Sanitizing with Touchland Power Mist

Let’s face it, hand sanitizers have become a part of our lives. Once they were an occasional use item for me, now it is in use several times a day. Every day. Unless it is a day when i don’t leave the house and don’t come into contact with the rest of humanity.

I always knew hand sanitizer was drying, but until i started using it so often, I never realized just how drying it was. (Considering the components of you typical hand sanitizer, it really isn’t surprising, I simply never thought about it.) And when the drying hand sanitizer is paired with the extra handwashing, dry skin is more or less inevitable.

While it has leant me a new appreciation for hand lotion, this need to sanitize and the drying has led me to look into moisturizing hand sanitizers.

The packaging that it comes in is minimal

This is an interesting category that even five years ago probably wasn’t even a thought in most people’s minds. Now there are several variations on the market. The problem is that sometimes when you combine moisturization with hand sanitizing, you get really slimy feeling hands.

I picked up the first bottle of Touchland Power Mist that I used on a whim. I was shopping in Sephora for something else, saw it in the ‘You might like section of the website and said, you know, I might like, so I bought it to try. I like the design of the packaging. It is slim and easy to slide into a purse without causing a rounded bulge. It has a spray so there is no fiddling with caps and flip top lids. I have yet to have anything hit the sprayer while the bottle is in my purse.

The bottle sits upright and I generally have one on my desk and I do like the way it looks on my desk. The hand sanitizer comes in a variety of scents, including unscented. I prefer the Rainwater scent as it is light and unisex so everyone in the house will use it. It sprays as a very fine mist and absorbs well. It sanitizes but doesn’t leave my skin dry and cracking. It also doesn’t leave my skin feeling slimy.

while this hand sanitizer doesn’t eliminate the need for hand lotion, after using it I don’t feel the immediate need to put on hand lotion as I do with many hand sanitizers. I can use this spray to sanitize my hands after grocery shopping and then just drive home. I don’t need to apply lotion, wait for the lotion to settle in so my hands aren’t slick on the wheel and then drive home. It makes things run a lot more smoothly.

My one complaint about this product is that the packaging is not refillable. If Touchland had refillable pods to go in them I would pick up several to station around the house and refill. As it is, this one usually ends up traveling in my purse so that I can use it while out and about. The slim line of the packaging and the moisturizing but greaseless formula plus the ease of dispensing make it perfect for running errands. And while I found them on the Sephora website, I did notice that my local Target now carries them as well. It is a great product. They just fell down on the refillable aspect.

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The Daily: May 2nd, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings and welcome to May. With as much trouble as the April showers caused, the May flowers are beautiful. And of course more showers are on the way. we had on and off rain here this weekend so I did the last of my spring garden planting between rain storms. The bonus was that I didn’t have to water. We have a garden bed I am keeping my fingers cross for this year actually. It has been a battle to reclaim it from the weeds since we moved in. Last fall we stripped it out completely digging down about a foot to get rid of all the little weed rootlets. we then laid down a garden fabric to suppress weed growth and layered card board over that (a fantastic use of old subscription box packaging in case you were wondering) and then buried the lot of it in rich dirt, fertilizer and mulch. It sat all winter and this weekend I went and scattered bread seed poppy seeds. They are the poppy seeds you see in lemon poppy seed bread in case you are wondering. When the flowers are ready to seed they throw the seeds out in heaps and self seed themselves once they get started so I am hoping that the seeds will not only take, but take over. I would much prefer a bed of purple-y blue poppies to snarled masses of bindweed.

That has been one of the major house projects for a while so reaching the stage where i could just scatter seed was a major accomplishment. And now all I can do is wait and hope nature gets on board.

But with May also comes the need for the changing out of the bed linens. once we get a stretch of good weather all of the winter blankets will get washed one last time for the season, strung up in the sunshine to dry and then packed away while the spring/summer covers come out of storage. I don’t know if you have issues with blanket storage but as both my babydoll and I come from families who believe you can never have too many blankets, storage is always an issue. Until we picked up these vacuum storage bags. I picked mine up from Amazon (it is a general link, no affiliation) and they have been a life saver. Not only do they save space by compressing the blankets but my babydoll has major allergies and soring out blankets in the vacuum sealed bags has really helped. The UV of the sun kills any potential dust mites and then the vacuum seal protects them when not in use.

