Gold Bond ultimate hand cream | $3.50 at Target
RMS Beauty un-cover up #22 | $35 at RMS Beauty
Almond Glow skin “lotion” | available at Whole Foods
NARS illuminating finishing powder | $35 at Sephora
Lush Cosmetics “The Greench” deodorant powder | $7.95 at Lush
Lush Cosmetics “The Olive Branch” shower gel | $9.95 at Lush
Some of these are very recent purchases (the NARS powder), and some I’ve been using for years (Rosebud salve), but I thought it was time for a new beauty post/discussion. I’ve been trying very hard to minimize my “beauty” routine as well as my wardrobe, because honestly, I think my beauty products might be even more out of control than my closet!
At any given time I have about 4-5 foundations/tinted moisturizers that I alternate between. I guess I’m trying to phase out some of them (like my Bobbi Brown skin foundation that I don’t love anymore) and the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (which does nothing for me), but eery so often I have a desire to use one of them. Since I want to get to the point where I have less STUFF and it’s easier for me to pack for traveling (skin care/makeup included), I’m really trying to stick with just a few products lately, and for makeup, that means I’m back to my RMS beauty un-cover up.
I’ve loved this since I got it a year or so ago, but it never seemed quite “perfect” so I kept searching for something new. The biggest problem I have is redness, and NOTHING covers it well enough, so I’m always searching. But I’ve decided to give it a serious go; the un-cover up feels so good going on, and if I layer it enough, it covers very well. The size is also PERFECT for traveling. Now with a light dusting of the NARS powder on top, my skin seriously looks flawless. And doesn’t feel dry, which is a problem I have with EVERY SINGLE powder I’ve ever tried.
The gold bond hand cream is the best I’ve tried, and I’ve tried them all. Trust me. Their entire line of products is good, actually, I have a foot lotion and intensive body lotion I use also. I keep this at my desk and for traveling, and then at night, I use a little rosebud salve on my cuticles and any other dry parts of my hands/arms and I wake up to super-soft skin. In the mornings I apply the rosebud salve to my lips with a q-tip and sort of exfoliate a little bit, which also feels really good, and sloughs off the flakes.
Now that I have a Lush store handy, I’ve become a convert. Which is quite dangerous, because the products aren’t cheap. I love their bath bombs, but use them very sparingly! And I will never use another shower gel after trying the Olive Branch; the smell is wonderful and it’s incredibly moisturizing (especially with the Almond Glow oil on top after a shower). It doesn’t last very long, but I’ll always have a small version with me for traveling; I hate the products that come in hotels.
Finally – I’ll address deodorant again. I’ve been using my homemade coconut oil deodorant for a long time, but recently, I’ve become fed up with the marks on my clothing because of it. It never stains long-term, but it was getting really frustrating to put on a thin blouse or shirt then moments later see oily stains at the underarms. So, I decided to give the lush powdered deodorant a try, and I do like it, but the smell is “interesting” to say the least. The rosemary/thyme combo scent goes away after a few minutes, so it’s not that bad, but I don’t love it. It seems to work okay, but I think I’ll need to apply it more than once a day. In fact, I think I’m going to try and use it in the morning before getting dressed, and the coconut oil at night before going to bed and see if that combination works.
I did recently also buy the Weleda spray deodorant because I liked the scent better and the idea of a spray more, but it does NOT WORK for me at all. And I refuse to go back to deodorant/antiperspirants with aluminum in them, anyway, those stopped working for me also.
So…trial and error continues on that front, but I do appreciate how easy it will be to travel with the powder (doesn’t have to go in my quart ziploc bag) – I just have to remember to re-apply it at night.
What beauty products are you loving (or not loving) lately? Any holy grail products to share??