14 for $14 AU NATURALE SALE!!

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Shop the sale here!  14 products are on sale for $14 each!

I LOVE sales like this!  It's a great chance to try new makeup without a huge investment!  I think everyone should pick up the Su/stain Lip Stain in Crushed Bloom.  It's peachy nude with tons of pigment.  It is matte and not sheer at all!  So good!  I'm wearing it in this photo.

I'm also wearing the Cream Shadow in Coffee in this photo and I would totally try it out in the colors Shiraz or Bliss (on sale for $14)!  They are so creamy and have great color payoff.  Super easy to apply!

And YES, PLEASE to the Lip Gloss in Nudist or Passionfruit!!

If you are looking for something else to put in your cart, I LOVE the Foundation Starter Kit.  I have it in Light and I was able to find my perfect match (shade Seville).  The other shades don't go to waste because I can use them to conceal, highlight and contour!  A cream blush, cream bronzer and finishing powder come with it.  The samples are very generous and will last a while!  You even get a $10 coupon to put towards the purchase of the foundation that works for you!  **To apply the products, I scoop a little onto the back of my hand and use a brush to apply to my face.

DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT check out without the Rose Gold Highlighter in your cart.  It is GORGEOUS!!!!

Comment below or on Instagram with what you get in the Au Naturale Sale!!

xoxo Lauren

Valentine's Day Beauty Inspo

This is the last installment of my Valentine's Day series.  Just in time, because Vday is TOMORROW!  Jonathan + I decided to spread the love and we are having a little Valentine's Day Party at our house tomorrow night.  Nothing fancy, just snacks and friends!  I'm looking forward to it!  I did purchase this silicone donut mold and I'm going to surprise Jonathan with these Paleo Chocolate Donuts in the morning! 

Don't forget my Valentine's Gift Guide and What to Wear Guide for last minute inspo!

The products I used to achieve this Valentine's Day Beauty Look:

Foundation:  100% Pure BB Cream in Aglow

Foundation Brush: Beautycounter Foundation Brush

Concealer:  Clove + Hallow Conceal and Correct in 02

Bronzer:  Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach

Blush:  100% Pure Naked II Palette

Setting Powder:  Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder

Highlighter:  RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Eyebrow Mascara:  100% Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder

Eye Base:  RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Myth

Eyeshadow Palette: Lily Lolo Pure Indulgence Eye Palette

Eyelash Curler: Tweezerman Rose Gold Curler

Eyeliner: 100% Pure Creamy Eyeliner in Blackest

Lash Primer: Honest Co Mascara + Primer

Lipstick: RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rapture

Lipliner: 100% Pure Creamy Long Last Lipliner in Cognac

Mascara: 100% Pure Mascara

I hope everyone has a fun day tomorrow!

xoxo Lauren

Green Beauty Favorites for Travel

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One of my top favorite things in the world is a warm escape, right in the middle of Winter.  Jonathan and I have made a little winter escape at the beginning of the year, every year since we have been married (half way into our fourth year!).  We haven't always made it on an airplane - two years ago we staycationed at Barnsley Resort.  This year, we are heading somewhere warm and I am SO READY.  

Jonathan and I look forward to this trip at the beginning of the year because we use the time to plan for our year ahead.  We talk about our goals for ourselves and our family.  We also discuss how we are going to spend our time and our money.  (Jonathan is pretty wise for taking me somewhere fun to talk about one of my least favorite things...the budget.) 

No matter where we stay, I like to bring my own shower items.  Even if it is a nice hotel, the products are usually ridden with heavy fragrance or yucky chemicals.  I swear, the better the hotel, the more heavy fragrance.  Yikes!  I love this Travel Shampoo + Conditioner by Rahua and Travel Hairspray by Josh Rosebrook.  Hotels typically supply makeup remover wipes these days (to avoid having your makeup on their towels) but I like to take a few of these individually wrapped makeup remover wipes - the RMS Wipes.  If you have a long travel day or late nights, The Eye Achiever Eye Serum does wonders for dark circles.  My favorite deodorant comes in travel size!  The Travel-size Agent Nateur Deodorant is perfect for your carry-on!

Lasty, you CANNOT forget the sunscreen!  These are my favorites for SPF!

