Empties and Clean Beauty Must Haves!

clean beauty must haves

It’s finally cooler here in Georgia and it has me thinking through my skin + haircare. What do I need to change up and what will I continue to use through the colder months? My empties are getting replaced because these are my tried-and-true staples. I think you should try them, too!!

The EMPTIES

  1. Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath + Conditioner

    This is the best clean shampoo and conditioner that I have ever tried. My hair doesn’t get weighed and down and I can style it like I always have with conventional shampoo + conditioner. A little goes a long way and this set has last me forever!

  2. MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

    My skin drinks up this wonderful serum. It’s not too oily but leaves my skin hydrated in the morning. I love that it also doubles as an eye serum. Rose oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Argan Oil - you are doing something right! You can always save 15% with my code ROSEWATER (and currently receive a FREE travel size of their brand new gel moisturizer with any $30 purchase)

  3. Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant

    The absolute only natural deodorant that doesn’t that works and doesn’t break me out. Period. I’m going to pick up one for my husband and one for myself from Aillea today!

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Other MUST haves

Ok, when I started to list the MUST haves, there are so many that I want to include! Ah, so I limited myself to 6 things that I’m absolutely loving right now!

  1. Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

    My girlfriends are all obsessing over this mascara…and evidently everyone else is too! It’s been consistently sold-out, since it’s release earlier this year. Hurry and grab one!

  2. RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer

    I think this may be my #1 FAVORITE thing right now. It adds the most gorgeous glow to makeup days and bare face days. It wakes me up, brightens me up, and is just the easiest to apply. I get so many compliments on my “skin” when I wear it ;)

  3. Beautycounter First Light Holiday Palette

    Ok, I know I have included 2 highlighters on this list, but what can I say? This far along into my pregnancy I need all of the glow and these products are really helping me out. This Highlighter palette is beautiful, natural and again - getting me all of the compliments ;) I like to set my undereye concealer with the shade Halo for an extra AWAKE look!

  4. Beautycounter Instant Awakening Trio

    Speaking of AWAKE - THIS SET. My love, the Overnight Resurfacing Peel, an Illuminating Cream and Eye Masks?! Hello, GORGEOUS, MERRY + BRIGHT!

  5. A Jade Roller

    I’ve posted a lot about my love for this thing. But, my love increased when I realized that it really does work to alleviate my sinus pressure. Hello, new best friend! Oh, and the skin benefits are amazing, too ;)

  6. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

    Do you guys know how important exfoliation is?! You’ve GOT to do it a couple of times a week. The sloughing off of old skin to rejuvenate new (YOUNGER) skin is SO important! If you don’t have an exfoliator - get this one!! It’s also a cleanser (hello, less steps), doesn’t overdry and smells like a spa. So yeah. I pair it with my Overnight Resurfacing Peel (see #4) and have the freshest skin the next am!

What are some of your Clean Beauty Must Haves??

xoxo, Lauren

You NEED this haircare deal!!

 photo: The Detox Market

photo: The Detox Market

OK, I generally don’t make statements like “you NEED this” but everyone asks me about haircare and this The Detox Market October Box is SUCH a great deal for my favorite clean haircare line, Innersense. It’s absolutely the BEST way to try out Innersense haircare - 5 products ($132 value) for $49.95. If you sign up for a 6 month subscription to The Detox Market Boxes, it’s only $39.95/month!! This box is available now, only until supplies run out - RUN!

What you get in your box:

PURE HARMONY HAIRBATH + PURE HARMONY CONDITIONER

SWEET SPIRIT LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

HYDRATING HAIR MASQUE

HARMONIC HEALING OIL

I use the Pure Harmony Hairbath (shampoo) + Conditioner every. single. day. and it’s my favorite! I haven’t tried the other products yet, but I am so excited for them and my box has already shipped!!

The Hairbath cleanses my hair and leaves it silky soft. The conditioner moisturizes, without weighing down. If you’re in the market for a clean haircare line, I cannot recommend Innersense enough!!

Order your October Innersense Box here. You do not have to purchase a subscription to get this box, you can order this box only!!

