Friday, December 9, 2022

Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Your Consideration

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There are so many fab finds out there if you are looking for some fun stocking-stuffers, and here are a few good ones for your consideration.

LAVANILA The Healthy Candle in Vanilla Grapefruit: This lovely soy candle has a warm vanilla aroma, that is punctuated by grapefruit, and the warm and spicy cedarwood adds a wonderful woodsy undercurrent. This is a wonderful scent that is perfect for the holidays. 

($16.00 for 7 oz. from LAVANILA'S Amazon Store)

LAVANILA The Healthy Candle in Vanilla Sugarcane: This gorgeous and healthy candle, made from 100% natural soybean wax, has a warm scent that is intoxicatingly beautiful. This would be the perfect hostess gift this holiday season! 

($16.00 for 7 oz. from LAVANILA'S Amazon Store)
Patchology Serve Chilled Bubbly Eye Gels: An effervescent eye gel to help refresh your skin. The eye gels are formulated with resveratrol from grapes along with orange extract to help protect from environmental stressors that can lead to early signs of aging. Niacinamide helps brighten dull under-eye skin. 

($15.00-$35.00 from PatchologyUltaNordstrombluemercury and Macy's)
Magnetic Mom LashMagnetic Mom Lash designs natural-looking, cruelty-free, and reusable magnetic lashes, perfect for everyday use. They are durable, easy to apply, and subtle, and you can wear a pair of lashes at least 30 times. A portion of each sale goes to its "M" Lash gifting program, which donates free lashes to cancer patients. Founder Stephanie is the magnetic mama behind the brand. When natural-looking eyelash products or everyday wear were elusive, it inspired her to design her own lashes. In the midst, a childhood friend lost her battle with cancer. Stephanie made it her mission to donate free replacement lashes to cancer patients, starting the gifting program to help others in similar situations.

(Prices vary from Magnetic Mom Lash)

Makeup and Skincare Expiration Labels: "Say goodbye to dirty, expired makeup.
The first of their kind, Date My Make-Up's Makeup and Skincare Expiration Labels will keep all of your beauty products clean and hygienic, so you can practice Safe Beauty every day, in every season of life. They answer the question, "When did I buy this?" so you can stay safe and sexy stress-free. Durable and long lasting, their premium quality and waterproof vinyl design will ensure they stay sticky until your makeup expires. Revolutionary and new, these labels are your friendly reminder to renew!" 

(On Sale for $20.00 each before December 25th from Date My Makeup)

With the cold weather here, I can think of nothing more comforting than really warm socks. If you are looking for fantastic socks to get you through the cold months, then I highly recommend Heat Holders Thermal Socks

Heat Holders Women's Delilah ULTRA LITE Argyle Crew Socks ($12.99 per pair): These socks are super warm and cozy, and they are thin enough to be worn with tighter fitting shoes because of their thin profile. 

Heat Holders Women's Cream Block Twist LITE Socks ($14.99 each): These socks are thicker than the Ultra-Lites and they are so warm! They are perfect to wear with looser fitting shoes and boots, and are a wonderful pick for the cold weather.

Heat Holders The Original Thermal Socks ($17.99 each): These are the perfect thick and warm socks to wear on the coldest of days. They are too thick to fit into any of my shoes or boots, but they are absolute perfection for cold days and nights at home!

(Available from Heat HoldersAmazonMacy'sTarget and Walmart)
Overall Assessment: These are definitely good stocking stuffer picks, and they don't cost a fortune.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022


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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Aftelier Perfumes Gift Guide Extraordinaire

All Images Courtesy of Mandy Aftel (Unaffiliated Link)

My dear friend, Mandy Aftel (shown above), has put together a lovely gift guide of her amazing Aftelier Perfumes creations, and I just had to share them with you!

☞ For the person who looks forward to cleansing their face with a gentle balm: Our luxurious and nourishing facial cleanser: Berry Cleansing Balm ($60.00. Reviewed HERE).

☞ For the person who would enjoy applying perfume from a sumptuous Sterling flask: Silver Perfume Flask ($300). 

