Taking it Off with One Love Organics, Derma E, and Dew Puff


One of my early posts described my evening skin routine in steps. At the time, I said that I planned to finish up some products and look for cleaner product options. Today, I am ready to revisit steps 1 and 2, or first and second cleanse. This is also a bit of a high-low/splurge-steal routine. Starting with the splurge: I have started removing my makeup with an oil-based cleanser and I love it. I’ve been using One Love Organics Vitamin B Active Moisture Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover ($36, 4 oz.).

Here is how they describe it:

The ultimate in multi-tasking luxury, Active Moisture Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & Makeup Remover effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture and pH balance. The unique, creamy formula features papain, a fruit enzyme that helps to exfoliate and soften skin, and a natural Vitamin B complex to detoxify and tone. Concentrated yet gentle enough for all skin types.

This is a pricey, but beautiful product. If you don’t have heavy makeup on, you can probably get the job done with one pump. I find I need two pumps in order to get my makeup off–including mascara. It gets every bit of makeup off and using it gives you the opportunity to massage the oil into your (dry) face, which is relaxing and good for circulation. My favorite thing about it is that it turns milky once you splash water on, making it easy to remove. I really didn’t want anything like a balm that required a washcloth a day to remove. (More laundry? Um, no.) I also love the scent. It’s pineapple/papaya/tropical goodness.

Here is what is in it:

helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, di-ppg-2myreth-10 adipate, polyglycerol-3 beeswax, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil* (and) lecithin* (and) cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed oil* (and) papain*, carica papaya (papaya) seed oil, tocopherol (natural non-gmo vitamin e), proprietary natural & organic fragrance                *indicates organic

Now we turn to steal:  Since I start with an oil, I like to do a second cleanse to get everything off. For this, I have been keeping the fruity theme with Derma E’s Vitalizing Cleanser ($13.75, 6 oz). I like to put a tiny squirt of this on my konjac sponge to cleanse and gently exfoliate.

Here is how they describe it:

Gently wash away dirt, oil and impurities with this invigorating cleansing gel. Infused with tropical Tamanu, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Papaya, Aloe plus Vitamins A, C and E, this antioxidant-rich formula leaves your complexion clean, revitalized and refreshed. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

I think refreshing is a great way to describe this gel. It is really gentle, doesn’t foam and leaves a clean, but not dry or tight feeling to the skin. I also think it is a perfect for situations where it isn’t being relied on to take makeup off, but to gently cleanse and refresh. It’s a perfect second cleanse and I also use it in the morning, where I skip the oil step.

Here’s what’s in it:

Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Nut Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract* (.1%), Sodium Chloride (Sea Salt), Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Pineapple Mango Fragrance. 

Stay tuned for more skincare posts. Am currently trying a new sunscreen—not the Coola one that was on my wishlist. The twitterverse told me to skip it. And I have a couple of new masks to try out. It’s all about the glow!

It’s Not You; It’s Me: Kjaer Weis Foundation


Today, I am talking about my experience with Kjaer Weiss foundation. And I am girding my loins because I am about to disagree with the whole internet. Deep breath. I am not in love with it. There, I said it. Is the packaging glorious? Glorious enough to be likened to Cartier? Yes and yes. Are the ingredients clean? Yes. Is it clear a lot of work and care went into this product? Absolutely. Does it rival your holy grail “unclean” foundation? Clearly the case for many reviewers, but not for me.  I think it may very well rival holy grail foundations for specific skin types and shades. It’s just not my match made in heaven. I have come close with Alima Pure loose foundation and that is what I use most often. But I prefer cream or liquid. And boy, do I miss that slippy HD foundation of mine. Not enough to go back to it. Just enough to pine and sigh. I would love to be able to choose between Alima and a cream or liquid foundation in the morning and I won’t rest until I can.

