Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Natural Makeup: Inika Foundation Light/Medium Trial Pack

My colleague ordered this Inika trial pack and kindly gave the remaining samples to me. I had heard of the brand before, but since it is Australian, Inika is not as mainstream as other natural makeup lines. 
A trial pack is $8 and comes with the following items pictured below. Because she ordered two sample packs, I tried both the beige and cream liquid foundations. 

My thoughts on the samples:
  • Certified Organic Pure Primer: I found it to work really well with my skin type (combination to oily). I think it also helped my makeup stay put all day. I would purchase this in a larger size.
  • Certified Organic Liquid Foundation: I loved the cream shade and found it to be perfect for my fair skin. The beige was just a tad too dark, but would be nice if I ever let my face get exposed to the sun this summer! I would purchase the cream foundation in the future. I actually felt like I had a nice glow wearing it, especially when paired with the primer. I had a few people comment on my skin too, which I thought was funny because I am my own worst critic. 
  • Loose Mineral Foundation: this was also quite nice. The unity shade was a good match for me. 

Swatches of the cream foundation on top and the beige on the bottom.

Inika Organics is cruelty free, vegan, organic, and boasts other wonderful certifications.

If you are looking for a beautiful foundation with the above criteria, I would definitely recommend this trial pack to see which shades and types of foundation work best for you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Natural Makeup: Review of W3LL People Expressionist Mascara

I've been using natural beauty products for almost a year now and I thought it may be difficult to find a mascara I loved. I did some research via reading blogs and watching a few YouTube videos and it seemed like the W3LL People expressionist mascara was rated pretty highly. I got the opportunity to purchase it at 20% off during the Whole Foods natural beauty sale in the spring and jumped at the chance to see what the hype was all about.
 I purchased the pro black color.
 Before applying mascara.
 And after! I think it gives my eyes just the right amount of definition.
Compared to another brand I used, I found the W3LL People one does not give me raccoon eyes throughout the day, does not irritate my contact lenses, and give me great coverage, especially with a couple of coats of mascara.

W3LL People Expressionist Mascara:

  • $21.99 
  • Produced using sustainable energy, gluten-free, no-gmos, natural, EWG verified product
  • Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*,C10-18 Tryglycerides, Stearic Acid, Copernica Cerifera Cera / Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Canuba) Wax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthum Gum, Cellulose, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil / Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil [+/-Cl 77891 Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77491 and Cl 77499 Iron Oxides, Cl 77007 Ultramarines, Cl 74570 Carmine] *Ingredient from Organic Farming
  • Since it is not vegan (contains beeswax), I sadly may not purchase it again. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Everyday Life: [Weeks 26-27]

We went hiking at Retzer Nature Center and this scene reminded me of a Wyeth painting. 
Pretty wildflowers all over the park.
 I went to a wonderful program on essential oils at my local library. I learned so much!
 We tried Naf-Naf Grill one night.
We had a very long wait for falafel, but our pitas were tasty.
A somewhat fuzzy photo of the baby barn swallows I say hi to every single morning.
Watched my friend play cello at my work!
Both Craig and I hadn't been to a driving range since high school, so we decided to go last weekend. It was fun, but not as easy as I remember. Plus I ended up with a blister and a sore back and arm for days. Ha ha. Getting old sucks!
 Always watching bunnies in our yard. We also had a possum this week!
 We went for a nice 3 mile hike on the Ice Age Trail on the 4th of July.
The couple that hikes together stays together. We celebrated being together 10 years this week. Crazy how fast time has flown.
 We stopped and watched kayaks and canoes on the Oconomowoc River.
We hiked on the Loew Lake and Monches segments. I liked this quote on the Monches segment sign. 
 Pretty wildflowers!
I started meditating again this week. I use the Enso app
I loved this episode of the Rich Roll podcast. I agree with so much of what JD Roth said. 
 Smoothie bowls are the perfect summer dinner.
 Library day! I started reading Exit West and I'm not loving it so far.
I finally purchased a new chair for our living room this week. I went with the cement grey on the bottom. We did not want another grey piece of furniture, but it's so neutral, goes with our busy & patterned rug, and will cover up dirt.
 A visit from our neighborhood outdoor cat.
While trying to take a picture of the gorgeous full moon and clouds last night, I noticed a little visitor on the door.
 Tried the berry creme frappucino today and it was just ok.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

What I've Been Reading Lately: June and early July

I read three books in the last month and a half. I didn't really love any of them, but here are my recaps.

After losing my brother in April, I thought picking up Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant might help me and my family gain some perspective on his sudden death. While I thought there was some helpful information included, it mainly focused on Sheryl's devastating loss of her husband. It actually started out great, but it went in another direction about halfway through.
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell is another book about loss. I heard it recommended on a podcast and when I learned it was mainly set in Milwaukee, I thought I should pick it up! The main character is an Asian-American woman who travels back to the suburbs of Milwaukee to be with her adoptive parents after her brother dies from suicide. The book was a little depressing and slow at times. I would give it three out of five stars because I enjoyed the character's perspective and prose.
Braving It by James Campbell is a memoir about a father and teenage daughter traveling to Alaska on three separate occasions. I was intrigued by the details about camping in the wilderness and so impressed by daughter Aidan's ability to adapt to her new surroundings. James and Aidan were so lucky to have these experiences together and bond in that way. This book only deepened my own "fernweh" and made me move Alaska further up on my bucket list.

Negatives: I found the book to be a little dull and too detailed at times. I had to skim over the parts about hunting and preparing meat. The further I move away from eating animals, the more I sensitive I am to reading or seeing others consume them.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

What have you been reading lately?

Monday, June 26, 2017

My Everyday Life [Weeks 24-25]

Watching my nephew play baseball in 90+ degree weather. 
Wildlife at work. This turtle smelled bad. I had no clue turtles smelled like the sewer. 
I went to get a cup of coffee in the kitchen at work and checked to see how the turtle was doing. She ended up under the freshly laid sod. Thankfully, my coworker got her out of there before she settled in and made a nest or something.
 Pretty skies and big dirt hills near our house.
 Nighty night. :)
Finally watched What the Health and I highly recommend it! It was so good. I was a nerd and took a picture of the TV since I knew I would see Dr. Neal Barnard at Mad City Vegan Fest the next day.
Drank this before picking up my friend at work and going out for Indian food. I expected this to taste a little better.
 Peanut Butter Iced Mocha in Madison!
Memories of our trip to Europe and one of our favorite German cities, Freiburg, which is also Madison's sister city.
Mom's name is Mary so I made her pose with this sign.
Darn it, this would be a perfect license plate for me but it's already taken. It means cat in German.
Chilling with a homemade iced chai latte and a book before heading out to a neighborhood wine tasting party with the ladies.
A street waffle from the Waukesha Farmer's Market. Mom and I checked it out on Saturday morning.
This quote reminds me of a conversation I once had with someone who thought I was lost because I wandered my way to California and Switzerland. I never regret that wandering and I wasn't lost. In fact, I think those experiences made me grow in ways I never thought I would.
 Loved these arrowheads at Lapham Peak.
 Pretty wildflowers.
 Craig's first geocache find in the butterfly garden at Lapham Peak.
I am still thinking about the mocha shake Craig had at Collectivo yesterday. It tasted like heaven.
 A trip to Milwaukee's lakefront!
Finally made it to Comet Cafe and ordered a vegan chilaquiles.
 Never thought I'd date or marry a man with a beard, but I respect his and him so much.