My favorites at the moment

My family and I are back from vacation in Arizona, which aside from one day of drizzle, was fabulously warm and sunny. We’re back home in the Northwest, and as I sit here writing, I am overjoyed by the hope-inducing sun break shining into my kitchen as I eagerly await warmer days to come.

I still have many weeks of summer anticipation, so in order to curb my solar cravings, I feel compelled to make a list of what I am really loving right now.

Sunscreen: Chocolate Sun’s Sunscreen for Body andMarigold Sunscreen for Face

I confess that I am not wearing any right now, but I did religiously while I was in Arizona with excellent results. I hiked, played tennis and lounged by the pool with just a couple reapplications throughout the day and no burning ensued.

Body Moisturizer: Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Body Lotion (unscented)

This lotion is thick and creamy, absorbs rapidly and I can get it in bulk at my local health food store.

Face Moisturizer: Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream

I had a facial recently and the aesthetician said my skin felt great. This was my moisturizer that day, and I have been reluctant to use anything else after such a compliment. Quince Day Cream is the perfect balance between a lotion and cream and I adore its vibrantly herbal scent.

Cleanser: Laventine’s Water Soluble Cleansing Oil for Dry/Normal Skin

I am on my third bottle of this oil cleanser and need to order another. I use it alone in the morning and before evanhealy’s Rose Cleansing Milk at night. It’s effective and gentle, and if you haven’t given an oil cleanser a try yet, this one is the best.

Lip Balm: Dr. Hauschka’s Lip Care Stick

I have four tubes of this going at all times. Purse, car, bathroom, and bedside. I love it and will never be without it.

Foundation: Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Base

I alternate between mineral foundation (Jane Iredale and Alima) and liquid foundation (NVEY Eco and Vapour Organic Beauty) quite arbitrarily. I grabbed my Pure Pressed Base for my trip and fell in love with it all over again.

Blush: Alima’s Tulip

I would never have guessed that a cool-toned, light pink blush would become a favorite, but it has. This pot of pink sweetness has a very happy home in my blush collection.

Lippie: Hourglass Femme Rouge in Fresco

Not 100% natural, but 100% gorgeous! I can’t get enough of this warm pink lipstick that for me, is the ideal YLBB color.  Click on the above link for my review and more information on the ingredients.

Eyeshadow: *Korres Metallic Grey (#55)

I use this shadow as a liner as well as a wash. The shimmering pop of grey makes my brown eyes standout, but I think against blue or hazel eyes, it would look incredibly alluring. What’s even better is that it’s $6 at Sephora right now!

Mascara: *Korres Deep Colour Mascara

This has taken the place that Clinique’s Natural Glossy Mascara used to occupy. It defines, darkens and lengthens lashes and is very day appropriate. With several coats, you can achieve more drama with no clumps.

Fragrance: Herbal Alchemy’s Garden Walk #1 and Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille

My review of Garden Walk #1 is coming soon, so you lovers of honey and petitgrain stay tuned!

There have been many, many blog reviews for Guerlain’s SDV (I Smell Therefore I Am has a terrific one) so I don’t feel the need to delve into it that much. Suffice to say its blend of vanilla, benzoin and frankincense are making these cold days of spring more palatable which is good because that sunbreak I mentioned above…it’s gone.


*Korres is not 100% natural despite Sephora’s claims.