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Badger Argan Hair Oil Review
Hair Care, Reviews - Comments Off - May 18th, 2013

I’m back to abusing my hair regularly. I get the color refreshed every three weeks so it stays (mostly) dark blue. This does make it a bit dry and unhappy. I decided to try something new, a hair oil, to see if it would help keep my hair healthy and more shiny. I bought Badger’s Argan Hair Oil, and have been giving it a go.

The Argan Hair Oil also contains baobab oil, jojoba oil, and an essential blend that includes bergamot, sandalwood, and orange essential oils. It smells GREAT!! The instructions indicate that you should apply the oil to damp hair. I personally don’t want oil on my head during the day, so I’m a rebel and apply it at night. I use about a pump and a half, and spread it through my hair, concentrating at the scalp and roots. You can get redirected here for hair treatments specially for you !

I have noticed that my hair seems less dry and crispy since I started using the oil before bed each night. It washes out cleanly the next morning, so my hair isn’t greasy during the day. My beautiful hair seems a lot happier than it has in the past when I’ve abused it this much, so I think this oil has been good for it.

The lovely orange-y scent also makes it a great body oil. I’ve been using it after my shower once in a while and I really like it all over my skin. I want to try some of Badger’s other body oils now. The Argan Hair Oil gets two thumbs up!

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EOTD: Tickle Me Raspberries
Eyeshadow - Comments Off - November 12th, 2011

Today I decided to use more pink, because I’ve been in a pink mood. I’m using two colors that I haven’t mentioned often, just because the Etsy store they came from was closed for a long time. It’s back, but it looks like she might be closing shop again, because everything is 50% off. I used Tickle Me Pink and Rasberry Trouffles, which appears to no longer be available. They are from Lumiere et Alouette.

Tickle Me Pink is a pretty baby pink color, with some nice shimmer to it. It’s nice and blendable, and also makes a nice cheek highlighter if you apply it with a fluffy brush. Raspberry Trouffles is a chocolate brown with a raspberry glow. It’s one of those not purple not brown but somewhere in between colors. It makes a nice crease color and blends really well with Tickle Me Pink. I used Glass Slipper, from Bokeh Face, to highlight.

The blush color is Lotus, from Bokeh Face, another company that seems to be gone. Today must be Going Going Gone day, lol. I also brushed Tickle Me Pink on my cheeks as well. I’m wearing Rose Tourmaline Lip Shimmer from Badger Balm, a “my lips but better” color that’s also really moisturizing.

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Badger Balm: A Comprehensive Review
Best Of, Body Care, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips - Comments Off - October 17th, 2010

Badger Balm HandsI was pawing through a drawer the other day, looking for something, and realized that I have a LOT of Badger Balm products. You could say I have a bit of an addiction going. I decided it would be fun to write a comprehensive review of Badger products, since I own so many.

Badger Balm rocks for many reasons. First, the company is a family-run, family friendly business that works hard to create a healthy business with ethical and charitable principles. Go read their About page and be impressed! I love their principles, and I’m happy to support such a cool business. Many of the products are now Certified Organic as well.

Their packaging is simple, and beautiful. The tins are all recyclable, and everything features the adorable Badger artwork. Hands down, Badger has some of the most appealing packaging I’ve ever seen. The tins are portable, and the balm formulas travel well.

Anti-Bug Balm: This bug repellant ROCKS! It smells good, it feels good, and it works! It now also comes in a spray and a stick, for ease of application. I went camping with friends this summer, and everyone wanted to use my balm!

Cuticle Care: I love this stuff! Smells like lemons, and leaves my hands and cuticles soft. I love the softer texture from the high percentage of shea butter in this product. I rub it on my heels too.

Foot Balm: I wish the formula were a little softer, like the Cuticle Care. But that’s my only complaint. It smells good and feels awesome on tired feet. Bonus: the balm formula travels well, when you need some foot care after walking around all day on vacation!

Headache Soother: Hands down, my favorite Badger product. I’ve already used a whole a tin of this stuff, practically a record for me. I’m plagued with tension headaches, but generously rubbing this on the back of my neck, a dab on the temples and wrists, and some deep breaths, and my headaches lighten almost immediately. I ALWAYS have a tin of this with me. It’s a lifesaver.

Healing Balm: The Original Badger. Use it head to toe, watch your skin get happier!

Sleep Balm: Aromatherapy at its best. I’ll rub a little under my nose to help me fall asleep. Great for travel, since it can double as a hand & foot balm too.

