Hair Care

Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

By on July 10, 2015
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($8.99/ea)

When I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner I ended up grabbing for something that was natural, affordable, and available on Amazon. The Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner from Desert Essence are marketed as a fairly “normal” pairing, meaning that they aren’t incredibly hydrating or clarifying, and are meant to work for people who need something balanced, shine-infusing, and gentle.

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Hair Care

Using henna powder as a hair dye, and a comparison to LUSH Caca Rouge

By on June 4, 2015
Henna powder
Henna powder

Since this past fall, I have been using henna in my hair in the form of Lush’s pre-mixed Caca Rouge and have really enjoyed the results. When I was in Morocco this spring I decided to buy some pure henna powder to take back with me and experiment with, and I recently dipped in for the first time. This required me to mix up some kind of recipe, and so I wanted to share what I did, what the results were, and how it compares to my previous experience with Caca Rouge.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Just for fun | Skincare

Goodies from Marrakech

By on April 2, 2015
Morocco
Some products and photos from recent travels

While in Spain and Portugal, we debated whether we had the time to also visit Morocco. It was tempting because it was so close by, but we knew we didn’t have the time to see a whole lot. We ended up hopping over and spending 3 days in Marrakech, and although we definitely are interested in seeing other parts of Morocco in the future, we ended up feeling like we had enough time to do Marrakech justice!

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Skincare

Colloidal silver: an unconventional acne treatment?

By on March 16, 2015
Sovereign Silver by Natural Immunogenics
Sovereign Silver by Natural Immunogenics ($18.43 for 2 oz.)

I’ve been whining about acne for the last few months on the blog, and things have been improving so I’m preparing to do a skincare routine writeup to go over some of my favorite products that I’ve found to help me out. This is a product that will be mentioned there, but I knew I wanted to take some time and write about it to some length first because it’s kind of a funny one that isn’t a traditional personal care product nor is it really marketed as an acne treatment. I’m talking about the Sovereign Silver first aid gel produced by Natural Immunogenics and available at health food stores like Whole Foods.

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Skincare

MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads

By on February 19, 2015
MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads ($15 for 60 pads)
MyChelle Clear Skin Clarifying Pads ($15 for 60 pads)

I’ve been trying out some skincare products targeting acne recently as my hormones have been troublesome, and back at the beginning of winter I found these clarifying pads from MyChelle Dermaceuticals. These Youth Blemish Control treatment pads have willow bark extract, neem leaf extract, witch hazel, and a lot less alcohol than these kinds of products can often have.

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Hair Care

Hair care lately: Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo

By on January 24, 2015
Aubrey Organics shampoo, Batiste dry shampoo
Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta shampoo ($10.48) and Batiste original dry shampoo ($7.99)

I haven’t said much about hair care products lately, mostly because I’ve been very low-maintenance in this regard. I have been trying a couple of new products from Aubrey Organics and Batiste. The shampoo is probably the most natural one I’ve ever tried, and the dry shampoo is a really popular one that I’ve been using for the first time.

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Hands & Nails | Makeup | Skincare

Five beauty resolutions for 2015

By on January 21, 2015
Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year
Wishing you peace and happiness in the new year. Swan and koi in Chengdu, China.

I’ve taken my time gathering my thoughts about resolutions for 2015, and though it’s late in the month we’re still early in the new year, with plenty of time to work on personal changes. Like last year, I was able to come up with five beauty-related goals that I’d like to pursue. These also sort of build on my goals I set forward for 2014, so I’ll quickly revisit those first.

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Skincare

LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask

By on January 14, 2015
LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)
LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Fresh Face Mask ($6.95)

This is a mask I’ve repurchased a couple of times over the last year or two, and as I’m revisiting it now I’ll say a few words about it. For some reason I’ve previously neglected to do so! Catastrophe Cosmetic is a gentle and calming mask formulated to cleanse and sooth skin, and I find that it’s a particularly good choice for the colder months of the year.

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Bath & Body | Hair Care | Skincare

Monthly empties: November 2014

By on December 2, 2014
Products used up in the month of November
Products used up in the month of November

I finished a nice handful of stuff over the last month, but I have to admit that this photo doesn’t tell the full story. I’m still in transition and not in a permanent home yet so I’ve been sort of failing at getting all of the empties together in one photograph at the end of the month, but I do take notes and can talk about all of the products one by one. In November I mostly used up a lot of skincare-related items and tried out a lot of new things, so let’s get into it.

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Hair Care

A new haircut, and my first experience with LUSH Caca Rouge henna hair dye

By on November 22, 2014
LUSH Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye ($25.95)
LUSH Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye ($25.95)

I generally like to fool around with my hair color about once a year and I adjust my hair style on a fairly constant basis, but recently I was feeling up for a relatively big change. As I’ve slowly switched out some of my beauty and personal care products to more natural and healthy alternatives, I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that chemical hair dye is probably not something I should continue to use. After a lot of research and trepidation, I decided to give Lush’s Caca henna hair dye a try. Henna is a whole new world for me and today I wanted to share how it went!

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