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.


  • 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).


  • 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.

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

The Relished Collection for Summer

You might remember the gorgeous pieces I picked up from Relished when I featured them in my 11 Main post.  They felt a connection with me and my readers so we have been working together again and they asked me to put my spin on a few more of their pieces.  This time we selected some items from the Relished Collection to play with and I’m so thrilled to share these with you!

Relished has also kindly offered a special deal to Lost & Fawned readers!  Get 15% off your entire purchase at Relished by using the discount code “lostandfawned” with you check out!  It will make their already wallet-friendly prices even sweeter!

This dress!  Seriously this dress is my new favorite.  I’ve been looking for an easy dress that is comfortable and casual but still looks tailored.  The Coney Island Chambray Dress is my dress. I’ve been wearing it constantly.  It’s the perfect bridge between classic and modern.

The back is ruched, so while the bodice is fitted, it’s comfortable and not constraining if you want to run around with the little ones (or without them… I’ve been known to occasionally kick my shoes off an frolic on my own if I come across a good field on a sunny day).  The skirt is SO FULL and floaty.  It’s been a windy week and it’s been fun to wear around town.  I’ve worn it so many different ways from work to errands to play.  I can’t wait to take it to the coast for the week.

For a lunch out, I paired it with a red cardigan and some vintage fisherman’s sandals.

I’m a jacket, blazer and cardigan girl.  I layer all year round.  In Oregon and Ohio, a lightweight jacket is a great piece for spring and summer.  Days are warm, but nights get cool, and with late night bonfires and barbeques, it’s nice to have something light to cover your shoulders.

Relished’s Marin Country Jacket in Beige is a great staple.  Field Jackets are a classic for a reason.   It’s breathable cotton with brass hardware.  The toggles allow you to cinch the waist or let it out for a more low-maintenance right from the farm look.  I love the points at the tail, and the hood offers utility.

I wore it with a medium wash pair of skinnies cuffed with a nautical striped tee and red saltwater sandals for Memorial Day weekend.


As always, a HUGE thank you to Relished!  Don’t forget to peruse their entire collection and take advantage of the 15% off discount I mentioned in the beginning (discount code “lostandfawned”).  For updates also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I was provided with sample product to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed are my own and truly reflect my opinions.  I only back products I love.  To partner with me, please visit my advertising page.

Shedding Season with

Shedding Season with on Lost and FawnedWith two big black mutts, Spring means fur… lots of fur.  It’s a trade-off.  We don’t have to pay to have them groomed, but I do have to spend a significant amount of time with a vacuum in the two big coat blow-outs (one in fall and one in spring).

But there are ways to make it easier.  Our favorite, is a good brushing. sent us a couple of products to try this spring, so this weekend the pooches and I spent an hour enjoying some rare sunshine and some spoiling.  We always do their brushing outside.  It makes for easier clean-up (just let the hair float away, birds love it for nesting material).

Shedding Season with on Lost and Fawned

Brushing with the Furminator on Lost and FawnedThe FURminator Dual Brush is right on target price-wise and does the trick beautifully.  At this point, their fur is pretty loose, so we don’t need a super intense brush.  This is gentle and the dogs adore it, especially Finn.  Logan has a hard time sitting still but Finn practically melted into the grass with this brush.

The pin brush side is great for getting that hair loosened up and the bristle brush shines their coats beautifully.  It helped also remove dander from dry winter skin and made their coats super glossy.

Primal Chicken Chips from on Lost and FawnedAs a special treat for being patient also sent some Primal Chicken Chips.  Finn is a picky eater.  He’s pretty so-so on most treats, but he devoured these.  He couldn’t get enough.

The waffle pattern makes them easy to tear up for smaller dogs or for sharing.  Logan has recently gone on a new diet and medication regime to help with a seizure disorder, and I feel good about these treats in particular since they are made of three simple ingredients, organic chicken, organic honey and sea salt.  The price is a little high for an everyday treat, but we plan to keep them around for special days and grooming (they were great from bribery when I had to trim their nails).

A huge thank you to for spoiling our boys.  How do you handle shedding season in your home?  Please share your favorite tips and tools in the comments.

