What I’m Lusting After: July 2017 Edition

Indeed my blog description says “lust for learning”, but I also oftentimes have lust for products! Here’s a list of what I’m craving to try right now, especially with an eye toward fall, which is my absolute favorite season of the year:

100% Pure Lip Caramel in Truffle – isn’t this color exquisite? I bet it would look terrific with my golden tan skin

I have to add – I think this beautiful color could go well with almost anyone – it will be dark and mysterious on peachy cream skins, while looking radiant and exotic on tan, olive and deep skin tones.

Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick: Currant – this is a beautiful color! It’s a cool, darker berry which would look rich with many of my outfits – I’m a sucker for berries 🙂
100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte in Blood Orange – a strong color which is as at home in the boardroom as at a fancy gala. At $29 a piece, these lipsticks are not cheap, but I have not been disappointed in anything by 100% Pure. It’s a high-quality company.



100% Pure Long Last Liquid Eye Liner in Black Tea – I’m rocking the Dark Chocolate one, but sometimes I’d like to add more drama with the starkness of a black cat eye

I love this eye liner. If the Black Tea is as fine as the Dark Chocolate one I own, it looks terrific, smells amazing, stays put, and the brush provides great control on these tiny curves and lines. It also doesn’t irritate my eyes in the least. A+!

Lily Lolo Mascara – I’ve heard great things about this and I love the Lily Lolo foundation and BB cream – however, this mascara would be for a more distant future, as I’m currently enjoying two 100% Pure mascaras
Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Get Started Skincare Kit

Lastly, Andalou Naturals offers a whole array of skin creams, masks, shampoos and conditioners in its Beauty2go section. I’d like to sample most of them!  I need to stay from volumizing shampoo, though 😉

I really like it when companies provide samples or travel sizes. I have a family wedding to attend – at Disney World! – in October, and I’ll definitely want to take along Andalou Naturals’ Brightening Kit. The Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask seems like it smells amazing, and ideal for fall. I’ve never tried a night cream of Purple Carrot either.

So these are my favorite items I’m lusting after. What are you craving right now?

Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands

I’ve recently gotten into natural, non-toxic make-up -henceforth makeup for ease and convenience. In my quest for truly non-toxic products, I found natural means different ingredients to different people. Others are concerned about being cruelty-free – a worthy goal – but without caring much about the safety of beauty products for general health. Others are the opposite. Ideally, all beauty products would be cruelty-free and non-toxic, but until Monsanto gives up its hold on US agriculture and Trump’s hair looks great, we have to settle for sleuthing each and every product we encounter.

I also learned natural doesn’t mean products are going to be good for skin or not toxic for you. There are plenty of toxic, natural ingredients in nature – poisonwood oils anyone?

As a result of my research, I came across multiple brands I had never heard of. I also saw some familiar ones. Origins is not as non-toxic as I’d thought previously. This is a brand I’d been using for years, albeit sporadically as just recently, at the ripe old age of 39, I started using makeup regularly again. Why, you ask? Why the sudden interest in makeup when I wasn’t interested, since my first makeup experiences in early adolescence? (With the nasty smells and icky applications of the early nineties, that past interest died a quiet death.)

It all started when I received Origins trial skincare sets for my birthday. So exciting! I’d mentioned I loved Checks & Balances frothy face wash and I was only too glad to start using it again. It’s the best face wash I’ve ever used. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, not dry, and a little goes a long way. I bet that trial size is going to last me six months.

My Origins gift also includes Andrew Weil skincare products, which smell fine with essential oils, but stings my skin. After washing my face every day, I felt so clean and moisturized. There was this ball coming up soon and alas, my Origins makeup was too old. Off to get new makeup. The subject of my budget-conscious (hastily made) natural make-up choices is best left for another post.

This post is about the natural, non-toxic brands I was exposed to and I either ordered (first three) or I’m ordering samples from in the near future (the rest):

  1. Honeybee Gardens (ordered samples, currently using several lipstick colors, including Burlesque, and the mineral pressed foundation)
  2. Red Apple Lipstick (several sample shades, including Back To The Fuchsia, plus the Rallye Lip Balm)
  3. Pure Anada (ordered several liquid foundations and two lipstick colors, including the shade Sienna)
  4. Lily Lolo (haven’t ordered yet, but intrigued by company – and it’s British!)
  5. Alima Pure
  6. Pacifica
  7. Silk Naturals
  8. 100% Pure
  9. Axiology
  10. Zuzu Luxe (eyeing the eyeliner – see what I did there?)
  11. Nudus (Dirty Diana lipstick shade is to die for)
  12. Burt’s Bees (drugstore brand with an organic line and some good products)