Love: Mahalo Petal Mask

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Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Mahalo Petal Mask. Don’t get too worked up, my Petal. It’s just the hall of fame of a tiny-ass blog that some people are reading sometimes AKA Glossed in Brooklyn. But it’s a compliment nonetheless because not that many things get in to the GiB Hall. You are up there with Hall of Famers like Yuli Halcyon Cleanser, Ilia Lip Conditioner, Tatcha Camillia Cleansing Oil, and Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen. The list isn’t that long when you consider the la-a-a-a-rge number of products cluttering the bathroom shelves (yes plural), the nightstand, and the makeup drawers (yes, again plural). And there you are among them, first as a little sample and now in your large and in charge full size. Petal, you started out as the sidekick in May’s Beauty Heroes Box, but you are super heroine material to me.* Let me tell you why:

1) You are gentle, yet you exfoliate my face to baby bootie levels of softness and plumpness in just minutes. Seriously, I am stroking my own cheeks like a weirdo after using you. You’re also brightening and you don’t strip or dry out skin. While you may be used daily, using you twice a week is perfect for me.

2) Like any good hero, you are complex and made of good things: raw honey blend* [mel (Hawaiian honey), leptospermum scoparium mel 15+ (manuka honey)], rosa damascena (rose hydrosol)*, amazonian white clay, sodium hyaluronate, rosa damascena (rose flowers)*, camellia japonica*, laminaria (algae)*, silver hydrosol, sclerotium gum, rose clay, rosa damascena (rose oil), jasminum officinale (jasmine)*, calendula officinalis (calendula)*, artemisia pallens (davana), cananga odorata (ylang ylang)*, citrus aurantium var. bergamia (bergamot fcf)*, rosa centifolia (rose de mai)*, hibiscus sabdariffa (hibiscus)*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium)*, theobroma cacao (cocao absolute), vanilla planifolia (vanilla), santalum paniculatum (hawaiian sandalwood)*, curcuma longa (turmeric)*, lithospermum erythrochizon (gromwell), salix alba (white willow)*, cedrus atlantica (cedarwood atlas)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester)

3) You are a multi-tasking, hard worker. Look at that list of ingredients. Honey to soothe and hydrate. Clay to purify. Flower oils and hyaluronic acid to hydrate. Beta hydroxy acid to exfoliate. Vitamin C to brighten. Silver to fight bacteria. Petal, you got a lot going on and I dig it!

4) You are uniquely you. A scent all your own, a texture that is a hybrid between pudding and jello. You are a wobbly, glorious concoction, Probably not a huge factor for most people, but I love that about you.

What more can I say Mahalo Petal Mask? Well done and welcome!

 

*I subscribed to just to get Mahalo’s Indigo Balm–seriously what a deal: A full size Indigo Balm costs $110. For $39, I received that and a general sample of the Petal Mask. I will review Indigo soon, but Petal stole the show for me so that’s why I am starting with it.

Empties: Spring ’16

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Time to take out (recycle) the trash, lovelies. But before I do, here’s what’s up:

Andalou Naturals Lavender and Biotin Shampoo: I’ve said it before, Andalou Naturals is underrated. I’ve used the orange argan version of their shampoo before–it’s the moisturizing one. The lavender one is for building volume and it does that. It’s under $10 a bottle too! One thing to keep in mind–this might be drying for some. My hair is on the oiler side and I tend to focus on the roots when applying. If you do have dry hair, I suggest checking out the orange argan formula. (Repurchased.)

Yarok Feed Your Ends: This leave-in conditioner smells all kinds of amazing. I love it for days when I want to skip conditioning my hair in the shower. Yarok hair products are pricey but really nice. (See my Yarok product reviews here.)

Avene Thermal Spring Water: I cannot stop spraying myself with this soothing mist–especially now that it’s warm out. It’s perfect for spraying in between layers of skincare, for cooling off your face and neck, and for soothing irritated skin (sprayed it on my little one’s prickly heat for relief). Sometime, you don’t need fancy toners and this one is a good pick! (On my third bottle.)

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: I recently reviewed this affordable cleanser. I am currently switching between this and Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser for my morning cleanse. Reviewed here. (Repurchased.)

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm: I purchased the mini of this cult cleansing balm because I wanted to experience a luxury cleansing balm. There’s such a fuss about this one, I figured it would be the one to try. It’s wildly expensive and so I am relieved that I didn’t fall in love with it. I didn’t like the texture. I warmed to an oil one your work it in, but with a really a waxy feeling that lingered. I recently got the Sunday Riley New Moon cleansing balm and like it much better–and while expensive, it’s not Omorovicza-level expensive. Review coming soon! (Not repurchasing.)

Drunken Elephant Lippe: I love this from it’s texture–not too shiny or thick–to it’s gorgeous clean ingredients. The packaging is adorable, but when I got to the end, I was scraping product out of the well at the bottom with my hands for a couple of weeks–so much was in there! I am hoping they revisit the packaging. See my review here. (Will repurchase this eventually–waiting for a sale.)

