Sunday, April 10, 2016

Weekend Catch-Up #2



I hope you guys are enjoying these weekly catch-ups as much as I enjoy writing them! It's so much fun trying out some of these new products and then getting the chance to share my thoughts with you. Anyways, I hope you guys all have had a wonderful week, and on to my beauty thoughts!

Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray*: If you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you might remember my original review on the wonderful Captain Blankenship. One of my favorite products from the line was their Mermaid Sea Salt Spray, so when I heard they were releasing a version with a heavy dose of golden shimmer added in I jumped at the chance to try it! Just like with their original formulation, this sea salt spray is infused with aloe vera and rose geranium, so it gives you those gorgeous beach-y waves with the added benefit of softening and nourishing your locks. While I tend to err on the side of holding back on the shimmer, in this case, I am fully for it! Just a few spritzes of this dreamy formula gives my locks plenty of texture while also adding a shine I simply cannot get enough of. While the shimmer is definitely noticeable, it never looks like you have just poured a bucket of glitter over your head. Instead, it leaves your hair with a golden glow that looks ah-mazing in the sunshine.

And Other Stories Le Grand Moyeu Candle*: There's nothing I love more than a good, relaxing candle, and this recent addition to my collection has quickly become a favorite. While And Other Stories is not a green brand, and I usually only use candles with 100% soy wax, I had to make an exception for this because it smelled so heavenly. With notes of fig, bergamont, sandalwood, violet and mimosa (among others), this floral candle seems like it was made just for me. The throw of the scent is pretty decent, filling the room up with its fragrance without ever feeling too overwhelming. It's definitely a girl-y scent, but even my boyfriend (who always makes it known when he hates a scent) seems to find it agreeable, so really it's a win all-around!

Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation*: As someone with very dry yet easily congested skin, I can say that about 90% of the powder foundations I've tried have been a no-go. Most of them have a formula that will either stick to my dry patches or just end up making my face look dry and sort of lifeless. All in all, it's usually not a good look. That's why I was hesitant to give the Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation* a try, simply because I've basically made peace with the fact that a powder foundation just wasn't going to work for me. Upon first use, I ended up using a Kabuki brush to really buff the foundation (which I've been using in Satin, a shade slightly too light for my now tanned skin) in, and I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the results. Does it give off a dewy finish? No, but I wasn't expecting that it would. It does lean a little more on the matte side of its satin-matte finish, but I have found that spritzing a bit of my May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden on top of it really helps to make it look just like skin. Overall, while I still prefer the finish of my beloved Omorovicza BB Cream, for hot and humid days where I don't want my makeup melting off my face, I think I have finally found a great powder option.

Jane Iredale PurePressed Blush in Mystique*: Another product I've been trying out from Jane Iredale is the PurePressed Blush in Mystique*, a shade I adore. The powder formulated blush is pretty great, just what I have come to expect from Jane Iredale. Running a brush over the pressed powder picks up the perfect amount without wasting anything. I've been using my Sappho Organics Blush Brush* with it and have found the combination to be perfect. As for the shade, as I said before I am a big fan. It works great adding a healthy flush of pigment to my skin, and I've loved the results on both my pale winter skin, as well as my slightly-more-tanned Florida-residing complexion. It's an all-around keeper, in my book.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish in The Bee Side: So this is a nail polish line that, right off the bat, I should clarify is not technically a green brand. That said, they are a line that considers themselves ingredient-conscious, and I couldn't resist the chance to try out this amazing shade for myself. The Bee Side, as its called, is a pale, pastel yellow that has become my go-to for spring. While I usually adorn my nails with a blue (any blue), I made an exception for this particular color, and I am so glad I did. It takes a few layers to really build this semi-sheer yellow up to the opaque color I'm usually after, but once I get the desired effect I find that it lasts for quite some time on my nails.


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