The Line Up: Fancy Sunday Pampering


I just thought I would review what I used for a recent round of pampering. I busted out all my green beauty faves and fancies for this one…

First Cleanse
I removed sunscreen, makeup, and a few layers of sweat and grime with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil. This pineapple-scented oil takes it all off–including mascara. You really work it into dry skin to break down the makeup, then add water to emulsify. I like to splash a little water on and pass my hands over my face gently to emulsify because I don’t want to press the oil in further. It rinses pretty clean, so no need to use a washcloth–yet.

Second Cleanse
I then did a second cleanse using Yuli Halcyon Cleanser. This beautiful bio-active gel leaves skin clean, fresh and toned without stripping. Halycon, along with the OLO cleansing oil are probably my most repurchased green beauty items. They are hall of famers.

Exfoliating Mask
Next I applied Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask for some gentle exfoliation. This floral jelly does its thing without burning or irritating the skin one bit–even if you leave it on a little longer than directed. It features beta-hydroxy acids, french pink clay and willow bar. It tightens as it dries. The closest description I can think of for the texture when dry is an an egg white. I left it on for about half an hour. This pot is almost empty and I definitely will repurchase.

Now for the Wash Cloth
I wet a wash cloth with warm water and put it over my face to moisten the mask, remove it and provide light exfoliation. I followed by splashing cool water on my face.

Hydrating Mask
I patted my face dry then applied the Innisfree Intensive Ampoule Mask (not pictured–sorry I accidentally tossed it without photographing it like the noob that I am). This two-step sheet mask was a gift from a Korean friend. Innisfree looks to be a green brand, but I had trouble finding an ingredients list in English. You apply a gel to the skin, then put on the sheet mask, which is also soaked in gel. It was very hydrating and brightening. I do like hydrating sheet masks and hydrogel masks and I will do some digging around for additional options. After leaving that on for about 20 minutes, I removed it and rubbed in the remaining gel.

Tone and Treat
Once the gel from the mask was absorbed, I spritzed some Yuli Panacea Elixir (another all-star) and patted in a few drops of Sunday Riley Luna Oil. I am going to use this a little longer before reviewing it, but so far I really like it. My only gripe is the addition of blue coloring. I let that sink in and then patted on some MV OrganicsRose Soothing and Protective Moisturizer. This one is new promising. I finished with Waxlene balm on my lips. Pampering complete.

Review: Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser


I recently splurged on the Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser and I have no regrets! (For those of you keeping track: I am still very devoted to my OLO Vitamin B Cleansing Oil and my Yuli Halcyon Cleanser–I always have back ups of these ready to go because they are that good. OLO reviewed here and Yuli reviewed here.)

I bought the TH Refreshing Cleanser because my skin is winter-worn: red, dry, and dull. I wanted something creamy that I could remove with a warm, wet washcloth. My goal was to exfoliate the dry flaky skin off my cheeks and hairline in the most gentle way possible. I was inspired to look at TH cleansers by skincare guru Caroline Hirons (look up her blog because she is awesome). She loves TH’s Regenerating Cleanser and is a big advocate for removing cleansing products with a flannel (or washcloth here in the States). After looking into the Regenerating Cleanser, I opted against it because it contains exfoliating particles and I didn’t think my skin would take kindly to it. I did like the oils and clay in the ingredients list and was thrilled to find that the TH Refreshing Cleanser has those lovely ingredients without any particles. 

Here is what is in it:

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetearyl olivate, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil*, Sorbitan olivate, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) peel Extract,  Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root) Extract, Oryza sativa (Rice) extract*, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit ferment extract, Salix alba (Willow bark) extract*, Kaolin (Rose Clay), Sclerotium gum, Coco-glucoside, Cetearyl glucoside, Cetyl palmitate, Sorbitan palmitate, Soybean peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, Sodium phytate , Aroma**, Limonene, Citral *Ingredients from organic farming ** Clinical grade essential oils blend 

I have been using it a few times a week as a second cleanse in the evening or as a first cleanse in the morning. I apply it to dry skin, work it in well, wet my hands a bit, and work it in some more. I finish with the washcloth. I’ve also applied it and  left it on while I did a little housecleaning and it made for a nice mask.  It is effective, gentle, and refreshing (as advertised). The cleanser is creamy though you can feel the oils in it. I really love taking it off with a cloth. The dry patches and flakes are gone. The clay and enzymes make your skin feel clean–pores feel tightened and your face feels toned overall. My skin feels soft and clean–but not stripped clean. Oh and the grapefruit scent is very uplifting. My skin is happy. For those of you who are counting, this is my second Tata Harper acquisition. I have–and love–her Resurfacing Mask. Reviewed here.