Time to Toss the Sunscreen Spray

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In case you’ve been in summer mode and haven’t caught the news lately, listen up.  Consumer Reports recently advised against using spray sunscreens on children.  The FDA has been “investigating” the safety of sunscreen sprays since 2011, but The EWG has been warning us of the dangers of spray sunscreens for years and years.  They are BAD news, people.

Why are spray sunscreens so harmful?

First, let’s talk nanoparticles.  This is not a sci-fi joke.  They’re real and they are dangerous.  Many cosmetics and personal care products contain nanoparticles, but in sunscreen in particular, they are used because they penetrate easily (read: an easily absorbed cream or spray that doesn’t leave behind a chalky, white finish on the skin).  Nanoparticles are so small they can enter individual cells, even DNA.  They can cause gene damage, bioaccumulate in the body (meaning that they cannot be metabolized or flushed out by our organs; they just keep piling up until they make us sick), and they can be carcinogenic.  Those are just the effects nanoparticles have when applied to the skin; they are even more dangerous when inhaled.  Just think of your child standing there while you continuously spray him or her.  Ugh.

Second, have you ever read the ingredients on a can of spray sunscreen?  Isobutane is used as a propellant in aerosol spray sunscreens; it is in the propane family.  It is flammable.  It is industrial.  It is not good for our skin, our organs, our Earth.  End of story.

I know kids are squirmy and applying sunscreen is a drag in general, but the risks just aren’t worth our health!

Check out the Environmental Working Group’s favorite sunscreens of 2014 or take a look at my personal favorite body sunscreens here, my favorite kids’ sunscreens here, my favorite daily face sunscreens here and my favorite tinted moisturizers with SPF here and here.  Yeah, I’m kind of into sunscreen.

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An Unlikely Beach-Read: Face Change

A friend of a friend recently urged me to read Face Change: Methods for Looking and Feeling Your Best.  I have to say that I on one hand, I was intrigued: I kind of can’t wait to take a laser to my face.  On the other hand, I was hesitant: Does plastic surgery have a place in Green Beauty?

Well, I read it at the beach one weekend, and I really am glad I did.  This book answered many questions I’ve had over the years about skincare, preventative measures, and surgical solutions.  It also echoed my belief that a healthy, balanced lifestyle is the best beauty routine on the market.

You probably want to know where I stand on plastic surgery.  You may be surprised, but I am all for it.  Before you judge me, keep reading.  In my opinion, there are two ways to age gracefully: some people are genetically blessed and just take care of themselves on a daily basis and that is enough.  For others, they may take all the same natural measures and still end up with Great Aunt Edna’s turkey neck.  And it may torture them every time they look in the mirror.  Why subject yourself to that?  Nipping/tucking one or two things does not a Joan Rivers look-a-like make.

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An innovator in the cosmetic surgery field, Harvey “Chip” Cole, III, MD, FACS, has performed more than 25,000 surgeries since opening Atlanta’s Oculus Plastic Surgery in 1994. Harper’s Bazaar named him one of the country’s top 10 cosmetic eye surgeons, and Town & Country placed him among the top cosmetic surgeons in North America. Dr. Cole is quadruple board certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and the American Board of Laser Surgery. Dr. Cole has coauthored over a dozen medical books, has been invited to give numerous keynote-presentation speeches, and has given over 100 lectures around the world as an educator and surgical pioneer in his medical field.  He is also a man of integrity.  He sometimes turns patients away and often suggests less dramatic solutions.  Beyond that, 100% of Face Change’s profits will go towards the Face Change Foundation, which is dedicated to to providing assistance to troubled teenagers.

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Dr. Cole devotes an entire chapter of his book to nutrition and Green living, admitting that the secret to clear skin is usually found in a good diet, not in a prescription.  While it is not the subject of the book, I can tell that Dr. Cole believes in Integrated, even Holistic health, which, to me, validates his stance on beauty.  He covers foods and chemicals that should be avoided as well as  foods, vitamins and minerals to embrace.  (Um, side note: did you know that children who eat 12 hotdogs or more per month have an elevated risk of childhood leukemia?  Nitrates are carcinogens, period.  Keep that stuff away from your children.)  Another chapter focuses on living a mindful, balanced life.  While I read it, I thought, “this guy is a plastic surgeon?  I am liking him more and more…”

But you want the dirt.  Yes, Dr. Cole’s book lists very natural-looking surgical and non-surgical solutions for many common complaints.  He also goes into great detail on what to look for and what to avoid when researching any procedure from a laser treatment to a facelift.  He lists questions you should ask your doctor as well as where to look for accreditations, board certifications, etc.  Imagine that your best friend and confidante is one of the nation’s leading plastic surgeons and he gives you a list of everything you need to research before you commit to making a change.  That is what this book aims to be.  There is no question in my mind that this man is coming from a good, honest place.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious – even skeptical – about cosmetic surgery.