**Please remember, when you use my links - you support ME! If you like the clean/non-toxic products that I introduce you to, please consider purchasing through my links!! XOXO

xoxo, Lauren

innersense nontoxic shampoo conditioner

Slowcooker Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

crockpot overnight oats apple cinnamon

This recipe is a serious WIN for our family. Husband and one year old LOVE oatmeal. I love it too….with all of the toppings and flavor and when it’s easy. With a baby that gets up SUPER early, cooking breakfast is the last thing anyone wants to do at that hour. But, we are all breakfast lovers and want something hot + satisfying…even that early!

You just really cannot beat 5 min prep before bed and waking up to the smell of warm cinnamon apple. I’ve tried a lot of recipes and they never were quite right for my tastes (all of the flavor, remember?). They all also only seemed to yield around 3 servings, so I tailored mine to feed a bigger group…or to save for leftovers the next day. My husband often leaves early and likes to eat his breakfast at the office…so we like leftovers!

Here’s our family’s favorite version of Slowcooker Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats.

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups steel cut oats

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground flax

1 tbsp vanilla

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp himalyan salt

3 apples, cut into small pieces

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp butter (optional if you want to make these dairy-free)

3 cups almond milk

3 cups water

Directions:

Grease slowcooker with ghee or oil. I spread mine with a paper towel. (I’ve tried coconut oil and I feel like it burns the edges more, so that’s not my top choice.) Add all ingredients and stir. Set slowcooker for 6 hours on low and to automatically switch to ‘keep warm’ setting until you wake up! ENJOY with toppings such as chopped pecans, granola, almond milk etc.

All About Eyes

clean eye creams

Eye treatments are one of the most important things that we all should be doing every day for our skin - morning and night! The skin around the eye are is very sensitive and requires a little extra care.

Not only will you notice a decrease in concerns like dark circles, fine lines and puffiness - but you will find lasting results with continued use of an eye treatment. I also can’t put on concealer without some sort of eye cream or serum under my eyes. My eyes get too dry and concealer is applied much more smoothly, if I have treated my eyes first.

These are my all-time faves.

THE MULTI-CORRECTIONAL SERUM

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever

This serum is highly concentrated and formulated specifically for the delicate eye area. The ingredients are incredibly nutrient-rich and you will notice SUCH a difference with this serum. It brightens and tightens and it’s JUST SO GOOD. I use it am and pm. My eyes look better when I wake up. My concealer goes on smoother. It’s just that amazing.

THE SKIN CONDITIONER

Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream

This silky cream is all hydration. It conditions and brightens with algae + caffeine. This eye brightener is so good for the colder months. I put it on like lip balm. Give me all the hydration.

THE BUDGET-FRIENDLY POWER HOUSE

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

I’ve used this little guy for years. Anti-inflammatory green tea helps de-puff and coffee aids circulation. Rosehip to nourish, so you look more awake + youthful! I have so many friends that use and love this little eye cream.

THE ALL-IN-ONE

MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

You guys know how much I love this serum. I slather it all over my face, including under my eyes. It’s packed with nutrients and can even be used under-the-eyes. Unlike other serums that may be too thick or contain essential oils that shouldn’t be used near the eyes. If you are looking for nourishment and a youthful glow on your face + eyes - in one easy product - look no further!! **Use my Code ROSEWATER for 15% off of your purchase**

xoxo, Lauren

Maternity Dresses for Fall

pea in the pod maternity dress

**All Dresses are 25% OFF through the weekend**

“Bring on Fall!!” - says every preggo girl who’s endured the summer heat!

I’ve already worn this rust colored dress so much! The color is amazing - a true ‘rust’ - and the lightweight fabric could not be more comfortable. The stretchy waist makes for an easy throw on that can be dressed up or down.

I’m still rocking my favorite beaded slides - they are a dressy neutral that will take me into boot weather!

fall maternity dress
sage green maternity dress

This off-the-shoulder number is also 25% off through the weekend! Comfy and versatile, I love the flowy fabric! And the option it gives to wear sleeves!

I have it paired with my new Madewell slides!

photos by Shannon Jean Cole

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NEW RELEASE from MUN Skincare

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**Use my code ROSEWATER for 15% OFF of your MUN purchase**

If you only buy one skincare product this month, this is it.  MUN Skincare is hands-down the favorite skincare line for my readers.  From their AMAZING Aknari Brightening Serum to the Anarose Toner that I'm obsessed with, this minimal and pure line is absolutely one of the best.  MUN has just released a new product and it is a MUST HAVE for EVERYONE.

