Hurraw! Some sunshine arrived in the mail today after Hurricane Sandy. Excited to try out these fun and healthy flavors (and see how well the interesting oval tubing does not slip out of my pockets).
This is a great sunscreen that I’ve used in the summer and now transitioning into the fall. It starts out pretty thick, but once you pat it gently into the skin and let it sink in for a minute or two, it is a good base for makeup and it’s awesome for your skin with lovelies such as aloe (redness calming), shea butter (mega moisturizing), and seabuckthorn oil (nourishing/regenerative/restorative). Great for the rest of the body as well (0 sunburns this summer!). However it does kind of emphasize any flakiness so do make sure you are adequately exfoliated and moisturized beforehand. ($15.99 – 2.9 oz)
Also sad I’ve run out of this jojoba oil moisturizer sample from Skin & Bones as well. I experimented a bit with using it for my face, but since I am trying to stick to a routine to clear up a bout of facial acne, I ended up using it more as a body moisturizer. It has this exotic woodsy smell that is really fresh right after the shower, absorbs well and easily, and keeps my body nicely moisturized. ($30 – 1.7 oz, $50 – 3.4 oz, $90 – 6.7 oz, $0 if you catch it on a free sample Friday!)
I am terribly, terribly sad I am already out of this Panacea Elixir by YULI Skincare. I went through the trial version in a week, and I loved using it to set makeup and as a refreshing mist during the day. It has all sorts of goodness in it for balancing, hydrating, and decongesting the skin which is awesome, and smells kind of like dates (the fruit. Not sure what dates with people smell like). Would definitely repurchase if I wasn’t a poor musician. ($12.00 – trial, $36.00 – full)
Cannot stress how much this dry shampoo saves my life daily. I have pretty oily hair and awkward bangs that I’m kind of growing out so I can barely survive washing my hair every other day. But with this product, I tap a bit of the powder in my hand, press it into the roots of my hair, leave it in for a couple minutes, brush it out, and voila — non-greasy hair for the win. ($12.99)
My first empty since transitioning to organic beauty products. This has been a nice shampoo for the past 3 or so odd months – fresh, gets the job done, and I can survive washing every other day (occasionally every two but with lots of dry shampoo) even in the summer. My hair does have a healthy shine with this, and I can get away without using conditioner in the summer, but it gets dry even with conditioner in the fall/winter now.
I am looking suspiciously at the “Sodium Lauryl Glucosides Hydroxypropyl Sulfonate” and “Sodium Cocoyl Methyl Taurate” which are 2nd and 3rd on the ingredients list. Cosmetics and Toiletries and Truth in Aging say both are surfactants which I think I could do without, but I can live with it. The price of $9.95 doesn’t hurt too much either.