Purchase it here.

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Ilia Beauty Lip Gloss

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It was Spring of 1999.  I was a junior in high school and I was closely studying the Estee Lauder counter at Macy*s, (mind you, this was SO pre-Bare Beauty) hoping to find my “look” for prom.  Two gorgeous lip glosses called to me.  One was a creamy, pale violet, the other a warm, sparkly white.  I have no idea if I bought anything else or if I found my “look” that day, but those two puppies came home with me.  They were limited editions and when they each ran out a year or two later, I wanted to cry.  I’ve never forgotten them. (I am absolutely being dramatic on purpose here, just in case you haven’t caught on.  More coffee?)

I don’t know if Sasha Plavsic of Ilia Beauty remembers those glosses as well or is just a color genius and my own personal mind reader, but Ilia Beauty literally came out with these two exact colors this Spring – and I love her for it.  I immediately bought both (again) and they make me so happy.  I am telling you all of this because I think you need them.  I know they will make you happy, too.

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Back to Life is an ultra-flattering violet that would perk up any complexion – and it makes your teeth look whiter.   It is based on Pantone’s color of the year, “Radiant Orchid” and it is a limited edition, which means you’d better hurry; I might buy them all so I never have to reminisce about lip gloss again.

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White Rabbit is a must-have.  Like Back to Life, it is also universally flattering.  Soft, warm, sheer, with a subtle, sexy glimmer.  It’s not white, it’s not gold, it’s perfect.  You could also layer this one over any other lip color to make it more vibrant.

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Please excuse the obnoxious selfies.  I got a lot of $h1+ from my husband and sister when I took these in the car last night.  Top: White Rabbit.  Bottom: Back to Life.  By the way, Ilia lip glosses are incredibly moisturizing and never sticky or gooey.  Cost: $24.  Purchase both here.

Ingredients: Organic castor seed oil, organic cocoa seed butter, organic sesame seed oil, organic candelilla wax, brassica campestris, organic coconut oil, aleurites fordi oil copolymer, isostearyl citrate, organic shea butter fruit, tocopherol (vitamin E), thyme oil, rosemary oil, orange fruit oil, jasmine oil, vanilla planifolia fruit oil. May contain: mica, titanium dioxide (CI77891), red 7 (CI 15850), yellow 5 (CI 19140), iron oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), red 28 (CI 45410)

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Review: Beautycounter, Part II

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Yesterday, I covered my top six favorite Beautycounter products.  I could have easily made a top-ten list; they are that good.  Beautycounter is also a totally transparent Green Beauty company; no secret ingredients, no suspicious origins.  I really love their “Never List”.  Print it out and carry it in your wallet so you never have to borderline pee your pants analyzing ingredient lists in the beauty aisle at Whole Foods again (or was that just me).

 

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Today, I am so excited to share with you a series of Q&A’s with Gregg Renfrew, Founder and CEO, Christy Coleman, Head of Creative Design, and Mia Davis, Head of Health and Safety at Beautycounter.  BC’s website is incredibly informative (take ten minutes to check it out – you will leave more knowledgeable and empowered), but I wanted to dig a little deeper.  The ladies delivered!

 

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Gregg Renfrew, Founder & CEO

 

BB: Tell us a lesson you learned in your early days as an entrepreneur that you’ve never forgotten and applied to each of your business ventures.

GR: Taking your ego and emotion out of it and doing what is in the best interest of the business. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of not acknowledging where they are strong and where they are weak. That lack of awareness can become a major professional hurdle – don’t be afraid to ask for help. As you mature and become more self-aware, you identify the areas in which you need support and you build your team accordingly.
Ideas are great but execution is everything, so the team you build is critical for your success. Trust your gut, know your strengths, follow your instinct and stick to your guns.

