I have moved!

I had been meaning to make a fresh start, but it never seemed like the right time. It took quite a while to get our lives back in order after transitioning out of the military.

Please visit my new blog

I plan to continue in a similar direction. Products, No Poo, etc. But I also plan to be talking more about other projects and endeavours of mine. I’ve been doing a lot more crafting, and am also on a weight loss journey with plans to start a family after I’m in more of a healthy place.

I’ve done a little house keeping, but I plan on leaving it here for the time being and will likely continue to link back to this one where relevant as I don’t plan to merge blogs.


Boscia BB Cream, MyGlam Bag reviews?

Aaaah the Boscia BB Cream, I returned that promptly but postponed the update as I was dealing with a seriously grimy No Poo issue for a few weeks.

I couldn’t really get any good swatch photos of it.  Self adjusting my foot I’d say!

I’m pretty pale.  Not porcelain though, I’ve got freckles and a reddish tone. (or would it be considered pink?)  I did not experience any outright “Orange” but it did look like I’d just smeared self tanner all over my face.  And it would not blend. When I first applied it to my entire face, stopping at the jaw line (sometimes my neck is more sensitive to new things than my face) I had the dreaded line. I tried to blend it on down my neck, but it just wouldn’t. Where ever I tried to spread it, all I did was move the line.

And it sparkled.  A lot.  More like headed out to a night club body glitter than a Fresh faced daytime shimmer.  Setting powder did not diminish it, I don’t have a lot of experience with glittery makeup, the most dazzling I tend to go is a shimmer eye shadow, which setting power will tamp down a few notches if I want.

I also had a sample of Too Faced BB Cream, but it was too dark.  It was “Nude Glow” which is the 2nd darkest shade, and way too dark for me since I’d need their palest option “Vanilla Glow”

If the comparison helps, The Boscia BB Cream was as dark on me as the Nude Glow.    I don’t know if that means that it’s better suited for darker/tanned skin tones or what, none of the reviews I read specified a skin tone. It did get a better match on my arms than on my face. My arms are more tan than my face, I’m the queen of Uneven Tans. I always protect my face, neck, etc, but never my arms if I’m not actually intending on being outside for long, so over many years my arms are just a bit darker.  But I don’t think I’m jumping out on a limb here to say that if you’re pale, you should probably stay away from Boscia BB Cream.

I did exchange the Boscia for Too Faced in Vanilla glow and as far as color goes it matches perfectly.  I haven’t noticed any immediate ill effects, but I haven’t had a chance to use it much yet, as I was going nowhere with the grimy hair, and I don’t wear make up around the house.  A plus is that is has SPF, but doesn’t smell like sun block, and most SPF moisturizer I like still smell like sun block.   It does have a shimmer, but it’s more like the aforementioned Fresh Faced Daytime Shimmer, than like I dipped a powder puff in glitter and assaulted my face with it.  It’s actually not very noticeable, and I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m betting setting powder (which, in this hot weather especially, I always apply before going out, even if all I did was moisturize) would make it nearly non-existent.

In other Boscia news, I socked away 50 bucks so that as soon as the Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C becomes available again I can nab it.  I’ve been wanting to try it for so long! Every time I could afford it, it was out of stock, every time it became available, I wasn’t prepared to buy immediately and missed out again.  Looking forward to finally getting my hands on it!  I don’t know if there’s just limited quantities of it general, or if it’s just so awesome they can’t keep it stocked. It’s out of stock on Boscia’s own website as well!  Their hit or miss BB Cream hasn’t really affected my overall view of their other products. As a skin care line it’s excellent, they just seemed to drop the ball on something that’s kind of skin care as well as makeup.

Speaking of limited quantities, I’ve been getting MyGlam Bags for several months now. I started it when I was frustrated with my limited beauty fund, before I decided to go No Poo save on the hair care fund.  This next one is supposed to have 6 items! I may do a reveal type blog when I get it in a couple of weeks. There’s a wait list, so you should always sign up ahead of time if you’re thinking about it, I’m not sure if it’s too late to get in on the August bag.  If it is, then at least you’ll be in line for September! They always charge at the beginning of the month, and I did not get charged until I was officially “subscribed.” So the first month I got charged, I got that month’s bag.

I’m pretty pleased with the service in general.  I don’t always like every single thing that it’s in, but I get to try a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t otherwise!  They also seem to be starting more “either/or” products, (as in some people will get one thing, and some people will get a different thing) which I believe is random right now, but they’re working on making it a bit more tailored to people’s quiz profiles. Which is not easy I’m sure!

I dislike seeing people on their Facebook page get all grumpy about something.  It’s a grab bag, and you don’t get to pick what’s in it. I knew that when I signed up, so I’m not  going to be upset if I get a lip stain and I hate those, or I get a hair treatment that I’m not going to use, or a lipstick shade that doesn’t suite me.

I can give what I don’t like to friends who do.  I may not use the hair stuff but reading and researching ingredients (to check if it’s No Poo compatible) teaches me things. I don’t recall getting any hair product in a Glam Bag until just when I’d started thinking about going No Poo, go figure! A lipstick shade may not suit me, but I can still test how it wears, it’s consistency, etc and give myself a better idea of if I’d like to try a different shade of the same brand.  In July’s bag I got a bright yellow nail polish (it was either yellow or white for everyone)  I didn’t like wearing it, but I still got to see how the brand wore, how it applied, whether it chipped quickly, how opaque it was.  I’m not likely to use it on its own, but I could use it as an accent, or in marbling or something.

