It’s been a while since I’ve documented my medicine cabinet! The last time I shared a glimpse of this was over 2 years ago and you can read that post here.
Here’s the current inventory:
Baby Shampoo: I use this to wash my make-up brushes.
Bath Salts: Eucalyptus bath salts, rarely used.
Perfume: I have the Tocca Viaggio set from Anthropologie, which are actually my favorite perfumes I’ve ever owned. I also have a to-go bottle of Poppy by Coach that I’m trying to use up.
Mask: The Dermatologica Skin Refining Masque is not natural, but was recommended by the lovely lady doing my facial a while back. She uses natural products but recommended this mask because she said it doesn’t upset your skin’s natural pH. (I was having breakouts at the time.) I love it, but will go for a natural alternative when it’s finished. This helps me get rid of dead skin, great for super dry skin.
Disposables: I have a clear glass container for both my q-tips and my exfoliating cotton pads (used with the witch hazel and jojoba). These jars were once Bath & Body Works candles. They’re so easy to re-use, maybe I’ll craft a post on how to clean them up.
Deodorant: Nature’s Gate Organics Fruit Blend Deodorant is the best natural deodorant I’ve tried so far. It’s not an ati-persperant but it keeps you smelling fresh. I do need to apply twice a day though, unlike the unnatural stuff. Another plus — no white marks anywhere on your clothes.
Face Products: Here’s my magical skin scare combo. Once I switched to this, my sensitive skin was so much better. (Previously suffering from acne and dry patches — totally gone now.) Twice a day I wash with a natural face wash (not pictured) and follow up with witch hazel as a toner with jojoba oil as a moisturizer. (It also removes leftover make-up, read more about my love for jojoba in this post.) I haven’t used up my Bobbi Brown eye cream yet, but I find it doesn’t make too much of a difference. For the occasional hormonal pimple, a dab of diluted tee tree oil calms it down by the next day and gets rid of it super fast. It’s a wonderful, natural anti-bacterial treatment.
And that’s my latest! Funny how these things are always a work in progress. I plan on replacing a few of these items but some have become staples.
Continuing on my quest to switch to fully natural beauty products, my hair care has been natural for quite some time.
Here’s a secret: I was not a happy camper about it.
For months my hair has been a lifeless, oily mess. I didn’t even feel like myself. I was switching form shampoo to shampoo, trying to find a natural formula that worked. Unfortunately, so far this quest has been nothing but fail.
This week I broke down and bought Frizz Ease by John Frieda. I’m so ashamed! But my hair looks amazing and I feel like myself again.
Unevenly distributed a majority of the oil throughout my hair.
Did not lather well, which left me with half of my head caked in oil.
Some were too expensive. (Looking at you, John Masters.)
The natural smell was sometimes too overwhelming.
Made my hair lifeless.
Required me to wash hair daily instead of skip a day.
Don’t get me wrong, the shampoos have benefits as well such as not being tested on animals, being better for my scalp, and even completely preventing my scalp psoriasis from flaring up. But the result was also terrible, because these shampoos just can’t get rid of the oil in my hair the way I’d like them too.
Not too long ago I talked about the art of acceptance. This month has been a challenge of patience. I am a private person settled in my ways (yes, I’m going to be an awesome grump when I’m older) and I enjoy time alone during the week. My mom has come to visit me and stay in my tiny place. Let’s just say two weeks of being with my mom every second possible is a wear on me. Throw in work dilemmas and the realization it’s time to fire up the resume and the month starts to get crazy.
Patience is something I always figure I have plenty of, but I think I realized this month that I need to work on accepting situations I have no control over. I relish in choosing exactly where my plants go, how my day will go, who I will socialize with, and all purchases (or savings) I make with my money. If I don’t have control over those things and the instant gratification they give me, I go a little crazy.
My mom is leaving tomorrow morning and I’ll be sad to see her go. I had a wonderful two weeks, despite the struggle. My birthday was on Thursday (Nov 14) and because of her I did something I wouldn’t have had the courage to do on my own — throw a party at my house. It was wonderful. At 26 I feel as though I should be further ahead in life than I am, but I’m happy and that’s all that matters.
“Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.”
- Maya Angelou
Aside from that, I’ve been happy with a few other things.
I received a vintage pair of oxfords from Etsy and in addition to finally fulfilling my love affair with this style, I just want to say that walking in leather that’s already been worn-in is one of the best feelings.
I’ve been doing heavy gardening work and aside from one new shrub, the rest of the garden is doing well even with the increasingly colder temperatures.
I tried out a new natural mascara that I’m really liking. Expect another post with a product review, and then another about why you should consider switching to natural mascara. (For now, check out why you should try a natural lip product.)
The tube is my preferred way of packing concealer because it keeps things hygienic and easy to travel with.
Natural ingredients; no parabens, sulfates, GMOs, or fragrances.
Goes on heavy and thick.
Why is my tube only half full?
Settles in fine lines a few minutes after applying and needs to be re-blended.
Very glossy due to the Maracuja Oil and absolutely needs to be set, or else your eye sockets will glisten. (I have dry skin.)
Covers redness, but not blue or green.
Final Thoughts: I wanted to try this because I’m a Tarte fan. (Great products, natural ingredients.) I initially enjoyed the thickness of this concealer because I figured it would definitely cover dark circles. One week of using this and I noticed things that alerted a necessary return back to Ulta. I hate doing that! First of all, the tube wasn’t as full as I thought it was, which is incredibly deceiving. Ulta almost didn’t take it back because it was near-empty until I told her I had only had it for a few days. She was stumped also. I thought maybe mine was just not filled properly but I read a few reviews where people had the same reaction after purchasing. I’m thinking Tarte fills the tubes up with air to make it seem like you’re getting more product than you are. Not cool, Tarte! Another reason I returned is that I didn’t see it do much of anything for my eyes. However, it worked miracles on a rare blemish I had on my jaw. Considering I rarely ever break out, I have no need for this.