What I've Been Reading

I haven’t updated my reading list in a few months and I have finished quite a few. Since my list is so long, I’m going to keep these short and sweet.

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky 
This was a straight lifetime movie. Not my type of read. It is our book club book for November. 
This I Believe: Life Lessons ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
I really enjoyed this book. People wrote in 600 words or less their beliefs and what they have learned. Very heartwarming. 
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert ⋆⋆⋆
If you went gaga over Eat, Pray, Love this is nothing like that. It was more of a history lesson on marriage and how Liz comes to terms with getting married. 
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands by Chelsea Handler ⋆⋆⋆
So, this was pretty funny but I almost questioned how much of it was true.  I enjoyed it but I’m glad I listened to it instead of reading it. 
Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project and Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
If you enjoy StoryCorps on NPR, you will love these books. They warmed my heart and I had to stop myself from going into full blown ugly cry. 
Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Jauhar ⋆⋆
This book thoroughly annoyed me. I work in healthcare and I agreed 100% with what he had to say about the healthcare system and have seen it myself. What was annoying was how much he complains about not having money when he chooses to live in an apartment in NYC, send his child to private school and his wife is a SAHM (she’s a MD, too). I mean, I don’t want to work either but I gots bills to pay.
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Before reading this book, I knew literally nothing about Scientology. Boy, were my eyes opened. I had no idea the atrocities that occur. It was shocking. 
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
I loved this book (and the movie). It was our October book club book and I could not put it down. 
The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel ⋆⋆⋆
I recently began working with the military and have no prior experience with this population. I’m really glad I read these books because it provided me some insight into what service members face during deployments and when returning home. I highly recommend reading these if you are at all interested in working with the military. 
How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY by Heather Ross ⋆⋆⋆⋆
I related to this book much more than I would have liked to. If you had a weird childhood, I think you will enjoy this book thoroughly. 
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆
I loved this book. If you are a 20-something, add it to your reading list right now.
Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein ⋆⋆⋆
I love Gabby B books but this was probably my least favorite of hers. Her tips are straightforward but it’s a little all over the place for me.
xo, arielle


#BusyGirlNails: Sponging

Welcome to the fall round of #BusyGirlNails! We are kicking off this week, so you still have time to join us. Here is the info post with all of the details.

This week is sponging. I had to ask my co-hosts what it was because I had no idea. Once they filled me in, I realized I had done sponging before but with a lot of struggle. This time was no different. 

Every tutorial I see says to paint the polish onto a makeup sponge and apply. But my question is how are you all getting the colors so dark and vibrant?! This attempt was three layers and it's still not opaque. Any tips would really help a girl out!

sponged nails

Hope to see some of you hop in on #BusyGirlNails!

xo, arielle


Clean Up Your Makeup - High End Edition

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A few weeks ago, I brought you a list of drugstore makeup products that were less toxic to your health. This time, I'm bringing you clean high end products. I have listed specific products that rate as a 0-2 by EWG (low hazard). Unfortunately for our pocketbooks, it's much easier to find clean high end brands.

These products can be found at Sephora, Ulta, makeup counters or through the brand's website.

clean high end makeup

bareMinerals Prime Time, $24, EWG rating 1

Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals Foundation, $50, EWG rating 2
Korres Wild Rose Mineral Foundation, $28, EWG rating 1
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream, $39, EWG rating 1

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, $24, EWG rating 2
Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract, $30, EWG rating 1

Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder, $34, EWG rating 1
bareMinerals Mineral Veil, $21, EWG rating 2

bareMinerals blush, $19, EWG rating 1
CARGO ColorStick, $28, EWG rating 1

bareMinerals READY Bronzer, $24, EWG rating 1
theBalm Bahama Mama Matte Bronzer, $19, EWG rating 1

