Behind the Blog

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// outfit linked here ; sweater is additional 40% off sale //

We are here. My favorite time of year. I have seen memes floating around social media about how everyone sort of loses track of time during the week between Christmas and New Years. And I love it. With less responsibilities, comes more time for reflecting on the past year and goal setting for the year to come. I’ve been doing just that and I hope you’ll join me. Living a purposeful life has been everything for me and it starts with setting intention…and then checking-in throughout the new year and at the end-of-year.

One aspect that i have reflected on and begun setting goals for is, of course, this blog. In doing so, I realized that there are so many things that I want to tell you. I want to answer your questions and open myself up, so you all can understand what makes this blog tick…and what makes me tick.

First of all, I want to start by answering some of your most frequently asked questions of me.

  1. Do you actually try and like the products that you share?

    The answer is a huge YES. Not only is that the ethical way of being an influencer, but that is my character by nature. I am not going to sell my readers things you don’t need in order to turn a profit. You guys aren’t just an unknown audience to me…you are my friends and family. LITERALLY. My friends and family read my blog and spend their money on the products that I recommend. I cannot have my mom’s neighbor or my former Sunday school teacher or my mom herself wasting their money. So those are the people that I have in mind when I’m posting.

    I ALSO NEED YOU TO HEAR THIS: I try SO many products that I NEVER ENDORSE. The products that you see on my blog and Instagram are truly the ones that I like. I don’t spend time posting about products that I do not like because (a) just because they aren’t my fave, doesn’t mean that it won’t work for someone else (b) sometimes I may not like a specific product from a brand but I love so many others from that brand and I’m not going to bash them (c) I have always wanted this space to remain positive. I’m not into brand bashing or talking about how if you use such-and-such, you’re going to get sick from toxins..that’s just not what my blog is about. If you are ever curious about a clean beauty product and you haven’t seen me post about it, DM or email me and ask me if I’ve tried it. I will always give you my honest opinion!!

  2. Do you receive free product?

    Yes. At this point, about 90% of the beauty products that I post are gifted. When I first started, I was purchasing everything on my own. As I have built my brand and readership, I am gifted most of my beauty products so I can try them for review. I have also received food, baby products and maternity clothes…but most clothing, decor, and food are purchased by me. Receiving free product in no way affects my feelings toward the product and I am not obligated to post it. I always let brands know that I will not guarantee a post, if they send product. As a beauty blogger, I need to constantly test products and the only way to do that is to have it in my possession - so it totally makes sense for brands and stores to send products for me to try.

  3. Do you reach out to the brands that you work with, or do they reach out to you?

    Both. In the beginning, I was reaching out to everyone. The clean beauty industry has changed so much in the last couple of years and there are so many more opportunities to work with brands, than when I first started out. Brands are seeing the benefits of working with bloggers and they are reaching out more. I still reach out directly to brands + boutiques to introduce myself. This is such a humbling business and not every brand is a good fit to work with…even if they are a clean brand. Overall, I have found most clean beauty brands and boutiques to be wonderful to work with. And I love that because this industry is still small and I am happy to get to support these small businesses by sharing them with all of you.

  4. How do you make money blogging?

    It’s different for every blogger. For me personally, I earn income mostly from my affiliate links… and also from some sponsorships and my Beautycounter page. If you aren’t aware, affiliate links are trackable links to shopping products that I share. When you shop from my links or my Like to Know It page, I earn a tiny commission. It doesn’t cost you any more, but it supports this business of mine. If you like a product that I share with you, it would mean the world if you would purchase through my links (on my blog posts, in my Swipe-up stories, on my Like to Know it Page and in my emails). I have several followers that DM or email me to get links for products and I LOVE THAT. I am always happy to send over a quick link..and you never know..I may have a coupon code or a better price! Not only do these purchases support me financially, but they also support the relationships that I have with these brands! The more support they see coming from you all, the more collaborations we can work on together …and everyone wins! The bottom line..if you are thinking of making a purchase and it’s a product that you learned about from me, please consider purchasing from me. Even leggings or shoes that I share earn commissions, so I appreciate your support by purchasing through my links on blog posts, my emails, swipe-ups on Instagram stories, my Like to Know it page and my Beautycounter page!

