Green Beauty Cult Favorites to Try Now


For the longest time I had been lusting over  S. W. Basics, Tata Harper, African Botanics and Indie Lee.  These brands have been around for a while and I’ve read rave reviews from green beauty lovers and bloggers who love all things beauty related.

Here are my thoughts as I have experienced these beautiful, thoughtful products!

Indie Lee: I’ve had the honor to meet Indie and she is as joyful and vibrant as a ray of sunshine! I liked her immediately. And her products are luscious…

I tried the Patchouli Sandalwood Body Oil and now I am obsessed. The scent is simple and warm, it sinks into the skin and leaves it soft.  Don’t worry about the patchouli- I know many people who are afraid of this scent, Indie’s formula is so subtle that all you smell is a pleasant aroma. I’d actually love this as a perfume oil…hint, hint Indie!

I also tried the CoQ-10 toner, this I applied with a cotton ball after washing my face. Key ingredients Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid help to keep skin’s Ph level balanced and I noticed my skin drank this in and looked fresh after I used it. I can see myself reaching for this one again and again.

S.W. Basics : I was a fan before I even tried the products! Just from reading about other blogger’s devotion, I knew I’d love what they have to offer.

I tried the Body Oil- which made of a combination of oils- most of them are organic. My favorite time to use body oil is after a shower when skin is still damp. I liberally pour it into my hands and apply from neck (because the face gets a lighter oil/serum/cream) to toe.

Lavender Spice is the perfect scent- light and comforting! I am a big lavender fan. The other oil is pretty  much unscented, its equally as delicious as the lavender spice. Soft, soft skin can be yours in the winter when you use a great quality body oil.

The Makeup Remover is perfect for lazy people like me who want to remove makeup in one quick step. Even mascara! This blend of organic oils nourishes skin and takes of all traces of makeup. Use a warm washcloth to wipe away residue.

Hibiscus, Lavender Powder and French Green Clay come together in the Hibiscus Mask, a wonderful treat for the face.  It brightens and tones, leaves skin clear and fresh, like you’re twenty years old again!

African Botanics:  Another brand much loved by skincare aficionados everywhere! This brand gives off an air of luxury which I always like, but it also uses natural ingredients which I LOVE.

The Neroli Infused Marula Oil is for the face but I use it on my neck, chest and hands. I love the Neroli scent. You  might know that Marula oil is super good for you- it helps with aging and keeps skin soft. Neroli is rich in vitamin C which is another great antioxidant with numerous benefits. This oil not only soothes skin but used over time, it will decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and also serves up a nice dose of nutrients.

Need something for the eyes? Try the Marula Resurrection Eye Cream. This cream contains so many nutrient rich ingredients that your skin has no choice but to comply! Check it out:  Arnica, Baobab and Carrot Seed Oils enhanced with Hyssop and Jojoba serve as the nourishing base, replenishing skin cells with vitamins and omegas while smoothing skin texture. Green Coffee Oil, Damask Rose, Wild Flower Honey and Colloidal Silver,help promote the skin’s renewal process.

Yes please! I dab this around the eye area and enjoy knowing that the sensitive skin around the eyes are being taken care of, nourished and I am  basically turning back the hands of time.

Finally, Tata Harper, a brand that I’ve read about with great interest for what seems like years!

I tried two face cleansing oils meant to be used together.  First, use the Nourishing Cleansing oil to dissolve makeup then follow up with the Purifying Cleanser (clove, ginger, turmeric, silver fir- I love the scent!) to remove anything else, this one does a steeper clean, ensuring your face is as pristine and cleansed as it can possibly be.


I am deeply in love with the Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in the shade of Very Charming, a petal pink that’s soft and light. Using natural pigments, this product also helps to fill in fine lines and give the face a youthful glow. I’ve been reaching for it everyday to use as a blush, its creamy and natural looking plus it lasts almost all day.

Have you tried any of these amazing brands? S.W. Basics is now available at Target, making it very easy to find and try for yourself.




Exciting new products from favorite brands



 Acure Organics Argan Oil- I’ve long been a fan of Acure Organics, that’s no big surprise! I love the pure, non toxic ingredients which make up every product from haircare to skincare. So I was super thrilled to check out their new aromatherapy Moroccan Argan Oils in the scents of Citrus Ginger, Coconut and Rose.

