Farmgirl Beauty Secret #139: Thoroughly hydrate your skin with coconut water.

To make up for my embarrassingly long absence, I'd like to share with you my newest skincare discovery: Coconut water! Whether you drink it or apply it directly on the skin, it provides the best hydration. The result is immediate as it rushes 5 essential electrolytes to your body. Here’s how you can take advantage its benefits during the holidays:

  1. Winter weather leaving your skin dull and parched? Heaters and radiators causing not-so fine lines around your eyes and mouth? Thoroughly soak several cotton pads or a disposable facial mask tablet with coconut water and apply the cotton pads/paper mask to your face. You can leave it on for as long as 30 minutes if you can withstand it! After removal, use the cotton pads/paper mask to gently buff your face and neck in a circular motion. This coconut water mask will leave your skin seriously hydrated, smooth and radiant with every fine line plumped.
  2. Here’s your secret weapon in combating dry skin while flying to your holiday destination: Pack an 11.2 oz container of coconut water and a clean 2oz. spray bottle in your carryon. When you get to the airport, open the coconut water and fill the spray bottle with the coconut water. Drink the remaining coconut water (this’ll help to hydrate you from within without having to chug an excess amount of water before boarding your flight!). Take the 2 oz. coconut water spray as part of your carryon and spritz your skin as often as you like, before or after boarding. The reason why you want to open the coconut water at the airport is because the coconut water (when you buy the right type) doesn’t contain any preservatives so it’s important that you use it up within 24 hours of opening the coconut water container.
  3. Before holiday parties full of eating and drinking, make coconut water your beverage of choice. Making sure your body is well hydrated before you bombard your body with food & booze is going to lessen the damage. If it’s your party, coconut water is great mixed into cocktails as it’s virtually tasteless. Coconut water is also an excellent hangover remedy.

I’ve been drinking and topically applying Coconut water on a daily basis for the last 2 months and I’m very pleased with the results. The positive effect on my skin was so obvious within days of starting the coconut water regimen that I knew I needed access to Coconut water everyday, which is why Boyfriend bought me cases of this stuff. It may seem kind of costly but the improvement on my body and skin is worth it. I’m one of those people who chug water like crazy but never seem to feel hydrated. Since drinking coconut water, I now know how it feels like to be sufficiently hydrated. I drink 1 container every morning on an empty stomach. I also like drinking it after a hard workout. If you’re looking to enhance your skincare regimen with a treatment that hydrates from within, I highly recommend this!


Beauty Myth-busting: Oils vs. “Oil-free” Part 2- Find your Holy Grail oil.

So after our highly scientific experiment of “Find the grease ring on the paper bag”, you’ve concluded that your “oil-free” products have been lying to you all along. They indeed masquerade as “oil-free” products based on a technicality. Now, before we blow this drama out of proportion, let’s evaluate: how has your moisturizer been treating you? If you’re not experiencing breakouts and you’re happy with the performance of your moisturizer, why fix something if it’s not broken? If you suspect that your moisturizer has been the culprit to your breakouts, read on.

Now that we’ve clarified that just about all moisturizers contain oil and/or oil-like fillers, let me point out that this isn’t a bad thing. In the world of skincare, the fear of oil is created by the propaganda that oil = acne. That is simply untrue. If the oil/oil-like filler in question is not comedogenic to you, you can use it to nourish and protect skin from moisture loss and environmental elements. How do you find the right oil for your skin?

Personally speaking, just about all synthetic esters and moisturizers I’ve tried break me out. They tend to leave a heavy residue that feels foreign on my skin. I prefer oils that mimic my skin’s natural oil. Natural oils really strengthen my skin and they’re much easier to wash off. After years of trying different nature-derived oils (and breaking out from some of them), I’ve found that emu oil suits me best. I can use this oil on the most acne-prone areas of my skin and it still won’t break me out. Emu oil has helped my rosacea tremendously while strengthening my skin so it’s less irritation-prone. I apply this under my mineral powder and the 2 products meld together seamlessly on my skin. Emu oil is also rumored to have sun protection abilities. I can’t say enough about this miracle oil. I bought a 2 oz. bottle of emu oil from Garden of Wisdom in January 2010, it’s now October and I still have about 70% left in the bottle!

