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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Say Yes to Yes To Superblueberries

This YES TO SUPERBLUEBERRIES Recharging Greek Yogurt & Probiotic 3-in-1 Mask, Scrub & Cleanser ($15.99/4oz @ is made especially stressed skin, so basically everyone! I love that this is a multi-purpose face product in that you can use it as a mask (contains the mud Bentonite), an exfoliator (it contains blueberry fruit extract and lactic acids), and a straight up face cleanser.

This one dries down almost all the way and it really makes my skin feel nice and soft, which doesn’t happen with many cleansers like this.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You Should Use Micellar Water

My first ever micellar water was Bioderma Solution Micellar and it achieved cult status rather quickly and it seems like it was some time before another one came along like this one and this one. So what exactly is micellar water and why should I care? It's tiny balls of cleansing molecules called micelles suspended in soft water. It won't dry or strip the skin and they clean beautifully. Now they won't remove waterproof mascara but they do a nice job otherwise. 

Here are some I recommend from L to R:

EMBRYOLISSE Micellar Lotion $26/8.5oz @

YES TO Cucumber Micellar Water $8.99/7.77oz @,

L'OREAL Micellar Cleansing Water $9.99/13.5oz @

SEPHORA Triple Action Cleansing Water - $12/6.76oz @

And it also comes in wipes now with SIMPLE Kind to Skin Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes $5.99/25 wipes @, and a super remove-it-all-even-liquid-lipstick VICHY Micellar Oil $18/4.2oz @,

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Yup, Charcoal in Beauty is a Thing

Charcoal in beauty is a new trend. Many praise its ability to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin, so products infused with it are great for those with acne. Check out these Charcoal Beauty products.

I first heard about the use of charcoal in beauty products with this one here a few years ago. Many praise its ability to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin, so products infused with it are great for those with acne. Here are a few products that highlight the ingredient.

Charcoal In Beauty

BIORE Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($5.99/6.77oz @ – This black goo is infused with Japanese Skin Purifying Technology that acts as a strong magnet to remove 2x’s more dirt than the average cleanser. It doesn’t hurt that it smells nice too!

DEW PUFF Pure Plant Fiber Sponge Bamboo Charcoal ($8 @ – I wrote about this other one in their line a few years ago and enjoyed it!  This one infuses bamboo charcoal and is great if you’re trying to limit the amount of products you use on your skin because of flare-ups.

YES TO TOMATOES Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask ($15.99/2oz @ – New to the Yes to … brand is this black mask for those with acne. It uses salicylic acid and a botanical blend of ingredients to help treat it and get rid of it.

EARTH THERAPEUTICS Cosmetic Blending Sponge ($6 @ – This sponge is actually made with bamboo charcoal so it will stay contaminate-free longer than your other makeup sponges. And they have other charcoal focused products in the line, so check the others out too.  

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Get Acquainted With … Argan Oil

I’m starting a new on-going feature here on the site called Get Acquainted With … where I spotlight a brand, ingredient or trend I think you should be aware of. First up is Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil, also known as Argan Oil. Argan Oil is a plant oil produced from the kernals of the argan tree that is andemic to Morocco. It can be used to help heal burns, in foods like to dip breads and on salads. In beauty it is known for its super moisturizing properties, to help with juvenile acne and of course in hair and body products. Source:

Here are some that use it in beauty products:


1. YES TO BLUEBERRIES Face & Neck Oil $15.99/1oz @

2. BOTANIC ORGANIC Pomegranate & Argan Antioxidant Serum $30/1oz @

3. DERMORGANIC Leave-In Spray Therapy $19.99/3.4oz @

4. NAIR 'Shower Power' Max with Moroccan Argan Oil $8.99/13oz @

5. HERBAL ESSENCES Moroccan My Shine Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Conditioner $4.49/10.1oz each @

Now if you just want to cut out all the other ingredients like silicones and others that can be found in the above products and just get to the nitty-gritty, there are quite a few companies that make 100% Pure Argan Oil:


1. JOSIE MARAN 100 Percent Pure Argan Oil $16/.5oz, $48/1.7oz, $96/5oz @

2. ACURE ORGANICS 100% Certified Organic Argan Oil $14.99/1oz @

3. SHEA TERRA ORGANICS 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil $24/2oz @

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Friday, July 18, 2014

You NEED These DeFrizz Products!

