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.)

 

 

 

 

 

Review and Giveaway with Nephriticus!

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Hello Readers! Today I am bringing you a green meets greenish beauty blogger collaboration between myself and the wonderful Jade over at Nephriticus.com. Jade is one of my favorite green beauty bloggers–and now she’s a youtuber too! (Check her her channel here.)Jade and I are each reviewing a product and then doing a giveaway where one lucky winner will get both products! In each of our posts, we’re answering 4 questions to create a mini review of our picks. Check out the Q and A below and then ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

1) What are you giving away?

I selected Deciem Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00%. (CAIS)
2) What made you choose this product?
I first read about Deciem CAIS on Caroline Hiron’s blog. The founder of the Deciem, Brandon Truaxe, did Q and A on Caroline’s blog in an effort to explain his line NIOD (Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science). What caught my eye is that he said if you use one product from the line, it should be CAIS because it focuses on skin health. This caught my attention because he isolated one thing as opposed to pushing everything in the line. I didn’t purchase at that time, but once I started seeing it pop up in my Instagram feed, I went back to her post and reread it along with all of the questions and answers in the comments section. I then did some reading on peptides in skincare. CAIS utilizes Copper Tripeptide GHK-Cu. This is a peptide that is involved with skin healing, anti-inflammatory responses, collagen synthesis and more. I recommend taking a look at the blog post that first piqued my interest (there’s no point in my reiterating it all) and do read down to the comments section, because Deceim’s founder answered many of the readers’ questions. Here is one of his answers about CAIS’s approaching “the root cause instead of individual issues. I will highlight this approach in CAIS.  CAIS contains 1% pure copper peptides. Copper peptides are in human plasma and attract copper in to allow tissue repair functions. While the level of copper in our system stays stable as we age (and is diet dependent also), the level of copper peptides drops by nearly 70% into our 60’s. So the copper is actually available in the body but cannot be taken in to be used for ongoing repair of small things that are constantly going wrong (stress, hormones, pollution, sugar levels, etc.). By supplementing copper peptides, we’re focusing on the support of skin health instead of targeting a specific issue.”
So the idea is that our skin is always in need of a little repairing from the environment, our diets or perhaps in bigger need of repair. Now this is made in a lab–it’s not the usual green beauty item that I try, however it seemed worth checking out. I should also mention that this got me on a copper kick, so I know also own an Illuminage pillow case, which is copper infused. I’ll be reviewing that soon too. This product is a very watery serum that you make yourself–sorta. It comes in two bottles. You combine the activator and serum which is then housed in dark glass bottle with a pipette dispenser. I use it right after showering in the a.m. as well as a few nights a week.  I put about 1/3 of a pipette-worth in my palm, press may hands together then press it into my face. I let it sink in for a minute before moving to next steps/other products.
3) What did CAIS do for you?

Deciem’s literature claims that users will see results in 5 days. What kinds of results? Well, they talk about it preventing and reversing signs of aging skin from enlarged pores to lines, to pigmentation to general lack of radiance. Five days came and went and I didn’t see any change. About two weeks in, it happened. Smaller, cleaner looking pores and an overall smoother texture and, yes, radiance. I was and continue to be impressed. I look forward to the giveaway and hearing about the winner’s experience with it.

4) Now for some randomness and fun:

-Name your most used green make-up product: Ilia Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady. I have one on my desk and one in my purse and reapply a few times a day.

-Name your most used green skincare product: Probably Pratima Neem Rose Sunscreen. I switch some stuff around in my routine, but this one gets used nearly every day.
-What non-green product do you cling to most? Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. Can’t. Let. Go.
-What’s your next splurge going to be? Well, I just signed up for the Beauty Heroes box in because of Mahalo Indigo was the May product. It is luscious. I can’t wait to see what comes in June. I’m also doing some cleanser collecting, so Oskia Renaissance Cleanser may be next!