The one downside of emu oil is that it is not vegetarian friendly. For a plant oil that is safe for most skin types, jojoba oil is a good one to try. My sister swears by jojoba oil and coconut oil for her also acne-prone skin. I’ve also been testing kukui oil once a week to see how my skin likes it. Acne-prone skin types: apply logic and use the oils in moderation. This is not because the oil will cause acne, but acne-prone has a higher chance of breaking out from any new ingredient. When it comes to trying anything new, use product sparingly, track your progress and avoid starting other new products.


Beauty Myth-busting: Oils vs. “Oil-free”- What is better for my skin?

Having been acne-prone, I am all too familiar with the acne-prone mentality. For the longest time, “Is this oil-free?” was my skincare-shopping motto. I avoided "the O-word" in my skincare and cosmetics at all costs. However, through searching and researching for my ideal skincare regimen, my knowledge on oils has been revamped forever. I can no longer imagine an “oil-free” skincare routine. Read on to find out why.

Ok, here’s the thing. In the United States, when something states “Oil-free” on the bottle, it does not mean what you think it means. It is simply telling you that the product is free of animal, plant and mineral oils. Sounds great on paper, but the reality is: many “oil-free” products feel thicker and greasier than non-“oil-free” products. Why? Well, to ensure that “oil-free” moisturizers still have a nice moisturizing texture and finish, skincare companies use synthetics esters and waxes in lieu of animal, plant and mineral oils. Often times, these fillers look, act and feel just like oils. And just as often, these fillers are comedogenic whereas the some of the aforementioned oils are not.

Here’s a trick to try: take your “oil-free” moisturizers & foundations and liberally dab them on a brown paper bag (the lunch-sack variety will work). Leave the bag at room temperature for 12-24 hours. When you check the bag again, you may see oily rings around the products. These tell-tale rings are the esters and waxes in the product, they soak through a paper bag as well as any greasy lunch!

Gasp! what do I do now? Stayed tuned for Part 2 of Oils vs. “Oil-free”, coming soon!

Image courtesy of sheenasays.com (amazing blog, go check it out!)


Farmgirl Finds: Jewelry for sensitive skin + Farmgirl Bauble Giveaway provided by Jewelry Payless! [Closed]

Congratulations to FairyWater for winning the Farmgirl Bauble Giveaway, please contact me as soon as possible so we can work out the details. Big thanks to Jewelry Payless for providing the jewelry and to all for participating! Stay tuned for the next Farmgirl Giveaway.

If you feel the hankering to accessorize but have been scared off by the mystery metals used to make costume & statement jewelry, you’re sooo not alone. It’s as if the more they sparkle, the more they’d itch and irritate my sensitive skin. If only those beautiful necklaces, bracelets and rings come with an ingredient list!

Well, I found Jewelry Payless, a website that offers brilliant baubles along with “ingredient lists” describing the materials used to make each jewelry piece. I selected this amazing statement bracelet. It is made of sturdy stainless steel and gold-plated, making it additionally suitable for my sensitive skin. Price: $20.

Another piece I selected is a vintage-style 24K gold-plated copper magnetic band. Price: $9.99.

I can’t tell you how difficult it is to find costume jewelry that is gold plated and even harder to find them at this quality and price. They also carry amazing sterling silver pieces. Here are some of my gold-plated and sterling silver favorites:

Let me cut my babbling short today and get to the good part! Thanks to the generous people at Jewelry Payless, (1) lucky Brilliant Farmgirl blog follower will win a jewelry piece of their choice that is $30 & under (honestly, most pieces are under $30!).

How to enter:

- This Giveaway is open to readers anywhere in the world.