BB: Your entire entrepreneurial career has revolved around businesses that target and empower women as the consumer. Now, with Beautycounter, you are empowering women as the professional. How do you try to do this on a day-to-day basis with your staff at BCHQ as well as with your national consultant team?

GR: What is important is your passion for your vision of the company. You need to have passion but you also have to understand people and have a strong sense for business. At the end of the day business is built around people – you have to be passionate about the people and about what you’re building.

BB: You have two daughters. What do you hope they learn from Beautycounter?

GR: Confidence and self-reliance. My mother always made it a point to teach me the importance of being able to stand on my own two feet, and I hope I instill that in my own daughters. (Phebe – 9, and Georgie – 5). I also hope for the day where they don’t have to read labels on the products they use to know they are safe. No one should ever have to sacrifice their health in the name of beauty.

 

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Christy Coleman, Head of Creative Design

 

BB: Pleeeeeease give us a spoiler. We are dying to know what Beautycounter is releasing next!

CC: All I can tell you is to expect amazing things for Fall! I have been hard at work for months designing some pretty incredible products.

BB: What is the number one request/complaint you receive from consumers?

CC: We get many requests for mascara – and it is definitely something we are working on! I have to say, we don’t really get too many complaints!

BB: What is your desert-island-cosmetic of choice?

CC: Can I pick more than one?! Organic coconut oil, our (brand-new) Calendula Lip Balm, and our new Beautycounter SPF Body.

 

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Mia Davis, Head of Health and Safety

BB: Please tell us about your educational and professional background prior to joining Beautycounter.

MD: I have a MA in International Development, Community & Environment from Clark University, and I was formerly the Organizing Director for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national coalition of nonprofit organizations working to move the cosmetics industry away from toxic chemicals and toward safer solutions.

BB: How does BC’s Screen differ from the EWG Skin Deep database? How much do you work with the EWG?

MD: EWG’s Skin Deep is a searchable database that provides a hazard score for cosmetic ingredients and products. Consumers can use it to research specific ingredients and products, to better understand hazards of cosmetics that they might already be using, or to compare brands before making a purchase decision. The Beautycounter Ingredient Screen is a tool that we use to assess the hazards and relative risk of ingredients before we decide if we’ll allow them into our products. Every potential ingredient is “screened,” meaning that we look for available data in the Skin Deep database and a variety of other places (like authoritative lists of chemicals, published journals, etc). We’re looking to see if a chemical has been linked to cancer, reproductive harm, skin irritation, and other health endpoints. We’ve screened nearly 1000 chemicals for safety at this point, and the list continues to grow. We are one of the only cosmetics companies that takes a comprehensive, long-term approach to chemical safety.  EWG is a trusted nonprofit partner of Beautycounter. We work with this nonprofit organization and others to help to build the environmental health movement and the demand for safer chemicals and products for everyone.

BB: Has it been difficult to conduct research, hire experts, etc? What is your advice to women who want to go into the scientific R&D side of the beauty industry?

MD: Yes! Since chemical companies are not required to provide safety data on the chemicals that they bring to market, it’s not easy to to get all of the information we need to make decisions about which ingredients are allowed in our products. In the absence of data we ask hard questions about the source of the ingredient, the processing, the functionality. We’re not dealing with a full deck of cards, so to speak, but we’re doing the best we can to be protective of people’s long term health, and to move the marketplace toward safer products and greater transparency.  I would love to see more women who care about both performance *and* safety in the beauty industry! We should never compromise health for beauty, and we shouldn’t accept hidden ingredients and contaminants in cosmetics as the norm. Beautycounter is proof that we don’t have to. The more women are interested in taking this challenge on, the sooner we’ll have more exciting, innovative, safe products in the US.

A huge thank you to each of these women for taking time from their busy schedules to indulge us and an extra-huge thank you to Meaghan Curcio, their director of PR, who has the patience of a saint.

 

And last, I recently hosted a small product party with Beautycounter’s Charleston consultant, Katherine McElroy.  Katherine came armed with knowledge, products for everyone to try and zero sales pressure.  It was casual and fun and we drank a decent amount of Rose’ while sampling and shopping.  If you get a chance to host or attend a Beautycounter party, do it.  It’s girlfriends + happy hour + beauty.  Can’t go wrong there…

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If you are local to any of these areas or have Beautycounter-specific questions, contact one of these fine ladies.  I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with all of them.  They are all kind, generous and knowledgeable.