This argan oil is light- weight, absorbs quickly and helps skin with hydration, moisture, softens wrinkles, and can be used everywhere from head to toe. I’ve used it on my skin and hair, and my routine includes applying this on my neck, chest and hands every  night.

The scents are dreamy, not heavy at all,  more like a sheer fragrance that adds a subtle layer of relaxation to your application.

Find more Acure products here!



Speaking of fragrances, Aroma M Camellia Perfume was released recently and WOW, its a winner. This is what I would call my ‘going out perfume’ used for special occasions.

All natural and organic, this perfume is dreamy yet sophisticated.  I was instantly impressed, although given my love for the other wonderful Aroma M products, I shouldn’t have been surprised!

The blend of scents that make up this perfume sounds like a walk through a fragrant garden: jasmine, gardenia, neroli, geranium, rose, combined with frankincense  and camellia essential oil.

This perfume rivals any of the best that I have ever tried. I highly recommend it. Find more here!



Friday Reading Check In


This week I read two great books that were hugely entertaining. What would we do without the escape of a good book?

Let’s jump right in!

First up is Amy Poehler’s memoir/essay collection/sort of biography,  Yes Please.  I was hooked from page 1 where I realized that I really could be friends with Amy in real life. I think everyone feels that way about her! She’s super funny which we all know but also honest and compassionate and real.

Amy writes about growing up on the outskirts of Boston, how she got her start in comedy and performing, her happy times, sad times and regrets too. She talks a little about her marriage and divorce, and about her two sons. I loved reading about her time at Saturday Night Live and her improv days in Chicago.

If you loved Tina Fey’s  book and Mindy Kaling’s too, add this one to your library!



I switched genres and moved into The Memory Of Violets by Hazel Gaynor. This novel isn’t available until Feb. 2015 so pre-order  now. 

As much as I read, and its A LOT, I had never heard of London’s flower sellers aside from Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. I found the story of these children fascinating, I love a great slice of history that is woven into a captivating story.

Here’s the synopsis: 

1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden’s flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by the presence of each other. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very different paths.

1912. Twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves the peace and beauty of her native Lake District for London, to become assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls. For years, the home has cared for London’s orphaned and crippled flower girls, taking them off the streets. For Tilly, the appointment is a fresh start; a chance to leave her troubled past behind.

Soon after she arrives, Tilly discovers a notebook belonging to Flora Flynn. Hidden between the pages she finds dried flowers and a heartbreaking tale of loss and separation as Flora’s entries reveal how she never stopped looking for her sister.  Tilly sets out to discover what happened to Rosie. But the search will not be easy. Full of twists and surprises, it leads the caring and determined young woman into unexpected places, including the depths of her own heart.

I liked the book from the beginning but once I got deeper into the book, I really couldn’t put it down and was anxious to read more when my schedule allowed.

I highly recommend this novel, especially if you enjoy history. To learn more of the flower sellers, go here. And to pre-order go here! 


Clean Beauty from SANTE & Logona



In your quest for green beauty, have you tried SANTE? The parent company, Logona  comes to us from Europe and dates back to the 1970’s.  I love this:

“Our products utilize the highest quality, natural raw materials, such as: premium botanical oils, herbal extracts and essential oils derived from organic agriculture and wild-crafting.”

I am completely in love with the clean, green products I tried from SANTE and Logona.  Why use any toxic products when there are so many lovely clean ones ?

SANTE offers many items but I particularly loved the smooth lip pencils and  creamy lipstick. I use the lipstick often, its perfect in every way being both smooth and long lasting with excellent pigmentation.

The Volume Sensation mascara gives fabulous, buildable volume thanks to a plush brush. I tried the powdered rouge too- this has a  silky texture and goes on well using a large brush.

Eyes get the royal treatment with eye shadows containing ingredients like jojoba oil and essential oils. The eyeliners offer the pencil on one side, a spongy tip on the other for smudging. Start off any eye look with the Eye shadow  base, which help keep eye shadow in place all day. Its a neutral color that you can wear alone, or add color.

One of my favorites was an eyebrow pencil from SANTE, it has a brush on one end and the pencil on the other to really smooth and shape the brows.

