Revamp Your Morning Routine

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn LemongrassBodyOil

I love using body oil in place of body lotion. I think its more comfortable and more effective at moisturizing, especially early in the morning. I’ve used so many over the years, usually really inexpensive ones from Whole Foods, like jojoba or sesame oils.  But sometimes I like to use one that’s a bit more luxurious and special. The folks at S.W. Basics of Brooklyn must be reading my blog because a) I love lemongrass, and b) I love body oils.  Continue reading

Best Summer Moisturizer

Acure Organics Oil Control Facial Moisturizer Review


My skin has been all over the place this summer, from super dry to really shiny. I switched cleansers, amped up my moisturizing with face oils, but at some point when the temperatures kept reaching 90 degrees I had to go for something lighter and with oil control.

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New: Green Picks


As I have mentioned I do talk about products that are not so green. Its hard, I love products. I’ve created a new tab to house all of the posts on green products, called GREEN PICKS. All the products listed are safe and pass my rigorous reading of ingredient lists. I’ll be updating this over the next week or so to include all of the One Product posts on safer products!

Enjoy and have an awesome weekend!

Thirty Seconds or Less


Mychelle Dermaceuticles White Cranberry Cleanser, $17.29 & at Whole Foods

A cleanser either dries out your skin or keeps the moisture in balance. It either removes your makeup or it doesn’t. It makes you break out or it keeps your skin clear. It basically either works or it doesn’t and you can tell pretty quickly. Continue reading

Tone it down just a bit

Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner


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I was getting some new foundation a few months ago, when I got into a skincare conversation with my makeup artist from Laura Mercier. I talked about how I thought I need foundation v. tinted moisturizer because I was breaking out and needed to hide my spots. Well she gave me some great tips for a new cleanser and moisturizer, but then told me something I had no idea about: that toner is pointless and bad for your skin.

A deep moral dilemma arose, were toners really that bad? Was I stripping my skin of vital oils? Was I actually making my skin worse? I thought about these things, and tried out her suggestion. I tried out the tip about not using toner and my skin did felt better, less dry, less tight, less red and generally less reactive. But I had all of this toner left over, and by all, I mean like several bottles. So I tried to think of new ways to use it.

Because the Suki Toner is in a spray bottle, I thought well, if I don’t use a cotton pad to wipe the toner on my face, inevitably stripping away good skin stuff, what would happen if I just sprayed it on right after cleansing and before moisturizing? Bingo. This was the combo I needed.The Suki Toner promises to reduce redness and spots. While the Suki Toner does calm down my redness, I have not noticed any difference from this product in terms of breakouts.

The best thing about this toner is that first, I feel super glam misting my face twice a day. The scent is really appealing in a  super glam earth mama kind of way.  And second I’ve noticed that having a moist face really increased the absorption of my moisturizer, making me use less product which means I save money on buying moisturizer, which is awesome.

So while, the Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner is great for reducing redness and okay at reducing my blemishes, the moral of the story is that you should spray toner not wipe it on with a cotton pad. If your toner does not come in a spray bottle, as I have mentioned here before, Whole Foods sells great empty jars, bottle and mini spray containers that I pretty much put all of my products in, for travel and on the go access, these bottles are not only functional, but look super cute too.


Love & Toast

Love & Toast Daily Shampoo with White Tea & Mint


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I was really in need of new shampoo after I dyed my hair that was safe to use daily but would not weigh my hair down. I have about three in rotation right now, but none seemed to be getting the job done, blame it on the switch in the weather, but my hair has been anything but awesome recently.

Enter Love & Toast Shampoo. Packaged in a cute square container with a pump and the most adorable label I was instantly in love. I love the scent of mint, and I feel like I get a lot of the gunk out of my hair with this stuff. It’s nothing particularly special but its a great standby basic daily shampoo, that agrees with my colored hair, and looks adorable in your shower. I like it the most because it’s a daily shampoo that’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, retinol, sulfates, or synthetic color, which is hard to find.

Basically, we all need a daily shampoo thats no frills and gets the job done. This daily shampoo fits the bill, but  honestly, that bottle design  is perfection and I really love the pump dispenser.

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Run, run, run you wild rose

Wild Rose Moisturizing Lip Butter Glaze


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This stuff gets so much hype and people tend to flip over these little tubes and pots. As a lip product junkie I too drank the Kool Aid after my friend Sabina had been toting her Guava one around and raving about the brand in general.

For the moisture part, these do the trick, they are just the right level of thickness without being gloopy. Which avoids that annoying aspect of gloss of having your hair gets stuck in it, which is a plus during the winter when I would be using such a heavy gloss like this and wearing my hair down. Anyway, this glaze unlike so many other does not dry out your lips, probably because its free of parabens, sulfates, sythetic fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and Trisoclan.

So, in addition to having the moisture part down pat Koress has nailed the color. Its that perfect, berry thats not too obvious. Its a fuchsia color that is pretty deep and vibrant without looking clownish. I just dyed my hair super dark brown and this really pops against that dark backdrop. It’s a really nice wash of color, that says I tried, but not too hard.

What I like most about it though is how healthy it makes my lips look. The glaze really coats my lips and minimizes the fine lines I have been noticing more and more– likely due to the excessive diet coke and indoor air– but its does so without that overly glossy balloon lip look that I really try to stay away from.

Definitely, a good lip gloss, that achieves the holy grail here at One Product at a Time, that ‘pulled together effortlessly look, that totally says everything I did was an afterthought.’

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Mountain Rose Herbs, Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound

$5.85 & $ 8.00

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I love Mountain Rose Herbs for purchasing my bulk herbs, but an unknown gem is that they sell the greatest stripped down beauty products.This Goldenseal-Myrrh Compound, is no exception, and it reminds me of something one would get at a magical forest emporium, or a dusty old shop staffed by some super eclectic ladies. This compound, or essentially salve, is a pretty much an easy to carry first aid kit. The salve uses goldenseal for its “anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.” It has very little scent, but if you happen to use it on your cuticles like I do, and occasionally bite your nails, the taste is a little weird, it’s very achem, discouraging, thus preventing you from biting your nails.

Bam! Moisture fix and nail-biting problem solved.

*Above image used without permission from HERE