Empties – May

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

Empties – March

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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.

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Current Makeup Routine

Makeup Routine

My makeup mantra is different from my approach to skincare – In comparison to my skincare routine that I find very relaxing, my makeup routine stresses me out, because by the time I’m done with my skincare, I am usually running late, with just about sufficient time left to grab a quick bite, and head out of the door for work ASAP (and possibly snuggle with my dog, Sasha, and take conference calls at the same time – my mornings are a mess!). So, I try to keep my makeup routine as quick as possible (5-10 mins max). While my skincare routine is 100% natural at this point, I’m still working through many old makeup products (especially lips and blushes). Since I don’t wear much makeup, it’s difficult throwing these away and spending a bomb switching to 100% natural – although I do want to get to that point by end of year, if possible.

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Toner Love – Part II

Toners Melvita Josh Rosebrook Tatcha Andalou Naturals The Jasmine Garden 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”

Toner Love – Part I

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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.

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Currently Loving – Episode 1

I realize so far all my posts have been “single product detailed review” types, and most of the times, I probably won’t get to those until I’ve really used up a product. I don’t like to post reviews until I’ve used a product for at least a couple of months, since my skin is super reactive. So, I’m starting a new “Currently Loving” series where I’ll highlight products that are really working for me. I hope to do these on a monthly basis (we’ll see!)

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