Revamp Your Morning Routine

S.W. Basics of Brooklyn LemongrassBodyOil

I love using body oil in place of body lotion. I think its easier 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 thats 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.  Read More

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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

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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!

Eye Got It

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Acure Organics Eye Cream $18.99

Just another eye cream? Nope, this stuff works.  Read More

Thirty Seconds or Less

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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. Read More

Tone it down just a bit

Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner

$32.95

More Info HERE

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

$9.99

More Info HERE

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.

*Above image used without permission from HERE

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