Halloween, for me, is life. I eat, sleep, breathe, love, and live it! October is my month, and there's so many exciting releases that come out that I absolutely have to have. These are two of those items:
Witch Baby Soap is one of my favorites. I've been using her stuff for a few years, when I found her stand at Monster Mania, a horror convention my husband and I go to every year twice a year. She makes vegan and cruelty free products and they're all spooky! I've loved everything I've used by her but my absolute favorite is Hallowmas. Here's the description, taken directly from the Witch Baby Soap website:
"Hallowmas is a Halloween cult classic. This autumnal butter is the embodiment of October. It has the intoxicating aroma of crushed caramelized jack-o-lantern guts drenched in bourbon vanilla with a dash of warm pumpkin spice."
Is your mouth watering yet? The scent is amazing. It's sweet and savory, and every time I apply it I crave pumpkin pie! The scent does last for a decent amount of time too. I wish it lasted longer but when something smells this good, how could you not wish that?!
This body butter is so luxurious. It is super thick, and a little goes a long way. It's made with shea butter, coconut oil, and grape seed oil. This isn't an apply and go kind of deal. You need to apply it and let it soak in for at least 10 minutes or longer to allow maximum absorption. It can feel greasy at first but it does eventually absorb. It leaves my skin incredibly soft and moisturized. Even through the next day, it's still soft. As the months get colder, I want a thick body butter for my skin because often times lotion isn't enough.
As you can see, the butter is a tannish color. But, as you rub it, it turns orange, which I tried to capture in the picture for you. I just love that! It's so fun!
She offers two different sizes in this, a smaller and a bigger one. I got the 4 oz size for $8. The full size is 9 oz and I think that one costs $15 but everything is sold out now so I can't say for certain. What I can say is that I love this body butter and you will too, if you can get your hands on it once she restocks it!
I also ordered the Hallowmas solid perfume. This is my first time ever trying her solid perfumes. It's the same wonderful scent as the body butter, but in a sunflower seed oil and wax base.
I'm always skeptical about solid perfumes. I find that, often times, they can be heavy. Also, they can leave a greasy residue wherever you apply them. For that reason, I usually avoid them all together, but I especially avoid them when it's warm out. Now that it's cooler out, and I love the scent so much, I figured I would give this one a shot.
I'm happy to say that this one doesn't leave any residue, and it blends into your skin well. My only real complaint is how light the smell is when it's applied. This fragrance is wonderful but it's one of those scents that people will need to be close to you in order to smell it. The scent doesn't last long either. If there was a way to make this scent into an actual spray perfume, I would be sold! I would buy the biggest bottle she would sell, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing this one again. This tin is $10.
When it comes to her fall and Halloween collection, they sell out fast! She does re-stocks, and I would definitely suggest following her on Instagram to stay up to date on her releases!
By now, you guys already know how much I love the Tea Rose Finishing Powder by Modern Minerals. I was super sad when my sample ran out, but I knew I had a sample of Pearl Finishing Dust by Everyday Minerals to try. I actually have a sample pack I got awhile back that I've yet to use. It has 2 mineral bases (to find your shade), bronzer, and this finishing dust. I plan on using the bases and bronzer shortly, like on a day when I'm just home or running errands to see how they are. But for now, I wanted to review the finishing dust.
I personally feel that finishing powder with a pearl finish, not a matte finish, really does a lot to your complexion. And it really finishes your makeup look. I would say 99% of the population have skin imperfections, and the pearl finishes diffuse light and help to hide those imperfections. Often times, for my skin personally, I feel a matte finishing powder makes my face look dull and lackluster. I know it works wonders if you have extremely oily skin, which I don't, but in general, I just feel like a little shimmer makes all the different.