Ilia Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (I wear the shade Hanalei)

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 (I love shades Bombora and Darlin)

Suntegrity Sunscreen for Body SPF 30

 

My floral off-the-shoulder dress is currently under $25 here: http://shrsl.com/s1rl

My floral off-the-shoulder dress is currently under $25 here: http://shrsl.com/s1rl

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My ruffle swimsuit is under $20 here:  http://shrsl.com/s46d

Are you taking a Winter Getaway Trip?  Where are you going?  Comment below!!

xoxo Lauren

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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My absolute top favorite pick for a Valentine's gift this year is the Goop Fragrance Eau de Parfum: Edition 02.  If you don't already know, traditional fragrances are one of the most toxic things you can put on your body.  Before going green, I loved my Tocca Fragrance from Anthropologie (which rates a 9 on Think Dirty App, with 10 being the worst).  I am so happy that I found this Goop Fragrance.  The best thing about a fragrance that is made from natural oils is not only does it smell amazing, but it also has aromatherapeutic qualities - so it makes you FEEL good too.  Once you wear a fragrance like this one, you literally will never be able to go back to synthetic fragrances.  I get compliments everywhere I go.  My husband LOVES it.  I think it is my favorite thing right now and would absolutely make the perfect Valentine's Day gift (to you or for yourself)!

Oskia Rose De Mai Massage, Body Oil & Treatment Candle.  A candle that melts down to a body oil and massage oil?  Need I say more?

Ok, this Cote Traveler Manicure Set is seriously cute.  It comes with two nail colors (free of major toxins),  a base and top coat, 2 non-acteone remover pads, a file and a cute travel pouch.  The perfect Galentine's Day gift!

I think Vday is the perfect excuse to finally get the Henne Rose Diamonds Lip Polish.  For the softest, moisturized lips so you can smooch your sweetie!

My friend, Megan, has these Gorjana Tassel Earrings and they are the prettiest, most classic tassels.  Great quality with the gold piece and the prettiest neutral, dark blush.  On sale for just $39!

Can we talk about how pj's and loungewear are like the last thing I want to spend my money on.  But I always wish I had cuter things to wear around the house.  I think some cutesy pj's would be such a fun treat for Vday!  I like these, these and these.  This romper is too cute!

Comment below with your faves!

xoxo Lauren

Dairy-free Buffalo Chicken Dip

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I have teamed up with my friend, Caroline from Olive You Whole, to create my new favorite party dip!  I have always found myself in a predicament with finding things to snack on at parties.  If I am avoiding dairy, I am usually left to choose from hummus and the raw veggies.  That can be so boring when the table is filled with hot, cheesy dips!  

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I started to think about what I would bring to a Super Bowl party and found myself wishing for a hot dip that was not full of cheese!  I called on Caroline, who is the best Paleo + Whole 30 recipe creator that I know (see tons of examples on her blog) to see if she wanted to create a dairy-free recipe for an all-time favorite, the Buffalo Chicken Dip.  This dip is at every party I go to and I love it!  The traditional recipe is full of chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese and shredded cheese.  I love it, my body doesn't.  

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You guys.  Caroline is an absolute master.  She nailed it!  We had our families + friends taste test and the results were unanimous - it's amazing!!!  "Better than the original" - they said!!!  So, here it is.  The recipe for the best warm, dairy-free dip - that is sure to be the crowd favorite at your Super Bowl party!!

This recipe is compliant with so many dietary needs:  paleo, Whole30, dairy free, gluten free and keto!

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PALEO BUFFALO CHICKEN RECIPE

Ingredients:

14 oz cashews, roasted and salted
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
10 oz cooked, shredded chicken (3 cups)
2 tbsp gelatin
1 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Blend cashews, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, full fat coconut milk, gelatin, hot sauce, mayo and spices in a blender or food processor until smooth.

3. In a large bowl, mix the buffalo blend and shredded chicken.

4. Spray your pan (6x9 for thicker dip or 9x13 casserole dish for thinner dip).  Spread the dip evenly into the dish, place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.

5. Serve with your choice of carrot sticks, celery, chips or crackers!  Tag posts of your dip with hashtag #buffalochickdip

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Who are you pulling for in the Super Bowl this year?  Let's be honest.  I go the parties for the snacks and friends ;)  I can't wait to see how much everyone LOVES this dip!!

xoxo Lauren

Clean Inside and Out Tour with Caroline Fausel

Sign up HERE.

