Raw Honey in Skincare

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Recently, I watched May Lindstrom and Caroline Hirons interview on YouTube and I was really inspired by Lindstrom’s ingredient philosophy.

It dawned on me “I have raw honey!” We keep bees and just harvested 12 pints of honey – way more that I could ever eat. Propolis and honey are common skincare ingredients and even Dr Alktilas suggests mixing his Organic Universal Mask mask with honey so I decided to do some research and experiments.

Raw, organic honey is fantastic for the skin! (I wouldn’t recommend using conventional, massed produced honey). It’s antibacterial and contains zinc so it can treat and prevent breakouts. It’s very high in antioxidants so it can prevent signs of aging. It’s also nourishing and hydrating. Honey can be used alone as a cleanser or a mask. I used it as a mixer for powdered masked: Dr Alkaitis’s Organic Universal Mask and May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.

I absolutely loved mixing the Organic Universal Mask mask with honey – it made my skin feel very hydrated.

I didn’t 100% love honey with The Problem Solver. I will probably continue to do it periodically because it offers some great benefits but it damped the sensory experience of the mask. Mixing the powder with honey + water took away the tingling feeling I usually get with the mask and it lessened the wonderful molasses cookie scent it normally has. So, if you have sensitive skin, adding honey to The Problem Solver might make it less harsh on your skin.

I’m really excited to keep looking for places to use raw honey in my skincare routine! Have you bought raw honey at the story to use for skincare? How did you use it? Let me know!

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Simple | Water Boost Micellar Gel Wash | Review

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In A Few Words
A gentle cleanser suitable for normal and sensitive skin that contains no harsh chemicals, artificial colors or perfume.

The new Simple Water Boost Micellar Facial Gel Wash, a new generation face wash with Micellar cleansing bubbles, infused with skin-essential minerals and plant extract, this formula delivers instant hydration AND gentle yet effective cleansing – perfect for even sensitive skin. The cleansing gel comes in a 5oz plastic tube and I bought mine for $6.00 on Amazon.

I think this a great buy from the drugstore! It’s gentle on the skin (soap free and SLS free) and leaves the skin feeling clean, but tight stripped. This cleanser is not hydrating or moisturizing at all, so might want pass if you have dry skin. It’s unscented, simple, and very utilitarian cleanser so while it does the job, it’s not enjoyable to use (but for I wasn’t expecting it to be). The Micellar Gel does a good job removing face makeup but I wouldn’t use it for eye makeup and I normally just second cleanse or morning cleanse. While washing your face, it stays a very thick gel consistency so I use a cloth to wash it off because it is difficult to rinse off with water.

This cleanser is a great basic, budget buy for normal to oily skin types.

Notable ingredients it DOES have:
Lactic Acid

Notable ingredients it does NOT have:
Phthalates
Parabens
Fragrances
Dyes
Aluminium

Possible Irritants:
N/A

Vegan:
Yes

Tested on animals:
Unknown – I cannot find a clear answer, on their website they state “Our parent company Unilever have been leading our industry and investing £3 million a year for the past 7 years on developing alternative non-animal testing methods.” … which is not a “Yes”

Complete Ingredients:
Water (aqua), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Propylene glycol, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium chloride, Panthenol, Citric acid, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl acetate, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, Pantolactone, Saccharide Isomerate, Potassium chloride, Sodium citrate, Lactic acid, Sodium benzoate

Products I’ve Returned | March 2018

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I live in the middle of nowhere and do most of my beauty/skincare shopping online. When I first moved, I was very shy and uncomfortable about returning used products, nut it’s hard to buy makeup and skincare without seeing it in person. As time has gone on, I have become completely shameless when it comes to returning products that I don’t like. In the past few months, I feel like I have come across a lot of misses on some really highly rated products. Maybe this post will save you from buying some duds. If you loved these products, let me know in the comments! Makeup and skincare is so personally and we all have different experiences with different products!

jouer lip topper skinny dipJouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip & Becca Liquid Crystal Glow Gloss in Champagne Dream c Bellini

I’m lumping these two glosses together because there wasn’t really anything wrong with them other than the fact that they have too much shimmer/glitter. In pictures and video both of these are beautiful with an extreme glossy shine. But in person, there was just too much glitter for me. The formulas were good, they weren’t sticky, and they didn’t migrate off the lips – if you like intense glitter, you might like these.

