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It’s crazy how fast October has come and gone!

I’m shocked it’s already November, actually, but alas.

So, with the end of another month, it’s time again for monthly favorites!

  1.  Living Nature Radiance Night Oil. I’ve been a fan of this one for awhile, but I haven’t really appreciated it fully until now because the weather’s finally changed and I actually need the extra nourishment. This is a lovely facial oil for night skincare. You can see my original review on it – here
  2. Jane Iredale Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer. I actually just received this one for review and I normally wouldn’t jump the gun like this, but I’m shocked I actually like this! One end is an acne treatment balm while the other is a concealer. Review for this one coming soon!
  3. Living Nature Foundation. Although the coverage isn’t full really, I do like the light to medium coverage of this foundation. I love the ingredients in it that work to improve your skin while you’re wearing it and it has a lovely finish when used with primer! Review coming soon!
  4. Ambrosia Foods Olive Body Oil. I mentioned this body oil earlier in the week when I spoke about oil cleansing for the body. Again, I know it must sound strange, but it actually does work and this has been amazingly cleansing and softening for my skin. Check out the post on it – here. 
  5. Alpha-H Balancing Moisturizer and Gentle Exfoliant. This has been a favorite for awhile now and I’d actually run out of it, but I just got some more recently and I’ve been loving it more than ever! It’s perfect for breakouts, dullness, hyper-pigmentation, scarring, oiliness, dry skin, etc. It’s my favorite moisturizer for day and night at the moment. I love love love it. You can see the original review for it – here.
  6. Pai Echium BioRejuvenate Eye Cream. This eye cream is slowly, but surely becoming my favorite eye cream. I’ve been using it for a few months now and I love it, especially now that my eyes actually need the extra hydration right now. It’s super light, fast-absorbing and it really does seem to have an effect on fine lines! Check out my original review on this – here.

What are your beauty favorites for October?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Before I being today’s post, I just want to take a second to say I am not a doctor. If you have a specific skin condition or if you are simply unsure whether this method will work for you, please consult your physician beforehand. This is simply a method that has really worked well for me so I hope it helps some of you in your goals for clear, glowing body skin.

 

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll know all about my body’s dry skin issues. That being said, I haven’t talked about the things I do to combat and keep my dry skin at bay. The main thing I’ve been doing for a few months now is oil cleansing for the body.

When people discuss oil cleansing, it’s usually referring to the face, but I’ve been using natural olive oil body oil to wash my body. This may actually turn quite a few people off, but it actually really works incredibly well for me.

First of all, I still use soap to cleanse delicate lady parts (sorry, it needs to be said), but everywhere else (aside from my hair) gets cleansed with the body oil I purchased at my local farmer’s market from a company called Ambrosia Foods.

I experimented cleansing this way for the first time because cleansing with traditional soap just wasn’t doing it for me. It didn’t matter if the body wash or soap was for dry skin, it still dried my skin out and occasionally made me peel. So, I thought, why not take the principles of oil cleansing for the face and apply that to my body?

So, in order to avoid the annoying oily type feeling, here’s how I achieve soft, glowing skin through oil cleansing without feeling super oily at the end of it all.

 

I posted about these gloves I picked up at Target several months ago from Eco Tools and they’ve worked very well for me. So, when I decided to begin my experimenting with oil cleansing for the body, these were a must-have. Basically what I do is I apply body oil (the one shown above or whatever body oil I have on hand) while in the shower and I massage it into my skin while using these exfoliating shower gloves. Then I rinse off a little, turn off the shower and dry my skin. The exfoliating gloves really help the oil absorb into my skin while sloughing off dead skin cells and cleansing dirt. Just remember to be gentle around your breast, neck and under arm areas where the skin is much thinner because exfoliating too hard can irritate and inflame your skin.

Not only does my skin not feel oily after the fact, but it’s left brighter, clearer, more supple and hydrated. If I feel I still need added moisture, I’ll apply a normal body lotion once out of the shower. My two current favorites are the Skin Rescue Lotion from Max Green Alchemy and the Intrinsic Organics Body Lotion because they both absorb easily without leaving residue behind and they hydrate the skin really well without clogging pores.

So, I know it may sound weird, but try it and see for yourself; you may be surprised at the results!

Words of caution – be careful when using oil in the shower, you can slip and hurt yourself if you’re not careful. Also, make sure you rinse your shower out well after bathing because it can cause dirt to stick to the tub if you don’t rinse with hot water after the fact and may also cause the next person to shower to slip and fall as well.

Have you ever tried oil cleansing before for the face or body?

What were your experiences with this method of cleansing?

Cheap & Eco Friendly Clarisonic Alternative : The Konjac Sponge

So excited that I’ve finally been able to try one of these little beauties!

I’ve been wanting one since I did this post back in June and so when the lovely ladies from  BeautyHabit offered to send me one for review, I was SO thrilled!

Of course I had to use it the very first day when I got it in the mail and it doesn’t disappoint!

First off, I was kind of bummed I didn’t get one of the clay enhanced ones at first, but now I really like this one because it is so versatile. It’s not tied down to one skin type or whatever like the clay-enriched ones are and so any skin type can use it and it can be used with a cleanser of your choice as well which works great.