The park is once again flooded so I am back to Yoga today instead. May tends to be an indoor work out and then things dry out a little and I end up on the summer schedule, walking as soon as I wake up so i don’t give myself heat stroke. Even so with my muscles sore from the garden work, I feel okay with the stretching of yoga. I also feel rather virtuous for completing so many of my spring chores this weekend. Now if only my afternoon paperwork goes as smoothly, I will be all smiles at dinnertime.

Today’s look:

Pre Makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

Bronzer: Buxom Staycation Vibes in Rooftop Tan

Blush: bareMinerals Bounce and Blur Blush

Highlighter: Iconic Illuminator in Original

Powder: Kim Chi Beauty Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: The Balm and the Beautiful from The Balm Cosmetics

Mascara: Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips: Persona Cosmetics lip liner in 90210

Today was interesting as far as testing and favorites go. As for favorites I went for the tatcha silk canvas. I have the balm formula. I haven’t tried the liquid version and I am curious to see how it performs but I absolutely adore the creme formula of this one. It is pore filling and helps lock makeup into place. It also has that lovely Tatcha skincare scent to it. I generally find my skin reacts well to this primer as well. I did want a matte primer today because of the highligher, but I’ll get to that in a moment. The long and short of it is that I adore this primer.

One of my other favorites is the Bare Minerals blush. I am always happy to reach for this one. It can be a little too intense in color in the winter (I have the shade Mauve Sunrise) but as my skin gets summer tan it just looks better and better so I will be using this a lot in the coming months. Which is no hardship. I do need to look into a lighter winter shade though, but I have a little bit of time now before that is needed.

The Buxom Bronzer is also more of a spring summer product. It is of a tone that takes me into spring and early summer but generally isn’t worn after July when I am full on summer tanned. Or at least that was last year’s scale. I ended up spending more time outside last summer than I planned. I also wanted to try a powder product today with the Kim Chi powder. On my first use of the powder I overdid it and everything looked powdery. I was just so enthused but the actually useful powderpuff in the container that I couldn’t hep myself. And over use made things look powdery.

Then I tried a lot of cream face products and it worked fantastically well with them. So I wanted to see if it was me over doing it or if it was just layering with other powder products that caused the issue. I think it might be a bit of both. With one powder product and the rest cream the setting powder didn’t look powdery when used with a light touch. I think however it is the sort of powder I will prefer with cream face products. I also think I am going to use that puff with several other powders. I do like this powder though, it just needs to be used sparingly to avoid a powdery look.

I have been trying out the Saint Luxe liquid highlight and wanted to try it against another liquid highlighter. So today I picked out the Iconic Original Illuminator which is an old stand by. It was far more glowy a product than the Saint Luxe. The Saint Luxe is far more subtle of a glow. Which I don’t mind actually. I know that using the Iconic with Natural look makeup (which is sort of my go to in the summer) is too heavy a highlighter. I don’t think the Saint Luxe will be. While I am finishing up my Yensa trial this week, I think that after the trial is complete I will be trying out the highlighter with a tinted moisturizer instead of a regular foundation to see how it performs. I have high hopes. The Iconic was nice today and I like being able to make the comparison.

The stila mascara I love. It needs one coat and I am done. The fact that I reach for it a lot means the tube is almost empty and will soon need to be replaced. But it is now one of my favorite mascaras.

The persona lip liner worked well all over my lips. It is a creamy formula that can be used as a lipstick. After a few hours though my lips do start to feel a bit dry so I add a lip balm over them. That is enough to keep the lips moist. So I am good with this lip liner.

Today was the first use of the Balm’s The Balm and The Beautiful Palette. As a first use I did the one matte all over the lids with a lighter matt in the corners look. I love the Balm formula. The brush didn’t need tapping off and the matte blended beautifully without a powdery mess. I am looking forward to playing around with this palette.

And that my darlings was today’s look. I feel like I went a little long today but I have several products I am testing out. Hopefully you found it interesting. But now my beauty break is over and I must leave you and heed the call of my inbox. It is the first of the month and and it seems everyone has a new project to start. So off we go. Have a great rest of Monday.