According to Mandy Aftel, "Everything about perfume should be beautiful, including its vessel, which led me to design this sterling silver flask complete with a silver dauber. The flask holds a little less than a quarter-ounce of perfume and is handmade by a silversmith in Mexico. Carried in a bag or pocket and refilled over the years, it will become part of your daily ritual and part of your history." Refills available starting at $140.
☞ For the person who likes to keep their options open: Mini Trio of perfumes ($155) Select 3 perfumes in the most irresistible tiny bottles, nestled in a purple or orange silk pouch. 
☞ For the person who wants to learn how to make natural perfume: Natural Perfume Workbook and Essence Kit ($700).
☞ For the person who loves scent but may not want to wear it on their skin:
Perfume Pomander ($75). Choose from any of our 20 liquid perfumes. 

☞ For the person who can't decide which one of our solid perfumes is their favorite: Let them pick two! Double Solid Perfume in Sterling Case ($550).
☞ For the budding alchemist: Our newly revised edition of Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume ($18. Featured HERE).
☞ For that special person (including you): A one-of-a-kind antique case filled with solid perfume: Antique Cases ($310-500). 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Dossier Perfumes Offer Luxury Cruelty-Free Fragrances Affordably

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Dossier makes high quality cruelty-free and vegan fragrances that are very luxurious, and yet quite affordable. Inspired by famous iconic perfumes, their permutations are equally compelling, but at a fraction of the price. Their elegant glass bottles are punctuated my thick metal caps with a magnetic closure, and everything about their fragrances embody high quality and high style.

Dossier's Mission:

Dossier was founded out of a desire to make premium fragrances accessible to everyone. As scent enthusiasts ourselves, it became impossible for us to turn a blind eye to the price markups traditionally seen in the industry. Whether it be marking up scents because of celebrity endorsement fees or pricey packaging, we realized perfumes were being sold for way more than they cost to make.

It’s time to say goodbye to feeling lost or left behind when it comes to experiencing premium fragrances and to welcome a new way to shop; your own. With Dossier, enjoying clean, ethically sourced, long-lasting, high-end perfume is within reach.

For those who feel overlooked by the industry, who are tired of fragrances being an investment, or who are curious about stepping into a new way of consuming perfumes, we can’t wait to take the journey with you.
Dossier Aromatic Star Anise Eau de Toilette ($29.00 for 1.7 oz. from Dossier): Inspired by Dior's Sauvage, Aromatic Star Anise Eau de Toilette is a decidedly woodsy scent that is punctuated by pepper, patchouli, amberwood, citrus and lavender. While it is considered a masculine fragrance, I actually think that the dry down is more of a unisex scent. I do not have Dior Sauvage, against which I can compare this scent, but it is warm, woodsy and decidedly tantalizing. 

According to Dossier,

Aromatic Star Anise (inspired by Dior's Sauvage) rewrites a very classical masculine fragrance structure named "fougere" (a blend of citrus notes, lavender, geranium, and patchouli). Paired with highly qualitative raw materials and a touch of fantasy thanks to star anise, this scent delights the senses in a whole new way. Aromatic Star Anise from Dossier pays tribute to one of the most recognizable scents in the world: Sauvage by Dior.

Dossier's Aromatic Star Anise is a Dior Sauvage dupe that's more sophisticated and richer than anything else available in the market. Designed based on the traditional French fragrance formula "fougere", which consists of a citrus scent with lavender, geranium, and patchouli notes, our take on this popular eau de toilette seduces all kinds of customers, with zero compromises on scent.

Our Dior Sauvage dupe radiates a fresh, spicy flavor. Aside from the citrus note, you also get a delicious blend of juicy Calabrian bergamot, mandarin notes, and spiced star anise. Outdoorsy and fresh, Aromatic Star Anise (our impression of Dior's Sauvage) expresses strong, unmistakable masculinity.
TOP NOTES (the first notes you smell): Bergamot, Pepper, Star Anise
MIDDLE NOTES (the heart of the perfume): Lavender, Nutmeg, Geranium
BASE NOTES (the notes that linger all day): Patchouli, Amberwood, Vetiver