    Please hear my heart in all of this! My goal is not to become a millionaire blogger (if so, I have a long, long way to go!!) But any work that you’re not making money from is just a hobby. And sometimes this can feel like a very time-consuming hobby. So, I want to be upfront and ask for your business! There is so much more than meets the eye with blogging - communicating with brands, drafting posts, photography and most of all - answering emails and DMs from my followers! I love all of it, but it requires more time than you know!

  5. Why clean beauty?

    I discovered clean beauty a few years ago and there was no going back for this former Sephora VIB Rouge card holder. I have always LOVED beauty products. Over the past several years, I have been on a journey of changing my eating habits and choosing healthy, clean foods. Not because I was fearful of what was in my food…but because I love how eating healthy makes me feel! It’s the same for me with clean beauty. I’m not choosing these products because I’m fearful that conventional products will give me cancer (although, the research is very convincing)…but more so because I love how these products make my skin look + feel. And it’s fun for me. I love knowing and understanding what goes into my products. I love real. I don’t love slathering chemicals all over myself. It’s that simple for me.

    I like to keep it simple…but I also know a lot about the specifics of clean vs conventional beauty. So, we also talk about that here, too.

  6. Do you only use clean + non-toxic products?

    When it comes to skincare and makeup: Yes. Until recently, I would use an occasional conventional eyeliner because I didn’t love many of the clean options. Ever since Kjaer Weis released new eyeliners and their amazing cream eyeshadow (which I use as a liner) - I haven’t needed to use anything conventional. I also still use a drugstore eyebrow mascara because it’s so little product and I haven’t found a great clean alternative.

    When it comes to haircare and cleaning products - I am still learning so much. I get a lot of messages inquiring about both hair + cleaning and I’m always upfront that I have not found much that I am completely comfortable endorsing. I do love Innersense Shampoo + conditioner. And I wash my clothes with Molly’s Suds. With other hair styling and cleaning products - I feel like I’m still making compromises. I’ll keep looking for great products for you all - stay tuned.

  7. Does your husband take your photos?

    Contrary to popular belief, he does not ;) The good ones are usually taken by Shannon Jean Cole photo and the rest are taken by yours truly. Although, I guess occasionally - if we are traveling - my husband may snap one for me. But that’s rare. More power to bloggers with Instagram husbands… it would be so nice if my husband was a photographer. But he has many other amazing talents and for now, we are stuck mostly with my amateur photography.

The thing for me that keeps this little blog going is how much I get to help other women discover clean products that they love. Products that nourish and enhance, not ‘fix’ and ‘cover-up.’ I feel honored that so many of you look to me to help you on your beauty journey.

My word for the year in 2019 is FREEDOM. I want to be FREE in my journey as a mother, wife, daughter and friend. For me that means, living who I really am without unrealistic expectations that I have placed on myself to be some version of ‘perfect.’ I will mess up and I won’t have it all together and that’s ok. In this space, I want to be free to be whatever kind of blogger that I want, not what I think I ‘should’ be. And mostly, I want to be FREE to be who I was made to be. Who God made me to be. And I’m excited to see what 2019 will reveal about that. You can adopt my word or I’d love if you would share your word for the year on my Instagram post!

Thanks for joining me in this journey! I have so many fun things planned for 2019. Get excited!!

xoxo, Lauren

Updated!! Holiday Gift Guides 2018

best of green beauty 2018

Alright gals, here’s my TOP PICKS for holiday gifting (and receiving) this year! It was so hard for me to keep a narrow list, so I’m sure I will be adding some MUST HAVES! Keep checking back. And feel free to email me or DM me for personal recommendations!

Green Gal Gift Guide

The Detox Market ‘Best of Green Beauty’ Box - I could not have curated this box better myself! It is stuffed full of legit green beauty faves, and a steal at $150!

The Detox Box Subscription - the gift that keeps giving! Every month keeps getting better with their collabs!

Petit Vour Box Subscription - $18 per month to try green beauty faves!

Kosas Color Spectrum Kit - 2 gorgeous lipsticks + 2 face palettes in a patent makeup case

Kreafunk BGEM Wireless Headphones - I am really hoping to have these under my tree! Bluetooth, cordless and pink!

