Friday Favorites (6/12)

Friday Favorites (6/12)

Happy Friday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful week.  I’ve been really energized, and as a result, I have been writing and blogging up a storm. For those of you who are mommies or are interested in reading mommy blogs, I’ve really been blogging a lot more lately on The Mini Skirt.  I am actually hosting a giveaway over there right now to celebrate the launch of my new online book store with Usborne Books & More (the cutest children’s books ever).  Be sure to enter if you have children, kids in your life, or even if...

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Non-Toxic Beauty Brand Spotlight: Earth Science Naturals

Non-Toxic Beauty Brand Spotlight: Earth Science Naturals

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post.  I purchased all products mentioned below with my own money, and this post reflects my true opinions about them.)   I was doing a little product inventory in my bathroom over the weekend and realized that I use an awful lot of things by Earth Science Naturals.  It’s no wonder being that it is such an affordable brand (especially since I usually order my products from Vitacost).  In this instance, inexpensive doesn’t mean cheap quality.  I continue to go back to the brand because...

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Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

Non-toxic beauty brand spotlight: ACURE Organics

It always makes me happy when more natural beauty brands hit mainstream stores.  Obviously, I like it because it makes the products easier for me to get without having to make a special shopping trip or online order. However, what really makes me so giddy about it is that it gives other people the opportunity to try a safer brand that they might not have purchased otherwise and hopefully paves the way for other non-toxic brands to enter these stores as well. Well, I am really pleased to announce that one of  my longtime favorite brands,...

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12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

12 Tips for growing thicker hair & managing hair loss

I discuss outer beauty a lot on this blog, but I also try to balance those posts out with lots of information about health and overall well-being. After all, there is more to life than makeup and good hair days. With that being said, it is often hard to feel good about ourselves when we don’t look our very best. Not to overgeneralize too much, but I think that women are especially impacted when they have a physical attribute that makes them feel self-conscious. Several months ago, I was personally dealing with some postpartum hair loss...

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Non-Toxic Makeup, Skin Care, & Hair Care Products (Printable)

Non-Toxic Makeup, Skin Care, & Hair Care Products (Printable)

Please see this post from October 2015 for an updated list! Almost two years ago, I posted a printable list of nontoxic beauty brands, and I thought that a little update was long overdue. You’ll notice that I omitted the pricing and stores from the new list.  Many of the brands have an extremely wide range in pricing due to the fact that they offer anything from chapstick to large gift sets, so it is difficult to really provide an accurate price point.  In addition, because all of these brands are available through online retailers, I...

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Why you should add castor oil to your beauty routine

Why you should add castor oil to your beauty routine

I’m a major fan of using oils for oiling pulling, moisturizing the face and body, and as hair treatments.  In the past, I have mainly used almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and of course, coconut oil, but castor oil has recently earned its place in my bathroom cabinet. Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is widely used in soaps, paints, and dyes (among many other things) and is most well-known as having a laxative effect when taken orally.  You can find castor oil in health food stores, but I purchase mine on Amazon and...

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