- You must be a blog follower (click on “follow” tab on Top-Right sidebar). It’s the ONLY way to reach you if you win!

- To enter, visit www.jewelrypayless.com. Submit a comment with the name of the piece of jewelry you like to win!

- Submit (1) entry per day to increase your chances to win!

- For an additional entry, like/follow Jewelry Payless on Facebook or Twitter.

- Choose a piece that is $30 & under.

- Winner is chosen at random.

- Giveaway starts today and ends 9.14.2010 at 11.59pm PST.

- Winner contacted/announced on 9.15.2010

Good luck!


Farmgirl Beauty Secret #82: Use a *waterless* body moisturizer on damp skin after shower.

We’ve all heard that the best time to moisturize is right after you step out of the shower. The concept of sealing moisture into your skin doesn’t really work unless you use the correct type of body moisturizer. Most body lotions are made of over 50% water, deeming it ineffective when it comes to “trapping” the water that’s already on your skin. Not to mention the complicated fillers used in traditional body moisturizer can be very pore-clogging, making it particularly disastrous for bacne and body blemishes.

What to look for: A waterless body moisturizer with simple ingredients would be most ideal for post-shower moisturization. Since I’m quite acne-prone on my face, I’m very careful about the ingredients in my body products (we’ve all accidently touched our faces when we have lotion on our hands- this can lead to breakouts!).

My absolute favorite solid moisturizer is Honey House Naturals Bee Bar sent to me by Honey House Naturals. The ingredients for these buttery smooth lotion bars are extremely nourishing yet clean, which makes it my ideal post-shower moisturizer. For those who like to smell pretty (I do, I do!), it comes in 4 scents that are all naturally derived. No synthetic fragrances here- just yummy Vanilla, Lavender, Natural (subtle beeswax scent) and Hawaiian (I smell Pineapple + Kings Hawaiian Bread!). This has a bigger surface area than other stick moisturizers, making it easy to apply to my entire body. The gorgeous tin case it comes with is perfect for storage. They even have a baby-size tin that would be perfect for handbags and travel.


Farmgirl Beauty Secret # 29: "Tubing" Mascaras + Mirenesse Mascara Collection

You couldn't pay me to use regular mascaras; “Tubing” mascaras are the only mascaras for me. They apply like regular mascaras but dries to form a polymer tube around each lash. Tear-, sweat- and water-resistant, it doesn’t smear or run because it’s doesn’t melt back into liquid form once it dries. And the greatest thing about it: it removes neatly in one piece when you rinse with warm water and slight friction. I was ecstatic when I discovered this a few years back. Imagine: no more raccoon-eyes when you sweat, cry or get unexpectedly dunked in the pool at the next bbq. Removal is great because you won’t get residue between your lashes or on your skin.

Because the formula is so unique, selection remains somewhat limited. But if you ask me, I’ll take that over smeared bacteria-breeding mascara ink running down my face and in my eye socket! Yes, the truth can be brutal. I recall those days when I wore regular mascaras, they stung so badly when they got in my eye. I shudder at the thought of going back to regular mascaras. If you have sensitive eyes, you should ONLY be using tubing mascaras. If you don’t have sensitive eyes, I recommend you still try it for the aesthetics. It’s much more attractive when the mascara stays on your lashes as opposed to everywhere around your lashes.

Knowing exactly how lacking the selection is for tubing mascaras, I was beyond excited to discover Mirenesse, an Australian cosmetic line that carries 15 (yes, 15!) different tubing mascaras! Thanks to the generous people at Mirenesse, I’ll be testing 6 of their bestselling mascaras and their 4D Lash Evolution Primer. Don’t even get me start about the primer! Most lash primers on the market these days are filled with cheap paraffin wax. Not only is the 4D Lash Evolution Primer paraffin-free, it is made of high-technology beneficial ingredients we don’t often see here in the states. I’m excited to try all of them.

