Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

For today's post I though I would do something a little bit different for myself, but it's nothing new in the blogosphere.

Some of my favorite blogs: (some newer, some with a focus on science, not just beauty, and some well established)

S Green Juice

Herb & Hedgerow


Some of my favorite YouTube channels:

Teri Miyahira

Wheaten Beauty


Top Three Products of the Week:

Pacifica's Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Supernova

 Revolution Organics Freedom Lip Gloss in Innocent

Zoya Nail Polish in Piaf

Have a lovely Easter weekend!

If you could please consider a donation to Operation Sand Flea  It's near and dear to my heart as a military spouse of nearly 15 years.  Our troops are still deployed and those deployed to Afghanistan are in some cases doing more with less with the troop draw down.  Please support us in our efforts to send 1,000 Combat-Ready Balms to the troops by Memorial Day this year.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Desert Island Beauty Products Tag

I was tagged by Cindy at Hello Dollface to do the Desert Island Beauty Products tag.  She's a wonderful green beauty blogger and a published author!  Check out her latest novel, To Marilyn, With Love by Cindy Bokma.

Now the tag:
Let’s say you were stranded on a desert island for a while and could only take ONE of each of your favorite products? What would you take and why?

When I’m done with my list, I’m going to tag a few other green beauty lovers, I want to see what they’d bring!

Here we go:

SUNSCREEN:  Badger's Kids Sunscreen Cream SPF 30 in Tangerine & Vanilla Safe enough for my kids, safe enough for me!  Non-nano,  broad spectrum protection from UVA & UVB rays using the safe mineral Zinc Oxide – No oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sunscreening agents.

SHAMPOO: Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Shampoo Seriously, holy grail shampoo.  I'm not traveling without it.

CONDITIONER: Acure Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Conditioner Again, holy grail conditioner. Not chancing it.

FACIAL CLEANSER: Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic* It's the most gentle cleanser that I've used that doesn't strip my skin and can take off my makeup.  It's a creamy cleanser.

BODY CLEANSER: Osmia Organics Lavender Mint Soap This was one of my most difficult choices!  I love so many natural soaps and now I'm even enjoying a new natural body wash by Organic Bath Company* but since we're traveling, I'm going to pick Osmia's lovely Lavender Mint Soap.  Easy to pack and this bar of soap is so relaxing and moisturizing.

TONER:  I'm not picking one. I refuse! Acure Seriously Hydrating Toner* is a wonderful toner!  It's already in a great portable packaging and I love toners in a spray bottle.  This was my 1st love in the toner range.  If I'm in the mood for a rose-scented toner I'm using my Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner* but I've poured it into a spray bottle.  In the A.M. I spray a light mist of toner after cleansing.  In the P.M. I spray toner onto a cotton round and wipe it over my skin to make sure no residual makeup was left behind after cleansing.

MOISTURIZER/OIL:  Picking only one is like sheer torture... Acure Marula Oil* if you force me to only pick one oil.  It's a new to me oil.  I can use it on my face, body, hair, practically anywhere.  If I could take two, I'd also take another new to me oil, Huile Moderne 004 Hydrating Oil by Ol├Če Biologique.

EYE CREAM: Day = Acure Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss stem Cell as my makeup seems to set on top of this best.  Night = Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum I have not had a puffy eye morning since using this product.

BODY OIL/LOTION: Osmia Orgainics Body Oil in Light Oh, I love more than one, but I can pick just one for travel. Light is the perfect mix of scent and hydration.

PRIMER:  I don't use a primer.  SHOCKER!

FOUNDATION: RMS Beauty "un" cover-up in 11 multi-use and one of the most practical items on this list! Love, love, love!  One of my most earliest discoveries and it has never let me down.

EYE SHADOW: Alima Pure Mineral Eye Shadow in Chai.  Hands down the best mineral eye shadow I've purchased to date.  The best eye shadow I've purchased to date.  The coverage and pigmentation of Alima Pure's eye shadows have not been bested by any brand I own yet.