Concentration: 12%
Gender: Masculine
Vegan | Cruelty-free | Clean ingredients
Ingredients: Pink Pepper, Bergamot Ess, Lemon Ess, Elemi Ess, Geranium Ess, Lavender Ess, Patchouli Ess, Sichuan Pepper Ess, Vetiver Ess, Iso E Super, Hedione, Cetalox, Linalol, Dihydromyrcenol, Ambercore, Verdox, Methyl Pamplemousse, Magnolan, Coranol, Heliotropine, Ambrocenide, Cashmeran, Citronellol, Cis-3-Hexenyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Peonile, Mandarin Aldehyde, Pre Cyclemone B. Vegan | Paraben & Phthalate-free | Colorant & UV Filter Free.
Dossier Powdery Tobacco Eau de Parfum ($39.00 for 1.7 oz. from Dossier): Inspired by Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, Dossier really captured the spirit of the original. Having worn Tom Ford's iconic fragrance for many years, I was skeptical that anyone could come close to grasping the complexity of this scent, and yet they have. This is an utterly intoxicating fragrance that is rich, creamy, complex and sensual. The smoky tobacco is warmed up by the creamy vanilla, and it is nothing short of a modern masterpiece, and Dossier was able to convey this with their nod to this iconic fragrance. I live in the original scent every fall and winter, and will happily do the same with Dossier's Powdery Tobacco.

According to Dossier,

Powdery Tobacco (inspired by Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille) sublimates the unique scent of tobacco leaves. Fruity and sweet honey facets of tobacco are highlighted, and lit up by a touch of ginger. Then, the fragrance unfolds at the base for more depth thanks to vanilla, tonka bean, and gourmand notes of dry fruit and cacao.

Opulent, highly qualitative, and assertive, Powdery Tobacco (our impression of Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille) perfectly reinvents the cozy atmosphere of the lounge in a London club. 

This is a distinct scent that compels, seduces, and mesmerizes. Plus, it is stylish and adaptable enough to meet the needs of both men and women. Delve into the most adventurous roots of love as top notes of tobacco leaf and spice massage your olfactories. Release your inherent verve as middle notes of vanilla, cacao, and tonka bean imbue you with youthfulness. Receive inspiring visions of glacier-carved cliffs and granite hills as base notes of dried fruits and woody notes tease your senses.

Our Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille dupe channels the spirits of tobacco leaves, vanilla, tonka bean, dry fruit, and cacao into a fragrance that permeates you with cherub-like exuberance. Taste the sweetness of budding florals and aromatic petals as this bouquet spices up your mood. Powdery Tobacco is your best choice if you wish to revel in the fruity and sweet honey facets of tobacco.
TOP NOTES (the first notes you smell): Tobacco, Ginger, Apricot
MIDDLE NOTES (the heart of the perfume): Honey, Vanilla, Cocoa
BASE NOTES (the notes that linger all day): Tonka Bean, Dry Fruits, Blond Woods

Concentration: 18%
Gender: Unisex
Vegan | Cruelty-free | Clean ingredients
Ingredients: Benzoin Res, Cacao Abs, Cinnamon Bark Ess, Cistus Ess,Incense Ess, Tonka Bean Abs, Ginger Ess, Clove Bud Ess, Tolu Abs, Iso E Super, Vanilline, Ethyl Vanilline, Timbersilk, Bicyclononalactone, Heliotropine, Linalol, DMBC Butyrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Campher, Maltol, Eugenol, Dihydro Beta Ionone, Geraniol, Coumarin, Ambroxan, Acetyleugenol. Vegan | Paraben & Phthalate-free | Colorant & UV Filter Free.
Dossier Citrus Neroli Eau de Parfum ($39.00 for 1.7 oz. from Dossier): Inspired by Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, this fetching fragrance embodies the DNA of the original– a fact to which I can attest given that I have worn the original for many years. The citrus top notes are tempered by warmth of the amber and musk base notes, and the result is an alluring fresh and modern scent that is breathtakingly beautiful. I usually wear the original scent in the summer and spring, and it gives me such great pleasure. I will happily do the same with Dossier's Citrus Neroli.

