I've always really loved finding awesome products that aren't as well known. I don't know if I feel like they may have something extra in them that's all around better like the Elixir of Life or healing properties but I always feel so accomplished when I can find something cool that's homemade/handmade and not incredibly mass produced. As you know I love small boutiques and small businesses so it just makes sense that I would be all about trying handmade products and giving them a shot. I must say that while I've come across some things that I just think are terrible, I've came across more great things over all which makes me very happy so here I am showing you my favorites in both Bath, Skin, and Beauty. We'll start with the bath and skin stuff first seeing as how I've never talked about them before on here.
Also I usually find all this stuff on Etsy. Sometimes I do find stuff in boutiques but lots of times it's just cheaper and more choices on Etsy.
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Blood Orange Sugar Cookie Parfait Cream Soap from Mad City Soap .
This literally smells like a dreamsicle, not kinda not a faint resemblance, exactly like it. So if that's not you're favorite then by pass this particular scent. They have others and I can't imagine that any of them wouldn't smell as rich as this one does. This is a cream soap, it reminds me of the LUSH solid conditioners that are in blocks. The texture is the same. It's filled as much as possible and packed down so that you actually get a lot of product. I used about a dime size I would say at first and it was plenty. It lathers so much even if you're just using your hands to get it to lather and the smell doesn't fade as it lathers and while you use it, it actually stays on the skin. I don't think it makes my skin feel super smooth or that it goes on creamy it's just a really nice soap to use. I'm really well pleased with it. For 4oz it was $6 not including shipping.
Next is Lemon Pound Cake Yellow Whipped Soap from The Bathtub Bakery.
This is a whipped soap, looks cake icing really. It's really light and airy as far as the product goes but the scent is strong and Lemon Pound Cake/Cookies is my favorite scent as far as scents go. It really is. I don't like the actual lemon baked goods but love the scents in candles, soaps, lotions, whatever. This is a really creamy formula that goes on. It doesn't lather quite like the cream soap does and the scent isn't as strong once it's on the skin but I love that about it too it's not too overbearing and still feels really nice. This is also 4 oz and was $6.50 not including shipping. Because it's "whipped" it's not as packed in as a cream soap is but you still get a good amount of product that you won't run out of anytime soon.They also have tons of different scents and products for you to browse through.
Next up is Tangerine Lip Scrub from Becca and Mars.
I was needing a lip scrub because I didn't have one at all and I thought going indie would be good because it's not usually as expensive and definitely more natural which this certainly is. It's a 100% natural actually and when you use it you can actually just lick it off your lips when it's time to take it off. The scrub part is sugar so it's sweet tasting. I really like it and it worked but I do wish it had just a little more scrub to it, because I really have to get more than I'd like out in order for it to really scrub but it's still really good. It's extremely moisturizing as well so it's the best of both worlds because I don't have to apply a balm afterwards. This is .25oz for $3.50. They have lots of other body oils and skin products as well as other scents for you to check out while you're looking.
Lastly is Lemon Pound Cake Whipped Body Butter by Ten Digit Creations.
I've had this the longest out of all the products and as you know now I love lemon baked good's scented things. This is completely vegan and made with shea butter and jojoba oil. It's really thick and creamy. It feels like an expensive body butter because it's made so well and so moisturizing. The scent to me smells more Vanilla Cookies with an after scent of lemon but it still smells really really good. This is 2oz for $5.
Next up are some eyeshadow pigments that I've used for a while and mentioned in many many looks that I've done. They were some of the first indie products I tried. In the vials are Scaredy Cat Cosmetics pigments I chose my favorite colors but I probably have 10 to 15 of these little vials which is another reason I love buying from smaller companies because alot of times you can buy samples. It's hard to go through even an entire sample because as you know with pigments a little goes a long way. When I bought these you could buy 5 for $5 of 10 for $10 I believe and pick the colors you wanted. I always done 5 at a time though just to see how well they would work and how the pigmentation was. Needless to say I was not disappointed and what made it even better was that I contacted the owner to see if she had anything similar to MAC pigment in Melon and she actually made me an extra vial of her best shot at trying to duplicate that pigment for me. Which really touched my heart and showed me that she wanted to be as helpful as she could.
My other set of pigments is from Lumikki Cosmetics. I've heard lots of mixed reviews on the shipping and actually getting these products when you order them but I never had a single issue. They are off Etsy now so perhaps they have their own website they're selling from but I have 8 of these samples. I placed 2 orders at separate times and got them in the exact time frame that was listed. So I can't say anything bad about them. I believe these were $3 a sample which is 1/4 tsp. Which is plenty. I've used the heck out of these and still have lots of product. These are the most unique colors I've ever come across as well. They have some really interesting colors that I've not seen anywhere else. It's very mythical and mystical even the names like "Spock, Witches Brew, Dragon Scale" but I really like that actually. I always think the companies that draw inspirations from mystical and fairy tale type worlds have the coolest products and colors because they aren't focusing on this world and this reality they're allowing their mind to roam far off and it's really awesome to see what that turns into.
These are a few of my favorite pigments from Scaredy Cat Cosmetics from left to right: Flounce cat (a pale pinky gold) Rose Gold (obviously) Ring A Ling (a lilac with a slight cool pink duo chrome) and Pheonix Tears which was the reason I even bought from the company in the first place (a coral orange with gold flecks in it). These are definitely more smooth as far as pigment goes. Not a lot of glitter or anything in them,
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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