What I am Using and Loving Right Now

What I am Using and Loving Right Now

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I am very obsessed with all things Patchouli & Buriti right now. The scent is so incredible, it’s just the perfect blend and I am using the body lotion every day, the soap in the shower, and the deodorant daily too. Speaking of the deodorant, it’s made with non-GMO glycols from corn and does NOT contain aluminum, propylene glycol, parabens, triclosan or silicones.

The “certified organic Shea Butter used in all Nubian Heritage products is ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana and helps protect sensitive underarm skin.”

I’ve featured Nubian Heritage in the past and I really like this brand. The products are gentle and never irritate my sensitive skin, they smell wonderful and are made with oils and butters.

There are so many products to choose from and I love that they are affordable and easy to find online or in the store.

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I am always searching for a good eyelash serum, lashes tend to thin out a little as we age (I just read it might be from lack of magnesium) so I like to take special care of my lashes. I put Plume to the test for the past several weeks and have noticed a thickness in my lashes that was not there before!

Plume eyelash serum is made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, castor oil, vitamin E, and honey extract just to name a few of the standout ingredients. There’s nothing here that irritates my eye area which is very sensitive.

You apply it to your lash line or brows every night and allow the product to work as you sleep. It took about three weeks to see a difference but I feel my lashes look thicker and seem to be falling out less.

Here’s the full ingredient list:

Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tussilago Farfara (Coltsfoot) Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycerin, Honey Extract, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Tropaeolium Majus (Indian Cress) Extract, Xanthan Gum, Coleus Forskohlii Root Oil, Carya Ovata (Hickory) Bark Extract.

Very natural and nourishing. I love it and highly recommend to those looking to give their lashes a boost! Go here for more information. 

I also tried Body Merry Lash & Brow Elixir, another non-toxic lash product for longer, thicker lashes and brows. Instead of applying to the root of the lashes like you do with Plume, you apply with a brush to lashes and brows.

This one contains:

Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber Hydrosol), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Algae Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetapeptide-7, Globularia  Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (Plant Stem Cells), Biotin, dl-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Cucurbito Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed Oil), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer,  Polysorbate 20

The serum is thin and dries quickly. Again, I use this in the evenings before bed and let it work its magic while I sleep. Lately, I have been using this on my lashes and loving how they seem to be healthier looking, both thicker and a little longer.

Body Merry offers many products besides this lash and brow elixir. You can go here to learn more!
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Moon Juice is a neat little store both online and in person. Here’s what you need to know:

Moon Juice represents a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond juices, milks, and snacks. It’s a healing force, an etheric potion, a cosmic beacon for those seeking out beauty, wellness and longevity.

I must get to the shop in Silver Lake because it seems like a place I would love. I’ve been to the Moon Juice website a lot and am so intrigued.

Moon Juice offers tonics and elixirs and I got to try samples of Brain Dust and Spirit Dust.  Check it out:

Brain Dust is “an adaptogenic elixir to maintain healthy systems for superior states of clarity, memory, creativity, alertness and a capacity to handle stress.”

Wow, do I ever need help handling stress! This one is made from  Astragalus, Lion’s Mane, Shilajit, Maca, Rhodiola, Organic Stevia, Ginkgo.

The Spirit Dust helps you “unwind, expand peaceful awareness and align with bliss.” In other words, its for when you want to relax.

It contains Goji, Reishi, Longan, Astragalus, Salvia, Organic Stevia and reminds me a little of a caramel flavor. You can mix it in anything, I just put it in water and stirred it up.

I personally love it and enjoy nature’s remedies  most of all. If I can avoid medication, I will do so and reach for something like these from Moon Juice. Check out some of their other products by going here!

New and Amazing From Acure Organics

New and Amazing From Acure Organics

 

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It’s no secret that I love Acure Organics. I will eagerly and happily dig into whatever this brand introduces because I’ve had really good experiences trying everything in the past. The products are vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty-free. YAY!

Currently, I am using the following products:

Facial Cleansing Cream- I am always going to love a product that removes makeup and leaves skin soft and clean. This one is perfect to keep in the shower so at the end of the day, I can grab it and wash off everything from mascara to concealer.  It smells fresh and clean too. Contains Olive Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, and Cocoa Butter, Blackberry and Rosehips plus mint.

Radical Resurfacing Treatment contains fermented lemon peel probiotic, poet’s daffodil stem cells, and organic chlorella growth factor. This product is geared for trouble spots like blotches and acne, dark spots and anything else that needs a little help. It has a light lemon scent, goes on smooth, sinks into skin quickly and works very well with other products. I’ve been using a little each evening under my heavier treatments and I really like it!

