Shop with me: Spring 2014

I had a different post planned for today, unfortunately the weather has not cooperated with my need to take pictures for it.  this will have to stand in, while that post will wait for next week.  I have seen this post around the web before, and while my ‘wish list’ is short I figured I would let you know what products I am looking to try, and that have passed my current makeup requirements.

SunBum ‘Baby Bum’ Spf 30 lotion, possibly the sport version  - hey, the price is good, they rate well on EWG skin deep database and the packaging is beautiful.

Hazelnut oil – A long standing favorite, just need to replace for the summer time.  More on this next week if the weather cooperates!

A Cosmetics Pouch – I probably will end up ordering from Etsy, but the forever 21 version is cute too.  I am kind of obsessed with Ikat print.

Thayer’s Peach Witch hazel Astringent – Naturally Paula posted a picture of this on her twitter, and since I love peach flavored/ scented everything I now must have this

Vapor Organic Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation – I like this brands concealer, and prefer liquid foundation.  Probably will wait till fall to try this, but it has been a long time lemming for me.

What products are on your wish list for this spring?

Completion Critique: April 2014

An extra long completion critique post this month since I managed to use up way more than I had expected.  I still am going to continue to toss items as I use them up as opposed to taking pictures.  That being said, I realized that part of what I love so much about completion critiques is the photos.  So I am going to devise some way of doing them that include photos, it may be a slightly different format we shall see.

Avene Clean-Ac Cleansing Cream – a basic gentle cleanser, though like most cleansers I find it had a strong floral smell.  Not entirely sure why all sensitive skin cleansers are so heavily scented with floral scents.  But that is neither here nor there. Would I repurchase – No, I don’t like the scent, and I would prefer a more natural product.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – This was my HG product for a fair amount of time.  While it does have a strong floral scent, which I am not particularly fond of.  It also had a pretty high amount of coverage for a water based product, but without looking cakey or packed on.  Would I  repurchase – No, now there are not only cheaper ‘dupes’ I have also would prefer a more natural product.

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Evening Skincare

Having shared my morning skincare routine as of late I thought that I should clue you all in on what I was doing with my skincare before bed.  I likely will not update these again unless I make major changes to my skincare routine.  If it is just a simple change of product you will get the reviews from my completion critique posts.

Cleansing

Coconut OilI use this exclusively on days I wear makeup.  I typically prefer a mild cleanse, but find I need a little extra oomph that this provides.  While the coconut oil does work well, I am likely to switch to Jojoba oil once this expires (In August).  This is simply because I already use Jojoba oil for a body lotion and am fond of the idea of multi tasking products.  Admittedly, I do also need to be careful with the coconut oil since if I miss rinsing part off I am prone to getting acne in that spot.

Natural Sea SpongeMy mom initially got me one of these when visiting my uncle in Florida.  I at first had no real use for it, so I kind of just worked it into my skin care routine.  I use this on days I use the Coconut oil since the added texture of the sponge helps to get all the coconut oil off.  The best part is that these one dollar sponges will last indefinitely, assuming your cat doesn’t get to it like my last one.

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Clean and Green

As part of ‘Greening’ my routine I have been in the process of my cleaning routine too.  I don’t only want the products I put on my body to be good for me, but the products that my family (read as cats) are exposed to.  While I do eventually plan to make more of my own products, these items are what I am using currently.  I do plan on reusing the spray bottles for when I make my own products, just to reduce the garbage I create too.

Baking Soda – This was one of the first ‘green’ products I added to my cleaning routine.  I currently only use it for stuck on gunk when cleaning glass surfaces.  However I do plan on using this for baked on food on dishes, and deep cleaning in the bathroom eventually.  I tend to use Arm and Hammer since that is easiest for me to find, but any baking soda will do.

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The cheapest, easiest, most effective brush cleaning… Seriously

 This is a tip I have seen many times before, though with variations on the products.  I also have admittedly never tried it.  I heard various bloggers tout that it was leaving their brushes clean and soft.  I have been using Dr. Bronner’s for cleaning and body wash and have enjoyed it.  That being said I was hesitant to use it on my makeup brushes since I know it leaves me feeling squeaky clean (as in it strips your skin a bit).

Though after trying it I am a convert.  Plus this method is so much easier that I have been washing my brushes weekly, rather than the previous once every few months.  I admit it, I hated washing my brushes.

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Overwhelmed by Greening your Routine?

I will be the first to admit that the change to more ecologically friendly is a bit daunting.  For myself it has required a huge change in the way I shop.  Previously, if something looked nice I got it.  Not only did I have no regard for the health effects of a product, I also was unconcerned with the waste created from getting rid of products that did not work.

However, when I first started the process of getting green products this had to change.  Not only did I want to make sure that products would be good for me, but also ensure that products had a high likely hood of working for me.  This second aspect came about because unfortunately natural beauty products tend to be pricier than the environmentally damaging items.  I have found a few things to make the process a bit easier on myself and thought it might be nice to share these ideas with those whom are joining me on this process.

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Updated Morning Skincare

I am still working on switching over to more ecologically friendly products.  This I am doing as I use up the products I already have.  Fortunately I have worked through all of my ‘back up’ products so this switch will take place within the next couple months.  As part of the switch I have also decided to make my morning routine a bit more minimalist.  I previously used several more products but have been able to pare down to only the essential products (at least in my opinion).

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Purge and Plans

You may recall my stash statistics series from days of yore, in my initial post (found here) I shared the numbers off all items I own.  While I have done nothing of that sort here, I have greatly reduced the overall number of products I own, I will let the pictures of my current collection do the talking.

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Completion Critique: March 2014

I have decided to no longer take photos of the products that I have completed.  In my effort to pare down on items I own the idea of holding on to used up bottles until I am able to photograph them began to feel a little bit ridiculous.  As a compromise, so you at least know what the product bottles look like, I have decided to use the ShopSense widget as opposed to simply making the product titles links.  I have also, in the interest of not having marathon posts decided to limit each post to 5 products (perhaps more if it is an exceptional month).

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K – This is my third tube, and one of my favorite products.  Despite my move towards more ecologically and health friendly products I will probably continue to use this.  I have reviewed this product here, here and here.

L’Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Elasticite – This was a curling cream, and while it did what it said it would it was nothing special.  I am moving on to more effective, and hopefully more environmentally friendly options.

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Overnight Toiletry Bag

For the past couple months I have been spending one night a week at my boyfriends house, this poses a bit of a problem since I typically forget something important that I will need for my morning shower.  Lately, this has been a hair brush, but odds are I will forget at least one item any given week.  As a result I decided that it was probably a good idea to make a ‘to-go’ bag for my weekly visits.

The best part about this is that it is something that most people can incorporate into their life, regardless of if they have a significant other or not.  For those that are in college and spend weekends at home or those who travel a lot for work this makes a lot of sense.  Heck, even if you are not having overnights I could see this being a great idea if you do early morning workouts or if, like me, you sleep as late as possible so having a few necessities at work can be a life saver.  Anyway, on to what I am using!

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