3 March 2015

Je T'aime Petit Vour (February 2015)

Je T'aime Petit Vour is a great name for February's box*, both because February is the month  we make a point to celebrate love and because it really is true, I love these boxes!  The name Petit Vour is a play on petit four and is defined on this month's insert as "a small and temptingly luxurious cruelty-free product inspired by a love for animals and the finer things."  Sounds about right to me.  Everything included in the Petit Vour boxes is vegan and cruelty-free and the items featured are predominantly natural products from higher end, luxury brands.  From a natural/non-toxic perspective, I think my ingredients standards are stricter than most, but in the nine boxes I've received, there have only been a couple products I wasn't comfortable using.  I do get sent these for free, but I always give my honest first impressions and opinions on the boxes and the products included.

Let's get on to what you're really here for - February's box, which was a good one.  Here's what was included:

Balanced Guru Scrub Me Body Scrub (Sample Value ±$3)
I love Balanced Guru, so I knew this product would be a win as soon as I pulled it out of the box.  With a base of coffee and raw sugar, Scrub Me is a body scrub, but it can also be (gently!) used on the face.  The texture is a little drier than I'm used to, but I used it on my hands today and it works great.  It smells delicious too, like a mix of fresh ground coffee and spearmint.

My Daughter Fragrances Always Loved (Sample Value ±$2)
I think the only thing I'd change about Petit Vour would be an option to opt out of perfume samples.  I'm just not a perfume person, so they don't get used.  That said, I like that My Daughter Fragrances are free of parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrance and I've heard good things about them.  I'm sure I can easily find someone to pass this on to.

Ellovi Mint Chocolate Body Butter (Sample Value ±$4)
I love the Ellovi Tinted Lip Butter that came in September's Petit Vour box and the Body Butter is divine as well.  It feels silky and melts into the skin beautifully, plus it smells incredible: just like Thin Mints or mint chocolate chip ice cream.  I foresee a serious obsession with this scent in my future!

Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara ($20)
Petit Vour revealed that the Lily Lolo mascara would be featured in an upcoming box, so I already knew this was coming.  Good natural mascara is hard to find - and good vegan natural mascara is that much harder I'm sure - and I really love this one.  I just threw out my previous tube (reviewed here) so I'm very happy to have another.  This mascara really excels in terms of volume and, in that regard, it's miles above every other natural mascara I've tried.  It smudges a tiny bit towards the end of the day, but nothing terrible, and it has never irritated my sensitive eyes.

The Bottom Line
This is one of my favorite boxes I've received from Petit Vour, so doing the math on it, I was actually a little surprised.  At $29, it's worth more than what you pay, but it's also one of the lower value boxes I've received.  I stumbled onto some of JenLuvsReviews' subscription box reviews recently and she always makes a point to differentiate between actual monetary value (what an item sells for) and personal value (what you would pay or an item) and I think that's key.  Personally, I'll pay $20 for a good natural mascara like the Lily Lolo, which means everything else in the box is just icing.  So, the fact that I also love both the Ellovi butter and the Balanced Guru scrub makes this a pretty stellar box in my mind.

Petit Vour boxes retail for $15 (US) / $23 (Canada) and individual products can also be purchased in the Petit Vour shop.  

What's your favorite subscription box service?  What do you think of the February Petit Vour box?

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2 March 2015

February Empties / Products I've Used Up

It's that time again!  I didn't use up that much stuff this month, but I was able to finish off a couple products I'd been wanting to be rid of, so I'm happy about that.  I also used up some makeup and cleared out my open mascaras, which is always a good thing.  Here's a look at February's empties:

KYI Unscented Sweet Almond Softening Oil*   [Review]
I really like the entire KYI line and the Almond Softening Oil is no exception.  It's gentle, very hydrating, and more affordable than a lot of other comparable body oils.  The Unscented version is just almond oil, so I wouldn't go out of my way to re-buy it, but I do want to pick up more of the Chamomile Lavender - my favorite KYI scent - at some point.

Also, in case you missed it in the sidebar, you can save 10% off any KYI purchase with the code "NB10." Code is valid through the end of April. 

La Mav Cranberry Bio Exfoliating Scrub*   [Review]
This is a great face scrub.  It does a good job exfoliating without ever feeling harsh or overly abrasive, and my skin always looked extra healthy and luminous after using it.  I like to try new scrubs - in fact, I don't know that I've ever bought the same one more than once - but I did really enjoy this one.

