Steph’s Smitten List: Charcoal Cleanser, Tiny Homes, Makeup Experiment

This week I’m positively smitten with:

1. Charcoal Cleanser: I never mind using up a beauty product because I enjoy browsing the pharmacy shelves looking for my next new find. While I have my favorites, it is always fun to mix it up. This week I stumbled upon Bioré  Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, also available as a mask and scrub. I like that this product is oil-free (a must for my breakout-prone skin) and is slightly tingly on my skin but not overly harsh, so it’s gentle enough for everyday use. Plus, the concept of charcoal – a natural purifier – as a face cleanser is kind of neat. Yep, the face wash is black. Give it a try next time you’re looking for a new cleanser.

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2. Tiny Homes: Maybe I just like miniature things, but when I heard about the couple who downsized their home because they were tired of paying off a huge mortgage and living in a rat race, I realized they’re onto something brilliant – and they’re not alone! Many people are designing tiny homes that have just the bare essentials, in an effort to focus on what’s most important, like bringing the family closer, striving for “enough” and living within your means. I think these homes are charming! What do you think, could you do it?

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3. Makeup Experiment: In high school I completed an assignment to avoid looking in the mirror for several weeks straight and then report on what that was like. To detach myself as a whole from my image was challenging and interesting. That may be why I’m impressed with and could relate to this student’s documentation of the reactions she received when she changed up the amount of makeup she wore as an experiment. Brinton Parker is a college senior who blogs for Bustle; she says, “A lot of guys don’t understand that women’s natural faces don’t look like the ones they put forth every day. Guys don’t realize that Kim Kardashian spends an hour contouring her face before she goes to the grocery store.” At the end of her experiment, Brinton said she was inspired to feel confident no matter which level of makeup she had on. It’s easier said than done to feel confident “as is”, but I’m all about having women’s faces (with makeup or not) – and bodies, too – be a non topic.

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What are you positively smitten with?


4 responses to “Steph’s Smitten List: Charcoal Cleanser, Tiny Homes, Makeup Experiment

  1. Hi, there! I just stumbled on your website and tumblr. I really enjoy both. The charcoal facewash you mention sounds intriguing! I’ve not seen it when I’ve been out and about, so I fully acknowledge I don’t know anything about it. However, since it is exfoliating, I thought I would bring up the damage some exfoliators have on the environment, if they use microbeads – Knowledge is power! 🙂


    • So glad you stumbled upon and are enjoying our site! Yes, knowledge is power and wow — didn’t realize the threat on the environment that little microbeads have! Very interesting, I had no idea so thank you for sharing! Fortunately, the cleanser does not have microbeads (I actually avoid them usually because they’re harsh on my sensitive skin) but it does make me think twice about being extra careful when I pick out a product!


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