Saturday, October 21, 2017

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Wash For All Skin Types Review


Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday. I know I am. I was out earlier and the weather is back to being nice. Wihich is wonderful after the cold and windy week we had last week. I thought fall might have officially made its appearance. But then it made a disappearance, which is fine with me. Anyway, I'm back with another face wash review. This time from the brand Alaffia....

Alaffia claims:
Our face wash, with Certified Fair Trade virgin coconut oil, gently cleanses while maintaining your skin's moisture level. It removes eye makeup, impurities, and environmental pollutants, leaving skin smooth and fresh. For EveryDay use on all skin types.
Ingredients: Azadirachta indica (Neem) Leaf* Aqueous Extract, Carica papaya (Papaya) Leaf Aqueous Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Saponified Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glycerin, Aromatic Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Lavandula hybrida (Lavender) Oil. *Certified Fair Trade by IMO
I paid about $5 or 6 dollars for it. It's kind of hard to find a face wash that is completely natural and not in bar form.  I was pretty faithful to bar soaps for awhile but I figured I would review some liquid varieties. Not every one is a fan of bar soaps. And I get it, they can be messy and a little hard to travel with.

So, too start it's ethical, it's fair trade, handcrafted, no synthetic fragrance, vegan, no animal testing, gluten free, paraben free, and biodegradable. Per the bottle, it also fights poverty because they help conduct empowerment projects in Togo, West Africa. Since 2006, Alaffia  has distributed 7,100 bikes to students, built 1,855 benches, funded 4,170 births, planted 53,125 trees, donated 14,200 pairs of glasses , and constructed 10 schools. 

So it's a great company to support. But is it any good?


Yes! It almost has the consistency of a liquid black soap. And it smells good. It's Lavender scented. Can't go wrong with Lavender. It was much welcome after using a Tea Tree face wash for months and months. 

A little bit goes a long way. You don't even need a full pump. And it cleans pretty well. I don't have any problems with it removing my makeup at all- no waterproof makeup though!

It's not drying and after I use it, my face feels smooth, clean, and fresh. And ready for the next step. 

You get a pretty large amount. It's 12 oz. And it will last for quite awhile.

The ingredients are great! Check them out...


Ingredients:
 Azadirachta indica (Neem) Leaf* Aqueous Extract, Carica papaya (Papaya) Leaf Aqueous Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Saponified Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glycerin, Aromatic Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Extract, Lavandula hybrida (Lavender) Oil. *Certified Fair Trade by IMO

To sum it up, it's a great basic face wash. It does what it's supposed to and it doesn't break the bank. I can't think of a single bad thing about it. So yes, I would repurchase. And yes I would recommend it. And it will be on my yearly faves I do at the end of the year. 




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Harry Potter Pumpkin Pasties

I love making recipes from books. Especially foods that are basically a figment of the authors imagination. Like....pumpkin pasties. I have always wanted to try them when I read the books. Along with Butter Beer. I could skip on Bertie Botts every flavor beans. I wouldn't mind trying the chocolate frogs. Or maybe I would. Frogs kind of gross me out. 

But back to pumpkin pasties. I've been cooking through the Let's Eat Fiction blog. And this recipe is a winner. And that is coming from someone who is not even a pumpkin fan. I prefer sweet potato. This made me a bit of a pumpkin fan. 

So first...I started with a fresh pumpkin. Which I didn't take a pic of. It's pumpkin season, and every year I always pick up a pumpkin, I cook it and puree it, and then stick it in the freezer. Just in case I need pumpkin in the future for something. This time I had a recipe and so it didn't make it to the freezer. 

So first I whipped up the dough. Almost like the recipe but instead of margarine I used organic shortening (palm oil) to avoid the nasty trans fats. So just flour, butter, shortening, salt, and ice cold water and you can whip up the flakiest crust ever. I think I am going to pin this, especially for the crust recipe. 

Then I made the filling. The recipe advised canned-but I just used the same amount of the fresh stuff. And then you just addd the cinnamon, fresh grated nutmeg, ginger and sugar. It was quite spiced up. Just how I like it.

Then just assemble, brush with the egg yolk /milk mixture and bake. 

And yum. This made a ton of filling. I had enough for a whole other batch. And some leftover that I just mixed into some oatmeal for breakfast. For a bit of pumpkin oatmeal. Why not?

Click the link to check out the recipe for yourself.


And....to go with my pumpkin pasties, I finished reading the 7th book! I think it's my favorite of all the Harry Potter books. I almost forgot I owned it. I found it in the back of my closet. I think I bought it when it first came out. 


And now I'm reading Les Miserables (a very long book). I'm making myself read it before I read the Cursed Child book. 




