March 31, 2014

March empties


I know people always say this, but this month by went by so fast! I mainly finished products that I was almost done with in February. When I looked over the list of things I used up, I noticed I really liked all of them, which seems to not happen often. Almost everything here was either a repurchase, something that I have repurchased, or that I plan on repurchasing at some point.

March 29, 2014

A few good mists


Facial mists are, hands down, my favorite skincare products. They are often pleasantly-scented and include soothing botanicals, and always provide a blast of moisture. I use facial mists to relieve the parched-skin feeling cold climates and indoor heaters create, and of course I love a chilled mist as a summer refresher. Essentially, whatever climate you live in, they are awesome. I have accumulated quite a few different sprays, and I thought it would be fun to do a rundown of all of them.

March 21, 2014

Leaf Seed Berry: an Etsy gem


Exfoliating toners have been quite popular lately, and in my search for a natural version, I happened upon Leaf Seed Berry, a recently launched Etsy store that's based in Seattle. The owner, Jessica, noticed that her toner was on my wish list during No Buy January, and kindly offered to send me a couple of her items to test out. When my package arrived, I immediately noticed that everything is packaged in gorgeous frosted glass bottles with sleek patterned labels, which give the items a very luxe feel. As for the products themselves?

March 18, 2014

Bronze smokey eyes with Ecco Bella


I have been known to obsess over cool taupe eyeshadows with strong grey undertones, but this year I am changing it up more with shadows with golden, bronzy and neutral tones. And instead of the typical light color on the lid and dark color in the crease, I've been consistently creating smokey eyes with mid tone colors. Today I wanted to share a super simple eye look that uses just two products. It's a versatile combination that is wearable enough for day, but bold enough for the evening.

March 9, 2014

Badger Argan Hair Oil


About a month ago, I was pondering the state of my haircare routine. I was missing a hair oil to use on my ends during the day, and as a weekly deep conditioning treatment. I wanted something that has a balanced blend of nourishing oils, and a pretty scent wouldn't hurt either. While wondering what I should try next, I remembered that Badger Balm makes three hair oils that I remember being quite drawn to. That night, I wrote down on my wish list page "Badger Hair Oil." Now, imagine my surprise when the next day, I recieved an email from Badger's product educator, asking if I would be interested in trying their Argan Hair Oil* ($18.99 for 2 oz)! The universe was speaking to me, and it wanted me to try Badger's Hair Oil. The universe is very concerned with matters of my hair, of course.

March 3, 2014

Classic smokey eyes: just add shadow


I was thinking the other day, between musings on more practical matters, what exactly makes a smokey eye? It's a term that's thrown around all of the time, yet everyone seems to have a slightly different definition of what it actually is. To me, a regular eyeshadow look consists of light and mid toned colors on the lid, with a dark shadow in the crease. In contrast to that, my definition of a smokey eye flips that order and puts mid to deep colors all over the lid and is diffuse out. Also, anything that utilizes a black base or a hefty amount of black eyeshadow is usually smokey. I picked out a couple products that I consider essential, and with these, all you have to add is your favorite mid or deep toned shadows to get your dark, smokey look.

March 1, 2014

February Favorites


February has been a great month for product discoveries! I've been using a mix of new favorites and old standbys, and I am really excited about all of them!
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