How does this powder stack up? I would say pretty good. There's not a whole lot of shimmer, but there's plenty to get the job done. I'm not trying to look like I just went to a rave. The powder itself is super fine, so it glides effortlessly over your skin. It doesn't mess up my makeup when I apply it. They offer different colors, depending on your skin tone, but this one is right for mine. It's translucent and it has neutral undertones. Like I mentioned above, they offer other options with more pink or peach, depending on your skin tone. I haven't had any issues with itching or breaking out, which I know can sometimes happen depending on the ingredients or the product and your skin type. All Everyday Minerals products are created without petro chemicals, lake dyes, bismuth oxychloride (a big culprit in making your skin itch from makeup), synthetic fragrances, SLS, mineral oil, or paraffin wax. The regular size is .17 oz and costs $15, but they have a mini size that is .06 oz and is $10. Either option is super affordable. I didn't like the little pouch the sample came in, truth be told. But, I have an old compact from my Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation (as you can see above) that I use the bottom part of, where the sponge was, and dumped the whole pouch in there and use it that way. It's much easier and less messier. I wish the samples came in little tiny jars, like a lot of other samples do, but that's my only minor complaint. Otherwise, I love the stuff and I look forward to using it daily!
Let's talk some truth: it doesn't matter what you eat, how you eat, or how much you eat, taking a multivitamin is essential. You need to be well rounded, and that doesn't always just happen. But with the endless amounts of vitamins out there, where do you begin? I've tried one vegan brand before, but I didn't love it. It made my belly hurt, so I decided to try the DEVA brand. I went iron free because iron vitamins always bothers my already sensitive stomach. I also got the tiny tablets. Not that I have an issue with regular size tablets, but if you've ever got a big pill stuck in your throat and it just sits there until it eventually slides down, you learn to appreciate tiny tablets.
I actually really like these vitamins. Not only are they easy to take, but after taking them for close to a month now, I feel much better so I know they're filling the gap where I'm missing certain things. Prior to taking these, I was dizzy and feeling generally ill. Within a week to two weeks of taking this, I was feeling better.
You know how vitamins turn your pee that fluorescent yellow/green color? The reason that happens is you're excreting all the extra vitamins not absorbed by your body. For the first week or so, my pee was the usual clear color, but as I took them more, it started to get to that bright yellow color. So I know they're actually working, and I was actually absorbing the vitamins I needed in my body.
They're super affordable too. I paid $7.19 for 90 tablets, and at one tablet per day, that's a 90 day supply. That only comes out to be like $.08 per pill. Granted, you can't get these in stores (not by me at least), and I had to order online, so sure you may have to pay for shipping, but they're still worth it. I got mine from The Vegan Store online, and I highly recommend them! Also, I recently discovered Vitacost (and am kind of in love), and they offer a variety of Deva vitamins for cheap too!
At the same time I ordered these vitamins, I also ordered this B-Fresh Gum. The reason I was so intrigued was the B12. That's one of the vitamins vegetarians and especially vegans can lack, and each serving of this gum (which is 2 pieces) contains 300% RDI of B12. How great is that?! I know 300% sounds like a lot, but it's a water soluble vitamin, so any extra get excreted in your waste. And it even contains calcium! Talk about multi purpose gum!
The gum has a refreshing minty flavor, but unfortunately it only lasts for like 5 minutes. I don't really mind too much since I was never like a huge gum fan, but I do wish it lasted at least a little longer. I eat veggies and hummus like every day for lunch, and that gum really helps freshen my breath before going back out to work and chatting with people. This gum claims to help balance the pH in your mouth thus eliminating your bad breath and I think it works, for myself personally. I take good care of my teeth and mouth, so my breath really isn't ever that bad anyway, but I know hummus breath isn't cute on anyone lol.
The price is a little high. I paid $10.99 for 100 pieces, which isn't horrible. If the gum lasted longer I would find the price to be more reasonable. Overall, I am happy with the purchase though. I carry them with me in my bag every day!
These allergic contact dermatitis posts are starting to feel like Star Wars. Episode are episode, and just went you think it's done, BOOM, another episode. I feel like I'm never gonna be able to title any of these posts "Allergic Contact Dermatitis: The Solution," like it's never gonna happen.
