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

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

NEW RELEASE from MUN Skincare

mun moisturizer

**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

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

safe beauty products

Non-toxic SPF for the Whole Family

nontoxic safe clean organic sunscreen

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

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

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

beautycounter countersun mineral sunscreen

 

Makeup with SPF

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Makeup Primer with SPF 25

Beautycounter Dew Skin SPF 20

Ilia Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Tinted Daycream SPF 30

 

Moisturizer with SPF

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30

Ursa Major Force Field Daily Defense Lotion SPF 18

 

Lipcare with SPF

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

 

SPF for the Family

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

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

Coola

 

SPF for Babies

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 30

Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

Erbaviva Baby Sunscreen SPF 30

Coola Mineral Baby SPF 50

 

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

Sun Bum / Baby Bum

Badger

Bare Republic

Babo Botanicals

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

 

Additional Sun Protection for Baby

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

Rashguard for baby girl

Rashguard suit for baby girl

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

Pop-up Tent

Beach Blanket that folds into a tiny bag!

Battery operated fan

Swan baby float

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

Happy (Safe Sun) Summer!  xoxo Lauren

LIVE Botanical Review + GIVEAWAY

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**GIVEAWAY and COUPON CODE at the bottom**

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

SAVE 15% with my code ROSEWATER

live botanicals review

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

live botanicals overnight resurfacing oil

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

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

xoxo Lauren

 

#hairgoals

philip adam shampoo

#hairgoals

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

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

natural shampoo

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

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

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

Thanks to Phillip Adam for sponsoring this post!

Here's to a good hair day!

xoxo Lauren

natural hair

Memorial Day Sales!

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

beautycounter sunscreen

Beautycounter

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

mun skincare

Aillea

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

100% pure free gift

100% Pure

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

au naturale lip gloss

Au Naturale

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

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

xoxo, Lauren