How green should you take your beauty routine?



When I first began my green beauty journey, my goal was to have better, healthier hair. The idea was to find nurturing hair care and stop using so many chemicals on my locks- specifically silicone which is not good for hair like mine, frizzy and color treated.

Reading labels and understanding what was in products became my number one priority.


Once I determined ingredients to stay away from regarding hair care, I couldn’t stop there. I began reading labels of skin care then eventually my cosmetics and before long I had three big trash bags filled with toxic products.

I also started reading green beauty blogs and I looked up everything I could about green beauty. I was surprised to see magazines like Real Simple and other “healthy” magazines talking about “green” products that were essentially filled with toxins. Eye opening!

Swapping out products and choosing a green beauty routine is very personal. What is right for me may not be the right choice for you.

When I decided to stay away from conventional hair care, no matter how enticing the marketing claims (especially for frizzy hair), that’s a line I drew and am not willing to cross.  I avoid silicones, sodium lauryl sulfates, petroleum and mineral oil.  I only use natural deodorant too.


Reading how the skin absorbs up to 60% of what is put on it made me really start paying attention to skincare. I use non-toxic, natural mostly organic skin care including oils, serums, creams and balms. I slather on creams, oils and balms on my body and you’d better believe its all naturally derived.

When it comes to makeup, I am a little more lenient. I like certain things from Josie Maran, Tarte, Bare Minerals, Buxom beauty, Pur Minerals, Korres, Burts Bees- these are on the green side of conventional  beauty. They aren’t totally pure and clean but they are much better than a lot of what’s out there.

I admit to using my Too Faced eye palette quite often- I’m not fretting over a little eye shadow! But I do worry about synthetic fragrance which is why I am seeking essential oils and non toxic blends.

How green you want to go is a personal choice. I see so many amazing, clean products out there and it’s a complete no brainer for me. Why put toxins on your skin, hair and body when there are other options available that don’t cause cancer or mess with hormones?

However, worrying and stressing yourself out over every little thing is not healthy either.  I like the phrase, “Do WHAT you can, WHEN you can.”

Make small changes and replace a few items with non toxic, green, clean skincare or makeup. Start reading labels and getting familiar with ingredients to avoid.

Consider the impact certain ingredients have on animals and the environment. Are you seeking out products that are vegan, cruelty free, organic and/or non GMO?  What’s most important to you and your clean lifestyle?



Lip Color from Bite Beauty


Bite Beauty has  been around for a long time but its new to me! I tried a few items from this brand and loved the lip colors. Bright, rich and moisturizing, what’s not to love? The company’s motto is: “Bite is beauty for lips that’s good enough to eat.” 

I wouldn’t eat any lipstick or gloss but when you consider how easily it is to ingest your lipstick, its good to know its  not toxic.  The average woman eats anywhere from four to  nine pounds of lipstick in her lifetime so choosing clean and pure products is the way to go!

Here’s what you need to know:

Bite Beauty is formulated without “Synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum byproducts and made exclusively with lip nurturing food-grade ingredients.”

Bite offers loads of pigmented shades in nudes, berries, pinks and reds. Wow, does the High Pigment Pencil pack a punch! 


Super moisturizing, these are ideal for lips that are prone to dryness and chapping. Thanks to plant oils, the lipsticks keep lips nicely hydrated.

The Lush Lip Tints pictured above, contain vitamin E, argan oil and fruit butters.  That B in the middle contains  Resveratrol, “a double dose of antioxidants found in red wine.”



Above are the High Pigment Pencils. Its like a lip-liner, gloss and lip stick in one slender pencil. Micronized pigments give lots of color and the texture is ultra smooth. I am partial to the nude shade called Honey Berry, a nude pink.

You can learn more by going to Bite Beauty or by visiting the Sephora site here where Bite Beauty is sold.



Best Natural, Non Toxic Foundations



Finding the right foundation is like trying to find a pair of comfortable shoes. Some aren’t quite right and you have to usually go through a lot before you find your perfect fit.  My skin is combination oily-normal  but its aging so as I get older so that’s a concern and I want to use products that nurture my skin instead of control any oil.

I also don’t like foundation that  appear drying or sticky on my skin, or that settle into fine lines.

