Hi There! I know it’s been over a month since I’ve shared anything on the blog, so I figured we might as well jump right in with some casual product talk. One of my resolutions this year is to be more mindful about ingredients in the beauty products I use. Determining what is “bad”, what is “good”, and what is “permissible” can be completely overwhelming when shopping so I trust my gut and go with what makes me comfortable. Here’s some things I’m using right now and really liking…
The Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Lavender Soap has been my favorite body wash for a long time, but I’ve finally justified the cost and now buy it regularly. The smell is natural, but pretty. You can use it for a million other things around the house, but it mainly stays in our shower. I normally use conditioner to shave my legs, which is a great trick because it makes your legs very soft. The problem now is that most conditioners that are free of funky ingredients are expensive, and I shave everyday, so I go through it fast. I picked up this Honey Mango Cream Shave from Trader Joe’s a while back and I love it. The smell isn’t too strong, it’s inexpensive, and it has lasted longer than I expected.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup and I’ve realized that using quality products really makes a difference, especially if you lack application skills as I do. This Supergoop CC Cream is legit. It only comes in two tones, but they are self-adjusting shades (no clue how that works, but it actually does). I mix it with moisturizer for a lighter coverage, but when I looked in the mirror after work today my skin looked even and bright and like I wasn’t wearing makeup, even though it definitely stayed on. The BareMinerals bronzer was something I threw in the cart while purchasing the CC Cream and the eyebrow kit (below). I was a little scared at first because it looks so dark, but use it sparingly and it’s very pretty. Expensive for a bronzer, but you do get a brush and lip balm.
Okay, now for the things that are not natural but still so good I had to share. The Jergens Natural Glow I’m sure is full of weird weird things, but it works so well and doesn’t turn my skin orange-y like every other gradual self-tanner I’ve tried. If you need help with your eyebrows, Anastasia of Beverly Hills is, hands down, the best. The Bold and Beautiful Kit comes with an eyebrow kit (powder and a pomade) and an eyeshadow kit. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates so that’s pretty good.
Now I’m on a mission to find a body oil, body lotion, and deodorant. Any recommendations?