Do you believe in “clean” beauty products?

Do you believe in the ever so trending “organic” make-up and beauty products? I know I would like to believe it’s true! I’d like to believe what is written on the packaging of products is an honest statement, and not just an advertising tactic, tricking me into thinking I’m “making a good decision” (while adding a few extra dollars on top…).

Has marketing gone too far? Are the organic fruits and vegetables I spend all that money on at Whole Foods real? NOW I’m starting to question everything!

Michelle Ruiz with The Wall Street Journal said it best, “Squeaky-clean beauty sounds aspirational, albeit a little laborious and confusing: Are products that are not stamped “clean” considered “dirty” by default? Is the clean-beauty boom legitimate or just another clever marketing ploy urging us to “make the swap” and buy even more stuff?

She continues the article by asking six questions regarding the topic –

  1. What does ‘clean beauty’ even mean? – Open to interpretation! Does it mean healthier for the skin? Healthier for the planet? Is chemical-free better? Is there an official statement from the FDA? No.
  2. What makes a beauty product ‘sustainable?’ Michelle sites, according to Jessica Matlin, co-host of Fat Mascara –“It’s well-intentioned, but there is no clear definition of ‘sustainable.’” Many so-called sustainable brands preach Earth-friendly attributes, including organic ingredients and recyclable packaging.” 
  3. What common beauty ingredients have been deemed harmful to consumers? Plenty, I’m sure. The fact that my eyes burn mercifully, every time I apply sunscreen (commonly used product…by everyone)… there has to be something unhealthy about that! 
  4. Is ‘clean’ always better? I LOVE and completely agree with the point Michelle sites by Dr. King – “No. Just because something is from nature doesn’t mean that it’s OK to put on your skin,” said Dr. King, “and just because something is synthetic doesn’t mean that it’s harmful.” She gives a cheeky example: “Poison ivy is all-natural.” 
  5. What are the benefits of going clean? Another question I believe can be answered in many ways, as everyone is different! Some products may work well for some – but not well for others.
  6. Should you make the swap? What are your thoughts?!?

This topic was so interesting to explore! If you’re subscribed to The Wall Street Journal, I highly suggested reading the article in it’s entirety.

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2021 Holidays – Time to Relax

The holidays are upon us once again! As if adjusting to our “NEW WORLD with no return to the old world in sight” hasn’t been difficult enough…the stress of traveling, visiting friends and family, buying gifts, setting New Year’s goals – IS BACK….with a vengeance. However, if I’ve learned one thing from the Covid lockdowns and restrictions – it’s that the best we can do is take life day by day by day by day!

I plan on facing this holiday season by living and thinking in the moment, taking more time to relax and recoup. Do yourself a service this year… don’t pull “a Costco” and start selling your Christmas merchandise in September… slow down, relax, and enjoy life. Treat yourself!

Find Stability

Find stability by creating TO-DO lists, creating healthy habits, and new routines. Here are our top suggestions!

  • Start a skin care routine – According to Every Day Health, “following a routine that will benefit the health of your body’s largest organ (that’s your skin, notes Berkeley Wellness) and deliver the bonus of providing the structure and pampering that benefits your psychological well-being.
  • Read a book – even if it’s 5 pages a night! Get in the habit of learning something new!
  • Work. Out. – spend at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week being active! The human body was not meant to sit at a desk, slouched over for 8 hours a days! No wonder you’re feeling anxious!
    • Not ready to go back to the gym? There’s plenty of YouTube workout videos! Start with a “10 minute Abs” or “10 minute arms with 3 pound weights”.. don’t feel like you have to go ALL OUT right away.
  • Wake up earlier – I know.. this is a hard one for me too. But think about it, by the time you roll out of bed at 9:00 AM (pst) – the New York Stock Exchange has been making decisions for you…for the past 6 hours!!! The most successful people in the world wake up between 4:00-5:00 AM… Richard Branson, Michelle Obama, Tim Cook, Bob Igor, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Jack Dorsey, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk
    • ***If you don’t know who these people are – revert back to read a book
  • Drink more tea. Less alcohol… Water and tea are good for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Start by making it a habit to start your morning off with an 8 ounce glass of water!
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Halloween Mask Recovery

Which mask are you wearing…

AFTER you take off all that Halloween makeup?

