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Friday, August 22, 2014

Empties: Summer 2014

I'm typing this as Jellybean is napping on top of me. I love these moments when it's just her and me and the cats. Would love it even more if the hubs was home. But I'll wait for the weekends. Hehe!

Here's a long awaited Empties post for the summer. I've scaled back my skincare routine so I actually don't go through a lot of products anymore - well, significantly less than before. 

Boudreaux's Butt Paste
Jellybean went through another tube. We love this stuff!  My religious use of it has, I strongly believe, contributed to Jellybean never having a diaper rash in her 9 months on Earth. Jellybean has started to roll over and crawl away during diaper changes so I sometimes have to skip the butt paste in the interest of getting her diaper fastened. 

Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash
I love the grapefruit scent but I feel like Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash does an equally good job of cleansing. I got bored with this as a facial cleanser so I kinda started using this as a body wash. I gotta say, I love this more as a body wash. It smells so fresh and it foams up a lot so a little goes a long way. 

Bioderma Crealine H2O
Received a long time ago from Linh at Blushology and have loved it for the removal of eye makeup. I sometimes used it all over my face to remove makeup, dirt, and grime because it left my skin feeling so refreshed. I stopped wearing makeup for several months after Jellybean was born because I was a stay at home mom and didn't have anyone to dress up for. But now that I'm back at work, I started to wear makeup again (when I have time to apply it). 

AER Witch Hazel Pads
I received these from the hospital when Jellybean was born. They're originally used for your lady parts after childbirth to reduce the swelling down there. I didn't get around to using these for that purpose so when I finally got around to it, I thought, "Hey, I could use it as a witch hazel toner!"  It didn't end up being that great because it had other ingredients in it that made my skin sticky. So I used them as makeup removing pads. The Moral of this story is: Use these witch hazel pads as prescribed by the hospital. 

Marula Facial Oil from The Leaky Collection
I guess it's ok. I've been wanting to get back into natural skincare and this jump started that process.  I probably won't go out and buy it because I'd rather haunt my local Wholefoods' skincare aisles for oils and essential oils. There's something much more fascinating about making your own oils. To me, the marula oil smelled a bit like sesame oil. I used it on Jellybean's chapped cheeks and chin when she was teething and it soothed her skin well enough.

That's it for my Empties post. Wow... 5 products in 3 or 4 months. I need to step it up!!

Here's an updated picture of the Bean.

She's been cruising and learning to walk. She's eating solid foods and learning to say "Mama" and "Dada".  She can peng tou, touch her forehead to mine. It's part of our good morning ritual. I can't believe how much she's grown!  Since birth, she's grown 10 inches and gained 11 pounds in 9 short months. What a champ!

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