March 25, 2015

Badger Limited Edition Classic Lip Balm Holiday Pack: get 'em while you can

When I picked up my newest sunscreen from Badger's website, I also came across a little leftover holiday gift pack that I was intrigued by: Badger Limited Edition Classic Lip Balms ($7.19 for pack of 3). These stick balms come in three special wintery scents: Chai Rose, Peppermint and Cinnamon Bay. Even though it's March, I couldn't resist picking them up.

March 12, 2015

Natural pressed powder foundations from Gabriel, Zuzu Luxe Lauren Brooke and Honeybee Gardens

Pressed powder foundations are one of my most essential makeup items. They're convenient, versatile, and so much easier to use than their loose counterparts. Not to mention, there's less of a risk of inhaling powder with pressed products. That said, it's surprisingly hard to find truly natural pressed face powders. So many brands put dimethicone in their formulas, which I prefer to avoid. I've looked all over the place and found four that meet my ingredients standards: Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques Pressed FoundationHoneybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder FoundationZuzu Luxe Dual Powder Foundation and Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation. I've thoroughly tested all of these out and wanted to share all my reviews in one post for comparison's sake.

March 11, 2015

Andalou Naturals toners: an overview

After my success with Andalou Naturals' line of cleansers, I was really excited to delve deeper into the line and try out some toners. I picked three of their tonics to test out: the Aloe + Willow Bark Pore Minimizer, the Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher and the Clementine + C Illuminating Toner. I think they all have some interesting active natural ingredients, but I will spoil things a little by letting you know that I was not as wowed by this part of the line at all. Here's my thoughts on each product:

March 10, 2015

Acure Argan Oil Bar Soaps

I was so excited when I saw that Acure had come out with a new line of Argan Oil Bar Soaps($5.99 for 4 oz). Acure is one of my all-time favorite natural lines, and bar soaps are pretty well my favorite body care items, so this release really had my name all over it. And as usual for Acure, they all also contain fantastic ingredients like sunflower, argan, and coconut oils, plus they are all free of controversial palm oil.

March 9, 2015

February favorites

February has been a busy but great month for me! I survived Mardi Gras, which completely envelops my city for a week, and I got into medical school; a goal that has been years in the making. I've also continued to work a lot, and I haven't had a ton of time to focus on my blog or in beauty in general. For that reason, I really only have a few particular favorites to share this month. I am hoping that March is a time for things to slow down, and that I can have more "me" time, which includes working on the blog. For now, here's my very brief February favorites:

March 8, 2015

February empties

This is probably my shortest empties post ever! February went by so quickly, and I just didn't get through all that many products. I'm hoping to do some decluttering and finally use a bunch of stuff up in March, but for now here's a short and sweet look at what I used up last month:
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