Summer Empties: Part One


I have been doing empties posts on a seasonal basis because I just don’t seem to finish things very quickly. But it would seem summer is an exception. I was going to wait until September, but the bag I was using to hoard hold the empties was pretty full, so here is part one.

Beginning on the left:

Alba Hawaiian Body Oil ($10.50; 8.5 ounces) I got this from my local health food store when I first started exploring body oils. This is a affordable, very moisturizing oil. However, it scores a 4 on EWG. It’s one of the items in the bunch that is nice, but easily replaced by something cleaner–and has been. I’m currently using One Love Organics Vitamin C Oil. After that, I plan to blend my own concoction! More on that later.

Derma E Vitalizing Pomegranate Cleanser ($11 or $12–I can’t recall; 6 oz) Again, I got this early on in my transition to greener options. I think this particular cleanser may have been discontinued by Derma E. Since I have moved away from foaming cleansers, I finished this by using it to clean my brushes.

Yes to Carrots Shampoo ($6.99; 16.9 oz) This shampoo is affordable, scores a 3 on EWG, and produces lots of lather with no SLS. Now that it’s finally used up–you only need a little and it’s a BIG bottle–I am going to crack open Yarok’s shampoo. I cannot wait (yeah, I know, I’ve got to get out more).

Yarok Feed Your Ends ($13.20; 2 oz) I love this stuff. I’ve already gotten the large size. I love the speed and convenience it offers. I don’t miss conditioning in the shower at all. A few spritzes of this organic conditioner leaves hair glossy, moisturized and manageable. And it smells divine.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil ($42; 4 oz) This is my last bottle in the old packaging. I just opened my backup. This stuff rocks on so many levels. Great ingredients: Check. Effective at removing makeup–including mascara: Check. Appealing scent and feel: Check. Any very important to me–it emulsifies when you add water so you don’t have to remove with a washcloth unless you want to. This product is probably my most repurchased skincare item. See my review here.

Yuli Panacea Elixir ($68; 3.4 oz) Ever try a product and fall in love from first use? That’s me and Panacea. It’s a luxurious, clean, expertly formulated balancing toner. Gorgeous. Gorgeous, I say! Review here.

Pratima Neem Rose Facial Sunscreen SPF30 ($28; 2 oz) Not one, but two empties of this one. If you want a sunscreen that has a short, clean ingredients list, feels like a light lotion, and plays well with makeup then look no further. Review here.

Skinceuticals CE Ferulic (a bloody fortune; 1 oz) This antioxidant powerhouse does work to make sunscreen more effective. It’s so pricy I can’t bring myself to look up exactly what it costs. Thankfully Kimbery Loc just did a great review of Mad Hippie’s Vitamin C Serum. I just ordered it (at like a quarter or fifth of the price of Skinceuticals). Kimberly is pretty spot on with her reviews, so I think it’ll be good.

Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner ($58; 1.7 oz) I really liked using this as a  light layer of moisture before a little oil on nights I wanted to give my skin a break from acid or retinol products. It is very soothing and I like clean scent and cooling gel texture. First impressions post here.

Osmia Organics Sunset Body Oil ($25; 2 oz) This oil smells damn sexy–citrus, floral, vanilla and none of them obvious. It’s also very moisturizing and I thought it had a firming effect. I received it with an Osmia Soap Stash for Mother’s Day. Osmia makes perfect pampering gifts that are clean and dreamy.

Waxleene ($4.00; 1.95 oz) I love this stuff. It is my only night time lip balm.  The tube above isn’t empty. It turned on me a bit because I didn’t use it fast enough. It’s got soybean oil and beeswax and is the perfect combo of moisturizing and waxy (I like waxy balms as they stay put). I have since replaced it with their new (smaller) lip balm size/packaging. Review here.

Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel ($21) I love the miniscule brush on this. If you are like me and don’t have any major areas to fill in, then you can skip pencil with this. The tiny brush allows you to comb the brows and use the tiny tip to add color where you need it. I have the Tarte and Jane Iredale brow gels and confess to dipping the Tarte brush into the JI brow gel. Both reviewed here.

Nature’s Gate Toothpaste in wintergreen ($4.29; 5 oz). I really liked this toothpaste. It’s SLS and fluoride-free; tastes good; and has a smooth gel consistency.




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!

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.