Do You Read Beauty Product Labels? I Do and These Are My Latest Finds Based on Ingredients Alone


I’m back. You probably didn’t realize I was gone, but I was. Well, not really. I wasn’t on some lavish vacation or taking time off to have another kid (that would have been a good excuse!). I’ve just been working too hard at my full-time gig and on being a mom and wife to squeeze in time for my other love – beauty. I always thought I was one of those women who could do it all, but this year I’ve been rocked by the realization that it’s just not possible — no matter how hard I try. To be fair, it might actually be possible, but if you’re doing it all, you’re probably not doing it all … well. Or you’ll never feel like you’re doing it well, anyway. I sure didn’t, so something (other than my sanity) had to give.

What I realized in my time off though is that I need the creative outlet beauty and this blog gives me, along with the few minutes to myself that I’d otherwise give away. So here I am, attempting to get back into action one hair makeover and lipstick post at a time.

In my time away I’ve had so many beauty ideas I’ve wanted to share, but I’ll offer up one at a time for the sake of space, and your precious time.

First up: Natural beauty products. Last Friday, WWD (the bible for fashion and beauty industry peeps) reported that nearly 60 percent of women read beauty product labels today – this according to The Green Beauty Barometer study, which was conducted by natural beauty brand Kari Gran (a brand I’m dying to try and have a full shopping cart with).

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Problem Solver of the Week: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free MoisturizerThe Product: Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, $29

Why: I was in need of a new daytime moisturizer and had a very specific hit list of attributes that this new moisturizer needed to possess. They included:

  • SPF 30 (preferably made up of chemical-free ‘screens)
  • Oil-free (or at least a formulation that wouldn’t turn my face into an oil slick)
  • Hydrating
  • Scent-free
  • Formulated without icky ingredients like parabens, petroleum, etc.
  • Tube or bottle packaging (no jars)
  • Convenient to pick up

I wasn’t sure I’d find something I’d be completely happy with, but to my surprise I found this tube of moisturizer during a trip to Whole Foods (read: convenient). It was everything I needed. I’ve been using it for about two months, and I have to say, I love it more every day. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated without making it look greasy, and it keeps my skin protected from the sun all day. Simply put: It’s great. I will buy it again and again.