Friday, December 21, 2018

Soap Bars & Solid Shampoo From Haípažaža Pȟežúta

Hello there!

Before December ends and the monthly posts begin, I wanted to take a moment to shout out a small business in New Mexico that is offering amazing products and a company that you should definitely check out!

One of my NYE resolutions this year is to reduce waste. As much as I can, I want to eliminate single use plastics, like straws and plastic grocery bags. I am going to refuse a bag when I don't really need one. I am going to try not to use makeup wipes also, which will probably be my toughest challenge.

Another thing I want to do is try to use solid shampoo and conditioner bars and more bar soaps instead of shower gels and shampoos in plastic bottles. It might seem like a small step, but if everyone does a small step, it leads to big results.

Also - I want to support more small businesses in 2019 - something I try to do more and more every year.

Anyway, here we are!  My friend Karen recommended Haípažaža pȟežúta soaps on Facebook and I had to give them a try! I ordered two Sweet Grass (left) and two Cedar Wood bars (right) to give as gifts...well, 3 of them. One is for me :)

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Talk about all natural - these soaps are literally hand made. On the website and in Facebook posts, I've read the following: "This handcrafted soap and shampoo bar is made without any coconut oil. In this Luxurious bar you will find skin loving ingredients such as RSPO Sustainable Organic Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Sunflower Oil, Tallow, Greek Yogurt, Lye, and Kaolin Clay. This bar is guaranteed to treat your skin with it's all natural ingredients, along with giving you a smooth, rich creamy lather, loads of bubbles, and leaving your skin feeling extremely moisturized. Enjoy this long lasting bar. We make all of our soaps by hand and in small batches, so the picture above shows a visual representation of how your bar will look. Keep in mind that each bar is unique and the color, shape, and design may be different from bar to bar and batch to batch. This soap is also gentle enough to be used on your precious little ones." This blurb was taken from the description of a new soap in Bubblegum flavor!

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In addition to my purchase, I was sent a few complimentary samples to try and they are all impressive! The Lavendar one is light and aromatic. The Aloha Waikiki is extra moisturizing and smells like vacation, as does the Coconut bar. Each has a good weight, smells delightful but not overpowering, and can be used on the body, in your hair, and on your baby (if you have one...might not want to try it on someone else's baby...).

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Check out the full line of products HERE and let her know Lacey sent you.

Support small businesses!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, December 13, 2018

November 2018: Empties & Tossed Report

I began the first half of the month with nothing in my Empties bucket, but by the end of the month I was out of everything! I ended up with 23 full size empty products..that's quite a bit! Let me show you:

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There are quite a few notable and standout products this month:

  • Garnier Micellar Water Cleanser is amazing! 
  • Glisten&Glow Topcoat is the only topcoat I use. 
  • SugarBearHair Gummies taste great and actually work. 
  • Touch In Sol No Pore-Blem is a must have primer. 
  • Too Faced Matte Soliel Bronzers are cult favorites for good reasons! 
  • My NARS Climax Mascara is new and amazing, the brush is great. 
  • Dear Klairs Supple Prep Toner is my favorite product of 2018. 
  • Lumify Eye Drops are expensive but worth it as well.

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As far as packets go, I only used two Sulwhasoo Radiance Energy Masks, though it takes me 2 or 3 uses to finish a packet anyway. And thank goodness for that, they are expensive!

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And my throwing our efforts went to nails and my old LUSH Cosmetics stash. I don't live in a place with a bathtub, so no use hanging on to these. I threw out a few bombs, couple of half used soaps, and a bunch of nail polish treatments/base coats that I wont use. See ya!

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Month of November: 

Totals: 23 items, full or deluxe sized / 2 packets or samples / 12 items thrown out

Empties Report Year to Date: 221 items / 103 packets
Thrown out Year to Date: 153 items

Wow.. the numbers are getting a little out of hand here! LOL.

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, December 6, 2018

November 2018: Favorites & Flops

Hello!

Can you believe it is December already?! There is literally less than a month until Christmas!

Let me show you what I loved - and didn't love - in November!

Favorites:

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I know I have proclaimed my love for Dear Klairs Supple Preparation Toner umpteen times on this blog. In fact, I will go out on a limb to say it is my favorite product of 2018!! I use it daily, and sometimes 7 times (skins in KB) in a row! My winter skin is doing just fine with Klairs!

My eyes are also feeling very hydrated thanks to Exuviance Hydrating Eye Cream, which is a super drink of water for your under-eyes. My Ulta co-worker, Mary, suggested tapping eye cream on with your ring finger b/c it is the least pressurized, so I've been doing that.

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara is lovely! It gives you those wide-awake, spider-lashes without it looking wonky or clumpy.

I picked up the Morphe M173 Mini Buffer Brush to do contour, but I've also been using it for blush, highlighter, and even to do my brow bone. It's super soft and the price is right. Check out Morphe brushes if you're in the market! Check it out below.

Last but not least, Kylie Cosmetics Charm Velvet Liquid Lipstick is amazing. I SAID IT. Kylie recently came to Ulta and to be honest, it's cool to get to check out the brand in real life and test the colors. Since ColourPop oxidizes like crazy on me, I decided to skip buying makeup online. Now that Kylie is in store, I get to try colors. Charm is a lovely pinky nude that is guaranteed to look good on anyone. The Velvet lip formula is creamy and - I promise - NOT drying. Try it! Swatched below!

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Time to report my one and only Flop:

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It is no wonder that I found Yes To Blueberries Smoothing Daily Cleanser at Odd Job Lot, not a drugstore or Ulta. It does NOT rinse clean! I feel like I have a weird mask on my skin after I rinse. Totally not what I am going for on my face.

On the other hand, it is pretty creamy and works nicely on my body.  So, it is a flop because it doesn't do the job intended, but it is fine as a shower gel. Womp, womp.

Do you have any new favorites or flops to share?!

xoxo,
Lacey

January 2019: Favorites & Flops

Hello! Welcome to the first 2019 edition of Favorites & Flops! Let me show you what I loved and hated this month. As usual, the good...