Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Shampoo + Conditioner for Larie: Renpure Originals

[All products in this post were purchased by me.]
Purchased on sale from my local drugstore, Bartell Drugs. So happy that they carry so many "greener" lines. Fun fact: the bottle says the products aren't tested on animals, they're tested on the Redmonds! (family who owns the company) That made me giggle.
I switch up my shampoo and conditioner every time, and I also share with S., so I get to try a lot of different things. I occasionally go back to favorites, so I'm sure I'll come back to this at some future date, because I like it.

Renpure is from the Redmond family, and claims "no sodium chloride, salt, dyes, sulfates, parabens, gluten," which is good but interesting, as "salt" is a general term. Most people consider "salt" to be sodium chloride. But it doesn't have any other ionic salts in the ingredient list, so I guess they mean it in the actual chemical sense.

The Renpure Originals Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner are quite nice. The shampoo lathers up well in the shower for a sulfate-free brand, and it smells nice. In an almost white-floral, shampoo-y way. Same for the Argan oil conditioner. It's very fluid, absorbs well into hair, and is lightly scented. I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes for best results. The scent remains after rinsing, so if you're sensitive, take a sniff in store. Afterward, my hair is definitely smooth and light; not gunky, not dry, not excessively fluffy. I like it.

Drugstore.com lists both of these for $5.99 each, which is about what I paid. Not bad for a smaller brand that tries to steer clear of certain ingredients. Recommended.

Ingredients for shampoo: Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hypnea Musciformis Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Sorbitol, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Silicon Quaternium 17, Glycol Stearate, Polyquaternium 10, Citric Acid, Diazolidnyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance 

Ingredients for conditioner: Purified Water, Cetrimonium Chloride (Palm Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Oil), Behentrimonium Chloride (Rapeseed Oil), Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hypnea Musciformis Extract (Red Seaweed), Gellidiela Acerosa Extract, Sargassum Filipendula Extract, Sorbitol, Silicon Quaternium 17, Diazolidinyl Urea, Lodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance

(ingredients lists from drugstore.com)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Thursday Post

Childish Gambino: Fire Fly. (Explicit and stuff.) Blast that bass, kiddies.

I don't know why this is so damn funny, but it is.

Pie and the sweetest story.

Seattle's Food Forest!

Water landscapes.

Motion in air.
At the beachfront area of the dog park. He's very busy sniffing that rock.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Snapshots: Currently Loving, June 2013

Quick and easy.

White polish. Every once in a while I get in the mood for white. It's so bright. I layered Nails Inc. The Donmar over Zoya Purity.
Dior Paradise, MAC Narcissus.

Lip gloss. I love me a good lipstick (you know I do!) but lately I've been about fresh faces and a glossy shine on lips. Dior Paradise, MAC Rising Sun, MAC Narcissus (which is being repromoted!).
We Never Talk About My Brother, Peter S. Beagle[source]
Books. I don't have lots of free time, but I commute by bus, so that's a precious time for my Kindle and I. This is the last thing I've finished that I've truly loved. It is a brilliant collection of short stories by Peter S. Beagle. They are all deep, dark and fantastic, with captivating elements of myth and magic, entwined in Beagle's masterful, morphing storytelling voice.

Sarasa pens. I love Japanese pens, and I have been doing a lot of actual writing with pen and paper lately, so I indulged (Jetpens). These pens are amazing, and 0.4 mm tips? Heaven.
Clockwise from top left: homemade ice cream sandwiches, strawberries from a U-Pick adventure, grilling flatbread, strawberry shortcakes with freshly whipped cream.
Clockwise from top left: Bourbon Street Lush from Toulouse Petit, lemon cupcake from Trophy Cupcakes, Honey Almond iced latte from Van Gogh Coffee House, grilled steaks and Jim Beam bourbon.

Other things: 18-hour stretches of sunlight. Fresh fruit. Grilling food. Cold beer. Crisp riesling. Sprinkles. Maxi dresses. Soft skirts. Sandals. Walks with Dennison and S. Cold brew iced coffee. Summer is amazing.

