Face Naturals Pomegranate Scrub (sample)
Face Naturals is one of my favorite companies for body care products, but I'd never tried their scrubs before, so I was excited to see this sample in one of my orders. I wasn't crazy about the pomegranate scent, which is very sweet and candy-like, but the scrub itself was lovely. Perfect amount of scrubbiness and a great texture - neither too oily or too dry.
Madara Moon Flower Tinting Fluid (sample)
I'm glad I was able to try a sample of this first, because it was far too dark for my skin. I ended up looking orange and oompa loompa-like. Also smelled kind of funky to me.
Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator (sample)
This is a lovely scrub. Looking at it in the jar, it looked pretty smooth and I wasn't sure it was going to exfoliate as much as I wanted, but it really does a fantastic job! It starts out as more of a gel, but it turns kind of milky on your face and it left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I'm not going to be purchasing this right away as I just got another scrub, but I would definitely consider it in the future.
Darling Girl Cosmetics Snuggle Eye Shadow
I actually used up an eye shadow! Darling Girl makes fantastic shadows and Snuggle is a great low maintenance colour that you can basically just sweep on and go. It was on my eyes pretty much every day a couple summers ago, which is how I went through most of the jar. I still have a ton of other eye shadows, so it isn't something I'll be repurchasing right away.
Silk Naturals Sleep in a Jar in Light Peach
This is on my face almost every single day and I've already picked up another jar. I still haven't found an under eye concealer that I'm 100% happy with, but Sleep in a Jar comes pretty darn close. It's a powder concealer and I wouldn't say it gives full coverage, but it really does a great job brightening up any darkness in the under eye area. I've also used it on the occasional blemish and it works fairly well for that as well.
Zosimos Botanicals Fuschia Lip Gloss (sample)
Zosimos' mini lip glosses are an adorable way of sampling colors if you don't want to risk not liking the full size. Fuschia is a cool pink with a slight blue reflect and I really did enjoy it, but full sizes are $16 and the minis have recently gone up to $5, so I doubt I'll be repurchasing. It's a nice gloss, but I can get an equally nice, full size gloss from Silk Naturals or My Beauty Addiction for under $5, so I just can't justify the price right now.
Zuzu Luxe Onyx Mascara
As most of you probably know, this is my favourite mascara. Not a whole lot new to say about it, but I will mention that it survived a trip through blizzard-like weather a couple weeks ago without smudging or running at all. I try to switch out my tube about every 4 months, so here's another one biting the dust.
Blum Naturals Fragrance Free All Purpose Wipes
I don't use wipes on my face very often, but I did enjoy using these on occasion. Really, I think I used most of them cleaning blog swatches off my hands and arm. The last couple wipes did end up drying out before I used them, but for the most part, they stayed pretty moist.
Organic Essentials Organic Cotton Balls
Whenever possible, I prefer to use organic cotton balls on my face. They really don't cost much more than regular cotton balls and I like to avoid any chlorine or other chemicals found in the regular ones. These are also quite large, so I end up breaking them in half and only using half at a time, which helps them last longer.
Humphrey's Witch Hazel Astringent
I talked about this in my winter skincare routine, but basically, I've been mixing witch hazel with essential oils (to mask the witch hazel smell) and using it as a toner. The pores on my nose have a tendency to get clogged and dirty and I've noticed a huge difference since I've been using the witch hazel. I've already bought a new (jumbo size) bottle.
Bubble & Bee Squeezed Lime Shower Gel
This is a great shower gel that really does smell just like cutting into a fresh lime. It also lasted an incredibly long time - I started out using it straight on a loofah, but it's super concentrated, so I ended up diluting it in a foamer bottle too, which worked equally well.
Organic Excellence Wild Mint Conditioner
I debated whether or not I should include this one. Organic Excellence used to be my shampoo and conditioner of choice, but they aren't a company I feel comfortable using or supporting anymore. In case you missed it, there's been some question of whether or not the brand is disclosing full ingredients, and after emailing back and forth with them a few times, I'm not confident to say either way. (If you're interested, you can read more about the issue here.) Unfortunately, I did purchase a new bottle of the conditioner right before all this came out, so while I'll probably use that up, I won't be buying it again.
And that's all for this time! I love doing these posts, since I get genuinely excited finishing products up. It's also intensely satisfying watching the empties pile up until I have enough for a post. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. (Or am I? Let me know in the comments!)