Earthbody Brighten Cleanser & Mask
I got this trial size in one of my first Petit Vour boxes and I think it's one of the best products they've included to date.  Described as a "superfruit enzyme powder," Brighten takes Moroccan rhassoul clay and elevates it to a higher level with thirteen different plant and fruit powders.  I never tried it as a cleanser, but I loved using it as a mask.  I can't justify buying another mask until I go through a few of the other ones I currently have, but I'll miss having this in rotation in the meantime.

Shiro Cosmetics Default Lip Balm
Default is the untinted version of Shiro's Intertubes.  I loved the (now discontinued) Intertube formula, so when Shiro released an untinted version a few years ago, I rushed to buy several of these pots.  Unfortunately, I never thought it worked as well in a pot.  Depending on the temperature in your home, it tends to be very solid, making it difficult to apply.  I also found the texture of these specific ones to be somewhat gritty and chunky, and although it was probably just crystallized shea butter, I didn't enjoy it.  All in all, even though the actual formula worked great on my lips, I'm not sorry to see the end of these.

Boo Bamboo Line Lifting Face Cream*   [Review]
I mentioned I was trying to use this up in last week's What I Do With Products I Don't Love post, so it shouldn't be too surprising that I'm happy to see the end of this cream.  I used most of the pot as a body moisturizer, and while I ended up actually enjoying it that way, I wouldn't buy it for that purpose alone.

Young Living Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier
I don't use much hand sanitizer, but I like to carry one in my bag for those "just in case" moments.  This is my favorite - and really the only one I buy - because I like the ingredients, the gel consistency and that it's non-sticky and doesn't smell like alcohol.  I also love how tiny and compact the bottle is.  

Blissoma Pure Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex
Another of my favorite products to come in a Petit Vour box!  My skin went a little haywire towards the beginning of the winter and Pure is the product that calmed it down. Made without essential oils, fragrance, alcohol or other irritants, Pure instead contains shea butter, marshmallow root,  plantain, self heal and more, and is one of the most soothing moisturizers I've used.  Definitely a product I can see myself purchasing in full size in the future.

The All Natural Face Olive Squalane Oil
More costly squalane oils from Indie Lee and Peter Thomas Roth have garnered a lot of positive attention, so when I spotted this rollerball from The All Natural Face selling for a mere $5, I couldn't resist adding it to my most recent order.  As it turns out, it didn't do much for me.  From everything I've read, squalane is supposed to be non-greasy and quick to absorb, but I found the opposite with this - it felt heavy and just sat on top of my skin, never really soaking in.  I'm still curious how the more expensive squalane oils might compare, particularly the sugar cane-derived Peter Thomas Roth one, but this one was not a hit.

Honeybee Gardens Pressed Mineral Foundation in Geisha   [Review]
I think I've gone through four or five pans of this foundation in the last couple years and it's still one of my favorites.  I love how natural it looks on the skin, as well as how incredibly quick it is to buff on in the mornings.  It works great on its own, but can also be used to add an extra layer of coverage on top of cream or liquid products.  I've heard the foundation has been slightly reformulated, which is always a little concerning, but I've got one more pan I'd previously bought before I need to worry about that.

Pollen & Wax Apollo Cleansing Milk   [Review]
Another product I'm happy to be done with!  Apollo just didn't work for my skin in any way, shape or form.  I tried it as a daily cleanser, a weekly exfoliant, and even on my body, and it left me consistently underwhelmed.

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Vanilla Candy Cane Soap (mini)   [Review]
This soap came in a holiday kit and I liked it a lot.  It lathered well, smelled great, and didn't dry out my skin.  The Vanilla Candy Cane scent isn't available right now, but I'd buy it again next Christmas.  I'm also curious to try other Rocky Mountain Soap scents.

Une Beauty Skin Glow Pencil in G02   [Review]
This pencil, topped with a little Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar, has been my favorite under eye concealer combo for the last couple years, so I was pretty gutted when Une discontinued this product.  I had a brief happy dance moment when they re-released it (in the bigger stick I'd always longed for too!), quickly followed by more disappointment when I realized they didn't re-release this particular color.  I'm still on the hunt for a replacement, so if there are any great under eye concealers I need to try, please leave them in the comments!

Zuzu Luxe Onyx Mascara
My old standby, favorite mascara.  I love pretty much everything about this, but especially that it doesn't irritate my eyes or smudge.  I've somehow accumulated a ton of new mascaras to try, but I've bought too many tubes of this to count and I'm sure I'll go back to it again.