If you've been following my journey with this, you know that I've been to the dermatologist, did patch tests, changed my makeup about 127x, worn makeup, not worn makeup, used this ointment and that ointment, this cream and that cream, and now most recently, I've added seen an allergist, upon the suggestion of my dermatologist, to that never ending constantly growing list.
I've never actually seen an allergist, so I didn't know what to expect. I didn't expect a 2.5 hour appointment, but hey, sometimes that's how it works. After an hour of going through my entire medical history, and apparently finding out that my blood pressure was a bit low (to be fair, I don't think it is. I was having an IBS flare up that day, and hadn't eaten, and I don't think any of that helped at all.), I got some allergy test. There was two of them.
The first, as you can see above, is called a Scratch Test. It's essentially as it sounds. They number different spots on your forearm, 1-30, and use a super super thin needle to scratch the surface of your skin and use some of the allergen to see if it causes a reaction. You wait for 15-20 minutes to see if it causes a reaction. They basically test for 30 of the most common allergens; ranging from pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, etc.
I don't know the name of this test, but I know that it sucked. They take bigger needles, and inject certain types of allergens under the skin. It's not a good time. As if the needle doesn't suck enough, when they inserted the allergen under the skin is just felt so gross. And the welts from it lasted on my skin for awhile actually. It's been almost a week and I still have tiny bumps from it. Same thing as the other test, you wait 15-20 minutes for a reaction.
Now the part you're waiting for, what was the result? According to the tests, I'm allergic to.. NOTHING! Yeah, you read that right. But, I know that's not right, and so did my allergist. At this point, I was poked, prodded, and scratched so much that I was beyond frustrated and fighting back tears in the doctors office. I asked her how that could be, that everything came back negative, but I've been dealing with allergies my whole life? I even had an allergy induced asthma attack when I was a kid!
She told me that these allergy tests only tests for the most common allergens. They can only grow so many types of mold and pollen in the lab, and there's literally thousands of different kinds. Plus, there's other allergens that you can't even test for, like air pollution. Can you imagine being allergic to friggin air pollution? Like where can you live?! I wouldn't put it passed me though. I wouldn't put any of those weird and uncommon allergies passed me, because I always have the weird and uncommon. She thinks my eczema has something to do with the negative tests too, which apparently can happen. So, the next step is blood work. Do you know who hates blood work? This girl. I have 5 tattoos, and I can do them no problem, but I cannot do blood work. I always feel like they're gonna mess up and collapse my vein and I'm gonna die. And the entire time it's in my arm, every time my heart beats, I just imagine blood squirting in the tube, and it just makes me nauseous. So, I've been kind of taking my time setting up that appointment. I am gonna go though. But I'm just not ready for it. I'm not ready for any of it. I'm not ready for uncomfortable blood work that may or may not yield results, just like everyone else hasn't yielded results. At this point, I'm frustrated, and my spirits are low. My stupid dermatitis on my eyelids was of course barely noticeable when I saw the allergist. Now, not even a week later, it's back. I feel like my entire life is an Alanis Morissette song. Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?
I haven't used a liquid foundation in easily 12 years, maybe even longer. I've been a powder foundation girl since my teens. I always felt that liquid foundation was so heavy and caused my face to break out. Powder has always worked for me, but when I saw 100% Pure's 2nd Skin Foundation being released, I was intrigued. 2nd Skin sounds like something I could get down with; I imagined it would be really lightweight. Also, my face is breaking out but it's also drying (fun combo!), so I thought liquid might work a little better for my dry skin.
I emailed them to determine my shade, which was Sand, just like it was in the concealer. Sand is apparently a very popular color, and it sells out within 1-2 days after it's restocked. So, it took a little bit of time to order it. I've been using it for a few days now, and I wanted to do an initial review on it. But, before I get into that, let's talk about the product itself.