According to Dossier,

Citrus Neroli (inspired by Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino) lifts traditional Cologne structure up, mixing armfuls of effervescent, fizzing citrus notes. In this fragrance, association of musk and neroli (distilled orange blossom) brings a pure cleanness sensation, also carrying softness and long lastingness to the sparkling freshness.

Directly inspired by the smells and sensations of the Italian Riviera, Citrus Neroli (our impression of Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino) combines freshness and warmth. Hidden behind an apparent simplicity, the beauty of this complex construction can make it surprisingly addictive, though.

Inspired by the rich citrusy scent of neroli – a flower lending its name from the Italian Riviera, Neroli Portofino in the Tom Ford collection calls to mind the unique olfactory properties of its eponym – fresh, honeyed, and full of floral luxury. The fragrance stands out from other brands, transporting you to a blissful stroll amidst lemon trees and myrtle bushes, with the wonderful smell of verdant foliage lingering in the crisp hot air of a summer’s day. 
TOP NOTES (the first notes you smell): Neroli, Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon
MIDDLE NOTES (the heart of the perfume): Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Lavender
BASE NOTES (the notes that linger all day): Musks, Amber

Concentration: 18%
Gender: Unisex
Vegan | Cruelty-free | Clean ingredients
Ingredients: Bergamot Ess, Cardamom Ess, Lemon Ess, Lavandin Ess, Lime Ess, Mandarin Ess, Neroli Ess, Rosemary Ess, Hedione, Habanolide, Musk T, Linalyl Acetate, Linalol, Ethyl Linalyl Acetate, Exaltolide, Velvione, Muscenone, Muscone, Methyl Anthranilate, Dihydromyrcenol, Oranger Crystals, Hydroxycitronellal, Geranyl Acetate, Neryl Acetate, Geraniol. Vegan | Paraben & Phthalate-free | Colorant & UV Filter Free.
Overall Assessment: I have my eye on quite a few more Dossier fragrances, and at their affordable prices, there is good reason to try more! Their fragrances are high quality, elegant and the bottles are a gorgeous classical modern design.

Press Sample from Dossier (Unaffiliated Links). All views expressed are categorically my own. Copyright © 2022 All Rights Reserved.

Monday, December 5, 2022


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*20% offer valid for Beauty Insider Members 12/2/22-12/11/22 at 11:59pm PT. Offer only valid on merchandise purchases made in Sephora US and Canada stores, Sephora at Kohl's, on, sephora Canada and kohls. Must present coupon in store or enter code online. Buy Online, Pick Up In Store orders placed after 12/11/22 do not qualify. Clients are limited to the purchase of three tarte Shape Tape per SKU per transaction. Not valid on Sephora Collection, The Ordinary, Dyson, Oribe, CHANEL, MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM products, in-store services, purchases on Instacart, on Instagram shopping, previous purchases, purchases of gift cards, gift wrapping, packaging, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Offer valid for one-time use only. Sephora/Kohl’s is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen offer materials or barcodes. Promotion offer has no cash value and may not be altered, bartered, sold, or transferred. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers, Beauty Insider Cash, Rouge Reward, or rewards unless otherwise specified by Sephora. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this promotion. Sephora and Kohl’s employees are not eligible for this offer. Sephora/Kohl’s may modify or cancel offer at any time, in its sole discretion. See Beauty Insider Terms for details, including exclusions on what purchases qualify toward spend thresholds. 

**30% off Sephora Collection merchandise valid for Beauty Insider members 12/2/22-12/11/22 at 11:59pm PT. Offer only valid on Sephora Collection merchandise purchases made in Sephora US and Canada stores, Sephora at Kohl's, on, and Must present coupon in store or enter code online. Buy Online, Pick Up In Store orders placed after 12/11/22 do not qualify. Not valid on Instacart, Instagram shopping, in-store services, previous purchases, purchases of gift cards, gift wrapping, packaging, taxes, or shipping & handling charges. Offer valid for one-time use only, except at Sephora at Kohl’s or on Sephora/Kohl’s is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen offer materials. Return of discounted merchandise will be for price actually paid. Cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers, Beauty Insider Cash, Rouge Reward, or rewards. Offer has no cash value and may not be altered, sold, bartered or transferred. No minimum purchase required. Due to heavy demand, Sephora FLASH delivery times cannot be guaranteed for this offer. Cannot be used in conjunction with Gift For All Event discount. Sephora employees are not eligible. Sephora/Kohl’s may modify or cancel offer at any time, in its sole discretion. 