Lily Lolo Vegan Black Mascara*   [Review]
And, my new favorite mascara.  This gives impressive volume - the best of any natural mascara I've used - and I love it about as much as the Zuzu Luxe.  My only slight complaint is that the tube got used up/dried out pretty quickly.  I'm strict about tossing mascaras after three months - four tops - and I rarely have a mascara actually dry out or feel empty in that time, but the Lily Lolo started feeling dry and became harder to work with right around the two month mark.  It was still usable for a few more weeks, but not nearly as awesome as when it was fresh.  I just received a replacement tube in the February Petit Vour box (full write up on that box coming very soon!) and I'm sure, despite its shorter lifespan, that I'll buy it again in the future as well.  

The black mascara is back in stock and I still have a Lily Lolo discount code, if you're wanting to try this or anything else from Lily Lolo - "naturallabeauty" will get you 20% off sitewide (US website only).  

Benecos Just Black Multi-Effect Mascara
I had the weirdest experience with this mascara.  Every time I wore it and went outside in the sun, I'd see black spots.  Finally I connected the spots to this mascara, but it was pretty disconcerting before I figured out what was causing them!  I really don't understand it either, as the mascara itself wasn't anything special.  It didn't make my lashes significantly longer, darker, or thicker than any other mascara, so I don't understand why the Benecos was so much in my line of vision.  I only ended up using this a handful of times, and I haven't touched it since the summer, but it's completely dried out now, so it's got to go!

Have you finished any products recently?  

Skincare: 6 (Lip Balms: 1)
Body/Hair: 2 
Makeup: 5
Skin/Body/Hair Samples: 2
Makeup Samples: 0

2015 Total
Skincare: 10 (Lip Balms: 3)
Body/Hair: 9
Makeup: 5
Skin/Body/HairSamples: 13
Makeup Samples: 2

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1 March 2015

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Face Powder, Cover Up & Bronzing Powder (+ a Giveaway!)

Ecco Bella has been around for over twenty years and has been an innovator for both the non-toxic and cruelty free beauty industries.  The company has a diverse product line, ecompassing skincare, body care, hair care, makeup, perfume, and even household products, but what has always stood out to me most is their selection of talc and silicone-free pressed powder offerings.  I've used several Ecco Bella products over the years, most notably the lipsticks (reviewed here) and blushes, so when I had the opportunity to pick a couple other products to review, I was eager to accept.  Keep reading for my thoughts on the FlowerColor Face Powder*, Cover Up*, and Bronzing Powder*.  And, make sure you read all the way to the end for a chance to win some Ecco Bella products for yourself!

FlowerColor Face Powder
I've used the FlowerColor Face Powder both as a finishing powder on top of cream and liquid products and on its own as a powder foundation and I really like it for both purposes.  The coverage is light but buildable, so depending on the brush you use and the number of layers you apply, it can go anywhere from a feather-light coverage, just to set other makeup, to a decent light to medium coverage that you can easily wear by itself.  It does a good job mattifying the skin and evening out skintone and minor discoloration, but it won't completely cover up things like dark circles or larger blemishes without the help of another product.  The powder has a matte finish, but it never looks dull or powdery on my skin.

I tested the two lightest powders, Fair and Pale, both of which lean pretty warm.  Fair, the lightest shade works on my light, middle-of-winter skin best.  Pale, the next shade up, is darker and seems a lot more yellow in tone.  With only four color choices and no shades for darker skintones, the shade range is limited, but if you have light to medium skin and are able to find a color match, I think this is a great product to pick up.  The powders come in sturdy, recyclable paper compacts with a good sized mirror and secured with an elastic.  As you can see, I received two slightly different versions, so I'm not sure which packaging is the most current. 

(L to R) Ecco Bella FlowerColor Face Powder in Fair, Pale
FlowerColor Cover Up
The Cover Up is marketed as an all-in-one concealer for dark circles, blemishes, and any other imperfections that might need covering.  It's a stick concealer that comes in a lipstick bullet and has identical packaging to Ecco Bella's lipsticks.  The formula is thick but creamy, so a little of the cover up, plus a light dusting of powder will keep blemishes concealed all day long.  The lipstick bullet makes targeted application super easy and the cover up doesn't slide around or move at all once set with a powder.  

Unfortunately, I don't find it works as well on dark circles.  Beige, the lightest shade, is very peachy, so it does color correct the darkness, but I find the consistency hard to work with.  The same thickness that I love for spot concealing is just too heavy for under the eyes and it doesn't melt or blend in effectively here, resulting in a slightly cakey look.  I did have some luck thinning the texture by mixing the cover up with both an eye cream and a lighter concealer, but on its own, it wouldn't be my first choice for concealing dark circles.

