Free Shipping On All Snowy Owl Cove Products!

In honor of our love for fall, we’re offering free shipping on all Snowy Owl Cove products in our Etsy store!

Stock up on everything from thick, creamy lotions to alleviate winter skin to gentle, soothing soaps to leave your skin clean, fresh, but never stripped of moisture. Keep in mind that all of our products are all natural and handmade in small batches with the utmost attention to the quality of ingredients. We hope you’ll take advantage of this deal and use our array of soaps, lotions and serums to keep your skin healthy & happy this fall!

Simply use the coupon code FREEFALLSHIPPING during checkout in our store to receive your order free of shipping charges anywhere in the domestic US!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Tried & True: What’s Your Go-To Product?

 

Via: boudoirvanity.tumblr.com

Via: boudoirvanity.tumblr.com

Some of my most vivid memories, so lifelike they bring back a flood of crisp colors and rich aromas, are the summers I spent as a child at my grandparents’ home outside of Chicago.

One muggy day I remember lying in the grass beside the backyard patio, when I heard the screen door open and lazily slam behind my grandmother, who approached with a small box in her hand. I knew from the signature design on the box that it was her Coty Powder, one of the few items of makeup she used, a loose powder I associated with glamorous parties and complex, grownup conversation.

In her ceremonial way that made everything seem vastly exciting and infinitely special, she presented the box to me, the powder all used up, and told me to keep whatever I wanted in it. That summer, I hoarded everything from 25 cent jewelry to glittery bouncy balls in that box; and although faded, the subtle fragrance that reminds me so intensely of my grandmother still remains.

When I recently searched for the powder online, it made me smile to see that it is still sold and that many women write raving reviews for the product, some of the women having used it for over 20 years. Equipped with a fluffy powder puff, the powder is still made using its original formula, and the packaging still evokes the days of Hollywood starlets and old school glamor.

Whenever my overpriced, “high definition” powder runs out, I think I may try experiencing this tried and true cosmetic. The feeling of opening a new box, the familiar scent scattered into the air will alone make the $7 worth it.

Do you have a cosmetic that’s tried & true? What beauty tricks did your grandmother teach you? Let us know!

“Mirror Fast” Calls for No Focus on Appearance

Anyone who flips on a television, follows a celebrity news website or even just browses magazine covers while standing in line at the grocery store knows that when it comes to beauty, we celebrate an unrealistic vision of perfection. While we may subliminally realize that it is standard practice to Photoshop magazine covers and cosmetic ads, it’s hard to not fall into self scrutiny when gazing at an ad for mascara featuring a pore-less, unblemished complexion.

For many, the pressures of being beautiful and attaining perfection may occasionally lead to an obsession with appearance, even though objectively we know that our worth lies much deeper than the skin we’re trying so desperately to smooth, plump, brighten or unwrinkle. It is common practice to gaze at our faces while getting ready for the day or performing our nightly beauty routines, so I was naturally interested when I stumbled upon a movement of beauty bloggers to “fast” from their mirrors for days, weeks, months, or even years at a time.

Essentially, these women decided to avoid looking at their reflections in any possible way to see how (and if) it affected the way they thought about themselves, their appearances, and their relationships with others.

While I admire the women undertaking this experiment and find the general idea to definitely be an endeavor worthy of discussion, I’m not so sure that I could (or would want to) do it myself. Although I do think that my (and probably many others’) beauty routine and general time/money/effort spent on appearance could and probably should be reduced, I also find a sense of joy and satisfaction in pampering myself and stepping into the day feeling styled and put together.

In other words, I like my beauty products and my getting ready process, and while they’re not (and shouldn’t be) everything I am, our appearances and the way we sculpt our looks is a part of our identities, whether we like it or not. This is not to say that I don’t sometimes fall into the shallow realms of vanity, and it’s not to say that scaling back and totally focusing on inward value wouldn’t be constructive. But to create an all-encompassing acceptance and love for self, we need to embrace every bit of who we are, inside and out.

What do you think? Could you live without a mirror for a month (or a year)?

Check out the blogs of some of the women who have:

The Beheld

Mirror, Mirror…OFF The Wall.