Let me direct your attention to the first Mirenesse mascara I’m test drivng- Vibralash 24HR Mascara. This is the latest addition to their tubing mascara collection. Not only is it a tubing mascara, it also sports a 3-speed vibrating wand. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cooler, I discover that it’s equipped with my favorite type of mascara brush, the silicone rubber brush (Gah! Totally forgot to take a picture of that!). If you swear by vibrating mascaras, you have to try this. I don’t think I’ve seen one that allows speed adjustment until I met this baby.

Comparing it to other tubing mascaras I’ve tried (over 12 brands, mostly Japanese), the formulation is excellent.

The volume is 8/10.

Lengthening ability is 9/10.

Curling ability is 9/10 (I don’t curl my lashes at all and this gives a nice lift).

Separating ability is 10/10 (no glued-together lashes whatsoever and gives a nice fan-shape to lashes).

The most impressive thing: the liquid is completely smooth so it does all of the above without clumps when you build it up one brush stroke after another. It will clump slightly if you brush on more during the “between stage” of drying (almost dry but not quite there yet). However, that problem is easily solved by either applying your layers one after another or you wait for the mascara to dry in between each application. Vibralash 24HR Mascara has an ideal tubing mascara texture, unlike Clinique Lash Power (so soft that it melts/smudges like regular mascaras on hot days) and Kiss Me Mascara (too plastic-like and rigid that lashes lose their natural shape and look like spider legs). This mascara isn’t cheap (most tubing mascaras aren’t). However, I’ve noticed that the Mirenesse website have sales on their mascaras sometimes.


Farmgirl Beauty Secret #137: Use a clay-based cleanser to wash face in the morning to draw out embedded impurities.

If you're looking to declare war on your clogged pores, let this be your battle plan. Take advantage of the relaxed state your pores are in when you first awake and sneak in a deep cleanse with a clay-based cleanser! You may have noticed that your pores tend to appear larger after sleep or a nap. Your pores are relaxed at this time so you can have access to the yucky buildup and impurities in the pores if you take the right steps. Instead of using your regular foaming cleanser in the morning, wash face with a clay-based cleanser to draw out the bad guys. Read on to learn how I use clay-based cleansers to decongest my pores in the morning.

I’ve been implementing this method for the last month and found 2 clay-based cleansers I like. The first is the Bioelements All Things Pure Cleanser that was provided by Bioelements. This cleanser can be used on all skin types and it will be especially appreciated by people with dry and dehydrated skin who also suffers from large/congested pores. The secret is in the milky texture: they combined clay with skin-nourishing emollients so it doesn’t have the typical chalky feel many clay products have. Believe it or not, the jojoba oil in this product will actually aid the betonite clay in drawing out the impurities. This also has a very pleasing fragrance-free type of scent that reminds me of oatmeal and almond milk. The mild coconut-derived cleansing ingredient leaves skin very clean and supple.

How I use Bioelements All Things Pure Cleanser: Right when I wake up, I massage this cleanser onto a dry face (still shiny and oily from a night’s rest). I proceed to brush my teeth so this cleanser is left undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes. Finally, I rinse my skin with lukewarm water and finish with a splash of cool water. I immediately follow with my appropriate Garden of Wisdom serum.

Another winner I found is the Auromere Rejuvenating Mud Bath & Mask provided by Auromere. This is a powder form clay mask that contains more than just clay. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll find lots of botanical extracts that are used in Ayurvedic skincare, which is part of the highly regarded Indian traditional medicine practice. I use this head-to-toe: it doubles as a shampoo in a pinch and I also apply this mud all over my body when I take a bath (it can get messy so rinse thoroughly!). I use this when my skin is misbehaving and breaking out. It leaves my skin baby soft and calm.
How I use Auromere Rejuvenating Mud Bath & Mask: After brushing my teeth, I splash some warm water on my face. I mix a small-spoon full of the powder mask with some tap water to form a very wet paste (spoon is included). I apply the paste onto face, massaging ever so slightly. It’s important that the paste doesn’t get too dry on the skin, I rewet the paste simply by applying a bit more water. After light massaging, rinse paste of with lukewarm water and finish with a splash of cool water. I immediately follow with my appropriate Garden of Wisdom serum.

