Updated!! Holiday Gift Guides 2018

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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



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

maternity style

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

xoxo, Lauren

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!!

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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

Valentine's Day 2018 - What to Wear

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

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

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

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

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

xoxo, Lauren

Lip Colors to Wear Right Now

lip colors to wear right now

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

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

Daily Beauty Look 12.22.17

december beauty look

EYES + LIPS

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

Eyebrow comb: Ecobrow Defining Brush

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

Eye Palette: 100% Pure Naked II

Eyelash Curler: Rosegold Tweezerman

Liquid Eyeliner: Long Last liquid eyeliner in Black Tea

Mascara + Primer: Honest Truly Lush Mascara and Primer

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

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