How to build a Kjaer Weis Palette

kjaer weis palette

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

Makeup Routine 10.25.18

clean beauty makeup for fall

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

The Routine:

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

Morning: True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil

Hair Oil: Innersense Harmonic Healing Oil

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

Foundation: Kosas Tinted Face Oil

Foundation brush: this one / I also like this one

Toner: MUN Anarose

Concealer: Vapour Illusionist Concealer ( I wear 015)

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

Bronzer: Lily Lolo in Miami Beach

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

Blush Brush: Beautycounter Angled Brush

Powder Highlighter: First Light Highlighter Palette

Cream Highlighter: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose

Eye Palette: Velvet Eyeshadow Palette in Iconic

Eyelash Curler: Rosegold Eyelash Curler

Eyeliner: Kjaer Weis Eye Pencil in Black

Mascara Primer: Honest Mascara + Primer

Mascara: Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

Lipliner: Kjaer Weis Lipliner in KW Rose

Lipgloss: Spice from the New Nudes Lipgloss Trio Collection

xoxo, Lauren

Empties and Clean Beauty Must Haves!

clean beauty must haves

It’s finally cooler here in Georgia and it has me thinking through my skin + haircare. What do I need to change up and what will I continue to use through the colder months? My empties are getting replaced because these are my tried-and-true staples. I think you should try them, too!!

The EMPTIES

  1. Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath + Conditioner

    This is the best clean shampoo and conditioner that I have ever tried. My hair doesn’t get weighed and down and I can style it like I always have with conventional shampoo + conditioner. A little goes a long way and this set has last me forever!

  2. MUN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

    My skin drinks up this wonderful serum. It’s not too oily but leaves my skin hydrated in the morning. I love that it also doubles as an eye serum. Rose oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Argan Oil - you are doing something right! You can always save 15% with my code ROSEWATER (and currently receive a FREE travel size of their brand new gel moisturizer with any $30 purchase)

  3. Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant

    The absolute only natural deodorant that works and doesn’t break me out. Period. I’m going to pick up one for my husband and one for myself from Aillea today!

green beauty highlighters

Other MUST haves

Ok, when I started to list the MUST haves, there are so many that I want to include! Ah, so I limited myself to 6 things that I’m absolutely loving right now!

  1. Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara

    My girlfriends are all obsessing over this mascara…and evidently everyone else is too! It’s been consistently sold-out, since it’s release earlier this year. Hurry and grab one!

  2. RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer

    I think this may be my #1 FAVORITE thing right now. It adds the most gorgeous glow to makeup days and bare face days. It wakes me up, brightens me up, and is just the easiest to apply. I get so many compliments on my “skin” when I wear it ;)

  3. Beautycounter First Light Holiday Palette

    Ok, I know I have included 2 highlighters on this list, but what can I say? This far along into my pregnancy I need all of the glow and these products are really helping me out. This Highlighter palette is beautiful, natural and again - getting me all of the compliments ;) I like to set my undereye concealer with the shade Halo for an extra AWAKE look!

  4. Beautycounter Instant Awakening Trio

    Speaking of AWAKE - THIS SET. My love, the Overnight Resurfacing Peel, an Illuminating Cream and Eye Masks?! Hello, GORGEOUS, MERRY + BRIGHT!

  5. A Jade Roller

    I’ve posted a lot about my love for this thing. But, my love increased when I realized that it really does work to alleviate my sinus pressure. Hello, new best friend! Oh, and the skin benefits are amazing, too ;)

  6. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

    Do you guys know how important exfoliation is?! You’ve GOT to do it a couple of times a week. The sloughing off of old skin to rejuvenate new (YOUNGER) skin is SO important! If you don’t have an exfoliator - get this one!! It’s also a cleanser (hello, less steps), doesn’t overdry and smells like a spa. So yeah. I pair it with my Overnight Resurfacing Peel (see #4) and have the freshest skin the next am!

What are some of your Clean Beauty Must Haves??

xoxo, Lauren

Minimal Summer Makeup

kjaer weis cream blush

I posted this photo in my Stories recently and received a lot of questions about which products I used, so I thought I would post a comprehensive list of all the goodness.

First of all, if you haven't gotten your hands on the Overnight Peel that I've been raving about... DO IT!  It's such a gamechanger for your skin, which means LESS MAKEUP.  And I don't know about you, but when it's scorching outside - the last thing I want to do is wear heavy makeup.  I literally keep forgetting to wear makeup because I'm so happy with how my skin looks!

On this day, I had used the PEEL two days before.  My skin was still great and I just needed minimal makeup to enhance my look.  I originally posted the photo to rave about my new BLUSH because I loved how natural it was.  And it's such a great color that you can wear with anything because it doesn't lean too far into any hue.  It was great with my bright pink dress!

Here are the goods:

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation in Paper Thin - applied with my Beautyblender.  I love this foundation for it's beautiful finish and buildable coverage.

Beautycounter Touchup Concealer in Light - Just the right amount of coverage and not-too-matte for undereyes

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Desired Glow - The blush that goes with everything.  A little tawny/bronzey with a hint of pink.  A blush you can wear when you dress in pink ;)  I apply with my Beautyblender.

Beautycounter Eyeliner in Black - Doesn't smudge and lasts for hours.

Kjaer Weis Eyeshadow in Magnetic - Beautiful coppery, bronzey color with subtle shimmer

Honest Co Mascara + Primer - I love this mascara for the primer!  Helps my barely there lashes stand out!

MY FAVORITE NEW HIGHLIGHTER: RMS Luminizer in Champagne Rose - It's the most natural highlighter I've ever used.  Just looks like dewy skin!

Kari Gran Lip Whip in Pink Tinted - My go-to lip balm!

Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath Shampoo + Innersense Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner

My Latest Beauty Haul + Pregnancy Safe Products

pregnancy safe makeup

I get a lot of questions about "pregnancy safe" products.  The good news is that a majority of what I post is great for use before, during and after pregnancy!  Here's a short list of ingredients that all communities agree should be avoided during pregnancy. 

mom and baby safe products

You may have heard 50 times by now that you should be using a natural deodorant.  I know - the process of finding a natural deodorant is an unfavorable one (especially in the summer time) - but there are so many great options now! If you are pregnant, I really urge you to consider it!  Conventional deodorants contain aluminum + other endocrine disruptors and if you're pregnant - you should think about these metals and toxins leaking into your glands...right beside your milk glands!  Natural deodorants are not anti-perspirants, so you will still sweat.  BUT sweating rids your body of toxins - it's a natural and essential process.  I'd rather sweat out my toxins vs. hanging on to them and having the toxins potentially reach my baby.  I recommend a few deodorant brands - but I'm loving the NEW Agent Nateur Holi(stick) Sensitive Deodorant!

pregnancy safe skincare

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

aillea beauty haul

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

Foundation:  just the Ilia Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20

Concealer:  Vapour Illusionist Concealer

Bronzer + Lipcolor: from the RMS Signature Set in Mod

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

Highlighter: NEW RMS Champagne Rose Luminizer

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

Mascara:  Honest Primer + Mascara

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

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

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

xoxo Lauren

safe beauty products

The Best Natural Mascaras

best natural mascara

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!

best non toxic mascara

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

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!