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, $24, EWG rating 1
Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer, $32, EWG rating 2

bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer, $18, EWG rating 1
Jane Iredale Lid Primer, $18.50, EWG rating 1
Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Eye Primer, $21, EWG rating 1

theBam Meet Matt(e), $34.50, EWG rating 2
theBalm Nude'Tude, $36, EWG rating 2

Tarte skinny smoulderEyes Amazonian Clay waterproof liner, $19.50, EWG rating 1
Jane Iredale Eye Pencil, $13, EWG rating 1
Jane Iredale Liquid Eye Liner, $21, EWG rating 1

bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara, $18, EWG rating 2
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara, $33, EWG rating 1

Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel, $17, EWG rating 1
Laura Geller Beauty Brow Marker, $24, EWG rating 1

Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lip Gloss Palette, $35, EWG rating 1
Jane Iredale Lip Fixation, $30, EWG rating 1

When it comes to high end brands Jane Iredale is where you're going to find the most clean products, followed by Tarte and bareMinerals. Be sure to still look into ratings of specific products within the brand.

xo, arielle

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My Au Naturale Lip

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One of my goals this year has been to keep less products in my collection and use them to the last drop. It's not an easy feat for a makeup hoarder. In doing so, I only picked up two lip products: a gloss and a lipstick, both by Burt's Bees.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Fig was my go to product in high school. Since I knew how great the product was, I knew I waned to go back to Burt's Bees lippies in my switch to natural products. Since my Fig days, Burt's Bees has launched a plethora of lip products including glosses, crayons and tinted balms. I also recently learned that Burt's Bees is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year!

Since I last purchased Burt's Bees, I noticed they are now more widely available. I see their products at major drugstores and box stores, including Walmart. I'm really happy that mainstream stores are beginning to embrace natural brands, like Burt's Bees. In my transition to natural products, my biggest roadblock has been the accessibility. 

When I shopped for my lip products, I picked up Burt's Bees Lip Shine in Blush and Lip Shimmer in Watermelon. I chose them for their contrasting shades and because I felt they would be wearable all year long. Luckily, they have absolutely served their purpose and I have been using the heck out of them!

Burt's Bees lip

Burt's Bees lip

One day, I decided to combine the two together and was pleasantly surprised by how they were the perfect au naturale lip for me. Any of the recent videos or photos of me have been using this lip combo.

Burt's Bees has also become cleaner since I last bought their products. Their lip products are now 100% natural (as opposed to the 97% they used to tout). On EWG the Lip Shimmer is rated as a 2 (low hazard) and the Lip Shine is a 4 (moderate hazard). Since we consume several pounds of lip products in our lifetime, I would rather they be clean, natural products than chemical filled.

What are your go to lip products to achieve a natural lip shade?

xo, arielle

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Busy Girl Nails Returns for Fall

Do you love nail art challenges? I think you will enjoy this one! #BusyGirlNails is all about participating in a challenge that is totally doable since there is only one prompt per week! We're starting Monday, October 27!

If you want to join us, here are the details:

  • Use this image on your blog or instagram to spread the word.
  • Launches Monday, October 27, 2014 (this upcoming Monday!!).
  • Post your mani on instagram and please use the hashtag #busygirlnails. We would also love if you would tag the hosts. If you don't have instagram, feel free to post on your blog and tweet the link to us!
  • Post the week's prompt starting on Monday. You can post your mani any time during that week. (Ex: Week 1 is the week of October 27, Week 2 is the week of November 3, etc.) 
  • Follow the prompt to be as simple or creative as you would like. 
  • Participate in as many or as few weeks as you want!

xo, arielle


Giveaway: $200 Sephora Gift Card

I cannot believe it's already time to celebrate another blog anniversary on Beauty by Arielle! This is year 3 and I'm excited to bring you a big group giveaway. This giveaway is for a $200 gift card to Sephora. 

This giveaway is open internationally. You must follow all mandatory entries to qualify. The giveaway runs from October 20-27. Please read the terms and conditions before entering. Good luck!