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My friend Caroline of Olive You Whole is going on TOUR!!!  Her first event is THIS FRIDAY in ATLANTA and you get 25% OFF with code ROSEWATERSIGN UP HERE for a night all about Paleo + Whole 30, as well as tons of knowledge about having a non-toxic home!!  Caroline has a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle!!  It's sure to be an amazing event.

Valentine's Day 2018 - What to Wear

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away!  I have always thought it was a cute little holiday.  No matter who your plans are with, there's likely an excuse to get dressed up...and definitely an excuse to have dessert.  (Chocolate covered anything, am i right?!)

Jonathan and I have never been ones to make a huge deal about the holiday.  At some point that week, however, there will be a dinner reservation (hopefully at St. Cecilia or Sotto Sotto) and a sweet note to each other.  I've thought about surprising Jonathan and Chapel with a couple of cute decorations when they wake up (like this LOVE balloon) and a fun themey breakfast (paleo donuts, perhaps?).  I'm thinking it's the perfect excuse to order these breakfast trays that I've been eyeing and how cute would this mug be to have coffee in that morning?

Click on the photos below for some cute dresses + rompers for the occasion!  Of course, I had to throw in a clean lipstick and less-toxic nail polish recommendation!

I have also chosen some red hues that would be so cute paired with a leather jacket (like this, this or this) until Spring arrives!  Click on the photos below for some red inspo, including a lip and nail color!

If you are looking for some great junky candy alternatives, try these or these out for the kids' classroom (they are truly yummy!).  For your adult sweet tooth, try Cocomels or making Gwyneth Paltrow's Chocolate Truffles (so easy and delicious)!

xoxo, Lauren

Our Whimsical Nursery Reveal

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I absolutely loved creating a space for our new baby when I was pregnant.  Truthfully, I never planned to fully decorate a nursery.  I thought that since the baby was not old enough to really enjoy it, I would put more effort into the rest of the house and later design a 'big kid' room.  Call it 'nesting' or simply 'getting carried away,' but the room was ready for our baby girl (even though she showed up 2 weeks early)!  Once I had a vision for the room, it really started to come together piece-by-piece.

I had to make some big decisions for the room very early on.  We were half-way into our complete home renovation when I found out I was pregnant.  We needed to stay on schedule with the renovations, so I had to make some design decisions for the room before we even knew the baby's gender.  (Fun fact:  Initially, we weren't going to find out the baby's gender until they were born.  It drove me CRAZY and it was all I could think about.  So, we found out at 21 weeks!)

The nursery was originally the master bedroom of our 1929 home and the fireplace is on the back side of the living room fireplace.  (We turned our craftsman from a 3 bed/1 bath to a 4 bed/3 bath.)  The room is pretty spacious for a nursery and I love all the character that it has.  I knew I wanted some sort of wainscoting in the nursery because I love how sweet that feels for a baby room.  I decided to go with the shiplap because I love the texture that it provides, without feeling fancy.  We also used shiplap in the living room because it felt consistent for the time period of the house (1920s).   I chose a very light, warm grey (Sherwin Williams Repose Grey) for the wall paint.  The shiplap and fireplace were painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster.  We retiled the fireplace with antique French tile from Wyatt Childs Inc (@wyattchildsinc on Instagram).

Once the renovations were complete, I really began to dream about who this little person would be and that began to take shape in the choices I made for her room.  I wanted her little world to be filled with whimsy and even though she won't remember her nursery, I hope the photos one day inspire her to dream

Baby girl, we wanted you so badly.  We prayed for you and we waited.  And now that you are here, we pray for you and we show you that anything is possible.  We love you so much, dreamer girl.

"Living a life fully engaged and full of whimsy and the kind of things that love does is something most people plan to do, but along the way they just kind of forget." - Bob Goff

Chapel's Nursery details:

Crib - Love this pink one too!

Crib Mattress and waterproof cover

Crib dot blanket

Crib sheet

Crib pillow SOLD OUT (find similar here)

Canopy (love this onethis one,  this onethis one and this one, too!)

Unicorn doll

Moses Basket + Mattress

Moses basket sheet

Faux sheepskin rug

Macrame chair- contact Sugarboo & Co. (similar here and here) love this and this, too!

