Curated Gift Boxes with Ari and Elle

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I LOVE gifts.  Sure, I love to receive them.  But I also get just as much joy out of giving them!  I enjoy picking out gifts for others, but sometimes I really get so stumped.  Men are so hard to buy for.  Coworkers, aunts...there's just some occasions that require a gift and I have NO IDEA what to buy.

Enter Ari & Elle. Curated gift boxes for pretty much every kind of recipient.  Gift Boxes for HimThe Foodie. Get Well boxes.  There are SO many options.  Over 800 actually!!!!

ari elle curated gift box baby

I received the  Welcome Home Gift Box and it's SO amazing!!  It was the perfect thing to get us even more excited for Little Man!  Here's what I received in my box!!

+Itzy Ritzy Silicone Teether, Cactus Green

+Moulin Roty 'Monsieur Lapin' Stuffed Animal

+Wubbanub Infant Pacifier

+aden by aden + anais Hooded Towel, Dream - Stars

+Aden by Aden + Anais Swaddle Baby Blanket, 100% Cotton Muslin

Do you know what I think will be the next box I buy?  A Kids box.  Because you know what a new mom with a baby doesn't know what to buy for?  A four year old birthday party.  I'm SO SO glad I found Ari & Elle!  And so are my friends and family ;)

xoxo, Lauren

Effortless Maternity Style with Pinkblush

It's so important to find a few easy maternity pieces that you can feel good in!  Pregnancy is such a special time, but it also comes with it's own set of challenges.  Feeling good in maternity clothes should not be one of them!  That's why I'm so glad I found Pinkblush!  They have cute, stylish maternity pieces...that don't cost a fortune!  Like this Mineral Blue Maxi Dress ($52)!

**Save 20% OFF of your order with code LASTCALL through 8/11!**

This dress is SO EASY!  The color is gorgeous and the lightweight, slinky fabric is so flattering!  

I want to get this dress, this dress and this ruffle maxi next!

xoxo, Lauren

20% OFF SALE on BEAUTYCOUNTER!

20% OFF today only on the Beautycounter site!  Use code LOVE at beautycounter.com/laurenhull for your discount!  It's the perfect time to stock up on FALL makeup colors and skincare for cooler weather!!

Make sure you also sign up to be a BAND OF BEAUTY MEMBER and you'll earn 15% back in product credit on today's purchase!  You'll also receive a FREE Counteradapt Moisture Lotion and FREE SHIPPING over $100!

The Brand New Eye Palette that I'm obsessing over is $40 today!!!  I have it in 'Classic.' I am also stocking up on some Lip Intense Lipsticks in Fall Colors!! 

My love, the Balancing Oil, is $55 today only with code LOVE!  This oil is great for changing seasons and balances out the dryness + oiliness that comes!

What are you going to buy in the sale today??

 

Mapleblume Luxury Subscription Box

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I spy the Pantone Color of the Year in my Mapleblume Beauty Box!!! Mapleblume Subscription is a luxury, clean beauty box and everything you receive is the full-size product!  No sample sizes here! This is my first Box and I’m so in love!!

I received the "June Box" and it's still available for purchase!  You can buy one box or choose a subscription that's delivered every other month.


This is the “June Box” and it includes all of these amazing products:
@naturallogic Unmask Detox Hydration Mask
@luxebotanics Camu Brightening Mist
@linnebotanicals Scrub Exfoliating Face Mask
@trustfundbeauty Nail Polish in Freudian Slip
@aunaturalelife High Lustre Lip Gloss in Ultra

The hero product in this box is the Linne Botanicals Scrub Exfoliating Face Mask.  It's an $85 value and I've seriously never used a better exfoliator.  The scent from the essential oils was a little strong when I first applied the product, however the results speak for themselves.  This stuff WORKS.  I feel like I have brand baby new skin when I use it.  I love applying the Luxe Botanics Camu Brightening Mist afterwards.  My mist and serum penetrate so deep after using the exfoliating mask!

You also receive the Natural Logic Unmask Detox Hydration Mask - perfect for the dry months ahead!  And Trustfund Beauty Nail Polish + Au Naturale High Lustre Lip Gloss, both in a gorgeous lilac shade.

The Mapleblume Luxury Subscription Box tops my list for subscription boxes.  It's so well curated and every.single.product. is so so good.
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Bump Friendly Style Guide

summer bump style

Truth time. Dressing my bump is a little more challenging this time.  I don't know my body as well because I got pregnant so quickly after having my first baby (hello extra 20 lbs).  It's a whole new territory with loving + agreeing with my body.  The obvious answer is - 'wow, my body is doing amazing things - holding and nurturing these little lives!' And I do feel that way.  I love that my body can build and grow and stretch and make a way for new life. 