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Entries are open from October 20, 2014 at 12:00 am EST and close on October 27, 2014 at 12:00 am EST. You must be 18 years or older or adhere to the rules of your state/country regarding giveaways to enter. No purchase necessary in order to win. Beauty by Arielle has the right to substitute item for equal or lesser value. Beauty by Arielle will send an e-gift card to the winning entrant. Beauty by Arielle is not responsible for you providing an incorrect e-mail address and thus not receiving the notification email or prize. The approximate value of item is up to $200 USD. This giveaway is open internationally. You must complete all mandatory tasks in order to enter. Entrant will be automatically disqualified for false entries or for not following the entry verbatim (i.e. not including links and/or usernames). Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. One (1) winner will be chosen at random on October 27, 2014. Winner will be notified once all their entries can be verified. If selected winner's entries cannot be verified, the winner will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected. All entrants must provide a means of contact to be notified. Winner will be notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the notification email, a new winner will be chosen at random. After the e-gift card is sent, the winner has two (2) weeks to claim it. In the case of an international winner, the gift card will be deposited to the winner's PayPal account. By entering or accepting the prize in this contest/giveaway, the winner agrees to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions and to confirm to all federal, state, local and country laws and regulations.

xo, arielle


Santé Eyebrow Pencil Review

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In my Summer '14 Hits and Misses video, I talked about the love I had for the Santé Eyebrow Pencil. I wanted to go a little bit more in depth about the pencil because it has become a holy grail for me. I like it exponentially more than the Anastasia Brow Wiz and I had been using previously. Shocker, I know.

Santé Eyebrow Pencil

I discovered Santé from a blog post on No More Dirty Looks. Since I had not found a natural brow pencil yet, I decided to give it a shot. I ordered it from the Santé website but it's also available from several online stores. It retails for $15.

Santé is a German company that specializes in natural cosmetics. They carry some vegan and gluten free options, too.

Their eyebrow pencil is available in two shades: blonde and brown. It is gluten free and not tested on animals. One end of the pencil has the product and the other is a spoolie. 

Santé Eyebrow Pencil

EWG rates the pencil as a 1 (low hazard). The ingredients are Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mica.

Santé Eyebrow Pencil is one of the few pencils that does not have an auburn tone to it. How many times have you picked up, what you thought was a brown pencil, and there was all kinds of red in it? I'm sure many of you can share in that frustration with me. This one is straight brown.

Santé Eyebrow Pencil

Another issue I have had with past pencils is them rubbing or melting off. This one sets and lasts all day long. The pencil is very soft and easy to apply, too. If you need it darker or lighter, you just adjust your pressure.

The last bit of praise I have for this is that this baby is that it's going to last me forever. I purchased it back in June and this week was the first time I have had to sharpen it. So while $15 might seem a little steep, it's not to me if you're going to get plenty of use out of it.

  • lasts all day
  • no auburn tones in the brown
  • only had to sharpen once in 4 months

  • not widely available, except online

What is your favorite brow pencil?

xo, arielle

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Jamberry Nails Review & Why It's a Love Hate Relationship

You may have seen on Instagram my Jamberry Nails saga. It began with love and ended in hate. I may ruffle some feathers with this review but it's going to be just like any other-plain old honest.

Jamberry Nails

The relationship began when I went to a friend's party. I loved the designs and was excited for the possibility of it lasting 2 or more weeks without chipping. I went ahead and ordered 4 sheets and won 2 half sheets.

Some background information on Jamberry nails: a sheet of these are $15. They have 18 wraps on each full sheet with various sizes. At my party, the consultant said she can get two uses out of one full sheet. Most reviews and the website say similarly. It takes me one half sheet to apply to all of my nails. Jamberry nails claims they will last up to 2 weeks on fingers and 4 weeks on toes. There are hundreds of designs available.

They are applied by heating them up with their Legacy Mini Heater or your hairdryer. You can also cut them down to size to fit your nail. Here are the official application instructions and video. You can remove them various ways but I used a cuticle pusher with coconut oil on it. 