Sore Muscle Rub: It really helps with sore backs, sore legs, sore whatever from working out or too much heavy lifting doing store shipment. Also doubles as sore feet balm. Love it!

Aromatic Chest Rub: My favorite stuff when I have a cold or worse. It seems to soothe the coughing, ease the breathing, clear up a stuffy head… and, it doubles as a foot balm! (Can you tell I’m a little obsessed with foot care? I have cranky feet.) Winter Wonder Balm was a cuter name, but Aromatic Chest Rub better explains what it does.

Yoga & Meditation Balm: The balm I use the least. It smells amazing, and is nice whenever I am spending a lot of time on the computer or just need to focus on a task.

Every Day Moisturizers: Smell great, feel great. See my review here.

Lip Tint & Shimmers: Fun in a tube. See my review here.

Cocoa Butter Lip Balm: Yum in a tube. This is one of my favorite lip balm formulas, especially the coffee one. I’m addicted to that one. I love the larger size tubes.

Still on my Must Try list: SPF 30 Anti-Bug Sunscreen, kill two bugs, err, birds with one stone. Cheerful Mind Balm has some of my favorite aromas in it. I want to try Sore Joint Rub for my feet, because anything with arnica always helps them hurt less (I stand for 8+ hours a day on a hard tile floor).

So basically, Badger Balms rock. I always eagerly anticipate whatever fabulous formulas they’re cooking up next. Most of these products can do double or triple duty so you don’t have to have all of them like I do. But why not? They’re all so good…

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Badger Balm Every Day Moisturizers
Body Care, Earth Friendly - Comments (3) - September 24th, 2010

When my local New Seasons Market stocked the newest additions to the Badger family, the Every Day Moisturizers, I promptly purchased one in each variety. Hello, my name is Claire, and I am a Badger addict.

The Every Day Moisturizers are balms that come in 2 oz. tins, the larger size Badger tin. Each one is composed of a featured oil or butter, plus Badger’s trademark organic olive oil and beeswax. All three smell delightful!

The Nutmeg & Shea Moisturizer has the softest consistency but the heaviest feel on the skin. The nutmeg scent is wonderful! This one is the easiest to scoop out of the tin and spread over a larger area. I particularly like it for smoothing on my rough heels before bed and for my hands.

The Vanilla Coconut Moisturizer is more solid in the tin than the Shea one, but not as hard as the Cocoa Butter one. It’s a pretty easy thing to use the heat from your fingers to scoop some out, and it has the lightest feel on the skin. I love to spread this one on my arms, where I have a tendency towards rashes on my forearms. This soothes the dryness and irritation quite nicely. (Of course, I’m not a doctor, blah blah blah. If you have a medical condition, consult a doctor before use.) The scent of this one is heavenly! It truly smells like vanilla and coconut. I loooooove the smell!

The Creamy Cocoa Moisturizer is the most solid in the tin, and has a medium feel on the skin. Since it’s a lot of work to get an appreciable amount scooped out, I tend to mostly just use this on my hands. The dark chocolate scent is totally delectable!

All three products are certified organic, and the Cocoa one also contains Fair Trade cocoa butter. If you are looking for a totally natural product to soothe your skin, look no further – these are wonderful!

No product is without its drawbacks, and they do have a few. Because these are waterless balms, they are not going to feel like a water-based lotion moisturizer. They’re balms – they will feel somewhat oily on the skin. The small size is not ideal for  head-to-toe slathering because you will run through them pretty fast. In my opinion, only the Shea one is ideal for trying to slather over a large area anyway, the other two are too solid.

However, the benefits really outweigh the drawbacks. For a product that’s small enough to stick in my purse for putting on rashes, my dry hands, fly-away ends of my hair, etc. this can’t be beat. And seriously, the fragrances are practically worthy of being called perfumes. Badger Balm Every Day Moisturizers get two thumbs up!

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Badger Balm Lip Tint & Shimmer
Best Of, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips - Comments (9) - September 1st, 2010

I totally heart Badger Balm products. I have …many. The latest Badger lip products to join the crowd are the Lip Tint & Shimmers. These little gems rock! If you love tinted lip balm (and I do!), you will want to check these out.

The Lip Tint & Shimmer is two products in one: a tinted lip balm on one end and a shimmery lip balm on the other. Both are based on Badger’s always-popular Cocoa Butter Lip Balm formula (a personal favorite), with no added fragrance. The lip tint side is colored with mineral colorants, no dyes. Application is sheer, despite how dark they look in the tube, and easy – no mirror needed for goof-proof application.

