Instead, I apply a liberal amount of this mist all over my face and neck. It feels so great on thirsty skin, and this aloe-based product actually feels more soothing than a moisturizer at times.

January 18, 2014

#NoBuyJanuary update and green/beauty goals

#NoBuyJanuary is still going strong. In fact, after over two weeks of not buying anything, I've got to say it actually feels like business as usual. I probably go this long without buying anything fairly often! I was with my family when they bought a bar of Dr. Bronner's Almond Soap, but I didn't pay for it and it's not mine, so no harm done, right? I've got to say, there has been a list forming in my mind for after I get off my no buy. I need to have my favorite fragrance, Egyptian Musk, back in my life, and I sure would love Persian Garden too. I've been waiting forever for the Suncoat Bamboo & Smoke Duo to come back in stock, and there has been no temptation since it STILL hasn't! You can definitely expect me to be iHerbin' it sometime in February.

January 10, 2014

#NoBuyJanuary update + the 5 product, 5 minute face

So far, so good for #NoBuyJanuary, and that's about all there is to say! There is one item that I found this week that I am adding to my wish list: a natural exfoliating toner from Etsy. What's really tempting me is this Vegan Diner cookbook, which is written by the former owner of Native Bowl, one of the best food carts, ever. There's a 99% chance I will pick it up first thing in January because I just gots to know how to make that BBQ sauce. Anyways, if you're participating in #NoBuyJanuary, let me know how it's going, and if not, leave a comment with what you've picked up this month!

January 7, 2014

A natural MAC dupe

The green beauty world has seen tons of hyped up new releases this season, but one of the products I am most excited about is an under-the-radar release from Honeybee Gardens: Pressed Eye Shadow Singles* ($8.99 each). These shadows are sold in the pan form, a la MAC, and come in a great mix of matte and shimmer shades. I love this format because the lack of packaging is more environmentally friendly, and it means I can use them to build the neutral palette of my dreams.

January 3, 2014

#NoBuyJanuary: an introduction + my current wishlist

This month I will be participating in #NoBuyJanuary, a little idea that came up from fellow green beauty bloggers Paula and Ria. The premise is pretty simple: don't buy any beauty products for the month of January. It's funny, because this would be a very easy, if not mindless task for most people. But for beauty bloggers, it requires some will power — and its own hashtag.

January 1, 2014

Natural remedies for dry winter hands

I have to be honest, I never really understood the whole fuss over winter skincare. I grew up in a temperate climate, and went to college in the deep south, where I would often turn on my air conditioner in December. Now that I'm facing winter in midwest, I get it. My hands especially are feeling drier than ever before, and it's a constant battle to keep them reasonably hydrated. My Minnesota-raised mom got me a little scared with stories of hands that crack and bleed, so I have been giving my hands a lot of extra TLC. Here are the five products I've been using to protect my previously spoiled hands:
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