Look like you just had a facial!

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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

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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!

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A great resource to read all about things to consider when it comes to Immunity and Health for pregnancy through the teen years is the book, The Vaccine Friendly Plan.  We did not necessarily follow their vaccine plan, but this book is full of information about a healthy pregnancy and details each vaccine (its history, use, ingredients, side effects).  The doctors even describe what exactly endocrine disruptors are and why to avoid them!  Whether you decide to vaccinate or follow a different a plan, this book is a great resource for pregnancy and beyond - I align with so much of what they say!  They talk about aluminum and deodorants in Chapter 1!

aillea beauty haul

I created a lightweight summer makeup look using all of my newest loves!  This entire look (except for mascara) is available at Aillea Beauty.  

Foundation:  just the Ilia Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

Concealer:  Vapour Illusionist Concealer

Bronzer + Lipcolor: from the RMS Signature Set in Mod

Eyecolor:  NEW RMS Eye Polish Shade in Embrace (a rose quartz pink shade.  love!)

Highlighter: NEW RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer

Eyeliner:  I used the Kjaer Weis Shadow in Magnetic (a coppery brown shade)

Mascara:  Honest Primer + Mascara

Deodorant: NEW Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant (if most natural deodorants make your armpits break out, give this a try!  It has really helped me!)

Shampoo + Conditioner:  Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath + Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner

Top:  Can't find exact online, similar here / Earrings: Sold out, similar here / Baby Onesie: Bodysuit 2-pack

xoxo Lauren

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Non-toxic SPF for the Whole Family

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

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

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

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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

Let's talk about VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY

vapour

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

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.

vapour foundation

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!

vapour deodorant

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

vapour concealer

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

holi oil

**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

charcoal toothpaste

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)!

best clean mascara

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!

exfoliation.

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!!

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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

Natural Baby Care Products

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I put so much thought and care into the products that I choose for myself, that I'm sure you can imagine the weight of responsibility I felt in choosing products for my baby.  I am so happy to announce that I have found a line that I LOVE!  It's not just for bath products, but also a natural baby sunscreen and bug spray!!

Erbaviva from Pretty Pure Beauty is a truly organic line of products that are effective and beautiful.  The natural scents from essential oils and extracts make bath time + baby care even sweeter.  I truly believe that these are some of the BEST products that I can use on my baby.  

For bath time, we use the Erbaviva Baby Body Wash.  It is incredibly gentle and has a slightly sweet + bright scent from organic mandarin and chamomile.  Chapel absolutely loves bath time and has discovered kicking + splashing.  A bright + happy baby wash is so fitting for her!  After her bath, I wrap her in a hooded towel and moisturize with the Erbaviva Baby Butter.  The Baby Butter is amazing because I enjoy applying the excess to my own hands, too!  It is smooth and non-greasy!  

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For outdoor play, I am happy to have the Baby Sunscreen and Buzz Spray on hand.  These are both lightweight, lightly scented and effective.  The Baby Sunscreen is SPF 30 and naturally crafted with zinc oxide + essential oils.  It rubs in very easily, too! 

In Georgia, we have a terrible time with bugs + mosquitoes.  I ALWAYS have bug spray with me in the Spring + Summer because you cannot enjoy being outdoors without it.  Most bug sprays are scarier than the insects themselves, as they are made from harsh + harmful ingredients.  This Buzz Spray is made of organic ingredients and essential oils, so I can feel good about spraying it on a tiny baby!  My baby girl LOVES to be outdoors, so nothing is going to stop us this Spring!!

Pretty Pure Beauty offers Free Shipping on orders over $50!  It's a great time to stock up on clean products for your precious little one.  Not sure how to read labels of what you're currently using?  Download the Think Dirty App to check your products. Time to get some Erbaviva on those baby bodies!!

xoxo Lauren

MUN Skincare Review

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**Scroll to the bottom for my COUPON CODE!**

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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Baby Things I'm Loving

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She puts the color inside of my world
— John Mayer from "Daughters"

So much about motherhood has been different from what I had expected.  One of most fun discoveries is watching my daughter's personality unfold.  Before she was born, I had all of the soft, muted neutrals colors waiting for her.  As we are getting to know her, it seems more fitting to add some color into her nursery and wardrobe.  She is drawn to bright colors and patterns.  I'm sure most babies are, but I love watching her discover the colorful things around her.  It's made me want to add some color to my own wardrobe, too!