I don’t leave home with a dab of powder all over my face, the SANTE compact uses very finely milled pigments and lightly mattifies oily skin.

I want to mention the sleek packaging- the rouge, compact, eye shadows are housed in a kind of frosted glass that is simple but glamorous.

Check out more SANTE goodness by going here.


Now I want to switch gears and talk about Logona which was first introduced years before SANTE.

Logona’s Rouge Duo is smooth and silky, nicely pigmented and easy to build the color depending on how flushed you want your cheeks. The Eye shadow Trio has a similar consistency, easy to blend and long wearing with great pigmentation. The Double Eyeliner Pencil offers two colors- use both at once, layer them up, use them separately, whatever you want to do! I like the colors and the fact you can gently smudge them to get more of a smokey look.

I loved the lip pencils- I had all but given up on trying to find a great lip pencil that was long lasting and smooth. Previously I had  been using a high end, popular lip pencil from a brand that is less than clean, in fact- I am embarrassed to admit how this was my go-to pencil before discovering Logona.

Another terrific product is the Tinted Day Cream Bio Rose and Aloe.  Made with mineral pigments and organic botanicals, this adds color and treats skin by nourishing it thanks to almond oil, jojoba, damascus rose, aloe and pomegranate. If your goal is to add just a bit of natural color while nourishing the skin, this is for you.

I love a good liquid liner provided I have the time to slowly apply it properly…and Logona offers a nice one that doesn’t bother my sensitive eyes. It takes a little time to get the application down, take your time and don’t rush it! See more by going to Logona’s site here.

I highly recommend you check out SANTE and Logona, I am all about clean beauty products, especially color cosmetics! And both brands offer much, much more than what I wrote about here so be sure to take the time to go through both sites and peruse the various products. You are sure to find something you like!





My Top Facial Cleansing Cloths



The easiest way to remove makeup quickly is to use these nifty wipes! I used to use a really effective cream cleanser to remove all traces of mascara and makeup however, since going green I have had to find new ways to quickly get stubborn mascara off my lashes and take off all traces of face makeup.

I’ve used all of these wipes and have had great success in makeup removal very quickly. I always wash my face with water, a wash cloth or a Clarisonic to remove any left over foundation but for a one-step face cleansing, these can’t be beat. I always pack a bunch when I go on vacation! I’ve also cleaned brushes with makeup wipes.

Here are my top picks:

1.  Klorane Soothing Makeup Remover Wipes with Cornflower Water

Fragrance free, paraben free and great for sensitive eyes, the Klorane wipes are extremely effective. They don’t leave a greasy residue, won’t burn eyes and will gently remove makeup (although waterproof mascara doesn’t come off quickly with these). I wish Klorane was greener and cleaner because with a little tweaking on the ingredients, these could be a pure standout. These were among the first makeup wipes that caught my eye and turned me on to using them for travel which is so much easier than toting my various cleansing creams and potions with me!

2. NatraCare Wipes

This brand  uses only organic and natural ingredients.  These use organic essential oils of almond, apricot and chamomile, are very gentle and have received the COSMOS organic standard, a  high seal of approval.

These removed all traces of makeup including a stubborn lipstick! If environmental concerns and the purity of ingredients are your  main issues, then give these a whirl.

3. Acure Organic Cleansing Towelettes

At only $6.99 these are a real bargain for 30 wipes! I love them. Easy to find, affordable and gentle- these are my top pick for the best wipes your money can buy! Feels  nice on the skin, leaves face clean and soft.

4. YES to…Cucumber and 5. YES to…Coconut

I like both of these- YES To Coconut and YES To Cucumber. They are both Cruelty Free, Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben Free as natural brands should be, right?

I personally love the scent of coconut but if that’s not your style, the soothing Cucumber wipes smell fresh and clean. I’ve used and liked  both of these and found them to be gentle and effective. If your skin tends to be sensitive, I might steer you towards the Yes to Cucumber wipes because they seem a tad more gentle.

5. Pacifica

These are easy to find- Target has them!-and affordable, $6 for 30 wipes. These Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes are quite clean and formulated without the toxic chemicals you don’t want near your skin.

I like these a lot. Made with coconut water, aloe, papaya fruit extract, they do a great job of removing makeup- even waterproof mascara. These left my skin clean and soft,  refreshed!




By Hello Dollface