ABLE Large Leather Pouch - $38 right now with code ABLE30. I am going to use mine as a cosmetics case.

Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette - The ONLY eye palette you’ll need this year.

UGG Robe - I have this robe and it is the warmest, comfiest robe…and lightweight.

UGG Slippers - LOVE my slippers. Mine are in the color Fawn and make me so happy.

RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer - My favorite Luminizer that just looks like really healthy skin ;)

Kjaer Weis Palette (with refills!) - This. palette. Perfect for the minimalist makeup gal. Traveler or all around busy gal!

MUN Aknari Brightening Serum (use code ROSEWATER for 15% off) - My fave serum for all over face and doubles as an eye serum.

OSEA Ocean Cleanser - My new favorite cleanser. Removes everything without overdrying. Glass Packaging. Smells amazing. It’s love.

Ilia Last Night Holiday Set - a gorgeous color palette and a deluxe size of the amazing Limitless Lash Mascara!

Travel Jewelry Case - Gorgeous, classic piece to keep your jewels organized. On my own list, for sure!

Stocking Stuffers

Aillea Stocking Stuffer Bundle - Just $38 for so many green beauty favorites!

Jade Roller - Here’s to great skin in 2019. I love this tool for facial massage, lymphatic drainage and looking AWAKE.

Gua Sha - I vote Contoured Skin for 2019!

Transforming Duo - The best everyday lipcolor. Literally ANYONE would love this set. The lipcolors turn into the perfect pink for your lips.

Innersense Pure Holiday Trio - So many of you have been wanting to try my FAVE HAIRCARE. This is the best way to try it…without the commitment!

Olika Hand Sanitizer - Flu + Cold season is here. This is the cutest little natural hand sanitizer…complete with wipes on the bottom of the birdie.

Kosas Color Trifecta Lipcolor - If you don’t already own the Kosas Lipcolor in ‘Rosewater’ - here’s the best way to make it yours! Paired with 2 other beautiful lipcolors.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara - Everyone’s favorite clean mascara.

Lipgloss Vault - Mini versions in the most beautiful colors. Non-sticky and slightly pepperminty.

Agent Nateur Deodorant Sensitive - My fave clean deodorant. I know the price tag is tricky for a deodorant, so make sure you tell Santa that you’ve been extra good ;)


For the Expectant or New Mama

Lalabu Postpartum Leggings - These high-waisted leggings are a dream for a new mama.

Hatch Beauty Belly Besties - Skincare for your beautiful belly. This set just makes it fun!

Nursing Bra Set - My favorite style maternity/nursing bra at such a good price. So comfy!

Instant Awakening Trio from Beautycounter - Hello, gorgeous + glowy skin for a tired mama. These products seriously make a difference!

Jade Roller - Confession: I’m taking mine to the hospital. I was so swollen after having my first…there’s a reason why you haven’t seen any hospital pics of me! This will help in the hospital and beyond!

Happy Holidays! Excited for you to get + give some new green goodies!

xoxo, Lauren



Beautycounter Black Friday Sale Starts NOW!!

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Black Friday Deals start TODAY!! Now through Monday, save 15% off SITEWIDE!  PLUS get FREE shipping on all orders over $50!

Stock up on your Beautycounter essentials today and get a head start on your holiday shopping! So many safer, high-performing products! Where to start?

Here are some of my Holiday favorites:

1. Instant Awakening Trio ($89) - Already gifted this to myself! It's perfect for dull tired winter skin! We all love the best selling Overnight Resurfacing Peel and the Illuminating Cream is becoming a quick favorite as well!! Can we also talk about how awesome the Eye Revive Cooling Masks are! This set is a must to gift to yourself!

2. Transforming Lip Duo ($30) - The perfect color on everyone!!! It's a transforming lip tint that creates a custom color on everyone. I had no idea that transforming lipsticks were such a thing, but I guess Dior has one that is very popular. I am seriously in love with this set, it is the perfect amount of color and shine! This is a great gift for anyone!!

3. First Light Highlighter Palette ($49) - Highlighters are THE thing right now and this set will not disappoint! It's 3 gorgeous highlighters in one. I had never worn highlighter until recently and love the glow it gives! If you have daughter's, nieces, sisters or even yourself that are into makeup, they will love this set and will know exactly how to use it!!

