FEBRUARY FAVORITES | 2018

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Christophe Robin – Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender

This hair oil is the most nourishing product I have ever used. I have dry, color treated hair and a good hair oil is a must for me. This hair oil is silicone free and contains palm oil (I couldn’t find info how how it was sourced – if that is a deal breaker for you), linoleic acid, vitamin E, and olive oil. It’s a little hard to use because it is a semi-solid and can be tough to get out of the bottle – I just take mine into the shower with me and let the heat liquefy it a bit. I hae been using it for 3 months as an overnight mask or before/after styling and I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair – it feels and looks more moisturized, smoother, and all around healthier. This will probably be too heavy for someone with fine hair.

Smashbox – Camera Ready BB Water (fair)

Smashbox’s BB Water has been my everyday, go-to base! It has light coverage that evens out skin tone, lasts all day, melts seamlessly into the skin, and sets down completely without powder. This product really gives a “your skin but better look” and does not wear away throughout the day. My biggest complaint is that it takes close to a full dropper to do my entire face so I have been plowing through it.

e.l.f. – Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Lotion (rose)

This lotion is beautiful – it is a light pink,glitter free skin perfecter. I use the Glow Lotion as a primer under foundation or as a luminous base on a no-makeup day and it gives the skin an effortless, youthful, ethereal glow. This is the perfect thing to throw on if you don’t want to wear makeup, but your skin is looking a little dull or flat.

Kate Somerville – Anti Bac Clearing Lotion

I have the biggest love/hate relationship with this product – nothing clears my skin like a good benzoyl peroxide and nothing slowly sucks the life out of my skin like benzoyl peroxide. The Kate Somerville’s Anti Bac clears all of the texture from my chin and forehead, but I walk a fine line between using it frequently enough to be effective without drying the hell out of my skin. It’s made it into my February favorites because I took a good 3 month break from it and reintroduced into my skincare this month and was reminded about effective it can be on some of the problem areas on my face.

That’s So Retrograde

I’ve casually listened to this podcast for awhile now, but recently I have been on a binge listing to the whole catalog, and re-listening to episode I have really loved! It is a wellness podcast that covers everything from numerology to foam rolling. It is hosted by two hilarious women – Elizabeth and Stephanie. They are very well informed and yet are still constantly surprised and learning in each episode. They ask the perfect questions and have hilarious banter with their guests – even the episodes with guests I’m not particularly interested in are still entertaining. I have linked to an episode with Rose Marie Swift, the founder of RMS Beauty.

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Kevin Aucoin – The Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer and Foundation – Review

Kevin Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer is described as “a must-have concealer and foundation that covers, contours, perfects, and corrects as it mimics the appearance of healthy, radiant skin.” You can “cover all your bases with this one of a kind, all-in-one, Kevyn Aucoin original formula. Correct, conceal, and contour with this complete coverage foundation. Jojoba oil, honey, and minerals hydrate the skin and create the ultimate soft, dewy complexion. The formula is long-wearing, sweat-proof, and perfect for all skin types and tones.” It comes in 16 shades, in a 0.63 oz plastic jar and retails for $48.00.

This product offers light (diluted with a primer) to truly full coverage and has a satin, skin-like finish. It lasts a full 12 hours without having to be set with powder and does not transfer throughout the day. Face products (bronzer/blush/highlight) blend out easily over the Sensual Skin Enhancer without a setting powder. A little goes a lonngggg way – I use a rice size amount on my forhead, chin, and each cheek. I find that a foundation brush works best to blend it out – a makeup sponge takes away too much coverage for me.

I really love this product for quick, everyday makeup. It can be mixed with a moisturizer or primer to create a tinted cream that lasts much longer than a standard BB Cream. I also use it as a foundation and it really covers everything I want to cover and truly looks like skin. I doesn’t cling to dry spots, accentuate pores, or settle into fine lines. It can be kind of hit or miss on my undereyes – I have to use the slightest amount and I do need it be set with powder. If I use too much or forget to set it, then it is a little greasy and cakey and weird.

