Review / Lush Dark Angels Cleanser

Review of Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

It’s time to start my Lush reviews!  As I mentioned before, Lush is my new no-calorie indulgence and I’m excited to share some of my product experiences with you.

To give you a frame of reference, I have always had a pretty oily complexion.  My skin is acne prone (and has been since I was 12), but has calmed down a little since college.  I have a few areas that get dry, mainly around my jawline.  Overall, I look for products that help me control oil throughout the day, even out my skin tone and would love to minimize my pores.

Review of Lush Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

Review of Lush Dark Angels on Lost and Fawned

I’ve been using Coalface for about a month.  I originally selected Coalface, because a bar is easy to travel with and it’s a very economical choice.  I liked the charcoal soap so much that I wanted to try Lush’s other charcoal cleanser.  I’ll do a separate post down the line comparing Coalface and Dark Angels.

Dark Angels comes in a pot and is a thick paste.  You pinch off a piece off and mix with a little water to work into the consistency you like.  The base is Rhassoul mud  They add charcoal and lots of exfoliating black sugar.  Additionally it has Avocado oil and some other natural oils.  It is best used fresh and the pot adorably displays the best used date next to the portrait of the Lush mixer that created your batch.

Pros:

  • I love the fragrance.  It could be masculine or feminine (it’s actually a favorite amongst men) and I get a serious black licorice vibe from it that I really enjoy.  I’ve seen some other reviews that put this in the “con” category.  It’s really a love or hate scent, so if you aren’t sure, visit a store and give it a whiff.  If you like licorice, you’ll love this.
  • You don’t need to use much to get nice coverage on your face.  These products are a luxury for me, so I definitely weigh amount of uses in my review.  This ends up being a great value.
  • Using coal cleansers has seemed to help my skin.  I have noticed my pores shrinking and I get to the end of the day without feeling like an oil slick.  Nothing has ever been able to draw the gunk out of my pores in the past, so I’m thrilled.
  • I don’t find it over-drying.  I do have naturally oily skin, and this seems to do just the right amount of drying, without making me flaky or peeling.  I think it’s probably the addition of the avocado oil that helps to counteract the drying properties.

Cons:

  • The exfoliation is pretty heavy, so it’s not a product you want to use daily.  I’m using it once or twice a week right now when I need extra pampering after a long day.
  • It is a little messy.  If I use it in the bath, I need to rinse away charcoal out of my tub after it drains.  If I use it in the sink, I do have to rinse the sink out after cleansing.

This really works for me.  I have seen results and when I use it, I really feel like I’m pampering myself.  I will probably only even buy the small pot.  I only use it once or twice a week and a small pinch goes a long way for me.  I think I will run out right around the ‘best use by’ date in October.  I like to put it on my face before a soak in the tub and let it draw out all the impurities.  If I have extra left on my hands, I’ve been spreading it on my shoulders and chest as well.

Lush Dark Angels Review on Lost and FawnedStay tuned for more Lush reviews in the coming months.  Please share your experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I would love to know what you thought of things I review, or if you have suggestions for some of your favorites for me to try I’d love to hear them.

Modcloth Late Summer Swim Deals

Late Summer Swim Deals at Modcloth on Lost and FawnedI’m interrupting your regularly scheduled weekend to share some amazing deals on swimwear on Modcloth.  I needed to buy a suit for the first time in probably 10 years and found just what I needed at awesome prices.  I’m partial to retro style suits, so it that’s not your thing, just move along.  If it is your thing, you are in luck!  There are tons available.  Sizes and quantities are very limited, but I grabbed the Love is Wading in Teal and the Beach Blanket Bingo in Lavender for myself.

Here are some other picks.  Grab them while they last!

