LUSH Review / Fresh Farmacy Cleanser

It’s time for another LUSH review and it’s another face cleanser.  I love Dark Angels, but I wanted something else to use on a daily basis so I wouldn’t over exfoliate.  Since I planned on using a toner as well I opted for something more gentle.  After doing a lot of research, Fresh Farmacy seemed to fit the bill.  Fresh Farmacy is a calamine based bar cleanser.  All the ingredients, including lavender and chamomile are concocted to help sooth irritated skin.

Skin type:  Combination skin.  Mostly oily with some dry patches around my mouth and between my eyes.  Large pours that clog often and frequent break-outs.  I use very limited make-up.

Pros:

  • This actually leaves my skin looking calmer and less red and irritated after I use it.  With most store-bought cleansers, I usually have to wash my face and then let my skin calm down.  But this bar leaves my skin looking soft and evenly toned almost immediately.
  • I love the herbal scent of this.  It’s a great way to start and end the day.
  • For my oily/combination skin, this does not over-dry.  I use this along with a moisturizer and toner, but even just using Fresh Farmacy alone does not make my skin flaky or too tight.
  • I’ve seen results over time.  In general, after almost a month of use I have seen less breakouts, more evenly toned skin and a nicer skin texture start to emerge.  I feel like I’m on my way to getting “movie star skin” (which I know is actually not 100% attainable because you know… photoshop).

Cons:

  • Not much of a lather.  This isn’t really terribly important to me.  It is actually a good thing because it means it doesn’t include over-drying detergents and foaming agents.  But I know some people need that satisfying foam.
  • It’s a soft bar.  I don’t like to leave this in the shower.  Prolonged heat and moisture might hurt the life of the bar.  I have the sink right outside my shower, so I put it on a soap dish on the edge of the sink, grab it when I need it and then store it in the medicine cabinet between uses to keep it out of the humidity.
  • It’s a very gentle cleaner, so it probably will not remove heavy make-up.  If you wear very limited make-up (like me) or use a make-up remover prior to cleansing, then this shouldn’t be an issue.

For me, this is a total keeper.  I will continue to purchase this to use in my regimen as a daily cleaner.  I’m currently washing with Fresh Farmacy and then using Tea Tree Water to tone and finishing with Imperialis to moisturize.  I use Dark Angels 2-3 times a week for a good scrub (read my review on that here).  This combination is working really well for me right now.

Are you a Lush addict?  What are your must-haves?  Please share you experiences and favorite products in the comments!  I’m always looking for new products to try.

Contain Everything

Contain Everything on Lost and FawnedSeason changes always motivate me to get organized.  I’m slowly trying to tackle every room in our house.  With my new yarn obsession, I’m looking for ways to contain my newly overflowing craft room and organize in process projects on the road.

Here is a small collection of storage for the home and on the go.

  1. Stuva Storage Bench from Ikea – $79.99
  2. Raskog Utility Cart from Ikea – $29.99
  3. Market Catchall from Pier 1 – $55.96
  4. Wire Basket in Chrome from Amazon – $17.00
  5. Lady Alamo Burlap Tote from Blue Fly – $42.00
  6. Fair Trade Handwoven Cotton Clutch from Novica – $39.99
  7. Fair Trade Canvas Messenger Bag from Novica – $124.99

Covet / Wrinkle and Crease

Wrinkle and Crease Notepad

Wrinkle and Crease Card on Etsy

Wrinkle and Crease Wedding Card

Wrinkle and Crease Notepad on Etsy

Smartphones are great.  But nothing keeps me on task like an old fashioned handwritten list.  I’m currently working off of one today.  It’s so satisfying to finish something and then cross it off by hand.  Because of this habit, I’m a hoarder of notebooks and notepads.

Wrinkle and Crease has a selection of simple, organized and beautifully designed notepads for every room of the home.  They also carry modern stationary and cards, and do custom work for weddings.  I love their palette of kraft paper, white, gold and black.  It’s so clean and contemporary.  Every piece is thoughtfully designed in Calgary by Kayley.

For more, be sure to check out Wrinkle and Crease on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook.

