Weekend-Worthy Favorites: W3LL People, Matcha Tea Lattes, and More!

Hi all,

This isn’t going to be a super long post…my parents are coming to visit from England (yay!) so I’ve got a ton of cleaning up and work to do! (Fun).

However, I wanted to share with you a few of my weekend-worthy favorites, that I think…no, I KNOW you will enjoy learning about. A couple of beauty products, and a couple of lifestyle items. And, hold onto your hats, I won’t be mentioning Pacifica ONCE!!!! It’s a miracle! 🙂

  1. W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick in “Moonstone.” ($29.99)

There’s been so much hype around this product in the green beauty world, that I knew I had to give it a whirl. At the W3LL People website you can buy samples of this product for $1.50, but I went all out and bought the full product. I’m not sorry I did – I’ll be honest, I have never used highlighter before. EVER. A brief flirtation with ‘illuminating liquids’ made me look sparklier than Edward Cullen at a disco. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from this product, nor how to apply it. However, a few beauty blogs later I had learned how to ‘strobe’ with highlighter – apply it above cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose, the cupid’s bow, and bottom of the chin (and/or inner corners of eyes) – and I have to admit, the result was pretty awesome! What I like about this product is that it’s not sparkly or glittery – it’s a light shimmer, or perhaps ‘glisten’ is a better word. No Edward Cullen here! It’s really easy to apply too; you just dab a bit on your finger, or you could even just apply it straight from the stick. I also wear it sometimes in place of eyeshadow. Big score. I also bought the much touted bronzing stick as a sample, and it’s pretty good – I’m not sure I like it as much yet, but I’ll give it a few more uses before reporting back.

2. One Love Organics Skin Savior Multi-Tasking Wonder Balm ($49.00)

Another darling of the green beauty world, I received this in a subscription box quite a while ago – I can’t actually remember which one 🙂  I’ve loved it from the get-go, but I think I love it more now that my skin is going through a dry spell. I apply this balm to my face either as a night cream or after showering. It’s got a light, citrus scent which isn’t my favorite ever, but it’s totally OK. When I learned the price of this I almost had a mild heart attack, and I doubt I’ll be repurchasing because 50 bucks is a lot to spend on a skincare product. Sob. Sob.

3. Rishi Green Tea Matcha ($6.30 at Vitacost)

For those of you who love those Starbucks iced green tea lattes, I kid you not, this tastes EXACTLY THE SAME and is like a gazillion times less expensive. The ingredients are awesosme – just matcha powder and cane sugar. I drink this iced – you just add a couple of teaspoons to cold milk, stir around, and add ice. To avoid lumps you can dissolve the powder in a little hot water before adding the milk. Delicious with almond milk too!

 

4. Headspace App and Podcast

I’ve been using the Headspace meditation app on my phone for a while now, and I really enjoy it. You can try a 10 session foundation course for free, and if you like it a year’s subscription is, if I recall correctly, $90.00. (I could be wrong!) which allows you to access all the courses. Each course is a progressive series of meditation sessions (you can choose between 10 minute, 15 minute and 20 minute sessions) and animated videos that teach you different meditation techniques. The themes are wide-ranging, from depression to balance. I also love how the company is evolving: they’re always adding to their library of courses as we speak: new additions include meditation for pregnancy, self-esteem and mindful eating. I personally enjoy the voice of the teacher, Andi Puddicombe (check out his awesome TED talk on mindfulness below!) and my only beef with Headspace is that once you embark on a course you have to finish it or you’re back to square one. Sometimes I’d like to pause a course and try another before returning to the first one. Oh well!

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Weekend-Worthy: Beauty Treats, Good Eats, and More I’m Loving This Week!

Hi Friends,

Here’s my weekly round-up of worthy treats, eats, and more. And I’ve added a new category: stuff I’d happily throw onto the reject pile of life (‘cos we all need a grumble now and then).

