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…

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,…

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…

5 Toxins to Trash

Here’s a short list of the top five nasties that I now avoid when shopping for beauty products. Now if these could only be bolded in red on the labels… 1. Parabens – anything with the word paraben in it, like methylparaben, butylparaben should be avoided due to its estrogen mimicking action and potentially cancer causing…

Scrubbing My Face with Plastic Beads

Finished a bottle of Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub and wanted to look up the toxins in this performer. The Aveeno scrub is nice; it has the right grainy texture for exfoliation, a good scent, medium lather, and rinses off clean. My skin feels smoother afterward and exfoliated. For the price of $8-$9,…

M.A.C. Heavy Metal

I think of M.A.C. as a beloved makeup company because of their highly pigmented formulas and massive selection of colors. I’ve bought very few of their products over the years because they’d make me break out if I even walked by their cosmetics counter. (M.A.C. uses Talc – pore clogging for me, in other forms…

Trader Joe’s Refresh – not worth the calories

Trader Joe’s Refresh Citrus Body Wash is an average cleanser with a nice clean scent at a very low price of 3.99. The list of botanical ingredients looks amazing, until I got to the bottom and saw two parabens listed. Methylparaben and propylparaben. Also included is Lauramide DEA which is a moderate hazard to organ…

Aveeno Positively Radiant = Positively Toxic

Finding a moisturizer that works as a sunscreen and foundation at the same time is akin to finding a soul mate. The good news is I’ve been on more bad dates with Mr. Crummy Foundation than Mr. Wrongs. I’m still looking for a good foundation with the right color, coverage for acne spots, and SPF….