But, I also see a photograph and do the whole 'but I don't look like this pregnant person or that pregnant person.' Or I even will feel disappointed in my body for not being able to be more 'cute' while pregnant.  And the fear. The fear that I will forever have a poochy belly because I had my babies so close together.  When will it end?  When can we stop doing telling ourselves these things and battling our own bodies?

I have a choice.  I can spend unnecessary time shaming my body. 

Or I can CELEBRATE.  I can celebrate these miracles that I prayed so long for...and feared that my body would never even have the chance to hold.  I can pray and ask God to change my perspective.  I will choose to enjoy my pregnancy.  I'll get massages this time.  I'll buy a few cute clothes that I feel pretty in.  I'll eat healthy foods that make me feel good.  I'll bake cookies if I want to.  I'll find time for prenatal yoga and take my baby on long power walks.  And I'll hold my 10 month old on my growing bump and take those moments in - for the beautiful, powerful gifts that they are.

bump friendly style guide

I have found a few items that I feel good in during my pregnancy and this summer heat.  My criteria is a little more strict this time around because I'm chasing a 10 month old.  First of all, the neckline.   If it's off-the-shoulder, I can't lift my arms to pick up my daughter.  If it's strapless, my baby will pull it down.   I can't wear a something too long because I will step on the bottom and trip if I'm holding my baby.  It can't be too short either - wayyy too much bending over these days!  And the fit just depends on my mood - somedays I want fitted and somedays, flowy. 

Outfit ideas:

I love this flowy dress (I'm wearing it in these photos and it's less than $30) that looks great with my rose Birks and new hat ($35).  It's about ankle-length on my 5'3" stature, so no tripping!  

This fitted black dress can be dressed up or down.  I love it alone, or with my new Kimono if I want to cover my booty ;)  These wrap sandals are so cute and affordable!

Easy, pretty pink t-shirt dress.  Best for 1st + 2nd trimester.  It's the happiest pink and I feel put together because it has a little shape.  Perfect with my rose Birks.

I got my Bump Body dress during my last pregnancy.  It is so well designed - comfortable and flattering.  It's a go-to for sure!  Cute with a hat and dainty jewelry.

Madewell Maternity Jeans. One of the reviews of these jeans said that she had tried all of the maternity jeans and these were the best! ha! I heard that they were great, but that review sold me.  And I agree - I didn't try really any others on (nor did I want to - because let's face it, being pregnant and trying on bad jeans is a terrible combo) but I LOVE these.  So flattering and comfy.   Ingrid & Isabel Maternity leggings live up to the hype!  They are comfortable, somehow really flattering and they stay up!  I got them during my last pregnancy and they are still my fave!  Gap Maternity Denim Shorts have the best length, wash and fit of any that I've tried.  

I bought a Hatch Maternity Dress on eBay.  I love their minimal styles but can't personally justify the price tag.  Here's a few eBay options:  pretty red dress, baby blue dress, gorgeous black strapless I splurged on these Tory Burch flats because I can't wear heels right now but still wanted to wear some pretty shoes.  OBSESSED.  Here's another shoe option that I love!

For swim, I like classic black!  Some days, I feel comfortable in a bikini and other days, a tankini.  I have never found a one-piece that's comfortable for me (especially pregnant).  I think one pieces are so cute, but so far I haven't had any luck!

Undies. You guys, never before have comfy undies been such a priority.  Bras are so uncomfortable.  Especially my strapless ones...unless I want to wear the bandeaus that the maternity sites sell...and feel like I'm in middle school again.  The wireless strapless bra from Lively is such a gamechanger. (Get $10 off with my code AMB-therosewateredit )  I also love this padded bralette and this maternity/nursing braThese panties are just like Hanky Panky (for much less!) and these are my absolute favorite - no lines and super comfy!

My wish list: this gorgeous Free People dress, a backpack purse (less expensive version here), ummm this peach dress, this suede jacket for travel and transitioning to fall

 

I'm also really loving accessories.  Now I understand why moms wear hats.  You didn't have time to wash your hair, but you still want to look put together.  And dainty jewelry - something not too heavy when you feel heavy but just a little sparkle!

Minimal Summer Makeup

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I posted this photo in my Stories recently and received a lot of questions about which products I used, so I thought I would post a comprehensive list of all the goodness.

First of all, if you haven't gotten your hands on the Overnight Peel that I've been raving about... DO IT!  It's such a gamechanger for your skin, which means LESS MAKEUP.  And I don't know about you, but when it's scorching outside - the last thing I want to do is wear heavy makeup.  I literally keep forgetting to wear makeup because I'm so happy with how my skin looks!

On this day, I had used the PEEL two days before.  My skin was still great and I just needed minimal makeup to enhance my look.  I originally posted the photo to rave about my new BLUSH because I loved how natural it was.  And it's such a great color that you can wear with anything because it doesn't lean too far into any hue.  It was great with my bright pink dress!