I really love this tool! It’s such a no brainer type of cleansing tool / cleanser in one. I actually think it would be especially brilliant for someone who wants an easy skin routine and even for guys because it’s exfoliating, cleansing, softening and hydrating all in one product! 

The first time I used this, my face felt so super soft, refreshed, cleansed, brightened and hydrated and I used it just as it comes straight out of the packaging with no added cleansers or anything. I’ve since tried it with various cleansers, all with really nice results. I’ve also oil cleansed and then used this and it was great as well.

It’s just such an easy cleansing tool to use and although it won’t give you facial-like deep cleansing results that a Clarisonic will, this is an awesome alternative for people on a budget who want something that cleans well without any irritation or dryness! It really works well to cleanse your face in a super simple way.  You can also use this on your body as well and it’s really nice, though small, and gentle exfoliates so for those, like me, who have sensitive skin this is a nice alternative to a loofah.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone, especially those who want a simple routine, have very sensitive skin and also guys. This is something I will absolutely purchase (actually, ironically I have it in another tab as we speak LOL) because it’s so versatile, it can be used on anyone and it’s the easiest way to get clean skin without causing irritation or having to think too hard about it. Another thing I really dig about using this sponge is that it’s super eco friendly, 100% biodegradable and sustainable so  I don’t have to worry about any waste accumulating from my using it.

These are meant to last up to 6 months, but if they start to break down then they recommend you replace it. Also, it has kind of a very subtle strange smell to it, but it’s not too noticeable really, especially if you’re adding your own cleanser to the sponge when you use this.

Other Awesome Features of These Sponges:

  • Eco Friendly & Sustainable
  • 100% Natural konjac potato sponge
  • 100% Free of Dyes and Additives
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Gentle On Sensitive Skin, even those with psoriasis and eczema
  • Easy to Use
  • pH Balanced
  • Various sponges for face, body and babies

As weird as it may sound (for the 1 guy or so out there who is reading this! Thanks, by the way! :-D) , I really think these would be a godsend for guys out there who want easy cleansing. I forced my boyfriend to try this, as I usually do with everything I try much to his displeasure, and he actually liked it. It’s not difficult to use and it gets the job done. You can easily pick one with your skin type and you may not even have to use a moisturizer if you don’t want (though I recommend you do use one and some sunscreen if you want to be one of those hot older guys, otherwise power on the fast track to wrecked-face-ville, by all means).

Anyone else who wants to use this can and should as well because it’s super affordable $9 USD so even the cheapest bargain hunter scrooges of the world can spring for one!  Aside from that, it works really well and your skin will certainly thank you.

Check out the Original sponge – here!

Check out the clay-enriched sponges – here!

Check out the body wave sponges – here!

What do you think of these konjac sponges?

Would you or have you ever tried one?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the sample(s) sent to me from Beauty Habit for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own and will always be honest no matter how I obtain said product(s).

Get A Customized Sun-Kissed Look + Natural Sun Protection With Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer!

Susan Posnick’s ColorFLO Bronzer

I was so happy to receive this for review from the lovely Susan Posnick because I have read so many reviews on the ColorFLO Face Mineral Powder Foundation and I was impressed by the high level of natural sun protection her line of mineral makeup offers and the natural ingredient list that includes vitamins A and E for skin benefits while you wear it!

This bronzer is super easy to use and, although it comes in only one shade, it is easily customized to your skin tone, the desired amount of coverage and cosmetic use.

It comes in a tube with an attached brush and pump so you can easily apply this loose bronze powder wherever you are. I should mention that a little bit goes a long way with this powder so don’t click the pump too many times. It comes out and seems like it’s not much, but the color is very pigmented and you may end up with more mineral bronzer than you want on your cheeks. The benefit of this is that once you get the hang of how to control the application of this bronzer, you can build the coverage from a light glowing flush of color to a full color pigmented bronzer all over, as desired.

I’ve tried this in a number of ways: as a light flush of color on the top of my cheek bones without any other makeup, as a contour bronze in the hollows of my cheeks, and as an all over bronzer when I felt like looking particularly sun-kissed and beach ready. Be careful not to use too heavy a hand because it can have disastrous effects; a light hand provides sheer, glowing skin effects that look awesome so tread lightly!

Lastly, I love the vitamin benefits and natural sunscreen properties in this because my skin is both protected from free radicals and damaging UV rays all in one fell swoop. It’s perfect for lazy summer days when I don’t feel like applying a million and one skincare layers just to protect my skin from everything under the sun (literally and figuratively!).

I definitely recommend this for the Summer because it’s so easy to use and very versatile.  The soft milled powders look really natural, softening fine lines and minimizing pores. The only downside to this is the price; at $64 USD, it’s sitting firmly in the luxury cosmetic category. If you have the money to spare, it’s definitely worth a go given the natural and skin beneficial ingredient list. I’ve been carrying it around with me for days when I look particularly tired or pale to give my skin a nice glow or for poolside days when I want to look sun-kissed!

Check out the ColorFLO Bronzer – Here! 

Check out the entire Susan Posnick line – Here! 

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Susan Posnick Cosmetics for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.