Green Beauty Fails Part 1

One of my pet peeves about a lot of blogs are the lack of unfavourable reviews. I get it. You want to write about things you like as opposed to what you don’t. You return or give them away, buy something else and they disappear from your memory. But I like to hear both sides of the coin. Here’s hoping you do too.


Dr. Hauscka’s Liquid Eyeliner

My friend Anne Marie told me she liked this and I always trust her opinion but we agree to disagree on this one. The liner may be a worthy one but the brush it comes with made me so frustrated I couldn’t bother. The hairs all stick out in crazy directions and don’t lie flat making it impossible to have a precise line. I’ve read a few reviews saying the same thing. The ingredients are lovely and non irritating so it’s a shame this did not work out. Maybe they will make a new one in the future?

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol, Sorbitol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bentonite, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Xanthan Gum, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Silica, Lysolecithin, Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)


Yarok’s Feed Your Hold Hairspray

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you I do not like this hairspray. I love Yarok and was expecting to love this too. It claims to be non sticky and that it will not weigh your hair down but I can tell you that it does both these things. I use hairspray to keep my bangs in place and this holds them down but also makes my hair stick together…not a good look. I purchased Rahua’s hairspray yesterday which feels much lighter but have yet to try it out.

Ingredients: structured vitamin aqua (water) concentrate, non-GMO corn extract, vegetable glycerol, plant sourced kosher vegan xanthan gum & potassium sorbate; natural plant sourced vitamins A, C & E; essential oils of: Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) & litsea cubeba (may chang)


Province Apothecary’s Moisturizing Cleanser & Make Up Remover

This is not a failure of a product by any means however it is not something you want to use to remove makeup unless you wear very little and are using a muslin cloth or Clarisonic every time you cleanse. I didn’t realize how much I disliked this until I started using One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil which literally melts makeup off your face with little to no effort (which is what I was looking for). If you have very sensitive and dry skin you may love this.

Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil*, Jojoba oil*, Avocado oil*, Evening Primrose oil*, Raspberry Seed oil*, GMO-free Vitamin E, Rosemary leaf extract, and therapeutic essential oils of: Bergamot, Lavender*, Frankincense* and Petit grain. *Certified organic ingredient. Our Bergamot is Bergamotene-free (not photo-toxic)

That’s all for this time. Please let me know of any green beauty products I should stay away from and why 😉

xo Yumi Rae

Green Beauty Fails Part 1

February 2015 Empties


I am happy to say I have repurchased every item on my February empties list!

1. Yarok’s Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner

I’ve mentioned this in the past. Despite the name I don’t use this on my ends (for that I like Yarok’s Shine serum) but on the upper half of my hair. I torture my hair washing and blowdrying it everyday so a heat protectant is a must. This was the first green one I tried and I haven’t had to try anything else because I love it so much. I always have a back up bottle because I couldn’t live without it.

2. Yarok’s Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

This little baby of 2 oz cost $15.00 and lasted me a week and a half of washing my hair everyday – yikes. Luckily I loved it and quickly ordered the full size (12 oz for $48.00) as soon as I ran out. Unlike the Feed Your Roots shampoo this doesn’t irritate my scalp. A great “everyday” shampoo. In case you’re wondering I have repurchased the Feed Your Roots which I reserve for every once in awhile. It deep cleans and makes my hair look great but is too clarifying for everyday use.

3. Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love Perfume

I’ve mentioned this before as well. My love continues to grow for this rose-y perfume. My only wish is for it to be in a bigger bottle one day with a glass lid vs. the plastic lid which breaks every time on me.

What have you used up recently? Any repurchases?

xo Yumi Rae

February 2015 Empties