Here are the goods:

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin - applied with my Beautyblender.  I love this foundation for it's beautiful finish and buildable coverage.

Beautycounter Touchup Concealer in Light - Just the right amount of coverage and not-too-matte for undereyes

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow - The blush that goes with everything.  A little tawny/bronzey with a hint of pink.  A blush you can wear when you dress in pink ;)  I apply with my Beautyblender.

Beautycounter Eyeliner in Black - Doesn't smudge and lasts for hours.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Magnetic - Beautiful coppery, bronzey color with subtle shimmer

Honest Co Mascara + Primer - I love this mascara for the primer!  Helps my barely there lashes stand out!

MY FAVORITE NEW HIGHLIGHTER: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose - It's the most natural highlighter I've ever used.  Just looks like dewy skin!

Kari Gran Lip Whip in Pink Tinted - My go-to lip balm!

Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath Shampoo + Innersense Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner

Look like you just had a facial!

beautycounter resurfacing peel

There is nothing like day-after-a-facial skin! When we were engaged, I got professional facials every 4 weeks and my skin never looked better!  I have never had any procedures done - just a facial and a peel whenever I can find the time to go.

Now, I can do the PEEL right at home - with the same results (well, minus the soothing music, massage and professional esthetician).  I posted this photo and a video in my Instagram Stories over the weekend and got so many messages...and orders!  For a product that works this well, I think the price point is fantastic!

Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel

To apply, spread 1-2 pumps on a clean face before bedtime.  Allow product to sink in and then apply moisturizer/oil/serum.  You can do this 3-4 times/week and it can even be applied every night!  

In this photo, it's not totally naked skin - here's what else I have on!  But, the peel is SO GOOD and I was SO HAPPY WITH MY SKIN that I forgot mascara for the day!

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

Beautycounter Touchup Concealer

Vapour Aura Multi-Use in Sultry on my cheeks

Beautycounter Lipgloss in Blush Shimmer

MY FAVORITE NEW HIGHLIGHTER: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose - It's the most natural hightlighter I've ever used.  Just looks like dewy skin!

I hope you try the Overnight Peel!  I really think you will love it as much as I do!  

**BONUS:  If you make a $100 purchase on My Beautycounter Page now through 6/24, I will personally mail a FREE GIFT to you!  All you have to do is make the purchase!  I will see it and mail a package to your mailing address!!  YAY!!**

xoxo Lauren

My Latest Beauty Haul + Pregnancy Safe Products

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I get a lot of questions about "pregnancy safe" products.  The good news is that a majority of what I post is great for use before, during and after pregnancy!  Here's a short list of ingredients that all communities agree should be avoided during pregnancy. 

mom and baby safe products

You may have heard 50 times by now that you should be using a natural deodorant.  I know - the process of finding a natural deodorant is an unfavorable one (especially in the summer time) - but there are so many great options now! If you are pregnant, I really urge you to consider it!  Conventional deodorants contain aluminum + other endocrine disruptors and if you're pregnant - you should think about these metals and toxins leaking into your glands...right beside your milk glands!  Natural deodorants are not anti-perspirants, so you will still sweat.  BUT sweating rids your body of toxins - it's a natural and essential process.  I'd rather sweat out my toxins vs. hanging on to them and having the toxins potentially reach my baby.  I recommend a few deodorant brands - but I'm loving the NEW Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant!

pregnancy safe skincare

A great resource to read all about things to consider when it comes to Immunity and Health for pregnancy through the teen years is the book, The Vaccine Friendly Plan.  We did not necessarily follow their vaccine plan, but this book is full of information about a healthy pregnancy and details each vaccine (its history, use, ingredients, side effects).  The doctors even describe what exactly endocrine disruptors are and why to avoid them!  Whether you decide to vaccinate or follow a different a plan, this book is a great resource for pregnancy and beyond - I align with so much of what they say!  They talk about aluminum and deodorants in Chapter 1!

aillea beauty haul

I created a lightweight summer makeup look using all of my newest loves!  This entire look (except for mascara) is available at Aillea Beauty.  

Foundation:  just the Ilia Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

Concealer:  Vapour Illusionist Concealer

Bronzer + Lipcolor: from the RMS Signature Set in Mod

Eyecolor:  NEW RMS Eye Polish Shade in Embrace (a rose quartz pink shade.  love!)

Highlighter: NEW RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer

Eyeliner:  I used the Kjaer Weis Shadow in Magnetic (a coppery brown shade)

Mascara:  Honest Primer + Mascara

Deodorant: NEW Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant (if most natural deodorants make your armpits break out, give this a try!  It has really helped me!)