It’s as humid has humid can be out here in SoCal and strands are just not behaving but who wants to wear their hair up all the time? Yes, it feels good on the neck but I just got a cute new cut that I want to show off so a serious defrizz product is in order! Check out the below recommendations to rock you do to the fullest this month.


YES TO COCONUTS Curl Defining Hair Smoother ($7.99/3.8oz @ – choose this one because it has nourishing avocado and coconut oil plus Cupuacu Butter.

HERBAL ESSENCES Moroccan Me a Miracle 7-in-1 Serum ($4.49/1.7oz @ – this one is the case of, “if it smells good, it must be good,” and in this case, it’s true.

L’OREAL EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System Frizz Taming Crème Serum ($8.99/1.9oz @, and drugstores nationwide) – I’ve never heard of sulfates inside a frizz-taming serum but as we all know, ingredients can disguise  themselves under other loooong names.

SALLY HERSHBERGER Hyper Hydration Spray Serum ($12.99/1.7oz @ – this is the only one outta the bunch that you use after hair is dry. It uses SMART Keratin to give hair shine with no, and I mean none what-so-ever, greasy look or feel.

KARECO Large Thermal Brush ($22.50 @ – yes believe it or not the right brush can also help cut the frizz. This one is made with Ionic Tourmaline technology so this one coupled with one of these serums will leave your hair smooth as a baby’s bottom!

Or, if you’re like me and just tend to wash your hair less in the summertime so I don’t have to whip out the hot dryer, so these two from REDKEN have been my go to ones lately:


Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender ($18/3.4oz) and Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer ($22/4.7oz). Both @

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Get Into Spring Scents!

So I think this past Wednesday was the first Spring feeling day we’ve had here in Los Angeles this year. Yeah, it’s here! So of course I have been reaching for more spring-y type scents and here are a few I’m loving right now.

CRABTREE & EVELYN Lily of the Valley Eau de Toilette ($45/3.4oz @ – Lily of the Valley is one of my favorite flowers and I love that they just put out this Floral Fragrance Collection for Spring. It’s a collection of single note scents (Lavender, Rosewater and Iris are the other launches) and the scents also comes in the form of triple-milled soaps, body lotions, candles, shower gels, body creams and a nice body dusting powder.

AROMAFLORIA Foaming Body Wash with Shea Butter and Body Butter with Shea and Aloe in Kiwi Coconut ($20/8oz @ – What better way to get your season on then with the smell of kiwi and coconut? These two are from their Sensory Fusion Bath + Body Collection and put me in a tropical frame of mind.

CUPCAKE ORGANIC Raspberry Rose Blossom Softening Day Cream ($24.67/1oz @ – Mmm Rose Blossom, Ylang Ylang and Mandarin are combined inside this ECOCERT Certified day cream. This doesn’t have any SPF inside so be sure to load up when you wear this one.

YES TO CUCUMBERS Facial Towelettes ($5.99/30 wipes @ – quickly remove dirt, makeup and everyday grime with these babies for when you’re on the go. Oil-free and hypoallergenic.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, August 31, 2007

How Can I Say No to Yes to Carrots?

Yestocarrotshandcream_2I am totally fascinated by this next new line, YES TO CARROTS. They get right to the point! The line is based on the power of vitamins and minerals and the Dead Sea. We have all heard of the benefits from the Dead Sea’s mud that you can’t find anywhere else. Their products incorporateYestocarrotsbodycream_2 all the above to nourish and detoxify the skin. And the name? Each contains juices from carrots, oranges and others they pack in each. My pick of the moment is the Hand and Elbow Moisturizing Cream ($9.99/6.76oz) and the Body Butter ($12.99/8.45oz). Even if I can’t give my insides nourishment everyday, at least I can with my outsides. Both for great prices @

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