I have a huge number of empties for the month of May (*insert happy grin*), and my tiny bin that I use to store my empties was crying due to the overload! That, and also the satisfaction I get by recycling empty bottles prompted this post. So, let’s crack on! First up are the Hair care … Continue reading Empties – May
Another month draws to an end (almost!), and that means it’s time for an empties post. This was a very successful month for me – My #NoBuy resolution is still going strong, and I racked up quite a few empties. I hope to continue this trend for at least another month, until the #ANFGB Goodeboxes … Continue reading Empties – April
Apart from the Empties from the #GreenSurvivor challenge, I have a whole bunch of other empties that I wanted to summarize here. It gives me such a sense of achievement to finish up products – I’m sure I’m not alone here, right? This post has been in Draft status for the longest time, and I’ve already collected many more empties that I’ll post soon. Also, I have decided that I need to put a spending ban – my stash is out of control (again!). The sheer number of products I have can sustain an entire family for at least a couple of years. So, I’ve started giving away samples and products that I know I’ll never get to — especially to those who are just getting started on their green beauty journey and would like to make the switch. I am putting it in writing here so I can be held accountable – I will not be purchasing any new skincare and makeup items, unless it can’t be substituted with a similar product from my stash.
I’ve been meaning to do a post with a recap of all my empties from #GreenSurvivor challenge that was spearheaded by Tammy. The challenge was to come up with 10 empties (Makeup – 2, Skincare – 3, Body Care – 5) before Feb 19th, 2015, and no new beauty purchases until then! I was really worried about the makeup category since those items take forever, and I wear very minimal makeup on a daily basis. BUT I managed to surprise myself by finishing up all by end of January.
Short Description and Review of each empty item as follows (Pics were posted on Instagram with the hashtag #GreenSurvivor if you’re curious). On a side note, I am still trying to figure out if I should regularly review my empties on this blog or just on my Instagram feed (especially those that are sample sized or ho-hum-not-very-interesting products). All my empties so far can be found on my Instagram feed with the hashtag #ruhiempties. Do you like to see empties posts? Please let me know in the comments 😉
This is the second and final post of my Toner series. Click here to read the first post that covers the toners that I use pre cleansing, and my current favorite to balance my skin’s pH post cleansing. I am labeling these products into a common category of “Toner”, but do realize that this is such an outdated term, and the hydrating mists/facial mists/liquid exfoliants do so much more than just “tone”. Anyway, this post covers the remaining “types” of toners currently in my rotation. Continue reading “Toner Love – Part II”
Usually folks try cheaper toners first (similar to cars), and then move on to the Rolls Royces. Whereas I did start off my journey with more reasonably priced toners, it was Yuli’s Panacea Elixir that transformed me into a toner connoisseur (to say so humbly, if I may). For my skincare routine, I rely on not just one, but several toners. I have one to mist my skin before cleansing, another one to use post cleansing to balance skin’s pH, a third hydrating toner to drench my face with immediately before the application of my facial oils, and a final moisturizing mist to seal it all in after the application of the face oils. Oh, and also a separate floral water for mixing my clay masks. Sorry if your head is spinning, but I can explain the benefits of using different toners.
To keep the length of this post manageable, I’ll breakdown this post based on the “type” of toners – This post will cover a couple of toners currently in rotation, and the second part will cover the rest. (Update: Read Part II here)
Warning – This might seem excessive and high maintenance to some of you, but after a lot of trial and error, I am a firm believer of incorporating various types of toners into my routine. Just because this works for me, doesn’t mean it will be the best for your skin. For me, the low maintenance, “quick cleanse, tone and moisturize” approach doesn’t work, unfortunately.
I had previously written a short blurb on Kahina Giving Beauty’s Toning Mist after sampling it through Spirity Beauty Lounge’s sampling program, and at that time, I didn’t really think much about this facial mist. So, I absolutely had to write this post as a follow up, to set things straight: No, this is not “tap water”. This is a sophisticated, high end, natural facial mist that is really soothing and a pleasure to use every day. My earlier impressions comparing it to “tap water” points to a problem I have with small samples: It’s very hard to form a proper opinion on a product. Sometimes, I love things I shouldn’t, and many a times, I dismiss products that turn out to be bloody brilliant. Which is why, it would be much better if we could instead access deluxe sized samples (maybe we could start a movement to have companies send us just one deluxe sample instead of 3 or 4 small samples?). Anyway, back to the product review…
I have so many different empties – both full size and samples – but to keep this post manageable, I’ll mention five full or deluxe sized products for now. There are some more samples that I used up recently and those will be mentioned in a separate post. Some of us are also participating in #GreenSurvivor Instagram challenge by Tamara – this is guaranteed to produce some more empties and I’ll do a separate post on that once the competition ends.
I’m yet to find a product that performs similarly to Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. When I was first introduced to this, I mistook it for a face toner, but after a couple of uses, I understood that calling this product a “toner” is not quite right. It’s really a liquid moisturizer, and as such, is not meant to be used as a toner. When it comes to the actual usage, it’s closer to a face moisturizer than it is to a toner.