So big things have been happening! And not just in life, but also in The Goat Skin World! Here’s a bit of an update on the past week.
Aloe There, I’m obsessed.
Since going to Costa Rica, I’ve consistently kept using Lily of the Desert aloe vera gelly
, and I cannot get enough. Saddle your horses and head to the health food store, because I think this may be the answer to life. I mix it with my Dr. H Facial Toner
morning and night for added hydration and to free myself of the shackles of blemishes and redness. I dilute my serums with it to better suit my sensitive skin. I put it around my eyes in the morning to refresh and de-poof. I put it in my nettle infusion/apple cider vinegar hair conditioner for help with dry scalp. I use it as a hair gel to add texture. I put it in my body oil for more moisture and better application. I slather my face with it when I’m wind-burned and chapped from the cold. Seriously. I use this stuff multiple times a day. It’s just one of those things, like coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, that does everything. Cannot get enough.
Vert Beauty: Quality Denver Organic Beauty Shoppings
This past weekend, I met with two lovely ladies that I met through my favorite blog ever (except The Goat, of course). We visited Vert Beauty, a new organic beauty store in Denver, located in the Highlands neighborhood on 32nd St. It was a fantastic time, and we prattled on and on about our favorites, what we’ve tried and haven’t, what’s on the wish list. Courtney recommended the May Lindstrom Problem Solver mask to me (which unfortunately, Vert doesn’t carry), and I’m even more excited to try this out after seeing her flawless skin! Maybe will be my next monthly purchase.
Of course, I was too excited and overwhelmed and yapping about this product and that, so I didn’t take any photos of Vert- next time!! It is beautifully done, the whole shop. I did, however, take pictures of my spoils! See carnage below.
Vert carries many brands that aren’t available in any other store in Colorado. I think CV Skinlabs
may be one of them. I have read lots about this brand and have always thought it would be perfect for my dry, sensitive skin. I bought the Body Repair Lotion
. It is fairly expensive, so I have been using it sparingly. So far, it is working incredibly well. I got it primarily to use on my hands, which have been so dry and torn up by kitty claws lately that not even my usual Weleda Skin Food was helping. I also got it for my gentleman friend to try on his keratosis pilaris.
I’ve been using the lotion on my hands about twice a day, and they are finally smooth and soft. Even the cat scratches have smoothed over and look like they probably won’t scar; I scar easily! Will see how this stuff goes, and I’ve been trying it on razor burn as well. As excited as I am, it’s only been about three days! Will keep you posted on effects on KP as well, if I can, though the gentleman friend isn’t too diligent with his skin care!
The luminizer is my first product from Ilia, and I strayed away from my usual RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
because it was sold out. (Though, being the junkie that I am, I was pretty excited to try something new anyway!!) The product comes in a tube, and I think I prefer this method of application to dipping fingers into a jar. However, it’s the only thing I prefer about it and will probably go back to RMS once I use up the Ilia.
The Ilia luminizer is quite a hard consistency, and it really doesn’t have that greasy, dewy look that I want from a luminizer, like the RMS has. It isn’t sparkly, which is great, but it’s so, so subtle, that I can barely tell that I’m wearing it. And forget about wearing it out at night; it’s basically invisible in low light. I will, however, compare application techniques for day-time wear and will share if I find a better method for more impact with this product.
So that’s about it. In other news, my foster kitty got adopted, and to a wonderful family that he picked out himself! Work has been quite busy, but I’m hoping to enrich my evenings with some dog training and sauerkraut making. Wish me luck.