The Daily: April 20th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings, I hope you are having a fantastic Wednesday. Mine is off to a slow start. I made the mistake of having my coffee out on the back porch. Today was significantly warmer than it had been and this morning the back porch where the sun is captured was fa fantastic spot to just sit and sip my first cup of the morning. And my second. And part of a third before I convinced myself to go back inside. I did work on my lap top so it wasn’t just idling, but I have to admit, it wasn’t me at my most productive.

we are entering the season where for a few short weeks, barring rain storms, I can spend as much time as I want on the back porch with no issues. After those few weeks the temps will rise and my time will shorten until spending any time out there while the sun is out will be a misery. Then it will be lovely in the evenings. Gradually the summer will progress and even if I went out at midnight it will be too warm to enjoy. My back porch will then be ignored until the temps start to drop and then it will be a reverse. I will slowly start enjoying evenings, lead into spending time out on the porch and once I am accustomed to taking my coffee to the porch in the morning, winter will arrive and it will grow too cold to use again.

It’s a cycle.

I do like taking my coffee out there, even if it does cut down on my productivity. I’ll just work a little later tonight to make up for it.

The ToKit Omni Cook

Oh before I forget I have a discount code to share with you. From April 18th through May 31st, you can get $50 off the ToKit Omni Cook site with the code AMB_50OFF at checkout.

Have you seen these ToKits? I have been obsessed with them since I first saw them. It is pictured to the side. As a reward to myself for sticking with my diet and exercise plan every week I remain focused I get to put just a little bit of money aside so I can purchase one. If you haven’t seen one of these in action I highly recommend just going on the site to watch the videos. If you like to cook but don’t have a lot of space this looks like it would be a fantastic option. At the moment one of the reason I am posting the Kitchen Kit posts is that I am trying to slim down my kitchen gear to just what works and what I like using. Kind of like a declutter for the kitchen. that will soon change over to just an In the Kitchen Segment as I try new recipes. But that is another tale. And a long way to go to say that I find the Omni Cook from ToKit fascinating, and that they have a discount code.

Shall we move onto today’s look? I think we should.

Today’s Look:

Pre makeup Base: Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

Primer: Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Foundation: Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Bronzer Stick

Blush/Highlight: Natasha Denona Cupid Cheek Duo

Powder: KimChi Puff Puff Pass Set and Bake Powder

Eyeshadow: Sandbar The Mirage Palette

mascara: ABH Lash Brag Mascara

Lips: M2U NYC Matte Liquid Lip in Soho

Today we have a fairly neutral look. I used a lot of products I absolutely love, mostly so that I could play around with the new products. The Embryolisse is a standard now and I pretty much use it before any makeup now as that extra layer of plumping moisture just makes everything work better and last longer.

I love everything about the Tatcha Silk Canvas primer. It is one of the only products I have ever tried that is actually worth the mega hype it received when it first came out.

The Yensa Foundation is still under trial but i have to say as this is the last day of the trial, I absolutely love it. My full review will be up tomorrow, but I am already putting it on my must replace list. This skin on skin formula just melts into the skin and feels weightless all day.

Do I need to tell you how much i love this Trestique Bronzing stick? While I don’t like everything from the brand, this bronzing stick and the lip crayons are must have products and now that this bronzer is refillable I will be refilling it as soon as it runs out.

This is the second use for the Cupid Duo by Natasha Denona. the blush performed well. It applies darker than it looks on the fingertip but blends beautifully. It was the highlighter that I had issues with yesterday and again today. I usually apply highlighter with a finger, but when I tried with this it simply disappeared. I think I might have blended too much or it simply liked my finger more than my cheek. Today I used a brush. It worked better but still has a tendency to blend out to nothing. I’ll be playing with it to see if I can get it to perform better. I suspect I will reach for this duo when I want to use this blush and then just use the highlighter because it is there. But time will tell.

