here are my friday favorites for this week:
lush cosmetics. i think girlfactor (she's back with a gorgeous redesign!) is a big fan of these products and i meant to try them for a long while on her recommendation. i finally did and i'm really enjoying them. first, i'm using herbalism ($10.75; vegan) to cleanse my face. i like the results, but the formula does take a bit to get used to. it's kinda cakey, but it exfoliates which has proven to be a bonus for me. i'm also using their bb seaweed mask (can't remember the price; you can't order this online as it needs to be in the fridge), which has helped calm down my skin. and finally, i think i've found it. the perfect hand moisturizer (maybe good for your cuticles, little things?). their helping hands lotion ($14.95). unfortunately, after i bought it, i see that it's not vegan. i'm kind of peeved because i told the rep that's all i wanted. argh. it does work beautifully though. i need to contact them to see what animal ingredients are involved here. it will be tough to give it up!
el yucateco hot sauce. i'm a fire fiend. if it's not melting off my taste buds, i'm not satisfied. one great thing about the trip to my grandma's: i discovered this hot sauce. my aunt stocks the habanero green and gave me a big bottle to take home. i found the habanero red at the local super s, which my dad put back the first time (i noticed after we checked out), so i had to snuck off to buy more and happily, it's in my luggage now. can't wait to try it. about $3.
my ipod. i'm really excited that my valentine brought me this. it was totally unexpected after the gorgeous potted phalaenopsis orchid he brought me. i was able to chill out on the plane and drown out the chatter of the people next to us. made it to texas and back on one charge. can't wait to add stuff to it! i'm looking for a way to receive fm radio signal (i need my npr!) and i really need a case for it. any suggestions?
grocery bag system. i'm getting a little teensy weensy obsessed with reducing my use of plastic and paper. this morning, i cringed at the wastebasket in my (much nicer than the one in texas!) hotel room. i used all that stuff? in less than 24 hours? this system looks fantastic. the bags are made of heavy duty hemp canvas; fair labor/fair wage; and each one has a volume equal to standard paper grocery bag. plus, they qualify for free shipping. to me the only barrier is price (what's new?). the set of four are $87.80.
body and soul magazine. tired of real simple, o! and maybe even organic style (though that's hard to do)? try this mag. i like the articles, they're accessible, useful and not too "new age-y." my mom turned me on to this and i really need to subscribe because she doesn't recycle these throughout the family. they're that good. free issue offer, then $14.95 for eight issues.
I really liked Lush's Skin's Shangrila but then sometimes I would break out -- very spotty results. I'm now using Shiseido for skin care. Everyone has raved about their bath bombs though so I think I'll give those a try.
Posted by: Marie | Feb 18, 2005 1:19:15 PM
I love Lush yummies too but have no clue on the vegan characteristics (or not) of each item...hmm, that would be interesting and useful info. iPod cozies are definitely everywhere (and you could prolly craft up your own if so inclined. Monkey got me a siliconey one. Kind of techy geek chic, but I like it. Because I am a slob.
I just got a canvas grocery tote from Tania ( http://www.taniahowells.com/shop.html ), not sure if it's fair-trade or what, but drop her a note. She's super nice and the bags are 10 bucks!
Posted by: Giao | Feb 18, 2005 1:45:28 PM
BTW, I got a green canvas grocery bag from Whole Foods for free. But they give only one bag and I don't know if this is because they just opened then.
Posted by: Marie | Feb 18, 2005 3:26:44 PM
as far as the ipod case goes, i love the one here.
pros: never have to take it out of the case, even for recharging. great customer service. has a little pocket for the earbuds. no leather (if you ask them to remove the little patch in the back that holds the knob for the belt clip).
cons: not very stylish, but it works for me. no belt clip if you have the leather patch removed.
Posted by: dexygus | Feb 18, 2005 3:30:52 PM