Shampoo + Conditioner:  Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath + Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner

Top:  Can't find exact online, similar here / Earrings: Sold out, similar here / Baby Onesie: Bodysuit 2-pack

xoxo Lauren

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Non-toxic SPF for the Whole Family

nontoxic safe clean organic sunscreen

Have you heard?  As of May 1, many common sunscreens are being banned in Hawaii, due to the destruction that their ingredients cause to the coral reefs.  Read more here.  Can you imagine?  If these ingredients are so destructive to sea life, what are the effects that they are having on our bodies?  When you apply a lotion to your body, it seeps into your pores and truly effects your blood, organs and nervous system!

Label reading is a tough job and we don't always know what to look for.  I have been asked about sunscreen by SO many this summer, so I put together a list of my top favorites for your entire family.  The basic answer for you is to use products with mineral filters vs. chemical filters - look for the active ingredients of zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. DO NOT USE products that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.  These are the ingredients that have been banned in Hawaii and they are found in many common products at the drug store like Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Blue Lizard. 

This list is a compilation of the products that I have tested and choose for our family. At the bottom of the list, you will find products that I would choose (and not choose) at Target if I found myself without sunscreen and had to make a quick Target run.  They aren't my top choices, but this happened to me recently and I had to make a decision, based on their selection.  If you can, order your products ahead of time from one of these superior choices - but in a dash, I've got you covered ;)

beautycounter countersun mineral sunscreen

 

Makeup with SPF

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Makeup Primer with SPF 25

Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF 20

Ilia Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Tinted Daycream SPF 30

 

Moisturizer with SPF

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion SPF 18

 

Lipcare with SPF

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

 

SPF for the Family

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen Unscented SPF 30 (make sure you get Unscented, if using on children)

Coola

 

SPF for Babies

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Erbaviva Baby Sunscreen SPF 30

Coola Mineral Baby SPF 50

 

If I had to make a quick Target run, here's what I would choose:

Sun Bum / Baby Bum

Badger

Bare Republic

Babo Botanicals

I would NOT choose:  Blue Lizard, Alba Botanicals, BabyGanics, Goddess Garden (not because of ingredients, but this one is terrible to rub-in), Coppertone, Neutrogena, Banana Boat, Aveeno

 

Additional Sun Protection for Baby

We went to the beach a couple of weeks ago with our 8 month-old and plan to go back a couple more times before the end of summer (praise hands!!).  Here are some items that we found useful:

Rashguard for baby girl

Rashguard suit for baby girl

Sunhat (a lot of hats we've tried are too floppy and Chapel wouldn't wear them.  This one has a just-right brim!)

Pop-up Tent

Beach Blanket that folds into a tiny bag!

Battery operated fan

Swan baby float

** GIFT WITH PURCHASE** From now through Monday 6/11, make a $100 purchase through My Beautycounter Site and I will personally send you a FREE Countersun Sunscreen Stick ($20 VALUE) Swag Bag!!!  All you have to do is make the purchase and I will see it + ship the Sunscreen and Samples to your mailing address on Tuesday!  You must make sure that your Consultant is listed as Lauren Hull to get the FREE GIFT!!  **

Happy (Safe Sun) Summer!  xoxo Lauren

LIVE Botanical Review + GIVEAWAY

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**GIVEAWAY and COUPON CODE at the bottom**

My new LIVE Botanical skincare routine from Pretty Pure Beauty is nothing short of refreshing.  It's the perfect, simple Summer skincare - a Cleansing Scrub to buff the sweat and oil away, a Rose + Seaberry Nourishing Moisture Elixir to refresh the skin and an Overnight Resurfacing Oil to do the hardwork while you sleep.  No. brainer.  

SAVE 15% with my code ROSEWATER

live botanicals review

Step 1:

Roots + Grains Cleansing Scrub:  This fine, soft (not course) cleansing scrub smells of green tea + dandelion.  It can be used as a cleanser alone, or you can leave it on for 15-20 minutes as a clarifying mask.  I NEED this scrub in the summer because my skin feels heavy at the end of the day from the sweat, oil and pore-clogging residue from the summer heat.  After this scrub, I feel lighter + more refreshed.

Step 2:

Rose + Seaberry Nourishing Moisture Elixir:  I've already sprayed it on my face 3 times while writing this post because it's SO refreshing.  You can really detect all of the botanicals when you spray, making for an uplifting experience.  The rosewater (!!!) and aloe add hydration to your skin, while herbs and botanicals (think seaberry, sunflower and sea kelp) help to tone your skin.  Spray liberally after cleansing and HELLO GLOW.

