31 May 2015

Green Beauty Wishlist: The Spring/Summer Edit

I've been on a low-buy since the beginning of the year and I've got to say, five months in, I'm pretty proud of how well it's been going!  I realize that budgeting and limited spending is a lot more effective for me than going on a total no-buy or spending ban.  Being able to spend - even conservatively - doesn't leave me feeling horribly deprived, which takes a lot of the pressure off and makes the whole process much less stressful.  It's kind of like the difference between a lifestyle change and the ups and downs of binging and dieting.

Regardless of spending, between reading blogs and scrolling through my Instagram feed, I'm constantly adding products to my wishlist.  Here's a look at what's caught my eye recently:




Under Eye Concealer
I'm still struggling to find a replacement for the discontinued Une Skin Glow Pencil I used to love.  Most days, I only wear concealer under my eyes, so I tend to like something that is illuminating and lightweight, but also decently long wearing.  I'm currently debating between three: da lish Illumination Concealer, Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer, and Studio 78 Off We Go Concealer.  I really don't want to accumulate any more concealer rejects than I already have, so if you've used any of these - or have any other concealer recommendations - I'd love to know.

Aquarian Bath Tooth Powder
In my ongoing search for more glycerin free toothpaste options, I keep coming across Aquarian Bath's tooth powders.  The powders have a non-abrasive base of food-grade Bentonite clay, activated charcoal  and myrrh powder and unlike a lot of other tooth powders, do not contain any baking soda, which can - over time - damage tooth enamel.   The clay and charcoal have detoxifying properties and help to wash away bacteria, while myrrh powder has been shown to improve gum health.  I'm torn between the Mint and Berry Hibiscus flavors - both sound pretty great!

Trilogy CoQ10 Eye Concentrate
Along with a concealer, I've yet to find an eye product that I've been happy with in regards to both dark circles and puffiness.  I've enjoyed Trilogy products in the past and the CoQ10 Eye Concentrate - which claims to brighten and tone with CoQ10, caffeine, licorice root, and horse chestnut - sounds very promising.

Josh Rosebrook
Josh Rosebrook products have phenomenal ingredients and are packed with unique botanicals, and while they've been on my radar for quite some time, I've yet to actually try anything from the line.  Lift is a hair texturizer and volume spray that's garnered rave reviews across the board since it's release earlier this year.  The Moisturizing Cleanser is a pH-balanced cleanser made with aloe, African black soap and various plant oils and herbal infusions that has been on my wishlist for considerably longer.  I'm nearing the bottom of a couple other cleansers, so it's sprung to mind again recently.

Pacifica 7-Free Nail Polish
I've been using the Gloss Top & Base Coat for several weeks now and I like it a lot, which has me eyeing up a couple of Pacifica's actual polishes now.  Pictured above are Turquoise Tiara, a turquoise cream that looks perfect for a summer pedicure, and Unicorn Horn, a sheer, irridescent/pearly color that I think would be pretty both on its own and over other polishes.  

Have you used any of these?  What goodies are on your wishlist this summer?

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6 comments:

  1. I've also been eyeing Josh Rosebrook Lift and the Pacifica 7-free nail polishes. I'm planning on going on a shopping spree of sorts since I've been on an unofficial spending ban for months.

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    1. A shopping spree sounds like fun! You'll have to show us what you end up picking up :)

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  2. I've used the Jane Iredale Active Light Eye Concealer years ago. It depends on how dark your under eye circles are. Mine at the time were quite dark & I found they didn't conceal enough. Plus I didn't like the texture. It was a little too shimmery for my taste. Pure & Simple carries that product so you could visit one of their stores to try a sample in-store.

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    1. That's good to know. My dark circles can be pretty dark, but at the same time, I usually get on better with lighter, sometimes slightly sheer concealers, so it might be just the thing. I know I've seen Jane Iredale at Pure + Simple, but I didn't even think of it here - thanks for that!

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  3. I have the Studio 78 on the lightest colour and love it but you are a little fairer than me and the colour may be a little dark, not sure. I do love it though as it's so easy to apply and stays without powdering on me. If you like something illuminating have you tried Vapour, I have the shade 115 and it's lovely and brightening, like a natural touche eclat Xx

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    1. Thanks Ana, I was a little concerned about the Studio 78 being too dark. I wish they had a better shade range! I recently used up my Vapour concealer, and I like it, but it's not my favorite for under the eyes, so I'm continuing the search for something better :) The finish and color are great, but I just found it didn't wear well on me and would settle into lines, look crepey, or just plain disappear off my face!

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