I have compiled a list of some of the things that we have discovered lately that have made our life easier, less toxic and sometimes a little more colorful ;)

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Lorena Canals Rug

This rug is GENIUS.  It's 100% Cotton, dyed with Non-Toxic Dyes and MACHINE WASHABLE.  Not to mention the prints are the CUTEST.  Guys.  This changes everything.  HA!  But seriously, I wanted a shag rug for our nursery but I was nervous about all of the fluids that would be projected onto it and didn't pull the trigger.  When I discovered, Lorena Canals - all of my nursery rug dreams came true.  We will have this rug FOREVER because we can just throw it in the washer whenever we need to.  This is the type of piece that is truly an investment because it can grow with our kids.  I can also feel good about the fact that it's natural + non-toxic when my little baby is rolling all over it and let's be honest- putting her mouth on it.  It's been so fun to see her take to the colors and patterns on it, too.  I love this print, this print (on sale!) and this print too!(received with compliments from Lorena Canals)

Diapers + Wipes

It's so important to have non-toxic diapers and wipes because my baby is in constant contact with them.  However, it's the hardest thing to pull the trigger on putting extra money into because they get thrown away. I found a truly budget-friendly option for non-toxic diapers with Thrive.  I think the best part may be that they show up at my door and we aren't making last minute diaper runs!  I am also a plain white diaper person because our girl wears so many white outfits and I didn't like the diaper patterns showing through.  I am so happy that Thrive started making these diapers because they are CHEAPER than any of the other non-toxic diapers that I've found!  I feel good knowing that I am putting the purest disposable diapers + wipes possible on my baby's body.

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DockATot

DockATot is such a good find for my baby who loves to be COZY.  She wants to snuggle up to anything and everything at naptime.  I feel great about letting her cozy up in the DockATot at naptime.  It's also portable, so we can move it to any room in the house and take it with us on the go!  Some of the benefits of the DockATot include it's breathability - it's made from 100% cotton - and handmade in Europe.  It's one of those things that we didn't buy right off the bat, but we are so glad that we have one now for our cozy girl.  (received with compliments from DockATot)

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Binxy Baby

I will never forget the first time I parked my car in the grocery store and it occurred to me that I had no idea what to do with my baby while I shopped.  I didn't have a babywearing carrier with me.  Do I put the carseat in the cart?  (Which, by the way, is nearly impossible at Trader Joes - tiny carts!)  Do I put the baby in the stroller and put the groceries in my stroller?  That feels weird.  And the basket in my stroller is way too small for all of my groceries.  I can forget buying toilet paper with any of those options.  After struggling with my first several attempts at grocery shopping (I know all of you organized mamas are doing Clicklist, but I rarely shop with a list!!) - I am so happy to have discovered  Binxy!  It takes up so much less space than the carseat in the grocery cart.  And still allows for my baby to be comfy during the shopping trip! Not to mention, she LOVES it.  She can see everything and still wiggle around, as opposed to riding in a baby carrier! (received compliments of Binxy Baby)

Natursutten Pacifier and Bottles

Before Chapel was born, I knew I wanted to use the all natural rubber pacifiers.  I ordered the Natursutten and to this day, it's the only one she uses.  I have tried others and she just loves her Natursuttens.  She only uses it in her crib and I feel great knowing she's not sucking on plastic in her sleep.  It also made bottle feeding easier because they make a nipple that is similar to the paci that she was already used to. Not to mention, the bottles are glass and I will choose glass all day, every day over plastic for my family.

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think?

xoxo, Lauren

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