Patterned rug from World Market SOLD OUT (love this one, this one, this one, this onethis one, this one, and this one, too!)

Pouf

Glider - Family heirloom (find similar here, here and here)

'Love You' Pillow (Similar)

Side accent table - contact Sugarboo & Co. (find similar here)

Chapel art print Use my code HAVEFAITH10 for 10% OFF your purchase!

'I love you' art print (I also love this, thisthis and this.)

'You are my sun' art print

Heart square art print

 Floral art print (also love this)

Woven wall hanging SOLD OUT (love this one, this one and this one!)

Heirloom doll

Yarn tassel garland

Ride-on Unicorn (love this one, too!)

Seagrass basket and fringe basket

Labradoodle playmat

Chandelier SOLD OUT (love this, this,  this, this,  this, and this!)

Antique wood sideboard/changing table - contact Sugarboo & Co. (find similar here, here, here, here, here, and here)

Changing table topper

Changing pad

Changing pad cover (like this linen cover, too!)

Hospital Bag

Paint Color - Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Eucalyptus wreath - handmade by my sister-in-law

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My dress / Chapel's knot gownChapel's bow headband / Chapel's flower headband / Chapel's bow swaddle / Booties / Floral art print / Heirloom doll

All photos by the amazing Shannon Jean Cole.  If you are in the Atlanta area, book her for your family portraits!!

xoxo Lauren

Lip Colors to Wear Right Now

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These are the actual lipcolors that I'm loving right now.  The not-too-holiday and the not-too-spring colors.  They look good on skin that hasn't seen the sun in months.  And super moisturizing, of course! 

For me, January is about doing the things that I wanted to do around the holidays, but I was too busy!  Reading books, watching movies, squeezing into a pub booth with good friends!  January is less about events and more  about being present.  I also feel hopeful in January - the start of another year to get right, the things I was getting wrong in the past year.

For a January lipcolor, I like warm nudes or light, happy pinks that make it look like I've been out in the cold.  You also need a good red.  Because every month needs a good red.  Since we've been seeing so much red with holiday decor, I love a warmer tone that doesn't feel like a leftover holiday color.  RMS Beauty just released their Wild with Desire Lipsticks and 'Rapture' is the perfect warm red for right now.

How to apply lipcolor:

The first thing about applying lip color is to have a smooth surface on your lips and to moisturize before applying the color.  There is the PERFECT product that does both - exfoliating and moisturizing.  This is a year-round prep for your lips, but I ESPECIALLY need it in the colder months.  The Henne Organics Rose Diamonds Lip Exfoliator is a STAPLE for every makeup bag.  Get it now and thank me later.

Next, carefully and evenly apply lipcolor.  The best way to do this is with a lip brush.  I was never a believer before.  I just felt like a lip brush was 'extra' or people were trying to be too fancy.  Trust me.  It makes all of the difference for even application.  You can also skip a separate lip liner if you use one.  Although, I love lip liner.  So, if you really want a perfect lip.  Use one.  I carry a nude with me everywhere because I can drag the lip color up to the lip line with it.  It works for just about every color.  But, it's also great to have a go-to red like this one.

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Without further ado, these are the lipcolors to wear right now.  

Swatched in the photo above, from left to right:

Kosas in 'Rosewater' - a little 'rosie' in color and the perfect 'i just stepped in from the cold' look (obvi, i love the name!)

Spela in 'Flirt' -  matte pinky-nude perfection.  

100% Pure Matte Lipstick in 'Pink Canyon' - a darker, pinker nude that will take you right into spring

Spela in 'Spa Day' - a pink-brown matte nude a la Kardashian

RMS in 'Rapture' - the red to wear right now.  warm and bright all at the same time.

I also love these products for lips:

Henne Lip Tint in 'Bare' - on-the-go, wear to the gym, moisturizing and so slick

100% Pure Creamy Long Last Lip Liner - pinky-nude lipliner that works with just about any lipcolor

Lip Diamonds - the must have lip exfoliator to prep your lips for color

Lip brush - for the most even application

xoxo Lauren

Non-toxic Cold Weather Rescues

As a native Southerner, I do not consider myself an expert on the topic of cold weather care at all.  However, it seems that we are getting just as much of the freezing temps as other parts of the country this year.  And with a new baby, I have more than just my own dry, cracked hands to worry about.  For this post, I am listing a few tried and true cold weather products for mom + baby.  Atlanta is seeing some cooler temps and will likely get another snow, so I am thinking ahead for those wintry days!