Weekend-Worthy

1. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub ($9.95)

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For wintry dry lips I’ve really been enjoying this soda-pop-pink sugar lip scrub that tastes like cotton candy. It’s good for lips, but I wouldn’t recommend eating it, despite the sugary goodness! I also use this on my nails to smooth away nail-polish stains and dryness. A bit pricey, yes, but I’m addicted to Lush’s ‘sweet’ range (including their Christmas ‘Snow Fairy’ shower gel…yum!)

2. ‘Life On Mars’ T.V Show (British version)

For ages and ages people kept telling me, ‘oh, you must watch Life on Mars, it’s so amazing!’ To me the premise sounded kind of dumb: Sam, a present-day cop, is hit by a car and wakes up in Manchester, 1973. He has to figure out if he’s in a coma, or really back in time, and how he can get back. When I finally got around to watching the show though (on Hulu Plus I believe it was) I was blown away by how it got to me emotionally…tackling themes of family, justice, and what’s worth fighting for, it’s hard-hitting in every way, surprisingly nostalgic and sentimental, funny, and the acting is top-notch, particularly from Philip Glenister playing the foul-mouthed yet strangely lovable ‘Gov.’ The final episode had me bawling (no spoilers!) and it’s still stuck in my mind, rather like the David Bowie music woven through the series. The show was so successful in the U.K it spawned an equally successful spin-off series, “Ashes to Ashes.”

Please note, this show isn’t to be confused with the truly terrible U.S. version, the ending of which was so comical it might just win worst final episode of all time (Sam wakes up from a coma to find himself on a spaceship. It was all a virtual reality game gone awry. I kid you not – that’s the actual ending).

3. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar with Caramel and Black Sea Salt ($1.99)

It’s 70% cacao, gluten-free, and amazingly delicious. Not to mention the cute packaging. What’s not to love here?

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4. One more beauty find for you. I’m really enjoying the fall color and smooth glossy goodness of Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Lipgloss in “Fig.” ($14.99). I wish it had a bit more staying power, but I suppose glosses aren’t designed to stick around forever (no pun intended). The color is gorgeous – a sort of raisiny-caramel-orange, with some shimmer. It feels very moisturizing too, due to the sesame oil:

  • Organic blueberry, raspberry, acai and goji berries provide beautiful, antioxidant and omega-rich pigments that protects the lips from signs of aging.
  • Organic sesame seed oil hydrates and conditions the lips.
  • Natural mineral reflectors provide a rich shimmer.
  • Vitamin E restores, heals and repairs the lips.
  • Organic agave and sweet orange natural sweeteners provide great aromas.

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O.K, now for my reject-list. Here are the things I am so OVER this week!!!

1. Kim Kardashian’s bum.

I don’t care, O.K? And moreover…I don’t care.

2. Coffee.

I think it gives me headaches, it makes me anxious, and when I drink it by the end of the day I feel exhausted due to the crash. Lord, I love it, but I know it does me wrong…I’ll have to buy some decaf.

3. People who don’t care (unless it’s about Kim’s bum).

It really makes me a grumpy person when people either don’t care or pretend not to care about important things happening in the world, be they political or social justice issues. Is it bravado? Is it narcissism? I’m a positive person who tends to see the good in most people, so it angers me. Erm, is that a paradox?

4. Women’s magazines.

I used to read them, but since switching to green beauty they hold less and less appeal for me. The last one I read had an article in which a respected beauty authority talked about how she only had faith in beauty products full of chemicals “because they’re the ones that work.” I didn’t throw the mag. across the room, but I felt like it!

Enough of my whining. Now, go have an awesome weekend!!

Liv:)

Weekend-Worthy Favorites…Enjoy over Coffee!

fall favoritesSit down, relax, make yourself some tea or coffee…it’s the weekend, thank goodness, so I thought I’d compile a little list of weekend-worthy favorites for you to enjoy reading as you wind down…I hope to make this a regular feature, ready for your perusal on Saturday morn!

As you can see quite clearly from the largest picture, a bag of popcorn has become my crazy munching obsession. Not just any popcorn, you understand, but Angie’s Spooky Candy Corn Popcorn (which I bought at Sprouts, but I’m sure you can buy online).

