As much as I love my homemade DIY dry shampoo, I don’t always have the ingredients on hand so I like to have a backup. If you remember, I always had a hard time finding a dry shampoo that wouldn’t make my forehead breakout in tiny bumps. Even when trying non-toxic versions, this would still be the case, until I found the Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo. I appreciate that it sprays on clear, but it doesn’t give the extra volume that so many dry shampoos are known for. It doesn’t dry powdery, which is probably why the volume isn’t restored, but the smell is delicious. As a bonus, for every can sold, a financial contribution will be made to help reduce global carbon emissions. While this is my favorite non-toxic dry shampoo on the market at the moment, I still prefer my DIY organic version.
Last time I spoke about cold weather facial hydration I raved about the Dr. Haushka Rose Day Cream. Now that the weather is cold, I use it every morning instead of at night. In the evening after I shower or wash my face, I apply Vitamin E Oil to lock in the moisture until morning. Not only does it help retain your skin’s natural moisture, it prevents water loss as well. Vitamin E Oil is very heavy compared to my summertime favorite, jojoba oil. I don’t recommend using Vitamin E during the day as it takes a very long time to absorb into your skin and leaves you looking shiny. The best part of using oils over moisturizers is that they are pure, with no additives or toxins, just pure oil. Whenever possible, I buy organic oils to ensure their purity. What do you use to keep your skin moisturized through the winter?
I haven’t used a cream moisturizer in years, but I recently fell for Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. As the cooler weather rolls in, I’m using this heavy cream at night. It’s one of the only moisturizers that keeps my skin hydrated and dewy through to the morning. The only other product I’ve used that provides this much nourishing moisture is the Rodin Face Oil. I prefer the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream over the Rodin Face Oil because of its thick cream consistency, the light rose fragrance and the cheaper price tag. If you are ready to try any of the Dr. Hauschka products, buy them at Whole Foods, they have the best return policy for Whole Body products. Check back next week for more of my cold weather moisturizing favorites.
The space in my handbag is prime real estate, much like my closet, so the items that inhabit such space are the necessities. Case in point: Muji Blotting Papers. Not only do they absorb the excess oil on your face but do so without disturbing your makeup. Made from hemp and linen, the blotting papers are most effective. When I apply lip gloss with my fingers I use the Muji Blotting Papers to remove the excess gloss from my hand so I don’t spread it to my clothes. I’m always finding new uses for these papers and at $2.25/100 papers they are worth every penny.
I don’t wear lip color… ever… My lips naturally have a barely berry hue, so I never felt the need to wear added color. Until recently that is. With our wedding coming up in less than two months (eek!) I thought it would be nice to have the tiniest bit of color on my lips for the big day. My makeup artist recommended the Agave Lip Mask by Bite Beauty, and I am in love. At first, I thought I would get the clear mask, just to hydrate, plump and condition my lips with the tiniest bit of glossy sheen. But once I got to Sephora and saw the color options, I went for the darkest color they offer, smashed. I just add a touch to the center of my lips and push my lips together to smooth out. It looks like I just ate a cherry and it stained my lips every so slightly. The best part of the Agave Lip Mask is how it makes your lips feel throughout the day. They feel protected from the elements, hydrated and conditioned. Once the lip mask wears off (after about three hours without eating or drinking) my lips felt exfoliated and smooth. The texture is sticky, but not like the horrible lip glosses of the early 2000’s. It feels more like a face mask, on your lips. I highly recommend this to my fellow low-maintenance, clean-beauty addicts.