Redmond Goodies!

Well folks we are in the middle of “Holiday Tango” as I like to call it, we just finished with Thanksgiving and might still be living off of leftovers and we’re prepping for Christmas, the most wonderful/stressful time of the year. With all that stress and craziness happening might I suggest Redmond to help calm your nerves?

I’ve been fortunate enough to collaborate with the incredible company that knows being natural and organic doesn’t mean sacrifice. In fact they have some of the most luxurious products around.

Let’s start with their personal care products, the mud based toothpaste may sound less than appetizing but it leaves your teeth fresh from the dentist fresh and the flavor is stellar, I know the lemon is probably meant for the kiddies but why let the kids have all the fun ya? Seriously this stuff tastes like lemon drops. But if you like a more classic minty flavor the wintergreen is perfectly invigorating. The facial mud far surpasses any conventional face mask I’ve ever used, the hand and body soap isn’t drying but you can definitely tell your hands are clean. The bath salts are well incredible. I mean what beats a nice long soak in the tub this time of year? And Redmond has a wonderful raw clay powder that can be taken supplementary as well as used in making your own face masks, or if you’re amazing like my mother toothpastes, soaps, deodorants, etc… So when it comes to personal care Redmond has got you covered.IMG_5873

Now on to my first love, the creative outlet I always come back to, and get obscenely excited about…Food. I love food and cooking  (most days) and nothing makes cooking more exciting than having wonderful seasonings. I have already been enjoying the heck out of my Redmond seasonings. Salt is an obvious staple for any cook, but what sets this brand apart is that they provide you with a pure salt, no anti clumping agents that are actually Cyanide (kind of scary what a little research uncovers). Oh and now that Christmas is right around the corner you’ll probably be hosting dinner parties, or attending potlucks, and the seasoning salt, garlic salt, and onion salt really add a whole new life to your run of the mill dishes. I’ve especially been loving the garlic salt on popcorn, its so good!IMG_5905So whether you’re in need of a little pampering or want to add some variety to your cooking I highly suggest you check out Redmond, and when it comes to gift giving I’ve never known anyone to dislike gifts that are practical and luxurious, and to help with the gift giving Redmond has variety packs to choose from.

Hope I was able to help you get through the Holiday tango with a little brand recommendation, and I’ll try to get some fun recipes on the blog for you to use too. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

 

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Fashion Friday. Makeup Edition.

So being the homebody I am I haven’t really dressed up in anything that merits doing a post about. I mean let’s get real, yoga pants, tank tops, and wearing you hair in a messy bun isn’t exactly worth sharing. But I know I need to get back into the swing of blogging, so I thought I might share a post on my makeup staples.

Foundation.

foundationI have rather sensitive skin so narrowing down a foundation has been a 8 year chore, and occasionally my skin will freak and I’ll have to quit using a product that had been working for a long while. So here’s hoping this one sticks, because I really love it. I like the coverage a liquid foundation gives but  sometimes liquid formulas can cause breakout. Well not only do I not breakout from this product but it has helped clear my complexion. I wear classic ivory, but I think it may be a tad too light for me because I have to bronze it up, however if you do buy this product keep a few things in mind, make certain you don’t have any dry patches because this foundation will show it, and do not go too crazy with the blush or bronzer because the foundation does gradually warm up and become slightly darker. The product provides good coverage all the while looking rather natural, and once it dries feels light like a powder not like a mudmask, I hate that goopey makeup feel. Cost is roughly $12

Blush/Contour/highlight/bronzer

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This is part of Salma Hayek’s cosmetic line which is found at CVS. It is the cheek trio and I bought the color apricot. The blush and highlighter portion are rather shimmery, which is ok but I prefer a matte blush, however the bronzer/contour is no where near as shimmery which is fine by me, but bare in mind there still is a bit of shimmer. I do like this product, but I wouldn’t say that I am chained to it, I’m still open to finding other alternatives. But it is the one I’m currently using so that is why I am telling you about it. The color is spot on for my complexion whether I am in my pale stage or summer tan, I just use less when I am pale, which is convenient because the whole buy new colors because you’re paler or darker thing is no fun. All in all a good product but its not something I would be heartbroken about if I heard they were no longer being sold. Cost is about $13

Eyeshadow.

eyeshadowAnother product from the nuance collection that I am using is the eye quad in the color neutral. I am girl who really loves eyeshadow, but is also quite picky about the colors and textures that I will use. This is by far one of my very favorite eyeshadows I have ever used. The quad contains the colors toasted almond, shimmering bronze, champagne gold, and frosted blush. The colors are perfect for my black/brown eyes that can sometimes look a little dull because they are so dark. Whereas I like a matte cheek color, I detest a matte eyeshadow, I have yet to find one that didn’t look cheap and chalky. So the beautiful shimmering colors in this quad are a godsend! I find that you can use the shadows for a day or night look and they go with whatever you are wearing which is wonderful. So this is a product I am chained to 😉 the cost is about $9

Eyeliner.

266_Raven_379I really love liquid eyeliner! Doing a retro catseye is something I started doing when I was about 15 and I haven’t looked back since. I have used a few different liquid eyeliners and the ZuZu luxe liquid eyeliner in Raven is by far the best I’ve ever used. The formula goes on very smooth and dries to matte black perfection, the formula stays put which is great, unless you mess up one eye 😉 and is easy enough to remove with olive oil when it’s time to wash your face. My one complaint is about the felt tip end, I don’t like how fat, short, and stiff it is. I got used to the loreal liquid liner’s tip (long, skinny, and flexible) so I just use the applicator from that eyeliner. Cost is about $15 which is a bit higher than what I normally like to spend because I’m a penny pincher, but this is a cleaner product so it’s worth it in my eyes…no pun intended wow.

Lips.

honest-organic-lip-balm-trio2-zoomI basically only wear two things on my lips, that being red lipstick for special occasion, or lip balm for everyday. Since I’m still looking for the perfect red lipstick I thought I would just tell you about my fave lip balm. I use the orange lip balm out of the organic lip balm trio you can order through the Honest Company. It is perfect, it goes on very light yet super hydrating. Most lip balms contain salicylic acid so you will keep reapplying and buy more, but this product consists of several different oils all of which I can pronounce! Hooray for no scary chemicals and double hooray for smooth lips! The trio costs about $10 which is super reasonable for the great product you’re getting.

Mascara.

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Lastly mascara. I have been using ZuZu luxe mascara in onyx for the past few year and it is by far my fave mascara I have ever tried, and I have tried a lot of different mascaras! It goes on very cleanly, but that does not mean you cannot build and get that super lash look all of you love! I myself am blessed with fairly long lashes, but ever since using ZuZu I feel as if my lashes are in better condition and growing faster which is fabulous. I was a little freaked at first by the growth of my lashes thinking I had bought something for lash growth (lash growth products can be very dangerous) but it turns out just using a cleaner product will encourage your lashes to grow better, hooray. This product is about $17 but is so worth it! I will never buy another mascara!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you decide to try any of the products I mentioned be sure to let me know how you like them. Hearing from you guys is the best part about blogging. So if you also want to share some of your beauty staples feel free, Happy Friday!