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Healthy beauty blog posts about natural or healthier skincare products that are pthalate-free. Avoiding these types of endocrine disruptors are very important to me.

Pictures and reviews of Ayuna the Essence organic creamy grommage face peel helps to round out my exfoliating peel collection, including Peter Thomas Roth FirmX and Boscia exfoliating peel gel

Beauty Heroes Ayuna Essence and Exfoliating Peels for Dark Spots, Melasma and Hyperpigmentation

When you really want to “feel” the dead skin roll away, peeling exfoliants like those below are the way to go! I was so excited to get the November 2017 Beauty Heroes box with natural skincare from Ayuna – Less is Beauty. Now I’ve really amassed a great collection of exfoliants! Peter Thomas Roth FirmX…

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…

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 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….

Some of my BITE Beauty organic and natural favorites: the Agave Lip Mask in Champagne, High Pigment Pencils creamy lipstick crayons and the lip liner in 012 and matte lip crayon in Glace

The Best of Bite Beauty: High Pigment Pencils vs Amuse Bouche Lipsticks and More

I’m still mourning the loss (discontinuance) of Bite Beauty Buttercream lipsticks. They were so luscious and unscented! My BITE Beauty multisticks review has been so popular, I knew I needed to share the rest of my BITE Beauty collection. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Reviews and Swatches The Good: These beauties are high moisture, high…

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 of Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Concentrate Foundation has a beautiful matte suede finish and covers my dark spots and upper lip melasma flawlessly

Marc Jacobs Remarcable Full Coverage Foundation Review for Dark Spots, Melasma and Vitiligo

If Kevyn Aucoin the sensual skin enhancer provides the best coverage for dark spots, melasma, hyperpigmentation and vitiligo, Cover FX  (which also makes this a good alternative to Dermablend) and Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full coverage foundation are close seconds. I’m very surprised Sephora doesn’t recommend this full coverage foundation more. I had a friend (who…

Paraben Free, Talc Free, Vegan and Non-Toxic Urban Decay Naked Palette Eyeshadow Dupes from Etsy

Yes, another post about Mother Bear’s Handmade small batch vegan, phthlatate, talc and paraben free products. I gushed over the custom NARS dupe custom blush Angelica made for me and her eyeshadows are just as good! I bought 6 eyeshadows with the goals of comparing against Urban Decay shadows to find talc-free dupes. Unfortunately I’ve…

Picture of my NARS Dual Intensity blush in fervor for years, and a cleaner version I had the Etsy Shop Mother Bear's handmade create a custom blush inspired by this NARS blush (that is better than NARS orgasm by the way). This custom blush has such great pigmentation!

Paraben Free, Talc Free, Vegan and Non-Toxic NARS Makeup Dupe Blush Review (Yay for Etsy!)

It’s been a very exciting weekend for me…on Friday I received a custom blush I had ordered from one of my new favorite Etsy shops: Mother Bear’s Handmade. Sometimes social media can be overwhelming, boring and annoying, but it can also inspiring, community-oriented and very helpful. I LOVE the PCOS and clean eating communities on…

Picture of Clean Beauty Swap: Use Coola Rosilliance Organic BB Cream Beauty Balm with SPF 30 instead of Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm. Both are Paraben Free Beauty Balms

Non-Toxic Beauty Swap: Replace Stila Stay All Day Illuminating Beauty Balm with Coola Rōsilliance Organic BB Cream SPF 30

The first illuminating primer I bought was at Target almost 10 years ago. I don’t remember the brand – it’s one they no longer carry – but I remember the tub was lavender (one of my favorite colors) and the primer was perfection: It wasn’t heavily scented and it provided the perfect opalescent glow under…

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