The November 2013 Goodebox

Monday December 9, 2013 | Beauty

Moving right along!

Here is a quick glance at my version of the November 2013 Goodeboxe.

November 2013 Goodeboxe

The November 2013 Goodebox

Pure - Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex

1) Pure – Sensitive Skin Soothing Complex. This is a multitasking cream that’s “perfect for picky complexions”. The cream feels cool and soothing. It has a very light vegetal scent.

LashFood - Phyto-Medix Natural Eyelash Enhancer

2) LashFood – Phyto-Medix Natural Eyelash Enhancer. This is a lash conditioner that strengthens and lengthens frail and brittle lashes. It has a clean, non-irritating formula. Results may take 4-8 weeks to be visible.

Ricola - Throat Drops Stick

3) Ricola – Throat Drops Stick. Ricola cough drops? In a beauty box? Really? Okay, I’ll take it.

The Seaweed Bath Co - Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Butter

4) The Seaweed Bath Co – Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Butter. Even though it looks like deodorant, don’t use it as such. It’s called a body butter, but it’s actually more like a balm. Great for skin with eczema. Smells a bit like lemongrass.

Valia - Cleansing Milk

5) Valia – Cleansing Milk. Removes impurities from the skin while nourishing and refining it. Suitable for normal/dry skin.

W3ll People - Narcissist Stick Foundation

6) W3ll People – Narcissist Stick Foundation. Awarded the Green Star label by Elle magazine. This is a foundation stick that conceals while at the same time working to diminish blemishes, balance tone and brighten skin.

 

THOUGHTS:

Hands down, the winning product from the November 2013 Goodebox has got to be W3ll People’s Narcissist Stick Foundation. It blends beautifully! And I feel like my skin can breathe while wearing this. I’ll probably be purchasing this one full-size.

Second mention goes to the Seaweed Bath Co Body Butter (ahem, Balm). I had a terrible cut on my finger, and I’m telling you, this balm worked like magic to heal the cut.

While I’m interested in trying the Pure Soothing Cream and Valia Cleansing Milk, I’m careful about switching skincare products too quickly and too often.

As for the LashFood Eyelash Enhancer, there’s really no excuse for why I haven’t tried this one yet :-x

Discovering Ayla, A Beauty Micro Shop in San Francisco

Saturday December 7, 2013 | Beauty Events

Last night I attended a charming and intimate holiday soirée hosted by Ayla, a small beauty shop in San Francisco.

Ayla Beauty Shop

The event featured a one-on-one skincare evaluation, dark chocolate squares for nibbling, light sips of champagne, and a brief makeup lesson on holiday looks by the rather knowledgeable makeup artist of The Organic Pharmacy.

The Organic Pharmacy Makeup

[Makeup lessons by The Organic Pharmacy's top makeup artist]

The Ayla beauty shop offers a small and carefully selected collection of topnotch skincare products that are very niche and hard to find.

In fact, the shop itself was not that easiest thing in the world to find. It’s certainly a hidden gem, tucked in the back of a narrow driveway next to a massage therapy salon in San Francisco’s Japantown.

When I asked Dara, the founder of Ayla, about the story behind her skincare shop, she told me that effectiveness was the most valued attribute in her products.

What’s more, she only features products if they are safe and eco-responsible and mildly formulated to suit reactive and sensitive of skin types.

 Kahini Skincare
[The Argan oil used in Kahina products are of the finest quality. Tempted to try Kahina argan oil next.]

You can imagine how happy I was to find a beauty shop like this!

Ever since I moved back to the U.S., I’ve been doing most of my skincare shopping at Whole Foods. But honestly, who wants to buy their skincare products next to their cheeses and meats?

In all seriousness, my real complaint is that I’ve been buying super expensive natural and organic products from Whole Foods that do not quite deliver the same results that I became used to with the natural and organic skincare products in France.

Ayla features products of the quality level that I’m looking for. And not only that, they provide personalized skincare evaluations and recommendations.