If you want to try the clay cleansing method with something you already own, try mixing equal parts of clay mask and cleansing oil or cleanser milk. It is best if the cleanser contains natural oils and NO silicones, which lots of cleansing milks and cleansing oils have.


My Garden of Wisdom Treatment Serums Collection

As a beauty blogger I get opportunities to try many great skincare brands. With that said, there’s one skincare line I buy and stock up on regularly. Yes, I am that addicted to Garden of Wisdom. For those who aren’t familiar with GoW, simply do a keyword search “gow” on Makeupalley’s Skincare Board to see the how well-loved this brand is by skincare junkies. Simply put, there’s not a single brand out there that can match GoW’s efficacy and potency when it comes to the serums they make. It thrills me to no ends to see the formulation jam-packed with treatment ingredients. Unlike glossed over skincare lines you see sitting pretty on store shelves, the people at GoW aren’t preoccupied with cutting costs and skimping on raw materials so they can afford their next ad campaign. As a result, they use the highest percentage of the most advanced active ingredients with practically no fillers so their products WORK. Their simple formulation leaves no residue on the skin and it never irritates my hopelessly sensitive complexion. Check out my Garden of Wisdom favorites:

Concord Grape Anti-Ox Serum: I use this every morning to provide an antioxidant shield of protection over my skin. If you are obsessed with wearing sunscreen everyday, it’s time you amp up your sun protection with an antioxidant serum as it literally gives an additional layer of protection against UV rays and environmental detriments.

Matrix Majik Anti-aging Serum: When you think of anti-wrinkle products, thick and rich creams that leave heavy residue come to mind. This is not the case with Matrix Majik, it absorbs like water so even people with the oiliest complexion can reap the anti-aging benefits of this products. Where else are you going to find Matrixyl 3000 listed as the second ingredient on the list?

Skin Communicator Serum: All of their serums come in these trial sizes so you can give each a whirl without breaking the bank. This serum feels great on the skin and contains an anti-aging power player called Syntacks, which is used in many top-of-the-line anti-aging treatments. I’ve used up the entire trial size since taking this picture and I think I need more of this.

PhytoStemCell Serum: This is my #1 fave. I’m always at a loss for words when it comes to describing this product because I don’t think I can do it justice. I’ve done through numerous bottles of this because nothing else gets my skin this incredibly soft, smooth, clear and radiant. Like the Communicator Serum, this contains an anti-aging ingredient that is sought-after. Skincare companies are using apple stem cells at a miniscule quantity and slapping on price tags $100 over the GoW version. One personal disappointment about this product is that GoW no longer makes this in a spray form. I love how I used to spray this on my skin without having to touch my face. Now it pumps out like the other serums. GoW, please bring back the spray version of this product!
Summer Serum: Another great antioxidant serum. This would be especially great for areas with really humid summers because it has very little humectants in it. But honestly, all of my GoW serum soaks wonderfully into my super oily skin. I’ve also finished this one since taking this picture.
BLT-RC Serum: This is one of their most potent antioxidant serums. If you are battling sun damage, this is the one for you. Like the others, it also absorbs readily into my skin but this one leaves my skin extra moisturized. This is great on days when I want to skip my emu oil moisturizer because it provides enough moisture on its own.By the way, these are very much the entire ingredient list. What you see is what you get.


Farmgirl July Favorites: Burberry, Aveda, YSL, Hourglass, Revlon, porcelain tea set fit for a princess + a “swap meet dress” fit for a tea party.