FlowerColor Bronzing Powder in Hibiscus
I'm no bronzer expert - in fact most days, I don't even use one - but I find Hibiscus leans far too orange to be used as a bronzer on skin as fair as mine.  However, I LOVE wearing it as a blush.  The color is a very peachy or even reddish bronze with a delicate sheen and used this way, it does a phenomenal job brightening up the entire face.  The powder is pigmented, but it also blends out easily, and I can't get over how pretty it is on the cheeks.  Packaging is the same as the Face Powders, and the Bronzing Powder even came embossed with Ecco Bella's initials, which is a cute touch.  It may not be my favorite bronzer shade, but I'm very happy to have it around as a blush.

(L to R) Ecco Bella Beige Cover Up, Fair Face Powder, Pale Face Powder, Hibiscus Bronzing Powder
The Bottom Line
Depending what you're looking for, I think all three of these are great products.  I've been using the Face Powder and Bronzer the most, but only because on an average day, I only really conceal dark circles and I didn't love the Cover Up for that purpose.  When I have had a blemish or breakout to cover, it's worked great, so if your main concern is blemishes and spot concealing, I think the Cover Up is a good choice as well.  Other than that, I'd love to see the Face Powder and Cover Up shade ranges expanded to encompass darker skin tones as well!  

Ecco Bella has also generously offered to give a Face Powder and Cover Up (in the winner's choice of colors) to one lucky reader!  The giveaway is limited to US and Canada, but I promise there will be more international ones in the future.

To enter, you need to subscribe to the Ecco Bella newsletter, like their Facebook page, and follow me on Bloglovin.  Make sure you tick each one off in the Rafflecopter widget below for your entries to count.  There will also be more options if you want to better your chances of winning!

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25 February 2015

Decluttering + What I Do with Products I Don't Love

Something I've become really aware of since I started blogging is the tendency to accumulate a lot of products.  I love trying new things, but I don't like waste and one person can only get through so much stuff!  I've been on a decluttering kick the last several weeks and I've also gotten into watching Use It Up and Project Pan videos on Youtube, both of which have been great encouragement to use up products that have been languishing in my cupboards.    If you aren't familiar with these, basically people select specific products that they want to use up within a certain time frame.  It's a great way to work through products without wasting them!

I find it really satisfying to completely use products up (which you've probably already figured out from my empties posts) and I love the idea of streamlining your collection, but at the same time, some products are a struggle.  No one is going to like every single thing they try, and it's always the ones that I'm not so crazy about that are most challenging to finish.  I don't want to waste things, but at the same time, I don't want to be constantly working to finish products I don't like and neglecting the ones I really do enjoy in the process.  

With that in mind, these are the questions I ask myself when deciding what to do with those products I don't especially like:
  • How much do I dislike the product?  If it's something I'm pretty neutral about, that's one thing, but if I legitimately hate every minute of using a product, maybe it's not something I need to force myself to use.  
  • How long will it take to use up?  If I can use something up in a short time, I'll usually push through, but if I know it's going to last 6+ months, that's when I'm more likely to call it a day.  
  • Will products I genuinely like go to waste while I use this?  There's no sense wasting products you love just to get your use out of a product you don't even really like.
  • Does it have a negative impact on my skin/hair/appearance?  Whether it's skincare that breaks me out, hair products that don't work for my hair, or makeup that just doesn't look good, I've realized that some things just aren't worth it!  
  • Can I repurpose the product for something other than its original use?  Maybe something didn't work for its intended purpose, but is there some other way I can use it?  Face products on the body and conditioner as shaving cream are my most commonly repurposed items.
  • How much did it cost?  This one only goes so far as I don't want to waste inexpensive items either, but there's no question that it's easier for me to accept defeat on a $2 item than a $50 one.  
  • Is there someone I can pass it on to?  I'd much rather someone else enjoy the product than me just suffer through it for the sake of using it up.
  • Is it expired?  Pretty much a no-brainer.  I'm not always a stickler for exact expiry dates, but if I already don't like the product, I'm not going to use it after it's expired.  On the flip side, if something is expiring soon, that often pushes me to use it up more quickly before the expiry.
How about some specific product examples?