Today was the first use of the KimChi setting powder. It is translucent but it does have a slight tint to it. Personally I like this as it means it isn’t a splotch of white on the skin when applied. I needed very little to set my makeup and it worked beautifully for this first use. AS I am now adding sunscreen to my face at the end of my skincare application each day, my skin can look a little shiny. which happens every summer. A good setting powder can take off that added shine without making me look powdery and cakey and this far this is working well for that. it will be interesting to see how it works as the temps rise. But for a first use, I am happy.

Today was also the first use of the Sandbar eyeshadow palette, Mirage. This is a very neutral palette but it looks like it would be great for everyday use. Today I went with one matte and one shimmer to see how they performed. I might have gone a little over board with the gold. The matte had a bit of fall out but it wasn’t too bad. The gold I thought I only put a little bit of in the center of the lid, but then I blended with a finger tip and it turns out I put on a lot more than I thought I did. So that is something I will have to work on as I proceed. Over all I think that this is going to be a fun neutrals palette to play with. I’ll be using it for the rest of the week and into next to see how it performs. with luck I’ll reign in the gold shimmer.

The ABH mascara isn’t new to me. I like the volumizing of it. There are two things to watch out for. The first is that it takes a little longer to dry than a lot of other formulas so you need to give it a minute to dry down. Until it is dry it will smudge like crazy. This is not the mascara you want to sneeze with when applying. The second thing to watch out for is length of time. Eight hours is fine but if you wear it too much longer (maybe 12 hours) it will flake a bit. I can either wear this during the day for a work day or I can use it to spruce up my lashes post work day for a night out. Beyond that it is a great mascara (and those are both easy to deal with issues).

The M2UNYC matte liquid Lip is not new either but it is fabulous and every time I use it I think that I need this formula in many shades. It dries down so that it stops leaving lip prints everywhere and locks in place but it doesn’t dry down enough to leave my lips feeling like they have been left alone in the desert for too long. It is an amazingly good formula and it is not that expensive. A full size is only $8. Which is a steal for the formula. (and no I am not an affiliate, although i wouldn’t mind being, I just really like the formula).

And that is me today. Overall I am pleased with the fairly neutral look today. I also have a conference call later so it is work appropriate as well. Until then though, I have to make up some time form my slow morning with the coffee. I’ll have to skip the porch tomorrow and Friday though and just let myself enjoy it on Saturday morning instead. Since it is a chores at home sort of weekend coming up I won’t mind the slow start then. But for now, it is time to buckle down at the desk. Have a great Wednesday!

Let’s Talk Reusable Makeup Cloths

Finding reusable products instead of disposable items is something that is really important to me. I have been doing my best to eliminate waste in my routine wherever possible. I have reusable rounds instead of disposable pads for products like toners and I use wash cloths and reusable makeup wipes for my makeup and mask removal.

The Turkish Towel company recently sent a set of six Makeup removal washcloths for me to try out and review. I’ve seen their towels before and have actually been contemplating picking up one of their robes for quire some time, but I missed the fact that they have Makeup cloths. Currently on their site the Turkish Towel Company has a set of twelve Cloths for $44. which boils down to $3.67 per cloth and given that you can more than likely reuse these cloths for years makes it a really good deal.

These look like washcloths and have the word makeup embroidered on the front. So I am surprised that i missed them. They are 100% cotton, which I absolutely love. I am a big fan of natural fibers. I don’t mind using non-natural ones in some cases but if i can use natural it is my first choice.

I have only been using these cloths for a week (maybe a little less). As there are six of them in a pack that means that they just came back from their first laundry day. I’m sure many of you know from pictures that I am a fan of both dark colored lipsticks and charcoal masks. Both are the reasons that many of my wash cloths and reusable cloths have some staining on them.

In fact one of my favorite charcoal based masks (The Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask) is the reason that several of my wash cloths have gray splotches permanently on them. It is an excellent mask and they do warn you it can stain, for me it definitely did (but still well wroth using which is why I just picked a wash cloth to use specifically with the mask)

hung up to dry after use, once dry they are put in the wash with other dark colored items, easy peasy no special wash

Thus far everything has washed out of these Makeup Cloths from the Turkish Towel Company with zero staining. Now they are black to begin with so they have a leg up, but honestly making a reusable makeup removal cloth out of dark material just shows good sense. These cloths are soft and absorbent (hello, 100% cotton). Six cloths gives me enough so that I can use a different cloth every workday with one for masking and then just put them in the laundry. I hang them up to dry after use and then when dry just put them in the wash with the rest of the laundry.

back from the dryer, no staining

I wash them with other dark colors, mostly jeans and towels and There was no issue when they came out of the dryer. I simply folded them and stacked them for another week of use. I will be using them as my makeup removing cloths exclusively for a full month just to get a feel for how they wear, and then I’ll be mixing them with the other cloths that I use.