4. Mini Lip Gloss Vault ($89) - I love gloss! You will always find about 5 tubes of it in my purse at all time. You have to have color choices, right? So naturally I love this set of 10 mini glosses. I think everyone can pull off all of these colors. You can never have too many lip glosses!

5. Counterman Travel Set ($45) - Men care about their skin and health too!! I love the smell of this line and would use it myself! The set includes a dopp kit with a daily exfoliating cleanser, smoothing shaving cream, cooling aftershave tonic and an oil free face lotion. This set sold out in a day last year! We have more sets this year, but don't wait to buy this one!

Shop the full holiday collection HERE.

Not a member yet? Join today and get access right away!

BoB is Beautycounter's loyalty program that includes a FREE full-sized product as a complimentary gift (Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion $39 value) for signing up, 15% back in products credits for every purchase and FREE shipping on all orders over $100.

If you're going to shop with Beautycounter more than once or twice, this is seriously a must!

Add the BOB Membership to your cart for $29 (one-year membership) to start shopping the holiday collection and racking up your product credits.

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As always, thank you for choosing safer products and helping move our mission forward! Please reach out with any questions, I am happy to help!!

xx

Lauren

Black Friday + Green Beauty Sales!

It’s that time of year…to get the best deals from all of your favorite brands!

Below, I’ve listed each shop, details of their sale and my TOP PICKS!

The Green Goddess Shop

30% OFF through 11/27 with code HOLIDAY18

Jade Roller

Agent Nateur Holi Oil

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream


Fig + Flower

Sale runs Thursday through Monday, see discounts below!

Ilia Essential Brush Set

Ilia Last Night Holiday Gift Set (includes the amazing Limitless Lash Mascara)

One Love Organics Skin Dew Coconut Cream

Beautycounter

Black Friday Deals start TODAY!! Now through Monday

, save 15% off SITEWIDE!  PLUS get FREE shipping on all orders over $50!

Stock up on your Beautycounter essentials today and get a head start on your holiday shopping! So many safer, high-performing products! Where to start?

Here are some of my Holiday favorites:

1. Instant Awakening Trio ($89) - Already gifted this to myself! It's perfect for dull tired winter skin! We all love the best selling Overnight Resurfacing Peel and the Illuminating Cream is becoming a quick favorite as well!! Can we also talk about how awesome the Eye Revive Cooling Masks are! This set is a must to gift to yourself!

2. Transforming Lip Duo ($30) - The perfect color on everyone!!! It's a transforming lip tint that creates a custom color on everyone. I had no idea that transforming lipsticks were such a thing, but I guess Dior has one that is very popular. I am seriously in love with this set, it is the perfect amount of color and shine! This is a great gift for anyone!!

3. First Light Highlighter Palette ($49) - Highlighters are THE thing right now and this set will not disappoint! It's 3 gorgeous highlighters in one. I had never worn highlighter until recently and love the glow it gives! If you have daughter's, nieces, sisters or even yourself that are into makeup, they will love this set and will know exactly how to use it!!

4. Mini Lip Gloss Vault ($89) - I love gloss! You will always find about 5 tubes of it in my purse at all time. You have to have color choices, right? So naturally I love this set of 10 mini glosses. I think everyone can pull off all of these colors. You can never have too many lip glosses!

5. Counterman Travel Set ($45) - Men care about their skin and health too!! I love the smell of this line and would use it myself! The set includes a dopp kit with a daily exfoliating cleanser, smoothing shaving cream, cooling aftershave tonic and an oil free face lotion. This set sold out in a day last year! We have more sets this year, but don't wait to buy this one!

Shop the full holiday collection HERE.

Aillea

20% Off of your purchase through 11/26

Use code Cheersaillea

Josh Rosebrook Vital Balm Cream - the most amazing, non-heavy, non-creasy moisturizer for winter

Kjaer Weis Cosmetics - this is a great time to fill your KW Palette!

Osea Ocean Cleanser - my new favorite cleanser! Cleans all dirt + makeup

MUN Skincare

20% Off with code BFCM18

Aknari Brightening Youth Serum - the amazing serum, that also doubles as an eye serum

Anarose Toner - My favorite non-drying toner that brings pH balance to your skin

Daily Face Essentials - A great way to try out this amazing skincare line!