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Sunday, December 4, 2022

Unhidden Beauty Single Eyeshadow in Graphite Review & Swatches

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As previously noted in my reviews of the Unhidden Beauty palettes, You're So Golden Eyeshadow Palette (Reviewed HERE) and Oops! You Did Your Makeup Again (Reviewed HERE), they also make custom palettes and they sell the most affordable single shadows! Unhidden Beauty eyeshadows are cruelty-free, vegan and paraben-free.

Unhidden Beauty Eyeshadow in Graphite is a gorgeous complex taupe-leaning grey that is creamy to the touch and ultra pigmented. The luminous finish has no fall-out, and it is perfect for daily wear, or built-up for intense evening looks. It deposits color effortlessly and glides across the skin evenly, and it offers buildable coverage.

According to Unhidden Beauty,

Just as the pencil is an absolute staple for your pencil-case, so is the shade graphite for your eyeshadow collection. Use with caution though! As all it takes is one swipe and you've got all the coverage you need.

Swatches above taken in direct sunlight and below in a slightly shaded area outside.
Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499).
Overall Assessment: This is such a gorgeous cruelty-free eyeshadow, and the price makes this a guilt-free purchase.

$2.25 for single shadows from Unhidden Beauty (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Beauty Spotlight Team Rings in December

Angie at Your True Self Blog celebrates the season with friends, family and community groups between Thanksgiving and the New Year. She has outfit ideas for how to look festive at casual holiday events of every type.

If you live in the North or if you’re trying to keep your thermostat down this winter with higher heating costs like Allison from Never Say Die Beauty, you need to know about the warm and cozy winter apparel and accessories for the whole family from Heat Holders!

You can continually improve your skincare routine no matter how healthy your skin is.  Barbie’s Beauty Bits is sharing her 8 top ways to improve your skincare game.

Westman Atelier Clean Liquid Blender Brush is a truly covet-worthy tool that applies and blends foundation to perfection. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is thoroughly obsessed with this divine ultra-luxe multitasker, and thinks that you will be too!

There are eyeshadows and palettes from Unhidden Beauty for everyone on your list and especially for you. It’s an exciting brand that Marcia from Never Say Die Beauty is raving about and she’s plotting a customized palette for herself.

Friday, December 2, 2022

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream Review

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If you are prone to dark circles and puffiness, then you might be seeking an eye cream that helps address these pesky issues. 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream brightens dark circles, reduces puffiness and leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and luminous. The antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory and potent vitamin enriched formula protects and nourishes the delicate area around the eyes, and the caffeine eliminates puffiness. The cream is mid-weight, emollient and it melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. It is concentrated, and therefore only a tiny bit is needed. I recommend warming it between your fingers and then gently patting it into the skin. It has a heavenly warm and creamy aroma that is utterly delectable, but it is neither cloying nor long-lasting, and it doesn't bother my sensitive eyes.

100% Pure is a cruelty-free company. According to the company, "100% PURE™ isn’t just our name. Or just our ingredient list. 100% PURE™ is a commitment to producing the purest, healthiest products and educating everyone on why being 100% PURE™ is so important. We strive to live with compassion, kindness and empathy; to be environmentally sustainable and to improve the lives of 6 billion people and animals while also being charitable and giving back to our global community. Our conscious business practices are designed to make a lasting positive impact on local and global communities, and we are committed to evolving in support of a more sustainable future."

According to 100% Pure,

De-puffs, boosts circulation, and brightens dark circles with caffeine from coffee and green tea. Anti-aging vitamins and rosehip promote a youthful eye area. Anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee de-puff while increasing circulation to brighten dark circles. Concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants to awaken the eye area, and nourishing rosehip oil for softer, more youthful skin.