Thus far, these makeup cloths from The Turkish Towel Company look like real winners. Hopefully they will stand the test of time. If they do it will give my other wash cloths some much needed relief from potential staining. And it will make me much less worried when I restock the Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask which is a definite plus.

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The Daily: December 21st, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The weather has finally turned chilly again and we are back to feeling like December. While I may not adore the cold weather it feels really wrong to have seventy degrees where I live the week before Christmas. My entire world gets a little bit off kilter. With the weather steadying I feel steadier.

Of course part of that Steadying is that I just released my latest novel. So I have now been released from final edits. for a while. I always get a little crazy towards the end. I start seeing dancing commas in my sleep. But the book: Blindsided: Book Five of The Society is out on both Amazon and Smashwords, for those interested. Also if you are looking for a great read (whether from my books or someone else) Smashwords is having their annual end of year book sale right now. You can download books in any e-book format (or even plain text if you don’t use an e-reader) and they have over 65,000 books enrolled in the sale. Almost all of my books are 50% off from now until January 1st. And a few of them are even free. The same holds true for a large number of the books enrolled in the sale. If you are looking for something to read or a new author, it is a great place to go.

Despite the temps dropping I did get my morning walk in and I have to say the cold brisk air certainly blew out the cobwebs from my brain. Of course it also made my lings hurt a bit so there probably won’t be a second walk this afternoon. But I feel good about the first walk and who knows, maybe I’ll get some work with the weights in later. as my sunroom is still sans furniture for the most part there is plenty of space. although I did see this couch I really liked this weekend. It is from Eternity Modern.

I like their furniture in general, they tend to have a lot of mid-century modern inspired lines to their furniture. I’m not sure if the couch I like suits the space (or if I’ll have to find another place for it) but i absolutely adore it. The links will take you there if you want to ogle some absolutely stunning furniture.

At the moment we are working on finishing the bedroom and then slowly working through the rest of the house as we redecorate so I have time to think about the couch, I just think it looks fantastic for curling up and reading on. And I had to share. I should point out that my babydoll thinks the couch looks like a giant marshmallow. Oddly enough I think he meant that in a good way.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer

Foundation: AOA Prowear Foundation

Bronzer: Trestique Stick Bronzer

Blush: Floss The Concierge Lip and cheek tint

Eyeshadow: Shaina B Miami Nights Palette

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: bareMinerals Mineralist Lipstick in Perception

I’m wrapping up my test of the AOA foundation and will have that posted this thursday, with luck, but I still wanted to use a primer with it that I am familiar with, instead of opening a new primer I have never tried. I will be trying the new primer soon.

I couldn’t resist the new eyeshadow palette that came in my IPSY bag though. It feels like forever since we have gotten eyeshadow palettes in subscription boxes so I was just excited. Plus I always tend to go a little more glittery when New Year’s rolls around so I couldn’t resist trying out the silver. I did put the mattes underneath but the silver just took over so I’ll have to try just the mattes tomorrow to see what i think about them. Today it turned out to ba all about the silver. It applies easily and feels soft. It applies like you are spreading liquid silver across the lids. The problem is that it keeps spreading after you apply. It tends to transfer up and I am seeing the start of a line where my eyelids crease. There is also starting to be silver flakes under my eyes as well. I love the shadow though so it might be worth playing around with to see if I can get it right. So for today at least it was Silver shadow, with everything else facing away.

I went with a darer lipstick so it wasn’t just the silver flash and I really enjoy the formula of the mineralist lipstick. It is lipstick so you do get some lip prints and it does wear off during the day but it is a super comfortable formula to wear and my lips feel conditioned after wearing it, even when the color fades. Those were the two standouts today. Everything else I have used before and really like. They performed just as well as they always have. Today really was about the silver shadow, which sort of overshadowed everything else.

