Tuesday, September 16, 2014

esty wishlist: indies for the win

1. PUMPKIN & POPPY Aphrodite Inner Glow powder- $11.00
2. OHSUDZ Activated Charcoal cleanser- $12.95
3. NAKED EYE BEAUTY Brunette dry shampoo- $18.00
4. ROCKY TOP SOAP SHOP Rosehip soap- $6.50
5. MUM MUM'S CRAFTS "Dragonfly Wings" mineral eye shadow- $4.00
6. OHSUDZ Acne Drying Lotion- $16.00

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

review: dermorganic leave-in argan oil treatment

The DERMORGANIC Leave-In Argan Oil treatment is a relatively new addition to my haircare routine. I had heard of Dermorganic's products in the past but had very few expectation despite the largely positive reviews. For an impulse buy, I ended up being pleastantly suprised. That said, I think this particular product is useful in a larger discussion about ethics, ingredients, and misinformation.

Monday, September 8, 2014

well this is embarrassing: summer empties part 1

I haven't made an Empties post for a while, so it is a bit embarrassing. I've found myself hoarding trash for months on end. I've felt annoyed or guilty at myself for failing to corral a certain product into my designated "Empties" box. What a bizarre part of the internet we find ourselves in, people. So, given the volume of products, I've decided to organize everything up into categories. Instead of overwhelming everyone (myself included) with a never-ending post, I will only include beauty, makeup, and skincare today. Part two will be coming along shortly. Now on to the products!

Friday, September 5, 2014

currently channeling: bronzed cheeks, hold the blusher

(source 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 )

If my recent cream bronzer post (here) didn't give it away, I'm having a serious RMS BEAUTY Buriti bronzer moment. As I've simplified my routine, I've hardly been reaching for blush at all. It's about carving out imaginary cheekbones. The idea of a subtle contour with a hint of warmth has been especially inspiring. If I'm really trying to channel my inner bronzed goddess, I set and intensify the color with the PHYSICIANS FORMULA Bronze Booster in Medium/Dark.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WIMH: thrifted edition!

A quick look at What's In My Handbag today. I found this vintage Dooney & Bourke crossbody more than two years ago and, reliably sturdy and convenient, it continues to be one of my favorite thrifting finds.

THE CONTENTS (clockwise from the top): 1. BOSCIA† blotting papers | 2. TRIDENT Xtra care gum (my sister is a dentist and she gave me these so I assume they are ADA approved) | 3. DEUX LUX wallet/wristlet (similar styles here) | 4. B&N membership card | 5. currency | 6. HOURGLASS Film Noir mascara mini (you can read my haiku review here) | 7.  NYX† butter gloss in "Tiramisu," which is currently part of my "Kill List" project | 8. KISS MY FACE Face Factor 50 | 9.  SOHO makeup bag (similar ones here) | 10. EO sweet orange hand sanitizer spray | 11. ELIZABETH & JAMES Nirvana White rollerball.

† I try to be as honest and transparent as possible with you guys. It has recently come to my attention that Boscia is currently active in the Chinese market and is therefore no longer cruelty-free. NYX, on the other hand, can no longer be cruelty-free as a result of its recent acquisition by testing parent L'oreal. Lastly, I am not sure about Elizabeth & James' testing policy. I will no longer be purchasing from any of these companies, but I will continue to use up what I currently own. Some people might disagree with me here, but I don't like the idea of censoring or editing out parts of this journey. Transitioning into cruelty-free and green beauty is a long, difficult process and this blog's intention is always to be open about the stumbles and changes.

Monday, September 1, 2014

day trippin: jean lafitte park + preserve

Happy Labor Day, everyone! In my last Instagram roundup (here), I mentioned my trip to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Earlier in the month, Slow Southern Style made a lovely blog post (here) in which she spoke beautifully about her memories on the soupy Louisiana swaps and she shared pictures from a recent visit. The post clearly struck a chord with me and I was inspired to visit Jean Lafitte soon after. Trails submerge you within the habitat and expose you to all kinds of critters. We saw baby gators, dragonflies, turtles, tadpoles, and even a teeny tiny cottonmouth (we clearly kept our distance). For the adventuring girls and guys out there, I'm happy to report that this absolutely is worth the drive...just make sure to keep hydrated!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Which eye primer do you use?

I'm not a model so creasing is not a good look on me... you can't make "fetch" happen, Burberry. (source)
This is a Jaguar Zinnias plea for help, guys! I have oily eyelids that seem to repel shadow. It makes for a lot of frustration and a lot of creasing. Back when I wasn't cruelty-free, the much-hyped Maybelline color tattoos didn't work. It wasn't until I used the ilovejesse444 method of layering a sticky base with powder that the ESSENCE I Love Stage eyeshadow base began to do its job for more than 30 minutes. I'm clearly now on the hunt for a reliable primer, but I've heard mixed reviews and am frankly terrified of the ingredient lists for some cruelty-free options (see above!).

Suggestions and recommendations in the comments por favor?

Friday, August 29, 2014

PSA: cake face soaping's local lift campaign

From top to bottom: Cake Face Soaping Detox Mask (lava salt + activated charcoal),
Lavender Lullabye bar, and Epsom Bath Salts. (source)
This is a little random, but I wanted to bring some attention to Cake Face Soaping's fundraising campaign over on Local Lift. The owner, Kelsey, has been really proactive and ambitious in growing her business from a small etsy shop (still active here) to what it is today. I'm all about supporting local businesses and was excited to see Cake Face Soaping managed to get shelf space at my local Whole Foods while I was there this week.

Again, this fundraiser is set up on Local Lift so your donation not only prepares them to take the next step but also translates into goodies.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wishlist: It's hot in NOLA

Wishlist: It's hot in NOLA

Wishlist: It's hot in NOLA by jaguar-zinnias

1. PAI Rosehip BioRegenerate oil- $36.00
2. ONE LOVE ORGANICS gardenia daily body serum- $39
3. H&M linen top- $17.95
4. 20X200 (It's Art for Everyone) Powerpuff Girls by Amy Stein print- $60

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOTD: the five product face

Today's Face of the Day is another take on the Five Product Face (previous post here). It is simple yet ultra feminine- perfect for those days that I want to feel like a princess sans hassle.

Base: JOSIE MARAN Argan Matchmaker Foundation in Medium/Dark + PHYSICIANS FORMULA Nude Wear Touch of Glow | Face: RMS BEAUTY Lip2Cheek in Modest | Eyes: PHYSICIANS FORMULA Organic Wear CC mascara (repurchased!) | Lips: Lip2Cheek in Modest + SARA HAPP The Lip Slip One Luxe Gloss