Tatcha Silken Sunscreen: I love that Tatcha has such a large selection of minis. I really liked this sunscreen. It is matte and velvety. It performed well as a day to day sunscreen and works well with makeup. I purchased it after trying the Coola Matte, which was so silicone-y it made my makeup slide off. That being said, I still have my ride or die, Pratima Neem Rose sunscreen on hand. (Not repurchasing at this time.)

Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine: I got this with Sephora VIB points. I am a sucker for citrus scents even though they have not lasting power. I love this because it smells of orange and white flowers so it’s not too sweet. Since this isn’t a green product, I spray it on my clothes. My birthday last month brought citrus sampler box of these. I am currently trying the grapefruit one, which I don’t like as much. (Not repurchasing at this time.)

Real Techniques Makeup Sponge: These are really good and affordable compared to Beauty Blenders. I don’t think they are as durable though (overall these are really, really good whereas BBs are great). This sponge has little cuts in it from my nails and has gotten a little too floppy with time. (Not repurchasing at this time–I have 2 others already.)

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Recovery Cream: Another mini from Tatcha. I bought this because of BeautyIdealist. I adore her blog and her picks are spot on. When she said this product had the highest concentration of colloidal oatmeal of any product, I was sold. I got this when I had an uncomfortable windburn on my cheeks and this was very soothing. I do find it to be a bit thick, so I will repurchase in the winter.

Amala Rejuvenating Collagen Mask: This was a nice mask for moisture and soothing dry skin. It is a rich lotion that can also be used as a leave on mask and smells amazing–cocoa/citrus/rose/vanilla/ylang ylang. If you think the scent is complex, the ingredients list is huge–a blend of oils and extracts that are clean, It lasted me a really long time. I recommend for dry skin or winter skin. However, I am not repurchasing due to wanderlust.

Embryolisse Lait Creme: This french pharmacy cream is also a cult favorite. I had purchased it and left it on a shelf in favor of greener, cleaner products. When I started expanding from oil to cream and balm cleansers, I decided to use this up as a cleanser so I could recycle the tube. It works great as a first cleanse with a washcloth, but I don’t recommend it. If you’re going to cleanse with a “cold cream” and you don’t care what’s in it, there are cheaper things to try that will likely work just as well. Hell, there are cheaper green brands to do cream cleansing with. (Not repurchasing.)

Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment: I bought this with the Onomie concealer. This is a vitamin a, c and e infused treatment that is a pearly pink. It is a brightening layer that is also addressing fine lines. I liked it, but found myself skipping this step a lot since I use Drunken Elephant C-Firma every morning anyway. (Not repurchasing.)

Ilia Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady: I love this lip conditioner–the formula, color, effect, ingredients–all of it!  Reviewed here. (Repurchased.)

 

 

 

 

 

Quickie: Naturtint

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I dyed my hair for the first time two weeks ago (using permanent dye, that is) using permanent dye called Naturtint. I have used the Clairol Natural Instincts semi permanent dye a few  times. They last about 28 washes and are pretty easy to use. I have a very small streak of silver hair on my hairline right where the forehead and temple area meet. You can’t see it when my hair is down, but I am constantly pulling it up into a messy bun so I wanted to cover it. I started looking into more gentle options. Of course there are no “clean” hair dyes. I decided to try one that is “light chemical”   one that a fave green beauty bloggers, Lilly of Genuine Glow, uses.

I’ll leave it to you to do your own research on dyes. This is a quickie, so I am going to focus on first impressions:

  • While I did put dye on all of my hair, this product has re-closable packaging, so you can mix a bit separately for smaller areas and save the rest. I will probably do that next time so I can use just a bit where I need it, thus minimizing the contact with the dye. Hopefully I won’t get more grays too soon.
  • Once mixed, the dye is gel-like so it isn’t messy to apply.
  • It does’t have a strong smell/fumes. It rinsed out easily and there was no lingering smell on my hair (unlike the Natural Instincts).
  • It didn’t irritate my skin.
  • It comes with shampoo you use after the dye. I have to admit, I was a little worried because  when I rinsed the dye out, my hair felt like straw! This definitely didn’t happen with Natural Instincts. I followed with their multiplier, which is basically conditioner. It immediately made my hair feel silky. Thank goodness! I have since been using  little organ oil in my hair to keep it moisturized.
  • I used shade 4G, golden chestnut. It is a very dark, neutral brown. (My hair is brown-black with natural red highlights.) When the light catches it, it’s almost icy. It mellowed out to a richer color within about a week. It’s a nice change from Natural Instincts, which I found had strong kind of fake red undertones that are purplish or copperish (across a number of shades).
  • Two weeks in and the color is holding up pretty well.

I plan to do an update at about the six week mark.