Best of 2013: In the Shower

Did you catch my skincare and bodycare favorites of 2013? I’m back in record time with my in-the-shower favorites…

We used to buy Dove soap bar by the bulk, but Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castille Soap is the new soap staple in the house. My sister and I have tried it in lavender (very lavender-y), rose (very rose-y and my favorite), and we just got almond (subtle-y almond-y) the other day. I love it best with a flouf/shower pouf/loofah/that fluffy thing since it foams up the soap and lets me use less soap for more surface area, but soap plus just hands is all good too. I also love it for washing out flannels/muslins that I’ve used to remove makeup as well as washing makeup brushes. Leaves my body/muslin/brushes clean and soft thanks to organic oils that cleanse but don’t strip. I’ve also just recently bought it in travel size to take along in my handbag to wash my hands on-the-go.

As for haircare, let’s just say I came home to these two conditioner bottles in one corner and three of that shampoo in another corner. This household loves Acure haircare. My sister and I both especially love the orange one, the Moroccan Argan Stem Cell + Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner the best since it leaves our hair the softest, but the Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell and Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell sets are also nice. They’re very accessible from our local Whole Foods (or mine at school), affordable, and effectively cleansing. We both are able to wash every other day without looking greasy with second-day hair (though we have help from Acure’s Dry Shampoo, which helps eliminate extra root grease).

See any of your favorites here? Stay tuned for makeup favorites of 2013…

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?