Micellar water review

micellar water review via besotted blog

I often heard stories of people (not naming names) that would go to bed with make-up on and I’d think ‘how tired and lazy do you have to be to not wash your face at night?’  Cut to 2015 where I can tell you exactly how tired and lazy I am with my skincare regime. I admit I have not gone to sleep with make-up on yet, it’s actually a miracle these days that I do actually wear it. I have tried the cleansing towlette’s but didn’t have much success with them, some were too perfumy, others burned, one was perfumy and burned, I always felt like my face wasn’t that clean and ended up splashing water on it and well if I am going that far I might as well have just washed my face, right?  My friend who knows I am beauty-phile asked me about Micellar water and if I had any recommendations, first of all I have been living under a rock so no I had no recommendations and I had never even heard of the product before but of course my curiosity was peaked. I think my friend inadvertently saved both me and my skin, because I may have found the holy grail of skincare products perfect for dry/sensitive skin and for someone too lazy/tired to wash their face. [Read more…]

Ren Skincare Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

If you follow any Pacific Northwest Instagrammers, you know that we are experiencing a mind-bogglingly early spring this year. Along with the cherry blossoms and saucer magnolias, comes that urge to shed cumbersome layers and spruce things up a bit. I thought my winter skin was as good a place as any to start my spring cleaning.

This Ren Skincare 1 Minute Facial was a gift from a thoughtful friend, and although it feels like I haven’t had a minute to spare since the beginning of the year, I decided that this was a minute worth finding. (I can definitely afford to delay my evening binge-watching of the new season of Bates Motel – which is harder than it sounds, Vera Farminga is sooo good!).

As I’ve mentioned before, my skin is fairly finicky so I followed the instructions to the letter. The solution is applied to clean skin, then you apply water with your fingertips to “activate” the solution. It goes on smelling like chewable vitamin c, but once it’s activated it takes on a dull metallic scent. Luckily, all fragrance evaporates as soon as the facial is rinsed off so no need to worry about smelling like a wet penny for the rest of the day. I left it on for exactly 1 minute, and waited 3 days before I used it again. So far there hasn’t been a single sign of irritation – yay!

There was a noticeable difference from the exfoliation of my shlumpy frumpy winter skin right away. My skin feels smooth, almost like a primer has been applied. This smoother skin looks so much better under my sunscreen (which is slightly matte) than it did before. If I can stick to finding that minute every 3 days, there should be even more improvement over time.

The benefits of vitamin c on the skin (yes, even topically applied), are well documented. If you are curious, here’s a scientific study, or if you prefer, the Dr. Oz explanation.

photo by michelle p. /image edited with Foto Rx of course!


make you own pro lip balm via besottod blog

Today was a good day, nothing special happened that I can pin point, it was just all around good (even the 5:00 a.m. wake up call wasn’t half bad).  One of the highlights of this day was making lip balm with Michelle for last minute gifts. I told her once we got started that it might inspire her to open up a lip balm factory because the process is kind of magical; you start with some waxes and oils, melt, pour and viola you have an apothecary worthy lip balm! It’s in a word-awesome.

I have been making my own products for many, many moons. I was at one time a pretty famous indie perfumer, can you even believe that? I can’t. Like I said that was many moons ago, things have changed and my brain is foggier than it was back then, so I needed a refresher course. Thank goodness an angry chicken was available for assistance. What the what?  I know, people don’t read blogs anymore, but in the olden days they did and Amy Karol was the shizzle, she still is and her ‘handle’ was Angry Chicken and she created an online class where I refreshed my brain and learned some new tricks on how to make some pretty impressive (and of course magical) lip balm. We dubbed ours ‘Wonder Mint’ because it is both a wonder and of course mint, but you can call yours anything your little heart desires (Michelle whipped up a download for you if you wanted to use our label).I know you are going to want to learn this skill too, especially if you have a deep, dark lip balm addiction (like myself) or are in need for a quick, DIY that doesn’t feel like a DIY, do you know what I mean? You can sign-up and take Amy’s class here at your own leisure, you can learn more than lip balm skills, but if you are short on time you can watch just the lip balm video. Have fun and let us know if you take the class!

photo by michelle p.

