Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Signs of Fall

A chill in the air, crisp leaves, yes, autumn is definitely in the air (at least here in Chicago). And while I'm not quite ready for winter, there are a few things that are getting me excited for fall - 

What are you most looking forward to? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly Obsession: Eye Serums & Balms

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Admittedly, up until very recently I wasn't a huge eye serum/cream/balm devotee. I've never met a product that was a match for my dark under eye area. Lucky for me (I guess) that was really my only issue. And then the puffiness and dryness set in. That's when I gave all of those eye goodies I had piling up a second look. Slow and steady I actually began incorporating them into my routine and lo and behold, the dryness disappeared and the puffiness subsided. So it turns out, these products actually do something! Consider me a convert. So which products have me smitten? Two in fact - a luxurious serum and a cushy balm. I apply two drops of Odacite Baobab + Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate in the morning and a generous layer of Laurel Eye Balm at night. The Odacite serum features an amazing roster of essential oils, including sarsaparilla, lavender, neroli, and palmarosa to combat wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles. And the Laurel Eye Balm contains an herbal infusion of bilberry, fennel, licorice, and nettle to brighten and de-puff. More importantly, the soft, silky texture is incredible - it smooths effortlessly over the eye area without tugging or pulling the delicate skin. 

This combination is a winner for me. And I'm willing to admit that eye serums and balms are an investment in the longterm. I can't believe it took me this long to discover these two! 

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

S2S for Meg Biram

This "Spend v. Splurge" post was fantastic to write. I had a blast. And I learned a lot simply from thinking about how I would answer this question and also from the other wonderful bloggers' suggestions. I hope you do too! 

Monday, September 8, 2014

On My Radar: Skin & Tonic

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I have been crushing on all things British beauty lately. First this gem and now the spectacular Skin & Tonic. I have been following Skin & Tonic on Twitter for some time and I just couldn't wait any longer to tell you kids about it! This simple, yet inspiring line, features a beautiful product roster that includes balms, oils, and powder exfoliators. And these aren't your typical balms and oils - oh no, these are an update, and dare I say improvement, on the classics. For instance, the Calm Balm combines trusted shea butter with Welsh calendula oil and English lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils. As an avid fan of both balms and lavender essential oil, I must try this rendition! For an even more homegrown approach to skincare, check out the Brit Beauty Oil, which is chock full of nourishing oils distilled in the UK. (I need to know everything about thistle oil. Stat!) It can't get more fresh than that. And while we are on the subject of fresh and invigorating, I can already predict that I will need a vat of the Steam Clean balm. Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils? Where do I sign up??? Last but certainly not least, given my recent exfoliator obsession, the product I am most dying to get my hands on is the Gentle Scrub. Oatmeal, pink clay, probiotic yogurt powder, dried rosehips... yes, these are all in there!   

Most importantly, even with the awful conversion from pounds to dollars, those prices aren't half bad!!! I will take one of each please! (Well maybe like 6 or 7 of those face cloths.)

Have you tried Skin & Tonic??? Tell me, tell me, tell me all about it?

Friday, September 5, 2014

An Introduction: CAMP

I fell madly in love with CAMP the moment that I laid eyes on it. It's as if the entire line was created with me in mind - creams, balms, oils, and even a magnificent powder exfoliator. Everything that I love! And each crafted with exquisite ingredients like mango butter, Egyptian black cumin seed oil, and coconut milk powder. It's no wonder my skin adored each product that I sampled! 

Coconut Beach Face Scrub -  This scrub offers an exciting take on the traditional powder exfoliator. It combines coconut milk powder, fair trade cane sugar, oatmeal, and Moroccan Rhassoul clay. Though the ingredient list may seem simple, I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the baby soft skin that it reveals. I would consider this scrub to be somewhere between gentle and invigorating. It may be too stimulating for those with overly sensitive skin, but for everyone else, it's perfect! If the summer sun has left you with some unwelcome spots, I recommend mixing this exfoliator with skin-brightening mashed strawberries! 

Filthy Rich Face Cream -  For a self-proclaimed oil/balm lover, I have an intense emotional attachment to face creams. I have used creams for years and still adore them. And Filthy Rich is no exception. This decadent cream combines non-comedogenic mango butter and shea butter with healing oils like rosehip seed, borage, and evening primrose. The result is a light, almost whipped, texture that is easy to spread across the skin. With the humid weather Chicago has been experiencing recently, I find using this cream a few nights a week works beautifully for keeping my skin soft and smooth. However, for those with extra dry skin, I definitely recommend using this cream on a nightly basis. 

Desert Island Wonder Balm - Much to my surprise, the Wonder Balm was my favorite of the bunch! It made a fantastic cleansing balm. So fantastic in fact, that I have already drained the jar. And I am in love with the ingredient list - cold-pressed, unrefined sunflower oil infused chamomile, comfrey, and yarrow, sweet almond oil infused with calendula, local beeswax... I could go on. Most importantly, my acne prone skin is ecstatic that this product does not contain coconut oil. Why is it so hard to find a balm without coconut oil, I ask?? Though I never used this as a moisturizer (I was too busy indulging in the Filthy Rich Face Cream), I think it would be more than up to the task. It's a softer balm that is easy to spread and smooth into the skin. 

It's official, I must try the rest of the line. I'm looking at you Dreamcatcher Youth Serum and Vanilla Moon Body Oil.

*samples generously provided, but The Seed only speaks the truth!