What things have you been enamored with lately? Food? Fun? Hobbies? Let me know!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dior Minis: Lucky Addict Extreme and Dior Kiss Addict

[Products in this post were received as a GWP or as a gift.]
Mini Dior Addict in DiorKiss, and Mini Dior Addict Extreme in Lucky.

Mini lipsticks are kind of adorable, especially when they look exactly like the full size version, like these Dior Addict and Addict Extreme lipsticks. Squee.
Dior Addict Extreme 536 Lucky on top, and Dior Addict 578 Diorkiss on bottom. Lucky was part of a prize won from Lily (thanks!) and Diorkiss was part of a Sephora BI perk.

These are both pink, though they are subtly different, and you know beauty bloggers live for subtleties. I prefer the Addict Extreme color and formula - it seems a little more gel-like, a little more glossy, and it leaves a stain. It's not a creamy finish, so it still looks really fresh.

Lucky is just such a happy pink. Diorkiss isn't bad either, though. Warmer. Honestly, when I wear the two, they both look pink. Lucky is cooler, Diorkiss is warmer and slightly more sheer. Depends what you want. You could justify having both, I'm sure.
Wearing Dior Lucky



I don't actually own any of the full sized ones, though I have my eye on a few, like Delice. One of these days, I'll grab it. One of these days, like soon. These are so comfortable to wear, and the glossy wash of color is very modern.
Tried to be one of the mascara-only people. Not sure I love that look. Giving it a real effort, though.
Face: NARS
Finland Pure Radiant TM, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach
Cheeks: Smashbox Radiance, MAC Whisper of Gilt
Eyes: Tarte SmolderEyes
Gold*, Bare Escentuals Disco, MUFE Smoky Extravagant mascara**
Brows: MUFE Aqua Gel
#25

What about you? Do you have any Dior Addicts or Addict Extremes? What are your favorite shades?

*received as a gift
**received as a Sephora BI perk

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Thursday Post

The National: Terrible Love. I find Matt Berninger's voice extremely sexy. Not in a oh-my-god-take-me kind of way, but...I don't know. I like it.

This is pretty amazing.

Ah, Paris.

Love them. A lot. (see above. ha.)

HAHAHAHA.

And more music: NPR's 25 favorite albums of the year so far, and top 50 songs.
I bet I could tie his feet together...bwahahahaha.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Let Me Tell You About Grad School

Hi. So. I haven't been around much. I'm not going to assume that everyone misses me, but I do want to apologize if you did notice my lack of comments, responses to comments, and the general slowing down of the posting schedule.

[Which reminds me. Feel free to chime in your discussion points on twitter, Facebook, anywhere. I love and adore comments, and always respond to them, but I'm not keeping score. Please don't feel the need to apologize or "catch up" or whatever it is if you're pressed for time. We're all busy. Blogs are supposed to be fun, not another job. So I feel ya. I'm not judging. We got lives to live. I welcome discussion and conversation and random shout outs, but let's just be friends, right? Carry on like friends do.]

That aside, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about what graduate school is like for science and technology folks. I don't know much about the humanities or professional school, so I can't comment on those aspects. Also, graduate school differs from country to country, so I am only telling you about my experience in the United States. But I find that a lot of people are curious about the process, so I figured, why not. Maybe it will encourage others to consider it. Maybe not.

I've been in graduate school for about five years now, pursuing my doctorate in chemistry. In general, in the US, graduate students only take classes in our first year. Sometimes there are entrance exams, sometimes there aren't. There are definitely benchmark exams - written and/or oral - which mark the years. There is a dissertation and a final exam, which is what I'm madly preparing for right now. Dissertations are generally 100+ pages, and are reviewed by a committee, comprised of professors in the field. The final exam, at least here, is oral - you give a seminar on your research, and invite questions from the general public and your committee.

Overall, we do research. We don't follow school breaks or holidays, because we're not taking courses. It's essentially a full time job, with a student stipend (enough for living expenses and not much else. You cannot have a part time job - there will be no time for it). Sometimes we teach, sometimes we don't, depending on your professor's funding status. But: research.