  1. Snack Bar Beauty Suit in Red – $44.99
  2. Well Worth the Wade SuitTop $29.99 / Bottoms $11.99
  3. All Glam on Deck Coverup – $11.99
  4.  Sea and Be Seen SuitTop $40.99 / Bottoms $46.99
  5. Beach Blanket Bingo Suit in Lavender – $26.99
  6. You Odyssey this SwimsuitTop $14.99 / Bottoms $ 27.99
  7. Wade a Minute Swimdress in Red – $23.99
  8. Bathing Beauty Suit in Black Gingham – $44.99
  9. All Day Aquatics SuitTop $14.99 / Bottoms $11.99
  10. Seasons of the Sun in MintTop $24.99 / Bottoms $19.99
  11. Helm is where the Heart is Suit in Citrus – $36.99
  12. Wade a Minute Swimdress in Flamingos – $44.99

Covet / Marinski Heartmades

MarinskiHeartmades Planter on Etsy

Marinski Heartmades Fox Cups

MarinskiHeartmades at work on Etsy

MarinskiHeartmades Bowls on Etsy

MarinskiHeartmades on Etsy

MarinskiHeartmades Bowl

I love ceramics, unfortunately it’s a medium I just did not have the patience or natural ability to master.  But I still love to admire and collect ceramic pieces.  This week while looking for wedding gifts, I stumbled on Marinski Heartmades and fell head over heels.  Marina’s passion for clay is evident in all of her pieces.  As she so beautifully puts it in her biography, “…the organic properties of clay had fully occupied my attention. I found it strong and stable and at the same time warm and genuine in its primitiveness. Making ceramics is the only thing I can imagine doing all day, every day.”

To see the full collection currently available, visit Marinski Heartmades on Etsy.  Be sure to also follow along on Facebook for updates from the artist.

My Lush Wishlist

My Lush Wishlist on Lost and FawnedI’m a comfort eater.  When I’m feeling down, stressed or bored I indulge in ice cream, cheese, hot chocolate, bread, etc.  Obviously in excess that’s not healthy and lately I’ve been a roller coaster of emotions, so I’ve put on some weight.  This summer I’ve decided to stop eating my feelings and find other ways to indulge without the calories.  Lush has been the perfect treat.

I’ve started putting away $30 a month to order a handful of bath bombs and something new to try.  This month I ordered Dark Angels to see if I prefer it to my favorite Coalface charcoal soap.  Next month I’m thinking I’ll try a massage bar or a toner.  The thought and care put into selecting natural ingredients makes every Lush experience feel special.   I haven’t found a bath bomb or bubble bar I’ve disliked yet.  All of them make for totally sensory soaks in the tub and leave me feeling renewed and relaxed.  It’s not the cheapest indulgence, but it’s a fraction of what it would cost to hit the spa and leaves me feeling guilt free.

Here is my current wishlist:

  1. Sakura Bath Bomb – $6.45
  2. Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser – $13.95
  3. Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melt – $7.95
  4. Mint Julips Lip Balm and Scrub – $9.95
  5. NEW! Shampoo Bar – $11.95
  6. Herbalism Cleanser – $13.95
  7. Rehab Shampoo – $13.95
  8. Tea Tree Water Toner – $9.95
  9. Dirty Massage Bar – $10.95
  10. Vanilla Delite Body Lotion – $27.95
  11. Sea Vegetable Soap – $7.95
  12. The Olive Branch Shower Gel – $9.95

What’s your favorite no-calorie indulgence?  Are you a “Lushie”?  Let me know what your favorite products are!

Portland / Summer 2015

Portland Trip - Summer 2015 on Lost and Fawned

I spent a good chuck of the end of June and beginning of July in Portland.  This time it was a little different since I had a travel buddy to show around for the first week.  We did all the classic Portland “must sees”, like Powell’s, Voodoo Donuts, Stumptown, the Chinese Gardens, etc.  As an extra treat (which ended up being the trip highlight) was whale watching in Depoe Bay.  If you are looking for a serious experience, look up Carrie Newell’s excursions.  The boats are small and Carrie knows these whales.  It was totally magical.

After Caty left, it was time to kick back and relax with my mom.  We went back to the coast for the 4th of July and spent time learning to crochet and watching Investigation Discovery crime shows.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  For my birthday, my mom got me tickets to see the Timbers in a regular season match.  The seats were great and they won!  I can check that off my bucket list now.

With my schedule for the next 6-12 months, I’m not sure when I’ll get another chance to fly out.  I’m hoping I can squeeze a last minute trip in this winter.  I miss my family and the ocean.