Holiday Gift Guides 2018

Alright gals, here’s my TOP PICKS for holiday gifting (and receiving) this year! It was so hard for me to keep a narrow list, so I’m sure I will be adding some MUST HAVES! Keep checking back. And feel free to email me or DM me for personal recommendations!

Green Gal Gift Guide

The Detox Market ‘Best of Green Beauty’ Box - I could not have curated this box better myself! It is stuffed full of legit green beauty faves, and a steal at $150!

The Detox Box Subscription - the gift that keeps giving! Every month keeps getting better with their collabs!

Petit Vour Box Subscription - $18 per month to try green beauty faves!

Kosas Color Spectrum Kit - 2 gorgeous lipsticks + 2 face palettes in a patent makeup case

Kreafunk BGEM Wireless Headphones - I am really hoping to have these under my tree! Bluetooth, cordless and pink!

ABLE Large Leather Pouch - $38 right now with code ABLE30. I am going to use mine as a cosmetics case.

Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette - The ONLY eye palette you’ll need this year.

UGG Robe - I have this robe and it is the warmest, comfiest robe…and lightweight.

UGG Slippers - LOVE my slippers. Mine are in the color Fawn and make me so happy.

RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer - My favorite Luminizer that just looks like really healthy skin ;)

Kjaer Weis Palette (with refills!) - This. palette. Perfect for the minimalist makeup gal. Traveler or all around busy gal!

MUN Aknari Brightening Serum (use code ROSEWATER for 15% off) - My fave serum for all over face and doubles as an eye serum.

OSEA Ocean Cleanser - My new favorite cleanser. Removes everything without overdrying. Glass Packaging. Smells amazing. It’s love.

Ilia Last Night Holiday Set - a gorgeous color palette and a deluxe size of the amazing Limitless Lash Mascara!

Travel Jewelry Case - Gorgeous, classic piece to keep your jewels organized. On my own list, for sure!

Stocking Stuffers

Aillea Stocking Stuffer Bundle -

Jade Roller - Here’s to great skin in 2019. I love this tool for facial massage, lymphatic drainage and looking AWAKE.

Gua Sha - I vote Contoured Skin for 2019!

Transforming Duo - The best everyday lipcolor. Literally ANYONE would love this set. The lipcolors turn into the perfect pink for your lips.

Innersense Pure Holiday Trio - So many of you have been wanting to try my FAVE HAIRCARE. This is the best way to try it…without the commitment!

Olika Hand Sanitizer - Flu + Cold season is here. This is the cutest little natural hand sanitizer…complete with wipes on the bottom of the birdie.

Kosas Color Trifecta Lipcolor - If you don’t already own the Kosas Lipcolor in ‘Rosewater’ - here’s the best way to make it yours! Paired with 2 other beautiful lipcolors.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara - Everyone’s favorite clean mascara.

Lipgloss Vault - Mini versions in the most beautiful colors. Non-sticky and slightly pepperminty.

Agent Nateur Deodorant Sensitive - My fave clean deodorant. I know the price tag is tricky for a deodorant, so make sure you tell Santa that you’ve been extra good ;)


For the Expectant or New Mama

Lalabu Postpartum Leggings - These high-waisted leggings are a dream for a new mama.

Hatch Beauty Belly Besties - Skincare for your beautiful belly. This set just makes it fun!

Nursing Bra Set - My favorite style maternity/nursing bra at such a good price. So comfy!

Instant Awakening Trio from Beautycounter - Hello, gorgeous + glowy skin for a tired mama. These products seriously make a difference!

Jade Roller - Confession: I’m taking mine to the hospital. I was so swollen after having my first…there’s a reason why you haven’t seen any hospital pics of me! This will help in the hospital and beyond!

Happy Holidays! Excited for you to get + give some new green goodies!

xoxo, Lauren



How to build a Kjaer Weis Palette

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Yesterday, I posted a tutorial on Instagram using my Kjaer Weis Makeup Palette (LOVE!!). It’s saved in my Instagram Stories under ‘Kjaer Weis.’ So many readers were interested in learning more about the Palette, so I created this Guide to show you everything you need to personalize your own!

