June Empties

Counterclockwise,

Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands
My post-shower, hand and foot massage balm while winding down for bed with some Sherlock Holmes. It may seem greasy at first, but the moisture settles in and smooths away any rough, wintered patches.


Heritage Rosewater & Glycerin
This has been my inexpensive tone-when-I-don’t-have-a-toner (great), set-mineral-makeup-or-any-makeup (great), and my-face-is-so-dry-in-my-cubicle-help-me spray (not so great). I’m working on another bottle of this that I discovered in my bathroom (bless you, past Jade, for leaving behind goods), and while I won’t rush out to repurchase it, I’d pick this up in a pinch.

Vered Botanicals Herb-Infused Toner
I’ve missed this so much since I shook out the last drop. It’s sexy-smelling, it’s refreshing, it has loads of beneficial herbs, and its counterpart, the Therapeutic Balancing Face Oil, feels lost without it. I’m taking a break from the cotton round ritual for spray toners, but I’ll come back to this one for its balancing, blemish-banishing powers for sure.

Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+
It’s a sunscreen but with the texture of a moisturizer? Brilliant. My qualms with it? Sometimes it leaves behind strange white flakes (Lonely Kiwee has witnessed it as well) and my face feeling a bit too matte and dry. I’ve massaged it in, patted it in, worn nothing underneath, worn oils underneath, same results. The white flakes are no big deal–you can just wipe them away–but being dry is no fun. If you’re not too dry and don’t mind random white flakes, this is your wonder I-can’t-believe-it-doesn’t-leave-a-white-cast sunscreen.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Whole Foods Haul

Because I left my haircare at school and my sister ran out of everything else.
From left to right:
1. Dessert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil
My sister and I have used jojoba oil to remove makeup along with a wet flannel for about half a year now. When I went back to school, I deviated and tried Aura Cacia’s jojoba oil, Aura Cacia’s sweet almond oil, but now that I’m home again and she’s running low on her current Dessert Essence jojoba oil, we decided to pick up another. As far as differences between brands, I couldn’t tell you. I find them all to work well as makeup removers and body moisturizers.

We both loved the Argan version for how soft and happy it made our hair feel, but now that the weather is warming and up (and we both can sweat), we decided to try out the Lemongrass version for its everyday clarifying powers. It has the same soft hair effect as the Argan version but with a lemongrass scent. I’ve continued washing every other day, but with the hot California weather and oilier second day hair, I am contemplating going back to everyday washing…
3. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Rose
Last summer, we got the Lavender version and enjoyed that with a loofah for the body or to clean makeup brushes. I am loving the Rose scent. Does not smell like your grandmother’s perfume. Instead, smells like awesome.
4. Devita Tinted Moisturizer samples in Light and Medium
I just saw the Green Beauty Bunny’s review on the Devita Moisture Tint in Light a bit ago, so of course I was excited to see it in store. (And I use the Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer already.) My complexion seems to run between light and medium for everything (think 11 and 22 for RMS ‘un’ cover-up, 115 and 125 for Vapour) so I thought it’d be safe to sample a bit of both. I’m not thrilled with the product–it has the same mattifying effect as Devita’s Solar Protective Moisturizer, which my drier skin does not love. Unfortunately, my skin still bears acne battle scars, so the tint is pretty undetectable. However, less dry, less blemished skins may like this.
Have you tried any of these products before? What do you think of them?

All bases covered ft. Dr. Alkaitis, DeVita, Vapour, and RMS

Aaaaand we’ve got RMS Beauty up to bat with Dr. Alkaitis, DeVita, and Vapour on the bases and the pitcher is swinging and swinging and wow look at that fast ball and paPOW! RMS hits it out of the park defense is scrambling offensive is running just look at those legs run and over the home base goes Alkaitis…and DeVita…and Vapour WOW it’s a GRAAAAND SLAM!

…so, this winter has really been a struggle interesting for me. First, my face was too dry, and I experimented with layering a moisturizer on top of oils (*thumbs up), and then it was also getting a bit too rosy, and I decided to lay off the two-time-a-day tea tree oil application for pimples (*thumbs up), and then all of my cream foundations started looking flaky on me despite moisturizing (*thumbs way down) and the winter is just sucking. life. from. my. face!

With all of this fiddling around with my routine to appease my face, I was getting a bit restless, but yesterday morning was suddenly a great ray of sunshine in the murky clouds. I may have had 8am Physics section, and trudged through flying snow and sitting snow, and had to resort to wearing two layers of gloves, but things came together for my face. When they say layer your clothes, layer your skincare, they’re not kidding because it works awesome. A great base means great-looking makeup and better-looking skin for sure.

From left to right: Dr. Alkaitis Soothing Gel, Dr. Alkaitis Day Creme, DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer SPF 30+


I am in love with the philosophy of Dr. Alkaitis, and even more in love with the fact that even though he didn’t set out to create an organic line, because he set out to create the best and most effective line, his products had to be organic. So I’ve been playing with his travel and trial kit, and as per a recommended routine for not oily but still acne-prone skin, I use his Soothing Gel in the mornings to soothe inflammation. Because it’s winter and it’s extra dry, as not per my recommended routine (naughty, I know), I added the tiniest amount of his Day Crème as well for extra moisture, and then layered my new favorite DeVita sunscreen over the top. It’s sunscreen, but it goes on like moisturizer. Shocking, right.

From up to down: Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector in 902, Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation in 115 &125, RMS Beauty ‘un’ cover-up in 11
I got the Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector a bit ago, but to be honest, I’m only now truly mastering its application and appreciating its capabilities. It’s meant to be a 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer, and no-color foundation, and I find it does great on the moisturizing and priming front (unfortunately I have too many acne scars for the no-color foundation part to work). Over that, I blended Vapour’s Luminous Foundation in 115 and 125, which had been pilling or flaking on me annoyingly since it started getting cold (ironically, since it’s intended for dry skin), but with enough of the Skin Perfector, I find it behaves. Since I am pretty much out of my go-to Alima mineral foundation which I usually use for extra concealing over cream foundation, I decided to take a risk and use my RMS ‘un’ cover-up as my spot concealer over blemishes and scars (this has not been behaving for me on its own–looks super flaky and not sure if it breaks me out or not), and wow. I had read in the Spirit Beauty Lounge reviews for the RMS how someone loved layering the two (though they did RMS and then Vapour–opposite order than me), and I get it now. They somehow go really well together–the RMS gave me just enough extra coverage over the Vapour and didn’t give me flakes.
With all of my batting gear on, I successfully braced the winter winds; and thank goodness even though I only had a half day of classes and didn’t have to go outside past 3pm and just hunkered down for a restful Friday night, at least my face was ready for anything (like a DOWNTON ABBEY MARATHON!!!!!!!)