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The Daily: November 4th, 2021

Good afternoon my darlings. The rain has reached us and today is a mostly indoor sort of day. There was a session with my hand weights and another internet yoga moment this morning, but aside from looking into another video this afternoon, I’m afraid that is it for the fitness today. It is mostly remembering not to add a bunch of extra calories to my day. Normally that isn’t too hard, however we picked up candy for trick-or-treaters and had none show up. So now we have a pile of fun sized snickers and recees peanut butter cups. They were in a bowl, but I kept passing by and having to talk myself out of eating one (or a couple) so I put them in the cookie jar instead. There at least they are out of sight and easier to ignore. Passing by the candy bowl, it was simply too easy to pick one up simply because it was there.

Now I can forget about them for the most part.

Today is mostly a day for editing. That’s right all those pesky little commas need to be assured of the correct home. And I am sorting through the last minute notes to make certain that the words that were in my head are the words that made it onto the page. Yup it is me and a bunch of comments in red pen. I think it is a hold over from school but I hate the red pen. I’m thinking of giving all of my readers and editors bunches of blue inked pens for christmas. I know, you shouldn’t give a present just because it makes you feel better. But I think if you put a ribbon on it is still counts as a gift.

Maybe I can use it as a decorative topper for another gift. Make it sort of part of the packaging.

I’ll have to think about that one.

The other big discussion in the house right now is the bed. we have painted the walls, added a carpet and hung the curtains. We even got a new bed frame. The two things we haven’t done are replace the night stands (because we can’t actually agree on ones we both like, its a process) and replacing the mattress and possibly bedding. The bedding will be an ongoing style debate that will last well into the new year. The mattress is of more pressing concern. While we routinely turn the mattress, it has now reached a point where no matter how many times we turn it, a dent soon appears. This morning it felt like I was climbing out of it. So a mattress will soon be a necessity. We just need to make a decision about it.

But that is a discussion for later.

Today’s Look:

Primer: ELF poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Ulta Youthful Glow Serum Foundation

Bronzer: Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Blush: Ciate London Marbled Blush

Highlighter: Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

Eyeshadow: Life on the Dance Floor by Revolution

Mascara: Roen Cake Mascara

Lips: Josephine Cosmetics Lip Power in Tiphaine

Okay, the Elf poreless putty primer is a long standing favorite. It is a great way to get a smooth canvas for your foundation and as always it is in my top five primers. Today I pretty much used up the last of the Ulta Foundation. It is a great formula and it has been with me for a while. So long in fact that they have new packaging. I will be repurchasing it at some point. Right now i am trying to work through some of my older foundations to clear them out. Because I was testing so many I have an over abundance of them at the moment. Ideally i would like to have only a few that I rotate through at any one time. I dislike the thought of wasted product so no repurchasing until I shrink the existing number.

Or if I do repurchase because of a good sale I can’t open it until I clear out a few more.

But as I don’;t resist temptation so well, I am trying for the don’t purchase option.

The blush and bronzer are both from Ciate. The blush is a long time favorite. I like the bronzer and I like the way it is buildable rather than just in your face pigmented, but it is only a like not a love. I like it enough to use, but it isn’t something I would rush out to purchase if it ran out. The compact is adorable though.

The Roen Mascara is also one of those, use now but not rush out to repurchase products. It is fine. It just isn’t really all that notable.

The Revolution palette is one that was saved from decluttering at the last minute. I like the formula, the shades are blendable and there is a good variation in color. I like the looks I create with it, I just don’t find myself reaching for it all that often. I actually get way more use out of my small doughnut palette from Revolution than I do this one. In fact every time I use the doughnut palette I think, I need to pick up some of the other doughnut palettes. When I use this one I think, it works well. That’s it. Because it does. It is a nice palette, it is just a palette that makes me feel meh. I think if I were working in an office everyday and had to make certain I stuck to a conservative look it would thrill me more. So maybe it just means my life has changed. I’m still not sure how long I will keep the palette. The formula of the shadpws is good, but I just don’t know how often I will reach for it in the future.

