Back Burner Blast V: Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince, By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat in Moon Glow, Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree

Time for another Back Burner Blast, where I quickly review products that have been lurking in the background. If you'd like to catch up on the series, here are the links:

Back Burner Blast IV - Back Burner Blast III - Back Burner Blast II - Back Burner Blast (first edition)

**All items purchased by me. Affiliate links included. 

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince

Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince - $24/.09oz @ Sephora

I purchased this on recommendation from Julie @ Jules Darling and Latoya @ Beauty Obsessed. I had asked for cool red lipstick recs in my 'What Lipsticks Am I Missing?' post, and they both said this one!! May I say, both ladies were spot on with this Bite Beauty rec, and I am seriously loving this color!! Thank you!!

On my lips it ends up being slightly more red than on the hand swatch above, which is perfect because it is exactly the kind of cool red I was looking for. Between this and the NARS pencil in Cruella, I feel like I've got my reds covered (ok, some people might disagree, but I don't wear reds that often!). Though these pencils are described as matte, on my lips I find this particular color has between a matte and a satin finish. This pencil is definitely pigmented, applies smoothly and easily, and the formula is very comfortable to wear. I don't find this deeply hydrating, but it provides just enough moisture to not feel drying. With this pigmented of a lip product though, I prefer it not be too moisturizing otherwise I find it has a tendency to bleed into my lip lines. A definite win, and I'm looking forward to checking out other colors in this pencil range. 

By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat Correcting Mattifying Loose Powder

By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat, Correcting Mattifying Loose Powder in Moon Glow - I purchased this from the SpaceNK sale, but it looks like they are out of stock and I was unable to find any other online links. This powder comes in multiple colors that are still available for about 1/2 of what I paid ($17 on SpaceNK), just not this Moon Glow color. Originally this powder was $69, think I paid $34 or $37 - can't remember exactly?

For a loose powder, I quite like that this container is not as bulky as some other ones I've used. See how the lid covers almost the entire container? Love that they decided to condense that space instead of making it taller. 

By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat Correcting Mattifying Loose Powder

Anyway, this powder is supposed to be mattifying without being drying, and at the same time it's supposed to also reflect light to give you radiance. While this product comes in a few skin tone type shades, it also comes in this pale lilac-y Moon Glow along with a pale rose color - these 2 colors remind me of the different lighting effects that the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders claim to mimic. 

I definitely don't find this drying in the least, but I also don't think it controls oil better than any other powders I have. This Moon Glow color minutely does the following: blurs imperfections, cancels out redness, adds radiance. However, the difference is so slight that I sometimes have a hard time telling the difference. That said, this is amazingly soft and silky and feels beautiful going on. Overall, except for the gorgeous feel, I don't think this powder is that special. 

Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree

Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree - $39.95 @ Amazon or Benjabelle.com. I purchased mine from Amazon, but the Benjabelle site does ship internationally. 

LOVE LOVE this thing!!! I'm no longer worried about knocking brushes off the counter when they are drying, and it takes up so much less space. Also, somehow the brushes seem to dry a little faster when they are upside down like this vs. flat. There are different trees, but I chose this one because it had the best and largest mix of spaces for large and small brushes. 

Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree

The Benjabelle Sunflower Brush Tree holds everything from my skinniest handled eye brushes, to my thickest handled Tom Ford Bronzer Brush and Koyudo brushes. As a side note, I've also taken to using brush guards while drying (not pictured) and I love how well they help brushes (especially eye brushes!) keep their shape. Anyway, the brush tree is one of those products I think really speaks for itself, and I'm so glad I finally bought one - it had been on my wish list for a long time! :-)

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Some of My Favorite Non-Beauty Instagram Accounts

Believe it or not I do spend a little bit of time enjoying non-beauty pics on Instagram ha ha!! Here are some of my favorites...

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The Dogist @thedogist - All the adorable, fluffy, sweet dog pics you can handle...

Sophie Trem @theotherartofliving - not just for gorgeous flat lays of food...you'll find lots of other beautiful pictures too!

Phil @afloralfrenzy - Of course there are amazing flower photos, but there are also some cute/funny ones like the one here :-)

The Run Dept. @nikerunning - While I'm not a runner (I jog sometimes - SOMETIMES), I somehow find all these running pics really beautiful and inspiring! 

