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Healthy beauty blog posts about natural or healthier and luxe skin care products that provide a positive impact on my sensitive skin, melasma and vitiligo.


Pictures and reviews of non-toxic and organic tropical and Hawaiian Skin Care from Honua, Mahalo, Teri Miyahira, Kopari, Herbivore and Alaffia

Natural Non-Toxic Hawaiian and Tropical Inspired Skin Care: Honua, Mahalo, Teri Miyahira and More

It may technically be fall, but I have enough tropical inspired skin care products to feel like it’s summer all year long! (also easy to feel that way in San Diego) Honua Hawaiian Exfoliating Beauty Water Review I haven’t been using this too much during pregnancy since it contains willow bark, a natural beta hydroxy…

Picture and reviews of Beauty Nouveau Facial Starter set and Face Polish, and all natural skin care line in San Diego founded by makeup artist Lacey Haegen

Beaute Nouveau Facial Skin Care Review & ApotheBeauty Opens in San Diego

Who is excited for another new San Diego skin care boutique? ME! Makeup artist Lacey Haegen and founder of Beaute Nouveau is opening a new skin care spot, ApotheBeauty in October! Update: ApotheBeauty is here! #latergram 💄💅🏻Mom and I had fun at @apothebeauty grand opening last Sunday! Nice little stop when you’re grabbing coffee at…

Pictures and reviews of organic Cacao Antioxidant Face Masks from Mahalo, Josh Rosebrook and Birchrose Co. I think all of these can help with my dark spots, melasma and hyperpigmentation on my face and upper lip.

Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask Reviews: Josh Rosebrook, Mahalo and Birchrose Co for Dark Spots, Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

So many face masks, so little time! This year I’ve amassed 3 superb cacao based antioxidant face masks. They are similar, but each a bit different so I’ve broken down the differences between them to help you choose. Birchrose + Co Cacao + Honey Antioxidant Face Mask Review I received this antioxidant mask in my…

Pictures, review and swatches of Kjaer Weis organic cream foundation in Silken. I love this organic cream foundation - it actually does cover my melasma, dark spots, hyperpigmentation and vitiligo. Also featured: awesome samples like Vintner's Daughter serum from the Detox Market in Santa Monica

Kjaer Weis Organic Foundation & Organic Beauty Sample Fun at The Detox Market

I visited the Detox Market in Santa Monica specifically to test out Kjaer Weis organic foundation, and of course I walked away with this clean beauty makeup and a bit more. Online shopping for clean beauty – especially organic makeup – is very difficult in terms of finding appropriate color swatches and matches (hence, all…

Picture of Boscia skin care - paraben and preservative free, but I find the black charcoal line to be a bit too harsh now and scented for my sensitive skin. The Luminizing Black Mask and revitalizing black hydration gel are my favorites.

Just in Time for Boscia’s Charcoal Jelly Ball Cleanser, I Think I’m Over this Brand

Boscia used to be my go-to face cleanser. Whenever anyone needed a recommendation, I always suggested Boscia’s detoxifying black cleanser. And for making my makeup last longer? Boscia charcoal setting spray was my primary line of defense. I used to buy every new Boscia product. Then as I noticed I didn’t love each new product…

Pictures and reviews of the best natural deodorants: Native Natural Deodorant and Agent Nateur. Also reviewed Schmidt's and Ursa Major

Aluminum-Free All Natural Stick Deodorant Reviews – Native, Agent Nateur, Schmidt’s and More

Here we go again. Even more aluminum-free natural deodorant reviews. The journey never ends! I really like natural deodorant pastes that work like Soapwalla and Piper Wei, but let’s face it: I’m a creature of convenience and deodorant in stick form is just easier most days. Let’s get right to it: Freedom Natural Deodorant Review…

Picture and review of Odacite organic green tea and lemongrass serum concentrate - it has simpler, more organic ingredients than Cover FX custom infusion radiance drops.

Lemongrass Radiance Serums Reviews: Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops vs Odacite Gt+L Serum

Over the past few months I’ve tried two different “radiance” serums based on lemongrass essential oils, and the verdict is in on best performance! Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops C + Lemongrass Radiance Review Overall I’m a fine of Cover FX. First they make great makeup that in my opinion is a better alternative to…

Picture and reviews of Farsali Unicorn Tears Essence and First Aid Beauty Superfruit Color Correcting Cushion. Both make decent make primers, but are they worth the price?

Recent Sephora Haul: First Aid Beauty Color Correcting Cushion and Farsali Unicorn Essence Reviews

We’ve been a bit busy lately and I’m majorly losing track of time…how long ago did I buy these colorful beauties? A few weeks? Almost 2 months ago? Hard to keep track, but I’m finally getting around to my reviews. Farsali Unicorn Essence Review – What’s Not to Love? I frequently scan Sephora’s site for…

Picture and reviews of cleansing oils: Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil, Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, Josie Maran argan oil cleanser, Erno Laszlo phelityl oil and more.

Old Favorite and Non-Toxic Cleansing Oils and Balm Reviews: Tata Harper, One Love Organics, Erno Laszlo and More

So many face oils and cleansing oils with not enough time to use them all! I’ve accidentally amassed a large collection over the years, so time cleanse my collection and compile a review roundup! Erno Laszlo Phelityl Cleansing Oil Review I love this oil because it is nostalgic and always reminds me of my mom….

Picture of kumquats (my new obsession) and 2 Drunk Elephant mini sets: Rise+Glow and Night Bright featuring Drunk Elephant C-Firma, B-Hydra, TLC Framboos Glycolic night serums and virgina marula luxury facial oil.

Drunk Elephant Minis + The Green/Eco/Clean/Non-Toxic/Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty Debate

What motivates you for better beauty? Are you passionate about vegan products? Are you only interested in cruelty-free beauty? Do you use only organic skincare and makeup? Are you fine with added fragrance? Do you care about PEGs? or Propylene glycol? Do parabens or phthalates matter to you? There is no right answer. Everyone is trying…

Picture and reviews of Maya Chia The Super Couple Astaxanthin + Chia Luxe Face Oil and One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Seed Face Oil

A Tale of Two Chias: Maya Chia Super Couple Luxe Face Oil & One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Face Oil Reviews

Overall I’ve been very happy with my Glowing Beets, Art of Organics and Beauty Heroes monthly beauty boxes. Some products are amazing and some are just OK, but I feel the same way about my Stitch Fix boxes. Two real winners from my boxes so far have been One Love Organic Oh Mega Calming Chia…

Pictures and my reviews of awesome AHA and BHA resurfacers: My favorite is Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial then Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask followed by Ole Henriksen invigorating night treatment.

Radiant Resurfacing Mask & Treatment Reviews: Drunk Elephant Babyfacial™, Tata Harper and Ole Henriksen

I’m constantly trying new products to help improve my uneven skin tone, melasma and hyperpigmentation / dark spots. Alpha or Beta hydroxy acid resurfacing treatments have been a part of my weekly routine for years. These have variaying scents to them but they are all paraben-free exfoliating masks and treatments.  These are the ones I’ve…

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