Enter the AMAN Protect + Revive Moisturizer. (Released Today, Friday September 7th!)  It's not too thick, not greasy and the perfect amount of moisture.  It has a lotion-like consistency and it will absolutely save my skin during the drier months that are upon us.

I had the chance to speak with the founder, Munemi, earlier this year.  See that post here.  We went over all of the MUN products and I was so impressed with the intentionality that goes into her products.  And then you try them and they really perform!

Mun skincare aman

Aman Revive + Protect Moisturizer is the perfect addition to the MUN Skincare Regimen.  If you are looking for a creamy moisturizer - this is it! 

I was always intrigued by desert grown plants such as our signature ingredient Prickly pear cactus. They grow in such harsh environment with very little water, yet they retain so much moisture, vitamin and antioxidants. AMAN is inspired by those desert grown ingredients including Prickly pear seed, Kalahali melon seed, Black cumin seed oils and Australian desert grown fruits extracts, which is so potent with high antioxidant.
— Munemi
mun skincare

"Aman is Berber for “water,” evoking the moisture retaining abilities of the desert harvested botanicals that inspired this hydrating gel cream.

Formulated with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), vitamins, and antioxidant rich desert harvested extracts among other key ingredients, this protective moisturizer improves the skin’s barrier function and increases moisture to effectively brighten while boasting anti-aging and anti-pollution benefits.

Benefits:

  • Improves barrier function to increase moisture and prevent water loss
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps brighten sun-induced hyperpigmentation and evens out skin tone
  • Protects from urban pollutants and environmental stress
  • Suitable for all skin types

Key Ingredients:

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - enhances barrier protection, refines skin texture, brightening
  • Prickly Pear Seed Oil - anti-aging, brightening, antioxidant
  • Kalahari Melon Seed Oil - moisturizing, regenerating, brightening
  • Black Cumin Seed Oil - clearing, brightening, anti-aging
  • Licorice Root Extract - brightening, antioxidant, soothing
  • Australian Desert Essence (Santalum Acuminatum Fruit Extract, Citrus Glauca Fruit Extract, Acacia Victoriae Fruit Extract) - anti-pollution, antioxidant, moisturizing
  • Hyaluronic Acid - hydrating, firming"

Source:  Mun Skincare

Make sure you grab you grab your own Mun Aman Revive + Protect Moisturizer for the cooler, dryer months ahead and don't forget to use my code ROSEWATER for 15% Off!

xoxo, Lauren

Skincare in your 30's

skin care in your thirties

Lately, I've had a handful of women that are around my age telling me that they want to START taking care of their skin.  I'm always a little stunned in the moment, because skincare has been on the radar for me for quite a while.  Most of these women have also never dealt with problematic skin, so when they start to see their skin change in their 30's - it's really the first time they have thought about skincare.  I have dealt with breakouts since I was a teen, so I have had an am/pm regimen for as long as I can remember.  And then I turned 30.  And it seemed like overnight, I had different skin issues. My overly oily skin was now dry.  I rarely have a breakout, but I'm noticing some fine lines.  I've had to totally re-learn my skin.  And getting to know your skin does require a little effort, but it does not have to be overwhelming.

non toxic skincare in your thirties

Friends, IT'S TIME to start taking care of your skin.  I've created this little guide to help you!  In order to care for your skin, you have to take a minute each evening to think about your skin.  It doesn't have to be super in-depth.  When you get ready for bed, just think for a second - "how's my skin doing today?" Is it dry? Is it broken out?  Does it feel heavy + congested?  Then, tailor your routine that evening to address your concern.

First things, first.  Cleanse.

You should be washing your face every night.  Yes.  Every single night.  Do not sleep with your makeup on.  If you didn't wear makeup - do not sleep with your sweat/pollution on.  I love to use an oil cleanser because it doesn't dry me out and helps to remove everything.  My favorites are One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser and MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser (Code ROSEWATER for 15% OFF).  Lately, I've been using the Beautycounter Charcoal Bar (so good!) to help combat my pregnancy breakouts.  And if you suffer from skin conditions like Perioral Dermatitis, the Black Clay Soap from Osmia Organics is great.

FYI - I personally do not use a cleanser in the morning.  I will splash with water or a toner and use my Jade Roller for plumping!  I don't like to wash of all of that hard work that my products did throughout the nighttime!

This is so important. Exfoliate.

