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Pacifica Natural Deodorant Wipes: Wiping Out Odor One Swipe at a Time

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With Wednesday being Earth Day, the big thing out here in California is water.

(Bottom line, we don’t have enough of it.)

I’ve been trying to use less, and I read somewhere that you can save 5-10 gallons — which is a lot! — by turning off the shower while you’re in there shampooing your hair, shaving and doing your thing.

I got to thinking about my shower habits…

Most days, I hop in the shower to quickly rinse off after my morning run, and then I take a real-deal shower at night (which is when I wash the pollen out of my hair, shave, and do stuff like that) before bed.

But to save a little water, for whatever it’s worth, I’ve started skipping my morning shower and just using these wipes by Pacifica instead.

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When I’m done with my run, I wipe down with these Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 for a pack of 30).

They’re pretty cool. Not quite a “shower in a pack” cool, but still…

First and foremost, they’re billed as an underarm deodorant (but not an antiperspirant, so if you’re looking for something to actually stop you from sweating, these won’t do that). The biodegradable wipes are moistened with a blend of essential oils and coconut milk to keep you from getting stinky.

water, alcohol, zeolites, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, crambe abyssinica seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cocos nucifera (coconut) milk, hydrogenated castor oil, limonene, glycerin, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, parfum (all natural with essential oils

They aren’t aluminum-based like most over-the-counter antiperspirants, and aren’t made with any animal products (or tested on animals), mineral oils, parabens, pthalates, petroleums or SLS. All you do is swipe one under yo’ pits as needed, or whenever you feel like it, throughout the day.

The wipes leave behind a subtle coconut scent (which I think smells great!).

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The Bobbi Brown Summer 2015 Sandy Nudes Collection

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A look at some lovelies from the new Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes collection, coming this May

Under normal circumstances, I adhere to a very strict no-nudity policy when it comes to sand.

In other words, I do not like being nude on or around sand; or, conversely, sandy and nude. Because I don’t like spending 20 minutes trying to get all of the sand out of the places where the sun doesn’t/don’t shine.

However, seeing as Bobbi Brown’s new 2015 summer collection, despite being called Sandy Nudes, doesn’t actually have anything to do with being naked or covered in sand, my no-nudity sand policy doesn’t apply. :)

Yup, it’s another beach-themed collection from Bobbi, to which this wanna-be surf bum says, “Cowabunga, dude!” As you probably guessed from the name, Sandy Nudes features a lot of nude shades — bronzes, beiges and browns. Not a ton of crazy colors.

The collection contains a limited edition neutral eye palette with 12 powder eyeshadows (not shown here in these pictures). I’m really looking forward to seeing that one because all of the shades are new (YES!). Also, since Bobbi loves bronzers, of course there are two face and body bronzing duos (also limited edition) in the release, as well as two LE nail polishes.

There’s also something called a Face Mist ($32, this one headed to the permanent line). It’s a finishing spray and contains green tea, chamomile and cucumber. I just started using it, and I like it so far. It has a lovely light lavender and geranium scent, and my skin just inhales the moisturizing formula.

Here are some quick pics of the Bronzer/Blush duos and nail polishes…

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Bronzer/Blush Compact Duo with Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder and Golden Light Bronzing Powder, $38

I’m all about the Bronzer/Blush Compact Duo with Antigua Illuminating Bronzing Powder and Golden Light Bronzing Powder. It’s angling to become my new favorite bronzer/blush combo.

I like how the matte Golden Tan Bronzing Powder warms up my skin tone all nice and toasty (but without any orange, yay!), and it’s delightfully easy to blend.

Peachy pink Blush Antigua looks kinda like a NARS Orgasm with muted golden shimmer. It reminds me a lot of the NARS Laguna and Orgasm duo, but I think it’s much easier to wear (especially if you have pore issues like I do!), because the bronzer’s matte, and the blush isn’t super shimmery.

You can also mix the two together, by the way. I’ve done it, and I think it looks quite natural.
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Try These $21 Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipsticks for an Updated ’90s Metallic Lip

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The Too Faced Melted Metal Liquified Metallic Lipsticks, $21 each

Did somebody accidentally turn on my hot tub time machine? ‘Cause, dude! — these Too Faced Melted Metal Lipsticks are taking me back to 1996…

I was wearing big hoop earrings almost every single day while wearing out my Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly CD (I still remember the first time I heard The Rain; boom, mind blown), and I never left the house without metallic violet lipstick on my lips either.

Yes, I wore a dark plum lip liner with ’em. I’d trace around the edges of my lips with the liner, and I NEVER BLENDED IT INTO THE LIPSTICK.

So tragic.

All I have to say is thank goodness selfies weren’t a thing back then. :)

These Too Faced Melted Metals ($21 each) are liquid lipsticks with a metallic finish and a wear time of 2-3 hours. They came out earlier this spring in eight shades and are now part of the permanent collection. Just squeeze the tube, and liquid lipstick comes out of the angled sponge tip. Then apply directly to lips.

These actually feel like thin, non-sticky glosses to me, because they’re so lightweight, smooth and “wet.” You know how with some liquid lipsticks, after you’ve been wearing then for a few minutes, they take on sort of a dry finish? Well, these don’t. They stay slick the whole time.