Rosehip Oil has long been a favorite of mine and an oil that I use alongside other products. It’s great for scars, fine lines, and dark spots, its full of vitamins and antioxidants, it hydrates and rejuvenates all skin tones and types. I recommend this for the many benefits from head to toe. You can even put it in your hair as a treatment.

I am also loving their Dry Oil Spray which is hydrating and smells incredible yet absorbs quickly so your clothes don’t get all greasy and damp. This is made from marula and argan oil. I’ve also used this on the ends of my hair to tame it.

You can find these and more by going here. Have you tried anything from Acure Organics? Let me know!

 

 

 

How I Finally Found A Way To Smooth My Frizzy Hair

How I Finally Found A Way To Smooth My Frizzy Hair

 

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For as long as I can remember and certainly as long as Hello Dollface has been in existence, I’ve been battling frizzy hair. Not only is my hair color treated but its dry from heat styling and naturally it has a fuzzy texture, not unlike carpet fibers. If heavy metal hair from the 1980’s became fashionable, I’d have the best hair ever.

But it’s not really enviable to have frizz so I’ve been trying to tame it for more than half my life now. In fact, trying to soothe my funky strands is what started me on my clean, green beauty path. Finding out that hair products contained all kinds of nasty chemicals  made me seek cleaner alternatives. I have found some really great ones that certainly helped but nothing cured. I don’t think you can reverse damaged/frizzy/wavy hair but you can find products to help soothe and straighten.

I’ve been reading reviews and trying products and reading more and buying serums and oils like it’s my life’s work to crack the code on owning smooth hair.

After much dedication and research here is what I have found to work! 

I like using Josh Rosebrook’s Nourish Shampoo which smells amazing and is super gentle on my color treated hair. I have also found that Sun Bum shampoo smells super delicious and leaves hair very soft and the So Long Damage Matrix line, though not as clean as I’d like, also has shampoo/conditioner that work well to soothe and smooth my locks. The key is to add moisture without weighing hair down!

A really incredible conditioner that has shown me amazing results is called Silk18 Natural Conditioner By Maple Holistics. I love the results but wish the ingredients were just a little cleaner: Water, Aloe Barbadenasis Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alchohol, Behentrimonium Choride Glycern, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Phytokeratin, Propanediol, Capryic Capric Triglyceride, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Certified Organic Blend Pomegrante, Hibiscus Green Tea and Sea Buckthorn, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil, Natural Vanilla Fragrance, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

After shampooing and conditioning, I use a soft tee shirt to absorb the water in my hair then comb through with a plastic wide-toothed comb. I then use my styling products.

Rusk Str8 serum eliminates frizz in a way that other products could not accomplish. Keep in mind that my hair is thin, shoulder length and fine. People with thick hair might not have the same results. This product is not green and clean but it works better than anything else to give my hair a smooth finish.

To style, I use a big round brush. I typically start at the bangs and work my way around my head, I wish it was systematically but really it’s about how tired my arms get.

When hair is half- way dry, I rub a little tiny bit of Lanza Keratin Healing Oil Combing Cream though the back and ends of my hair. THEN I either put my hair in a ponytail or whip out a curling/straightening tool. If I curl, I use a John Frieda curling iron or the CHI Onyx Euroshine Flat Iron which has ceramic plates which get very hot and evenly distributes heat for reduced frizz and high shine.

To finish this whole process, I use either a little bit of Camellia Oil or Argan and I mean a very little bit like less than a penny size, and finish it with my Josh Rosebrook hair spray which is the BEST hairspray ever. Not only is it clean, green, non-toxic but it locks hair into place and doesn’t dry it out.

I have also tried and liked Garnier Fructis Anti-Frizz Serum, Philip B. Anti-Frizz, Alba Botanica Anti-Frizz and Rene Furterer Karite Leave-In Serum, all which work very well to combat frizz and keep hair looking like it’s naturally sleek!

 

Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading

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I love this one and will be sorry when its over! The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis is keeping me turning the pages as I enjoy the story of Darby, an inhabitant of the Barbizon Hotel for Women in the 1950s. New York City? 1950s? I loved it at page one!

Here is the full synopsis:

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t belong—a notion the models do nothing to disabuse. Yet when Darby befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely new side of New York City: seedy downtown jazz clubs where the music is as addictive as the heroin that’s used there, the startling sounds of bebop, and even the possibility of romance.

Over half a century later, the Barbizon’s gone condo and most of its long-ago guests are forgotten. But rumors of Darby’s involvement in a deadly skirmish with a hotel maid back in 1952 haunt the halls of the building as surely as the melancholy music that floats from the elderly woman’s rent-controlled apartment. It’s a combination too intoxicating for journalist Rose Lewin, Darby’s upstairs neighbor, to resist—not to mention the perfect distraction from her own imploding personal life. Yet as Rose’s obsession deepens, the ethics of her investigation become increasingly murky, and neither woman will remain unchanged when the shocking truth is finally revealed.