Despite liking the product, I don’t love the ingredients or the packaging. I wish the Sensual Skin Enhancer came in a squeeze tube. As a general rule, I don’t like tubs and a tube or pump would be more hygienic and convenient. (Perhaps it’s to thick for a squeeze tube or a pot is more congruent with Kevin Aucoin’s luxury appeal.) I feel very conflicted about the ingredient list – the primary ingredient is mineral oil. My skin doesn’t have an issue with it, but I know it’s not really the best thing to put on my face. Also, Mineral Oil is cheap AF so I feel like I’m feel like I’m really paying for the name.

I think I would buy it again, but I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because of the mineral oil and the price point.

Ingredients it DOES have:
Mineral Oil
Parabens – Spehora’s site has the producted listed as paraben free, but it does contain Methylparaben

Possible Irritants:
Talc
Fragrance
Mineral Oil

Vegan: No – honey and beeswax

Tested on animals: No

Complete ingredients:
Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrin Palmitate, Honey, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol,Cera Alba (Beeswax/Cire d’abeille), Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum). May Contain (+/-) : Iron Oxides (CI 77491,CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491).

Simple Beauty – Apple Cider Vingar

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for beauty both inside and out. ACV is antibacterial, anti-fungal, and balances your body and skins pH. Drinking ACV can support digestion while using it topically can balance your skin. Using diluted ACV as a hair rinse can break down product build up on the scalp and remove yeast/fungus that can cause dandruff. It can also balance the pH of your scalp and regulate oil production. Much like the skin, hair has an acid mantle that can be disrupted making the hair appear duller and frizzier and more likely to break and using and ACV rinse can balance the hair’s pH level. Diluted apple cider vinegar can also be used as a exfoliating toner, antibacterial treatment for acne, balance the production of sebum.

I have tried ACV on my skin as a daily toner- despite my better judgement – and it was just too harsh on my skin. I wouldn’t recommend it because the pH is all wrong, but I know a lot of people use it and love it. I do like to use ACV mixed into benonite clay as a quick mask.

I do love apple cider vinegar for my hair! My hair is a disaster – I have hard water, a crappy water softener, naturally coarse hair, and color treated, damaged and bleached hair. Recently, I had a Malibu Treatment at a salon to have the mineral deposits from our well water removed from my hair. I had great hair for three days… until I washed my hair at home and I was back to square one. After internet some research, I decided to to try an ACV rinse (I’ve heard about this for years, but hadn’t really delved into it). I’ve done four rinsed so far and I have noticed a big improvement in my dandruff and my hair is softer and needs less oils/leave-ins to feel like actually human hair. I wash my hair every 3-4 days and use a co-wash first, then ACV rinse, and finally conditioning mask. I’m honestly shocked it has made an improvement in my scalp and hair health! I will say, it’s not a complete miracle (at least not yet) and it does just temporarily relieve my dandruff and itchy scalp. I am hoping that overtime it can improve my scalp health to the point where I don’t experience the itchy, flaky skin at all.

Simple Beauty – Argan Oil

I love beauty products of all kinds and sometimes I enjoy a good, simple product. This post is part of a series sharing my favorite one ingredient beauty products. If your are into simple beauty routines, some of the products in this series might fit really well into your collection!


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Argan oil is is a rich oil high in anti-oxidants, linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is non-comedogenic and is suitable to use on the face, body, and hair. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and linoleic acid content, it can reduce inflammation and redness caused by acne. It has a smaller molecule size, which means it will sink into the skin quickly. Vitamin E is very soothing and healing for the skin so argan can be great for eczema, razor burn, dry skin, and stretch marks. Argan oil can be used on the hair to smooth frizz, retain moisture, and soften.

