Cosmetics Edit – Old Friends

Yesterday I posted about my closet edit, creating a summer tee and tank capsule wardrobe.

Since I’ve been in a shop-my-own-closet mindset, I next turned my attention to my huge collection of beauty freebies and pilfered hotel toiletries.


So, yeah, I never met a tiny shampoo that I didn’t like.

I’ve been steadily using up all of my stash, and in the process I re-discovered some old favorites.

Mini shower gels are probably my most-hoarded products, and this Red Flower Ocean Purifying Body Wash is fabulous but nearly unicorn-difficult to come by.

Fortunately, H20 Plus’ Sea Salt Body Wash is similar enough, and -score! – it’s copiously available on Disney Cruises, where I’ve managed to acquire a formidable stash.



Lately I’ve also been loving this Revision Intellishade Matte SPF45 tinted moisturizer.


I was lucky enough to recently get several small samples, and I’m hooked. Seriously, this stuff is great. The high SPF is a huge bonus, too. I’m halfway through my samples and torn between ordering a full-sized tube and keeping the samples for travel or just carrying on with the shop-my-closet program and using up the minis.

Two re-discovered (unexpired) lipsticks also are getting heavy rotation. The first is Dubai by Susan Posnick and the second is Blue Raspberry by Bobbi Brown. These are both perfect neutrals.

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The last re-discovered gem is this One Love Organics Neroli Body Serum.


The citrus-y scent is nice for summer and the texture provides sheen.

Overall, shopping my closet has been a fun experiment and using-rather-than-losing-out feels satisfying.




Natural Cosmetics

Last week during my delicious spa escape, I got introduced to Susan Posnick cosmetics, an all-natural mineral line.

I’ve tried a few mineral-based make-up brands in the past with mixed results.

Some of the brands seemed to be cakey and unappealingly unnatural.

But in the end, I just love something new.

The first thing I tried from Susan Posnick was a dual ended pencil that was both a concealer and a brightener.


The pencil was really creamy and didn’t drag at all across thin undereye skin.


Next up: bronzer and foundation with buildable coverage, plus a neutral pencil with eyeshadow on one side and eyeliner on the other.


The eyeshadow/liner duo has a subtle gold eye shade with hazel liner. Gorgeous!

The lipsticks were real stand outs, with all-natural ingredients and nice flavor.

I got three:

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From left to right, they are “Dubai,” “LA” and “Shanghai.”

The most satisfying part is that they have a magnetic closure. Snap, snap, snap. Love.

One thing I noticed is that these products don’t seem to last all day and need reapplication, but I can live with that for a nontoxic trade-off.

P.S. There was a holiday gift with purchase of free shimmer powder and an adorable, tiny brush. Yay! I thought this was super pretty and sent it to my BFF as a fun surprise.