Jamberry Nails

Since I have had them, I have applied them 4 times and am totally over them. They're are a big ole pain in my rear to apply and do not live up to their claims, in my opinion. 

There are a few things I love about them, though, such as the designs and that they work great as an accent nail or on toes. However, that's where the love stops.

Jamberry Nails

My first application is the bottom right photo. I applied that one at the party I was at, using the Jamberry heater. It worked great (I had minor lifting at the edges), lasted about a week and I was able to remove with no damage to my nails. The next time, I applied on my toes. I had to use my hairdryer and it wasn't as easy to apply. It did last on my toes for about 3 weeks.

Then, I decided to go for the big kahuna and apply to all of my fingers (the polka dot design). Unfortunately, all of my nails were too small for the wraps. I had to cut every single one down to size. That, in addition to having to heat them up, took me 2 hours. There is nothing in beauty that is worth two hours of my time. Period. I also had the worst time getting them to adhere to my nails fully. They were lifting all around the edges and at the tips. I applied it exactly as the consultant showed me at the party.

After some investigation and getting some tips from people on Instagram, I came to the conclusion that it must have been my fault that they were lifting. I had to take all of the wraps off the next day because there was so much lifting. They came off way easier than they should have (I was able to tear them off with my fingers).

Then, I applied them again (the floral design) and had all the same issues. I applied exactly as the Jamberry video recommends (which was actually the same as the application before, I just cut them smaller this time). It still took 2 freaking hours and they were lifting on the tips. Then, the very next day the pinky feel off. This was the only nail that had no lifting and I thought had a good seal. It really ticked me off that it fell off so quickly.

I went to the internets and learned that a whole lot of people experience lifting on the tips. I then read some ways to solve it. One of which, was to tap a heated flat iron on the tips. This worked for me and I was happy it did. After 4 days they were chipping and lifting at the tips. Ugh! There was no way they were going to last me the supposed 2 weeks. By the way, the only time these lasted close to two weeks was on my toes. Anyway, I was able to tear them right off again and my nails were disgustingly dirty underneath. It was gross.

Jamberry claims these are non-toxic but the only ingredient listed on the package is acrylates copolymer (EWG rates this as a 2, low hazard). I have a hard time believing there is only one ingredient in these things. I e-mailed Jamberry about the ingredients and the response I received was, "we do not have any further information on the adhesive included in our wraps as it is a proprietary formula." I also received their MSDS sheet which didn't clear things up either. I love this article from The Ingredient Detective about Jamberry Nails, as she had the same experience as I did on the ingredients.

After all of this, I have come to the conclusion that these are not worth the time, money or effort. Curiously enough, most of my comments on my photos (once I had complaints) came from Jamberry consultants with their "tips." Trust me, I applied these things correctly. I was getting throughly annoyed with consultants and the Jamberry website itself implying that I must be the one screwing things up and that it couldn't possibly be that it's a bad product. Which, in my opinion, it is.

What I also found very odd, are the hundreds of blog posts out there on how to make these things work and/or troubleshooting guides. I am a firm believer that if we have to come up with a bunch of ways to make a product work, it's not a good product. A product should work the way the company claims and with the company's directions. If I'm having to pull out a flat iron, plastic bags or whatever else to make it work, then we have some problems. 

I gave these more of a chance than I normally would on a product and at this point, I'm over it. They're just not going to work for me. I have since broke up with my Jamberry Nails. I ended up selling off my full, never used sheets. I have a few half sheets left that I will probably use as an accent nail. Otherwise, I do not recommend these things. When there was a post about these in the Beauty Blog Coalition, there was resounding hatred. I was the only one that said they were great, which was right after my wonderful experience at the party. Obviously I have since changed my view.

Just as a side note, when I tried the Sally Hansen Salon Effects, they worked about 1,000 times better and they're 1/3 the price. Plus, there was no heating involved.