For more photos from my trip, follow @lostandfawned on Instagram.

Rejuvenation Lighting for the Whole Home

Rejuvenation Home Lighting on Lost and FawnedToday we are discussing one of the most important design necessities, which is often overlooked in home decor… lighting!  We need it to function, but often consider it to be a detail.  With lighting I have found more often than not, you get what you pay for.  Discount lighting can be tempting, but investing in quality pieces that are classic, well designed and suited to the character of your house can make a huge difference.

Rejuvenation is the perfect place to find an amazing variety of inspired and reproduced lighting fixtures.  Every time the Rejuvenation catalog arrives in my mailbox (get your own here), I set it aside and wait until my chores are finished to crack it open with a cup of tea.  Almost everything is customizable, from mixing and matching shades and bases, cord length, bulb options, metal finishes and more.  For someone like me, that has a vision before I shop, it’s amazing to have options.  Their customer service department is super knowledgeable and happy to help you find just the right piece for your home if you aren’t sure where to start.

Our home was built in the late 1800’s but has a “modern” addition that was added in most likely, the 1950’s.  We have taken queues from many eras when selecting not only furniture, but fixtures.  Our eclectic style consists schoolhouse style fixtures, danish mid-century and some industrial details.  Over the years, we have been replacing all of the lighting to fit the era of our house and the furniture.  Here are my picks our home…

  • LIVING ROOM  |  Medium Mid-Century Wooden Table LampWe have a ceiling fixture in our living room to provide function, but a table lamp is just the thing to create a cozy atmosphere in the evening.  This mid-century inspired lamp coordinates with our vintage pieces and gives some height to our side table.  And of course I adore those brass details.
  • DINING ROOM  | Haleigh Wire Dome Pendant:  The dining room is a great place to let your lighting be the star.  This pendant is a little out of the box, but I think in our deep slate dining room it would really shine (see what I did there… shine… hah.).  One would be enough in our small space, but in a larger dining room, a row of these would be so stunning.
  • BATHROOM  | Thurman Wall SconceSince our bathroom is pretty small, I tend to keep things clean, simple and functional. These sconces are just right to fit on either side of the mirror and give off tons of soft, evenly dispersed light.  To match my sink hardware, I selected a bright chrome finish.
  • BEDROOM  | Linnton Wall Sconce: It’s always been a dream of mine to have sconces flanking our bed.  It makes the room feel custom and cozy.  These mid-century sconces with brass details would coordinate beautifully with our existing furniture and would cast the perfect soft light while you wind down for a restful night of sleep.
  • KITCHEN  | Jefferson Classic Flush Ceiling FixtureWe have low ceilings in the kitchen, so a flush ceiling fixture is a must.  A classic schoolhouse style lamp is perfect to add functional light to the whole space.  Over the sink I would do something coordinating, like the George Single Pole Pendant.

This post is sponsored by Rejuvenation.  All opinions expressed are my own and I only endorse brands and products I truly love and use.  To partner with Lost & Fawned, visit this page for details and contact information.

Get your living room guest-ready in 30 minutes

Guest Ready Living Room in 30 Minutes on Lost and Fawned

Time to get real.  My living room does not look like this 80% of the time.  Since our house is smaller we actually LIVE in our living room.  Like most of the rooms our house, it is a multipurpose room.  I cut fabric, lay out quilt blocks, prep our backpacking gear, sort laundry, pack orders, eat the occasional meal and lounge on that sofa.  But we live near the middle of our small town, so when people are in town I often get the dreaded “Hey! We will be passing by in 30 minutes.  Mind if we pop in?  I’d love to see you!” text in the afternoon.

So today’s post is my 30 minute routine to get that room looking, smelling and feeling fresh, welcoming and ready to entertain.  It’s all about priorities.  You need to do the things that make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.

ONE  /  Open the blinds

Letting some natural light in if you are expecting daytime guests is HUGE.  It instantly makes the room feel more welcoming and open.  I usually don’t pull the blinds up, but I do rotate them to flood the room with soft natural light.