Step 3:

Fruit Enzymes + Starflower Overnight Resurfacing Oil:  The first thing that you'll notice is that the oil is bright blue!!  Thank you, Blue Tansy for your amazing resurfacing properties.  And you can thank the pineapple, starflower and pumpkin for the brightening.  This oil is meant to be used overnight and I wake up to hydrated, supple skin.  It's LOVE!

live botanicals overnight resurfacing oil

Check out the rest of the LIVE Botanicals line at Pretty Pure Beauty HERE.  I'm pretty obsessed with their glass packaging, beautiful bottles, effective products and the PRICE POINT!  You need these on your shelf!  SAVE 15% with my code ROSEWATER

Pretty Pure Beauty and I are teaming up for a chance to WIN the Cleansing Scrub + Overnight Resurfacing Oil ($80 value)!  Head over to my Instagram @therosewateredit to enter!  Contest ends Friday 6/8 at Noon est.  Good luck!

xoxo Lauren

 

#hairgoals

philip adam shampoo

#hairgoals

Let's be honest - finding the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type can take a lot of effort.  Especially, if you are switching over to CLEANER products.  You don't know the brands.  You're not sure how your hair will respond.  I'll be for the first to admit that haircare is one of the last switches that I've made to Clean Beauty.  I don't play around when it comes to my hair!

I'm here to tell you that there are some excellent natural hair care brands out there!!  I've tried so many and I think the very first natural brand you should try is Phillip AdamPhillip Adam is a haircare line that's based in Canada and the products are natural and EFFECTIVE!  I'm currently using the Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner and it has made my hair shiny, healthy, manageable and it doesn't weigh my hair down!

natural shampoo

Apple Cider Vinegar is great for hair because it helps to balance the pH level of your scalp.  My hair can be oily and dry at the same time, so the balancing effect does wonders for my hair! ACV also adds shine, reduces frizz and prevents dandruff! 

I have struggled with my hair for over a year with pregnancy hormones, postpartum (hello crazy hair loss) and now with a second pregnancy.  The pH balance effect of the Apple Cider Vinegar really has worked for me, as I have been battling crazy hormone changes!

You can SHOP Phillip Adam online HERE.  It can also be found in many health stores, including Whole Foods!

Thanks to Phillip Adam for sponsoring this post!

Here's to a good hair day!

xoxo Lauren

natural hair

Memorial Day Sales!

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There are some MAJOR Clean Beauty Sales going on right now!!  It's a great time to stock on SPF, skincare and Summer makeup!!  Here is a collection of my favorite sales going on right now!

beautycounter sunscreen

Beautycounter

I just stocked up on all of the new Countersun SPF Collection from Beautycounter!!  Literally, I bought the SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Mist, the SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and the SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick.  This will be my go-to sunscreen for the Summer!!  Now through 5/28, you can receive a FREE GIFT with $125 purchase.  I added on a new Color Intense Lipstick to get to $129 and I chose the Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa ($39 Value) as my FREE GIFT!  ***BONUS!!  If you place a $125 order through My Beautycounter Page, today through 5/28 - I will email you and let you choose another FREE GIFT from my personal stash!!  And I have some GOOD STUFF from a lot of brands!  Think Full Size Serum Foundation, Mascara, Hair Oil...Trust me, there's something that you will definitely LOVE!  All you have to do is place your order at www.beautycounter.com/laurenhull and I'll email you on 5/29 so you can claim your prize!!

mun skincare

Aillea

Aillea is offering 15% OFF of your ENTIRE Purchase with code MEMORIAL!!  It's the perfect time to stock up on the New Vapour Foundation that I've been RAVING about or the MUN Skincare that I'm obsessed with!!  If you want something to baby your skin after all of the heat + elements of Summer - the May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon is absolute luxury.  It's incredibly moisturizing and will keep your complexion fresh all summer!  I would through in my FAVORITE Vapour AER Deodorant and Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF 15 - there's not much else you need this summer!! This sale runs 5/25/-5/28.

100% pure free gift

100% Pure

Ok, 100% Pure has outdone themselves and they are offering a FREE GIFT SET with a $75 Purchase!  The FREE GIFT is valued at $131!!!  The gift includes a shade of your choice of the Full Coverage Water Foundation, Lip & Cheek Tint in Grapefruit Glow, Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick in Cassia, and a Cruelty Free Kabuki Brush!  SO GOOD.  Go grab this deal asap!!!

au naturale lip gloss

Au Naturale

Au Naturale is offering 25% OFF YOUR PURCHASE with Code longweekend!!  What a great chance to get a new Lip Stain color for Summer!! I love the shade Crushed Bloom!  I also recommend the new Spring Collection Kit.  I got to try all of the shades in person at the Indie Beauty Expo 2 weeks ago and they are GORGEOUS!

If I see any more great sales come through, I will be sure to add them here throughout the long weekend!

xoxo, Lauren

Let's talk about VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY

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**Use my code ROSEWATER for 10% OFF of your Vapour Purchase!!**

I am seriously impressed with this brand.  And seriously in love. 

Favorite foundation? Check.

Favorite concealer?  Check.

Amazing cream blush? Check.