Baby Cold Weather Care

Erbaviva Baby Cream - Chapel's skin on her face has been dry lately and this has worked great for her dry cheeks!

Honest Diaper Rash Cream - My baby girl has not suffered too much from diaper rash, but when I see a little pink - this diaper cream clears it up immediately!

Beautycounter Baby Oil- This is what I slather all over my baby girl's body after bath time.  She LOVES it!  I think she feels like she's getting a little baby massage!  The only ingredients are sunflower oil, jojoba oil, vitamin e, and coconut oil!

Beautycounter Protective Balm - I use this balm on any of her tiny little scratches, like from her finger nails.  (Anyone have advice for cutting baby finger nails??  Nothing gives me more anxiety that trying to clip those miniature nails!)  This balm clears her little scratches so quickly!

Baby Cold Weather Gear

Click on the photos for our favorite cold/snow suits for baby!

MY Cold Weather Essentials

It sounds counter-intuitive, but the best thing you can do for your skin is a body scrub like Indie Lee's Coconut Citrus Scrub!  The scrub will slough off dry, dead skin and moisturize your fresh skin with yummy oils.  It is seriously a game-changer and a MUST.

Indie Lee Body Oil - All over moisture without feeling greasy!

Oy-l Manuka Latte Lip Balm - It's so sleek on and super moisturizing!  My go-to for my lips right now!

You also need a good face oil and my current faves are Osmia Organics Nectar Vital Rose Drops, Vintner's Daughter and One Love Organics Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

If face cream is your thing, I love Osmia Organics Purely Simple, One Love Organics Coconut Dew and Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream.

Stay warm!  And moisturized ;)

xoxo Lauren

Leahlani Mermaid Mask Review

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If the name alone doesn't have you curious...how about that rich GREEN color?!  The Leahlani Mermaid Mask definitely wins the award for 'most unique' masking experience.  I really did not expect it to be so GREEN.  It's beautiful really and like a green smoothie for your skin.  

My cozy robe:  Source

My cozy robe:  Source

Not only can you drink your greens, but you can also nourish your skin with them!  This mask gets its emerald green color from organic chlorella and organic spirulina.  It's made in Hawaii from the purest ingredients and you can read more about all of the ingredients here.

My slippers:  Source

My slippers:  Source

The mask can be applied a couple of times a week!  I have already used it twice this week because it made my skin SO SMOOTH and my dry patches disappeared!  

To apply:

- Face must be moistened.  I use my Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rose Spray.  You could use water, but I like to add extra nourishment with rosewater.

- Apply mask all over, avoiding under eyes.  The more moisture on your face, the easier to apply.  

- Leave on for 5-15 minutes and rinse with cool water.

- I follow up with Kypris Beauty Elixir III Prismatic Array to lock in moisture.

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I really think this mask is for everyone and it's such a great price point at only $32!  Have you tried it?  Comment below or on my Instagram post with your review!

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Happy masking!

xoxo Lauren

WINTERSALES

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It's almost a New Year and a great time to try out some new beauty!  The after-Christmas sales are rolling in and it's a great way to spend that Christmas money!  Here are two amazing 30% OFF sales to shop!

BEAUTYCOUNTER

First, Beautycounter is offering 30% OFF of some of my favorite beauty products.  I am seriously considering one of these palettes because I have two that I use ALL OF THE TIME.  The blushes are my go-to and the eyecolors are beautiful! The bronzer that I use every day is also in the sale!! Click on the photos below to shop!  Use the code WINTERSALE.

AU NATURALE

Au Naturale is offering 30% OFF of their kits, including an amazing eye kit and their lipstains!  I love the Smokey Eye Kit for New Years ($40.60)!  You get 6 gorgeous eye colors and 2 brushes for forty bucks!  Their lip stains are amazing too - bold color with a matte finish!  NEED.  Free lipstick and free shipping with orders over $50.