Below are my most frequently used foundations. I prep my skin by spraying it with Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator and using his Nutrient Day Cream. I also like using a non toxic eye cream and some Haut Cosmetics  Brightener  to help with any dark circles or shadows under my eyes.

I present to you a selection of my favorite Non Toxic Foundations for every need! 

Light coverage:

Kjaer Weis- I love Kjaer Weis, the compact is beautiful and modern and the formulations are non toxic.  This foundation offers light coverage but you can build it to a more opaque look. It has a more matte finish to it so I skipped any powder after applying.  I used a foundation brush and  blended well all over my face.

Dewy look:

Vapour Organic Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is what you need if you want light coverage plus a dewy finish. I have found that a finish like this will blur out wrinkles and give skin a glow. There’s definitely a fine line between looking soft and dewy versus appearing oily and in need of a blotting paper.

I use a small sponge to lightly blend this all over my face.  It offers medium coverage.

Medium Coverage:

W3LL People Narcissist is one of the products I use the most in my entire beauty arsenal. Its so easy to dab this straight from the stick to your face and blend with a brush. You can also use it like a concealer and touch up any spots or discoloration. I think the coverage is perfect- its not too heavy or light.

Nutrient Packed

Sappho foundation is chock full of good stuff like oils, antioxidants, minerals plus it contains organic ingredients. Its very easy to blend your way to perfect skin using Sappho’s foundation brush. Very gentle and excellent for sensitive skin or skin that frequently breaks out. Light coverage and silky texture.

Good for Aging Skin

Gressa Foundation is amazing thanks to being both a serum and a foundation. My experience with this product has been very positive. I sometimes use a primer with this foundation to help hold the color and lock it in. (My go-to is this Tarte Colored Clay CC primer) Botanical extracts and minerals are blended into a skin perfecting foundation.

I love the smooth and silky texture and the fact its very easy to blend.

Light coverage, glowing skin

Then you have to try the award winning Illuminating Foundation from Living Nature. This foundation contains manuka  honey plus natural oils with  a  blend of organic ingredients. Skin will have a gentle shimmer that lightly reflects imperfections and creates a soft appearance.

Full coverage 

Pure Anada has you covered. The Smooth and Conceal Liquid Foundation offers excellent coverage, I had to use a rather light hand applying this one. I dot it all over my face then blend with a good brush. This foundation hides imperfections and covers discoloration. It contains virgin, organic coconut oil and Argan & Sea Buckthorn oils.

I also really like Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques, I have a tiny sample size that I have been using sparingly but might have to soon buy a full size.  Although not as clean as hardcore beauty purists would prefer, Tarte offers a great full coverage foundation that lasts all day long.  I often use Juice Beauty’s foundation and BB Cream which has sun protection in it.




Coming in May, a Must Read from Karen White




There are a few authors who write books that I know I will love before I even crack open the cover. Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes, Caroline Leavitt (yes the very same who writes reviews here!), Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult, Kimberley Freeman and Karen White are authors I always have my eye on.

I was beyond excited to get a sneak peek at Karen White’s new novel which is due out in May.  My hands shook with anticipation as I began to read and I am not surprised that I’m completely hooked by The Sound of Glass. And yes I get excited over new books because I am a giant book nerd.

Here’s the synopsis:

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

I love how Karen takes a plot, complicates it and makes the reader care about the characters. I want to know what’s going to happen! I can’t stop reading this book and look forward to relaxing with it later. I highly recommend all of Karen White’s novels but put this one on your reading list for May when it officially is released!

Out of Africa is more than just a classic film…it’s a great, natural soap



by Caroline Leavitt

Soap can be drying for your skin, but you still need to get clean, right? Out of Africa bar soaps are made of pure, unrefined shea butter, which means moisture stays in your skin. Beauty-boosted with vitamins A, E, and F, these soaps are also rich in antioxidants. Handmade in West Africa, too. I tried the African Black, which made my skin feel positively glossy I also tried the Apricot Exfoliating Bar (they call it a revelation in hydration!) which seemed to make my skin glow.

Even better, every time you buy a soap, you contribute five cents to provide medical care and education to children in West Africa. So do good while you feel great! For more information, go here!

By Hello Dollface