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Project Pan #21

I'm a couple weeks late. I've been meaning to do this post for a little while now. I finished up another eyeshadow which usually motivates me right away to post. I think this makes number #18. I'm still trying to make it to 30 before I buy any new eyeshadow. Just 12 to go. Basically the equivalent of a whole palette. But I can do it!

1. Too Faced Brow Kit- I can't wait to be done with this. I'm getting close, but as you can see, it's still here! 

2. Make Up Forever Aqua Liner- Every time I do a post on it I am inspired to use it up. Then a week later I've misplaced it and forgotten about it. Still, I'm getting closer. I'm thinking it might be done by the next project pan? 

3. L'oreal HIP Sassy Duo- I love this color. And I'm sad it's all gone. But happy at the same time. Like I've mentioned before, I have a color in a Too Faced palette that is similar enough to this. I just need to tackle the blue side one of these days. But no time soon. 


4. Too Faced Piano Keys- Not my favorite color. And I'm definitely not using it up the way you should use products up. I just pile it on before I take my makeup off for the night. It makes an OK brow highlight if I blend most of it away. But I like a more yellow highlight shade.

5. Lorac Primer- This is almost dried up in the container. I think I might have to trash it soon. And then go shopping for a new eyeshadow primer. 

6. Smashbox Halo Powder- I have one more use of this. Just one. I thought it was done but I twisted it both ways and powder sprung up out of nowhere. I can't wait to be done with it. But then again I have basically no backup foundation. I really want the Rihanna foundation but it's not in stock. So I think I will be rocking a bit of concealer until I decide what foundation I want to get in the meantime. 

7. Stila Eyeshadow (I'm too lazy to look up the name now!) - I'm almost done with the whole palette. Except the blue. Which for some reason I really, really love. The rest of the Stila eyeshadows in the palette I really didn't like. But this blue is one of my favorites, it has a iridescent blue tone to it, that makes it look so much better on me than other blue shades. I don't want to pan it. But I don't want to keep the packaging around for one little shade either. So..I guess I will be wearing a lot of blue in the next coming weeks. My favorite way to wear it is just thrown in the inner corner. Just a fun, slightly blue look. But I also like it all over too!

I think that's all for now! Hopefully I finish up Piano Keys by the next update. If not the Halo powder will definitely be gone! 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Natural Beauty Products Haul

So, I haven't done one of these in a long time. I just haven't been buying that many beauty products. Or at least I don't think have. And then all the sudden you run out of everything at the same time. So I've been getting a couple things here and there. So I thought why not do a post?

Dr. Bronner's Cinnamon All-One Toothpaste
I ran all out of toothpaste and I thought I would try making some. So I did. I just used clay and baking powder, a bit of coconut oil, and some peppermint oil. But I didn't really like it that much. So I found a coupon in the store and picked this one up. Mostly I stick to mint so I thought I would try something different. I've been using it a couple weeks and I'm not sure how I feel about it...

Africa's Secret Multi-Purpose Skin Cream
If you've heard of the Egyptian Magic, this is almost similar. But for a fraction of the cost. I got it for about ten or eleven dollars. I mostly plan to use it on my face. Just to see if I can fade some marks I have on my chin from picking at acne. So far I've used it 3-4 times and the glow it gives your skin is unreal. Of course I'm going to keep using it and at some point do a full review!

Dr. Bronner's Orange Ginger Organic Lip Balm
I'm almost out of lip balm and since we are heading into winter, I thought I would just go ahead and replace it. So far...I hate the scent. But I'm going to keep using it and maybe it will get better?

Bedu Camel Milk Soap in Evening Primrose and Vetiver & French Clay and Rosewood
Camel Milk Soap? You know there's nothing I love more than trying unusual soaps. I saw them in my local store, brand new for about $5.99. I wanted to try them immediately but I was hoping for a sale! And waiting paid off, they went on sale for $3.99 and they had a coupon for .50 cents off. So I picked up two. I used one this morning, and so far I really like it. 

Nature's Remedy Exercise Relief Wintergreen and Clove
It was on clearance at TJ's for $2. It's completely natural and since I'm back into working out, figured I could use it as a little pick me up after I was done. Why not?

Shea Moisture Our Best Loved Bar Soaps
I'm almost out of hand soap...and so I wanted something more natural to replace it with. So I picked this up. I've already used and loved the African Black Soap and the Raw Shea Butter and I love those. The Manuka honey and the Peach Rose are new to me.

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Cleansing Face Wash 
I picked this up a couple weeks ago after I ran out of my tea tree face wash. So far I'm loving it. And full review should be coming soon!

And that's all. I also got a couple of makeup things but I will save that up for another post! 

