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.


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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