Monday, March 31, 2014

Restocking the Necessities

In the beauty hemisphere, there are necessities and unnecessary products. Candles? Although I love them, they're not essential. Sunscreen? The sun is quite evil, you know. Five tinted moisturizers? Definitely essential...just kidding. But besides a tidbit of a clear out, my spring beauty clean has been relatively minimal--because I'm using all my products up without effort. Trust me, if I could draw out the constituents inside that tube, I would because, then, I wouldn't have to purchase a new one. Or, in this case, any new ones. Unfortunately, though, the integrals of a plethora of pots, tubes, and bottles are without salvaging and I've had to embrace the inevitable: restocking the necessities; it's a good thing I saved my Christmas money.

After a trip to New London Pharmacy and my skin consultation, I parted with two products; it's impossible to leave that place empty handed. On the slightly less necessary front is the Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask. Botanically based, this combination of kaolin clay, volcanic rock, hyaluronic acid, and various extracts overhaul your skin's surface with the help of manual and enzymatic exfoliation. On the inside, the constituents sound dreamy, but I had not heard of this brand until it was recommended by Abby Fazio, president of New London. After showing her the small bumps on my chin, she suggesting this exfoliator as a swap from my usual exfoliating routine (previously consisting of exfoliating toners and oils) which she ruled as being ineffective. The saga is for another day, but, so far, she was right (I'm not surprised.). After this grainy recommendation, she directed me to the true necessity--a new moisturizer. With my acquisitive sight glancing to a specific array of products, it's like Abby stared into a crystal ball as she directed me to The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream. Unlike most moisturizers I've used, this formula is specifically formulated for oily and blemish prone skins, but she continued to promise that, despite the claims, this also wouldn't leave my skin dehydrated. The concoction of aloe, honey, marigold, rosehip, manuka, tea tree, and jojoba is also completely organic. And, so far, this cream has normalized my previously oily, combination skin and on account of a new routine, with the help of her, I've been spot free.

But my face wasn't the only item that needed nourishing. Although other lip balms continue to line my vanity, I'm one down and I was on the search for a more natural alternative. I ordered the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip in Peppermint, a completely organic, pink tinged and heavy black pot enclosed gem that's über nourishing thanks to castor seed, sunflower, calendula, and olive oils, beeswax, and pimenta berry extract for color. Along the same thread (although not studded in such a peony pink shade) is the John Masters Organics Bare Body Lotion. Such a "bare" and frills free formula sounds rather boring, but I'm hoping that such a clean potion can aid in the clearance of some stubborn eczema. And my body isn't the only think that needs some bare calming, thus the John Mastes Organics Bare Shampoo. With tea tree, evening primrose oil, and chamomile this shampoo promises to cleanse, fortify, clarify, prevent breakage, and promote shine. Although it may not prove to be as volumizing as I would like, that's why I've also purchased the John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender. I've always been a fan of sea salt sprays, and after my Oribe (and also pricey) aerosol can hit rock bottom, I knew I wanted to give this, far more simplistic, version a go. In fact, it's so simplistic, it only has three ingredients: water, sea salt, and lavender oil.

As it turns out, I'm lacking on the haircare and moisturizing front, containing voids that have now been filled. I'll admit, though: it's nice to be able to justify shopping.


  1. Mademoiselle natureMarch 31, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Really nice product list! really curious about the Sea Mist from John Masters Organics x

  2. I had never actually heard of any of these products before so it was nice to read about some things that are new to me! :) Also, completely unrelated to this but your blog name makes me think you'd appreciate my phone at the moment; the case is a girl in a bun saying "bonjour" (it's rifle paper co, super cute haha) and my wallpaper is a stack of multicolored macarons. Parisian, non? ;)
    Lovely Notions

  3. Love the look of the sea mist, I will have to try that one! xx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  4. I love the sound of the Manuka face cream, off to investigate further! xo

  5. I definitely want to try the sea mist. I've seen it at a couple of places and after a lot of thinking, I still haven't purchased it yet. I'll have to give it a go next time I see it. xx

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  6. I have to try the sea mist! It sounds wonderful!

    Krystal | www.moorekrystal.wordpress.com

  7. I've been really liking it so far. I'll keep you posted. xo

  8. Ah, très parisienne. I think I've seen that phone case, and I definitely need to get my hands on it. I makes me so happy that you thought of me! Kiss, kiss. xo

  9. Yes, yes to investigation. I will have a review of it up on here next Wednesday. xo

  10. I'm loving it right now! Expect to see loads more mentions. xo

  11. It's lovely (for lack of a better word); so beachy. Wow, I'm really not selling it now, am I? xo

  12. Elizabeth ParrishApril 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Sounds amazing! Can't wait to visit one day!
    xx Elizabeth



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