A beginner’s guide to green beauty

A beginner’s guide to green beauty

Hi there! I have been getting a lot of emails lately from women who want to know where to start when it comes to adopting a cleaner beauty routine.  This is actually a topic that I’ve covered here and there in the past, but now that I’ve been fully immersed in the green beauty world for awhile, I feel that I have even more (and better) tips to offer on the subject- though I am certainly not an expert and there’s always more to learn.    1.  Do your research. While you can totally get into reading about the science...

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Flattering Blush Recommendations (Cream & Powder)

Flattering Blush Recommendations (Cream & Powder)

When it comes to beauty, most of us have our vices.  I’ve known women who have enough nail polishes to open their own salon.  I have a friend who is on a quest for the most perfect brows, so she owns nearly every brow powder, pencil, stencil, gel, and wax on the market.  And I’ve watched beauty gurus on YouTube who have enough foundations to cover themselves from head to toe for ten years without ever having to replenish their stock. I have two major beauty weaknesses: lip products and blushes. I’m definitely the woman who...

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One beauty & health food you’re probably not eating

One beauty & health food you’re probably not eating

(Please note: This post contains some affiliate links.)   Did you know that you can eat the seeds of apricots? Up until about two months ago, I certainly didn’t have a clue.  I just happened to find out about them when I was searching Vitacost for some snack food ideas.  The reviews were all so glowing that I figured I’d take a gamble and order them, but it wasn’t until later that I learned about their powerful benefits. These little babies are so powerful, in fact, that it is recommended that you only consume 2-4 of...

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March 2016 Favorites

March 2016 Favorites

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but it does contain some affiliate links.)   I didn’t have to step back to come up with my standout favorites from the month of March because they were just so insanely obvious.  In fact,  I reached for all of these things on a daily basis with the exception of the face scrub, and you’ll read why in a minute. It was definitely a good month for new discoveries. Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet I received this product (not shown above) as a free sample with...

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Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#6)

Products I’ve used up lately & my thoughts on each one (#6)

I am doing an empties post today, so I can finally toss these containers into our recycling bin. It always feels so weird to hang onto empty packages and bottles for so long, but let’s face it, bloggers do a lot of weird things. Activated Charcoal Every so often, I like to take activated charcoal to rid my body of toxins (consult your physician before deciding to do this yourself).  I also break open the capsules and use the powder to scrub my teeth because it naturally whitens them.  If you’d like to see a more in-depth post...

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Whole Foods Beauty Week & a Giveaway

Whole Foods Beauty Week & a Giveaway

As a mom of three small children, a vacation getaway is kind of out of the question. While I’d love to fly off to Maui with my husband on a whim (not that we ever did that pre-kids), I have to clear my head on a smaller scale a bit closer to home these days. One of my very favorite places to get some much needed “me time” is at Whole Foods.  It is basically my happy place, and I often refer to it as my mother ship. In the past, I would easily spend hours just browsing the food options and hitting up their famous hot bar, but...

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Lily Lolo Mascara versus Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel

Lily Lolo Mascara versus Per-fekt Lash Perfection Gel

When it comes to transitioning to cleaner beauty products, finding the perfect mascara seems to present quite the challenge.  We’re all so used to those mascaras that don’t budge and can only be removed by a prayer and a little eye makeup remover.  We’re also accustomed to finding any type of mascara (i.e. waterproof, black, brown, blue, lengthening, volumizing, etc.) in mostly any drugstore, supermarket, or makeup counter. You might be curious to know about two green mascaras that I’ve used, each very different from...

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February 2016 Favorites

February 2016 Favorites

(Please note: This post contains some affiliate links.) Happy Friday! It’s a few days late, but I have some really fantastic favorites to share with you from the month of February.  Most of them have never been mentioned here before, so let’s get to it!   Food/Beverage Favorites Matcha Green Tea Smoothie When I first tried matcha green tea, I thought it was…disgusting. But because of all its wonderful health benefits, I really wanted to develop a taste for it.  It took this matcha green tea smoothie recipe to bring...

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6 clean bath & body care brands for babies and kids

6 clean bath & body care brands for babies and kids

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post, but it does contain some affiliate links.)   By now, you’ve probably heard or read about the potential link between Johnson & Johnson’s  talcum powder (which they no longer use) and ovarian cancer. What I find most upsetting about this story is that it’s about a product meant for babies.  If there is any category of products on the market that should be considered safe, it should be those for babies and kids.  Right? If you go into a store like Buy Buy Baby or even just...

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{Part 1} Greening Your Man: Convincing him to use cleaner products

{Part 1} Greening Your Man: Convincing him to use cleaner products

When I first switched to a greener lifestyle, my spirits would sink a little every time I opened my makeup drawer and I saw the spot where my MAC lipsticks used to live.  I missed my perfume collection and all of the beautiful bottles that used to adorn my dresser, and when I had to chug down plain water rather than Crystal Light, I acted as though I was being forced to swallow toilet water. And shampoo that didn’t lather? Just stab me in the heart. But now, I get absolutely giddy when I see all of my clean things, and I feel a sense of...

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