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LUSH solid shampoo and conditioners: Seanik, Big Solid, and Jungle

LUSH Solid Shampoo and Conditioner tins, perfect for travel

LUSH Solid Shampoo and Conditioner tins, perfect for travel

I’ve finishing up a long stretch of traveling and wanted to talk about a few products that have been tagging along through the whole trip. As much as I love Lush, I had been holding off from trying their solid shampoos and conditioners mostly just because the idea of using solid bars wasn’t particularly appealing. As we were getting ready to leave home, though, I realized they might be a wonderful solution to reducing liquids, spills, and extra weight while on the road and bought a pair of them to try out.

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September 16, 2014 Hair Care , , , , , , ,

Ayurvedic skin care purchases from India: Forest Essentials and Biotique

Biotique and Forest Essentials skin care

Biotique and Forest Essentials skin care

While in India, I was curious to take a look at some of their beauty products that we don’t get in the US. I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with a friend in New Delhi who was able to help me find some great stuff. India is big on Ayurvedic skin care, which focuses on plant-based formulations with recipes that stem from ancient holistic medicinal practices (and smell amazing!).

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September 7, 2014 Skincare , , , , , , , , , ,

Greetings from India!

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 , , , , , , ,