Who are some of your favorite non-beauty Instagrammers??

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Empties: August 2014

Empties time! The last couple of Empties posts have been 2 months squished into one post, but I think it's a bit too much product to write about so it's back to monthly Empties :-)  

**All items purchased by me or are samples that came with a purchase. Non-affiliate links included. 

1. The Body Shop Grapefruit Body Wash - nothing particularly special about this one. I felt clean so that's good! Probably won't buy this one again though, as there are so many others to try that might have a bit more oooompf.

2. CeraVe Cream - staple product. 

1. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray - review HERE. Loved this stuff at first, but after awhile my nose got used to it and I had to spray it 1/2 dozen times at least to be able to get a whiff. Not sure why that would be?? This is the only reason I won't be repurchasing it anytime soon...maybe in awhile though when my nose has cleared itself up.

2. Fekkai Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner - I used a sample of this pair during my #JuneSampleMonth Recap and really liked it so I went ahead and purchased this travel size set. I still really liked how it made my hair feel (soft, smooth and manageable), but I didn't care for the smell after a few uses. Will not be repurchasing. 

3. SkinBeautiful Triple Action Vitamin C Serum - review HERE. The company has repackaged everything and while the site address is still the same, the company is now Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals. This particular product has changed names, but as far as I can tell the ingredients haven't changed (link HERE). I bought this bottle before the repackaging. I still think this is a wonderful Vitamin C serum with minimal ingredients, but packed with 3 forms of Vitamin C. I ended up using this last bottle on the backs of my hands, as at some point this started making me a little more oily than normal. For that reason alone I probably won't be repurchasing it, but I still highly recommend looking into it if you want an affordable, simple and potent Vitamin C serum. 

4. One Love Organics Super Critical Chia Seed Oil - review HERE. In the end I didn't like this as much as my African Botanics Pure Marula Oil (of which I just bought my 2nd bottle) so I just chucked the rest of this into my CeraVe Cream. I couldn't see how I'd finish it otherwise. 

5. Aquaphor - always a staple item!

6. Phyto Intense Hydrating Mask - I scored this at a good discount from Nordstrom Rack, and can say I really loved it! Left my hair feeling soft and very moisturized - oh and it smelled REALLY good...which as I have come to find out is a really difficult feat when it comes to hair masks! I would consider buying this again, but for the short term I'm exploring other options because there are so many amazing sounding hair masks out there!

Murad Acne Spot Fast Fix - this was the only sample I tried in August. I didn't even remotely finish it because it burned my skin. Ouch. Will not be purchasing a full size. 

Yay Empties!!! How did you do for August?

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First Time With One Love Organics: A Cleanser, 2 Sprays & An Oil

This video from Andie @ Technocupcake finally gave me the push I needed to try a few products from One Love Organics! The products she mentions in the video are Limited Edition for the Summer, so you know, seeing the words Limited Edition I jumped right away! 

After reading the product descriptions, I decided only on 2 of the Summer LE products. I was also interested in their permanent line, and decided on a couple of those as well. Here's what I ended up with!

***All items purchased by me. Non affiliate links included.***

One Love Organics - Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, Supercritical Chia Seed Oil

One Love Organics - Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, Supercritical Chia Seed Oil

From the Summer LE collection:

Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, $29/5oz @ Dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, $28/2oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

From the permanent line:

Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist (Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics), $39/2oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, $49/.5oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Sooooooo...what do I think??

One Love Organics Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser - This is a lightweight foam cleanser, one that is made into a foam as it is pumped out of the bottle. This doesn't remove makeup that well, so it's better suited to days I don't wear makeup or in the mornings. I also find it's not so great at cleansing my oily areas - I have to make sure to use a muslin or baby wash cloth with it (not a problem though because I usually use one anyway). Those 2 things aside, I really like this cleanser. I love that it's pH balanced, so it's not harsh on my skin. It's non-drying, and my skin looks and feels really fresh! Overall, a very nice and gentle cleanser. A big selling point for me is that it also has minimal ingredients. 

I'm almost 1/2 way through this bottle, and have gone back and forth about repurchasing. I finally decided not to buy it again, only because this type of pump foaming cleanser is terrible to travel with - it leaks like crazy. It's been fine because I haven't been working, but once I go back I won't want to take it with me on trips. And I'm trying so hard not to have backups of things that will take forever to use. If I didn't travel for work I absolutely would buy this again. I will miss it for sure! 