I also had the opportunity to learn from the creator of the Kjaer Weis line, Kirsten. She did an event at Aillea in Atlanta and she is just the best. This line is truly intentional - created to act as skincare with color (heart eyes) and the packaging is just absolutely drop dead gorgeous!

See below for everything you need for your very own palette!

1. This is the palette that you will need, so you can fill it with all of the makeup goodness!

2. Foundation Refill

3. Blush Refill

4. Highlighter Refill

5. I apply Foundation, blush and highlighter with a Beautyblender (currently 15% off at Sephora).  The key is to wet the sponge a little first with either water or toner!

6. Eyeshadow Refill

7. Eyeshadow Refill

8. Lip Tint Refill 

That's everything you need to fill your palette!  Here are some other KW products, to complete your look!

Lipliner

Eyeliner

Mascara is Ilia Limitless Lash or KW Mascara

KW Beautiful Oil This oil and the foundation were formulated to work together.  The oil adds to the beautiful coverage of the foundation.  You want to make sure you skin is hydrated before applying the KW Foundation!

For reference, the colors in my palette are the following: Foundation in Paper Thin, Blush in Desire Glow, Highlighter in Ravishing, Lip Tint in Dream State, Eyeshadows in Magnetic and Wisdom.

Email me if you need advice on your own colors!

xoxo, Lauren

Bridal Shower Makeup Look

winter non toxic makeup look

I had so much fun at a Bridal Shower Brunch this past weekend! It was finally a little chilly, so I got to throw on my favorite fur vest over a maxi dress! Vests can be a preggo’s best friend in these in-between climates because coats often feel to heavy, but you just need an extra layer! I loved my fresh makeup look, too!

Here are the details:

Foundation: Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (I wear 115)

Concealer: Vapour Illusionist Concealer (I wear 015)

Illuminating Cream: From the Instant Awakening Trio

Highlighter: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose

Blush: Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Caramel

Bronzer: Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach

Eyeshadow: Necessary Neutrals Eye Palette

Eyeliner: KW Eye Pencil In Black

Mascara Primer: Honest Co. Mascara + Primer

Mascara: Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

Lips: Liner in KW Rose, Lip Intense Lipstick in Brunch, and Lipgloss in Spice

Hair: Styled with Evolvh Styling Lotion from Petit Vour November Box

Outfit: Fur Vest (not maternity) and Maternity Dress

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Hopefully, this is one of my last maternity looks for a while and we meet baby boy soon!!

xoxo, Lauren

Makeup Routine 10.25.18

clean beauty makeup for fall

I shared some really fun little makeup tips + tricks on my Instagram Stories today and here’s the list of everything that I used! You have to check out my little lip trick and how I apply eyeshadow to make eyes pop! I saved the routine in my Stories Archives under “Fall Look.” I hope you like the little ‘get ready with me’ and found some fun ideas for Fall makeup!

The Routine:

Night before: True Botanicals Hydrate Nourishing Cleanser, MUN Anarose Toner (15% OFF with code ROSEWATER), Resurfacing Moisture Mask, True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil

Morning: True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil

Hair Oil: Innersense Harmonic Healing Oil

Here’s the routine that I showed on Instagram Stories:

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Foundation brush: this one / I also like this one

Toner: MUN Anarose

Concealer: Vapour Illusionist Concealer ( I wear 015)

Eyebrow: Beautycounter Brow Pencil / I want to get this one.

Bronzer: Lily Lolo in Miami Beach

Blush: First Beautycounter Cream Blush in Caramel / Followed by Vapour Aura Multi Use in Sultry

Blush Brush: Beautycounter Angled Brush

Powder Highlighter: First Light Highlighter Palette

Cream Highlighter: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose

Eye Palette: Velvet Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic

Eyelash Curler: Rosegold Eyelash Curler

Eyeliner: Kjaer Weis Eye Pencil in Black

Mascara Primer: Honest Mascara + Primer

Mascara: Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

Lipliner: Kjaer Weis Lipliner in KW Rose

Lipgloss: Spice from the New Nudes Lipgloss Trio Collection

xoxo, Lauren

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 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

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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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