I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack from Hong Kong!! Did ya miss me? *Crickets* Anyway, I’ll be teasing you a bit with something that’s NOT from Hong Kong for now because this book I got off Ebay for about $US 16 (Php650+) is the first book I’ve ever bought online for myself (and obviously not the last) and it got me super duper excited when I saw it arrived for me in the mail before I got back. It’s only proper that this is the first actual book to be featured on the blog. Two lovely journalists based in New York decided that they had had enough of “ignorance is bliss” when it came to beauty. Siobhan O’ Connor and Alexandra Spunt decided to research and test the most common, within reach, frequently used beauty products on the market and put them under a simply worded microscope for us to really know the truth behind what we put on ourselves…almost everyday. The No More Dirty Looks book gives us a 1000x zoom in on the chemical “DNA” of our most favored beauty products. It’s a pretty paperback that’s about an inch thick and the conversation within (that’s how it feels, like a well-informed friend came over) is engaging as well as super informative. I’ve only skimmed over the first few chapters but I’m already excited to read it all the way to the end.
“You probably bathe daily. Every other day, sometimes? Fair enough; us, too. But every time we decide we want to wash, plump, moisturize, nourish, shine, buff, soften, bronze, and otherwise play around with how we look and feel, we are reaching for a bottle whose contents are largely a mystery. That’s not because we’re all idiots; that’s the way the cosmetics industry has set it up. They will boast about one or two ingredients in their ads –usually the natural ones– while obscuring the bulk of the ingredients in four-point font in a barely contrasting color on the edge of the bottle. And yet ingredients lists are the most transparent thing these companies provide us.” p. 4, No More Dirty Looks.
I know right? They sooooo understand beauty enthusiasts like you and me because they love beauty as well. You needn’t go and give yourself a ban on several beauty products afterwards, that’s everyone’s own personal choice to make but for make-up professionals like me it’s good to be informed. I’m so excited to read the entire book. I learned about the No More Dirty Looks book from an online video conversation I had last September with Soapwalla brand founder, Rachel Winard who likes calling herself a “chef” in a kitchen of organic beauty. She was in Manhattan and I was up late to join in the class conversation. I was issued an online VIP invitation for the fashion week project spun together by PowHow, Colette beauty boutique in Paris, and French VOGUE :).
“My name is Rachel and I’m a Brooklyn girl who is the creator and chef of Soapwalla. I started making luxury organic face and body products in my apartment kitchen to alleviate my painful sensitive skin rashes caused by lupus, a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune illness. Soapwalla products are comprised of the highest quality products available, made with organic, vegan, food-grade ingredients, and never harmful or synthetic additives such as petrochemicals, parabens, pthalates, or sodium lauryl sulfate.”
Rachel Winard’s skincare brand, Soapwalla, has reached European shores and is currently being “curated” in Paris by Colette and in the UK as well. I was invited to participate in a complimentary online class by PowHow and I met some indie beauty brand owners who were being streamed live from Manhattan New York. Rachel was one of the people I met, her organic skincare brand, SoapWalla has been recognized as one of the most admirable quality luxury organic brands in the indie beauty market. She recommended that I have a look at the No More Dirty Looks book and I’m so glad I took her advice and made the purchase on Ebay. If you’re in the States you can try Amazon. I haven’t tried Fully Booked locally so I’m not sure if this is available in retail.
There’s nothing like laying down a good wishlist while sitting back and relaxing, it’s like having a guilt-free virtual shopping spree without really…shopping. I’m sorry but my wishlist consists mostly of stuff you can’t get here…that’s why I wish, right. This isn’t my holiday wishlist, it’s just…random. With this though I’ve been a bit of a cheat in making it for today because one or two of the items are on their way to me from weeks ago already. A friend of mine is bringing back a facial oil from SG and the rollerballs might arrive with some friends from the U.S., just might, and the book I bought from ebay just hasn’t arrived yet. However, since those items are nowhere in sight yet at present I decided there was no need to exclude them from the list because I’m still excited for when they do arrive. I’ve noticed at my age, right before hitting the big THREE-OH next year, I’ve become more interested in the skincare, wellness, and fragrance realms in beauty. There’s generally less makeup on board and I’ve obviously got that bath and body buzz going for me right now. I know you’re curious about what I mentioned in the previous post so let’s go with that first. This organic beauty wonder arrives for me in November thanks to a friend.
1.) PAI Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit & Seed Blend facial oil – “High levels of Trans-Retinoic Acid are delivered directly to the epidermis, which converts to Vitamin A to boost the skin’s natural healing process. Clinical studies show Rosehip is effective at improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage and fine lines.Rosehip BioRegenerate™ is unique in containing concentrated fruit hip oil, with double the regenerative sterols and five times the carotenoids of seed oil. Premium CO2 supercritical extraction delivers the complete and concentrated properties of the plant. This makes Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate™ far more powerful than simple cold pressed Rosehip seed oils.” – Price: Converted about Php1450, not bad at all for well-processed organics.
I first heard about Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate facial oil from the WorshipBlues blogof that Fushigi Shop lady and I’m hoping it’ll replace the current serum I’m using by Kiehl’s because I’m just sharing with Mom at the moment. I heart her blog and frequent it almost without fail. She’s not purely a beauty blogger is and is a married Japanese woman based in London. She said this facial oil was wonderful for her reactive, sensitive skin *fist pump* and I’ve even heard it remedies contact dermatitis and rosacea or acts simply as an anti-oxidant cocktail for the skin. I’m quite excited to try it and use it in the same way I’m currently using the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate serum (previous post). Pai organics UK only ships as far as Singapore or HK in our region I think so if you have friends there they’re your best shot.
2.) FRESH Seaberry Exfoliating Soap – “The nourishing formula is fortified with omega-rich seaberry oil and is triple-milled to last longer. It produces a lush, non-drying lather for a luxurious cleansing experience.”Key Ingredients: Cranberry, Bitter Orange, and Rosemary
I did tell you I got the bath and body buzz…I’m still tipsy for bubbly, scrubby, and lovely smelling products. This brand is known more for its fabulous sugar lip products but nobody really nails organic fragrant scents like fresh. They draw the line just where needed so that their products are not too “foodie” and are more fragrant. I’m excited to see how this soap lathers up and what sort of scent it embraces me with this cozy season.
3.) FRAGRANCE ROLLERBALLS @ Sephora – Brown Sugar by Fresh, Stella by Stella McCartney, and Amazing Grace by Philosophy, $20 and below each
A couple I knew mentioned they were heading to the U.S. soon so they asked if I wanted them to bring home anything. I thought of these 3 rollerball fragrances that are easy to bring back and are available at just 1 place, Sephora, which are just between sample size and the smallest full size available, of course you get more value for money with full sizes but it’s still MORE money in the end and at least you can try more than one. They’re also prettier (but not more cost efficient) than Travalo refillable atomizers in the sense that they’re “officially dinky” and have got the fragrance branding on. I’m not quite sure if rollerballs are refillable…if they were that would be wonderful especially if you decided on a full size afterwards. Click read more to get the full post.