Weekend Catch-Up #25

Weekend post 25

In my last post I forgot to wish you a happy (and cozy) February. I should have my January favorites up very soon, but in the meanwhile it’s time to share the best from the past week.

Empties. To my complete disbelief, (I wasn’t expecting it because I don’t use it very often), last Monday I ran out of my Georgie Beauty Faux Lash Glue and I promptly repurchased it. I found out that they make a dark colored version (like the popular Duo lash glue that comes in clear and dark). I have not used the dark one yet, but I will this week. It’s so great to see more green options become available. Georgie Beauty Lash Adhesive is free of formaldehyde and phthalates, and it is also PETA approved (100% vegan). You can find both dark and clear glue here.

Delicious Body Butter. A few days ago I posted a picture on Instagram of the Metta Skincare Body Butter*. To be completely honest, it is not something that I would have purchased myself, because I am not a body butter user. However, after my first use, I was totally hooked. It is the most delicious and hydrating body butter that I have ever tried and instead of leaving a greasy feeling like most butters do, it leaves the skin feeling soft and good-smelling. By the way, the jar is huge (135 grams). It will probably take me several months of daily use to finish it. I have the lavender scent, which smells like lavender and chocolate mixed together (the cocoa butter gives the choco-scent), but I am fighting myself from getting the Vanilla one, too. Help! For my scent-sensitive people: this is not overwhelming. You can find it here.

Deep-cleansing combo. When two favorite products come together, good things may happen. A few weeks ago I read that YULI recommends trying to mix their Halcyon cleanser with the Pure Mask for a quick deep cleanse. Oh my! I like this combo even better than when I mix the mask with manuka honey. I use maybe 4-5 pumps of cleanser with a sprinkle amount of the mask and I spread the mix on my face. It quickly creates a thin, homogenous layer, and it hardens quickly. I rinse it off, and bam! Skin feels like a million bucks; not tight, not stripped, but deeply cleansed. I have been doing it 2-3 times a week because it’s so quick that I can do it even on nights when I am very tired and I want to cleanse my face just as quickly as possible. If you have both products, try it. Or, if you have the cleanser but not the mask, try with another clay mask. Let me know how it goes! You can find both products here.

About that concealer… A few weeks ago I told you that I purchased the ILIA Vivid Concealer and as I was replying to a comment about another Ilia product, I remembered that I had not shared my thoughts about it yet. I have mixed feelings about it. The packaging is brilliant (very convenient and sanitary squeezing tube), the coverage is light, and while it can be built up to medium coverage, it can get a bit cakey if more product is added. If I tap the skin I can somehow blend it more and make it look less obvious, but I don’t feel like tapping the eye area too much. Also, it feels a bit heavy on the skin. I am currently using the shade Dandelion, which I find to be a bit dark for light-to-medium skin tones. I would say that it is more for medium skin tones. Maybe the shade Maca would be a better match, but it looks more peachy/pink and I prefer yellow toned concealers. I am going to use it a bit more so I can make up my mind about it.

Lipstick Love. I am still a nude lip lover, but the new Kjaer Weis Lip Tint in Beloved*was definitely a favorite for the past week. For daytime wear I prefer to simply dab it on my lips for a less bold look. It gives a berry, “just-bitten” stain that is very pretty and wearable. It’s also very comfortable and moisturizing. Can’t wait to show you the other shades!

Thoughtfully Mag Update. In case you do not follow me on Instagram, you may have missed the lovely news. Thoughtfully Mag* is now available at all Whole Foods Stores in the US, so next time you go grocery shopping, make sure to grab a copy! Green living, green beauty, eco-fashion, and more inspiring topics related to well-being.

Have a wonderful week!