First Time With One Love Organics: A Cleanser, 2 Sprays & An Oil

This video from Andie @ Technocupcake finally gave me the push I needed to try a few products from One Love Organics! The products she mentions in the video are Limited Edition for the Summer, so you know, seeing the words Limited Edition I jumped right away! 

After reading the product descriptions, I decided only on 2 of the Summer LE products. I was also interested in their permanent line, and decided on a couple of those as well. Here's what I ended up with!

***All items purchased by me. Non affiliate links included.***

One Love Organics - Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, Supercritical Chia Seed Oil

One Love Organics - Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist, Supercritical Chia Seed Oil

From the Summer LE collection:

Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser, $29/5oz @ Dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist, $28/2oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

From the permanent line:

Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist (Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics), $39/2oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Supercritical Chia Seed Oil, $49/.5oz @ dermstore.com, ecodivabeauty.com, oneloveorganics.com

Sooooooo...what do I think??

One Love Organics Apple a Day Brightening Facial Cleanser - This is a lightweight foam cleanser, one that is made into a foam as it is pumped out of the bottle. This doesn't remove makeup that well, so it's better suited to days I don't wear makeup or in the mornings. I also find it's not so great at cleansing my oily areas - I have to make sure to use a muslin or baby wash cloth with it (not a problem though because I usually use one anyway). Those 2 things aside, I really like this cleanser. I love that it's pH balanced, so it's not harsh on my skin. It's non-drying, and my skin looks and feels really fresh! Overall, a very nice and gentle cleanser. A big selling point for me is that it also has minimal ingredients. 

I'm almost 1/2 way through this bottle, and have gone back and forth about repurchasing. I finally decided not to buy it again, only because this type of pump foaming cleanser is terrible to travel with - it leaks like crazy. It's been fine because I haven't been working, but once I go back I won't want to take it with me on trips. And I'm trying so hard not to have backups of things that will take forever to use. If I didn't travel for work I absolutely would buy this again. I will miss it for sure! 

Ingredients: organic aloe juice (and) water, sodium cocoyl apple amino acids, capryl/caprylyl glucoside, organic glycerin, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) oil, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate, malic acid (and) glycolic acid (and) lactic acid (and) citric acid

Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist - I'll say up front that I have repurchased this already! Dermstore.com recently had 20% off and I went ahead and bought it since it's LE for Summer and I've been loving it and didn't want to be without it until absolutely necessary (whew deep breath ha ha!). It's made of 100% pure fruit water - grapefruit to be exact, which provides antioxidants and Vitamin C. It's also slightly astringent, so it helps keep my t-zone a tad less oily though not so astringent that it feels drying anywhere else (which is awesome because every other Vitamin C product has actually made me more oily). And I love that this provides Vitamin C in a spray vs. in a serum - so easy to apply! This also makes it easy to decant into a small spray bottle for travel. This is the first thing I spritz after washing my face, and it makes for a great mid-day refresher! And again, super minimal ingredients.

Ingredients: organc citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit water, gluconolactone (and) sodium benzoate

    Active Moisture Time Release Vitamin D Moisture Mist (Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics) - I was slightly scared to try this because it contains alpine rose extract, and I don't always have luck with products that contain rose ingredients. BUT Andie is so enthusiastic about this spray that I took a chance, and luckily I ordered it from Eco Diva Beauty and they have a great return policy. Yeah, this stuff is great. How great? I've got less than 1/3 of the bottle left, and am really annoyed that I didn't purchase it again during the Dermstore.com sale. Not because I didn't want to repurchase it - I thought I had a lot left, and since it's a permanent item I didn't feel the same sense of urgency as with the Pretty Pores Complexion Toning Mist. UGH I was so wrong! My bottle has a faulty nozzle that weirdly sprays out in a straight line so I decanted into a smaller spray bottle after I couldn't stand it any longer...and I haven't looked at the original bottle since the decanting so I completely forgot how much was left...looked last night and whoops. Andie was right, somehow this goes quickly! Regardless, I will be repurchasing :-) 

    Like the Pretty Pores, I love that this is a moisture spray vs. a serum - just makes it so quick and easy to apply, and doesn't feel even remotely heavy. I spritz this onto my forehead, cheeks, neck and décolletage after the Pretty Pores. And yes - it's another great mid-day refresher! It provides just enough additional moisture to help my dry areas feel soothed and comfortable. This is supposed to be time released to help you stay hydrated and deliver the active ingredients throughout the day. And minimal ingredients - sensing a trend yet?!! I'm finding more and more that my skin is better with as few ingredients as possible 

    Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua (water), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes**, rhododendron ferrugineum (alpine rose) extract** (and) glycerin, oryza sativa (rice) extract* (and) lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract*, polyaminopropyl biguanide

    *indicates organic

    Supercritical Chia Seed Oil - Soooo...this might not seem terribly expensive up front, but keep in mind that $49 is only for 1/2 oz. Most oils come in 1oz bottles, and my favorite African Botanics Pure Marula Oil comes in a big 2oz bottle. Comparing apples to apples in terms of cost, the Supercritical Chia Seed Oil would be $196 for the same 2oz size of African Botanics Pure Marula Oil that's $80. <insert bug-eyed emoji here>   And to be honest, I saw the price and the size, but it didn't really register just how small the amount was until I received it. Whoops. Lesson learned. 

    Lucky for my wallet, I didn't get along with this. I tried it every which way, and no matter how much or how little I used it always ended up causing clogs. Here's what I did like about it though: quickly absorbed, felt lightweight, gave my skin a natural glow but not too much and felt almost soothing going on. But a lot of other, less expensive oils do that too. I'd say this is a nice treat if you've already experimented with a bunch of other oils and are looking to add something unique to the roster. But if you are new to oils, I think there are a lot less pricey places to start. 

    Ingredients: Organic Chia (Salvia hispanica) Seed Supercritical CO2 oil

    Overall, I'm extremely happy with my first foray into One Love Organics!! During the Dermstore.com sale I did buy the Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque to try - the 1/2 oz size is only $12 and they were having a GWP where I received another 1/2 oz along with my full OLO purchase (I bought Pretty Pores too). I'm not sure what the minimum purchase is because it's not listed on the GWP page for some reason, but it looks like it's still going on. Anyway, I'm excited to try it and will report back!! 

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    Chanel Fail, Deporting & A No Buy...

    Be forewarned...this is a long and even longer post...think Beauty Thoughts long and add to it LOL:-)  But I assure you there is a point to it all!!! xoxo 

    So.

    Remember, like, last week when there was quite the tizzy and hoopla surrounding the new Chanel quads?? Ok, maybe not last week but you know what I mean - things come and go so quickly in the beauty world it seems like last week! On a side note, that's one thing I've really tried to come to terms with...that no matter how much excitement surrounds a certain product or launch, everyone will have forgotten it in a month. Including me.

    Ok, we're back...

    OF COURSE I fell right in line, like the good little beauty soldier I am...ready, willing and haphazardly throwing my wallet at the Chanel SA. Poor thing barely had a chance, as I shouted 'LACE HIGHLIGHTER'...'NEW QUADS'...on the first pre-sale day for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Heart pounding - check. Dentelle - check. New quads - oh crap, which ones???? Oh, yeah...Gabrielle...Vendome. But wait. Look at aaaaaaaaallllll those other pretty colors. So so so so soooooo very pretty. Nope. Decided to stick to my game plan of getting colors that were slightly out of my normal comfort zone. 

    I took my little gems home and could barely contain my excitement. Wow they were gorgeous!!! Then they sat in the bag. I did nothing with them. What I did do, was proceed to read blog post after blog post of the colors I didn't get. Tisse Rivoli kept popping up.

    Me: Geez, why didn't I get at least one neutral quad to play with???

    Me: Because you are trying to expand your stash and not duplicate colors. 

    Me: But just look at those swatches!!!

    Me: Yeah, but you already have similar colors - remember???

    Me: Yeah, but look at those Tisse Rivoli swatches!!!

    Me: That blogger does look really gorgeous. Oh, you're right. You totally need that. 

    Me: I knew you'd come around. I'll order it tonight. Plus ebates is 10% on Nordstrom, plus double points!! Cha-ching! I'm practically printing $$$!!!

    Me: How are you like, the savviest shopper ever?!!! Go get your wallet, woman!!

    Me: Already ahead of you. 

    Me: See...so smart...I knew I liked you!!!

    As I sat impatiently waiting for the Chanel quad I didn't have, I lamented about my current choices sitting untouched and unloved. Wait a minute!! Holy geez, don't I have a Le Metier de Beaute shadow that's kinda orange-y like the one in the Tisse Vendome quad? 

    I rifled around and yep, indeed I did have LMdB's Tuscan Sun. I then proceeded to post this pic on Instagram:

    Chanel Tisse Vendome vs. Le Metier de Beaute Jojo, Sugar, Tamarack and Tuscan Sunset

    My attempt to add something a little different to my stash? Fail. And guess what...the LMdB colors were actually more flattering that Tisse Vendome! *face palm*

    What's worse is that this mistake would never have happened in the first place if I had bothered to play around with the LMdB shadows at all since I purchased them way back in December. Over six months and I didn't test or swatch any of them. I looked at a few of them sometimes. But that's it. Why did I do that???