EYE LINER:  I do not own any green/natural/organic eye liners, yet.  I have some en route.  Currently I use Alima Pure's eye shadows as my liners.  I use a liner makeup brush and wet it with either water or George's Always Active Aloe and make my liner out of that.

MASCARA:  Pacifica's Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Supernova.  Another new find and so far I'm having no complaints.  It's small packaging as well so great for travel!

BLUSH: Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush in Courtesan.  Love this classic rose pink blush.  Could also use on the lips as a lip color.

LIPSTICK:  Logona Lipstick 07, Wildberry*.  This is a very moisturizing lipstick and maybe my perfect pink.

LIPGLOSS:  Revolution Organics Freedom Lip Gloss in Innocent a soft baby pink.  A non-sticky hydrating lip gloss that I could use alone for a sheer shine or on top of almost all of my lipsticks due to it's sheer nature.

SCENT: I'm still searching for my signature clean/green/non-toxic scent.  Brands I'm sampling are from Osmia Organics*, Lurk*, and Lotus Wei*.  I do use Lotus Wei's Quiet Mind very regularly, but not in the perfume form.

For this Desert Island Beauty post, I want to hear from everyone who has a Green Beauty Blog! There are so many good ones- I follow lots of them.

I’m tagging Makeup by Mary B, Well Beauty Blog, Ana Goes GreenShort, Small, and Sweet ! Tag me (Naturally Paula) and mention Hello Dollface Naturally so I can read your Desert Island Beauty must haves!

*PR Samples: Some of the specific products listed are PR samples. However, these choices were made because this is what I would take on a desert island...  I'm just serious about disclosure...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway #1: Sellwood Soap Co.

My official anniversary for my blog is April 21, but I have so much in store for everyone I just have to start now!

I want to thank all of you!  My readers, followers, and anyone who has encouraged me in any part along the way in this past year.  From my first review to my first YouTube video this has been a wonderful experience.  I'm loving every minute of it and I'm looking forward to what the next year has in store.

Now, what you really want to know...

Sellwood Soap Co. has generously contributed the following for this giveaway:

Prize includes:
1 full size: Lavender Oatmeal Soap
2 sample size: Laurel Rose Soaps
2 sample size: Citrus Soaps

USA residents/addresses only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

Giveaway entry period open from 4/15/2014 12:00 A.M. MST to 4/22/2014 12:00 A.M MST

(and did you pick up on the fact that I numbered the giveaway....)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hush & Dotti Balm Cleanser Review

Not every day is a good skin day.  It happens to us all.  Last week for some reason I started to have a "skin freak-out".  It was mainly on my cheeks.  I don't know the reason why.  Do we ever?  Did I test something new? Probably.  Did I have a mild allergic reaction to a new food or drink?  Maybe.  Caused by the ridiculous yo-yo weather we've been having?  Have you read my rants on Twitter lately?

A while ago I was sent a sample during a promotion that Hush & Dotti was having for signing up for their newsletter.  I'll be completely honest, this company was not even on my radar and I want to thank Nicole at Eco Chic Beauty Diva for bringing them to my attention.

For me when my skin "freaks-out" it's typically in need of extra gentle TLC and needs extra hydration.  Since I have dry to super-dry skin, I went back to my tried and true skin care (Acure Organics), plus added in a few extras.  Hush & Dotti was one of those extras.

Packaging has been changed, but the product remains the same, AWESOME!

The product:

Hush & Dotti Balm Cleanser, The Original (I received the sample size)*

I'll be honest, the first time I tried the sample months ago, I had no idea what I was doing.  It would have helped to READ the instructions on their website:

how to apply

simply apply cleanser to either wet or dry skin. a little goes a long way. gently blend in a circular motion until the balm melts into a light, silky oil. rinse with hot water and a wash cloth. great for all skin types. fabulous when used as a gentle detox mask. skin that needs extra love and care will want to use our sensitive balm cleanser. fantastic for men as a calming, cleansing shaving oil. excellent for dissolving stubborn eye makeup – apply a small amount on index finger, stroke downward continually until eye makeup dissolves & remove with wash cloth as part of cleansing ritual or tissue off.