What was your experience with Jamberry Nails?

xo, arielle


Ways to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

When I made the switch to natural beauty products, I didn't stop in my makeup cabinet. I also extended this eco friendly lifestyle to the rest of our home. In today's video I'm talking about the products we use and some of the ways we live a little more green.

Products mentioned:
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Tea Tree Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder
Earth Friendly Products WaveJet
Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid
Seventh Generation Automatic Dishwasher Detergent
Wool Dryer balls

Pinterest boards with cleaning recipes:
Cleaning & Organizing
Natural Living 

How to make dryer balls:
Tutorial from You Make it Simple

I buy the majority of my home products from drugstore.com or Target. I use the GoodGuide app to see how "clean" they are before purchasing. For my thrifting, I mostly use Plato's Closet, Style Encore and eBay.

xo, arielle


Clean Up Your Makeup - Drugstore Edition

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I quickly discovered that finding natural or low chemical makeup at the drugstore is incredibly difficult. When it comes to my products, I'm a bit of a stickler about the ingredients so, I have tended to stick to high end or internet brands for my makeup. I know that's not realistic for everyone and I think any shift in consciousness about your products is a step in the right direction.

If you are on a budget but want to clean up your makeup bag, you do have some drugstore options that are safer and less toxic for your health. This list are specific products that can be found at the drugstore with a low hazard rating on EWG. I only featured specific drugstore items that have a 0-2 toxicity rating by EWG. You will notice that there are not a lot of products in each category and it's because most drugstore products are not close to clean. This list still has some ingredients I am not a fan of but it is a step in the right direction. I really hope this helps in your quest to cleaner products!

clean drugstore makeup

CVS Makeup Perfecting Face Primer, $10.49, EWG rating 1
Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer + Brightener, $9.99, EWG rating 2

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Airbrush Finish, $8.99, EWG rating 2

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfecter, $11.59, EWG rating 0
ELF Studio Complete Coverage Concealer, $3, EWG rating 1

ELF Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder, $3, EWG rating 1
Maybelline Fit Me! Pressed Powder, $7.49, EWG rating 1
Almay Smart Shade Smart Balance Skin Balancing Powder, $13.99, EWG rating 2

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls Powder in Rose Pearl, $10.99, EWG rating 1
Boots no 7 Blush Tint Stick, $9.99, EWG rating 2
Boots no 7 Blush Cheek Color, $8.99, EWG rating 2
ELF Studio Blush, $3, EWG rating 2

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder Bronzer, $15.49, EWG rating 1
ELF Studio Bronzer, $3, EWG rating 2

Neutrogena Crease Proof Eye Shadow, $8.99, EWG rating 1
Boots no 7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Duo, $6.49, EWG rating 2

ELF Studio Cream Eyeliner, $3, EWG rating 1
L'oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner, $8.99, EWG rating 1
L'oreal Voluminous Smoldering Line, $9.49, EWG rating 1

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Natural Origin, Jumbo Lash or Lash Boosting, $9.99/ea, EWG rating 1
ELF Studio Mineral Infused Mascara, $3, EWG rating 2

Boots no 7 Beautiful Brows Pencil, $6.99, EWG rating 2

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer, $4.99, EWG rating 1-2

For the most part, you will be most safe if you stick with Physicians Formula but I highly recommend looking up their individual products on EWG for ratings.

xo, arielle

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How to Make Natural Baking Soda Deodorant

If you saw this post, you know I have had one heck of a time with finding a natural deodorant that works. In that post, I mentioned that I had made my own deo, that worked well, but irritated my pits.

Although I had a lack of success, I wanted to share this DIY with you because it has worked for many people. It's one of those things you're going to have to try and see if your body responds well to it. Unfortunately, I can't use it but it's the only natural deodorant that I have found that works for eradicating stink.

This recipe was adapted from the many, many pins I have seen. 

What you need:
  • a storage container such as a small mason jar or BPA free plastic container
  • organic coconut oil
  • baking soda
  • corn starch 
  • essential oils (optional)

The recipe is an equal mix of 4 tablespoons each of coconut oil, baking soda and corn starch. I add 10 drops of tea tree oil, too. This recipe will yield one small container of deodorant.