I hope you all are getting a little extra time to relax this week!

xoxo Lauren

New Years Eve Style + Beauty

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New Years Eve is one of my favorite days of the year.  There is something so special about the reflection that day brings, followed by toasting a new beginning.  I have so many distinct memories from past New Years Eves.  My favorite being the NYE that my husband proposed to me!  

Last NYE, was marked with a little sadness, as it was our 10 month of trying for a baby.  My husband remained hopeful, but I was definitely disappointed to leave 2016 behind without any sign of the baby that I wanted so badly.  Some years, I have a word or a theme for the upcoming years. For 2017, I knew for certain that my word was 'hope.'  We received the news that we were pregnant in early 2017 and my word took on a new meaning.  I had to learn to have hope in so many things that were new territory for me and I trusted God in the things that were so clearly out of my control.

Because I love NYE so much, I always get a new outfit to celebrate!  I like to ring in the new year with a little sparkle!  We never 'go out' for NYE.  For the past 5 years, we have spent it at our family's farm - Sugarboo Farms.  We spend a few days there with friends and for NYE, we have a catered dinner and dancing.  Last year, I wore a rosegold sparkle dress from Zara and I found an excellent dupe this year!  Here's a few other sparkly options (click on the photos to shop!):

This year will be a little more lowkey, so I am going to opt for a sparkly top (rosegold again, I can't help myself!!).  I will pair it with this denim and these shoes.  Here are sparkly options that I love that would be a great alternative to a dress (click photos to shop!):

I just ordered this faux fur stole to keep warm at 50% OFF!!  Here's some other accessories I'm loving (click on photo to shop!):

I can't leave you without a little beauty inspo!  For a festive glow, I love this, this or this.  These lashes are a MUST.  And for a bright lip, I love this in Blooming.  For a nude lip, I love this in Pink Canyon!

I hope your NYE sparkles and shines!

xoxo Lauren

Daily Beauty Look 12.22.17

december beauty look

EYES + LIPS

Eyebrow mascara: 100% Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder in Medium Brown

Eyebrow comb: Ecobrow Defining Brush

Concealer as eyelid base: 100% Pure Long Lasting Concealer in Peach Bisque

Eye Palette: 100% Pure Naked II

Eyelash Curler: Rosegold Tweezerman

Liquid Eyeliner: Long Last liquid eyeliner in Black Tea

Mascara + Primer: Honest Truly Lush Mascara and Primer

Lips:  Liquid Lipstick + Liner (BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF TODAY!!) 

** Fuller lip trick:  I almost always apply my lip color with my finger tip.  I smudge it into my lip because I don't like for my lip color to look like it's sitting on top of my lips.  If I want bolder color, I will first smudge the color into my lip as a base.  Then, I will swipe the color directly onto my lips...but I still smudge it with my finger after.  I do this as many times as I need to, in order to achieve the desired amount of pigment.  I then use a coordinating lipliner to outline the very outer edge of my lips (almost a tiny bit outside of my lips). A nude lipliner like this one is actually very versatile and can be used for many of your more neutral lip colors.  For bolder shades, it's best to find a coordinating lipliner!  

My Winter Skin Savers

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I REALLY STRUGGLE WITH...

I really struggle with finding the right combination of moisturizers that won't weigh my skin down in the wintertime.  I feel like I have my skin in a pretty good place this season and have even left the house the past two days with no makeup on.  Here's what I've been using:

- Masking with Little Barn Apothecary Calendula + Lycopene Hydrating Mask, Mild Exfoliant.  One very important element of skincare is exfoliation.  You want to constantly slough off dry skin, so that your skin has to naturally work to rejuvenate itself and create new skin.  That's how you can look your best and brightest.  However, it's difficult for me to take any sort of grainy product to my face when it's dry - that's why I love this mask.  It mildly exfoliates to help reveal new skin, as well as hydrates.  You can leave this mask on for as long as you'd like - and I do. Even when you wash it away, there's a serum that's left on your skin- which works great under makeup or as a leave-on for part of your bedtime routine.

- Cleansing with One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser.  I am ALL about oil cleansing.  365. All year long.  Oil cleansers dissolve makeup, removing a step for you in the evenings.  And they leave your skin hydrated.  More oil always.  Which brings me to my next point - 6 out of 7 days a week, I don't cleanse in the am.  I like to leave whatever work my skin was doing overnight alone.  I simply add toner + moisturizer, before applying makeup.  If I do cleanse in the am, it's because my skin is parched.  In that case, I'll use the Beautycounter Cleansing Balm.  It's a miracle worker.

