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!

W3LL People Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation Review!

I have to admit that for me dipping a toe into the world of foundation powders was a huge ‘green beauty’ step. Maybe I even deserve some kind of beauty bravery medal?! (note: Liv is being intentionally shallow and glib for comic effect).

The truth is that since I was a teenager experimenting with Covergirl pressed foundation powders (remember those? invariably cracked when bought, with the tiniest little mirror ever) powder and I have not been friends. I know, I know – cue tiniest ever violin playing. But I do feel like I’m missing out. Perhaps it’s because my skin tends to dryness, but powder always seems to leave a fine layer on my skin that looks ‘dusty’ (for want of a better description) and just kind of fake.

I won’t say that W3LL People Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation ($31.50) has changed my feelings about powders. I will say that it’s the best of the bunch I have tried (although I do love Bare Minerals’ translucents).

My second bb medal (is this a thing now? Can I create a hashtag for it?) is awarded for buying the lightest shade ‘fair pink’ sight unseen; no testers. I was pretty confident that this would be my shade, seeing as my nickname at school was ghost-face. However, it may have been a tad light, even for me. I’m not sure if this is why it doesn’t look as perfect on my skin as I’d hoped, or because the finely-milled texture is actually a bit thicker than I was looking for. However, unless I apply it sparingly, it does look a bit ‘caked on.’ Smooth going on? Yes. Good and even coverage? Yes. I just can’t load up the brush the way I do with translucent powder. Perhaps I need to buff more? People tell me it’s all about the buffing..so I’ll keep experimenting. Right now, though, I tend to rely more on my Yes to Grapefruit CC cream than I do this.

Anyway, here’s some info. from W3LL People’s website. And I will sail past the description of its formula as “supernatural” with nary a flicker of eyelid.

“The next generation mineral foundation for those with good intentions. Altruist instantly creates more radiant and healthy looking skin with weightless, flawless coverage in complexion perfect tones. The satin-like, supernatural formula moves and breathes with skin thanks to feather-light, triple-milled pigments that feel creamy smooth, with no creasing. Organic aloe nourishes and rejuvenates skin while zinc and titanium protect against environmental damage.

FREE FROM: Artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, nanoparticles and bad mojo. Made in USA with love. Not tested on animals or robots”