Start by melting the coconut oil in a small bowl. Add the baking soda and corn starch and stir until it's well mixed. Pour into your container and place in the fridge until it's solid.

When you're ready to use, rub a dime size amount into your pits. 

Some tips on using a baking soda deodorant:

This will melt very easily so you want to store it in a container that won't leak. You will also want to stir it if it does melt.

Do not shave your pits then apply this. It will irritate the crap out of them. Shave at night or wait at least 30 minutes.

Neutralize your pits with ACV (1:2 of ACV and distilled water) prior to transitioning to this deodorant or whenever you notice a reaction.

If you get hyper pigmentation from it (I did) scrub your pits daily with a washcloth.

If you do try this, please let me know how it works for you!

xo, arielle


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface

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Blush application is one of those makeup things I fail miserably at. Am I applying too much or too little? Is this the right spot? I never seem to get it. The struggle is real.

I only have two blush shades in my collection right now: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface and one from Alima Pure. I chose this shade in particular because I thought it was the perfect "flushed" shade. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface

I picked up mine on eBay in a sample size duo with their bronzer. I didn't want to fork over the $26 for a full size in case I didn't like it. Tarte has tons of shades for this blush and I have seen, what seems like hundreds, of great reviews on these bad boys. You can find these blushes at Ulta or online.

Tarte formulates their products without mineral oil, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, gluten, triclosan or phthalates. They are also vegan friendly and cruelty free. EWG rates this blush as a 3 (moderate hazard) and GoodGuide gives it a health rating of 5 (average).

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface

The shade has ended up being a nice flushed pink color. I think it's perfect for year round and for many skin tones. This blush is highly pigmented-there is a fine line of getting too much product on your brush and looking clownish.

My skin tends to eat blush, so I was pleasantly surprised by how long it lasted on me. I can make it about 6 hours (as opposed to my typical 1 hour). On non-blush eating skin, I feel like you will get some longevity out of this product.

  • stellar pigmentation
  • longevity in wear time
  • Dollface is a beautiful flushed shade

  • quite pricey
I am interested in the other shades, so if you have any recommendations I am open to them!

xo, arielle

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Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser Review

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Finding a skincare routine that works for your individual skin concerns can be daunting. When I was using chemical filled products, I had finally found the perfect regimen. Since I knew what worked well for me, I sought out natural products that might be similar to my former routine. I was using Clinique's Liquid Facial Soap so in looking for something similar, I stumbled upon Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser.

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser

I found Desert Essence on drugstore.com for $14. The reviews were pretty good plus, I liked the ingredient list and that it was organic. EWG rates this as a 0 (low hazard), which is pretty darn good in my book. Here is a little more on what the label has to say:

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser

This cleanser is particularly for dry and sensitive skin. I picked it up because I need something that was gentle on my skin but could remove makeup at the end of the day. I was using it in my routine every evening with my Clarisonic

Desert Essence Gentle Nourishing Organic Cleanser

I first noticed the light citrus smell. It wasn't overwhelming at all. It also lathered extremely well. After I rinsed it off I noticed it did an incredible job removing my makeup. This has probably been the best cleanser I have ever used for breaking down and removing makeup.

I also found it to be as gentle as it claims. I did not experience breakouts or other adverse side effects from using it. It was comparable to the Clinique I had been using.

Unfortunately, my cystic acne has not been responding well to natural products. I switched to a new line and have since stopped using Desert Essence. It wasn't their fault, as this isn't a product that's claiming to help with acne. Having said that, I think this is an excellent basic cleanser.

If you are someone who wants great makeup removal or just wants something simple and clean to wash with, I think you will enjoy this cleanser.


  • best product I have used for removing makeup
  • very gentle
  • clean product in terms of ingredients and how it rates
  • price is on point


  • doesn't help with cystic acne but the product doesn't claim to do so

xo, arielle

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