Learning to Crochet Online for Free

Learning to Crochet - Free Online Tutorals on Lost and Fawned

First up, a little house cleaning.  For the last year I dabbled with moving all my crafting and DIY posts to another blog.  It became too much for me to maintain, so as of today, those posts are coming home to Lost and Fawned.  Along with my usual fare of shopping, style and decor, I’ll be sprinkling in my quilting, sewing and now crochet as well.  I can’t wait to show you more.

On to the topic at hand… learning to crochet!  You may know that I’m an avid quilter (if not, be sure to check out my Instagram feed).  I’m also a chronic dabbler in the world of crafting.  I needed a new hobby like I needed a hole in the head, but here I find myself, hording yarn and starting projects.

My great grandmother was a whiz with a crochet hook.  Our family has piles of amazing zigzag afghans that she made over the course of her life.  They are full of memories and are so comforting, physically and emotionally.  The last time I was in Oregon, my mom and I spontaneously picked up some crochet hooks and yarn while we were at the coast for the weekend, and made it our mission to learn Granny’s craft.

It didn’t really click for me until I got back to Ohio.  My goal was to learn to make granny squares.   My search brought me to this video tutorial by Bella Coco.  I settled in for the evening with my hook, yarn and iPad.  It took me about and hour and half of stitching, ripping out (also called “frogging”… riiiip riiiip riiiiiiip) and starting over before I got it.  It clicked!  I was not only understanding what I was doing, but I was also getting faster and more comfortable with the hook.

Learning to Crochet on Lost and Fawned

I’ve officially finished a couple of projects, including 2 chunky infinity scarves, an adorable coffee cup cozy and a little amigurumi bunny doll.  I also have a few other projects in progress (like my huge scrap yarn granny square blanket and a hexagon afghan).  I’m having a blast learning new stitches and techniques.  Everything think I have finished was guided by video tutorials.  I’m getting comfortable enough to modify the tutorials and read patterns.

Interested in giving it a try?  Here are some of my favorite tutorials to get you started.  These are ones I have tried myself and had success with.

Some tutorials (including the ones by Bella Coco) will use British terminology.  Here is a great conversion chart to help you translate.

So there you have it!  This is how I learned in the matter of a couple of weeks.  With enough practice and determination, I am convinced anyone can learn.  It’s a very portable hobby.  It’s so easy to throw a ball of yarn and a hook in your purse and crank out a granny square or two while you wait for your appointment.  Please share your favorite resources or tutorials in the comments!  In the future I will cover some of my favorite tools and yarns for beginners.

12 Back to School Basics with AEO

12 Fall Basics to Mix and Match - on Lost and Fawned for AEOIf you are going off to college, going back to school or just getting ready for fall, it’s time to start thinking about flipping your wardrobe to transition into cooler weather.  I’m a budget shopper, so versatility is key for me when I shop.  American Eagle Outfitters is a great place to look for classic staple pieces that are wallet friendly.  A lot of my friends swear by their jeans, especially the Denim X collection for it’s comfort and durability.

I’ve put together a list of 12 perfect pieces to mix, layer and match into tons of outfits.  Add a few pairs of shoes (a high boot, an ankle boot and a flat) and some light accessories and you’ll be ready for pumpkin patches, PTA and running to class.  I coordinated these colors to work as a capsule wardrobe, but there are tons of other options if you prefer a different palette.