Have you tried any of these brands? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Escape Magnetism Eau De Parfum Review


I bought this when I bought the Escada Desire Me perfume. This was by far my favorite of the two.

Escada claims:
ESCADA MAGNETISM perfume is the newest essence of Escada. Contemporary oriental, sculptured like a precious gem, evoking the power of attraction from a crystal, this scent conveys a feeling of energy. Pure and simple in its modern design, it is also multifaceted and ultra feminine. Notes include leafy greens, basil, freesia, black currant, plumberry, jasmine, immortelle, muguet, blond woods, iris, almond blossom, amber, musk, cashmere vanilla, caramel and sandalwood. 

Made in UK

So I pretty much bought this because the notes sounded DIVINE. It sounded like something I would love.Plus a little twist because basil is new to me in a perfume. I usually just stick to adding it tony pizza. I didn't even know basil was a perfume note. Or caramel. I was really drawn to food scents that day since the Desire Me is supposed to be chocolate and this one is caramel.


So out of all those notes the ones that stick out to me are the basil, a little bit if vanilla, and lots and lots of patchouli. Then after a little while...sticky, sweet, caramel. The first couple times I wore this I kept wondering what that sweet caramel scent was and where it was coming from. It took a while to realize it was me. Its' not really what I expected it to turn into from the top notes.


But I like it. I really do. And some days..I love it. I think it's more a cool weather scent though. The patchouli might be a little heavy for summer weather. But I wear it anyway. 

It has OK lasting power. I think I get about 6 or so hours. But I also notice it seems to depend on the day and what I'm doing. The average is 6 hours though.

The bottle is OK. It's a pretty color. And pretty unique. I don't love the bottle. But I don't hate it either.

I bought mine for about $30 from perfumania.com. I think it was on sale, plus I had a coupon code. 

So in conclusion, it's definitely a unique perfume. I don't think I've ever smelled one exactly like it. And I really, really, really, really like it. Sometimes I love it. I don't know that I would buy another bottle. I think going through this one will be enough and more than likely I will be ready to move on to another fragrance. I am glad I gave it a try though!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wet N Wild Color Icon Lipliner in Chestnut Review


I need to do more actual makeup reviews. I have the makeup and most of my opinions are formed...it's just the taking pictures and sitting down to actually write the review. I need to work on that. So I'll start with a Wet N Wild lip liner. I finally finished up the Fashion Fair liners I've had forever, and I was in need of some new liner. I kind of wanted to try the MAC liners. But...I just really didn't want to pay the $16 or so dollars. So I decided to try out the Wet N Wild liners. 

Wet N Wild claims:
unset and line! We don’t have a 30+ year cult following on these babies for nothing! We smile sheepishly every time we hear compliments for these guys. And let us just tell you, we’re smiling a lot! This rich, creamy formula glides on silky-smooth and makes sure your lip color doesn’t bleed so you’ll always have a well-defined pout. Makeup artists love to use this as a lipstick, applying it all over the lips. They last longer and make sure you’re not rocking that early 90s two-toned lip! As a matter of fact, Deborah Larsen, who previously worked as the Makeup Artist on the set of CW's Valentine, loves using wet n wild! "I am a huge fan of wet n wild. I love the whole line. My favorite product is the Lip liner in Brandy Wine" says Larsen.

Made in China

So...30 years. That's a long time. I didn't know these liners were that popular. Most people rave over the eyeshadows...or the lipsticks. I don't think I've ever heard anyone rave over the liners. But.....they should! 

I bought this one..and the Fab Fuchsia (review coming later on sometimes, I barely use that one because Chestnut is my go with everything go-to!).

So..basically these liners last all day, they prevent my color from bleeding (when I've blotted appropriately), and they make colors that would otherwise look clownish on me...look pretty good. Many times it will outlast my lip color. 

It's smooth, and easy to apply. I usually apply it over my lip color as apposed to before. 

Also..it's the perfect color. Not what I picture when I think of Chestnut. It's a rosy brown. Very rosy. And it blends in perfectly with most colors I use it with. 

And it's dirt cheap. 99 cents. Sometimes it goes on sale and then it's even cheaper. 

I can definitely see why it has been around 30 years.

Here I am wearing it with NARS Cruella. Which I wasn't a fan of until I paired it with this liner. Also ignore the bags. I didn't get much sleep last night! 

Ingredients:
Beeswax/Cire d'abeille, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Petrolatum, Ceresin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR): Mica, Iron Oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide/CI 77891, Red 40 Lake/CI 16035, Red 7 Lake/CI 15850, Red 6 Lake/CI 15850, Yellow 5 Lake/CI 19140, Manganese Violet/CI 77742, Blue 1 Lake/CI 42090]

So to conclude, I love it. It's a favorite. It's worth a try!