There are four shades, and I have three. I have Garnet, Red Jasper, and Rose Tourmaline, and the fourth is Copper. Rose Tourmaline is the lightest, a pink color. Garnet and Red Jasper are very similar reddish shades – Garnet is more cool and Red Jasper is warmer. I don’t have Copper, but it looks like a brownish color. The Opal shimmer is essentially colorless, but adds a bit of sparkle.

These have pushed out other tinted lip balms to become my favorite. I love the cocoa butter formula, I love the subtle but flattering shades, and I like that they are two products in one. Another Badger Win!

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5 Things: Happy Beauty
5 Things, Eyeshadow, Hot Lips, Nails, Perfume - Comments (1) - May 25th, 2010

I’ve got a lot of stress going on in my life right now, job stress mostly, and fun beauty stuff always cheers me up. So this 5 Things is about the stuff I’ve found lately that is just perking up my day!

1. Shrek by OPI nail colors. I am just loving these fun, bright colors! I have Who The Shrek Are You? on my toes and I’m going to do a mani today with What’s With The Catittude?

2. Aromaleigh Victoria’s Revenge Limited Edition Eyeshadows – I was lucky enough to receive samples to review and share with all of you, and boy howdy are they GAWGEOUS! Expect multiple posts soon.

3. The new Badger Balm Lip Tints & Shimmers are so fabulous! These double-ended goodies boast beautiful sheer lip tints with ultra-moisturizing cocoa butter and olive oil. Love them!

4. FLOWERBYKENZO La Cologne is Kenzo’s newest fragrance, a citrus twist on the original FLOWERBYKENZO scent. I like the bitterness of the petitgrain paired with the powdery notes of the original. I’ll be reviewing this in full soon!

5. Fyrinnae’s new Lip Lustre shades are so pretty! I ordered Puppy Love and Ultra Phantom, and of course now I notice there are another FOUR new ones! Gah!! Next order, next order…

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Loving My Badger Balm
Body Care, Earth Friendly, Hot Lips - Comments Off - March 3rd, 2010

deskgop14Badger Balm, one of my favorite companies ever, has some new lip products that I really want. They also have a newer Headache Balm that I’m totally loving, and I still want to try the newer Body Butters too.

The new lip products are Tinted Lip Balms with a tint on one end and a shimmer on the other. They are so pretty! There are four shades – Copper, Garnet, Red Jasper, and Rose Tourmaline. I want them all! The formula is their super-awesome Cocoa Butter Lip Balm formula, tinted with mineral colors. I can’t wait to try these! I think I’ll have to place on order…

The Headache Soother balm is perfect for calming down a wicked tension headache, and has the additional benefit of helping to clear your sinuses (for those sinus headaches!). I’m finding that a dab on each temple, and little under my nose, and a generous amount rubbed on the back of my neck to be very helpful in sending a headache packing – or at least a pounding headache to a dull roar. This balm was great during the last nasty cold I had. Now I carry it with me in my purse. It also does double-duty as a cuticle balm!

I also want to try the Every Day Moisturizers… one or two might find their way into that Lip Tint order…

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5 Things In My Purse
5 Things - Comments Off - September 29th, 2009

cb-mocharoseIt’s time for a quickie 5 Things post, this time five cosmetics you can find in my purse. I’ve been sick the last week, and my skin is breaking out like crazy (always happens when I’m sick, blech!) so there is a definite focus on that.

1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel fights blemishes as soon as I feel them coming on, and helps to dry them out.

2. Concealer. Right now it’s a super-cheapo NYC Cover Stick, because I only use it to touch up blemishes during the day. Cheap, but effective for that.

3. Smith’s Mocha Rose Lip Balm. I’m a LOYAL fan of Smith’s lip products, so I just about squealed with joy when I found the newest, Mocha Rose, in NYC.  Being sick means fighting dehydration, which means dry lips. Mocha Rose means protected lips and it tastes so yummy!!

4. L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick has been in heavy rotation lately. I like the smooth feel and nice pigmentation. This one, with the “anti-aging serum” seems more moisturizing, and I like the color (Robust Raisin).

5. Badger Aromatic Chest Rub is definitely NOT a sexy perfume for daytime, but when your chest is stuffy, it will help you feel better. Besides, the essential oil blend isn’t THAT bad, with a kind of “forest in wintertime” vibe going on.

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