Friday, February 5, 2016

Fashion Friday: Back Away from the Ugly

OMG!  This outfit--can we not?  If you were my friend and were trying to buy these pants, I would so stop you.

This beautiful model can't even pull these pants off, imagine them on a real person.  The way they flare out at mid-butt is especially flattering, no?  And the Alladin paratrooper thing going on at the bottom is just plain weird.

The accessorizing leaves a bit to be desired as I think that necklace would weigh down the neck of a horse.  Those boots with pilgrim buckles have their place, but it's not with these pants.

I love me some Zulily, but, oh my, do they have some ugly ass clothes at times-- Judging by the look on the model's face, I think even she knows she looks ridiculous.

Aaaaannnnnd we're back!

After a brief hiatus to give birth to a beautiful baby girl, I am happy to be back in the blogoshpere!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Glo Minerals Make-Up Session

Post by Beth

I recently attended a make-up session presented by Glo Minerals.  This was a new make-up line to me and it was fun to talk with the make-up artist, Bethany, and learn about the products and the line.  Glo Minerals is a professional mineral make-up line that is cruelty-free, talc-free and non-comedogenic.  While not a solely natural line, the products contain a number of natural and botanical ingredients.
Foundation.  Photo from Glo Minerals Website
Bethany applied a full face starting with the Protective Liquid Foundation in the matte finish.  This foundation gives a lot of coverage, but it felt very light.  Bethany sprayed a mist on the foundation to make it dewier and easier to blend. She used the Glo Therapeutics Calming Flower Mist.  At home I’ve been using Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air, and I really like the results this technique gives.

Brow Collection. Photo from Glo Minerals Website
On the eyes, we used the Glo Minerals eye shadow in a mossy green on the lid and a gray green in the crease.  She used a combination of the lengthening and volumizing mascara to good effect.  On the brows she used their Brow Collection Kit, which includes brushes, tweezers, stencils, two powder shades, a highlighter and a wax.  So, like, basically everything. 

Bethany gave me a tip on filling in brows: If you want to add fullness to brows build up top of brows to avoid bringing the brows down.

Lipstick in Port.  Photo from Glo Minerals Website
We finished off the look with Spice Berry, a powder blush, and Suede Matte Lipstick in Port, a dark burgundy.  Even though this lipstick was matte and long lasting, it was incredibly hydrating, which is a difficult feat to pull off.  It contains Vitamins C and E as well as conditioning Mango Oil and Shea Butter, which gives the moisture.

Spice Berry Blush
As much as I liked the lipstick, I am trying to kick my lippy habit and so instead chose to bring home with me the Spice Berry blush.  It’s a universally flattering shade of bronzy peach.  The blush is highly pigmented and lasts a good long while.  It contains Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea Extract to make skin feel good.

I was pleased with all the Glo Minerals products used.  They were of high quality and felt very light, not make-upy at all.  The prices of the products are reasonable for the quality and are in line with most mid-range brands.  This cosmetic line is exceptionally good for those with sensitive skin, so if you are having skin issues, I would not hesitate to give it a try.

Friday, September 11, 2015

1,000 Mascaras No. 36: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara: Blueberry

Post by Beth

It’s rare to find a mascara that has natural ingredients and really works, but 100% Pure has managed it well.  Their mascara formula is all botanical and colored with fruit, in this case blueberries. When you put on the mascara you can actually smell the blueberry—it smells just like the Blueberry Muffin Doll from my youth (ref: Strawberry Shortcake and her girl gang).  The smell does fade once on the lashes, which is good, or else it would make me hungry all day.

There is a slight blue/purple color to this mascara, but it’s more like a tint.  It is not a dominating color and it’s hard to even notice once on the lashes.

The mascara itself is not a show stopper.  It goes on very lightly, but because of this it builds easily.  In the picture I am wearing 3 coats and yet my lashes don’t look globby.  I am able to get decent length and volume.  The brush is thin and the bristles are short but fluffy.  There is slight bow to one side of the brush, which makes getting the lower lashes easy.

Bottom Lash Line:  A purely good mascara!

100% Pure does not test on animals.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Natural Deodorant Round-Up Vol. 2

Post by Beth

I have been trying out more natural deodorants to share with you.  This is an apropos time for me to do so, as I am currently with child.  Pregnancy is either making me smellier than normal or sensitive to my own smell, or probably both. 