It’s time to get shamelessly materialistic as I give a run-down of my July favorites. Of course, I have to start with my favorite dress of the moment. I call this my "swap meet dress" because that's precisely where I got it. Earlier last month, my sister, our lovely friend Susan and I spent an awesome day running around a local swap meet. It was quite an adventure- the 3 of us picked through rusted/cracked/dusty treasures, snacked on free peanuts and haggled our way into great deals. We left with knowledge on how to grow better organic plants and how Cuerritos con Limón taste like. It was a blast. I found my swap meet dress at one of the clothing tents. Susan found a romper that she loved from there too, so we were able to join forces/purchasing power and get the dress and romper for $13 a piece.

My dress looks like a perfectly ladylike dotted dress until you look closer to find unicorns, mushrooms, kitties and sweater-wearing bunnies scattered amongst the polka dots. Yes, you read correctly. See below:

I believe Susan and I will be coordinating a "swap meet dress day". I'm looking forward to that occasion!

With the summer heat going full force, everyone is scrambling to find their perfect summer scent as they shove their cold weather perfumes to the back of the vanity. It’s during times like these when I’m so grateful for my Burberry Classic EDP, my year-round signature scent. Burberry Classic is equally intoxicating during summer and in the dead of winter. There are apricots and apples flirting with an interesting combination of vanilla/sandalwood/greens/musk as base. Now, I hate most woodsy notes and I'm downright fearful of strong vanilla scents. Fruit notes are fun but typically one-dimensional. Musks are at best boring and at worst offensive. Burberry miraculously captured the most amazing and foreign blend of these notes. The formulation is awesome as well. It is sheer enough to drench myself in this and not drown in fumes, making it perfect for nights out .Yet one spray is enough to linger until the end of the day (suitable for work). The scent really melts into your skin; it is as if you smell so delicious all on your own.

I’ve been buying this perfume for over 10 years and the one downfall of Burberry Classic is that sometimes you run the risk of buying a rancid bottle. This happened to me before when I bought from a discount perfume company. I thought I was saving money but instead I spent $40 on a bottle of expired fragrance. I’ve also had this problem at Sephora and department stores. They keep their EDTs and EDPs baking under a heated white light. You can actually feel a slight warmth radiating from the new, unopened boxes of fragrances! When I sprayed the tester, I could tell it was rancid by the extra metallic note that is not in the original.

Thankfully, I was able to try out FragranceNet.com. They gave me an opportunity to try some products that they carry and my Burberry Classic EDP came in perfect condition. One whiff through my expert nose told me that I got a fresh bottle of my beloved perfume. And the cherry on top: they sell my fragrance at a deep discount. I now have a place where I can replenish my Burberry Classic at a discount without having to worry about rancid perfumes.

Aside from carrying every designer fragrance, FragranceNet.com also carries lots of Guerlain and Yves Saint Laurent beauty collectibles at huge discounts. Remember the temporary insanity I suffered when I purchased YSL Rouge Volupte in Lingerie Pink? Had I known about the following item, I may not have succumbed to the spell that is YSL Rouge Volupte.

It’s called YSL Lip Twins, a lipstick and lipgloss duo that YSL launched years ago. It’s become quite the vintage beauty piece as the gold lipstick case SCREAMS gaudy perfection. It comes with a mirror and a usable lip brush hidden underneath the YSL logo. They don’t make them like this anymore, eh?I got this in Fuschia Orange #9 because it is contains the perfect summer shades. You twist the lipstick case to reveal the lipstick and gloss.

Another lip product I’ve been reaching for nonstop is the Revlon Bitten Lip Stain in Berry Juicy. Not the lip marker that just came out- This was a limited edition item that surfaced a few years back. It’s a liquid lip stain contained in a roller-ball bottle. Just a tiny dab in the center of my lips gives me the perfect see-through flush on my lips. I top it with a gloss like the YSL Lip Twins Orange and it looks like I have nectar on my lips. I was able to snatch this up at my local Ulta last year but I believe you can still find these online.

