So last night I got a little crazy and bought myself a new MacBook Air. Yep, sure did! Impulse purchase, ho! To be fair, I’d been saving for it for a while, and was planning to buy it in the next month or so anyway – but perhaps with a bit more planning in mind. Needless to say, ITS FRICKIN’ AWESOME. Light as a feather, and super-fast. If you recall, my old laptop crashed last year shortly after I came back from NZ. Even though I had the hard drive replaced, it was still sluggish due to it’s 5+ year lifespan. Time for an upgrade, yea???
There are also other things I’m switching up lately, namely my skincare routine. Slowly but surely, I’ve been finding myself more and more drawn to organic cosmetics – and over the past month, I’ve decided to fully make the switch. I’ve been using up my current arsenal of products and bit by bit have been purchasing new items to replace the old. The reason for the switch was – literally – pretty simple. With my eczema and skin care sensitivities, I started researching products that had fewer ingredients and were free of artificial fragrances – essentially, items that were as pared down and basic as you could get. The less going on, the less chance for irritation, right? So, as I’m nit-picking my way through ingredients lists on just about anything and everything, naturally organic products kept coming up in my search due to their beautifully simple nature. On top of that, I happened to stumble upon two blogs that essentially made me start lemming every organic and green beauty product on the market: No More Dirty Looks, which is a chic and fun blog that showcases readers skincare routines, and reviews some of the more well-known organic brands such as Kahina Giving Beauty, RMS, and One Love Organics; and Seed to Serum, which I found through another blog (can’t remember which one!) but which has a TON of information about a variety of green brands, popular to lesser-known (Aster & Bay products sound amazing – and you can order samples first!), as well as posts highlighting different organic ingredients and their benefits. She’s pretty much tried all it all it seems, and my list of ‘to buy’ items has expanded exponentially since coming across her blog a mere month ago.
Revamping your whole skincare routine can be a big task, and while the research that goes into choosing products is exhaustive, I’m fortunate that I don’t have a whole lot of ‘excess’ product to get through first, so that I’m able to replace as I go without having a stockpile of soon-to-be-unloved items cluttering up my bathroom. However, I will say that because there are just SO MANY lovely sounding products to try, my streamlined routine could get backlogged real quick. However, as it stands now, I’m not doing too bad. I started with Stark Skincare’s Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate Balm (which is fab and an amazing multitasker – review forthcoming), and last week I added a trio of Pai products: the Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream, Rosehip BioRegenerate Fruit & Seed Oil Blend + Vitamin E, and Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser (the latter which was a freebie thrown in when you buy a Pai skincare cream from Fresh Faced). So far so good on all three, but it’s too early to tell just yet. I have high hopes! Oh yea, and I also picked up a Konjac sponge to try out – I can’t tell if it’s doing much of anything really, but its a cute little thing and it works well to massage my cleanser into my skin every morning so hey – rituals like that are kinda nice!
The massive wish list I’ve been compiling while I’ve been doing a ton of research probably needs to be shared. That’ll be in my next post though, as it’s gonna be a doozy! Prepare thyself.
Have you dabbled in green beauty products yet? Are you jumping right in like I am, or more of a slow starter? Or do you think organic beauty is a bunch of hooey?