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Product Review: Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Wellness Balms

Sometime in the last couple of years, aromatherapy went from an occasional sensory indulgence to an integral part of my daily routine. Essential oils aren't as bothersome for those with scent allergies as traditional fragrances; they fade away faster; they're all-natural instead of being loaded with synthetics and potentially endocrine-disrupting chemicals; and they boast a slew of wellness-enhancing benefits. All of this works for my current lifestyle—I work in an open office space and exercise at a scent-free barre studio (so many people with perfume allergies!), and I'm trying to go more natural and adopt healthier habits. I've mostly stuck to oil roll-ons, so when I heard about the new Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Wellness Balms ($18 each) and their innovative balm texture, I was definitely interested and requested PR samples right away.

Givenchy Lunar New Year Edition

Givenchy Lunar New Year Edition Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Mat Lip Color and Givenchy Lunar New Year Edition Prisme Libre Mat-finish and Enhanced Radiance Loose Powder 4 in 1 Harmony

I know it's Valentine's Day today, but I'm way more excited about Chinese New Year! The Year of the Dog starts this Friday and it feels like a second chance at a reset, especially since January turned out to be such a bummer. I don't adhere to all the traditions, but I do take a few of them pretty seriously: Having dinner with family on Chinese New Year's Eve and eating lucky foods like fish; getting a haircut to cut away last year's bad luck and start fresh; and doing a deep clean of our home to greet the new year's good luck. Having something new to wear helps with the good luck too. This past weekend I picked up a Madewell shirt at Nordstrom, which I'm planning to wear with these gorgeous Givenchy Lunar New Year Edition goodies that recently arrived at Solo Lisa headquarters.

Drugstore Delight: Mascara & Eyeliner Round-up

Mascaras and eyeliners from Lancome, Maybelline, Revlon, Givenchy, Annabelle, all available at London Drugs

At the #LDBeauty event I attended last fall, almost every brand was launching a new mascara or black liquid eyeliner with a novel twist. This is awesome news for beauty lovers: Mascara and liquid eyeliner need to be replaced more frequently to prevent the build-up of bacteria that can cause eye infections—3 months for mascara, 6 months for eyeliner—so all the better if you can find a drugstore gem that works for your needs and won't break the bank. If you're still hanging on to last year's dried-up products, you might want to toss them and look for these new launches the next time you're at your local London Drugs!

Empties: January 2018

A round-up of empty beauty products from November 2017

This empties post has been a long time coming! I originally intended to publish it in November, but with one thing or another it's been pushed out. So without further ado, here are the products I've finished up in the, erm, recent past.

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