Beauty Talk

August 17, 2015

Obviously one of the subjects I like to focus on here at HCB is beauty and skincare, so I thought that instead of reviewing individual products every single time I would throw in something new - primarily because I've been testing a few different products recently, and not all of them are completely worthy of a full post.

Today it's all about eye creams!
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1. After using the Boots Botanics eye cream (mentioned here), I decided to invest in a "high end" cream to see how it compared. The first one I purchased was the Origins Plantscription cream. I've used a few other Origins products and like that they are made without harsh chemicals or preservatives. Loved how it felt, loved that it had minimal earthy scent, but even after using the entire pot I felt a little unimpressed. Yes, it hydrated, but I didn't see any changes in the skin around my eyes. For just a moisturizer I didn't feel like it was worth the price.

2. You know I'm a sample junkie, so when Sephora offered the Algenist Eye Balm as a perk I decided to give it a try since I tested the face cream previously. Even though it was a small trial size, it has lasted quite a while. Perfect size for travel, but again, no significant results. Womp womp.

3. Most recent purchase, and favorite of the bunch (and drugstore!!!) is the Neutrogena Hydro Boost. It has Hyaluronic Acid, which is our skin's natural source for moisture. This is a thick gel-like cream, and I love the way it feels. Not sticky, not watery, but a perfect combination of smooth moisture goodness. It melts into the skin, and yet I can still feel it there at the end of the day. Since I doubt I'll find a miracle cream that rids me of fine lines, I think my main goal is moisture - and this delivers.

4. Even though I didn't buy a full size product of the Renewed Hope Eye, I wanted to include it. I used a sample of the face cream (which smells amazing...and feels amazing...and should for the full retail - once again, gotta love samples!!!) and received a sample pack of the eye cream. It feels great, but didn't really do much. The pack lasted me about a week, maybe a week and a half. Of course, with more time it may have delivered, but once again I felt a little let down by the product compared to how much a full size would cost. 

So far the winner is the cheapest option. Yay!!! Love it when that happens.

Friday Favorites in Five

July 24, 2015

So has anyone heard that Nordstrom is having a sale? <-- That's meant to be sarcastic, because if you follow any fashion bloggers you've been hearing about it...a lot...which has become too tempting not to look, even though I really did try to hold back. Kind of.

Here are a few things that caught my eye while browsing this week!


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I've been searching for blouses that can be dual wear (work or casual). I will say, there are several cute ones for sale right now! There are also a few good skincare deals, so it's a good time to stock up on favorites. :) I'm the type of online shopper that adds a ton of items to my cart, then goes through and deletes them, one by one, telling myself that I don't need it. Then I end up with 2 or 3 things...and sometimes delete them altogether. Or I just hit "place order" and never look back. 

The Garden: Update

July 22, 2015

Let's chat about le jardin (doesn't that sound fancy?).

Not that I'm a gardening expert, by any means, but my crop hasn't done so well this season. I blame it 100% on the weather. 

It was dry, and hot, then rained for about 2 weeks non-stop, then got super humid, and now it's in this strange phase of pouring rain with strong winds for about 15 or 20 minutes. It's glorious. Sarcasm in its truest form. 


Everything was starting to look all nice and delicious, then the crazy weather patterns kicked in. These pictures were taking a few weeks ago.

I've had good luck with the cucumber plant - even attempted a few batches of pickles, and finally think I found just the right recipe. 

We've consumed lots of zucchini, or at least I've consumed a lot! I haven't made anything out of this world...most of the time I steam it or just eat it raw with some hummus (yum) or diced on salad.

The tomatoes are FINALLY coming in and turning a fantastic red. I have a window full! They're starting to shape up nicely for a big batch of salsa and marinara.

Everything else has just been so/so. It all looked great in the beginning, then it just...phfah. Don't know what that spells, but say it out loud. That's what my veggies are saying to me.

I'm already planning ahead for next year. I'm going to focus my attention on a Salsa Garden. Lots of cilantro (I've gone through 2 plants this year and both started to look more like weeds than an herb), tomatoes, peppers, maybe onion. 

...maybe lettuce? Thoughts?