April 29, 2016

April 2016 Empties

*PR Samples

Yes, it's been awhile since I've written a blog post but without fuss or fanfare let's get onto the show.

I posted last month's empties to my Instagram account.  If you don't follow me there here's the link to that post.

The Seaweed Bath Co. Moisturizing Argan Conditioner: I purchased this from Soap Hope a while ago.  Lately I've had a few different hair conditioners open at once and it has taken me a while to finish.  Both my daughter and I used this product.  I like using this when I need a heavier weight conditioner.  Love that it is unscented.  I used it less like a daily conditioner and more like a treatment conditioner.  I would consider repurchasing it in the future.  Recommend.

Nourish Organic Face Toner Rosewater + Witch Hazel (won in a giveaway):  This product performed as expected but something about the scent was just off to me.  This was confirmed when shortly after using it one morning my husband asked what was that smell!?!  This was not a compliment.  Based on the scent profile alone I would not purchase.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Toner in Rose Petal: This super affordable witch hazel toner is a tried and true product.  I've already purchased the unscented version.  There is no need to spend money on expensive toners as this one works just as well as expensive versions.  Highly Recommend.

Herban Lifestyle Skin  Detox Facial Soap*:  I'm using this soap as a body soap as I have so many facial cleansers at the moment.  Works well at cleansing and does not dry out my skin.  Has light exfoliation.  If you prefer a bar for your skin cleanser this might work for you.  I personally rather an oil based cleanser and/or a cream cleanser.  I will not purchase.

Have you tried any of these products?  Agree/Disagree?  Let me know in the comments below.


November 26, 2015

Review: Hush + Dotti

* PR Samples

Hush + Dotti is an indie beauty brand that I was introduced to over a year ago.  It left an impression on me that never went away.  In the midst of sampling and trying multitudes of products and brands, the brands that you come back to are the ones that make the biggest impact.  Hush + Dotti is a brand that makes an impact.

I've been thrilled to have the privilege test out some more Hush + Dotti products over the past month.  If you have never tried anything from the line, it's time to give this lush indie brand a try.

Balm Cleansers: 

The first product I ever tried from Hush & Dotti was the Balm Cleanser - Original*.  Read my first review here.  I still love it.  This cleanser melts away my makeup with ease and calms my dry, mature, winter freaked out skin.  If your skin is angry this is the answer.  I also love the multi-use aspect of both balms as either the Original or Sensitive can be used as hydrating masks.  Over the past month I used the Balm Cleanser - Sensitive* more for masking and the Original for cleansing.  I recommend both.  If I had to choose only one based on my skin type I'd go with the original.  

If you've read my blog for any length of time you all know I love a good serum/facial oil.  Oh my oh my... These dream drops are heavenly.  I've actually had a few gals ask me on instagram what foundation I was wearing in some of my photos and it was due to the way the Dream Drops had made my skin look.  My dry skin usually cannot wear mineral powder foundation at all in the Fall or Winter months, but now I can.  I've been prepping my skin with several drops of DD letting them soak in and then applying my mineral powder foundation and it looks divine!  For those who are curious the DD also work well with CC cream and cream foundation.  Liquid gold in a bottle. Recommend!

Wearing Danni Organic Lipstick & Gel Eyeliner in Gypsy Black

Wearing T-Bone Organic Lipstick & Cream Gel Eyeliner in Gypsy Black

Have you ever been on the hunt for a perfect red lipstick.  You know the one.  The one where your lips say hello before the rest of your face?  I've got the perfect shade for you.  That's Danny*.  And it's 85% organic, vegan, and super hydrating.  Don't care for a red lip then you have six additional shade to choose from.  My non-red shade is T-Bone* described as the "happiest shade of pink."  On my wish list is Meggie a neutral plum.  Recommend.  I want them all...

Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Gypsy Black*: 

Hush + Dotti's  Gel Eyeliner applied on a Migraine Day.
Took a photo for evidence that even with a migraine I was able to apply.
That's a testimonial on how easy it is to use!

I love a good eyeliner, but finding one that is non-irritating, easy to use, and pigmented is not as easy as you'd think.  This is where any misconceptions over gel liner in a pot vs pen or pencil needs to be revisited in my opinion.  I fully admit after my experiences with Hush + Dotti's Long Wear Gel Eyeliner I'm a convert.  No more pencil liner.  No more tugging.  No more being irritated.  If I can apply it with a full blown migraine and it not irritate my eyes ONE SINGLE BIT that is a HOLY GRAIL product right there ladies and gentlemen.  Recommend.

Have you tried anything from Hush + Dotti?  Want to?  Use Code NATPAULA and save 20% off your order.

Want a chance to win some Hush + Dotti?  Enter Here.  They've partnered with several other cruelty free brands and Cruelty Free International for a Cruelty Free Holiday Giveaway.  Good luck everyone (US Residents only).  

Follow Hush + Dotti on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram because soon they will be releasing eyeshadows and body balm.