And let's talk about that research. Science graduate students enter a professor's group, and carry out that professor's research interests. It's imperative to find a professor whose interests match your own, for basic personal fulfillment and happiness. Also good to find a professor whose management style suits you, or you will be in for some misery. How much leeway there is in the path your project takes depends on the professor, as well. So we don't have to come up with our own creative project (you have to do what your professor is funded to do), but there can be some breadth in it.

I'm not going to discuss the job market or prospects for advanced degrees, but I will say that academic environments in graduate school can be different than the undergraduate experience. We call our professors by their first names and are surrounded by Ph.Ds, so sometimes we lose perspective, I think. However, my experience has been positive, and I have learned a lot - not just about my little niche of chemistry, but about the way administrations work, about interdisciplinary collaboration and people. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Except maybe a real job. Ha. Just kidding. In seriousness, though, do I think it's for everyone? No. And people sometimes discover that, and they move on. I do not think less of them at all. Sometimes school is not the way to achieve your goals. Completely and totally fine and respectable. But if you've considered it, or your children or friends or anyone is considering it, please do yourself the favor of really considering it. One of the graduates of our group was in his late fifties when he completed his Ph.D. It's not just for people right out of college, or a certain age group, or for people of a certain background. I cannot stress that enough.

If anyone has an experience in other places of the world, please feel free to share. Otherwise, I just wanted to share my bit of life with you, and keep you posted on what's going on with me. I'll be back with beauty soon.

Monday, June 17, 2013

I'm All About Orange: MAC Rising Sun and Honey Jasmine

I love orange blush, lip gloss, and even lipstick. So it's not really any surprise that MAC enticed me with their All About Orange release. Once it hit Nordstrom.com, I ordered Honey Jasmine and Rising Sun - a satin finish blush and a cremesheen gloss, respectively.
MAC Rising Sun cremesheen gloss and Honey Jasmine powder blush.
They don't disappoint. I've finished an orange gloss before, because I find the shade (in a jelly/sparsely glitter finish) flattering and easy to wear - more so than pink, actually. Rising Sun is thicker than Dior Orange Pareo, which means it goes on more thinly, if that makes sense. The doe foot applicator makes it a bit harder to spread out, too...I think I may be a brush gloss convert! Color wise, it's not as pigmented or glittery as Orange Pareo, but it still falls in the same color family and it's very glossy. Since I can't have Orange Pareo back, this'll do.
NARS TM in Finland, Bobbi Brown corrector in Peach, MAC Whisper of Gilt
MUFE Aqua Brow 25
Becca Beach Tint in Vicuna, theBalm Nude'Tude palette
MAC Honey Jasmine
MAC Rising Sun
Honey Jasmine is an orange-peach. Not as yellow as MAC Fresh Honey and not as coral as Senna Clarity, I'm happy to find that it is different and a nice poppy flush for summer. I would have liked a straightforwardly orange blush, but that's okay. As I was telling Tracy, the boss blush fiend, it is the summer of blush! Probably because I'm on a neutral eyes kick.

These products are limited edition but still available on Nordstrom's website at the time of writing. They might be at counters, too - I haven't been to an actual physical store in a very long time, though, so I couldn't tell you. I'm happy about the orange theme! How do you feel about orange? Did you pick anything up?

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

NARS TM in Finland: Thoughts

[I purchased this during Beauty.com's FF sale.]
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland (yep, I'm that pale). 
I like tinted moisturizers. Now that I have drier skin, I appreciate the extra bit of moisture, the fairly high SPF, and the bit of coverage that they typically offer. I prefer ones with a naturally dewy finish, and I need to feel the effect of the extra moisture. Essentially, all the things that separate a tinted moisturizer from a regular liquid foundation need to be there.

