Friday Finds: MooGoo and Dusty Girls [Review]

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I love trying out new products, especially when they are good-for-you!  MooGoo (what a cute name, right?) makes skincare/hair care items that are full of healthy oils and not full of unhealthy ingredients you can’t pronounce.  What are some of these ickies you won’t find?

  • Paraffin Oil (Mineral Oil)
  • Synthetic Preservatives such as Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, Formaldehyde Donors. (We love Hops, although sometimes you can smell Hops.)
  • PEG’s and Synthetic Penetration enhancers.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate or harsh cleansers. (simply because there are gentler, natural alternatives.)

They also have a makeup division, called Dusty Girls, which offers great mineral makeup.

As you can see, I was given a large selection to try out and give my thoughts on!

Before I get into the actual products, I need to say a word on the packaging – it is so beautiful!  Clean, colorful, very smooth and has a very nice feel to the labels, and some of the MooGoo products come in adorable little milk box-like containers.

I’ve been loving every single one of these products, and I’m sure they’ll be making many more appearances on the blog in the upcoming posts.

HAIR CARE/SHOWER ITEMS

I was curious to try out the hair care products, especially the Protein Shot Leave-In Conditioner, as I had heard a lot of good things about that product in the curly hair community.  It is very smooth and makes my hair feel moisturized.  I think my hair loves protein right now, so I am very happy with how it is performing and helping my curls be defined. (((for those of you with curly hair, if you’re finding your curls are more limp or soft than you’d like, try a protein treatment – I did a gelatin hair treatment (Google or Youtube for instructions), and thenfollowing up now with protein-rich products like MooGoo’s.

Next of what I tried was the Cream Conditioner.  As a curly girl, I don’t “shampoo” my hair.  I don’t use sulfates, which is in most shampoos, and also with conditioners, I don’t use -cones, as they coat the hair and aren’t the best thing for curly hair.  So I use a lot of conditioner, and my hair is loving this Cream Conditioner.  It’s so… well, creamy!  But it’s not too heavy, and it doesn’t feel like it weighs my hair down at all.  I love all the yummy oils they use in their products!

A great multi-use product is the Milk Wash.  This is designed to be an all-over body wash, but it’s so gentle and creamy that I’ve been using it as a body wash, a face wash, and as a hand soap sometimes too.

FACE/SPECIALTY ITEMS

They really have a huge selection of products for different skin needs, which is great because, obviously, not everyone has the same skin type or skin concern.  I’ve always had dry skin and suffered for many many years with severe seborrheic dermatitis.  I tried nearly everything to help, and everything had been just a Band-Aid or did help some, but was very temporary.  When I found and started taking Plexus, I was blown away at how getting my gut health in order drastically improved my skin.  But when one has a tendency towards something, one can never be too careful or too proactive in keeping everything good, right?  That’s why I’m loving their Scalp Cream.  I’ve been using it along my hairline and my eyebrows, and just as an overall face moisturizer before bed. [Right now, I am washing my face with the Milk Wash, then a few times a week I’ll use a dab or two of the Organic Rosehip Oil, then top with the Scalp Cream as a moisturizer.  I’ve been using the Soothing MSM Cream also as a moisturizer in the morning or at night.]

 

DUSTY GIRLS MAKEUP


I have been using more natural/mineral makeup since around 2008?(ish? It’s been quite a while, I know that), and I love learning about and trying new-to-me brands.  Dusty Girls is such a pretty name, isn’t it?  I love their clean simple packaging, once again, and the feel of quality to their packaging.  I was able to try out 3 products:

Earth Cream – in the shade Light.  While this is said to be good for acne-prone skin, I’ve found it to be good for me as well, someone who isn’t very acne prone but more prone to dryness.  I got the Light, and as you can see on my arm swatch below, it’s a really good match and blends out very nicely.  Because it is on the sheer side, I think it really will match a lot of people.  I sometimes add a dusting of Everyday Minerals foundation in either Golden Fair or Ivory on top if I feel it needs to be just a tad lighter, but overall, it really is a great color match.  It is easy to apply and feels nice on the skin.  (I plan to do a makeup look soon featuring these products, so stay tuned).

Natural Mineral Blush in the color “Pink Ladies”

This is a gorgeous neutral pink shade!!  It’s not too cool and not too warm, but – to me at least – it is just that perfect neutral soft pink color that would look good on pretty much everyone.  There is also quite a lot of product.  My only suggestion with this is to be somewhat gentle, as it can break/crumble if it falls or gets knocked around too much (like any pressed product).  And again, such pretty design on the lid!

They also have a sense of humor/fun with their naming 😉  I just saw a new item they have now – a gradual natural tanning cream- called “How Now Brown Cow”, and they sign their correspondence with “Moo-Chews Grass-ias”.  How fun is that?!

If you’ve never heard of MooGoo or Dusty Girls, I hope this review was helpful to you and piques your interest in trying them out!  They do offer a variety of sizes on many of their products, perfect for trying before buying larger quantities.

*Products sent for review; but, as always, I only honestly review things that I personally love and that I think you will love as well!

The Captain’s Daughter – London Beginnings book 1 by Jennifer Delamere

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The Captain’s Daughter (Bethany House, June 2017)

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

My Thoughts:

Being a bookie (haha, is that a term?…you know, like a “foodie”), it’s easy to enjoy a lot of books you read.  However, I think one of the big telling signs of a really engaging story is if the reader would want to read more books if it’s a series.  This is book 1 of the London Beginnings series, and there is much left unanswered.  I very much would read more of Jennifer’s novels!

So,  obviously, I enjoyed the book.  Why?  I loved how she combined history with fiction.  She brought in elements of the theatrical world of the time, a little bit of the military of the time, as well as people such as George Muller [If you’re not familiar with him, I’d suggest reading up on this fascinating man] and Gilbert & Sullivan.  A few themes that stood out:  People are in dire need of redemption – whether they know it or not [thinking of some of the early-in-the-story events that Rosalyn found herself in].  That God forgives us and doesn’t us us to hold on to guilt.  And finally, the hope that can come from new beginnings – they can often be frightening and thrilling, but there is also hope and anticipation.

*Litfuse Publishing provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes.  Of course, as always, these are my honest how-I-feel-about-it thoughts.

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