Best clean deodorant?  Check.

vapour foundation

I mean.  Come on.  And as if I didn't love them enough, Vapour just extended their Atmosphere Foundation line to 19 different shades and Illusionist Concealer to 18 shades!  So many skin tones are represented.  This makes me so happy!  Not to mention, the Soft Focus Foundation now comes in glass bottles!!  The BEST!

vapour deodorant

How to get this look:

I apply my Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (I wear shade s115) with my Beautyblender.  I wet the Beautyblender with water or rosewater and apply with soft strokes.  I then apply my Illusionist Concealer (I wear shade 015) to my undereyes with my finger.  The concealer has such a reflective property, that I don't feel like I have to use very much because it reflects so much light and makes my undereyes appear lighter.   Next, I swipe my Beautyblender on my Aura Multi-Use in Courtesan.  I dab the color to the apples of my cheeks for a beautiful blush.   I use my finger to apply a little of the color to my lips.  

The Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (I wear shade s115) is a medium-to-full coverage foundation that is the dewiest and glowiest!  It's so pretty - I just feel like I look healthy and youthful as soon as I put it on!!  The Illusionist Concealer is pretty full coverage, I feel like a little goes a long way!  Like I said, it is super reflective, so light just bounces off of it like crazy! I have the Aura Multi-Use Blush in Sultry and Courtesan - they blend in so well, giving the prettiest flush to my cheeks!

Now, let's talk about this deodorant.  I use the AER Next-level Deodorant in Ginger Grapefruit and I got mine from Aillea Beauty.  It is a gel-to-powder formula that works.  Everyone's chemical makeup is so different and you really have to find the deodorant that works for you.  The AER is mine.  I don't feel like I constantly need to reapply and it is really working for me!  Bonus - it smells SO GOOD.

Don't you just want to try it all??

**Use my code ROSEWATER for 10% OFF of your Vapour Purchase!!**

xoxo Lauren

vapour concealer

Spring Refresh with Aillea

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I had the chance to host an amazing SPRING PARTY at one of my favorite places - Aillea!  If you don't know about Aillea, they are Atlanta's newest Clean Beauty Boutique with locations in Charleston and Denver too!  Becca (Store Manager), Shae, Erica and all of the ladies at the shop are incredibly knowledgeable and just the kindest people!  I love going there for all of the latest + greatest in Clean Beauty!  For those of you that aren't in one of the cities where you can visit a brick-and-mortar stores, Aillea has an excellent online store where you can shop their curated collection of the best brands in Clean Beauty!

Last night, we gathered in the gorgeous shop in Buckhead Atlanta for a Spring Party.  There was wine, snacks and ALLLLL of the product testing you could imagine.  I love how all of the guests rolled up their sleeves and tested just about everything in the store!  

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I took some time during the evening to share my journey with Clean Beauty and named my TOP PICKS for SPRING!   Since some of you couldn't make it ;) I have them all listed below for you!!

Suntegrity Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - We ALL need a good sunscreen for the warmer days ahead.  This one is my pick for beach and pool days.  The active ingredient in Zinc Oxide.  It rubs in smoothly (not pastey) and the unscented versiou is safe for kids and babies, too!!

RMS Magic Luminizer - I have loved the Living Luminizer for so long, but lately I have kicked it up a notch with this GORGEOUS highlighter.  I use it on my cheeks, my eyes and pretty much everywhere I want to glow!

Osmia Organics Facial Soaps - These are my go-to cleansers right now. I've tried the Black Clay and the Pumpkin and it's LOVE.  They take off my makeup, clear my skin and I don't feel dry after I use them.  Last night, Shae from Aillea mentioned that she cuts her bars to make them easy for travel.  I thought that was brilliant!  Let me tell you, these last forever.

Lily Lolo Eye Palette- Such a great swap for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes.  Gorgeous, neutral colors.  No chemicals, talc, or artificial preservatives.  Don't you want that kind of product sitting on your eyes all day?

Mun Anarose Toner- I raved about this product here.  Made with my namesake, rosewater.  It has a balanced pH to truly neutralize and balance your skin.  Love, love, love. Especially to clear pores in the warmer months, when we are a little..um..dewier.  Our sweat can be pore clogging and it's the perfect time to start using a toner!

Some guests even snagged some of the last remaining Green Beauty Icon Boxes!  There are a few left and it's SUCH a great DEAL!  Almost $70 off of amazing products!  It even includes 2 of my own picks, the RMS Magic Luminizer and Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap!  See my review here

What are you switching up in your routine for Spring?

The Green Goddess Shop

holi oil

**Use my code RWE20 for 20% OFF full priced items at The Green Goddess Shop!**

I must say, I am LOVING the Agent Nateur Holi(oil) and have been using it nightly for weeks as my night time moisturizer!!  If you want a serum that is moisturizing AND changes the look of your skin - THIS IS IT.  It penetrates DEEP to work on fine lines, hyperpigmentation, heal scars and replenish collagen.  I have really noticed a difference in my skin and I'm not looking back!

