Morning Routine


As much as I enjoy trying new products, nothing beats having reliable favorites that are also a pleasure to use. The above are products that I come back to time and time again, and right now, each one is being used in my morning routine.

After many attempts at finding the perfect facial cleansing oil, I finally settled on Laventine’s just over two years ago. Its high quality, natural ingredients, subtle but lovely aroma, and exceptional efficacy made it the clear winner. I use it every morning when only a gentle cleansing is needed and oftentimes at night to wash away makeup prior to a foaming cleanser. Laventine allows for a wonderful facial massage which aids in its purifying action. I remember reading a post over at IndiePerfumes that delved into the benefits of Ayurvedic facial massage. I’ve never done the full massage described in that post, but I do a mini one quite often which is relaxing and restorative.

After cleansing with the oil, I pat my face with a towel very gently so my skin still feels hydrated from rinsing. I then warm up a large pea-sized amount of Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream in my hands and apply it all over my face, making sure it’s most liberally applied under my eyes. I mentioned this moisturizer in my “favorites list” last spring, and still feel the same way. Even though it feels lightweight, it hydrates like a cream and its effects last all day.

It’s now time to swirl my EcoTools Bamboo Finishing Kabuki around the pan of my Jane Iredale PurePressed Base and then spritz it with some evanhealy Rose Geranium Hydrosol which imparts a slightly dewy finish to the mineral powder. Applying the powder with the EcoTools Kabuki is unbelievably soft and gives moderate coverage since its fibers are not too dense. This makes it really easy to blend, and also build coverage if you prefer more. A few other pluses about this brush are its price point ($7), it doesn’t shed, and it holds up well after cleaning.

As for the PurePressed base, I can’t say enough good things about that either. It has an SPF of 20, a very natural look and does an excellent job at covering up “spots” -say it with a British accent like Lisa Eldridge– as well as dark circles. That’s why I concentrate the Quince Day Cream under my eyes as I apply a good amount of PurePressed Base atop my often visible dark circles with the EcoTools kabuki. In the photo, you’ll see a smaller brush below the kabuki, and that’s my Giorgio Armani Blender Brush. I adore its shape, soft bristles and its ability to blend foundation in hard to reach areas, like the eyes.

After all that, which just takes a couple minutes, the variety begins. It might be simply an eyeliner, mascara and lip balm day, or possibly more with eyeshadow, blush and lipstick added. Either way, I’m set for the day.

Visit The Non Blonde for a full review of the Giorgio Armani Blender Brush.

Laventine Facial Cleansing Oil $24.95 for 8oz
Dr Hauschka Quince Day Cream $35.95 for 1oz
Jane Iredale PurePressed Base $52 for refillable compact. (My first lasted 2 years! Worth the money)
evanhealy Rose Geranium Hydrosol $23.50 for 4oz.
Giorgio Armani Blender Brush $48

Disclosure: I purchased all of these items. This post does contain affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


EcoTools Brush Set

Cruelty-free, bamboo handles, *ferrules made from recycled aluminum, and a case made of cotton and hemp. EcoTools just might make the ideal green brush set. But the real question is: How do they perform?

Exceptionally well! The Blush Brush is so soft and fluffy that it feels like a beauty treatment just swiping it across your cheeks. I prefer to use it for lighter pigmented blushes as darker ones can go on a bit heavy handed unless you’re careful, and I always seem to be in rush. The Eyeliner Brush is also a standout as it works well for both gel eyeliners and mineral shadows. The Eye Shading Brush (just left of the eyeliner brush in the middle) is nice, but it’s on the stiff side which makes it better for cream rather than powder shadows. I love using it with my RMS Beauty cream shadow in Seduce. It doesn’t pick up a lot of color which is fine by me as I tend towards a natural look when I do wear eyeshadow. The Concealer Brush (to the right of the eyeliner brush) is soft, dense and perfectly tapered for the job. And what can I say about the Lash & Brow Grooming Brush? I’m not a expert on brows, so it seems as good as any other.


For $12.99, this set is a terrific buy, and I highly recommend it. It’s available at Nature of Beauty, and word on the street is Target carries the set as well.

* Ferrules are the metal part that keeps the brush intact, I just learned that myself.

Posted by ~Trish

Photos by ~Trish

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Disclosure: Nature of Beauty sent me the set for review. The opinons in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.