    SQUIRREL!!

    That's why. 

    I knew Tisse Vendome had to go back, there was simply no way to justify keeping it when the LMdB shadows were more flattering. Plus, an orange color like that I wouldn't use much...so again...how can I justify keeping 2 of them?

    Tisse Rivoli arrived, much to my waning glee. Nevertheless, I proceeded to post this pic...

    Chanel Tisse Rivoli, Tisse Gabrielle, Tisse Vendome

    Still took me awhile to test them out because this was right around the time I got sidetracked with picture after Instagram picture of Tom Ford Fall. SQUIRREL!!

    Tom Ford Beauty Fall 2014

    You know you saw these pictures. Probably, literally a thousand times. Ok, not literally. But it felt like it! Anyway, see...so easily distracted from the Chanel! 

    For the 2 seconds I could stop obsessing about whether or not I needed any of the Tom Ford (who am I kidding, of course I needed it), I finally played around with the remaining Chanel quads - Tisse Rivoli and Tisse Gabrielle. The result?? Meh. The texture/formula was beautiful, just like Tisse Vendome had been but the colors were just not doing anything for me. Tisse Rivoli was not different from anything I already had, and 3 of the colors in Tisse Gabrielle looked almost identical once on my lids. Frickity frack. Really???!!!

    I was so bummed. All my Chanel hopes...all my recent Chanel enthusiasm...crushed by 3 little quads. I was also annoyed that I let myself get caught up. Again. But maybe, just maybe I was wrong??? I pulled out the 3 quads again, and applied them all...bam...swipe it all off...repeat...repeat. Koh Gen Do cleansing water sure paid for itself that night. 

    The result?? Same, same. Loved the texture, but the colors just weren't that extraordinarily different from things I already had. Defeated, deflated and sad...I returned them all. 

    Fast forward a bit to last week when I was still dying over Tom Ford Nude Dip...

    I knew I didn't need it. Plus swatch after swatch came out, and they all looked like they'd have way more shimmer and frost than I'd want and I thought 3 of the colors would end up looking much too much the same when applied to my eyes. Then Belly posted this her thoughts, HERE. YES! Even she said they were too shiny and frosty! 

    Then I had my doubts...because, you know...it's THE must-have of the season. Until the next thing comes along ha ha. 

    Then I decided I wasn't going to let Mr. Tom Ford get the better of me and I decided to fulfill my long awaited urge to deport things. Oh, wait I mean deport. Crap. DEPOT. I hate auto-correct sometimes. Seriously no matter how many times I tapped out deport on my phone in the last week it always auto-corrected to deport. Deporting, same thing happened. UGH noooo. Why didn't I catch that before it posted?? See??? Geez - I've trained it to automatically put NARS in all caps, and to correctly capitalize/decap LMdB...so why can't it finally get DEPOT/DEPOTTING???  

    My reason for depotting my shadows is/was this: I have a lot of beautiful shadows, most of which get either little to no use because I'm constantly looking at other shadows. Totally goes against having a stash that is loved and actually gets used! If I depot my shadows, then I'll be able to see what I have, and it'll be easier to see whether or not something I want is similar to something I already have. 

    Again, Belly came to the rescue. I looked up all her posts on DEPOTTING, especially this one here. Then I proceeded to read her link to Diabolus In Cosmetica's post about depotting Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows, here. I already had the tools, including a couple of Sephora Z-palettes that I had purchased during the last 20% off sale (knew I'd want to depot eventually!). 

    Fire, melting plastic and this is what happened the first night...

    And this is what I ended up with...

    I was scared to depot the Burberry (btw, Diabolus has a fantastic Burberry depotting tutorial, here) so I started with Pale Barley since I have a backup. But it came out really well!! Yay! 

    And the next morning, I discovered this was much quicker than a candle...

    Yes, that's a cooking torch!

    And I now I have this...

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    Ta-daaaaaaaah!!! All my Rouge Bunny Rouge and Burberry singles (except the PB backup) are now deported. DEPOTTED. 

    There's something utterly satisfying and exciting with seeing all these singles in one fell swoop. I mean...seriously...beautiful and gorgeous colors!!! I don't even miss the packaging - how weird is that! However, even after depotting these and ordering more Sephora Z-palettes to depot my other singles (and maybe some palettes?), I had back and forth thoughts about Tom Ford Nude Dip. Even today!! 

    Then I threw in the towel and gave up. I'm not buying anymore shadows for the rest of the year. Challenge??? Yes. Accepted??? Uuuuuuh, yeah. I mean, YES. Just to make sure I was in-it-to-win-it, I unofficially officially announced it on Facebook. Now that it's in a post, it's officially official!! 

