Let's talk about VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY

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

Favorite foundation? Check.

Favorite concealer?  Check.

Amazing cream blush? Check.

Best clean deodorant?  Check.

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

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How to get this look:

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo Lauren

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Spring Refresh with Aillea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you switching up in your routine for Spring?

The Green Goddess Shop

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

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

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

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

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

Some of my favorites from the shop include:

Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Deodorant

Au Naturale Su/stain Lip Stains

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Primer SPF 25

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

xoxo Lauren

 

 

 

 

Pearly Whites

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

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

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

xoxo Lauren

Green Beauty Icon Experience Box!!

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

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

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Here's what you get:

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

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

xoxo, Lauren

The Best Natural Mascaras

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UPDATE: **The recently-released Ilia Limitless Lash is constantly sold out. BUT it’s currently in stock at Aillea and Fig and Flower (ATL girls, select in-store pick-up online to reserve yours online and avoid paying shipping!) I have been LOVING this mascara!!

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

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

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

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

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

Fitglow Beauty Vegan Goodlash +

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

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

Second runner up: 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara

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

Honorable mention:  Beautycounter Volumizing Mascara I thought this one performed really well, compared to the others!

Have you tried these?  What do you think?

xoxo, Lauren

Dry Skin + Scalp Savers

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

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

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

body balm.

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

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

scalp.

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

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

xoxo Lauren

MUN Skincare Review

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You may have seen on Instagram that I met with the founder of MUN Skincare, Munemi Imai, last week and got the full scoop on every product in her line.  We met virtually and in my master bathroom, so I could test all of the products as we talked through them.  Munemi shared with me the backstory of starting her line, how she developed each of her products and some great general info about skincare.  Not to mention, she was just about the sweetest person!

Munemi is originally from Japan and my maternal grandmother was Japanese!  I found out that toners are essential to the Japanese skincare regimen and maybe, just maybe that has something to do with ROSEWATER toners being my favorite beauty product?!  It's inherited ;)  The MUN Anarose Toner is my favorite and it is specifically formulated to neutralize the pH in your skin before applying serum.  It's SO GOOD.  The toners that Munemi found in the US when she moved to NYC in April 2001 were all formulated wrong, in her opinion.  They were astringent-like and drying to the skin so she wanted to introduce what’s the real toner is supposed to be that balance skin’s pH and hydrate the skin. The ROSEWATER has a variety of benefits, including anti-aging, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hydrating.  Anarose also balance skin’s pH level, includes goji berry for antioxidants, anti-pollution and anti-aging and a pale flower combination for brightening and skin softening.  I just love it! I spray it on a cotton pad morning and evening, right before applying an oil or serum.

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My second favorite MUN product is the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  I can truly feel this serum working on my skin.  Aknari contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil, which has the highest Vitamin E of any other oil.  It is meant to be multi-purpose, as you can use it as a face serum, neck serum and eye serum.  I use it on all of those areas and a little goes a long way!  Love, love, love this serum!  I feel like I have definitely noticed an improvement in the tone of my skin.

The Aknari Brightening Youth Serum can be applied after toning and cleansing. The MUN Akwi Purifying Cleanser is a hybrid of an oil cleanser and a balm cleanser, according to Munemi.  It is meant to be an all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser.  

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Munemi created the Ayour Body Toning Serum to close the gap between heavy lotions and greasy oils.  The Ayour is a dry oil and while it is incredibly moisturizing, you don't have to deal with a greasy, oily feeling!  Munemi also considers is a 'treatment oil,' as it has been show to help with stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, discoloration and sun damage.  Not to mention, it smells like heaven - due to a calming blend of essential oils!!  You can also use the Argan Oil on the body - it is multi-purpose from head to toe!  You can use the Argan Oil on your hair, face, body and cuticles!

I first got the MUN Travel Set to try every product in the line.  I loved them so much that I got the full size.  You can also get the Face Set at a discount (Save $30!!), to have the Cleanser, Toner and Serum. Have I mentioned that they all come in GLASS BOTTLES??  Even the travel size!!

SAVE an additional 15% with my code ROSEWATER at Checkout!!

I love this line of luxury, natural skincare products.  Not only are the products high-quality and effective, MUN works with co-ops in Morocco to insure a fair-wage and extra income for the women involved with sourcing the ingredients.  This is an excerpt about their partnership, from their website:

'Comprised of women mainly between the ages of 18 to 50, these cooperatives were formed by local Berbers, most of whom reside in Morocco’s mountainous desert regions. These groups allow the female community a chance to work for a fair wage while connecting with other local women. Not only does this provide a valuable source of extra income for their families, it also gives them a degree of autonomy in their careers, financial situations, and social lives. These collectives serve as important social anchors and allow for a higher quality of life for the community as a whole.'

How cool is that?!  Which MUN products do you want to try??

*All products received c/o MUN

xoxo, Lauren

 

 

 

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The Detox Market Box with Hynt Beauty

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ooooh, i LOVE a subscription box!!  Especially when it includes FULL SIZE PRODUCTS!!

Y'all, The Detox Market Box is SO GOOD.  The March Box is no exception.  