Products I'm Working to Use Up:

Boo Bamboo Line Lifting Face Cream*
I actually think this is a great face cream, but I don't like the scent.  Boo Bamboo uses a naturally derived fragrance, but to my nose it smells very similar to a lot of mainstream skincare (and vaguely synthetic) and it's just not a scent I enjoy close to my nose.  I've been using it on my body, however, and I don't notice the smell nearly as much.

Pollen & Wax Apollo Cleanser
This cleanser has since been reformulated to have a smoother texture, but the one I have is a little odd.  On the one hand, it's a seemingly gentle cream cleanser, but at the same time, it feels quite harsh on my face.  It has sandy particles that are way too abrasive for my skin on a daily basis and while I tried using it as more of an exfoliant, once or twice a week, I consistently noticed my skin didn't look as good on the days I used it, so I stopped using it that way as well.  I'm going to give it one last try on my body, and hopefully that'll be the end of it.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
I don't really dislike this eye cream, but it doesn't do a lot for me beyond just moisturizing.  I do want to get my use out of it, but I don't think I'll be sorry to see it run out.

Weleda Skin Food
I really like Skin Food, but I only use it in small amounts and with the rate I go through it, I definitely didn't need to buy this big tube, which sadly expires in April.  I'm not going to toss it at midnight on April 30 or anything, but I want to make a real effort to get through it at least within a couple months of the expiry. 

Schmidt's Lavender Sage Deodorant
I mixed and modified my Schmidt's and while it no longer irritates my underarms, it's still not my favorite deodorant.  I've got this pot and half of another, but I'm determined to work through them.

Carina Daily Moisturizing Shampoo
This smells good (like pineapples!) but it did nothing for my hair.  I've been using it to wash my makeup brushes for the last several months, and it actually works great for this purpose.  

Products I'm Saying Farewell To:

ELF Metallic Purple Mineral Eye Liner
My problem with this is twofold: the formula is way too hard and the color is unexceptional.  It's a plummy-brown with some purple shimmer on top, but once the shimmer falls off (within the first half hour or so), it's just another brown liner and not worth the effort of struggling with such a hard pencil.

Acure Leave-In Conditioner
I love Acure and I think this product works well, but I can't stand how it smells.  I've made an effort to use it many, many times, but I smell it in my hair every time I turn my head and it just drives me crazy.  I have about half left, but I also noticed it expired a few months ago, so it's got to go.

The Bottom Line
Like basically everything, I think it comes down to balance.  I don't know of anywhere local to me that accepts donations of lightly used products - only brand new ones - so if I don't have someone to pass a product on to, I do really try to finish most things myself.  That said, I've also come to realize that it's okay to get rid of the occasional product that just doesn't work for you.  I feel a little guilty throwing things out, but if it's just going to sit in my makeup drawers unused - like the ELF liner - or make me sick to smell it - like the Acure Leave-in - what am I really accomplishing by hanging on to it?

I'd love to know where you guys fall on this one!  Are you someone who has to use every single thing up, or are you okay getting rid of products that you don't like or can't make work for you?

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20 February 2015

Mid-Winter Favorites

I've never been very consistent about writing favorites posts, but I really want to do better this year.  I'm not going to promise weekly or even monthly favorites, but I hope to do a favorites post at least every two or three months.   Starting today!  Keep reading for a look at some of the things I'm currently loving...

Andalou Naturals Brightening All-in-One Beauty Balm
I included Andalou's BB Cream in a wishlist post when it first launched, but when reviews and swatch photos started cropping up, I mentally scratched it off for being way too dark and orange for my fair skin.  When I got my hands on it two years later in a goodie bag from a Goodness Me! blogger event, I almost passed it on unopened, but thankfully my curiosity got the better of me.

As you can see, the color is legitimately pretty orange and not remotely close to my skin tone.  (Mere technicalities!)  I'm not sure how, but a thin layer somehow manages to blend in and actually work on my ultra pale, middle-of-winter skin.  I end up looking tanned - but not orange - with super glowy, fresh skin.  Coverage is very minimal, although it does even out some discoloration.  The finish is also a little dewier than I prefer, so I like to lightly dust over it with a powder, which takes down the dewiness, adds a little extra coverage, and helps the color look a little more seamless and natural.  

The other incredible thing about this product is its effect on pores.  Conventional makeup usually relies on silicones to manufacture a barrier that gives the appearance of poreless skin, but somehow, this silicone-free option also manages to minimize the look of pores and lends them a similar filled in appearance.  AND, it's not just a temporary, makeup thing - my naked pores actually look smaller and more refined after a few days of using this product.  When I stop using it, they gradually go back to normal, and then when I use it again, they become noticeably smaller within a few days.  Pretty impressive!