First up is 100% Pure Peppermint Deodorant.  This deodorant is made with 99% organic ingredients and is 100% natural and 100% vegetarian.  It uses essential oils and thymol (the active ingredient of thyme) to kill odors.  I 100% love the peppermint smell; it’s nice to catch the occasional whiff of peppermint as you go about your day.  I also like that it comes in a stick form. 
The product is a little on the greasy side, so my pits never really feel 100% dry.  As for stopping odor, I would say it’s about 60% effective.  It usually gets me though 75% of my day before I notice it may not be working 100% effectively.  I would not advise using this if you have intense odor control needs. 100% Pure is cruelty free.

Lavanilla The Healthy Deodorant.  Long time readers of this blog may remember an earlier review of this deodorant. My views haven’t changed much in the intervening years.  I still think it’s a great, basic deodorant.  My favorite scent is the lemon, it smells fresh and citrusy while not being fake or overpowering.  It’s made without harsh chemicals, like aluminum or propolyene glycol.  It uses essential oils, corn starch, and something called “beta glucan technology” for odor protection.  Whatever the technology is, it works pretty darn well.  This DO will get me through the day with no stink breakthrough.  
just realizing this picture looks a bit obscene, but it's what the deodorant looks like

My favorite part is the application, which is much like a traditional stick deodorant.  It glides on smoothly and dries quite nicely with no residue or film.  Oh, and also, this:  For every order placed on a tree is planted n conjunction with the Nature Conservancy’s PLANT A BILLION TREES mission.  Lavanila is cruelty free.

Lovefresh Natural Deodorant Cream.  I really, really like this deodorant.  It comes in a generous pot and it doesn’t take a lot of product to get coverage.  The ingredients are very simple, yet effective:  Fair Trade Shea Butter, Coconut Oil*, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Bicarbonate (aluminum-free), Emulsifying Wax (coconut derived) and natural organic essential oils*.   I have the Lavender Tee Tree scent and it’s perfect--just the slightest hint of lavender. 

The only problem I have with this deodorant is basically the same issue I had with Schmidt’s in this reviewThis is a thick paste that you have to scoop up and rub into the pits.  It’s a very tough paste to scoop out too, like a hard spackle.  I use my little plastic spatula, and it’s still difficult. Luckily for us, I see that Lovefresh now makes a stick deodorant, but it costs $24 (gulp).  With all that being said, this is a recommended DO for being thoroughly stink-free.  Lovefresh is cruelty-free.

Routine Natural Deodorant.  I received this wee sample of Routine cream deodorant in one of my Petit Vour boxes.  It works like gang busters!  It’s very effective in fighting smell all day long.  It’s very creamy and rubs in well.  I have a clay based version which is vegan. 

My only issue with this DO, and it’s probably really just a me thing, is I can’t stand the smell of it (this could just be my pregnancy issue, so don’t judge the whole brand based on this, please).  The scent wasn’t listed on my sample, (I think it’s “Sexy Sadie”) but whatever it is, I just can’t.  It does work very well, though, so I would be willing to try a different scent, and they make an unscented version too.  Routine gives 1% of sales to local charities and organizations.  They are also cruelty free.

Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream.  I also received this in a Petit Vour box, and it is, hands down, my favorite deodorant.  It works super fantastic well, I never have to worry about a fail.  It doesn’t contain nasty ingredients.  It uses arrowroot powder to keep things dry and coconut oil and baking soda to keep the stink away. 

you can tell how much I love it, it's almost all gone.  Time for some meow meow more!

It is also the creamiest formula I have found, and even though I still have to rub it in, I don’t mind.  It scoops up nicely and rubs in easily and it’s so moisturizing, it feels wonderful on my pits.  Again, I have the lavender scent and it’s lovely—barely there, light and fresh smelling.  Plus, hello, the name??  Super cute points!  Meow Meow Tweet is cruelty free.

Honest Company Honest Deodorant. Sadly, no.  It doesn't work for shit and it burns when I spray it on.  I can honestly say, it lives up to zero of it's claims.  If you rely on this, you will smell like B.O.  The Honest Company is cruelty free, unless you consider making this deodorant and act of cruelty.