Currently, the FDA has banned only 11 ingredients for use in cosmetics. In Europe, 1,328 ingredients are banned and deemed unsafe for consumer use. (Read the full list here) “Unsafe” means they are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. Some of these ingredients banned in Europe include Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Phthalates, Sodium laurel sulfate, Triclosan (now banned in the US!) Petroleum, Formaldehyde, and Talc. Read the label on any common, over the counter skincare product found on drugstore shelves and you will find these ingredients in abundance! As far as sunscreen ingredients, Europe has banned Titanium and Avobenzone.Read More →

TGIF!!! In last week’s post, I talked about sustainable beauty, and I mentioned plastic pollution created by skincare companies. Today I want to reveal to you who the largest conglomerates are, and which skincare companies they own so that you can make conscious choices for yourself. Unilever In a brand audit conducted by The Break Free From Plastic Movement, Unilever made it to the Top 10 Corporate Plastic Pollutors of 2020. You can read a copy of the report here. Unilever owns brands that you may be very familiar with, such as Axe, Dove, Glow & Lovely, Lever 2000, Noxzema, Pond’s, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives,Read More →

TGIF loves! Today I want to get into what makes a beauty brand good for the environment and good for us! Skincare Industry: The Stats The beauty industry contributes 120 billion units of packaging per year, and approximately 1 billion tons of CO2 per year just for shipping these products (which doesn’t include freight or air shipping in the instance of importing materials and ingredients from overseas!) A lot of skincare and cosmetic companies create a lot of waste and use a lot of water to mass-produce their lines. Some of their ingredients, such as Petroleum (a very common skincare ingredient) come from crude oil,Read More →

HAPPY 2021 Friends!!!!! We made it!!!! We survived 2020. I have spent much of this past week (between Christmas and New Year’s) reflecting on what I’ve learned in 2020, what I want to learn this year, as well as what I hope to accomplish with my blog and my brand. 2020 has been a great reminder that we are all connected. That we need each other. That we depend on each other to do the right things- to make choices that reflect love and kindness- choices that impact the greater good of all, as well as for future generations. As a Licensed Esthetician, skincare professional,Read More →

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Happy New Year my loves!!! I have put together a little at-home beauty treatment you can do if you are staying home either tonight for NYE or tomorrow (or BOTH!) Step One: Grab your coziest robe and slippers and wrap your hair, and put your Cryo set and sheet masks in the beauty fridge to prepare for your skin! Step Two: Cleanse skin with your favorite cleanser (I like my Aisling Rose Flower Gems Cleansing Balm– it turns into an oil cleanser when you warm it in your palms!) Remove with a washcloth,Read More →

Happy Friday my loves! We are well into the holiday season, and for fun I wanted to share my favorite red lipsticks in a range of price points! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 From left to right, Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color in Pioneer,Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Lip Stain in Chinese Lacquer YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 1 Le Rouge, Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Love Bite, Marie Hunter Beauty Lustrous Lipstick in NicoleRead More →

TGIF my loves!!! This week I want to share with you my best tips for getting glowing skin for the holidays! I am going to take you through a step-by-step at home treatment you can do either the morning-of or night before a holiday event! This year, your holiday event may be family photos, or a family Zoom call due to the pandemic- but you can still look and feel your best! Step One- Cleanse Skin Thoroughly Tip- Put your Crest Whitestrips on as you start your at home treatment! I love using SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser along with my Eve Lom cleansing cloths, to reallyRead More →

On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to write you a sincere thank you! Thank you for your support for the last four years on this skincare blogging journey, thank you for your comments, for being my clients and for being part of my beauty tribe. Wishing you and yours a very safe and happy Thanksgiving! <3 XOXO, AshliRead More →