They also taste and smell a little like buttery sugar (or sugary butter), but when I smack my lips together, I also detect faint notes of plastic…

It’s not strong, though, and as long as I don’t overthink it, I don’t mind. Plus, with tastes and scents, one gal’s plastic is another girl’s Dulce de Leche.
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Urban Outfitters Beauty Haul: Tony Moly, Hair Therapy and The Gnarly Whale

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Me, Tabs and the Kocostar Hair Therapy cap ($8)

I’m really hoping that including Tabs in this picture is enough to distract you from the fact that 1) I’m in my pajamas, 2) I’m not wearing any makeup, and 3) I’m wearing this totally weird hair treatment cap by Kocostar Hair Therapy.

If it isn’t, here’s a T. rex claw for good measure…

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I’m not purposefully going for milkmaid chic in this look. :) The hair cap is one of the things I picked up at Urban Outfitters a few weeks back.

Dude! If you haven’t been there lately, you have to go. There’s a lot of cool sh*t and neat brands in their beauty section.

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Kocostar Hair Therapy, $8

Like this cap by Kocostar Hair Therapy ($8). It’s pre-moistened with conditioner. After shampooing and towel drying, you stick your hair inside the cap, seal it shut with the sticker on the back, and wait 15 minutes for your hair to absorb the product (I’m thinking/guessing that the heat from your head is some kind of activator).

Then rinse it all out.

Now, OK. First of all, it was really hard to get all of my hair up into this cap. I tried putting it into a loose bun at the top of my head, and then sticking the cap over it, but my hair kept falling out, so I ended up holding the cap upside-down and diving into it.

Of course, then I couldn’t get the sticker thingy to stay stuck…

Eventually, I figured it out (but it wasn’t incredibly easy).

After letting my hair sit inside the cap for 15 minutes, I removed the cap and rinsed my hair. It felt coated with a thick, heavy goo, which took a really long time to rinse out, but I do think my hair looked a little shinier than it did before…

I dunno. At least my head smelled good (like Gummy Bears).

About some of the other things I picked up…

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The Gnarly Whale Thai Coconut Beach Waves, $14

The Gnarly Whale Thai Coconut Beach Waves ($14) — Wow, this is really lovely! I get soft, beachy waves without stickiness or crunchiness. Totally like a softer hold version of Kerastase Spray a Porter. Smells great, too (like coconuts).
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Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Matte Lipstick: Season Doesn’t Matte-Er to These Timeless Matte Reds

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The new Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipstick line ($37 each)

I feel like I’ve barely dipped a toe into the summer makeup season, but talking about this new line of Dolce Matte Lipsticks by Dolce & Gabbana right meow is like fast-forwarding all the way to fall.

But hey, they’re matte red lipsticks. That’s the definition of timeless. :)

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The new Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipsticks ($37 each)

Yup, these are all about red, as in various shades o’ vermillion. There are 13 of them in all, every one matte, and each one is $37.

Rather than wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s standard gold ensemble, these tubes are wearing black with gold bands, which is very Chanel-esque, methinks.

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Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipsticks ($37 each)

On the outside, they may look different, but they’re pure D&G lipstick through and through. They have the same rosy Dolce & Gabbana lipstick flavor and scent.

And the colors…? It’s as if a cement truck dumped a ton of pigment into each tube.

So. Much. Color. All five of the shades I’ve tried bring it. They’re opaque and crazy pigmented. One swipe is good.

If you like drier matte lipstick formulas with a thick texture, you might really like these. The formula’s firmly on the thicker side, which helps them last on my lips a long time (five or six hours).

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Five of the Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipsticks from the left in Dolce Inferno 333, Dolce Heart 531, Dolce By Dolce 619, Dolce Passion 629 and Dolce Desire 643

I do feel like they could benefit from a little more moisture, because even after 20 minutes, my lips start craving balm, but even so, I like ’em. I can’t remember the last time I said no to a lovely matte red lip. I’ll just prep my lips first with balm.

Neutral matte red Dolce Heart 531 is my favorite of these five. I think it looks great with warm and cool blushes.

All 13 shades are available now online, at Dolce & Gabbana counters and in Saks Fifth Avenue stores.

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Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipsticks from the left: Dolce Inferno 333, Dolce Heart 531, Dolce By Dolce 619, Dolce Passion 629 and Dolce Desire 643

Which reminds me — if you happen to be out this way in the San Francisco area tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday, swing by the Dolce & Gabbana counter at Saks in Union Square, and say “Wassup!” to Dolce & Gabbana National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch, one of my favorite makeup artists around.

Christian’s work has graced the pages of many glossy magazines. He’s a brilliant artist. He’ll be at the store to introduce the new Dolce Matte Lipsticks and do makeovers (which are free) April 10-11 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

He’s a lot of fun, and bonus! — just talking with him for a few minutes, you’ll learn a lot. If you go, please tell him I said hi. :)

To schedule an appointment, call the Dolce & Gabbana counter at the SF Union Square Saks to book a time. (415) 986-4300 ext. 5224.

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