New from Yes To…Tomatoes and Grapefruit


I’ve used the Yes To…. brands many times in the past- one of my favorites is the Yes to Tomatoes body lotion which has a really nice scent and is lovely for after a bath or shower.

Recently I tried the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser and the Yes to Grapefruit Correct and Repair. Here are my thoughts!

Charcoal is hot ingredient right now, I’ve seen it in numerous products lately and use it myself to brighten and whiten teeth.

 Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is ideal for acne prone skin.  Deep cleans the skin with ingredients that include antioxidants, jojoba spheres for light exfoliation and salicylic acid, a known acne fighter.

Curious about the ingredients? Here they are:

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1% Inactive Ingredients Water, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Propanediol, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Caprylate,Polylactic Acid, Charcoal Powder, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract*, Cucurbita Pepo(Pumpkin), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*,Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract*, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Alcohol, Fragrance. *Certified Organic Ingredient

These products are Paraben, SLS, and Silicone Free, plus they are cruelty free.

Yes to Grapefruit Correct and Repair smells really nice, its the first thing I noticed when I opened the jar! This is a gentle peel that contains grapefruit extract and vitamin C to brighten dull skin.

This peel will help with skin turnover, brighten dark spots and create a more luminous complexion. Its quick and easy to use and washes off with a simple wipe with a warm cloth.

I use this with hopes of decreasing the severity of dark spots- probably from when I used to sun bathe at the Jersey shore back in the day!

Check out the ingredients: 

Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Glycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Honey, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract*, Gellan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry)Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Pullulan, Saccharum O cinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Algae Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate,Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Bakuchiol, Zantedeschia Elliottiana Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene. * Certified Organic Ingredient

These products are easy to find online or in the store, they are also affordable. My only caution is for those who are sensitive to fragrance because these do carry a scent. The Yes to Carrots line offer several fragrance free products which you can view here. 

Breast Cancer, From Awareness to Prevention

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Yes its that time of year again. And it makes my blood boil!

Many, many companies roll out their special breast cancer awareness products which are often  unhealthy and contain the very ingredients that cause cancer.  Big businesses hope to cash in on the very marketable pink ribbon campaign.

According to the BCA, The Personal Care Products Council and the American Cancer Society are giving women in cancer treatment cosmetics that contain chemicals linked to increased cancer risk and some of the chemicals may actually interfere with breast cancer treatment.

It’s maddening!

I would rather teach people about prevention and how they can decrease their toxic chemical burden and lead a healthier life.

The above infographic is helpful to get a good idea about toxins that lurk in personal care products. I always advise consumers to read up on ingredients and learn what they are, not all chemicals in products are toxic.

I love the website SkinDeep to look up ingredients and their toxicity levels. Be smart! Educate yourself.

Marie Veronique


I have been looking forward to trying Marie Veronique products for a while now and recently I got the chance to put them to the test.

This brand uses clean, non toxic ingredients and offers specially formulated products for  skin care concerns such as acne, aging, hyperpigmentation, and more.

Cleanser De Jour contains an interesting ingredient  called Superoxide dismutase. Thisprotects against aging by reducing damage done by the superoxide anion.” The Cleanser won’t strip skin of natural oils and leaves it soft and with the powerful SOD, it helps keep skin looking fresh.

Mist De Jour treats skin  by balancing it out thanks to probiotics which decreases irritation. I’ve been using this a lot on my skin which has a little break out right now.

Coconut water and licorice extract hydrate and help with inflammation.  It also contains lavender essential oil, carrot seed oil, and more. Ideal for after cleansing and before a treatment serum or oil.

A great treatment mask is a must- have in your skin care arsenal! The Profoliation Mask uses alpha hydroxy (among other powerful ingredients) which helps hyperpigmentation and brightens the complexion. You only need a few minutes of the mask to reap the benefits. Skin radiance is boosted and helps give tired skin a boost.

Tired eyes will get nourishment from the Eye Serum. You may have noticed over time, the skin around the eyes getting thinner and drier, this serum contains a green and white tea combination plus hydrosols and oils to really moisturize and treat this delicate area of the face.  Ingredients known to brighten help illuminate dark circles. A winner for morning and night.

I am also using the Gentle Serum, which makes my skin so smooth that I almost think its velvet. Ingredients such hydrosols, essential oils, and extracts come together to provide skin with a hefty dose of nutrients.

I am impressed with the products I sampled from Marie Veronique! They offer lovely, gentle skincare that produces results like a softer, more supple complexion.

You can view the entire range by going here!




Gentle Cleansing with Dr. Hauschka



No one wants a harsh cleanser to remove makeup and cleanse skin! I always seek out super clean and gentle ingredients that won’t strip skin of natural oils and moisture. I want my skin clean but very hydrated and moisturized. That “squeaky clean” feeling is a big no-no.

Dr. Hauschka offers a Cleansing Milk that does a great job of cleansing but leaves skin very soft and velvet smooth.

Which ingredients keep skin hydrated? You will find Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil in this cleansing- these are among my personal favorite oils.

This product meets my criteria: no  synthetic fragrances, dyes, preservatives, mineral oil, parabens, silicones and PEGs and its vegan. Its does contain wheat gluten though so use caution if you are extremely sensitive to gluten.

You can find this product and much more by going here.

I would love to try Dr. Hauschka’s makeup- have you tried anything? Let me know your thoughts!

Weekend Reading


I read and loved David Crabb’s memoir, Bad Kid. I laughed a lot and his writing brought up some memories of growing up, feeling super awkward and out of place. Basically, if a memoir is about someone not comfortable in their own skin, pegging their jeans and carrying a Trapper Keeper, I’m going to read it. (Up next, Where’s My Wand?) If you are into memoirs, definitely take a look at Bad Kid.

I am also reading this very famous and well loved book, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.  I want to improve my thoughts and really focus on positive energy and happiness in all that I do but I need a little help! I enjoy self-help books like this one.

Here’s the 411:

“Dr. Peale provides inspiring success stories from his own extensive experience as a counselor—such as a department store executive who turned his store into one of the chain’s most profitable by focusing on his past successes rather than his failures, and a woman who recovered her self-confidence and joy and purpose in living when she started volunteering with cancer survivors after her own breast cancer diagnosis cut short her modeling career.

The wisdom, guidance, and practical advice provided in The Power of Positive Living will give you faith in yourself and in your power to achieve absolutely anything!”



Dottie and Mary are best friends in the 1960’s in England in the book, The Girls from Seesaw Lane by Sandy Taylor. I have just started to read this one and am hooked! I love the vivid details of the time period and the closeness of the best friends.

Here are the details:

“Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They’ve shared everything together since then – the highs and lows of school, family dramas, hopes and dreams and now, at seventeen, they’re both shop girls, working at Woolworths.

As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves as life becomes more complicated. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship in ways neither of them could ever imagine…”

Good news! Its only 99 cents on Amazon (Kindle edition) and you can pre-order it right now, due out in December. Here’s a link for you.



By Hello Dollface