- Toning with Osmia Organics Active Gel Toner and Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist.  If you are skipping toner - that's probably the reason why you haven't learned to love oils/serums for moisturizing.  Toners create a neutral surface for your moisturizer and makeup.  Everything goes on better with a toner.  I use the OO Active Gel Toner after cleansing at night.  The LBA (or any other natural rosewater spray like this one or this one) has multiple uses.  Which is why it's my all-time favorite beauty product.  I spray my face before applying foundation, or directly on my foundation brush with my foundation.  (You will not believe how much smoother your foundation goes on!)  I also spray my face to set my makeup (avoiding eye makeup).  On top of foundation, bronzer and brush - it just makes everything kind of sink in and gives a more natural look.  I also spray rosewater throughout the day, when I need extra hydration.  It is a MUST.

- Moisturizing with oils.  I am super obsessed with Vintner's Daughter.  The creator worked tirelessly to come up with a hero product, using all natural oils.  I can feel this product working on my face and literally notice a difference.  Worth every penny.  I love oils, but one thing I have missed since transitioning to clean beauty is creams.  Creams are rare in the clean beauty world because conventional lotions are made with so many cheap, toxic preservatives and binding agents.  I love a cream consistency in the wintertime and I use One Love Organics Skin Dew or Osmia Organics Purely Simple Face Cream.  Both of which, I mix with the magical Osmia Organics Nectar.  **Whichever moisturizers you choose, make sure you bring them down your neck to your chest!

- Don't forget the eyes and lips!  The product that has most helped my dark circles is the Maya Chia Eye Achiever.  Hands down.  It works.  For tone (fine lines and brightness), I love 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream (really inexpensive too - $15 for .3 oz).  And when my eyes just feel so dry, the Beautycounter Rejeuvenating Eye Cream.  It's like a big drink of water for my eyes!  For winter lips, my faves are Osmia Organics Lip DoctorRevive Lip Balm (inexpensive), Oy-l for bedside table and Henne Organics Lip Tint ($10 OFF) for a color option.

Happy Hydrating!

xoxo Lauren

Last minute beauty deals

last minute beauty deals

It’s not too late to get your orders in for holiday gifts, but these deals are so good that you may want to get some things for yourself for the New Year!!

Use MY CODE to get $15 OFF of a first time purchase at 100percentpure.com, NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 19th!!!

Primers are BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF.  This includes my beloved BB Cream (because the primer is built in) and I would love to try this one!!

I’m also ordering this eyeliner and this eyebrow gel, to create some fun holiday looks!

Don’t forget to enter my Instagram giveaway @therosewateredit.  It ends this Friday, December 15th!  You can win this palette, this brush and this mascara.

I used this lipstick and this lipliner in my last post!!

The deadline for standard shipping to the east coast (in time for Christmas) has passed.  The west coast can choose standard shipping (free over $50) through tomorrow.  You can still rush on the east coast – or choose standard (free over $50) to have your products in time for New Years Eve!

xoxo Lauren

GIVEAWAY with 100% PURE!!!

100 percent pure giveaway

I'm releasing my all-new website next week and I already feel like celebrating!!! I have so many things in store for The Rosewater Edit for 2018 and since my website is getting a makeover - I thought one of you would enjoy one too!

I've teamed up with 100% Pure for a GIVEAWAY that's worth over $100!!  You could win the following all of the following amazing products from 100% Pure:

Naked II Palette ($46)

Maracuja Oil Mascara in Black Tea ($26)

Powder brush ($29)

To enter:

  1. Make sure you are following @therosewateredit and @100percentpure on Instagram
  2. Tag 3 friends in separate comments on the post on my feed
  3. For a bonus entry, sign up on therosewateredit.com to receive my emails.  That way, you can stay up-to-date with my new blog launch and all of the exciting things happening in 2018!

*This contest is not affiliated with Instagram.

The contest starts now and a winner will be chosen this Friday, December 15th!