All of the ingredients in the Agent Nateur Holi(oil) are organic and wildcrafted.  They are sourced from small suppliers to insure the highest grade of natural oils!  It is a thick, effective oil that truly feels nourishing.  I love seeing RESULTS in my skin without having to turn to chemicals!

Jenna, the founder of Agent Nateur, started the company out of her kitchen.  Her own health issues led her to create a natural deodorant, free of heavy metals and toxins.  I LOVE the Holi(stick) deodorant!  She is now expanding into other care items, including the Holi(oil).  Jenna's products are always high quality and she is meticulous with ingredients.  I also recommend following @agentnateur on Instagram for interesting posts involving our hormones.

The Green Goddess Shop is offering my readers 20% of the Agent Nateur Holi(oil), as well as anything else from the shop!!  Just use my code RWE20!

Some of my favorites from the shop include:

Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Deodorant

Au Naturale Su/stain Lip Stains

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Primer SPF 25

If you've followed me for a while, you know of my love for 100% Pure from Day 1!  I would stock up on Naked II Palette, BB Cream, Maracuja Oil Mascara, Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream and Long Last Liquid Eyeliner.

xoxo Lauren

 

 

 

 

Pearly Whites

charcoal toothpaste

I just have to share one of my recent favorite finds for you!  I am loving the Terra & Co Brilliant Black Toothpaste to help with stains on my teeth and restore them to a shiny white!  I have noticed such a difference in only a few days!  I actually noticed a huge difference with just the first use, but told myself I had to trial the product a few more times before posting my review ;)  

If you are looking for something to easily incorporate into your routine (without having to sit around with slimey bleach on your teeth), I really recommend the Terra & Co Brilliant Black Toothpaste Set!  I use the bamboo toothbrush for travel - as opposed to my Sonicare that I use regularly at home!

**I should also mention that I still use conventional toothpaste most of the time, due to extensive (and expensive) dental work that I've had to have done as a result of a bad bicycle accident.  I use this Terra & Co Toothpaste intermediately and mostly for cosmetic purposes.  Although, you can certainly use it as your only toothpaste.  As always, consult your dentist!**

xoxo Lauren

Green Beauty Icon Experience Box!!

aillea beauty box

By now, you know I have some true love for Aillea - Atlanta's Newest Clean Beauty Boutique!  (There are two other locations - one in Denver and a brand new Charleston location!)  Today is the pre-launch for Aillea x Kristen Arnett Green Beauty Icon Experience Box!  Stop what you're doing right now and order it HERE.  Because I guarantee you this thing will SELL OUT!!

The box is only $97.50 for SO MUCH GOODNESS.  It's worth $164.50, so you're saving almost 70 bucks!!!  I love every. single. product. in the box - they seriously did such an amazing job curating this collection.  I would consider every product in the box, a 'cult' green beauty item.  AKA  MUST HAVE!!

aillea icon box

Here's what you get:

  • Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator - This product has SO many benefits and tons of reasons why SO MANY people are obsessed with it (and pretty much anything Josh Rosebrook)!  You may think it's a toner, but it is its own unique product!  You spray it liberally directly onto your face before applying a serum or moisturizer.  It pumps up the individual skin cells with hydration to give you a hydrated and healthy look!  
  • Rahua Shampoo + Conditioner - I have tried tons of clean haircare and this one is by far my favorite!  The generous size is more than your average travel size and is PERFECT for taking with you on your summer travels!  (Hotel shampoo = YUCK!)
  • Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap - OK, of ALL of the AMAZING products in this box, I was MOST EXCITED about this one!!  I had just run out of my Osmia Organics Pumpkin Facial Soap and I could not wait to get my hands on this one.  This soap is perfect for any skin type, as it's gentle and non-drying.  My oily and breakout prone friends - REJOICE!  This soap helps to balance the skin and prevent breakouts.  I LOVE IT.
  • RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer - This is my GO-TO highlighter!  Iconic like the Living Luminizer, but slightly warmer in tone and slightly more sheen for even more GLOW.  LOVE!!!
  • Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner - Anyone else out there use tinted lip products on the daily?  I am all about some lipstick but for my average, everyday look - I prefer a wash of color versus full color!  This one makes you feel just as glam because it comes in lipstick form, but it's just the right amount of color!  Too good!
  • Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush - I am newly OBSESSED with Vapour.  I've been testing out some of their other products and it's LOVE!  Cream blushes are so gorgeous and natural to me - this one is just beautiful!  I apply mine with my Beautyblender.

What do you think of all of this curated box?  Are you going to place an order??

xoxo, Lauren

The Best Natural Mascaras

best natural mascara

Several weeks ago, I polled my Instagram followers and asked which topics they would like me to cover in the clean world - from motherhood to beauty products.  By far, the most requested topics was clean MASCARAS! 

