Little Green Steps

Go paperless from investment prospectus documents. Eco-action #3 Most banking institutions have a paperless option, which I’ve signed up for over the years for general banking. However I am hesitant to go paperless with my investments out of paranoia – what if a robot deletes my account and I have no proof of my recent…

Cleansing oils – a slippery proposition

– Oil is for cooking not my face, mom! (Me, at age 16) I first unwittingly tried a cleansing oil in Tokyo, at my moms place when I was 16. I squirted face cleanser in my hand, rubbed it in my face and shrieked. It was oil! And I had serious acne! Shocked, I thought my…

Crest Flouride – The Big Toss

 Edit    I dropped these off at the front desk of my dentists office today, explaining I use a different toothpaste (xyliwhite) and mouthwash (hydrogen peroxide). They were samples from my last three visits. I didn’t want them anymore and also didn’t want them to go to waste if one of their patients will use these…

Bliss Makeup – The Big Toss

I gathered up five Bliss products in my cabinet, at some point years ago I went through a Blissworld phase when they had a makeup line. Now defunct, I can’t locate these products online or even find their ingredients lists. Being a mystery line that is currently collecting dust, they will be part of my big toss.   I…

Fresh Beauty – The Big Toss

I got a trio of Fresh products for free from Sephora VIP rewards and was excited to try them because I’ve enjoyed Fresh bath products. While expensive, they make very luxurious and beautifully scented lotions, fragrances, soaps, and bath salts. I was in love with the lychee scent, and bought it from time to time…

Aubrey Organics GBP Shampoo – The Big Toss

This Aubrey Organics GBP shampoo… How do I be polite? Well, I’ll just say it, it sucked! No bubbles (suds are my personal preference), smelled like vomit, did not feel like it cleaned my hair at all, and combined with the matching conditioner left my hair dry, oddly chalky, and very dull. The Aubrey Organics…

Colgate – The Big Toss

I don’t think I have to explain too much on this selection for purging, but I have been avoiding fluoride and this is one source of it. I’ve also become blind to this tube, that has sat unused in my cabinet for almost two years and taken up shelf space. In addition to the fluoride,…

Aubrey Masks – The Big Toss

These two masks (on the right) that I purchased from Aubrey promised a lot, but didn’t really work that great. This is a case where I feel natural products can be ineffective for me. The Oil Balancing Mask by Aubrey, is an oily skin mask made primarily with kaolin clay. I found this product very…

Decleor Duds – The Big Toss

Beauty product bombs make me so sad. I’ve been noticing old products decaying and taking up precious room in my cabinet. They’re all reminders of my caffeine induced impulse buys, wasted money, and dashed beauty aspirations! Creamy flawless skin! Wrinkles banished! All life problems miraculously solved by magical cream! I’ve kept these duds around cause its…

Beautycounter Surprise – UPDATED

I had my first experience with Beautycounter from a friend who is a rep for them a few weeks ago. The risk a friend might take in giving me a product to try is well… a negative review. I’m the blogger that wants to spend time digging into product ingredients and write honestly about the performance…

Derma e Recommend

A friend asked for a skin cream recommendation – something that falls in the range of low toxin but with some anti-aging benefits and at a good price point. The Derma E brand ranks high for me. I’ve used a good share of their products over the years; including their Hyluronic Acid eye cream and serum, scar remedies,…