P.S. In the class Amy will go over supplies, we have linked to some supplies below just to make it easier for you.


Handmade Apothecary Class (online)

Lip Balm Tubes (smaller quantities)

Carrier Oil sample pack


Mint essential oil

Candellia Wax (vegan)

Beeswax pellets

Lip Balm Making Kit (with all the supplies, for those that want it easy + fast)

Wonder Mint lip balm label download

Amazon Prime (because it’s awesome + life changing)

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.



laura mercier mini glace reviewLately, I have been reaching for a tinted gloss instead of lipstick. A quick swipe as I walk out the door, (no mirror required) and call it done. This Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé set has been my go-to for the last few months. The colors are essentially bumped up neutrals, which works nicely for my fair skin tone, but I bet they would look great on darker complexions as well. I have used every single one (except the champagne color on the far right if you click over, which wasn’t in my set).

laura mercier mini glace review photo by michelle pFor the scent-averse, you should know that it does smell sweet, a bit like cake batter. I like the scent, then again, I would wear actual cake batter on my lips every day if I could.

The size of these mini tubes is perfect for tossing into a small handbag or clutch. My little handbag is showing signs of stress from continually being stuffed into a much larger laptop-sized tote, so I’ve been dreaming of replacing it with this classic and cute dotted clutch, or if I’m really dreaming (sigh)  – this gorgeous little number. Come to think of it, I could use a new tote for my laptop too. It’s so hard to find a handsome tote that fits a 15″ MacBook  … have you seen anything good out there?

//UPDATE// Chelsey’s recommendation for the Everlane Tote is too perfect not to pass on. It’s $40, fits a 15″ MacBook, and it has a zipper closure. Thank you Chelsey!

2nd  photo by michelle p.

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.


My Sensitive Skincare Routine

sensitive skincare via besottedblog.com

My skin is high maintenance. There, I said it. Once, (somehow) I burned my eyelids with a perfectly respectable brand of eyeshadow tried on a whim at the Nordstrom make-up counter. Ug, red, balloon-shaped eyelids were not a pretty look for a night out. (Yes… I still went out with burnt eyelids – it was in a dark theater & I didn’t want to miss the show!) So, as you can probably guess, making a concerted effort to find a gentle skin routine is a must for me. Along the way, there have been many trials and tribulations, but I am finally having some success – no more angry (or singed) pores – yay! Here’s what is working right now:

Caudaulie Foaming Cleanser: I purchased the travel size for a trip a few years ago and never looked back. It cleans without drying, has a light, clean fragrance, and the foaming aspect makes it last much longer than you’d expect.

Witch Hazel Toner: Witch hazel has wonderful natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Sometimes old-fashioned products really do work!

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream: Rich & creamy, very moisturizing, with no junky ingredients. It doesn’t smell like pumpkin to me, but it does smell fresh for a bit before the scent goes away completely.

MyChelle Sun Shield SPF 28: The only sunscreen I’ve ever tried that doesn’t leave a sheen or a weird smell. I had Tristan test it out too, so she can vouch for both of these points! Perfect for under make-up, just give it a minute or two to soak in. It’s also a Zinc and Titanium Dioxide formula without any of those bad for you chemicals found in so many sunscreens, which is a HUGE plus in my book.

Coconut Oil – Of course I heard the hype about coconut oil, but was still hesitant to try slathering it on my skin. Then I purchased some for the pantry and it taunted me with possibilities. It soaks in much faster than you’d think, and my dry patches are so much happier! Instead of keeping a jar that looks like it belongs in the kitchen on the bathroom counter, I’ve been scooping some into a small cosmetics-looking jar. It’s not particularly fancy, but it keeps me from feeling like I’m part of a granola recipe.

Do any of you have other sensitive skin winners to recommend? I’m all ears!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.


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