Girl, I get it.  A good mascara is such a game-changer (especially if you have almost blonde eyelashes like me)!

best clean mascara

I did some testing so that I could make my most-informed post for you all.  I stuck to the formulas that are the most buzzed about in the Clean Beauty world.  Here's a list of the ones that I tried:

These are all amazing companies and I chose these to try because a lot of people love each one!  So, this post is strictly my own opinion,  but I have found my very favorites and I think you will love them too!  Clean mascaras are going to be a little different from conventional mascaras because it is one product that has to really be anti-microbial (it's closest to your eyes!!) but most conventional preservatives contain parabens and other harmful ingredients.  So, the preservatives and ingredients to give staying power (you won't find any clean mascaras labeled 'waterproof') are something that these brands had to work hard to create.  Also, the carbon black that is used in conventional mascaras is potentially very harmful!  To give these mascaras extra staying power, a lot of days I use the Primer from the Honest Beauty Truly Lush Mascara + Lash Primer.  The mascara end is great, too.  It just didn't end up being my favorite.  But if you want a one + done, go for the Honest Beauty Duo!  It's great!

best non toxic mascara

Without further ado, my NUMBER ONE PICK for a natural mascara:

Fitglow Beauty Vegan Goodlash +

Why I love it:  First of all, it's a multi-tasking mascara/serum/conditioner all in one.  So, it's going to help promote lash growth!  Hallelujah!  It contains vitamins and antioxidants to help lashes grow thicker and have less breakage!  I definitely have felt it's nourishing effects!  As for performance, it was the best in my opinion.  Especially when paired with my Honest Primer.  Some of the other formulas flaked or smudged for me and this one does not.  It is also the thickest formula.  I saw volume + length because I can really build with this formula.  I also really liked the brush, compared to all of the others.  I like a really bristle-y brush (hello former Diorshow addict).  I just feel like bristle-y brushes cover really well.  This one is thicker on one end and gets really tiny on the other end, so you can really work with it!  

I also always curl my lashes first and I use this lash comb to separate.  I use this primer a lot with it, too!

Second runner up: 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara

This has been my #1 ever since I started using clean beauty products.  I'm so glad it stood the test against so many other favorites.  It doesn't flake or smudge.  The formula has great building power.  This is a great makeup bag staple, for sure!!  Bonus:  it smells really good from the fruit extract ingredients!!

Honorable mention:  Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara (contains phenoxyethanol, an preservative ingredient that some try to avoid) I thought this one performed really well, compared to the others!

Have you tried these?  What do you think?

xoxo, Lauren

Dry Skin + Scalp Savers

dry skin scalp

There's something about the change of seasons that has my skin completely out of whack!  Unfortunately, I've noticed my skin on my body is dry to the point of flaking and itching...and so is my scalp!  Yikes!  

If this sounds like you, thankfully I have found some products that have been working their magic and saving my skin.  And not just helping a little, but completely restoring my skin + scalp!  Read on to see what I've been using!

exfoliation.

The first key to dry skin is exfoliation.  You have to get that dry skin off, so that your body can produce new, healthy skin!  I love an in-shower scrub, but usually they are just too oily for me.  I am so happy to have discovered the Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Scrub because it does the job without leaving me greasy.  The scrub comes as more of a solid (vs granules suspended in an oil) and that's due to the fact that Indie uses coconut oil (which solidifies when it's not heated)!  I love, love, love this stuff.  For my face, I prefer something that does not contain much oil at all.  I want mostly scrubbies so I can have fresh skin to apply my skincare.  I have been using the Acai Pulp Facial Scrub from 100% Pure and it's perfect!  It's made with Organic Acai Berries, which are naturally high in Vitamins A + C to help balance the skin.

body balm.

To restore moisture in the skin on my body, I am obsessed with the Osea Anti-Aging Body Balm.  It is pure luxury!  It's this milky elixir that just feels amazing.  I don't really detect a scent.  I LOVE it!!  It's not a lotion, and not an oil.  It's perfection!

face.

For extra hydration on my face, I love the Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask.  You may have caught this on my Jade Roller Instagram Story!  This thing WORKS.  You can leave it on as long as you like.  The removal is waterless, so you simply remove with a cloth or cotton pad.  I like to follow with the Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream for a mega boost of moisture!!

scalp.

OK, now it's time to talk about the embarrassing thing that I mentioned earlier.  DRY SCALP.  Thankfully, this issue is seasonal for me and not year-round.  When I notice the dryness at my hairline, it's Max Green Alchemy time!  This Shampoo + Conditioner really works and leaves my hair just as it found it (not drying or greasy for me)!

I hope you can find some relief!!  GOOD NEWS!!  Spring is right around the corner!

xoxo Lauren