The box costs $49.95 and you get over $131 worth of amazing products!  Here's what you'll find in the March Box:

Hynt Beauty Sun Prep SPF 25 ($55 value) - This formula acts as a primer and creates a smooth base for your makeup.  It's not greasy or shiny, just beautiful.

Hynt Beauty Alto Matte Blush in Nude Apricot ($28 value) - I'm wearing this blush in the photo and I love it.  It goes on with tons of pigment, really smooth (not blotchy) and it's a tawny peach color that will be so pretty this summer.

Hynt Beauty Finale Finishing Powder in Translucent Pearl ($40 value) - This powder is my favorite kind of setting powder - light, not cakey and it has a pearl sheen.  It's not super thick and matte.  

Hynt Beauty Flawless Blending Sponge ($8 value) - Blending sponges are simply the best for applying a cream foundation.  I love the hourglass shape of this one.  So good for foundation application and the pointed end can get around the nose and under eyes so well.

This kind of goodness can show up at your door every month at an even better value!  A 3 month subscription is $44.95 per month and 6 month subscription goes down to $39.95 per month.  Make sure you go ahead and preorder The March Detox Market Box with Hynt Beauty.

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xoxo, Lauren

Why Rosewater?

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You may have guessed it, but rosewater is my absolute favorite beauty product.  It has so many different uses and I see gorgeous results.  However, beauty products are not just about results for me.  I enjoy the process of taking care of myself, just as much as the outcome.

There's something about rosewater that is so satisfying.  The light essence of the rose can be detected when you spray it and the end result is a hydrated glow.

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What is rosewater?  It is made by steeping rose petals in water.  I use it in various toners (my favorites are listed below) that are a blend of rose water and other natural ingredients.

Read on for some of my favorite uses for rosewater:

- Rosewater helps to maintain your skin's pH balance, so using it as a toner after cleansing is a great prep for serums and oils.   It will also help to clear impurities from your skin that your cleanser left behind.  Simply mist onto a cotton pad and swipe over entire face.

- Because of rosewater's astringent properties of removing impurities, it can help to reduce breakouts and reduce pore size without drying your skin.

- Rosewater is a gentle exfoliator.  Exfoliation is so important for healthy skin.  The more we exfoliate and slough off dead skin, the more our skin cells turnover and renew themselves.

- The aroma is a mood enhancer.  Spritz face and body throughout the day to feel uplifted and increase hydration.

- Rosewater has hydrating and moisturizing properties.   I like to spritz onto a makeup sponge (like Beautyblender) or foundation brush (like Beautycounter) to help achieve a smooth + even foundation application.

- Rosewater has antioxidant properties, so regular use can help slow the process of fine lines.

- I like to set my makeup with a few spritzes for extra glow.

- On days when I am not wearing makeup, an oil or serum with spritzes of rosewater will do for a fresh face.

So many uses.  See why I love it?!

This one is THE BEST.  Pair it with this serum and you'll have the freshest around.

I have run through entire bottles of this one and this one.  

Also try this one, this one, and this pure moroccan rose water.

Have you tried rosewater?

xoxo, Lauren

14 for $14 AU NATURALE SALE!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo Lauren

Valentine's Day Beauty Inspo

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

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

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

Foundation:  100% Pure BB Cream in Aglow

Foundation Brush: Beautycounter Foundation Brush

Concealer:  Clove + Hallow Conceal and Correct in 02

Bronzer:  Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach

Blush:  100% Pure Naked II Palette

Setting Powder:  Lily Lolo Flawless Silk Finishing Powder

Highlighter:  RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Eyebrow Mascara:  100% Pure Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder

Eye Base:  RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Myth

Eyeshadow Palette: Lily Lolo Pure Indulgence Eye Palette

Eyelash Curler: Tweezerman Rose Gold Curler

Eyeliner: 100% Pure Creamy Eyeliner in Blackest

Lash Primer: Honest Co Mascara + Primer

Lipstick: RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rapture

Lipliner: 100% Pure Creamy Long Last Lipliner in Cognac

Mascara: 100% Pure Mascara

I hope everyone has a fun day tomorrow!

xoxo Lauren

Green Beauty Favorites for Travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suntegrity Sunscreen for Body SPF 30

 

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

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

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

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

xoxo Lauren

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

valentine's gift guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comment below with your faves!

xoxo Lauren

Lip Colors to Wear Right Now

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

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

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

How to apply lipcolor:

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

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

lip swatches

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

Swatched in the photo above, from left to right:

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

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

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

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

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

I also love these products for lips:

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

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

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

Lip brush - for the most even application

xoxo Lauren

Non-toxic Cold Weather Rescues

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

Baby Cold Weather Care

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

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

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

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

Baby Cold Weather Gear

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

MY Cold Weather Essentials

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

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

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

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

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

Stay warm!  And moisturized ;)

xoxo Lauren

Leahlani Mermaid Mask Review

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

My cozy robe:   Source

My cozy robe:  Source

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

My slippers:   Source

My slippers:  Source

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

To apply:

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

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

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

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

leahlani mermaid

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

leahlani green mask

Happy masking!

xoxo Lauren

WINTERSALES

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

BEAUTYCOUNTER

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

AU NATURALE

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

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

xoxo Lauren

New Years Eve Style + Beauty

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope your NYE sparkles and shines!

xoxo Lauren