I’ll admit that I have high expectations. I want a foundation that isn’t just clean. It also has to provide at least medium coverage; feel light; go on easy; have a matte, velvety finish; not call out imperfections or settle; and last through the work day. A foundation that makes my skin look better without being noticeable. I know I am asking for a lot, but I believe eco brands can rival what’s at the traditional beauty counter–even the luxe stuff. When I applied this, I really wanted to be blown away, but I wasn’t. Why do I feel guilty admitting it that? Why do I feel the need to tell you that I really tried to love it? That I tried applying with fingers and two different brushes and ultimately bought a Beauty Blender to apply it? That I tried prepping with a few different combinations of moisturizers and sunscreen? That I tried finishing with 3 different powders and still didn’t love it? 

I purchased the shade Paper Thin ($68) which is a pretty good match for my light-medium skin. I find it to have a peachy undertone (a yellow undertones is preferable to me). I understand they are planning to add additional shades to the line, which is great. There seem to be mixed reactions as to whether it is drying or moisturizing. I didn’t find it drying, but it is a very firm cream. It is not, as some have described it, a cream to powder. One thing many agree on—myself included—is that it is best applied with a damp Beauty Blender used in a dabbing motion. It helps to prep first with moisturizer and sunscreen. While those with drier skin or an affinity for dewy finishes might skip powdering,  I definitely needed powder. The foundation provides light coverage when applied with a light hand. It can be built up, but in my experience, going for more coverage doesn’t necessarily look better. I should note that it didn’t irritate my skin in any way and didn’t have an aroma to speak of. Both good things.

When I use this, I notice that it doesn’t hold on to my blush and the foundation itself fades before the end of the work day. Yet, while it seems gone overall, I can see it in my pores. (Yes, I know no one is looking that closely, but I can see it.) I think this product probably works best when you are having a great skin day and just use it sparingly to perfect things like redness around the nose and other light concealing. I also think those with balanced skin or even slightly drier skin would do well with this. I have combination skin and I like foundation to be matte on my t-zone and lightly even out my skin overall (rosy cheeks here).  I am looking for the old “my skin, but better” cliche. This doesn’t do that for me. At all.

While the KW foundation and I were not a match made in heaven, I do want to say that I own four KW eye shadows: Cloud 9, Divine, Onyx (reviewed here), and Wisdom. I think they are great. And I do have my eye on one of the lip colors. I think it’s important to share the good and not so good experiences, but I want to be clear that having a not so great experience with one offering in a line doesn’t mean there aren’t other great things in the line.

Wishlist for Spring: Part 1


Wishlist part 1…because you know there will be more right? Sometimes, reading through your blog feed or twitter feed can be a real problem. Especially if you’ve been trying to finish up products before buying anything new. Here are the things currently tempting me, and links to the temptresses who inspired the desire to buy…

We begin with sunscreen. If you’ve been following along, you know that I love Badger’s Antioxidant Damascus Rose Sunscreen (reviewed here.) Unfortunately, it’s only SPF 16 and it’s also unavailable while they reformulate it. I hope I still love it. In the meantime, winter summer is coming and a new and stronger sunscreen is needed. Blogger Sarita Coren must have been reading my mind, because today she did a post on her top 10 natural sunscreens. Check it out here. She has me wanting to try the Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer. What did it for me? Use of the word velvety.

And now for a little luxe skincare. Browsing spiritbeautylounge.com has become a form of meditation for me. It is a beautifully curated online store for clean beauty products. I came across the Amala Rejuvenating Advanced Firming Complex and the reviews convinced me to spring for a trial size–twice. It is really nice stuff, though it’s too soon to review it. Anyway. since I am already dedicated to the art of exfoliation, I am always interested in firming products to compliment my efforts. In looking into the brand I came across this Truth in Aging review for Amala’s Rejuvenating Collagen Mask and…I want it, I want it, I want it.

And while we are on the subject of exfoliation, this week NoMoreDirtyLooks.com “exposed” Charissa’s morning skin and hair routine. And I quote:

Once every two weeks, I’ve now started using this crazy amazing mitt by Dermasuri.  I kept reading about these Korean spas and Turkish Hammans where they would scrub your skin right off.  Well, I thought that was a brilliant idea and found this mitt in a local beauty shop called Beauty Candy.  It’s awesome.  Is it crazy to like seeing my skin fall off in the shower?  Probably, but I like it!

Skin falling off in the shower! And look at what these reviewers on Amazon are saying. Shed like a snake? Don’t mind if I do.