Happy Birthday / with Only Natural Pet

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This week is Logan’s birthday.  And since we don’t know Finn’s birthday, we usually combine the two and have one big celebration.  Yesterday was the big day.  It was too cold for an extra long walk, but if there is one things the boys love more than walking and cuddles, it’s treats.

Logan recently was diagnosed with canine epilepsy.  It’s totally manageable with daily medication, but I’ve been extra careful about what we put in his body.  We have always made the choice to feed them premium food, and their favorite snacks are fruits and veggies (the minute they hear me chopping anything in the kitchen, they come running hoping to get some end cuts).  Treats can be tricky though.  Much like people foods, long lists of mystery ingredients are tough to navigate and seem scary.  But feeding freshly prepared treats is too time consuming for me.

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Our friends at Only Natural Pet offered to send Logan and Finn some handpicked treats for their birthday celebration. When I brought the box in from the porch, Inspector Logan’s nose went nuts.  Inside was a big bag of Sweet Potato Slices and Buffalo Jerky.

The Sweet Potato Slices were the favorite.  They have a super satisfying crunchy texture that the dogs love, plus it’s great for their teeth and gums.  Since they are made from a single ingredient, they are grain-free, allergy-free and gluten-free.  Logan and Finn have been loving them.

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They also sent a selection of EcoToys for the guys.  Petunia the Pig was an instant hit.  She has a plastic bottle that can be replaced to maximize nose making.  And Montgomery the Monkey is perfect for Logan’s favorite game… tug.  Our boys are rough on toys, so I love that these are made of all natural materials.  Even the stuffing is a natural fiber.  They are also way more affordable than other premium toys of a similar size.

Like me, Logan’s emotions read all over his face.  Look at those eyes…

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Those eyes don’t lie.  That jerky blew his mind.

If you want to try any of the products I featured (or any of the other amazing natural pet products they carry), Only Natural Pet is offering Lost & Fawned readers $10 off orders of $25 or more AND free shipping with the coupon code AFSAVINGS.

A huge thank you to Only Natural Pets for sending along this box of goodies. It’ really made our day extra special.

Products featured in this post were provided by Only Natural Pet in exchange for an honest review.  I only feature products I truly love, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Dove / The Sleeveless Summer Challenge

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of  Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.


Summer is here and as you may know, I’m taking some much needed time off at the coast to unwind and soak up some sun.  I’ll be sharing more from my trip soon, but I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on a review coming soon to Lost & Fawned.

When I return home I will get the chance to try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant and share my experience with you.  I will also be sharing a stick with my friend, who is a soon-to-be bride, as we all know if there is any day you want to be dry and odor free it’s your wedding day.  Dove Advanced Care Deodorant is also clinically proven to reduce irritation from shaving and provide smoother and softer skin in just 3 days, which is super important in a summer of sleeveless styles.

In the mean time, you can enter to win a trip to New York City Fashion Week and a VIP styling session with A-list Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh from Dove by ditching your sleeves this summer.  To enter and read the official rules head over here.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay tuned for more about this review in the coming weeks!

Projecteo / Mini Instagram Projector

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It’s wedding and shower season!  If you have a creative couple on your list that has it all, you’ll be on the hunt for something they haven’t seen before.  Projecteo could be it.  The team let me try it for myself this month and I’m smitten.

Projecteo is a mini projector that uses teeny tiny 35mm slide wheels that each hold 9 Instagram photos.  Check out their FAQ for specific information.  The projector itself is adorable.  It’s tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand or display it on a shelf full of trinkets.

Shower or wedding to attend?  Need something special for your person on your anniversary?  Give them a gift code so they can capture their favorite photos from a vacation, their favorite wedding photos or a collection of photos that tells their love story.  They can add reels to their collection as the years go by.
Projecteo - Mini Photo Projector
Want to try it yourself?  Get $5 off when your purchase Projecteo with the discount code FRIEND0D3O.  Treat yourself!  be sure to stop back and let me know what you think!

Summer Wedding Shower Favors / with MY M&M’S

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Millennial Central for MY M&M’S. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Teal and Yellow Wedding Shower Favors on Lost & Fawned

A few weeks ago I shared some of my plans for my sister-in-law’s wedding shower next month.  The invitations went out yesterday and everything is coming together beautifully!  Some of the specifics have changed a little, but the overall palette has remained the same.  We are using a base of yellow and teal and adding navy, green and white.  The flowers will be whatever is in season and available at the local farmer’s market that week.  

