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Camel safari in Jaisalmer

Camel safari in Jaisalmer

I sort of stopped posting on the blog without notice, so I just wanted to stop in and say a bit about where I’ve been. I’m in the middle of a vacation to northern India and miscalculated my ability to continue posting while away. The challenges have been both a shortage of free time as well as frequent lack of internet access. We’re having tons of fun, though! Here are just a few photos from the trip so far.

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July 31, 2014 Just for fun ,

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash ($8.95 for 12 fl. oz.)

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash ($8.95 for 12 fl. oz.)

Now that I’ve told you about my thoughts on the Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream, I thought I’d also talk about the other Alba product I’m using at the moment, the Natural Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash. My body is really prone to dry skin and so I keep an eye out for body washes that don’t include normal sulfates and are meant to be used with dry or sensitive skin, and it appeared that the Creamy Piña Colada formulation would fit the bill.

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July 6, 2014 Bath & Body , , , , , ,

A recent favorite: Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream with Kukui Nut ($13.99 for 6.5 oz.)

Alba Botanica Natural Hawaiian Body Cream with Kukui Nut ($13.99 for 6.5 oz.)

I’m feeling guilty for taking a bit of a break from the blog, but I’ve been traveling and visiting with my family and generally relaxing. I’ve been using some really fantastic skin and body products lately, one of which is this rich body cream from Alba Botanica’s Natural Hawaiian line of products. There are three different versions of it – Nourishing Coconut Milk, Rejuvenating Papaya Mango, and Deep Moisturizing Kukui Nut.

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July 5, 2014 Bath & Body , , , , , ,

Maybelline Volum’Express One-By-One mascara

Maybelline Volum'Express One-by-One mascara in Blackest Black ($8.15)

Maybelline Volum’Express One-By-One mascara in Blackest Black ($8.15)

Continuing on my tour of drugstore mascaras (and more recently, my tour of Maybelline mascaras), I’ve been wearing Maybelline’s One-By-One clump-free mascara daily. After trying the more volumizing The Rocket mascara, I was excited to switch to what I assumed would be a good everyday product that focused on lash separation. Like the other Volum’Express offerings, One-by-One is under $10 and easy to find on sale at the drugstore.

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June 21, 2014 Makeup , , ,

LUSH Herbalism facial cleanser

LUSH Herbalism facial cleanser ($13.95 for 3.5 oz. or $33.95 for 8.8 oz.)

LUSH Herbalism facial cleanser ($13.95 for 3.5 oz. or $33.95 for 8.8 oz.)

I’ve been working my way through Lush’s Herbalism facial cleanser while I’m traveling. Herbalism is part of my tour through the brands range of cleansers, and I was happy to bring it along while on the road because like most of Lush’s cleansers, it’s a dry product rather than a liquid. It doesn’t weigh much, and it doesn’t come with the risk of spills.

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June 18, 2014 Skincare , , , ,

Recent Empties: May 2014

Empties from the month of May

Empties from the month of May

Usually I write about the products I use up on a monthly basis. I’m traveling at the moment, so I thought that I’d switch to writing about my used up products every time I finish five of them. Seem reasonable? This time around it does add up to about a month of products, but over the next couple of months the routine may be a little more uneven. Anyways, I’ve finished a combination of face and body products and can say a bit about how each of them worked out.

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June 9, 2014 Bath & Body, Skincare , , , , , , , ,

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant, and the whole natural deodorant adventure so far

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant ($6.25 for 2.5 fl oz)

Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant ($6.25 for 2.5 fl oz)

Exploring natural deodorants was one of my resolutions for 2014, and I’m currently running low on the second one that I’ve tried so far. The Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Deodorant is free of propylene glycol and aluminum, and I picked it out at Whole Foods mostly based on it’s reasonable price tag and pleasant scent without knowing anything else about it (or any of the other options on the shelf, for that matter).

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May 30, 2014 Bath & Body , , , , ,

The Lip Product Addict Tag

Lip Product Addict

The Lip Product Addict

Hey, hey – it’s a tag! The Lip Product Addict Tag was started by Estee over at Essie Button, and I was tagged by the lovely Brianna of Glazed Over Beauty. If you haven’t taken a look at her blog before, do it! I absolutely love reading her thoughts, and I’m excited she thought to include me in this. This is a fun tag, so let’s take a moment to talk about some lippies.

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May 28, 2014 Makeup , , , , , , ,

Finding a desert-friendly foundation routine

How I'm dealing with the hot sun and dry air

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, DreamWorld Hermetica Cloud loose powder foundation, MAC Pressed Blot Powder

When I was packing for our trip to the Southwest, I knew I should be prepared for some heat. However, about a week into the trip it became clear that my skin wasn’t reacting the way I had assumed it would – I’d completely underestimated the dryness of the climate. Because the makeup in my collection was either going to be carried with me on the trip or heading into storage, I had decided to bring along a handful of different foundations, which would allow me to experiment with a number of different product combinations to help me deal with the climate.

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May 22, 2014 Makeup , , , , , , ,

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Mascara

Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket mascara in Blackest Black ($8)

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket mascara in Blackest Black ($8)

I’m currently trying to work my way through a bunch of drugstore mascaras that I’ve never tried before (used to be a Clinique loyalist), and the mascara of the moment is Maybelline’s The Rocket. I see beauty folks talk about this one all the time and was excited to see if it would work for me.

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May 17, 2014 Makeup , , ,