Desert Essence for Winter Weather


One of my favorite brands is Desert Essence! I frequently  use their Jojoba Oil and toothpaste and now I can add a few more items to my list- Gentle Nourishing Cleanser, Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion, and the Gentle Nourishing Night Cream.

Here’s what you need to know about Desert Essence- this brand is clean and safe, plus they are cruelty free.

NO: • Animal Derived Ingredients. • Animal Testing. • Parabens. • Artificial Fragrances or Dyes. • Petroleum Compounds: Mineral Oil Petrolatum or Paraffin SLS. • PEGS PPG MEA DEA or TEA. • Glycols. • Phthalates. YES:. • Vegetarian/Vegan. • Recyclable. • Gluten Free. • Biodegradable. • Renewable Sources. • Cruelty Free

To remove makeup and dirt, I use the Gentle Nourishing Cleanser which is made from Apple Juice, Aloe, plus a variety of oils and extracts.

I use a soft cloth to cleanse my skin with a few pumps of this cleaner. It leaves skin soft and clean and bonus-it can be used around the eye area too.

If you have overly oily skin, try the Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion. This helps dial back the oil production- ideal for teens!

Tea tree oil helps calm and soothe skin and the awesome antiseptic properties of it keep bacteria at bay. This product helps with excess oil but also adds hydration so skin doesn’t dry out.

Gentle Nourishing Night Cream is not greasy or oil and infuses your skin with moisture as you sleep. Night time is when cell turnover occurs so never forget a nourishing cream to aid the process.

This night cream is not greasy and absorbs quickly. I normally layer an oil or serum then a  night cream to really work on my skin while I sleep! You can find this night cream here.




Kari Gran + Jolene Hart = Lip Whip!


To have a lip gloss or any product named after you must be such a huge thrill! Jolene Hart, author of the incredible book, *Eat Pretty, has the honor of a lip gloss named after her: Jolene by Kari Gran!

And the color is gorgeous, a fiesty pink, a deep and bold shade that is light in texture and is hydrating.

You can apply just a swipe for a little sheer color or apply more aggressively for a darker look. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

I love Kari Gran’s Lip Whips, it’s what I reach for most often day to day!

These lip products are natural and non toxic. They contain beeswax and natural oils like camellia, olive and castor, plus mineral pigments and a splash of peppermint oil.


True story- I keep a pot of Kari Gran’s Lip Whip on my bathroom counter because I use it so much. I don’t even put it away!

The other color here is Shimmer which is a nude-peach with light flecks of pearly shine.  I have mixed the two together for a mid-tone pinky peach. You just cannot go wrong with these!

This duo is sold until 12/31 so hurry and get yours before they are sold out. You can go here for more information or to place an order.

*If you haven’t read Eat Pretty, do it now! A great book with recipes and nutritional advice.

What Are You Reading?


I read author Kathleen Tessaro’s great novel The Perfume Collector last year and was eager to dive into her new book, Rare Objects. This one won’t be out until 2016 so pre-order on Amazon or add to your To-Read list on Goodreads! You won’t want to miss this book.

Here’s what you need to know:

Boston, 1933. Maeve Fanning is a first generation Irish immigrant, born and raised among the poor, industrious Italian families of Boston’s North End by her widowed mother. Clever, capable, and as head strong as her trademark red hair suggests, she’s determined to better herself despite the overwhelming hardships of the Great Depression.

I really enjoyed reading about Maeve, who calls herself May and dyes that bright red hair blonde to feel more elegant and secure a job for herself at an antique shop.

She is friends with the mentally unstable Diana and develops a relationship with Diana’s playboy brother, James, all against the backdrop of 1930’s Boston.

I am a sucker for a story set in the 30’s or 40’s especially in a big city. Rare Objects held my interest and I was sorry when it ended!

After Rare Objects, I read The Restaurant Critics Wife by Elizabeth LaBan. Good, fun book.  After I read a historical novel or a memoir, I enjoy switching gears and reading something a little lighter like this one.

Here’s the synopsis:

Lila Soto has a master’s degree that’s gathering dust, a work-obsessed husband, two kids, and lots of questions about how exactly she ended up here.

In their new city of Philadelphia, Lila’s husband, Sam, takes his job as a restaurant critic a little too seriously. To protect his professional credibility, he’s determined to remain anonymous. Soon his preoccupation with anonymity takes over their lives as he tries to limit the family’s contact with anyone who might have ties to the foodie world.