NYX Tapered Powder Brush

There’s not much to say about this brush- it’s thin and stiff and pokey. You can’t set your under eyes because it’s too big. You can’t put color on with it because it’s too thin and flimsy to blend well. About the only thing you could use it for is applying translucent powder using the belly of the brush, which I don’t want to do and I have better brushes to set my makeup with like the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

becca lip priming perfectorBecca Lip Priming Perfector

I really thought that this would be the ideal product for me. I have a fuzzy lip line and while most people would embrace the outer edge of their lip line and over line their lips. We all want what we don’t have and  I actually under line my lips. My lips are also very pigmented and it messes with lipstick colors, so I will carry my foundation over the edge of my lips or cover them entirely to solve these problems. Because this primer has a nude tint I thought this could work as a concealer/primer, but the texture is just all wrong. It’s a gel that never quite dries down, the color is patchy so lip products on top of the primer become patchy, and it’s not pigmented enough to cancel out my lip color or conceal my lip line.

Clarisonic Acne Heads

I have been using the Cashmere brush for years but I decided to change things up and try a new brush head. I like the Cashmere brush but I thought it was too gentle. I chose the acne brush heads because I do get clogged pores and deal with hormonal acne. The acne brush head is brutal on the skin. It is too coarse and stiff – just feels awful. It was actually painful to wash my face with the acne brush head (I would not describe my skin as sensitive). I know the vote it split on whether or not Clarisonics are beneficial- I love mine, but I will only use Cashmere or sensitive brush heads in the future.

coola bb cream organicCoola Rosilliance Organic B.B. Cream+ SPF 30 in Light Medium

I was looking for something new to replace my IT Cosmetics CC Cream (will I ever learn “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”? … beauty addict problems). This BB cream does have SPF 50 and it actually is shade adjusting – light/medium did work for me (NC15), though it is terrifying because it is a greyish brown when it comes out of the bottle. This cream offers zero coverage, it doesn’t even out the skin tone, and doesn’t add a glow. The only thing it offers is the SPF, but I have SPFs I like and for far less (Heimish Artless Glow Base).

RMS Eye Polish in Magnetic

I love the living luminizer by RMS, so I wanted to try out a few other products by the brand, but this one was a disappointment. In the pot, it looks like a deep ashy purple, but on the eye it is a sheer wash of color. The shade doesn’t suit me well- it makes me look sallow and sick because it just looks like shadows around my eyes. Also, the formula is greasy so the color doesn’t last long, within hours it had all migrated to the crease of my eye.

 

Currently Loving | Cleansers

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A rundown of the cleansers I am currently grabbing for ALL the time. My skin is normal / dehydrated and I get hormonal acne. I look for cleansers that don’t strip the skin of its natural oils, has a low pH, is free of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), is not abrasive/physically exfoliating, and fit in my budget!

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25% OFF MURAD coupon code | DAMMIT HIRONS you get me every time!

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Seriously, Caroline Hirons could get me to but snow in Alaska… but I trust her and I really enjoy her knowledge bombs.

✨CAROLINE25✨ for 25% off on Murad’s website.

I stocked up on my Pigment Lightening Serum and I’m going to try their retinol because my prescription has just become too much for me.

Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser | Youth to the People | REVIEW

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Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser Kale Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Youth to the People

Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser

with Kale, Green Tea, Spinach and Vitamins

by Youth to the People

Claims

Ph balanced (no Ph listed on website)

Protects again free radical damage

Non-drying

Suitable for all skin types

Ingredients

SLS free, mineral oil free, vegan, no added fragrance or color

Vit A – Retinol palmitate

Vit C – Ascorbic Acid (but given that this is in a clear glass bottle with a pump 🤷🏻‍♀️ who knows long you will benefit from this before it oxidizes)

Green Tea – contains antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals, reduces inflammation, prevents signs of aging, and is an antimicrobial.

