This scrub is also a part of the Batty’s Bath Detox Kit, although you can buy it separately. Batty recommends that not only you exfoliate daily at night during the detox phase, but also after each time you use a mask to help wash impurities the masks bring up away. What is different about this scrub is that it is simply not just jojoba beads in a useless goo passed off as a scrub. The “base” of the scrub doubles as a foaming soap so you cleanse your face while you are exfoliating which eliminates a step. While this is a great mild scrub that even someone with sensitive skin could use, I need more in my scrubs. The foaming soap part is nice, but the actual scrub part was lacking for me. Half of the time while washing I was chasing jojoba beads around my fingers and face to place onto my nose, forehead, etc. I like a continual scrub feeling, not an occasional scrub bead here and there. Again I used this scrub as I would a cleanser: wet your face with water, apply product with fingers, massage in with fingers, rinse, and then pat dry. If you have dry, sensitive, skin or skin that rarely has a breakout, this scrub would be perfect for you as the product is gentle and the scrubby parts are not harsh. If you have combo or oily skin, I don’t think this scrub will be enough for you potency wise.
Batty’s Bath is vegan, natural, and cruelty-free skin care and soap company based out of Ontario, Canada. I just happened to be on the website etsy.com one evening looking for something that would help with these stupid blackheads on my nose that never ever seem to go away when one of Batty’s products popped up. What drew me to Batty’s website off of her Etsy page was her Detox Skin Care kit and great reviews from fellow Etsy purchasers. The Black Charcoal soap is one of the products in her Detox Kit for people who have not been using all natural products on their face (the Detox Kit proclaims that the products will ” get rid of chemical residue.” I will be reviewing each product in the kit individually instead of the entire kit at one time.
The first thing you need to note about the Batty webpage is that prices are listed in CAD, not USD. While this does not make a huge difference, in the end your product total before shipping will be slightly less/more depending on the exchange rate if you are buying from the US. The second thing you need to note are the prices themselves which are very wallet-friendly. Anytime I can buy an entire skin care regimen for under $50, I am a happy camper. The only drawback to the great prices is the cost of shipping to the US as it is International shipping and Batty’s products are packaged in glass jars. Usually shipping runs anywhere from $15-$20, with both of my orders being $17 shipping. Never fear, though, as if you sign up for her blog/newsletter, you do get a coupon for free shipping on your first order.
Now that all of that is out of the way…on to the product! I have used charcoal based products before and was not very impressed. I had high, but cautiously high, hopes for this product as it is touted on the website as being able to “reduce and or eliminate blackheads (in conjunction with a few other products though).” At first I started off using this product like I would any other bar cleanser; wet my face, wet the bar, swipe a few strokes of the bar across face, massage in with fingers, and then rinse off. However upon further investigation (and a helpful how-to video on the product page) I realized I was using the bar wrong and was to use the bar to massage the product in, not my fingertips. Once I started using the bar the correct way (correct usage makes all of the difference sometimes), I can say I am honestly extremely impressed with this cleanser. Application is very easy and the bar does what it promises. Be careful not to get any lather in your eye as it does sting a little bit. When massaging in the lather with the bar of soap, be sure to massage longer in places that are more prone to blackheads. After rinsing, my face feels clean and only a little tight. While my blackheads are not gone, they are much less pronounced which is a big step in my book. The bar itself will last you a very long time if you leave it out in a dish or container that will allow it to dry properly between uses. I love the fact that the bar and all of Batty’s products are natural and are free of many of the chemicals and preservatives found in most cleansing products. This and the fact that this product does what it is advertised to do will make this a staple in my skin care routine.