So, this time around now armed with the knowledge of how to use the product I was successful!  I'm here to report that in a week of using the balm cleanser to remove my makeup at night my "skin freak-out" is nearly gone and hardly noticeable.  I went from skin that felt like is was on FIRE to much calmer skin and this was one of the products that helped me get back to normal.

Thanks Hush & Dotti for making a product that I will keep in my arsenal of tricks.

*Product provided to me during a sample promotion.  As usual my opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The All Natural Face - Sample Just About Everything Haul

The All Natural Face is a brand I've seen mentioned many times on YouTube and besides a Diva Stix I received once in a subscription box I pretty much have no personal experience with the brand.  I've been on their site many times, but never placed an order until this month.

Here is my experience.  I placed my order on Wednesday, March 26 (most likely in the evening) and I received it on Monday, April 7.  From what I understand from the website "most stuff is made to order." Go in understanding you many not get your items super fast.  I'm fine with that because for the price this just cannot be beat.  Shipping and handling on my order was $1.50!

I ordered the Get Started Green Kit Sample Just About Everything Kit $23.00  I honestly had no idea where to begin and after spending too much time trying to decide what to order I felt like this would give me the most bang for my buck.

Oh, I was so right:

Everything prior to unpacking 
Foundation Samples in Light to Medium (25 items + brush)

Veil Samples (3 items)

Concealer Samples (5 items)

Blush Samples Part 1 (10 items)

Blush Samples Part 2 (10 items)

Blush Samples Part 3 (7 items)

Glow Samples (7 items)

Eye shadow Samples  (20 items + brush)
Can you believe how much came in this sample kit for less than $25! OMG!  I'm seriously impressed!

Eventually I will try to swatch the blushes and eye shadows, but at the moment I'm just going to enjoy having some fun.

Have you tried the All Natural Face?  What is your favorite item(s)?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Logona Mascara Volume Review

*PR Sample

This review is LONG overdue.  I received some PR samples from Logona a few months ago and one of the first things I reached for was their mascara.  Besides natural deodorant, natural mascara has been one of the more difficult things for me to convert over since going greener and cleaner in my personal care items.

I will fully admit, at first I was having some difficulties with lasting power with this product.  Come to find out, part of my "fast and loose" skincare application ended up being at fault and I discovered it all on my own.  For the first few days I wore the mascara I was having some flaking and I just did not understand why.  Was it the product or something I was doing?  Then one morning I saw what I did.  I was getting facial oil on my eyelashes as I was mindlessly applying it all over my face.  Yes, apparently I need coffee before I do ANYTHING in the morning.  After being a bit more conscious of how I apply my skincare in the A.M. (and drinking my coffee first), I'm happy to report, that I've had no issues with the mascara flaking with my typical daily wear time.

Logona Mascara Volume in 02 Black* after several hours of wear.  Mascara on my upper lashes only.

Now, I typically do not wear mascara on my lower lashes, so I cannot review how effective it is as a lower lash mascara.  It is not a super wet formula and dries fairly quickly.  One coat works great for daily wear, but it is buildable if that is your thing.

I'm wearing Logona Mascara Volume* in shade 02 black and it retails for $22.  It also comes in 01 ultra black.  Personally, 02 is dark enough for this gal.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Sorbitol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Parfum (Essential Oils), Inulin, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Caramel Algin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Oxycoccus Palustris Seed Oil, Alaria Esculentus Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Extract, Tocopherol, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Quartz Powder, Amethyst Powder, Amber Powder, Limonene, Linalool, (Iron Oxides) CI 77499

Have you tried any Logona mascaras or cosmetic products?  I wish I would have tried them when we lived in Germany 13 years ago.  Late to the party as usual...