April showers bring April Empties


Clockwise from Burt’s Bees:
Burt’s Bee’s Tinted Lip Balm in Rose: An easy, moisturizing swipe of sheer red that makes me look more alive while blurring over my vaguely cracked lips. This was my 2nd or 3rd repurchase, so I may take a break on another repurchase to try something new, but I know this one is a good’un. Ingredients include coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and shea butter. ($7 on Burt’s Bees)

Hurraw! Green Tea Lip Balm: Smells like matcha green tea because…it has hemp oil infused with matcha green tea in it! Loved that (I mean, omega fatty acids for my lips is pretty ballin’) and also the moisturizing powers. Kept this at my desk for moisturizing when I didn’t want/need color. I have two more of these left in Vanilla Bean and Earl Grey. ($3.79 on Hurraw!)
Acure Argan Oil: I have used this as a makeup remover, face moisturizer, and a body moisturizer. This was good as a face moisturizer, but now that I’m getting fancy with facial oil blends, I have delegated this more towards makeup remover and body moisturizer. It is a little pricier than jojoba oil or sweet almond oil, but let’s just say my mother took advantage of an Acure sale at our local health store a bit back. Easily takes off all makeup and leaves my body even softer than jojoba or sweet almond ever did. Also, 100% certified organic. ($12.99 on Vitacost, $14.50 on Amazon, $14.99 on Acure)
Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl: Stays put with minimal smudging even with my monolid eroding away at it all day. Makes a great cat-eye, and Black Pearl is black + sparkles. I’ve had this in Raven (just black) before, so I am also taking a break on repurchasing this to try something new, but again, this is also a good one. ($14.85 on Gabriel Cosmetics)
Konjac Sponge Co. Konjac Sponge with French Green Clay: This little guy has unfortunately developed a tear at the 3 month mark (average lifetime of a Konjac sponge), so I will be searching for a plant that will serve as its final resting place. A nice, gentle sponge that I enjoyed using in the morning or post-makeup removal at night. Always left my face soft. ($9 on Spirit Beauty Lounge)

A cure for dry hair ft. Acure Organics


Acure haircare at home with my teas. And how do you like that brush holder?
I was running my fingers through my hair after the first lather and rinse, and I just melted because oh my gosh it was so soft. I have straight, chest-length Asian hair that is usually quite dry on the first day and oily the second (made acceptable-looking with dry shampoo). But, I didn’t realize how coarse and dry my hair was getting until I started using Acure’s Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. From the first wash and on, my hair has just been so soft and happy in the winter cold. The shampoo and conditioner both have sort of an almond-y scent which I don’t mind. Typically, I massage a quarter amount of shampoo onto my scalp only, and figure the ends will get cleaned when I rinse. Then, I condition from ears down only with a double quarter amount since my scalp gets oily quick. I first tried this power pair at home over winter break and wanted to take it away with me back to school, but you know, liquid rules on the plane and no room in the carry-on, so the first thing I did when I got back was to have a hamburger and fries at Five Guys take a walk to Whole Foods to pick up these beauties for $10.99 each.
Shampoo ingredients: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (from Coconut), 100% Naturally-derived Betaine (from Sugar Beets), Vegetable Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (from Coconut + Amino Acids), Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Sugar Conditioner), Sodium Levulinate (from Corn), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar gum conditioner), Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Organic Fair-Trade Certified™ Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin E), Hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Almond Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil
Conditioner ingredients: Organic Euterpe oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Rooibos, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearylkonium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerin, Glucono Delta Lactone (fermented sugar), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside (from corn and glucose), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (guar gum conditioner), Glyceryl Stearate (vegetable-derived), L-Arginine (amino acid), Organic Fair Trade Certified™ Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Sorbitan Olivate (from olives + sugar), Panthenol (Pro-vitamin B5), Cellulose (plant derived), D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (vitamin. E), Lactic Acid (vegetable derived),  Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) seed oil, Organic Curcubita pepo (Pumpkin) seed oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Argania spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells,  glycerophosphoinositol lysine (from sunflower), Prunus dulcis (Almond) Extract, Cinnamomum aromaticum (Cassia Bark) Oil

Night Routine in Recap

So thus ends my current nighttime skincare routine. You know what they say: don’t go to bed without cleaning your face! And moisturizing! And enjoying it! They don’t say all of that but just go with it. You have one face for your life and might as well take the best care of it. If this 4-step process is too much for you, at least stick to the cleaning and moisturizing. Your face will thank you for it.

Did you miss any part of the cleansing, toning, treating, or moisturizing? No fear! Here are all the links below:

ft. jojoba oil, pure raw honey
ft. apple cider vinegar
ft. tea tree oil and lavender oil
ft. vitamin C serum, argan oil, tamanu oil, jojoba oil

Night routine (pt 4: moisturizing)

After I have cleansed, toned, and treated, it is time for moisturizing.
In order of usage,
  1. ~5-6 drops of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum ($33.99). I went in depth about it here, but in short, this is a powerhouse against the discolorations leftover by my summer breakout and is chock full of antioxidants and moisture. I let this sit for 5 minutes to make sure all the goodness has been absorbed as recommended by Mad Hippie.
  2. 2 drops of Acure Organic’s Argan Oil ($14.99) + 1 drop of Aura Cacia’s Tamanu Oil ($15.99) mixed together in my palm, which I then gently press and massage into my face. I’m using this pair together to combine argan oil’s abundant fatty acids and vitamin E along with tamanu oil’s topical healing and super antimicrobial abilities to heal up my blemish scars. It’s no overnight miracle, but this plus Mad Hippie has been really healing my skin.
  3. 3 drops of Now Solutions’ Jojoba Oil on my arm, 3 for my other arm, 3 for one calf, 3 for another calf, you get the idea.
Note: As for smells and textures, I’m not really picky about these things, so I enjoy Tamanu’s vaguely nutty herbal scent and I don’t smell Argan at all (I don’t know what people are talking about when they say Argan smells bad).
Second note: Yes, they’re oils, and I’m in love with oils, if you can’t tell. And I’m acne-prone, and my skin just drinks these up. Don’t be afraid of oils. They feed your skin amazingness and I think the term oil-free now is kind of silly.