Good luck!

xoxo, Lauren

Garden and Gun Jubilee

garden and gun jubilee fur vest

My Dress, my vest (size petite xs), my boots // Chapel's vest and bow

I had my sights set on attending this year's Garden and Gun Jubilee after seeing posts of the event on social media last year.  We bought our tickets as soon as they went on sale this summer, thinking that it would be our first trip with baby girl.  (Little did we know, that she would have visited Chattanooga TN, Athens GA and Highlands NC already!)  Not only did we want to attend the Jubilee, but we also look for any excuse to visit Charleston, SC - so, why not?!

family baby charleston

 

We packed our bags and drove to Charleston for the weekend.  We had the best time!  The Jubilee was held outdoors at Charles Towne Landing and the weather could not have been better.  There were so many amazing vendors and live music.  We will definitely go back next year!

garden and gun jubilee charleston

We love you, Charleston!  And events like G +G Jubilee make us love you even more!

A couple of our favorite spots that are a must for your next visit to Charleston:

Black Tap Coffee (3 times!) - where I had a latte sweetened with sweet potatoes!

The Park Cafe- delicious brunch, cutest atmosphere and we were seated immediately!

xoxo Lauren

Gift Guide: Green Beauty Lover

green beauty gift guide

I’ve rounded up some favorites that would make AMAZING gifts for any green beauty lover.  Luxury skincare and makeup sets – there’s something for everyone!!

Vintner’s Daughter– One of the best skincare products that I’ve ever tried.  This serum was created with active botanicals – and when they say active, they mean it!  I can literally feel it working and it has given me the smoothest skin!  If you can only buy one green beauty product this Christmas, this is it!!

Maya Chia The Eye Achiever – Hands down, best eye product that I’ve tried.  I didn’t think anything could combat these new mama circles, but it has.  Hallelujah for not looking like a zombie in the morning!

Little Barn Apothecary Aloe + Rosewater Balance Mist – Rosewater is my absolute favorite beauty product.  It is so versatile and something that I really see a difference with. I use it to apply my foundation more smoothly (by wetting my foundation brush), as a moisturizing pick-me-up throughout the day, and on top of my makeup to add glow!  This one is my current fave.

Limited Edition Liquid Lipstick Trio – The Nude Trio dries matte.  Very on trend and versatile.  I love the color selections you get with these limited edition kits.

Color Intense Lip Set – Gorgeous, intense color for the holidays and beyond.  And can we say packaging?  Any woman would love to have this set or it can be split up into multiple gifts!

Flawless in Five – A complete makeup overhaul.  I love every single one of these products.  This gift is great for the woman who keeps saying she ‘needs new makeup.’  It’s an entire new look at such a great price!  The concealer is my favorite!

Vitamin B Cleansing Oil – I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love this product.  It is a gentle cleanser that does all of the work for you.  No need for a makeup remover and a cleanser – it does both!  And because it’s an oil, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry.  This is a hero product for me.

Osmia Detox Mask – Obsessed with this mask but it gives me RESULTS.  I could literally feel my skin changing.  It’s on my Christmas list and I will be a little bummed if I don’t find it under the tree!  This is a new skincare necessity in my book!

The Detox Market Best of Green Beauty Box – Ok, this one was also on my rookie list.  But, I think everyone needs it!  So many fun things to try!!

RMS Luminizer Holiday Gift Set – Glowy skin isn’t just for the holidays.  This would be a makeup bag staple all year long!  Need.

green beauty subscription box

xoxo Lauren

Ruffle Sweaters under $30

ruffle sweaters under 30

I’m snowed in today, so I am determined to get ALL of my Christmas shopping done online.  Pretty lofty goals.  Especially when I always get sidetracked with online shopping.  I’m like a fish..just chasing all of the shiny things.

I am pretty obsessed with my new ruffle sleeve sweater (under $30).  It is so super warm and thick..but not bulky.  I feel like I struggle so much with sweaters.  They are rarely flattering on me.  But this one.  This one is gold.  And SUCH a good price!  I linked a few others that I love below.  All under $30!!

SUCH a cute grey ruffle sweatshirt.  NEED.

Pink and a little shimmery.  I’m thinking New Years Day…

Off. the. shoulder. goodness.

Cutest pink ruffle sweatshirt.

These sleeves.  This one is $39.99 but SO good.

This maternity one.

Another maternity!

xoxo, Lauren