I’ve always been a big fan of Philosophy, so when I needed a new facial cleanser I looked to them for guidance. I was really needing something that remove eye make-up. They recommended their Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free facial cleanser. I was a little skeptical. I have oily skin and couldn’t imagine washing my skin with, well, oil. But to my surprise, it works very well.
This facial cleansing oil is made without mineral oil and instead uses a blend of natural oils that melt away all traces of make up, dirt, oil, and impurities. It comfortably cleanses my skin while maintaining my natural moisture levels. It rinses off completely, leaving my skin feeling fresh, hydrated and not greasy. And the eye make up is bye-bye.
The facial oil is super easy to use. Squirt a tiny amount into hand and massage on DRY skin for a couple of minutes. Add a few drops of water, massage for a brief interval and then rinse with water. It doesn’t seem like it could possibly get rid of all the day’s gunk, but my cotton ball is clean after applying toner. And it has a very pleasant lemon scent, which just adds to is fabulousness.
Purity Made Simple Mineral Oil-Free facial cleanser $25
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This just may be my new favorite product. It is great for all skin types, easy to use, and pretty affordable.
The hubby and I spent the day hiking in Taylor’s Falls (Interstate Park) so I didn’t have much time to write a blog for Sunday. This park borders Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River. It’s home to many “potholes” that were formed in lava rock and has fabulous trails along the river. It was moving fast and furious today so no kayaking, but we did get a workout climbing over ancient boulders.
A view of the river looking across to Wisconsin
There is one pothole you can climb down into. Really amazing…
I did manage to put together a “dream” shopping list to share with you all. I had the new Anthropologie catalog waiting for me when we got home and it got me thinking about some fabulous items I would love to have.
Elizabeth and James “Bax” platform sandals $177 available at Nordstrom
I love these platforms. Because the sole is one height, they are much easier for me to walk in than heels or wedges. And I do need some brown summer shoes…
Topshop Lips in “Sartorial” $16 available at Topshop
Every gal needs a red lip and this one is bright enough to play off of your tan.
Glimmered Ankita dress $198 available at Anthropologie
This is my kind of dress. I love the peasanty silhouette and the colors are really fun. The longer sleeves make it a perfect selection for evenings (I’m always cold).
Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy $35 available at Sephora
I’m anxious to try this new multi-tasking oil. It protects, nourishes, softens, and boosts your hair’s shine. It’s next on my list of products to sample.
Rachel Zoe Belted Shoulder Tote $450 available at Nordstrom
I really want a red bag and this one is exactly what I’m looking for. Alas, it’s a pipe-dream (at least until I start working again!).
I’ll never forget receiving my first catalog from Benefit. It’s close to almost twenty years now (where does the time go?). Back then, you couldn’t find the brand anywhere in Minneapolis, but luckily that didn’t last long. Good thing too! They have some of the best cosmetics products on the market and really pioneered the way for many trends. Case in point-cheek and lip stain. Benetint was one of their first (and most successful) products. It is the perfect rose shade and has real staying power. It was the first thing I purchased from them and the first stain I’d ever tried. It has remained a staple in my arsenal ever since.
Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain $29
This is super easy to use. You just put 3 swipes on your apples and quickly blend with your fingers (and I do mean quickly). You can build the color, as it is quite sheer, but I think just a rosy glow is best. Very natural looking. And for your lips, just brush on and blend. Perfect, just kissed looking lips. It’s also waterproof, which is always a plus.
Benetint Lip Balm SPF 15 $20
This is a great lip balm. It has SPF (a must) and contains Vitamin E. The color is very sheer and natural looking. It also makes your lips super soft with just the right amount of shine.
Benetint Pocket Pal $20
Benetint to go! One side contains tint and the other side houses a clear lip gloss. No need to carry around your bottle. Just throw this in your bag and it’s there for emergencies (or for when a sudden dinner date appears on your schedule). Easy peasy!
Benefit also has tints in other shades, as well as many super cool products. I highly recommend checking them out. You can find them at Benefit Cosmetics, at Sephora, and all fine department stores.