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Happy Birthday, Wolf & Stag: Here’s a Thank-You Beauty Giveaway

This past weekend — on August 12th, to be exact — Wolf & Stag celebrated its first birthday. And, in typical ‘Eire’ fashion, I procrastinated writing this celebratory post until a full three days after the date. Sigh. Some things never change, do they?

Yes, my ‘bloggerversary’ is causing me to reflect on myself, on my blog, on my little corner of the internet’s achievements and milestones. But mostly, it’s making me feel thankful. To each and every comment. Instagram like. Twitter follow. Post view. Essentially, thankful of you, you lovely person reading this, you. And what better way to say thank you than with an epic beauty giveaway? Okay, maybe not epic, let’s simmer down a bit. But a beauty giveaway that should bring a smile to one winner’s face. Read on for all the terms — and for some ramblings musings about one year of being Wolf.

Beauty Review: Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub and Detox Clarifying Facial Wash

“The first dermatologist-developed, naturally-inspired skincare brand.” A mouthful it may be, but as a tagline for beauty brand Goldfaden MD, it makes me sit up and listen.

I am both an avid fan of natural beauty and a cynical science nerd. Sadly, often in the world of beauty, coalescing these two things seems nigh impossible. When natural beauty brands spout marketing taglines like “Chemical free!” (water is a chemical, people) and “Organic!” (do they even know what that really means), I find myself drawn to it — and I roll my eyes at it. So a beauty range that is both rooted in dermatological science and natural ingredients seems like a dream come true. With the highly-raved Doctor’s Scrub* and Detox Clarifying Facial Wash* in tow, I set out to see whether the Goldfaden MD range could meld together my two loves in beauty.

Beauty Review: Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio

If you’ve read my post about my favourite makeup products of all time, you know that I love Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powder. Like, best-makeup-I’ve-put-on-my-face-ever kind of love. So when I was out of bronzer and blush at the same time, and I wanted to try and push myself to try — gasp — cream makeup, the Hourglass Illume Sheer Color Trio sprang to mind. That, and the fact that Ruth Crilly’s ‘Everyday Makeup’ video features this guy. I definitely did not buy this trio in hopes it would turn my face into a model’s or anything (guilty). So important question: did this trio of bronzer, blusher and highlighter do just that? Read on, readers. Read on.

Beauty Review: KINN Clean Beauty

As you may have gleaned from my other beauty posts, when it comes to me and beauty, I am generally two things: a big ol’ cynic, and a lover of natural, cruelty-free brands. It usually means I find most products take-it-or-leave-it. This is especially true in the skincare department, where everything claiming to ‘Fix You’ (thanks for the tears, Coldplay) mostly just sits on your skin. And when it costs a bomb to test (and dislike), in the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

So when a PR company sends me a new range I end up loving so very much — enough that I’m already planning to buy again — I’m one happy bunny. Enter in KINN, an organic lifestyle brand with a killer bath & body range.

Beauty Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold

When Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends places something in her most-coveted Top 10 Beauty, you step up and listen. Alpha-H Liquid Gold has warranted cult status from everyone and their mom it seems, hailed as the HG to non-abrasive exfoliation. Reading reviews of this liquid gold (no pun intended… okay yes, pun intended), one commenter even said, “At 70 years old I have cared for my skin all my life using numerous products, but this one takes things to a different level.” As you may know, I’m rather dubious when it comes to believing the hype over cult beauty, but with that kind of praise, I had to give it a try. What’s my verdict? Read on, curious reader. Read on.