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I read this one a while ago and swore I posted about it! Pam Jenoff is an incredible author. Don’t miss this captivating novel, The Orphan’s Tale. Here’s what you need to know:

Seventeen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation of her native Holland. Heartbroken over the loss of the baby she was forced to give up for adoption, she lives above a small German rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep.

When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants, unknown children ripped from their parents and headed for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the baby that was taken from her. In a moment that will change the course of her life, she steals one of the babies and flees into the snowy night, where she is rescued by a German circus.

The circus owner offers to teach Noa the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their unlikely friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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I am so excited to read this book, The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey. It’s my kind of book- funny and relatable. Take a look:

Forty-four, fit, and fabulous, Liddy James is one of New York’s top divorce attorneys, a bestselling author, and a mother of two. Armed with a ruthless reputation and a capsule wardrobe, she glides through the courtrooms and salons of the Manhattan elite with ease. What’s her secret? Liddy will tell you: “I don’t do guilt!”

This is the last thing literature professor Peter James wants to hear. Devastated by his divorce from Liddy six years earlier, the two have a tangled history his new partner, Rose, is only just sorting out. But Rose is a patient woman with faith in a well-timed miracle and she’s determined to be sympathetic to Peter’s plight. Together, Liddy, Peter, and Rose have formed a modern family to raise Liddy and Peter’s truculent teen and Liddy’s darling, if fatherless, six-year-old.

But when Rose announces she’s pregnant, Liddy’s nanny takes flight, the bill for a roof repair looms, and a high-profile divorce case becomes too personal, Liddy realizes her days as a guilt-free woman might be over.

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I really enjoyed this novel, One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison. She’s a great writer, the type whose words flow effortlessly and who clearly has a great sense of humor! This is a breezy, funny book, perfect for vacation.

Meet Prinny, Chelsea and Diana. Prinny is the owner of Cosmos, a shop that sells crystals, potions, candles, and hope. It’s also a place where no one turns down a little extra-special cocktail that can work as a romance potion or heal a broken heart. But Prinny is in love with her married lawyer and she’ll need nothing short of magic to forget about him.

Chelsea works as a living statue at tourist sites around Washington, DC. It’s a thankless job, but it helps pay the rent. That, and her part-time job at Cosmos. As her dream of becoming a successful actress starts to seem more remote and the possibility of being a permanently struggling one seems more realistic, Chelsea begins to wonder: at one point do you give up on your dreams? And will love ever be in the cards for her?

Diana Tiesman is married to Leif, a charismatic man who isn’t faithful. But no matter how many times he lets her down, Diana just can’t let him go. She knows the only way she can truly breakaway is if she leaves and goes where he will never think to follow. So she ends up at Cosmos with Leif’s stepsister, where she makes her homemade teas and tinctures as she figures out whether she’d rather be lonely alone than lonely in love.

 

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I always want to read a great memoir so I was very happy to read Look At You Now by Liz Pryor. In her book, Liz talks about being sent away pregnant at age seventeen in order to save her family from the shame of having a pregnant daughter.

In 1979, Liz Pryor—a girl from a good family in the ritzy Chicago suburbs—fell pregnant during senior year of high school. Her parents made what they thought to be the right decision: to keep the pregnancy a secret.

For six months, Liz lived in a dismal government facility for impoverished pregnant teenagers, hiding from everyone she knew. She was a fish out of water—a girl from privilege surrounded by girls from the foster system and juvie.

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Topping my To-Be-Read pile is The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson. With comparisons to Everything I Never Told You and Prep, it’s bound to be amazing.

 

In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.

Due out January 2017!

 

Breathable Nail Polish? Yes!

Breathable Nail Polish? Yes!

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What’s Breathable nail polish? This cool new technology comes to us from Orly.

The polishes contain something called Advanced Oxygen Technology which allows air and hydration to reach the nail. It’s a very special kind of technology that I don’t even understand- but it’s cool!

These polishes contain argan oil and vitamins B5 and C which help nail health and hydration. The All in One formulation takes care of the need for a base and top coat. Just a swipe or two and you’re done.

Damaged, dry nails will love this Breathable polish. Mine do!

Orly polish is made without  DBP, Formaldehyde and Toulene. The polish is long lasting and shiny. I love the rubbery top which allows you to get a good grip on it. I am pretty particular when it comes to polishes, I like a certain texture and consistency and I give Orly high marks for both.

You can learn more and check out all the colors Orly offers by going here!

While I love and use green clean beauty products, I don’t mind using nail polish that’s not strictly five or seven free. Nail polish by its very nature can never be completely free of toxins and its one of the areas where I just allow myself to enjoy painted nails and not worry as much about the exact formulation.