Honua Skincare: The perfect duo for summer

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago, I made a pretty big announcement. After much inner debate, I decided to narrow my focus even further by working with and reviewing brands that are either created by estheticians or used by estheticians. One reason this makes sense […]

Not so Honest: How a company called ‘Honest’ could fail? And what it means to the rest of us

When a brand chooses to call itself “Honest,” it could be asking for trouble. Just ask The Honest Company. The name alone sets itself up for expectations that may be unrealistic. Honest Abe, the moniker given to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was a title he earned through his honorable business transactions, not one […]

Why I stopped avoiding toxic ingredients

I’m lousy at avoiding things. Puddles? I step right into them. Chocolate? It’s a love/hate thing. There’s something about holding something in mind that seems to attract it. I’ve got the same issue with toxins, and the position that we need to avoid them or face a terminal illness or warped hormone levels. Toxins have become […]

Why it is more urgent than ever to define ‘Green Beauty’

Just this evening I was scrolling through Beautyhabit and noticed a problem. I don’t know about you, but Beautyhabit has always had a siren’s hold on me. Somehow, this website makes indulgent 150 dollar serums seem like dire necessities. I never thought that Beautyhabit would become a bastion of natural and organic finds, yet over the years the category is […]

Six ways to *toss* your beauty products with zero waste

We’ve all been there at some point. The lipstick looks gorgeous in the tube and even looks great on the lips while at the store. But then you come home, glance in the mirror, and are appalled at how awful the shade translates in real life. How did you even walk out like that? Feel free to […]

Anointing myself with Circle of Protection + an important communication

Before I begin talking about Max and Me and this month’s Beauty Heroes Discovery Box, I wanted to say something about the agreement I have with Beauty Heroes and how I choose the products that I review. I’m aware that there are a number Beauty Heroes Ambassadors now and that anyone scrolling through their Instagram pics […]

Can slow beauty thrive in a​n age of consumerism? Beauty Heroes is paving the way

I stumbled across a confession on Facebook recently. In it, Jeannie Jarnot, founder of the popular monthly beauty subscription box Beauty Heroes, expressed her surprise over finding a quote that she liked on Twitter. Her astonishment was not about the content of the quote, but rather that she herself had written it. It was her own words that […]

What you need to know about Vitamin C in skincare

Is it any wonder that we love Vitamin C? Not only is it a powerful infection fighter as a supplement, it also has incredible benefits when used topically as a skin lightener, brightener, a powerful antioxidant, and collagen booster. The problem is you could be putting “empty promises” on your face. Finding a stable form […]

Here’s what happened when I stopped using oils on my skin for 4+ weeks & used Bella Aura instead

I’ve come to accept breakouts on my face. Since age 13, they’ve become nearly a daily occurrence with no signs of abating. But my neck is another story. Usually my neck is clear, that is, until I use oils on it. Those few times that I apply any type of serum to my neck just happen to be the […]

Three new releases on Integrity Botanicals worth checking out

As a moderator of a green beauty Facebook group and a blogger, I’ve heard it all when it comes to natural deodorants from “I was a stinky hot mess by the end of the day” to “my pits developed a nasty rash.” I’d say finding the perfect deo without aluminum and other nasties is as difficult […]

Au Naturale relaunches–and the products are GAWGEOUS! (Plus limited time offer)

  Natural beauties are ever on the hunt for clean makeup with strong pigments, a broad color selection, truly clean ingredients, and professional formulas. Au Naturale nailed every single one of these in the makeover of their brand with one swipe of a very nifty roller applicator. This is a collection that’s contemporary, sexy, and incredibly fun to […]

Some days “pretty” is not gonna happen

When my sisters and I were kids, we got into a kick of saying we wanted to be little and ugly. I’m not exactly sure what that was about. To be fair, it wasn’t me who started it, and it began after my father’s sudden passing, so there’s that to consider. This phase was definitely the fodder that keeps […]