Monday, December 2, 2013

My Winter Picks: Part The Second - Ilia Beauty, Sellwood Soap, Studio 78 Paris, Splurge Skincare, Meow Meow Tweet.


Ilia Beauty's Arabian Nights - Okay, I might be a little late for this party, but you can't blame me.  I really did think that this lipstick was going to be super dark and I just can't wear those rich berry colors for some reason.  I recently saw this on green blogger, Kasey at an event recently and was shocked at how sheer and pretty it looked, so I quickly bought it and loved it.   This gives a layer-able berry/pink stain-like tint to the lips.  If you want a bolder lip, just apply more.    $24

Studio 78 Paris' Tea Time Shadow - I feel like I haven't really purchased anything fun this season in terms of eye color.  I'm a huge fan of purples/plums so I fell hard for Tea Time by Studio 78 Paris. This color is really unique.  It's like a brownish/plum/aubergine pressed shadow and it's perfect for making a less harsh smokey eye.  I also think it's perfect for Fall/Winter with a berry lip.  They've also got other gorgeous colors and I'm eyeing the gray.  Oh, and there's a mirror on the top of the shadow case, too.  $31

Splurge Skincare's The Rub  - Splurge's latest body scrub is in a Holiday scent called Winter and I was certain it was going to smell like cinnamon spice or Evergreen.  Instead, this fantastic body scrub smells like...snow!  Looking at the ingredients there's some vanilla absolute and lavender, so I'm guessing that's the scent, but to me, it smells like snow...fresh and pretty.  This pure sugar scrub is the perfect mix of ingredients that both hydrates and exfoliates the skin, leaving you soft and  moisturized.  The ingredients are super pure, too.  $26  

Meow Meow Tweet Walnut Oat Exfoliant -  Ah, the name, the look, the mission...all perfect.  This "small batch natural apothecary" is located in Brooklyn, NY and they use nothing but plant-based and food grade ingredients.  Products are housed in glass containers with biodegradable labels (you know how this excites me, right?) so I was really eager to test out some of MMT's line.  I've got many favorites which you'll hear about in upcoming posts, but I think their Walnut Oat Face Exfoliant is great for Winter skin.  This exfoliant is gentle, gentle, gentle, you'll get nothing rough here.  It smells like a delicious bowl of oatmeal and is just as comforting.  Wanna talk natural?  How do you like these ingredients?  Oats, chamomile flowers, black walnut hull and kelp.  That's it, that's the whole ingredients list.  My stars!  $18

Sellwood Soap's Coconut, Shea Butter & Beeswax Hand Balm - I'm a big, big fan of Sellwood Soap Co. Everything I've tried from chemist Rachael Gruen's Portland-based company has been primo!  I've had this hand balm on my desk and apply it throughout the day because my desk is near a huge window and my fingers are freezing and dry.  With only three ingredients, you can't get purer than this.  I love how silky (yes, it's silky) it feels and how it absorbs so fast.  And, at only $8 for a glass jar that will totally last you throughout the winter, it's a magnificent deal.  


 *Some of these products I was kindly given to review, others I purchased myself.  Opinions are my own.

15 comments:

  1. Crazy in love with MMT's Face Exfoliant. I reach for it when I want a gentle no fuss exfoliation. Very nice winter picks :)

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    1. Thanks so much for reading. I just ordered the Meow Meow Tweet candle because of you...well, actually, two of them because of you...we're a dangerous pair, I think!

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  2. Stop making me want Meow Meow Tweet!! ;)

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    1. Can't stop laughing. Stop making me want to be an artist!

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  3. Very nice recommandations, thank you for sharing! I have SO much love for Ilia Arabian Knights but it's the oxygen activated skincream and the Meow Meow Tweet Walnut Oat Exfoliant that really caught my attention. Both look incredible. I really enjoy products with few ingredients so I guess Meow Meow Tweet could be a hit! x Liz

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    1. Yes. Meow Meow Tweet is super pure. The smell is amazing and I have more products to review from them. I definitely think they're good for a skin that doesn't like harsh exfoliation. Thank you for reading, Liz!

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  4. Thanks for the mention, lady! Glad Arabian Knights made your picks. :) Everything you've listed is so interesting and tempting me to try more products! Mmm the Meow Meow Tweet Exfoliant sounds good enough to eat! I just purchased one of their soaps that doubles as shampoo...it sounded cool, we'll see how that goes!

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    1. You will want to eat Meow Meow Tweet's exfoliant. It's a great line and it's beautiful to look at, as well. We have to hang out, Kasey! When are we brunching?

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  6. Love, love, love..and love Arabian Knights. Meow Meow Tweet exfoliant sounds great and their name is cool so it's probably great. xo

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! Have you tried any Meow Meow Tweet? Great name, too, right? Thanks for reading, woman! K

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  7. Are the Studio 78 shadows matte or have some shimmer? Cannot seem to find that info. Thanks!

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    1. The shadow, Tea Time, that I mention here does not have any shimmer. However, if you go on NuboNau's site, you'll see that Studio 78 makes some shadows that are very shimmery...they aren't in pots. Thanks for reading and lmk if you need anything else. Hope that helps. K

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    2. Thank you! Have been very curious about these (esp. the blue).

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