Ingredients: organic aloe juice (and) water, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, capryl/caprylyl glucoside, organic glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) oil, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate, malic acid (and) glycolic acid (and) lactic acid (and) citric acid

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist - I'll say up front that I have repurchased this already! Dermstore.com recently had 20% off and I went ahead and bought it since it's LE for Summer and I've been loving it and didn't want to be without it until absolutely necessary (whew deep breath ha ha!). It's made of 100% pure fruit water - grapefruit to be exact, which provides antioxidants and Vitamin C. It's also slightly astringent, so it helps keep my t-zone a tad less oily though not so astringent that it feels drying anywhere else (which is awesome because every other Vitamin C product has actually made me more oily). And I love that this provides Vitamin C in a spray vs. in a serum - so easy to apply! This also makes it easy to decant into a small spray bottle for travel. This is the first thing I spritz after washing my face, and it makes for a great mid-day refresher! And again, super minimal ingredients.

Ingredients: organc citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit water, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate

    Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist (Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics) - I was slightly scared to try this because it contains alpine rose extract, and I don't always have luck with products that contain rose ingredients. BUT Andie is so enthusiastic about this spray that I took a chance, and luckily I ordered it from Eco Diva Beauty and they have a great return policy. Yeah, this stuff is great. How great? I've got less than 1/3 of the bottle left, and am really annoyed that I didn't purchase it again during the Dermstore.com sale. Not because I didn't want to repurchase it - I thought I had a lot left, and since it's a permanent item I didn't feel the same sense of urgency as with the Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist. UGH I was so wrong! My bottle has a faulty nozzle that weirdly sprays out in a straight line so I decanted into a smaller spray bottle after I couldn't stand it any longer...and I haven't looked at the original bottle since the decanting so I completely forgot how much was left...looked last night and whoops. Andie was right, somehow this goes quickly! Regardless, I will be repurchasing :-) 

    Like the Pretty Pores, I love that this is a moisture spray vs. a serum - just makes it so quick and easy to apply, and doesn't feel even remotely heavy. I spritz this onto my forehead, cheeks, neck and décolletage after the Pretty Pores. And yes - it's another great mid-day refresher! It provides just enough additional moisture to help my dry areas feel soothed and comfortable. This is supposed to be time released to help you stay hydrated and deliver the active ingredients throughout the day. And minimal ingredients - sensing a trend yet?!! I'm finding more and more that my skin is better with as few ingredients as possible 

    Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua (water), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes**, rhododendron ferrugineum (alpine rose) extract** (and) glycerin, oryza sativa (rice) extract* (and) lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract*, polyaminopropyl biguanide

    *indicates organic

    Supercritical Chia Seed Oil - Soooo...this might not seem terribly expensive up front, but keep in mind that $49 is only for 1/2 oz. Most oils come in 1oz bottles, and my favorite African Botanics Pure Marula Oil comes in a big 2oz bottle. Comparing apples to apples in terms of cost, the Supercritical Chia Seed Oil would be $196 for the same 2oz size of African Botanics Pure Marula Oil that's $80. <insert bug-eyed emoji here>   And to be honest, I saw the price and the size, but it didn't really register just how small the amount was until I received it. Whoops. Lesson learned. 

    Lucky for my wallet, I didn't get along with this. I tried it every which way, and no matter how much or how little I used it always ended up causing clogs. Here's what I did like about it though: quickly absorbed, felt lightweight, gave my skin a natural glow but not too much and felt almost soothing going on. But a lot of other, less expensive oils do that too. I'd say this is a nice treat if you've already experimented with a bunch of other oils and are looking to add something unique to the roster. But if you are new to oils, I think there are a lot less pricey places to start. 

    Ingredients: Organic Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Supercritical CO2 oil

    Overall, I'm extremely happy with my first foray into One Love Organics!! During the Dermstore.com sale I did buy the Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque to try - the 1/2 oz size is only $12 and they were having a GWP where I received another 1/2 oz along with my full OLO purchase (I bought Pretty Pores too). I'm not sure what the minimum purchase is because it's not listed on the GWP page for some reason, but it looks like it's still going on. Anyway, I'm excited to try it and will report back!! 

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