From the Sephora.com webpage, this blow dryer promises that “this lightweight Buttercup Blow Dryer features an ultrapowerful motor to get the job done fast and efficiently, and conditioning nano beads to seal cuticles, leaving hair noticeably silky, smooth, and frizz-free. NanoIonic™ minerals hydrate and condition hair while negative ions naturally cleanse and freshen. ”
First the backstory on why I bought a $200 blow dryer. When my Chi dryer stopped heating up, I was in the market for a new dryer. Part of me said just go down to Walmart, buy a $20 dryer and be done with it. The other part of me said to remember my promise to my hair to start taking better care of it. Hence my search began. You would have thought I was researching biochemistry or rocket science with how much time I put into reading reviews of several different dryers eventually settling in on the Buttercup. What a great decision. Honestly…I never thought I would be this happy and excited about a blow dryer. The dryer has 2 speeds and 3 heat settings and comes with 2 attachments and dries my hair much faster than my old Chi did. My arm also doesn’t grow tired while drying due to the lightness of the dryer. While it isn’t feather-light, the Buttercup is light enough to not tire out my arm while drying. The end result is hair that is so soft I cannot believe it is mine. My hair has never felt or looked healthier months after a trim ever. Yes…EVER. The frizzy parts near my forehead are less frizzy which is great as they are not easily tamed. I cannot recommend this blow dryer enough. While the price tag is steep for a blow dryer, the results are well worth the price.
A drawback of having pale skin is that any sort of irritation or redness shows up and shows up in a major way. The Ambient lighting powder from Hourglass has several different colors that range from mimicking a moonlit glow to covering redness to creating a candlelit light effect, to even a subtle sun-kissed warmth to the complexion. To be honest, I want all of them (I saw at one point there was a palette with all of them but I missed out on that). Seriously they all look like fun and powder is such a great medium for these effects. Unlike a liquid formula that could look horrid if blended wrong or too much was put on, powder is easily blended and you can add a lot or a little easier than a liquid without the heavy feel of a liquid. Due to the redness in my skin, I purchased the Diffused Light that promotes itself as a “soft, warm, pale yellow powder that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.” The powder also has a special brush that you buy separately, but I decided to skip this as I have powder brushes that I can already use (and I am glad I did skip purchasing the brush as the powder worked just fine with my normal powder brush).
This powder did a great job of making the redness that seems to creep up on my nose much less red and kept shine at bay for well over 4 hours. Did the redness totally disappear? No but it did appear much less significant after using the powder. The powder also made my complexion look overall just better. It is hard to explain, but my face just appeared to be more clear and radiant without sparkle (which is important because in my 30s I do not need glitter on my face). I just wish the redness cover-up lasted longer (like throughout the work day), but I am pretty satisfied with the results this powder gives. Just if you use, make sure you use the one that suits your needs; not every person will look great with every powder and start with a little bit of powder then gradually build up to the coverage you desire.
Yet another splurge! I was (and still am) in the market for a great nude or neutral lipstick that doesn’t wash my face out or make my lips look super pale and pink. I am sorry but the super pale babydoll pink lipstick look kills me. Literally a little part of me dies inside when I see this. Since my lips already are pretty pink to begin with, I am having a heck of a time finding a great nude or even neutral color that does not make my lips look babydoll pink or washed out so if you have ideas…please let me know!
This was yet another splurge. Unless it was the Holy Grail of lipsticks, I would not purchase this again due to the $35 price tag. There are so many other lipsticks that are as good or even better for much less. When Googling “perfect nude lipstick for fair-skinned people” this was a brand and color ( 6 Rouge Bergamasque ) that came up repeatedly. Rouge Bergamasque is described as a delicate nude pink. I had high hopes for this lipstick! Alas, upon receiving the color was a very pale pink with a very slight tinge of salmon color on (this is not a full coverage lipstick but provides a medium coverage color). Far from the delicate nude pink in the description. Again I add the disclaimer that my lips are already very pink to begin with (I know everyone has pink lips, but I have been asked what color lipstick I have on when in fact all I have on is Chapstick). As far as the lipstick formula is concerned I found it to be hydrating for a few hours before needing to reapply. I gave this lipstick a 3 because while the color was way too light on me, the formula itself was hydrating and lasted after mid-day.