Weekend Catch-Up #14

Weekend Post #14

It’s that time of the week when I share a few highlights of the week and give you brief updates. I am finally wearing contacts again, and I may have even put a little makeup on, except for eye makeup (in case you don’t know, I had eye problems lately). I immediately rushed into trying a few new makeup products that were sitting on my desk and was very pleased with some of them, but will use them another week before getting into the details, (hint: foundation!). Onto this week’s recap…

Empties/Repurchased. N/A

This Week’s Giveaway. Today is the last day to enter the True Nature Botanicals giveaway. The prize is a gorgeous solid perfume in the scent called Noble Woods: a warm, woodsy scent that is perfect for Winter. You can enter here.

Need Your Help. I know that I am a little too old not to have this figured it out yet, but I am still searching for a product that removes upper lip hair without irritating the skin. The area under my nose has been particularly red and irritated lately, so wax will only make it worse. Any recommendations? Btw Italian women do remove upper lip hair, contrary to popular belief. My husband was glad to find that out years ago.

New Skincare. I do not frequently use physical exfoliators, (nor chemical exfoliators, to be honest), simply  because my skin is too delicate for them. However, I recently started to use one that I am enjoying because it gets the job done well and has not caused any irritation. It’s the de Mamiel Brightening Cleanse & Exfoliate. The bottle warns that it should not be used on damaged skin (mine actually damaged at the moment), but I find it more gentle than other powder exfoliators and have not experienced redness/irritation. Have you tried it yet? It contains several ingredients like clays, Vitamin C, Cacao powder, and even Pearl powder. It even smells delicious. I might have picked another one for you guys ;)

Hand Cream. I purchased the Amala Rejuvenating hand cream a while back and waited for it to get back in stock until recently. I said to myself, “this cream better be good given the price and the wait”. It turned out to be worth both the money and the wait. The texture is light/medium, but it absorbs quickly and completely, leaving no greasy feel. It is gives better repairing results compared to my other favorite daytime hand creams (Osmia, Pai, Weleda, and the other Amala one) and works fantastic even as a night time treatment. I am not sure if I will repurchase it only because it is very expensive and I wash my hands frequently, so I basically wash off the hand cream. Maybe I’ll just keep one to use less often; I don’t know, but it is indeed an excellent hand cream. If you can afford it/don’t mind spending on a great hand cream, it is worth giving a try.

Mask BFFs. I am loving the Wedderspoon Manuka Honey Active 16+* to mix with my masks. After my successful experiment with YULI Pure, I have tried to mix it with a different masks, and it worked great with all of them. I love how I get all the benefits of the clays, which are a bit drying when used alone, but the manuka honey makes them non-drying, and actually helps with softening the skin. Such a wonderful complement.

Dry Skin Helpers. I know I can’t complain about the weather here in Florida, and I really do not. However, the weather change has caused my skin to get very dry (both face and body), and only a few things have been helping. On my lips, the de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm* which instantly softens them. On my body, the YULI Harmony Body Oil. I do not particularly care for the scent of this body oil (it’s pleasant, just not my favorite), but it is truly effective. I need very little of it to soften large areas of skin, and the benefits are long-lasting. For example, I applied some on my knees and legs when they were very dry and looked flakey. For the next two consecutive days I forgot to moisturize my legs after taking showers, but my legs were still soft and smooth. Impressive, right? That made my husband curious about it and now he is putting it to the test, too. I will write a separate post about face products that are working for me at the moment.

Giveaways, & more giveaways. I have more giveaways coming up soon, so keep an eye out for them…

Have a great week!