  1. Striped Shawl Cardigan – $59.95  /  I love this piece.  I’d wear it over everything from tees to dresses.  It’s cozy and adds a little texture and pattern to any outfit.
  2. Solid Button Down in Blue – $39.95  /  Wear this over a tee, under a sweater or on it’s own.  It’s a great piece that you can get a lot of use out of.
  3. Denim Shirt Dress – $59.95  /  Throw on your leggings and a pair of heavy boots, or layer it under your cardigan with some tights and flats.
  4. Long Sleeve Graphic Tee – $24.95  /  I’m not usually a fan of graphic tees, but this is super clever and the script makes it appropriate for all ages.
  5. Oversize Crew Sweatshirt in Gray – $44.95  /  Easy to wear over leggings for a quick trip to the store or running the kids to soccer practice.
  6. Sateen X Jeggings in Vintage Khaki – $49.95  /  Jeans are great, but sometimes you need to mix it up.  Great fit with a hint of sheen for texture.
  7. Sold Crew Sweater in Burgundy – $39.95  /  Layer this under a jacket or over your solid button down to dress up or down.  Burgundy is a flattering color on lots of complexions.
  8. Hi-Rise Legging in Black – $11.96  /  A must have in your dresser.  I love the higher rise, and you can’t go wrong with black.  I only wear leggins under dresses and oversize sweaters.
  9. Light Swing Jacket in Olive – $89.95  /  A field jacket is perfect for fall, and olive easily mixes with so many things.  This is a great jacket to have on hand for chillier autumn days.
  10. Denim X Jegging in Dark Wash – $49.95  /  I always go for a darker wash.  I find it to be both flattering and classy.  These are nice and narrow, so they are easy to wear under boots.
  11. Burnout Favorite T-Shirt in Black – $19.95  /  I like this twist on a classic tee.  Wear under a cardigan or on it’s own with a pair of jeans and ankle boots.
  12. Favorite V-Neck T-Shirt in White – $17.95  /  A classic v-neck tee in white is a must in any season.

Thank you to American Eagle Outfitters for sponsoring this post.  While this was a sponsored opportunity from American Eagle Outfitters, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Weekly Pins / 08.11.15

Weekly Pins on Lost and Fawned - 8-11-15  Rain

We have desperately (not as badly as California of course) needed rain for weeks, and last night we finally got a good soaking.  I know I’m not alone when I say I love rain, even in summer.  I love the sound of it on the roof in our attic bedroom.  I love how dark and cozy it makes the house feel.  I love making something hot to drink and watching the storm out of my kitchen window.

Whether you are grabbing your umbrella and boots and venturing out, or grabbing a book and a blanket and staying in, here are some pins to get you in a rainy state of mind (in a good way!)…

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More Art Please – August 2015

More Art Please - August 2015 on Lost and FawnedA new month is the perfect time to feature a fresh batch of art and design I’m totally coveting.  All of these are from Society 6 and come at attainable prices and in a variety of sizes.  I tried to cover a range of spaces in your home.  Float (#8) would be beautiful in a bathroom.  Team Time. Any Time. (#7) and illustrated recipes: banana bread (#5) would be perfect in your kitchen.

Here are this season’s picks.  I’ll take one of each please!

 

  1. Green Paddle Cactus by The Aestate  /  $23.00 +
  2. Brutalized Gainsborough 2 by Chad Wys  /  $20.00 +
  3. Paris by Littlemess  /  $19.76 +
  4. Three Meadow Moose by Kevin Russ  /  $20.00 +
  5. illustrated recipes: banana bread by Felicita Sala  /  $20.00 +
  6. Float by Beth Hoeckel Collage & Design  /  $19.00 +
  7. Team Time. Any Time. by Matthew Taylor Wilson  /  $20.00 +
  8. Dreams by Birdee  /  $20.00 +
  9. Mushrooms by Andreas Lie  /  $18.00 +
  10. Sugar Gliders by Teagan White  /  $17.00 +
  11. Portland Map by Jazzberry Blue  /  $19.00 +
  12. Eternal Optimist by Emily Rickard  /  $15.00 +

Late Summer 2015 Ikea Picks

Ikea Late Summer 2015 PicksThis week I got my new Ikea catalog, and as usual, I dogeared about half of the pages.  I don’t know if we will be making our normal fall pilgrimage to the Pittsburgh store, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite deals from the their catalog.

  1. NIPPRIG Storage Basket – $16.99
  2. SOMMAR Raspberry Pillow Cover – $4.00
  3. IKEA 365+ Pitcher with Lid – $6.99
  4. RÅDVIKEN Chair – $179.00
  5. IKEA PS 2012 Coffee Table – $49.99
  6. ENIGT Mug – $2.99
  7. RIGGAD Work Lamp with Wireless Charging – $79.99
  8. RISATORP Utility Cart – $59.99

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