Meanwhile, Lila craves adult conversation and some relief from the constraints of her homemaker role. With her patience wearing thin, she begins to question everything: her decision to get pregnant again, her break from her career, her marriage—even if leaving her ex-boyfriend was the right thing to do. As Sam becomes more and more fixated on keeping his identity secret, Lila begins to wonder if her own identity has completely disappeared—and what it will take to get it back.


And then back to a historical book- I just started this one last night and am into it! Love it.  Called The Forgotten Room, it is written by three fantastic authors all of which have last names starting with W: Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig


1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Who is the woman in Captain Ravenel’s portrait miniature who looks so much like Kate?  And why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother?  In their pursuit of answers, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Gilded Age Olive Van Alen, driven from riches to rags, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, and Jazz Age Lucy Young, who came from Brooklyn to Manhattan in pursuit of the father she had never known.  But are Kate and Cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room?

I am completely hooked and cannot wait to pick this up again later today and read more.



Immune Shield by Frownies


It was years ago when I read about a famously beautiful Hollywood actress who swore by Frownies to keep her wrinkles away.

Frownies are patches you put on your skin, essentially training wrinkles to go away. Its a genius idea that’s non invasive and cost-effective!

I didn’t know Frownies offered anything more than the patches but they have a whole line of non-toxic skin care. Right now I am using the Frownies Immune Shield Vitamin E Serum.

I’ve been using this every night after my shower and I love it! It sinks into skin without a heavy or greasy residue. Once its absorbed, I  layer a heavy night cream on top for lots of moisture and hydration while I sleep. I also slather this on my neck, tops of hands, and chest.

The ingredients are natural and non-gmo and include a great blend of plant based botanically derived oils such as sea buckthorn,  meadowfoam, carrot seed and vitamin E (and more).

This serum is gentle, I use it around my eye area with no problems and its an important part of my evening routine. A little bit is all you need for the whole face!

You can find out much more by going here! 

*Cyber Monday deal: 20% OFF and FREE samples with every order, use code CYBERMONDAY on the Frownies website*





The Battle of the Natural Deodorants!


No, never a battle here on Hello Dollface! But I will tell you that I have not used conventional deodorants in a long, long time in favor of pure and natural products that will not cause any health issues.

You can do a search on  the link between deodorants and breast cancer, the information out there indicates there’s a relationship and I don’t want any increase in my risk for breast cancer.

I was excited to test out the new stick deodorant from Schmidt’s and I had high hopes since I used their cream form with success!

Using this completely for over ten days gave  me a really wide variety of experiences to put it to the test and Schmidt’s passed with flying colors. In fact, this held up even on the hottest day that included lots of physical activity and time outside on a 90* day.

Vegan, cruelty free, and completely natural ingredients makes this a must-have! It comes in a different scents like Lavender + Sage, Bergamot + Lime, Cedarwood + Juniper, Ylang + Ylang and Calendula plus Fragrance Free.

The ingredients in the Lavender + Sage are:

Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Lavandula (lavender) essential oil, Salvia sclarea (clary sage) essential oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) Extract

I love the stick form- it did not crumble or melt and maintained a good consistency. I highly, highly recommend it for everyone. Nothing but mad love for this Portland based company.


I also tried the Lavanila Spot Luxe deodorant in the scent of Vanilla Breeze. I love the scent of this one, its really clean and fresh.

It does not contain Parabens, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Silicones, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Chemical Sunscreens, or Aluminum. 

Goes on smoothly, smells great, and works well for several hours. If you are new to natural products and want to give an aluminum free deodorant a whirl, this is a great one to start with.

The ingredients in this one include:

Water (Aqua), Propanediol (Corn derived), Sodium stearate (Coconut derived), Zea mays (Corn) starch, Silica, Glycerin (Vegetable derived), Glyceryl laurate (Coconut and palm kernel oil derived), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon peel oil), Inulin (Artichoke derived), Alpha-Glucan oligosaccharide (Sugar derived), Yeast beta glucan, Camellia sinensis (Japanese green tea) extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) leaf extract, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) ¬flower extract, Hydrastis canadensis (Goldenseal) extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) oil, Lycium barbarum fruit (Goji berry) extract, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium phytate (Rice derived), Sodium bicarbonate (Baking soda), Botanical fragrance blend.

By Hello Dollface