TWO  /  Refresh your wood surfaces

Running a quick cloth (or a clean sock) with some Pledge Lemon Clean over all of your wood furniture to refresh those surfaces.  It not only makes the wood look clean and radiant, it also makes the room smell fresh and clean.  I usually grab a sock out of Jared’s drawer (shhh….) and slip it on my hand.  Dump any clutter in a box to get it out of the room and give your coffee table, entertainment center, side tables or piano a good wipe.

THREE  /  Run the vacuum or broom over the floor

This should go without saying.  You don’t have to be totally thorough.  But a quick run around the room with a vacuum goes a long way.  Pay attention to chair rails and molding as well.  I use the hose attachment to do a quick sweep of the top of the molding where it’s visible to pick up any dust.

FOUR  /  Put something fresh in the room

Run out to the yard and cut some flowers or even some greens and throw them in a vase or drinking glass.  Grab some apples out of your fridge and put them in a bowl on the coffee table.  Grab a potted herb from your patio.  Something fresh makes a room feel alive and inviting.

FIVE  /  Think about the details

Are they staying awhile?  Or are they just popping in?  My aunt used to keep a basket of fluffy clean socks by the door for guests to get comfy.  Re-stock your bar cart.  Get a pot of coffee going or have a kettle of water boiling for tea.  Put out a light snack on the coffee table (even if it’s just some fresh fruit or nuts) if it’s between meals.  Pillows on couches or chairs are great, but if you have too many, get rid of a few so they can actually sit down.  If it’s nice out (not too humid) open a window.  Make sure it’s a comfortable temperature in the room.  Little details make a big difference.

So that’s my routine in a nutshell.  Please share your priorities when preparing for unexpected guests in the comments!  I’d love to hear your tips and tricks.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Round-Up / Peonies

Lost and Fawned Round Up - PeoniesIf you are on Instagram, you know early summer means peony season.  Peony blooms are gorgeous but so short lived.  Ours opened and then expired in a matter of a week.  If you want to extend the season, why not snag a peony that won’t wilt?  Here are my Etsy picks for peonies that will last.

  1. Peony Scented Lip Balm by Radical Works  /  $3.00
  2. Peony Temporary Tattoo by TTTattoodotcom  /  $5.19
  3. Carved Rubber Stamp Set by Enchanting Stamps  /  $16.00
  4. Pink Peony Soap by The Charming Frog  /  $4.00
  5. Bunch of Dried Peonies by The Blaithin Blair Shop  /  $8.37
  6. Vintage Plastic Tea Cups from Molly Finds  /  $10.00
  7. Peony Cotton Fabric from Fabricmade  /  $5.40
  8. Peony Silk Screen Print by Wolf jaw Press  /  $60.00
  9. Mint Peony Iphone 6 Case by cellcasebythatsnancy  /  $19.00

Insta Month – May/June

Insta Month - May June

I woke up with grand plans to put together an amazing collection for you to start the week, but everything I started curating was totally off.  I promise I’ll have something better next time.

Farmer’s market season is here.  I went on Saturday with the intention of bringing home a big bag of healthy local veggies.  Instead I fell back on all my fresh and delicious guilty pleasures instead… bacon brats, a chocolate turnover and buffalo chicken pierogies.  I did also grab some sugar snap peas and strawberries.  I had a totally indulgent weekend, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.

My pile of mending is gathering dust.  I need to make myself a chambray skirt.  I realized this summer I don’t have a good casual, neutral skirt.  I have a long list of projects that need to start/finish.

I hope you all had a great weekend.  What’s on your list of summer projects?

Summer Backpacking Essentials with Sierra Trading Post

I’ve had lots of questions in my inbox about backpacking, especially how to get started.  Today, I’ve partnered with Sierra Trading Post to share some of my top gear picks for summer backpacking.  We hike from spring to fall (we aren’t hardcore enough for winter trips) but Summer is my favorite.  I’ve divided this list up into three categories… Gear everyone should have in their pack, a mix of necessities and luxuries for around camp and hiking gear specifically for women.

Please note, this isn’t a complete list.  A lot of items depend greatly on preference and experience.  Consider this a jumping off point on your gear stock pile.  If you get all the way through to the end you will find an AMAZING offer from Sierra Trading Post as well.