According to – there’s tons of harmful chemicals in the cheap, yet fun, prosthetic make up purchased as an addition to your costume on Hallows Eve. Everything from lead, parabens, formaldehyde, toluene, and, ethoxylated ingredients – which has been linked to breast cancer!

“A recent study released by the Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) on toxic chemicals in kids’ makeup found that several banned and potentially harmful chemicals have been detected in Halloween makeup and face paints.”

SO – studies show Halloween makeup can be harmful in the long term… meaning it could certainly can be harmful in the SHORT TERM. No one is interested in breaking out or having dry, damaged skin after a fun night out!

What do we suggest?



…with warm water. As soon as you get home from your night out. Yes, take the time to WASH your face! I know, you’re tired and possibly tipsy – but make it a point to remove all the make up from your skin!

Not wearing makeup? Face masks + dancing all night also cause sweat and bacteria to build! At the very least.. be sure to cleanse before hitting the sheets.

Dermalogica – clearing skin wash

  • Clears away excess oil without stripping skin
  • Helps prevent future breakouts
  • Soothing botanicals help calm irritation

“Work a pea-sized amount into a lather in wet hands. Apply to dampened face and throat, massaging in circular motions while concentrating on areas of congestion and oiliness. Avoid eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with Age Bright Clearing Serum, or your prescribed Active Clearing regimen.”

***A little goes a long way! 

CeraVe – Foaming Facial Cleanser

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse.

  • Suitable for normal to oily skin
  • Refreshing gel foaming action
  • Cleanses and removes oil without disrupting the protective skin barrier
  • Ceramides: Help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
  • Hyaluronic acid: Helps retain the skin’s natural moisture
  • Niacinamide: Helps calm the skin

“Remove excess oil and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this gel-based foaming cleanser is an effective yet non-irritating way to cleanse and care for your normal to oily skin.”


Are you wearing heavy make up or haven’t cleansed deeply this week? Take off the dead skin with these classics!

Dermalogica – daily microfoliant

“Dispense about a half-teaspoon of Daily Microfoliant® into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or UltraCalming Mist and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.”

Mary Kay – Botanical Effects® Mask Formula 2

***Exfoliates and hydrates at the same time!

“Gently removes impurities as it revitalizes skin. Formulated with personalized botanicals for your skin type and contains an antioxidant-rich botanical complex.”

  • Deep cleans as it gently exfoliates and restores radiance.
  • Adapts to your skin’s needs, leaving it looking healthier and feeling nourished.
  • Normal skin is treated to the antioxidant powers of frangipani flower and water lily.
  • Formulated without synthetic dyes or added fragrance.


If you find your skin is irritated after wearing heavy, chemical-filled makeup all night – try rehydrating and refueling with something soothing…

LANEIGE – Water Sleeping Mask

“Recharge your dehydrated skin while you sleep with this innovative mask. Formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver high doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. Calming Sleepscent™, infused with orange flower, rose, and sandalwood provides a relaxing and comforting scent while apricot and evening primrose extracts helps visibly brighten and purify fatigued skin.”



***NEW – and only $10!! Also available in Vitamin H,Vitamin C, and Vitamin B3, depending on your current needs! 

What it is: A line of lightweight, vitamin-enriched masks formulated with 93 percent of ingredients from natural origin.

“These face-and-body vitamin masks are full to the brim with vitamins, just like summer fruit. All contain a cocktail of plant-based super ingredients and a vitamin (selected for their natural richness and recognized skincare properties) for immediate and lasting beauty-boosting results. Each has an ultra-light texture that’s easy to apply to face, neck, décolleté, or any other areas that need it.”

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