Folks, I am a huge popcorn lover, and have tried many different popcorns. But this is the BEST I’ve ever had. Salty, sweet, with an orange caramel-icious drizzle, and it actually tastes like candy corn. Halloween may be over, but long may this live in our hearts.

I shall now proceed from bottom-left!

That cute little bottle is S.W Skincare Basics Makeup Remover. Makeup remover isn’t something I’d normally get very excited about. O.K, make that ever. But this stuff is fantastic. It gets rid of makeup, leaves my skin soft (no more red patches on the outer corners of my eyes!) and even doubles as a moisturizer. The perfect blend of olive, jojoba and sweet almond oil does the job without causing the dreaded ‘blurry eyes’ syndrome that pure oil can. Rejoice!

Next up in the orange tube (kinda hard to see- sorry!) is Zion Health’s Orange-Vanilla Body Lotion. I reviewed this product just a few days ago, and it’s been my go-to all-around skincare item; perfect for body and face, it’s light and non-greasy, and smells like how you’d imagine the offspring of a marshmallow and a shot of Grand Marnier might smell (weird thought, but you catch my drift).

The gorgeous lipstick you see before you is Red Apple Lipstick in the shade Boys ‘N Berries. The picture makes it appear more bright pink than it actually is. It’s more of a violet-mauve shade, with silver sparkles. Guys, this lipstick ROCKS for fall! It’s the perfect not-too-dark, not-too-bright fall color, and I’ve been wearing it pretty much every day since my hair got dyed purple(ish). I’ll be doing a review of my three Red Apple lipsticks and I’ll talk more about the formula then, but this is the one I’ve been wearing the most.

Bottom-right is a tube of Jersey Shore Sun’s (no, not THAT Jersey Shore!) Mongongo Anti-Aging Lip Conditioner. This lipbalm is really moisturizing so great for the cooler weather, not shiny like my beloved Mi-Mi lipbalm, but more waxy, and is all-natural, made with exotic sounding butters and tangerine and ginger essential oils. I put it on every night before bed, and my smackers are soft and lipstick-ready in the morning. Great stuff.

Aha! Two non-beauty/food related items! Sarah Water’s “The Paying Guests,” is a cracking story. It’s a tale about love, how far we will go for love….and how far is too far? The novel is set in post-war London, centering around a young woman, Frances, who lives in a rambling old house with her mother and is forced to spend her days playing housekeeper as they can’t afford a maid. Enter, the paying guests – Lillian, and her husband, Leonard. A close and forbidden bond forms between Frances and Lillian, which threatens to undo them all. The title has a double-meaning. Lillian and Leonard are paying guests as lodgers, but they may also have to pay a price for the secrets in their lives and their attempts to conceal them. It’s a spellbinding, riveting read that had me hooked from page one, and although some people might worry that they can’t connect with the love affair between Frances and Lillian, I say…love is love! I enjoyed the love story immensely, and could definitely connect with their feelings for each other, despite being heterosexual. So don’t let that aspect of the novel put you off…

Onwards, and literally upwards, with the movie Interstellar. Wow. I mean, WOW! Despite a slightly overly neat ending, this movie about astronauts trying to find a habitable planet in another solar system is epic in every sense of the word, handling themes of love, family, and what it means to be human with sensitivity and elegance. I loved it.

Wild Honey Apothecary’s Pumpkin Cocoa Honey Mud  (made with cocoa and raw honey) is a divinely delicious face mask. I’ve been using it more and more, and each time I love it more and more. It just smells so darn tasty.

I also love the smell of Flo & Theo’s Lemon Orchard Whipped Body Butter. This lemony body butter is all-natural, made with shea butter, and is very thick. This has proved a godsend for the chapped skin on my feet and my dry hands. If you’re looking for a really thick body butter for winter, this will do the trick.

Hope you enjoyed my Friday round-up! Have a wonderful weekend!

Liv 🙂