The 2nd Skin Foundation's biggest selling point is the Olive Squalane. This is not to be confused with Squalene, which is from the shark's of livers and is awful, mean, and gross, and is also bad for your skin. Squalane is derived from olives, and mimics the oils that occur in your skin naturally. Olive Squalane helps balance out your skin's moisture level, so if you're too dry or too oily, it will help balance that out. Also, it helps with dark spots, which is a major bonus. It also doubles as a serum, so you don't need any addition prep work on your face aside from your usual moisturizing routine. Lastly, it helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. At 28, I really need to start looking into prevention of wrinkles, which makes me want to cry in the corner honestly, but it's true. I swear I'm starting to see laugh lines already. My husband thinks I'm a crazy person, but I see them. In addition to the Olive Squalane, you can rest assure that all of the ingredients are natural, safe, and 100% vegan and cruelty free. They offer a variety of colors now, whereas before it was more limited. Personally, I still feel it's limited, but it's not like mineral foundation where I feel is easier to match and create a plethora of colors, but it's not bad honestly. I would say they cater to the basics with their color options.
Here's what I can say about it so far:
1) I really like the bottle it comes in. It's a frosted glass bottle with a dropper style top. The frosted bottle helps maintain the integrity of the product and the ingredients, plus no nasty plastic chemicals are leaking into your product and thus being absorbed into your skin. The dropper style allows for better control of how much product you use, and helps to keep your fingers a little cleaner than traditional style foundation bottles.
2) The foundation is very lightweight. It's like a serum foundation, similar to that of Pacifica's Dreamy Cover Bare Faced Foundation.
3) This foundation dries quickly and it is super smooth. No greasy after feel or anything like that. If you're like me, you're skeptical about any type of oil on your face, especially when you're prone to breakouts. The Squalane actually helps your skin balance, like I mentioned earlier, and it's non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores either.
4) I feel like this foundation is best applied using your fingers, or a damp beauty blender, not a brush. Because it absorbs so fast, I imagine a brush would cause streaks. I place a few drops on the back of my hand, and dip my fingers in it and apply it to my face from inside to the outside.
5)This foundation clings to every little patch of dry skin you have. That's definitely an issue for me. I've been using my bamboo wash cloth while washing my face every night so exfoliate my face more. Truthfully, I do feel like my face isn't as dry, but I still have trouble spots. Allowing your moisturizer to fully absorb (not like when you're rushing in the morning and have 5 minutes to wash, tone, moisturize, and apply makeup like I often have to do) does definitely help.
6)I don't feel like this foundation is cakey, but it can get cakey if you're dry or apply to much.
7)It can transfer easily into other things, so setting it with a powder is essential. However, once you set it, the stuff stays on your face pretty much all day long. The first day I used it, it was almost 90 degrees, extremely high humidity, and I was out at an orchard all day, sweating my butt off. I mean, sweating a bad my husband has to help me peep my jeans off my legs, that kinda sweat. And honestly, my foundation still looked good, even after sweating like a man.
8)I feel like the coverage is good for those who have decent skin from the gate. While I feel it does a decent job evening my skin tone as far as redness, it doesn't do much of anything in the way of covering my acne scars. If you read my previous post about the concealer, you'll know I wasn't a fan of that, so that options out the window. I still apply a few strokes of my regular Jane Iredale powder foundation on top because I need more coverage.
9)It doesn't smell nearly as bad as the concealer did, thankfully. I think I might have had a bad concealer honestly. I mean, it's polar opposites as far as the scent goes.
10)The price is hefty at $45 a bottle; however, with only needing to use 2-3 drops as a time, its worth it because it'll last me forever.
11)I haven't noticed any breakouts or anything from it within the 1+ week I've used it.
12)The colors vary between the foundation and the concealer. For example, Sand is the foundation is actually a little light for my face. Not a lot, but enough that I notice it. Whereas the Sand shade of concealer was very orangey and too dark for my skin.
Overall, I am happy with this purchase thus far. I'll do another review when I'm about a month into using it. I always like to do a follow up with most items, because your opinion can definitely change the more you use it!