Directions: Apply dime sized amount to ring fingers. Gently apply to eye area, including upper and lower lids, taking care not to tug or pull. Can be used AM and PM.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol), Rosa Canina Seed Oil (Rosehip Oil), Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax)* *Certified Organic

Overall Assessment: I absolutely love this eye cream, and I can't wait to share more of 100% Pure's incredible products with you! A+

$16.00 for 0.3 oz. and $29.00 for 1 oz. from 100% Pure (Affiliate Links). Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Electrify America Level 2 EV Car Charger

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We recently bought and installed the Electrify America Level 2 EV Car Charger because we were told by the car dealer that this was the one to have installed at home. We wanted to have an efficient way to charge our EV without always having to be reliant on crowded public charging stations, and long waits, when we are commuting to work. 

Electrify America Level 2 EV Car Charger is: WiFi Enabled, 16 to 40 Amp, 240V, UL Listed, Energy Star, Indoor/Outdoor, 24-Foot Cable, NEMA Plug, Remote Access, App Control. It can be installed inside or outside, and it didn't take our electrician much time to install it outside of our house. Nota Bene: Our electrician couldn't beat Amazon's price for this charger, and we were able to earn points and redeem points– therefore, this was even less expensive for us.

We have really made a tremendous effort to live as sustainably as we can, and getting rid of one of our combustion engine cars, in favor of an EV, was a big step in that direction. Eventually we plan to replace our other car with an EV, but for now we will radically reduce our very expensive monthly gasoline bill. This is one of the very best purchases that we made this year, second only to the car itself.

LEVEL 2 EV CHARGER: Electrify Home's Level 2 EV Charger, HomeStation provides up to 9.6 kW of available power at 40 Amps for quickly charging capable electric vehicles (EV). Flexible charger amperage between 40A, 32A, and 16A.Tested and Certified to meet UL standards for safety (UL 2594, UL 2231-1&2). SAE-J1772 compliant for all current US electric vehicles. ENERGY STAR certified.

SMART CHARGER: HomeStation is WiFi ready with app control and features the Electrify America app for managing your charger remotely at home, all while connecting to the largest public charging network in the country. Smart charging features include remote access control, remote start/stop, notifications/reminders, scheduled charging, and OTA updates.

FLEXIBLE INSTALLATION OPTIONS: For easy installation, HomeStation Level 2 home charger comes with a standard NEMA 14-50 supply power plug, compatible with the 240 volt outlets commonly found in households. Weatherproof enclosure allows for indoor or outdoor installation. The unit can also be hardwired by a licensed electrician.

24 HOUR CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Including 3-year limited warranty (Parts only).

COMPATIBILITY: Electrify America Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger is compatible with all current US electric vehicles, including: Tesla Model S, Volkswagen ID.4, Ford Mach-E, Chevrolet Bolt EV, Audi e-tron, KIA Soul EV, BMW i3, VW e-Golf, Jaguar I-PACE, Hyundai Kona Electric.

Overall Assessment: This is the best purchase that we made this year, notwithstanding the EV car itself! If you need a home charger, then I highly recommend this one!

$649.00 from Amazon (Affiliate Links). Purchased. All views expressed are categorically my own. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

November 2022 Face, Body & Hair Product Empties

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During the month of November, I managed to finish 8 products– of which 7 were full-size and one a travel-size. Unlike last month, where I didn't finish a single face product, I managed to finish 4 of them in November. Here is what I managed to finish:

Spongellé Love Always | Bulgarian Rose Heart Buffer ($14.00 from Spongellé):  Spongelle’s Love Always Heart Buffer in Bulgarian Rose is utterly delectable. The size is perfect for home or travel, and it effectively cleanses and exfoliates the skin. Their body wash infused buffers are a treat to the skin and the senses, and their Bulgarian Rose is one of my all-time favorite scents! Purchase Again? Oh, definitely!

Fragrance Notes:

  • Top: Cinnamon Sticks, Sliced Ginger, Sweet Clove, Juicy Orange
  • Middle: Tuberose
  • Base: Whipped Vanilla, Cozy Musk

Walton Wood Farm Warm Cranberry Shea Butter Soap ($8.99 for 3.5 oz from Walton Wood Farm): This delicious cranberry scented soap smells like the holidays! It has a wonderful lather, and rather than drying out skin the shea butter moisturizes and pampers the skin. Purchase Again? Once I finish up a few more of my bar soaps, I will definitely!