Review

I have been completely loving the Age Prevention Superfood Cleanser by @youthtothepeople. It is an SLS free cleanser that is suitable for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse – though it can remove a full face of makeup if you wanted to use it as a first cleanse. It lathers slightly and while it doesn’t feel hydrating, it leaves my skin feeling balanced and isn’t stripping at all.

The APS Cleanser is so enjoyable to use because its scent is *fantastic* like a luxury interpretation of basil+health food store. There are no fragrances in the cleanser (or basil for that matter, it’s probably the kale I’m smelling).

I love/hate the packaging. It is a glass bottle that shows off the beautiful green cleanser. It looks like something you can leave out on the counter top because the labeling is so simple and clean. Although the bottle is a very think glass, it’s still glass. So it’s not travel friendly and, frankly, it’s not Liz friendly because I have the coordination of a three year old and I really think it’s just a matter of time until I Hulk smash this onto my bathroom floor.

I really think this is a fantastic cleanser. You may want to pass on it if you are very dry or want a hydrating cleanser. Also, this cleanser is packed with essential oils so this cleanse isn’t for you if you have a sensitivity or don’t like to using products w essential oils.

Detox Box | December 2017 – STILL AVAILABLE

The Detox Market describes the box as “a monthly box that allows us to share with you our tried-and-true favorites and game-changing discoveries. Each month you’ll receive products that are universal and exceptional—you know, the “holy grails”. Products that have people complimenting your skin, and asking what you’re doing. At The Detox Market, our search for the best in green beauty isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.
We have strict ingredient standards, high expectations for performance, and a need to connect with the passion behind each brand. The products that make it are proven to be above and beyond.” The box will feature one brand and each box has a guaranteed value of $90.00.

This month’s box included three products from Dr. Alkaitis – a mask, toner, and facial oil. I have never even heard of this brand so really love that the Detox Market includes cards that introduce you to the brand and the founder. I think the education included in the box is a wonderful touch – it gives you some insight into the products and the brand philosophy! This box also came with a booklet/catalog from the brand itself that gave detailed information on the history of the brand, quality standards, products, skincare regimens, and ingredients. This month’s Detox Box has a total value of $143.00.

Dr. Alkaitis has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and created his brand with the philosophy that “if you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.” He takes a wholistic view that skincare goes beyond topical treatments and a complete picture of  good lifestyle choices lead to a healthy body and healthy skin. Dr. Alkaitis produce their products in their own factory and source their ingredients from producers that they have a person relationship with.

Organic Universal Mask – The mask is like a green juice for your skin (and it smells like!) that feed your face with superfoods such as Alfalfa, Wheatgrass, Chlorella, and Spirulina. It can be mixed with raw honey or goat’s milk yogurt! The box included a small packet of honey to try with this mask. I mixed mine with water and left it on for 20 minutes and it is definitely like your green juice in the morning – it smells gross, it’s not luxurious, but you keep doing it because you know it’s good for you.

Organic Herbal Toner – The toner is an aloe vera and witch hazel base that balances the skin. The third ingredient is “alcohol (drinkable grape alcohol)” and that made me a little nervous to use it, but the Dr. Alkaitis booklet actually addressed this concern stating “unlike de-natured alcohol that us mostly used, our organic grape alcohol is highly beneficial for your skin and facilitates the nutrient rich composition to be optimally absorbed by your skin.” I have used this twice and haven’t experienced any burning or drying from it.

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil – This oil contains 15 antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory herbs in a base of Organic Jojoba, St. John’s Wart, and Andean Mountain Rose Hip Seed oils. I can be used on the face, body, hair, and nails. I have not tried this yet! I have a few oils going right now and I want finish some up before I open a new one. I am disappoint that this high end oil comes in a plastic bottle – given the price point, I would expect glass packaging.