I have used Josie Maran Argan Oil and few random organic, cold-pressed argon oils and i can honestly say I didn’t notice a different between the oils. I know Josie Maran makes an Argan Oil Light, but I have not tried that one. I really enjoy argan oil for my hair especially. It is a little heavier and oilier than other plain beauty oils that I own and my hair drinks up oil like nothing else so the heavier, the better for me! I do wait until after styling to use argan because if I put it on my dry hair before straightening it, the oil can’t take the heat and just smells horrendous and that smell lingers all day! Because it is a bit heavier oil, I also like using argan oil on dermatitis is get on my body. Even thought argan is appropriate for the face, it’s a little too heavy for me – I don’t like the nutty scent and it never really fully sinks into my skin.

Indie Cosmetics Spotlight #3 – Darling Girl Cosmetics – Review

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For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on an indie cosmetics brand and exploring their products! I bought Darling Girl Cosmetics on their website and was able to buy one Balm Gloss 3D ($6.00), three petite loose shadows ($3.25), one petite blush ($3.25), one Lumos Shimmering Pearls ($8.75) and a free gift with purchase eye shadow (it looks like the shade changes weekly and there is no minimum purchase to receive it). Overall, I liked everything I bought. he website is well organized, it has great swatch pictures, they offer petite sizes of their loose products, and they have a points system to save money off of future orders.

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Inner Glow Blush – Love’s True Kiss * Eye shadows – Ugly Naked Guy and U-taupe-ia * Highlights – Lumos Shimmering Pearls in Orion

Surprisingly, my favorite product was the Inner Glow Blush in Love’s True Kiss. Blush is my least favorite makeup product – it’s a necessary evil because contour and highlight would look ridiculous without it. I love LOVE this blush. It looks way too bright and glittery in the jar, but it gives me the best lit-from-within natural flush. The swatch reminds me of NARS Orgasm. I did not like Orgasm and I think the thing that sets Darling Girl’s blush apart is the fact that it melts seamlessly into the skin and has a healthy, beautiful sheen.

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I really like the eye shadows too! I had never created a full look with loose shadows so I was nervous about how the looks were going to work out, but I had zero problems. I didn’t use a colored base and just primed with a concealer and set with a face powder. All of the shadows blended so easily and did not have a crazy amount of fall out. Even the shimmery shades worked really well without any extra TLC – but (obviously) using a glitter glue did amp them up. The only shadow that I would use a white or black base  is the purple pigment Afternoon Delight – it worked fine, but just was sheer. My favorite shadow was the gift with purchase shade U-Taupe-ia, it is just the perfect shade for a one shadow look.

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Eye shadows – Ugly Naked Guy and U-taupe-ia
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Eye shadows – Ugly Naked Guy, Positively Peach, and Afternoon Delight * Highlights – Lumos Shimmering Pearls in Orion

I also bought the Balm Gloss 3D in Goldfinger. It has a vanilla cake batter scent and is a clear gloss with gold glitter.  I’m not a hug fan of glosses, but I liked the formula of this one because it’s not sticky. It is very glittery, not shiny, so I just dab a bit on  the center of my lips and use my finger to blend it out.

The Lumos Shimmering Pearls were another major winner. It is a light weight cream highlighter that comes in a glass bottle with brush applicator. I thought it was going to be a bit scary because it is described as “peach with green sheen”, but it is a really natural nude highlighter and I couldn’t see a green reflect at all. The cream worked really well on top of foundations and layered well under a powder highlight.

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Lumos Shimmering Pearls – Orion * Balm Gloss 3D – Goldfinger

I really loved my adventures with Darling Girl Cosmetics! It was a really great brand to experiment with loose shadows for the time and there are quite a few products I would absolutely recommended. I will buy the full size of the the Inner Glow Blush in Love’s First Kiss, I loved the Lumos Shimmering Pearls, and U-taupe-ia and Ugly Naked Guy are two basic eye shadows that anyone could use – though, at $3.25 per petite jar, I would try some of their more unique shadows!