Weekend Catch-Up #20

Genuine Glow, Green beauty, Poppy Jane Candle Co., Pursoma Ocean potion bath, Laurel organics, Seed to Serum

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that your 2015 had a great start. I am finally writing from our new home. I am still surrounded by storage bins, dusters, and paint cans, and I am not even close to be done with cleaning and organizing, I am beyond excited to start this new chapter of my life (and to finally have a proper office/studio!). You should expect the blog to slowly pick up speed again, which I am looking forward to. I didn’t know how much I loved writing this blog until I had zero time left to do it.

Here’s the usual weekly recap…

Empties. Last night I spritzed the last of my YULI Cocoon Elixir, and yes, I will repurchase once again. It is actually one of the products that I repurchased the most last year (you can read more about that here). During the moving I have had so little time to take care of my skin, yet by simply using the Halcyon cleanser  followed by the Cocoon Elixir every morning and every evening my skin has not shown any signs of distress at all. My skin is usually the first part of my body to show the effects of stress and lack of sleep, so I do believe that these products have played a part into keeping it healthy (my skin has not been so clear in months! Even my husband noticed it…)

Wishlist. One of the things that I like the most about our new house is that it has a very nice bath tub. I am not much of a bath person, but the right product will convince me to soak in there for a little while. I have read about the benefits of using Pursoma detoxifying bath products and they are now on the top of my list of products to buy. Have you tried?

SOS Hands. This week I failed to practice everything I preach about protecting hands. I completely neglected mine, and I was also cleaning and washing hands often to the point that hand cream only offered small relief. My hands got dry, itchy, and even chapped. I started to go through my un-packed boxes desperately looking for a balm when I found African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Body Balm*. It’s a rich balm that melts like butter on the skin and contains healing ingredients like Marula Oil, Shea Butter, Helichrysum, and Calendula. I used it as an overnight hand treatment for two days and got my hands back in shape. It is currently available at Space NK and Beauty.com.

Candle Love. I am not sure if I mentioned it before, but I have been loving the Poppy Jane Co. candles I recently picked at Abe’s Market. I have tried three of their four scents and like them all so much that I cannot pick a favorite. The scents are distinctive, yet they are never overwhelming for a sensitive nose like mine. Breathe Deep (husband’s favorite) has an uplifting scent that includes Eucalyptus and Peppermint, with a woodsy touch. It’s so refreshing and perfect for an office space (or *ahem*, …the bathroom.) Sleep Tight is a more relaxing one, with Lavender and Chamomile and a lemon-y touch from lemongrass. It’s perfect for the bedroom. Gin+Tonic smells just like a gimlet! If you are a candle lover, I highly recommend checking these out for their lovely scents, ingredient quality and pretty packaging. I sincerely hope that they will expand the range and will buy the Sexy time scent next (oh la la the name surely is intriguing).

Lipstick Love. The only lip product that I did not pack and instead left in my bag at all time is the Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner in Arabian Knights (see swatches here). A pretty, moisturizing berry lip color that is perfect for the season.

Seed to Serum. Lovely fellow blogger Megan from Seed to Serum recently launched her own store, and it is beautiful. On occasion of the launch she co-created a delicious body oil* with Laurel Organics that I hope is not a limited edition. A bit woodsy, slightly sweet, slightly spicy (please forgive my pitiful scent descriptions..) and very moisturizing. I have it on my arms right now and I can’t stop sniffing myself!

Best of 2014. I haven’t forgotten about putting together the list of all my 2014 favorites, so expect to see them popping out on your reading feed soon! I think that many of you won’t be surprised about the products that made the cut., but there might be in the format! In the meanwhile you can read my 2013 favorites here.

Sales. The Detox Market is offering some discounts, so you can save $10 off $100+ with code cheers10, $30 off $200+with code cheers30,  and $60 off $300 with code cheers60.

Have a great week, talk soon!