    But whyyyyyyyy?!!! 

    Seriously I don't need anymore shadows. Between my singles and palettes I have way more than I'll ever use even in a couple of years. Or longer. It's time to dig into my stash and make good on what I keep telling myself to do...use it or lose it, lady! :-)  

    I've gone back and forth over what to use as an incentive/reward to keep my eyeshadow obligation. It'll probably involve a pair of boots and a bag :-)  I can do this!!! 

    So that's my goal...stick to an eyeshadow no buy until January 1, 2015. At that point I'll evaluate my progress and see if anything needs to be purged. I'm hoping to weed some things out. Then maybe I'll keep going??? 

    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it :-)  Anyone care to join me??

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    Do We Need Sunscreen??

    I'll admit...I don't wear sunscreen on a regular basis and haven't for well over a year. Maybe even two? I forget. 

    And I didn't actually start wearing sunscreen on my face until after I started working as a Flight Attendant and noticed I was getting some pigmentation (I used to work in a mall with no windows so never was in sunlight during the day). I started slathering on european sunscreens, but always hated the way they felt under makeup. Then my skin started getting very reactive and all of a sudden everything started irritating my skin and/or causing breakouts - including sunscreen. I finally couldn't take the breakouts and clogs anymore, so I stopped.  Fast forward and I now rely on trying to find a good mix of antioxidants in skincare, along with hats and trying to stay in the shade as much as possible. Plus, controversial as it might be, I've read many articles saying that sunscreen (at least the chemical kind) might actually be bad for your skin...so there is that. 

    I don't wear sunscreen for lack of trying...over the past couple of years I've tested out a bunch. I even have one now that's waiting to be tested! Hopefully, I'll find something because a long while ago I had my skin mapped at an SK-II counter and they showed me exactly what kind of sun damage I could look forward to if I didn't take some action. I had kind of a deer in headlights reaction, not really knowing what to say. I have wanted to go back to see if I've made any progress but haven't out of fear that it may have gotten worse??? 

    Anyway, this isn't meant to be a post to tell you to wear sunscreen or not. Like anything it's personal and I'm not currently wearing sunscreen so why the heck should I tell you to do so! Buuuut...Mr. G posted the following video on Facebook, and I thought I'd share it with you. It shows what sun damaged skin looks like under ultra violet light, what non-sun damaged skin looks like under UV light and finally what skin looks like with sunscreen under UV light. It's pretty interesting :-) 

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    Counter Swatches: Guerlain Fall 2014

    Since seeing promo pics of Guerlain Fall 2014, I've been kind of lusting after a couple of the new quads - especially Les Violines. After depotting most of my single shadows (post to come!) and being able to see them all in one grand sweep, I've been very keen on not trying to duplicate anything I already have. So counter swatching I went! 

    I was short on time and only swatched the 2 quads I was interested in, along with a handful of the new Kiss Kiss lippies. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to note the names of all the lipsticks, but hopefully this will give you an idea of the color range. 

    Guerlain Fall 2014: Les Violines, Les Sables, Les Aciers

    Store display

    The counter had just received this, and it looked like I was one of the first people to swatch. I took this pic after I touched the colors, so any finger marks are the ones I made ha ha!

    Overall, I was underwhelmed with all the colors after swatching them. They seemed not as special or exciting as I had hoped. Especially with Les Violines, I was thinking it might be worth getting it just for the dark purple-y shade (all the pics online looked amazing)...but after seeing it in person, it's a definite no. All pretty colors, but not quite what I was looking for. 

    I didn't get anything. At some point I might get a Kiss Kiss, but need more time to decide on a color :-)

    Guerlain Les Violines - store lighting

    Les Violines - store lighting

    Guerlain Les Violines - outside shade

    Les Violines - outside shade

    Guerlain Les Violines - evening sunlight

    Les Violines - evening sunlight

    Guerlain Les Sables - store lighting

    Les Sables - store lighting

    Guerlain Les Sables - outside shade

    Les Sables - outside shade

    Guerlain Les Sables - evening sunlight

    Les Sables - evening sunlight

    Fall 2014 Guerlain Kiss Kiss - store lighting

    Kiss Kiss - store lighting

    Fall 2014 Guerlain Kiss Kiss - store lighting

    Kiss Kiss - store lighting

    Fall 2014 Guerlain Kiss Kiss - outside shade

    Kiss Kiss - outside shade

    Fall 2014 Guerlain Kiss Kiss - evening sunlight

    Kiss Kiss - evening sunlight

    What do you think?? Did you purchase anything from the collection yet, or does anything catch your eye?

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