Quickie: Real Purity Blush in Shrimp


Real Purity is popping some serious color in the blush department. But before I begin, did I just buy a blush named after seafood? Yep. Moving on. I first learned about this brand after my “Makeup Monday” write up was posted by No More Dirty Looks. I had asked for recos on pressed clean blushers and bronzers. At the time, I was (still am) finishing the TheBalm Bahama Mama (though I am deep into the pan now). A reader commented that Real Purity’s Parfait was a favorite blush of hers. I want to get that shade, but I have some pinks I am working on finishing up. I was craving something a bit brighter for summer, and boy did I get what I asked for with Real Purity Blush in shrimp!

I like to warm up my complexion with bronzer before adding a pop of color on the apples of my cheeks. This blush is pure summer–bright and very pigmented. It’s also long lasting. I recommend using a fluffy brush and picking up just  a little color (the blush brush pictured is a Wayne Goss #12). I really like that this blush is tightly pressed. In fact, I dropped it face-down and it didn’t break or chip. It de-potted itself in the fall, which was great since I wanted to put it in a Z-Palette anyway.


Pictured above: A heavy swatch of RP blush, a blended swatch and a heavy swatch of TheBalm Bahama Mama.

What’s in it: Micronized Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxide, Silica, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*, Pycnogenol *Organic

There are over a dozen colors and they go for an affordable $14,99 each. That’ll make it easier to try a few other color options once summer’s over. Shout out to No More Dirty Looks Reader Sara, for the Real Purity reco!

One Love Organics Brand New Day and MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser


A new power couple! One Love Organics Brand New Day and MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser are two new (to me) products that I love, love, love  to use together. Since this is my first time writing about them, I’ll address them individually first, then talk about how I use them together.

The Scrub: One Love Organics Brand New Day 

You’re thinking: Didn’t she say she hates scrubby exfoliants?  Yep. I said that. And having said it, I really love One Love Organics Brand New Day Microderma Scrub + Mask ($37, 1.7 oz). It shouldn’t be too surprising as I have enjoyed everything I’ve tried from this brand, including their Vitamin B cleansing oil (HG status), Vitamin D spray toner, Morning Glory oil (now a serum) and Vitamin C body oil. I may need to do a little brand spotlight on them soon! But getting back to the Brand New Day scrub, it combines “organic sweet pea flour, pineapple enzymes and mineral rich kaolin clay to remove impurities, clarify, and smooth skin for a luminous, baby-soft complexion.” Yes, yes it does. This powder is super fine in texture and gentle on the skin. You mix it with water to make a paste for scrubbing or use it as a mask by mixing it with yogurt for a clarifying mask or honey for a hydrating mask. The fine texture has enough going on the physically exfoliate, but you can also feel the enzymes and clays at work. It is powerful and, I think, very versatile because you can figure out what your skin prefers/can take and go from there. I use this twice a week and it is a definite “will repurchase” item for me. I also love the jar packaging which has a dual opening so you can sprinkle or pour it out. And, by the way, kudos on getting Ecocert-fied, One Love Organics!

Full ingredients list: zea mays (corn) starch*, pisum sativum (pea) flour*, sodium cocoyl glutamate, kaolin, ananas comosus (pineapple) fruit extract*, fragrance. *Ingredients from organic farming.)

The Cleanser: MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanse

You know I put that Detox Market giftcard that I got for my b-day to good use, dontcha? I selected MV Organics Gentle Cream Cleanser ($58 for 2.3 oz; $91 for 4 oz) and their moisturizer and an Odacite spray toners (we’ll cover those last two in detail another time). This cleanser is a cult fave among models and celebs and I can see why. It is green and an extraordinarily gentle, effective product. Your face feels cleansed, lightly exfoliated, and moisturized after using. But man, is it a splurge. This is a pleasure to use as a morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening. I wouldn’t use this for taking makeup off. You want to experience it! The texture is thick and somewhat dry. I find it works best to apply it with wet fingertips so it’s easier to spread around  This does need to be removed with a wet washcloth, which also provides the gentle exfoliation. They recommend putting a warm to hot wet cloth on your face for a few seconds, then removing. Sometimes I do this. Sometimes I use a cool cloth, because: summer. Both work.