I did look into multiple similar services, Birch Box, Little Black Bag, etc.  I could only do one, and I like MyGlam the best, it seemed to have more of what I was looking for. So choose carefully if you can’t do more than one.  Something I just heard about a few days ago was My Conscious Box, I’m tempted, strongly tempted.  Even if I only do it for a few months before unsubscribing.  Knowing for sure now that we’re not going to re-enlist means even more than ever before we need to save, save, save, the transition out of the military is not a time to be under prepared financially!

Onward with life! Trying new things, getting ready for our next big adventure!

Urban Decay Palette, Boscia and Too Faced BB Cream

I got a little carried away when I went shopping! I considered it my No Poo reward, so yay!

I’ll start with Urban Decay. This post will be mostly about the Urban Decay Palette it’s self, as I certainly don’t have the skills to be trying to show other people how to do make-up, and it takes more then a few minutes out of the box to judge pretty much any kind of skincare product.

I’ve been lusting after this palette since it came out. (not that long ago, but several weeks at least) I don’t wear very much make-up in the way of eye shadows, liners, etc.  So I don’t need (or have) a lot of it. Urban Decay is a Cruelty Free company, they do not test their finished products on animals, they do not pay other people to do it for them.  They also make sure that all the raw materials they use to make their products have not been tested on animals.  Some of their products are Vegan, but not all.

(Disclaimer: I have zero professional photo equipment or skills)

The additional eye shadows I purchased.

Pretty packaging, they’ve done a lot of updating since the last time I purchased UD.

The lid is full of mirror, plus a view of the S&M and Roach shadows.

The new design makes it super easy to transfer to the palette, however this seems magnetic, so that it won’t just pop out when you don’t intend it to.

This is just a matter of pushing it into place, this is not magnetic, but rather just a snug fit. They are very secure though, and harder to pull out of the palette then it was to remove from its original case. (if there’s a special word for it, I haven’t learned it yet)

Will my older Urban Decay eyeshadows fit in the palette?

I have never done such a thing before. I tried a butter knife which was a mega fail because I accidentally dug a trench into the eye shadow when it slipped at one point. Then a pen, no go! Then a kitchen knife, which worked, but sharp blades are dangerous, be careful!

And it fits! Took a little bit more force, although I was careful not to apply so much force as I might damage the palette or the eye shadow. I can tell that I probably won’t be popping this one in and out at a whim, it would just be more effort than it’s worth.

Full size Boscia BB Cream, and a Deluxe sample of Too Faced BB cream. Both are oil free, and both have SPF. Boscia’s comes in a “self adjusting” tint, and Too Faced has several shades, unfortunately I didn’t have a choice in the shade and I took a gamble.

I will be using the Boscia for a few weeks and then posting a new blog about it.  The Too Faced may be too dark for me, if it is, perhaps I will give it away or something.

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

So in my first No Poo post I mentioned mostly I’m giving it a go to save a buck.

Boscia is my reason for wanting to save a buck. (Hey, I never claimed I was all crunchy) I have never found anything that works as well for me as Boscia does.  From cheap to expensive, from natural to strong chemicals.  This is perfect for me. But pricey.  I’ve tried a lot of things, from before I found Boscia, to when I get fed up with the prices and buy something less expensive, to when I’m in a financial pinch and flat-out can’t afford it.

You should have a look at it your self if you’re curious.  Always preservative free, lots of natural. I sort of consider it the best of both worlds.

Recently I used the last of my Luminizing Black Mask  and figured while I was at it I could formulate a small blog about it.

This specific product has no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances/dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, or Triclosan.

It’s a mask, but you peel it off when you’re done!

I like to think of it as a pore strip for my entire face, that’s certainly how it feels!  The peeling is not exactly painless, it comes in varying degrees of what you experience if you’ve ever used a pore strip.  Boscia is generally suitable for sensitive skin, however if your skin is sensitive to peeling like this or is easily irritated by physical abrasion, this might not be something you want to try. I notice smoother skin, swelling and redness of breakouts is reduced.

I can’t wait to try their white mask! Next week sometime I’ll be picking up Boscia’s BB cream for the first time and I plan to blog about that as well, due to the fact that I read a lot of mixed reviews about it.

Other Boscia products I currently use are:

  • Detoxifying Black Cleanser
  • Willow Bark Break out Treatment
  • Clear Complexion Treatment

I don’t use their tonics because last I checked they still use sprays, and I’m not a fan of spraying myself in the face!   I would Love Love LOVE to get my hands on some Antioxidant Recovery Treatment C, but it’s one of their more expensive items, and every time I can afford it, they’re sold out/on back order.  I’m hoping the next time I’m alerted that it’s come into stock I’m able to afford to buy it straight away!

Giving up my pricey hair regimen to afford my pricey skin regimen? Worth it!  But believe me, if I ever found something less expensive that worked just as well for me, I’d switch in a heartbeat.

Please  also note, I’ve said “for me” a number of times in this post.  That’s because what works for me may not work for you.  What works for other people may not work for you.  On the flip side, just because some people say something doesn’t work at all, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you.   If you have skin problems or concerns, there’s a lot of trial and error to be had.  I couldn’t say if this will be as equally awesome for you as it is for me, but if you try it and it doesn’t work out so well that doesn’t mean that I, or anyone else, is lying about personal experiences.

This end note is brought on by recently reading reviews on random things where several people gave glowing recommendations, and then one person who had a poor experience says something like “How much did you pay these people to write such nice  things?”  When it comes to skin care and beauty items, there are some people that it just won’t work well for or even work at all, sometimes something might even make your skin worse.   This does not negate the fact that many other people found it to be a great product for themselves.