You must exfoliate.  When you exfoliate, you slough off old skin and your body creates new skin.  This is often referred to as cell turnover.  Skin cell turnover is so crucial because it requires your body to create new (younger) and fresher skin.  Exfoliation also unclogs pores, so your skin is more even + balanced...with fewer breakouts.  I recommend exfoliating 2-3 times/week, based on your individual skin.  Once you learn to assess your skin needs and see the difference exfoliation makes, you'll be able to decide how often you should personally exfoliate.

I've raved about it for weeks now, but I keep my exfoliation simple with the Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel.  It does the work while I sleep and I swear my skin looks SO, SO much better the next day!  I can really see a difference.  About once a week (or every other week), I use this scrub.  I save a scrub for a day when my skin feels heavy, congested and like it just needs to lighten up a little ;) 

Time to Tone.

Toning is the forgotten step.  But it's SO IMPORTANT.  It's all about bringing balance back to your skin.  I really only use one Toner - the Mun Anarose (code ROSEWATER for 15% OFF). You can read more about it here. I'm sure there are a lot of other great toners out there, but this one has been specifically formulated to bring your skin back to it's natural balance of a pH of 4.8.  I think it's great.  I simply apply to a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face.  I also mist it at any point of the day when I need added hydration or brightening.

Make sure you moisturize.

It seems like there are so many moisturizers, serums, oils and lotions...do how do you choose?  Test them.  Order samples or travel sizes.  Go into your local green beauty boutique and ask for a sample!  They are usually an investment, so find what works for your skin.  My TOP PICK is the MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  See more of my thoughts on it here and receive 15% off with my code ROSEWATER! The other product that I reach for in my cabinet most often is the Beautycounter Balancing Facial Oil.  This one is great if you deal with breakouts AND dryness!  It seems counter-intuitive, but adding good oils back to your skin helps combat breakouts.  A lot of times, breakouts occur when our skin is too dry and our body overcompensates by producing oil to help hydrate your skin.  This overproduction of oil can cause clogged pores and lead to those nasty white + black heads!  So, moisturizing is super important!

Also, drink water.  Hydrate from the inside out.

If creams/lotions are more your thing, I get it!  It's so hard to make the switch to an oil when you've been moisturizing with a cream your entire life.  For a cream, I like One Love Organics Skin Dew.

Eye care about your skin.

Eye care.  I think this is the number one most overlooked step that's so crucial.   You've got to apply eye cream day + night!!  My top fave is the Maya Chia The Eye Achiever!  It's a serum that's a magical miracle worker for fine lines and dark circles.  For a cream on really dry days, I love the Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream.  And my favorite little economical bombshell is the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream.  

Go get a facial and do them at home.

Atlanta does not have a great Clean facial spot at the moment, so this is one area where I say do-your-best and find a spa that strives for natural ingredients.  An esthetician can do some exfoliation and moisturization that works wonders!  If it's in the budget, go get yourself a facial as often as possible!  I don't do these nearly enough, but I am thinking it's about time ;)

I also do them at home.  This is one way that I get to practice a little self-care.  I take a second to assess what my skin needs and apply an at-home mask for a pick-me-up!  I LOVE THEM!  Here are my current faves:

- Leahlani Mermaid Mask - it's like a nourishing green smoothie for your face!

- One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask - it's detoxifying and nourishing all at the same time!

- Orgaid Organic Sheet Mask - Plumping and super moisturizing!

- Kypris Cerulean Mask - feels like a whole ocean of moisture on your face

Interested in a personal clean beauty skincare consultation via Skype or Facetime?  Email me here.  I'd love to help you find the best products for you!

xoxo, Lauren

Maternity Fashion for Fall with Pink Blush

FALL.  I've never been one to get super excited about Fall, until pregnancy.  I am ready for a little relief from our Georgia heat.  This dress from Pink Blush's Maternity line is going to be perfect for the transitional days.  The style covers my arms and legs from chilly air, but the fabric is super lightweight + breathable!  It also comes in several other colors! ($68)

I've also selected a few other Fall Favorites from Pink Blush!  Click on the photos below to see these cute new pieces for transitional weather.

TODAY only, you can get 25% off of your purchase with code 25FORYOU.

xoxo, Lauren

Curated Gift Boxes with Ari and Elle

ari elle curated gift box

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

mapleblume luxury subscription box

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

kjaer weis cream blush

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

pregnancy safe makeup

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

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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