Crazy Rumors Plum & Peppermint Lip Balm
I like the formula of Crazy Rumors lip balms, but the individual flavors are very hit or miss for me.  Plum & Peppermint is a total hit!  It's super fruity and brings back memories of BonneBell Lip Smackers, although it doesn't smell fake the way those do.  To my nose, there's a hint of peppermint, but the predominant scent is definitely the plum.  I've been alternating between this and the Rocky Mountain lip balm I wrote about earlier this week, and my lips have stayed super soft and protected despite how cold it's been.  

Meow Meow Tweet Lavender Deodorant Cream
You may recall my attempt to make Schmidt's deodorant work for me, and while this time playing kitchen chemist did eliminate the burning and rashes, I ended up with twice as much of a deodorant that I still don't crazy love.  I've been putting off buying any new deodorant until I work through all that, but when Meow Meow Tweet's Lavender Deodorant Cream came in the December Petit Vour box, I decided it was okay to take a break from my never-ending Schmidt's to try it out.  The formula is very creamy but dry on your skin, which I love.  I find most cream deodorants tend to be either hard or oily, so I really appreciate how soft the Meow Meow Tweet Formula is without feeling greasy on the skin or leaving oil stains on your clothes.  The company's Baking Soda Free deodorant has gotten a lot of love recently, so I think that will be my next purchase (months down the road when I finish the Schmidt's!) but the baking soda in this original formula also hasn't caused any irritation for me.  

Young Living Oregano Essential Oil
I've blogged about my difficulties getting rid of build up on my scalp and reviewed several clarifying hair products over the years, but when I came across this blog post on It's An Itchy Little World, it hit me that maybe what was going on wasn't product build up, but rather a very minor case of seborrheic dermatitis.  Jennifer's post has a lot more information, but in very short summary, seborrheic dermatitis is a yeast overgrowth in the body that causes increased oil production.  I've successfully managed my scalp by using a homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse a couple times per month, but once this new information presented itself, I wanted to try to eliminate the cause - systemic yeast overgrowth - as opposed just treating the symptom.  

I was already taking probiotics and I decided to incorporate oregano essential oil in addition.  Oregano is most well-known for immune-boosting, but it's also has anti-fungal properties that are effective on yeast and candida.  I started out with 5 drops of oregano in a veggie capsule twice daily, but gradually increased the dose to 12 drops twice daily.  A lot of the oregano oils you buy are diluted, but Young Living's is not, so I diluted it myself with olive oil, since straight oregano can burn your stomach.  The results have actually been pretty amazing!  I noticed within the first couple days that my skin looked better, and that's only gotten more true as time has gone on.  It's taken longer to see results on my scalp and I've just recently started to notice a real difference after 2-3 months of taking the oregano.

I've also read that seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp is quite similar to cradle cap, and when I was talking about this with my mom, she mentioned that I was born with a bad case of cradle cap.  It's fascinating how these kinds of things connect!  Also interesting is how this experience has made me more aware of other factors that were affecting my scalp.  I eat a very clean diet for the most part, but during these three months, there was a night I had Swiss Chalet and another time I went out for cheap thai food and both times I noticed a flare up on my scalp by the next day, which I'm attributing to these more processed, sugary foods that were probably also full of chemicals and preservatives.  

I'm not a medical professional or attempting to give any sort of medical advice, just sharing what has worked for me.  Before purchasing any oregano oil to take internally, please make sure you're buying a high quality oil by reading my 3 Things You Should Know Before Buying Essential Oils.  

BareMinerals The Perfect Storm Ready Eyeshadow 2.0
BareMinerals is what I consider a somewhat natural brand, but I feel comfortable with the ingredients in most of their powder products.  I placed a Sephora order a few weeks ago - my first Sephora purchase in nearly three years according to their records - and got this eye shadow duo as a free gift with purchase.  I've wanted to try the Ready Eyeshadows for a while, and while I wasn't super excited about the colors in the duo to start with, but I ended up loving both of them!  Cumulus is a satin white that sheers out into the perfect brow bone highlight and Tempest is a great taupey grey that works beautifully in the crease with virtually any eye look.  The duo isn't something I see myself using much by itself, but both shades are incredibly useful and I'm very happy to have them.  The shadows are soft, smooth and pigmented and I'm impressed all around.  

I can't find The Perfect Storm duo for sale anywhere, but as of today, you can still get it free with a $30 Sephora order and the code "READY" 

What have you been loving lately?

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