Backpacking _ Basic Needs in Every Pack on Lost and FawnedFirst up are the necessities everyone should have on their person when hiking with or without your backpack (keep in a day pack if day hiking).  It should go without saying, but a small supply of food should also be included.  Make sure to familiarize yourself with how to use all of these items on your own in case you are separated from the group.

  1. Paracord Bracelet / Bison Design Paracord Bracelet
  2. Water Bottle / Liberty Bottleworks Aluminum Bottle
  3. Knife / Ontario Knife Company Fixed Blade Knife
  4. Headlamp / Pelican Products LED Headlamp
  5. Fire Starter or Waterproof Matches / Scout Firesteel Fire Starter
  6. Bear Spray (if in Bear Country) / UDAP Bear Spray and Hip Holster

 

Backpacking _ Around Camp on Lost and FawnedDepending on how lightweight you plan to go and how many people are joining you, you’ll need to make some decisions about gear for around camp.  Of course things like tents, sleeping bags and a bear bag are necessary, but things like a hammock (there is nothing better than positioning your hammock on the edge of a creek and soaking your feet after a long hike) and how many cooking tools, will depend on weight and comfort.

Read LOTS of reviews when selecting your big purchases like packs and tents.  We actually currently use this exact tent and it’s perfectly snug for the two of us and our two giant dogs.

  1. Container to use as Bear Bag / Granite Gear Dry Sack
  2. Camp Hammock / Travel Hammock
  3. Backpack / ALPS Mountaineering Transcend 5500 Backpack
  4. Sleeping Bag / Kelty Cosmic Sleeping Bag – Short
  5. Tent / ALPS Mountaineering Zenith 2 AL Tent
  6. Camp Mug / Classic Stainless Steel Mug
  7. Lightweight Camp Stove / Kovea Vulcan Camp Stove
  8. Camp Towel / Lewis & Clark Travel Towel
  9. Cat Hole Shovel / Outdoor Products Folding Hand Shovel

 

Backpacking _ Gear for Girls on Lost and FawnedFinally I wanted to share my picks and some tips for women’s summer hiking gear.  Most often overlooked is rain gear.  Find a lightweight waterproof shell you can keep handy.  I also bring one of those cheap, compact plastic rain ponchos in an exterior pocket to cover my pack if the clouds open up.   Don’t forget sun protection as well.  There are lots of clothes out there now with sun protection built right into the fabric.

I love yoga pants and shorts for hiking.  They are easy to move in and easy to sleep in.  A pair of hiking sandals are a must have in my book.  I hike in them almost exclusively in the summer months.  When picking out tops, consider where your straps (both shoulder and hip straps) are going to lay and keep those areas protected from rubbing.

  1. Proof Eyewear Pledge Sunglasses
  2. Craghoppers Cropped Pant with Insect Repellant & UPF +40
  3. Icebreaker Willow Tank with UPF +40
  4. Lucy Hatha Shorts
  5. Teva Butano 2 Sport Sandal
  6. Helly Hansen Vancouver Waterproof Jacket
  7. Sunday Afternoons Zephyr Military Cap with UPF +50
  8. Keen Gypsum Mid Hiking Boots
  9. Mountain Hardwear Pandra T-Shirt

 

So there you have it!  I can’t stress enough how helpful it is to go on your first trip with someone who is experienced.  If you have any questions about the gear that we have personally invested in or picking out what is right for you, leave me a comment!  I’d be happy to talk shop with you.

A huge thank you to Sierra Trading Post.  They always have great prices and their staff is super knowledgeable.  If you are trying something new in the outdoors, whether it’s backpacking or water sports, make STP your first stop.  As a bonus, through July 8th you can get an extra 25% off your Sierra Trading Post order PLUS half off of your shipping!  Use the discount code ‘ALSUMMER5′ when you purchase to receive the discount.

This post is brought to you by Sierra Trading Post.  All opinions expressed are my own and I only promoted companies and products I love and would use myself.  For more information on reaching Lost & Fawned readers, please visit this page.