Organic Glam

[Organic Glam Makeup line by The Organic Pharmacy]

As a beauty blogger, I have a habit of picking the brains of people who are deep in the world of beauty. So of course, I had to ask Dara all about her skincare routine and her favorite cleanser, moisturizer, toner and sun protection and all that jazz.

But also, as someone who dreams of someday opening my own small natural and organic beauty shop featuring some of the best skincare products from around the world, it was just really nice to meet another entrepreneur who is living and making her dream come true.

I left the Ayla shop last night with an amazing new moisturizer in my hand, less lunch money in my pocket, and lots of bright new ideas and inspiration for Ziba :)

Lucy, We’ve Got Some Catching Up To Do!

Wednesday December 4, 2013 | Beauty Musings

It’s happened.

In a short space of time, I’ve managed to accumulate quite a bunch of stuff.

I am now at a point where I am taking in way more beauty products than I am writing or talking about.

Let me show you what I mean…

Beauty Collection

Products Pictured:

  • DermOrganic Skincare Sampler (includes Soapless Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion)
  • DermOrganic Daily Conditioning Shampoo
  • DermOrganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque
  • DermOrganic Leave-In Treatment
  • DermOrganic Fast Dry Shaping Spray
  • Beautisol Wash Off Body Bronzer
  • Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extensions
  • Save Our Sweaters with Lilly Brush
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Susan Posnick Eyeliner/Eyeshadow
  • Nailuv Gel Polish Berry Sweetie
  • Nyx Butter Lip Balm
  • Bon Bliss Mango Butter Solid Hand & Body Scrub
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (sample)
  • Becca Skin Satin Finish Foundation (sample)
  • Becca The One Perfecting Brush
  • Nyx Love In Florence 5 color Shadow Palette
  • Prai 24K Gold Caviar Wrinkle Repair Serum
  • Prai 24K Golden Eye Wrinkle Repair Caviar
  • Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment
  • Dermalogica Precleanse (sample)
  • Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer (sample)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (sample)
  • Vitabath Asian Orchid & Coconut Body Wash (sample)
  • Vitabath Cucumber & White Tea Body Wash (sample)

Beauty Collection Pt.2

Products Pictured:

  • Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
  • Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
  • Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
  • Goodebox November 2013 Box
  • Goodebox December 2013 Box
  • Acure Gotu Kola Stem Cell Day Cream
  • Dermae Evenly Radiant Brightening Serum with Vitamin C
  • La Roche-Posay Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Anthelios AC
  • La Roche-Posay l’Eau Micellaire
  • Uriage l’Eau Micellaire
  • Themis l’Eau Micellaire
  • Jonzac l’Eau Micellaire
  • Bioderma l’Eau Micellaire
  • Gamarde l’Eau Micellaire
  • Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
  • Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF 25
  • Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Color in MOD Matte
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner High Precision Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Sunscreen Makeup SPF 25 (sample)

So as you can see…

There are too many amazing products that I’ve been dying to tell you about!!

Instead, I’ve allowed this task to turn into a daunting pile in my bedroom and bathroom.

And now it’s spilled into other crooks, crannies and surfaces of my life.

But I’ve decided to finally do something about this.

I’m gonna bust through this writer’s block and get my blogging mojo back!

The same excitement and passion that I used to always get whenever I would even just THINK about BEAUTY? I can actually feel myself getting it back again.

So expect some fresh new beauty writings and reviews in the days to come.

Maybe even another impromptu beauty video. Who knows? :D

Baby steps first!

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Hm, okay well…

Though I am inclined to agree with Confucius… I am also of the opinion that you gotta “strike while the iron’s hot” and “catch the giant waves before they break!”

So here we go!

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Disclaimer

* First Photo: All the products were gifted to me during the SF iFabbo Social Media Conference (which I STILL have to write about btw). BIG thanks to the SF iFabbo 2013 organizers & sponsors. Most were full-size!

** Second Photo: All the products were personally purchased by me, with the exception of the 3 Dermalogica products which were generously sent to me by the folks of Dermalogica.