RITUALS Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel (Discontinued scent): This is yet another masterpiece from Rituals, and this is not an exaggeration. Their Foaming Shower Gels are decadent things of beauty, and once you try them you will be hooked. The gel formula turns into a dense and rich foam upon contact with water. It is highly concentrated so a little goes a very long way, and it not only cleanses skin effectively, but it leaves skin soft, supple and moisturized. Furthermore, it doubles as one of the most effective and emollient shaving creams that effortlessly facilitates a very close shave. The scent is a gorgeous fusion of Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil, and this exotic blend not only leaves the skin with a sensual veil of fragrance, but it also leaves the bathroom smelling delectable. Purchase Again? I would in a heartbeat, but they seem to have discontinued this scent.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Wipes ($62.00 for a 3-pack from Sephora, Dermstore, Macy's, Amazon, Violet Grey and Neiman Marcus): My eyes can be particularly sensitive when it comes to makeup and makeup removers, and I have even found many so-called gentle eye makeup removers to be very irritating to my eyes. When I was first introduced to Koh Gen Do's Cleansing Water and Cleansing Water Cloths I assumed that I would be disappointed as I had been so many times before. However, much to my surprise these products actually lived up to the claims made (in fact exceeded them). Not only did my eyes not sting, but it removes all traces of makeup, and the surrounding skin was left feeling soft and supple. Purchase Again? Without a doubt, I love these fabulous wipes, they are by far the best that I have ever used.

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder ($68.00 for 2.1 oz from Tatcha, and Sephora): I'm just so incredibly impressed by Tatcha in general, and really believe that they make some of the very finest skincare products on the market. Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder is a very effective, yet a remarkably gentle, exfoliating cleanser. I really enjoy the metamorphosis from powder to paste, and the routine itself is immensely pleasurable. There is just enough grit to the texture of this refined and silky paste to loosen and remove all debris and dirt. Purchase Again? I have a full size jar that I recently opened. This is a refillable travel size, and I will refill it for my next out-of-town trip.

Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50 for 2 oz. from Derma EUlta): This is a wonderfully effective facial scrub. This exfoliator features tiny, and densely populated, exfoliating particles suspended in a creamy base that has enough grit to sweep away dead skin cells effortlessly. The formula is gentle, effective and non-stripping. Skin is left soft, silky smooth, supple and refreshed. It is a very concentrated formula– so this 2 oz. jar should last a long time unless you are using it on your face and body. Derma e suggests that it can be used on your hands, elbows, feet, knees– or anywhere you need to exfoliate rough skin, and I definitely agree that it is quite effective on rough skin in those regions as well. Purchase Again? I just opened another new jar!

Phytomer Rosée Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion ($40.00 for 8.4 oz. from Phytomer and SkinStore): This two-in-one gentle makeup remover and toner, with the lovely scent of rosewater, gently and effectively cleanses and removes makeup without drying or irritating the skin, and it doesn't leave behind an oily film. The alcohol-free formula effectively removes dirt, debris, oil and makeup without causing any skin irritation. When I use resilient waterproof makeup, however, I definitely prefer using a duo-phase eye makeup remover to breakdown and remove my makeup, but this definitely removes non-waterproof eye makeup formulas with ease. Purchase Again? At some point I will, but I already miss using it!

Royal Locks Curl Quench Conditioner ($19.50 for 12 oz. from Royal Locks): This lightweight, and ultra-emollient, conditioner is incredibly nourishing and hydrating, and it gives curly and wavy hair all of the pampering and moisture that it needs, but without ever weighing it down and leaving it feeling greasy. It fights frizz and fly-aways and leaves curls bouncy and supple. It has a light, and pleasant, aroma, but it is neither long-lasting, nor in the least bit cloying. Purchase Again? I have to go through quite a few bottles of conditioner before I need to buy another, but I will definitely consider purchasing this lovely conditioner in the future.
Overall Assessment: I am pleased with my progress toward using open products before they go bad! What did you use up, toss out, give away or return in November? Do you have any faves or duds to report?

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