Full ingredients list: Water, Camellia (Camellia Oleifera) Oil*, Ceteary Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin*, Olive (Olea Europaea) Fruit Oil*, Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Mandarin (Citrus Reticulata) Oil*, Vitamin E non GM (Tocopherol), Honeysuckle (Lonicera Caprifolium) Flower Extract, Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Chamomile Roman (Anthemis Nobilis) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Geranium (Pelagonium Graveolens) Oil. *Organically Grown – 75% Organic.)

Scrub + Cleanser = Win/Win


My absolute favorite way to use these products is in combination. I use it in the morning before a shower. I’ll add a 1-2 pumps of cleanser to my palm then sprinkle some of the scrub into it. I blend them together then add a drop or two of water. I spread it on to my face, then wet my hands to really getting it going. I put very little pressure on my cheeks as they tend to get red. I am more vigorous on the t-zone though! I usually drag the mixture down over my neck and upper chest too. Then I leave it there while I get the shower going and hop in and wash up. I leave the mask in place to then end.  That’s when I turn down the hot water to rinse my face and hair (in addition to being more gentle for your face, cool water seals the cuticle leaving hair shinier). So why do I like mixing them together so much? Lots of reasons: 1) The scrub is a bit easier to mix when it has the cream cleanser to stick to. I find I lose less product from it dripping off my hand like it does when I mix it with water. I can’t seem to get the water technique down! 2) It’s also easier to spread around and work in because it has texture.  Also, the texture is even softer–the cream is like a buffer. 3) It enables me to efficiently use it as a scrub and an in-shower mask in one shot. I get the exfoliation/refining and moisture/soothing from two products that excel at each.  4) When used together, the cream cleanser rinses off clean—no need for a washcloth. See? A total win/win!

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream


Well, it’s been awhile since we talked makeup.Today, I have bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream up for review. I didn’t mean to add another base to my already crammed makeup drawer. I blame Ruth Crilly’s review. She made me curious. Curious enough to head over to Sephora for a sample. I was confident that I wouldn’t end up wanting it, so no harm in checking it out…wrong. I scraped every last bit of it out of the sample jar. Then Sephora’s VIB promo happened over July 4th and that was that. I got the full-size (regularly priced at $29 for 1.8 oz) for 10% off.

All about that base. From left to right: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Buttercream, Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Treatment in shade 1, Onomie Bright Concelaing Elixir in shade 2.


This is a very good tinted moisturizer that offers sun protection (SPF 30) and a sheer wash of coverage. It can be layered for more coverage (approaching medium, I’d say) or you can add half a pump of foundation to it if you want to achieve medium or medium plus coverage in one layer. I do think this is a good skin day product–meaning that if you’re having breakouts, you’ll need a bit of spot concealing or a boost from adding foundation. A tad of foundation also prolongs the staying power on really hot or long days. However, my favorite thing about this is the gel texture. It slips and slides and blends easily–I apply with fingers. It is free of parabens, fragrance, oil, and silicone. (See below for full list of ingredients.) The finish is radiant and dewy. I like to set it with the barest amount of powder (patted on with a sponge before bronzer and blush, then I buff everything a bit with a clean brush). Those who seek full coverage or have oily skin might not groove with this. I have combo skin and appreciate the glow. I can see freckles and other imperfections through this, but I think skin that looks overly perfected isn’t necessarily a good thing. Plus it’s hard to carry off perfection in the sweltering heat! I’ve been using this every day since getting it. I especially like it after I’ve done some morning exfoliating or on the weekends when I really want to keep it simple. This stuff is a solid addition to the makeup drawer. (Okay drawerzzz, plural. I have a problem, I know.)


Active Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.2%
Inactive Ingredients: water, coconut alkanes, propanediol, squalane, trehalose, isostearic acid, glycerin, silica, agar, caprylic/capric triglyceride, globularia cordifolia callus culture extract, salicornia herbacea extract, melilotus officinalis extract, coco-caprylate/caprate, butylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, sodium hyaluronate, succinoglycan, polysorbate 60, cellulose gum, polyglyceryl-4 laurate/succinate, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol. may contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.