It’s Not You; It’s Me: RMS Un Powder


I am about to disagree with the whole internet again. This time, it’s about RMS “Un”powder ($34, .32 oz.). Last time, it was Kjaer Weis foundation. See review here.

Here is how it’s described:

This ultra fine, light reflective powder is the ultimate finish to perfect looking skin. A virtually invisible powder that minimizes the appearance of pores, softens the skin and absorbs oil.

Works synergistically with rms beauty “un” cover-up to create a silky second skin.
Suits every skin tone and adds no white residue.

Talc free, silicone free, perfume free and paraben free.

I would say that description is pretty accurate, darn it. It is invisible and silky and mattifying. But…

OK, I’ll admit, I don’t love loose powder makeup, especially not for foundation or eye shadow. However, I have comfortably used loose powders for finishing my liquid and cream foundations over the years. I say comfortably, because the RMS Un powder was uncomfortable for me. I think it is so finely milled that it migrated everywhere—especially my eyes, making them feel gritty. I could even feel it on my hands all day when I used it. It made me aware of two things: 1) I touch my face way  too much and 2) I hate the way the product feels on my hands after I touch my face. I know that you need to use a tiny amount to do the job or risk over drying your skin. I did work on using as little as possible. I tryed the puff they provide, a small finishing brush, and a powder brush (that was the worst of the three). All three methods resulted in unhappy peepers.

Oh well. I am who I am. A face-toucher. And as such, this product isn’t for me. Even if I could avoid touching my face and getting on my hands, it would’t work out between us because of the eye irritation. Sigh. So now this now lives in the makeup purgatory drawer. Maybe I can resell it…

You know, this post has me thinking about doing a post on specific brands that have products that I love (like RMS Lip Shines—which I truly adore) and ones I didn’t hit it off with (sorry “Un” powder).

Summer Color with Zuii, Ilia and The Balm


Oh hey! How is it going? Summer flying by much too soon for you too? Well before it ends, I thought I would do a quick post about a color combo I have been wearing a lot this summer. It features…actual colors. Well, you know other than my usual brown liner, nude lips. I think this combo of colors/products would work well on nearly everyone, but especially on my lovely brown-eyed sisters of the world. Okay, so we have:

Bronzed Skin – Courtesy of The Balm’s Bahama Mama, a matte bronzer that is sort of famous as a contour. I do a combo of bronzing and contouring with it. (This is not expert contouring. Some people refer to it as shading. Check out this quick and simple guide to contouring and highlighting by The Beauty Department—a favorite site of mine. They’re using cream, but this powder works just as well and keeps it simple.) Bahama Mama is one of the products that I bought early in my journey of going greener—when I went paraben-free as a start. EWG rates it a “one” so while it’s not perfectly clean, I am keeping it and will decide whether to replace with something else once I finish it. I also pop a tad of matte pink blush (not pictured) on the apples of my cheeks so my complexion doesn’t look too flat.

Fresh, Happy Color on Lids and Lips- Starting with lids, I use Zuii Organic Flora Eye Shadow in Blue Marine as a liner on the top lid to compliment my brown eyes.  Wet your lining brush to get more intensity from this nearly-navy shadow. Follow up with your favorite mascara. (Calling all brown-eyed girls: get a navy and a violet liner or richly pigmented shadow to make those peepers pop! You’ll love how it looks.) And for lips: Ilia Beauty Lip Conditioner in Shell Shock. Only the happiest coral lippie ever. And don’t get me started on the texture of this. Love. I am amassing quite a collection of clean, gorgeous Ilia lip products (see some of them here) and this one is my favorite. It’ll be hard to set it aside this fall. I just may be rocking this bright coral all year.

Empties: The Religiously Repurchased Edition


I am not planning on doing many “empties” posts. I actually don’t finish many things all that quickly. These staples are exceptions. I finished them around the same time and decided to pool them for this post. It’s a quickie.

Yuli Panacea Elixir. Reviewed here. This ran out and I already had a bottle waiting in the wings. It’s my third or fourth bottle. I really need to spray with less abandon because it’s a little pricey. But my love for it is deep and thus I go overboard. It’s a perfect, beautiful toner. You get skin that is toned, plumped, and happy. Especially good for recovering from (and avoiding) breakouts.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Mascara. I haven’t reviewed this yet. Yes, it’s not the cleanest out there, but it is cleaner than many mascaras that I have loved. It lengthens, creates volume, and stays put. Without having to do a lot of layering.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. Reviewed here. Just finished by first bottle and have repurchased. Then it was on Hautelook and I bought two more (look for one in an upcoming giveaway). Remove makeup and sunscreen with tropical-scented oil? Yes, please. If I were truly fancy, I would use this to take off my body sunscreen. If the lottery gods decide to reward me, that is just what I will do!

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap in Almond. I have never reviewed this, but hey, do I really need to? It speaks for itself. Dr. B’s soap was probably my first green purchase. I have been using it (for about 3 years now) to clean my self, my makeup brushes (and many parts of my house). I adore it in Almond. My guy loves it too in the Peppermint (sometimes I sneak his for house cleaning projects).