With the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, I think they are. 
  • Coverage is light to medium (on the lighter side) - skin still looks and feels like skin, which is important to me.
  • SPF 30. Not the highest, but better than SPF 15. I always wear sunscreen + moisturizer daily, anyway.
  • Mixture of chemical + physical sunscreens (octinoxate and titanium dioxide); I prefer physical, but this is okay.
  • Finish is slightly dewy. Not as wet as Dior's Hydra Life TM (which also feels dewy to touch all day), but definitely not a matte finish. Not quite as dewy as I expected.
  • Good color match for my skin (I'm NC20-ish.), though I also think there's a bit of play here. You don't have to get an exact match.
  • Wears well over facial oils.
  • Dimethicone is the second ingredient, but it doesn't feel super slick and silicone-y.
  • I don't notice any drastic fading or breaking down of coverage by the end of the day.
Wearing NARS Pure Radiant TM in Finland, plus eye makeup, concealer (under eyes) and blush.
I'm not sure that this is the tinted moisturizer to end all, but it's what I was looking for and it's comfortable enough to wear daily. Bottom line? This summer's staple.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Thursday Post

The Comedian: Mean Creek. Hypnotizing. So, so good.

This drink looks amazing and easy. The story is sad, though. I didn't realize there was such a difference between girls' and boys' organized sports.

Animal friends! The bears and the elephant at the end, squee!

Floor plans of famous TV apartments.

Fabulous just for the one jumping into the tiny box!
Sometimes he takes ownership of other people's hands.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Thursday Post

Alexi Murdoch: Orange Sky. Folksy, catchy.

Man, this Master Sommelier thing is serious business!

We've been getting beautiful rhubarb in our CSA box, so I may have made this 3-4 times in the past few weeks. Super simple and delicious.

Becca has put together a fabulous post featuring oils.

Feet + paws. Adorable.

Blogging in a nutshell?
Hahaha, I have no idea what he's doing. He makes grumbling noises, too.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Window Shopping: Procrastination Edition

Window Shopping: Procrastination Edition


Supposed to be writing my thesis. Dreaming of pretties, instead. I know I don't need 15+ lip glosses. But come ON. So gorgeous! And I've been choosing gloss over balm lately. Just need that hydration! 

In summary: I want pretty much everything Dior. Cream blushes are screaming my name. And there's a bit of new skincare that I need/want (running low on some products at the moment), but I'm not sure what to try. These are the items I have my eye on. Any favorites?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

White Florals From Olivine

[Samples received from the brand for review purposes.]

Olivine is a Seattle-based perfumer, which previously used to sell under the label Lulu Beauty. I received oil samples of Olivine, She Belongs There, Oxley, and Full Regalia. All are centered on white florals; I liken it to various facets or moods.



Olivine is the namesake perfume, and it dictates the grand theme of the rest; Olivine's perfumer is a professed gardenia fiend, and this is a true gardenia conduit. I grew up with gardenias around the house in Hawaii, and this definitely takes me there - close your eyes and inhale. It's a classic white floral, very feminine, very lightweight - not held down by musks or powders. A crisp white shirt, a soft white skirt.

Oxley is described as "sexy, sultry, warm," with "white gardenia and night-blooming jasmine" and base notes of "essential vanilla and African musk." It is warm, and the musk grounds it and keeps it sweet and comforting, which is what I've come to expect of a lot of vanilla-musk pairings. More sultry than fresh, Oxley is perhaps the one for a cozy evening in, curled up with a bowl of ice cream and your fluffy companion (and perhaps your human one, too).
Gardenia.
[source]
She Belongs There is described as a "warm, sexy tangle of gardenias, pikaki, night-blooming jasmine and lush, smoky vanilla;" the blend of white florals makes it brighter than Olivine, and the vanilla is there - it's a subtle grounding to the bright whites. (If you want a warmer, muskier vanilla, choose Oxley, instead). There is more contrast to this one - the fresh greenery of flowers, and a hint of a reminder that they sprung from a richer base.

Full Regalia is the one that stands out - it's all patchouli and powder, with a single thread of jasmine at the center. It has "pure, sweet vanilla," but "waiting beneath the surface are Egyptian Jasmine, Moroccan Red Rose, Musk, Blackberry, and a hint of Patchouli." It has gourmand tendencies from the berry, and the patchouli lends an exotic breadth that isn't present in the other three. It's not my favorite, and I see it as more mature, but it's interesting in that the jasmine note still rings true.

If you love white florals, I think you could love any of these. They are available as 5 mL oils and 1.7 oz EdPs from shopolivine.com, and also in a sample pack. My favorites are Oxley and She Belongs There - one for day, one for night, and perfect for summer.

How do you feel about white florals? 

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