Teal & Yellow Wedding Shower on Lost & Fawned

The most exciting package so far has been the favors!  Our custom candy from MY M&M’S arrived super fast and were packed on ice (just in case they had to sit on the porch for awhile).  We ordered two 4-pound bags in teal and yellow with a custom monogram featuring the happy couple’s initials.  I will admit I sampled them, and they are classic and nostalgic, everything you would expect from M&M’S.  I couldn’t be more pleased. 

I have lots of extra, so I will be putting them in vintage bowls on all the tables for guests to snack on while they play a couple of shower games.  I love the color and texture they add to the “tablescape”. 

M&M Wedding Shower Favors for a Summer Wedding

I ordered some really simple cello bags for super cheap and designed a 2″ round sticker (it was all really inexpensive.  For 50 bags and stickers I probably spent $15).  Putting them together was fast and easy and they make great custom favor for our shower guests to take home.

MY M&M’S offers a number of favor packaging options as well, including cello bags, lace favor bags and adorable round tins.  You could easily add a sticker or ribbon with a tag to dress them up and make them your own. 

I’m getting so excited for the shower now.  I have some more really fun details to share later including decorations and food.  I even tackled the nearly-impossible task of finding non-lame shower games.  A huge thank you to MY M&M’S for letting me try out their custom favor services.  It’s been so much fun.  If you have any questions about ordering or design tips, please post a comment and I’d be happy to lend a hand. 

Review / Whish Shave Cream & Hair Inhibiting Gel

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Millennial Central for Whish Body. I received a promotional item and Whish Body samples to facilitate my review.”

Which Shave Collection in Lavender

A couple of weeks ago, I made the transition in my closet from boots and sweaters to skirts and sundresses.  Spring is finally in full swing (it seemed to take forever to get here this year) and between gardening, historic walking tours and trips to the outdoor market, my skin is loving the fresh air and sunshine.

Bare legs also means I need to ramp up my shaving routine though.  Like many, I have sensitive skin.  When you are dragging a set of blades across a wide expanse of skin it’s especially important to pay attention to your products.  When at all possible I try to stay away from harsh chemicals and irritating dyes.  This is why I was super excited to try Whish products this week.  I have come across them at Nordstrom and they have always intrigued me.

Hair Inhibiting Gel from Whish

I have grown accustomed to a condition I call “Day 1 Skin”.  When I use regular soap or conventional shaving creams I have razor bumps and itchy skin the first day.  My legs are hair free, but my skin is irritated for a good 24 hours.

This week I used Whish Shave Cream and Whish Hair Inhibiting Gel, both in Lavender.  Whish has some awesome tips to get the best results out of your shaving routine.  I was so pleased.  When I was done shaving and moisturized with the Hair Inhibiting Gel I didn’t have “Day 1 Skin” at all.  There were no bumps, my skin was smooth, comfortable AND hair free.  It’s now 4 days later and I’m only starting to get some regrowth.  Needless to say, I’m pleased.

Which Shave Cream on Lost and Fawned

If you want to treat your legs and give Whish a try, visit your local Nordstrom store or  I would categorize Whish products as an affordable luxury.  Instead of picking up bath bombs or getting a spa this month, why not pick up some products from the Whish line?

For more information visit and follow Whish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.  A huge thanks to Whish for letting me give their products a try!  Happy sundress season!

Spring 2014 Book Duo

Spring 2014 Book Duo via Lost and FawnedLooking for something new to read?  So was I.  I was feeling overwhelmed by my choices so I consulted the experts and asked a local librarian.  I told her the titles of the last 3 books I loved and she gave me a short list of recommendations.  I’m a quarter of the way through my first pick and I’m so pleased.  The librarian nailed it.

Both of these harken back to classics.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a retelling of Jane Eyre set in 1950-60’s Iceland and Scotland.  Even though I know what should happen next, I’ve been plowing through it.  Next on my list is Longbourn, which tells the imagined tales of the servants working for the Bennet family.  Kind of a mash-up of Austin with Downton Abbey.

If neither of these peek your interest, visit your library branch and chat with a librarian.  I’d love to know what they recommend for you!  Hopefully soon the weather will be nice enough to take my new books to the park and read in the fresh, spring air.