First blog award

Wow, it’s been three years since I wrote my last post. Not that I intended it that way, but certainly life has a way of getting in the way…. In any case, I am hoping this will be the first post in a series of new ones to come. I certainly have lots to talk about….

Behind the label: Is your beauty product truly cruelty-free?

Dazzled by the colossal advertising empire that supports the beauty industry (one of the largest industries worldwide) many people still have yet to realize many of the dirty secrets behind the products they buy. However, thanks to over 20 years of campaigning, many consumers have become aware of the animal-cruelty practices involved in cosmetic manufacturing. …

Lily Lolo lipstick and lip gloss review

The perfect companion to the eye-focused makeup trends for this Spring/Summer 2013 season, nude lips have been all over the runways as of late.  But you don’t need to go designer nor sacrifice health for beauty to sport this trend.  Here I present you two of my favorite lip products from Lily Lolo, one of…

Argan oil: Does it live up to the hype?

Argan oil was almost unheard of outside of Morocco before 2001, but since then it has become one of the most expensive oils in the world, commanding about $300 per liter. Is argan oil the true miracle it is claimed to be and is the exhorbitant price charged by some companies justified? I’ve laid down…

Organic creamy cleansers review

When it comes to skincare, I increasingly believe that less is more.  Less scrubbing, less stripping, less peeling.  And, of course, less petrochemicals and silicones as eliminating those largely obviates the need for harsh cleansing methods in the first place.  So here are two of my most favorite organic creamy cleansers side-by-side: Pai and Weleda….

Quest for the Holy Grail: Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base

If someone had told me a year ago that I would end up using a mineral foundation again, I would have told them they were totally nuts.  My skin has become quite dry as of late and my attempts to go back to using powder products have more often than not ended up in total…

Rosehip oil, the age eraser

If you are looking for a natural alternative to retinol treatments or plastic surgery to combat the signs of aging, look no further than rosehip oil.  Rosehip oil is truly an anti-aging elixir backed by clinical studies that confirm its effectiveness at promoting youthful skin and improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, sun damage,…

Review: Jane Iredale PurePressed Base

Jane Iredale is a brand known for its gentleness, quality, and wide variety of shades.  The PurePressed Base is one of their more multi-tasking and travel-friendly products as it can be used as concealer, foundation, as well as SPF.  It is one of the few mineral foundations that come in pressed form. Jane Iredale is…

Organic mascaras: Studio 78 & Zuzu Luxe

Today is the start of a new series which I am naming “Worth it?”.  The objective is to compare a high-end (and expensive) organic product with a more budget friendly one to see if spending the extra money is truly worth it.  I will start with a look at three mascaras, one high-end and two more…

Toxic ingredients you should avoid: Phthalates, fragrance & dyes

This category of ingredients is one that includes some of the most toxic ingredients out there, but shockingly it seems one of the hardest for people to give up on.  Tell them to look for products without preservatives and they barely bat an eye, but tell someone to give up their favorite perfume, nail color,…

Toxic beauty: Parabens

For many years I did not question at all the safety of the personal care or makeup products I purchased. After all, my family used them and everyone else did, so why should I?  Yet at the same time, I was suffering from perennial allergies and chronic digestive problems, which have only gotten worse with…

Makeup use linked to early menopause

A recent study from researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, which tested 5,700 women, found that a group of chemicals commonly used in makeup as well as household products is causing women to go through menopause at least 2.3 years earlier.  The chemicals, called phthalates, are known endocrine disruptors and are not only linked…