New in My Purse: Tata Harper Lip Treatments in Be Adored and Be Smitten (Ingredients, Swatches, & Review)
Aug22

New in My Purse: Tata Harper Lip Treatments in Be Adored and Be Smitten (Ingredients, Swatches, & Review)

Contains Affiliate Shopping Links to Amazon.com. All Items Purchased by Me.

I recently concluded that Tata Harper is not just another brand playing up the “natural” image to take advantage of consumers’ growing concern about chemicals. Tata Harper has a different, and genuine, feel to it. With Tata it’s not about avoiding and replacing suspicious chemicals. Instead she seems to start from zero, adding each ingredient to a product for a specific reason, and ending up with potent and high quality cosmetics. (Forgive me for brazenly calling Ms. Harper by her first name, and taking the liberty of assuming she herself formulates the products. Please? I love saying “Tata.”)

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August Means Back to School, and Back to School Means Back to Swatching! W3LL People Nudist ColorBalm No. 1 (Coral) Review and Swatches
Aug03

August Means Back to School, and Back to School Means Back to Swatching! W3LL People Nudist ColorBalm No. 1 (Coral) Review and Swatches

All Items Purchased by Me.

Contains Product Links to Affiliate Stores (meaning a that I could make a commission if you make a purchase). 

I have a backlog of items to review and swatch because with my kids around I can’t get anything done that requires time to myself. I am not ashamed to say that I will be super excited when next Wednesday – the first day of school – arrives, and my kids will be in professional hands for 7 hours of each glorious day!

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Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Cheek Tint Stick for Summer 2016 in Sheer Lilac and Sheer Pink: Review, Swatches, and Ingredients
Jun13

Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Cheek Tint Stick for Summer 2016 in Sheer Lilac and Sheer Pink: Review, Swatches, and Ingredients

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Bobbi Brown’s Sheer Color Cheek Tints are limited edition blushes for the summer of 2016. These blush sticks are available in Sheer Lilac, Sheer Pink, and Telluride ($28 for .21 oz). I picked up Sheer Lilac (“A Dusty Pink Tint”) and Sheer Pink (“A Pink Tint”) to try out because they looked fun and pretty, like juicy Push-up-Pops!

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If You Buy Nothing Else – My #1 Pick For Your Summer Makeup Bag
May27

If You Buy Nothing Else – My #1 Pick For Your Summer Makeup Bag

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I won’t belabor the fact that you need SPF, and I won’t repeat that I believe physical sunscreen is the way to go. I won’t tell you again how difficult it is to find products that I deem “natural” and acceptable, and that I want to use. Instead I’m going to tell you about the product I’ve been using and loving ever since it came to my doorstep.

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How Natural Disasters Are Messing With Your Beauty Shopping – And What to Do About It
May08

How Natural Disasters Are Messing With Your Beauty Shopping – And What to Do About It

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Hi there.

Did you decide to read this post because you thought I’d be talking about tornadoes and earthquakes?

That’s incorrect, but this isn’t a trick, so please don’t get mad at me. I do intend to write about natural disasters, but of a different kind.

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Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid in Juicy – RG50: Swatches, Review, and Ingredients
Mar29

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid in Juicy – RG50: Swatches, Review, and Ingredients

I received a deluxe sample of the new Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid with a recent Sephora.com order. I chose this sample (with a promo code) because, frankly, the packaging looked pretty!

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid - Juicy RG50

Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid – Juicy RG50

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The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in Strawberry, EOS Stick Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai, & Pixi by Petra Butter Lip Balm in Comfort Clear- Review and Photos – Part 4: Lip Balms and Treatments Series
Mar24

The Body Shop Born Lippy Stick Lip Balm in Strawberry, EOS Stick Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai, & Pixi by Petra Butter Lip Balm in Comfort Clear- Review and Photos – Part 4: Lip Balms and Treatments Series

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm, Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm, and EOS Stick Lip Balm

The Body Shop Born Lippy Strawberry Lip Balm, Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm, and EOS Stick Lip Balm

 In Part 4 of my Lip Balms and Treatments series I’m reviewing three stick balms that are in the low-to-mid price range.

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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Lip Balm, and Lierac Hydra-Chrono Lip Balm – Review and Photos – Part 2: Lip Balms and Treatments Series

Welcome to Part 2 of the Lip Balm and Treatment Series, featuring lip balms from Fresh f21c (again), Kevyn Aucoin, and Lierac.

Fresh f21c Sugar Lip Treatment (stick), Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Balm, and Lierac Hydro-Chrono Plus Lip Balm

Fresh f21c Sugar Lip Treatment (stick), Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Lip Balm, and Lierac Hydro-Chrono Plus Lip Balm

First thing I want to touch on is the difference between the Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm I reviewed in Part 1, and the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment here in Part 2.

Fresh f21c Sugar Lip Treatment and Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm

Fresh f21c Sugar Lip Treatment (stick) and Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm (jar)

Of course there are the obvious differences, like one is in stick form and the other is in a jar, but there are also important differences in their ingredients. … I’m actually trying to lead up to an apology here, because when I reviewed Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm I failed to notice and point out a key ingredient: menthol. I told you the balm was sweet and minty but in fact it doesn’t just contain a bit of mint leaf like I’d assumed. Instead it contains menthol. Along with camphor and eucalyptus, menthol is actually a skin irritant.  Yet it’s often be found in lip balms, which really puzzles me.

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You’re Tired and Hormonal, and You Just Want an Eye Cream Already! – Skincare and Safety for Breastfeeding Moms

Some random newborn kid.... ok, ok, this was one of mine, already with his tongue out!

Some random newborn kid…. (ok, ok, this was one of mine, already with his tongue out!)

Eye Creams from Weleda, Ole Henriksen, Perricone MD, SkinCeuticals, Belli, and Boots

A good friend of mine just gave birth to her third child.* While she was still pregnant she told me that even though this is her third rodeo, she still isn’t sure what cosmetics are safe to use while breastfeeding. Apparently she’s just been going without eye cream because it’s just too much of a hassle to figure out what’s safe to use (seriously!). So I decided to look into this myself, partly out of curiosity (I’m done having kids after producing two cute boys), and partly out of my desire to help her.

*This post is dedicated to her, a loving mom who seriously puts her kids’ needs before hers, more than anyone else I know!

In addition, this seemed like a topic I could get into because I’m already an ingredient inspector out of necessity– I have celiac disease (so I must not eat or use gluten in any form).  I don’t even allow play-doh in the house because it’s made of wheat flour. I read all food labels, cosmetic labels (including hair care), and constantly double check ingredients.

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Bite Beauty Opal Crème Lipgloss and Opal Crème Lipstick – Swatches, Review, and Creative Uses

I have an attachment to a brand that I haven’t yet written about: Bite Beauty. 

Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss- Opal, and Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick- Opal

Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss- Opal, and Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick- Opal

Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss- Opal, and Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick- Opal

Bite Beauty Creme Lip Gloss- Opal, and Bite Beauty Creme Lipstick- Opal

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