Another item Fragrancenet.com sent was the Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo. I fell in love with this shampoo while staying at a charming, beach-front hotel in Santa Barbara, CA. Instead of providing ambiguous soaps and shampoos that smell like bathroom cleaners, this hotel fits all of their rooms with Aveda toiletries. I’ve since stayed at this hotel numerous times after simply because of the toiletries. And since then, I’ve thought of Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo as the quintessential summer shampoo. Nothing comes close to getting that squeaky clean and tingling feeling. I’ve seen many attempted dupes of this scent but no one does it quite like Aveda.

I’ve been so loyal to my 100% Pure Cocoa-pigmented Bronzer that I hit pan on it! I never used to use bronzer before this, the fact that I’ve hit pan on this speaks volumes. The color I have is Brown Sugar and I think I'll try Honey next. It's rumored to be the perfect bronzer for pale skin. Click here to read my original review of this.

I was given an amazing eye shadow duo from Hourglass Cosmetics called Visionaire. I seriously have been reaching for this everyday last month. I have the color Prism, which consists of a blue-toned grey satin (the first and only blue-toned grey I’ve ever been able to wear) and a gorgeous deep black with teal sparkles. The texture of the shadow is just perfect- butter-soft and smooth. The wear is also very impressive.

The most exciting purchase last month would have to be the Sorelle Porcelain tea set Boyfriend and I bought on HSN. Now before you point your finger at the screen and laugh, I too once thought that Home Shopping Network was for grandmas who have a closet full of crystal bowls, glass pineapples and other knick-knacks qualified for White Elephant gift exchanges (nothing wrong with that at all; I'd like to be a grandma like them someday!). Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon this gorgeous 17-piece porcelain tea set. It is completely handmade and hand-painted. All the gold decoration you see is actual 24-karat gold! We bought this as a birthday gift for our friend Tabatha, she and her hubby always host the most wonderful gatherings in their home. This porcelain tea set could not have been more perfect.

It is pointless for me to link; the set became completely SOLD OUT a few hours after our purchase. We got 1 of the last 6 sets available- boy, did that tickle me so! I dare say that watching the sets deplete in quantity was even more exciting than hounding Ebay. I now know how those grandmas get addicted to HSN. I was much too excited when I was buying this that it didn’t occur to me that I NEED one too! I’m now sorry I didn’t buy one for myself (oh, how my heart ached a bit when I saw how beautiful the set was in person!). According to the HSN lady, this brand, Sorelle, won’t be coming out with another porcelain tea set for the rest of the year! *cries* Someone please tell me if there’s a way to manually block the HSN website from my computer for the time being- my wallet and I will thank you!

And with that I'll leave you with one of the HSN videos featuring the aforementioned tea set. I was slightly addicted to watching these when I first got the set. In this episode, a fellow HSN shopper phones in to rave about the Sorelle porcelain tea sets she owns:


Farmgirl Beauty Secret #51-A: Milani Infinite Liquid Liner is also COMPLETELY waterproof.

This is an addendum to Farmgirl Beauty Secret # 51. Mac Liquidlast was my go-to liner when I wanted COMPLETELY waterproof eyeliners. However, the product turns goopy fairly fast and needs to be replaced more often than I like. So recently, I started looking for a drugstore alternative. I found it in Milani Infinite liquid Liner.
The ingredient lists between Mac Liquidlast and Milani Infinite are nearly identical in terms of the main ingredients that make them waterproof. Another great thing is it doesn't contain parabens either. The shocker: I think Milani Infinite is slightly more waterproof than Mac Liquidlast! See below:

Milani Infinite liquid Liner comes in 5 colors. I have Everlast (black), Endless (a deep purple that is a dupe for one of Mac Liquidlast color) and Forever (bronzy gold that looks amazing as a WATERPROOF liquid shadow).

Lesson of the day: If you want the waterproof longevity of Mac Liquidlast but you’re saving your money for life’s finer things, head to your nearest drugstore for Milani Infinite liquid Liner.