And this leads is to the lips. Today was the first wear of the Josephine lipstick. I like the color enough to keep wearing it and I like the way it feels on the lips. It dries down somewhat, but not all the way, which keeps it from drying out my lips, but at the same time it is still leaving red lip prints on things. I’m going to have to see how it wears the rest of the day and probably use it a few more times before I decide how I feel about it. Right now, I’m on the fence. But that’s okay, I don’t mind taking my time to make up my mind.

But for now it is time to delve back into the commas and to make sure that what i thought in my head has actually made it down onto the page. Such fun. I know, it is part of the job but I enjoy the writing part so much more than the editing. Still it must me done, and so we sally forth. I’ll see you on the other side.

Lips and Lather September 2021 Unboxing

I know my darlings, you thought that the unboxings for September were over. But even as I am contemplating letting several subscriptions go in the future, I am always on the look out for a few fun and fabulous ones. I came across this one and thought it sounded like something fun to try. So the last subscription review for the month is a brand new to me one.

Lips and Lather is a rather easy to understand subscription. For $13 you receive a lip balm and handmade artisan soap. They do ship world wide but it costs more if you are out of the country ($25 for international). Hence the name Lips and Lather. I really just came across the site looking for some Birthday soaps for my mother and saw the subscription box and went, “Oh that could be fun to try.”

I know, sometimes it is extremely easy to get me.

The company is a small business called Cut the Crap Organics. There is a short bio about the owner, Krista, on the About page but it doesn’t give a whole ;lot about the company.

The Lip Balm

On their website they have a lip balm for sale for $3.50 so I am guessing that is the retail price for the lip balm in the subscription. Their handmade soaps sell for $10 on the site. They have other organic products as well, but I mostly focused on the soap and lip balm. Honestly, it is a good price for both items and the subscription gives you a small discount off retail price, plus there is no added shipping or tax, you just pay the $13.

The subscription charges the day you order it and pretty much from then on, that is the day the subscription renews. At least that is how it seemed on the site. As this is my first month, I’ll keep you updated if that proves not to be the case. I kind of like that because you can choose more or less when you want the subscription to charge and or arrive. Most of my subscriptions charge at the beginning of the month (although when they arrive is anyone’s guess at this point) so for me it is nice to have something mid month.

There are a couple of discounts currently on the site at the moment:

The soap

-Free Shipping to the US on all orders over $35.00, Get one FREE Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm: Add to cart and use code PSLTIME through the month of September and take 20% off all Handmade Soap with code SUMMERSALE

I have to say quite a few of their soaps look interesting as well as several of their other items listed, but for now we’ll focus on the soap and lip balm.

The card enclosed gives the theme for the September box as “the indulgent last breakfast before you take the healthy foods only” approach to your meals. So the lip balm is in the scent Blueberry Muffin. The lip balm itself is white with no color to it. It smells a bit blueberry and for an odd reason reminds me of the Fruit Stripe gum. You know the one with the Zebra on the package that always smells so nice, but loses flavor almost immediately?

Soap ingredients

The lip balm smells like a blueberry version of that for some reason. When you apply it, the balm is creamy and not overly waxy. There is the light taste of blueberries initially, but it fades quickly. It does leave the lips nice and hydrated, which is nice.

The soap is lovely to look at. It looks like a foaming cappuccino and has decorative coffee beans and a doughnut floating on the top. It is supposed to be coffee and doughnut scented. I get the slight hint of coffee, but mostly what I smell is a mix of castor and olive oil. Interestingly enough, once wet the soap smells a bit more almond-y than anything else. It lathers well and once the suds were rinsed off, my hands just smelled clean. There was no scent residue, or soap residue either, on them.

A quick lather

All in all I am rather pleased. I wish the scent of coffee was a little stronger as the castor oil scent isn’t my favorite, but it fades quickly so there isn’t really much of an issue.

The blueberry scent lasts longer and I like that scent so I’m fine with that. I like the look of the soap and it will be interesting to see how it wears. I will be keeping this at the very least for a second month, so when the next month’s subscription comes in I’ll give you an update on how this soap lasted through out the month. For now, I am happy I gave the Lips and Lather subscription a trial.