Katherine McElroy, Charleston, SC

Ihrie Wood, Raleigh, NC

Jill Wright, Williamson County, TN

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Review: Beautycounter, Part I

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Whew!  I’m back.  What a crazy two weeks.  I kind of hate taking a break from the blog because I’m scared that if I’m gone for than a few days, no one will ever read it again!  However, I always come up with new ideas when I’m on vacation and I return home rejuvenated and ready to write.  I hope you are still listening!  Hello?…….  :)

This post in particular has been a long time in the making.  Seriously, I have been working on it FOREVER.  At my old 9-5 (at The Urban Electric Company) my coworker, Meg, explained that her sister-in-law, Gregg Renfrew, was starting a Clean Beauty company called Beautycounter and that its ethos aligned with that of Bare Beauty’s.  “How exciting!”, I thought.  And then I promptly got pregnant and lost what little memory I had to begin with.

Almost a year later, I finally got in touch with Gregg and the ladies at Beautycounter (who are all lovely, by the way).  You guys, this company is LEGIT.  You can trust every single product in this line.  Watch this quick video, which sums up Beautycounter’s mission (and mine, for that matter).

Could their message be any more clear or inspiring?  I thought I would share some of my Beautycounter favorites with you.

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From left to right, top row first:

Lip Shine.  Cost: $24.  Clear and silky, never sticky.  Perfect for layering over lipstick or on its own.

Lustro Face Oil #1, Calendula.  Cost: $64 for .67 oz.  I am a big fan of calendula for its calming and soothing benefits on sensitive skin.

Protect All Over Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.  Cost: $26 for 4.8 oz.  Perfect for the whole family and no chalky white residue.  Score.

Rosewater Uplifting Spray.  Cost: $32 for 1.7 oz.  An everyday and in-flight essential that makes moisturizer work double-time.

Hydrate Everyday Body Lotion.  Cost:$22 for 8 oz.  Easily absorbed, effective.  Clean and Green.  No-brainer.

Lip Sheer in “Twig”.  Cost: $28.  A flattering-for-every-skintone-nude that hydrates lips all day long.

Stay tuned.  Tomorrow’s post will include a profile on the company as a whole, interviews with Beautycounter’s Founder and Head of Creative Design and a recap of my very own Beautycounter product party.

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A Whirlwind and Unwinding

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I really wish Annabel could wear a bonnet every day – is there anything cuter??

Hi there, Bare Beauties!  It’s been a few days since my last post, and for good reason.  Last Wednesday, I threw a little BB party (that I will tell you all about in another post), over the weekend we hosted friends and family for Annabel’s baptism, and now, I am writing to you from Monaco!  Yep, it’s official: I am certifiably insane.  Who would try to prepare for all that at once?  What was I thinking?!  Oh, well.  I’m on vaycay now – adult vaycay, as a matter of fact.   My parents are staying with Annabel, so even though I miss her so much I can’t see straight, I know she is in heaven with all that attention (pretty much an endless game of peek-a-boo).

Anyway, I just wanted to check in with you.  I’ll be posting some photos from my travels on Instagram, so feel free to follow along @barebeautyblog.

By the way, a lot of friends asked me, “Why Monaco?”  To be very honest, we wanted a shallow vacation.  We wanted to pretend we weren’t parents for a few days, sit on our asses, go to the beach, have drinks brought to us, gamble, shop and go to a glamourous dinner/club or two.  The Caribbean offers a lot of those things, but it is hot as hell there right now and and we’re already hot in Charleston.  Like I said, SHALLOW.  #sorrynotsorry

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A makeup-free selfie with the hubs on the plane. I almost never wear makeup when flying.

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You know you’re staying somewhere good when La Duree greets you in your room :)

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My view for the week at Hotel Hermitage

 

 

Stay tuned!

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Your Lips, But Better

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I love a good nude lip, don’t you?  I’m not talking about a chalky, pale lip, just a natural, healthy-looking pout.  Other than tinted moisturizer, I think a swipe of nude lipstick or lipgloss is the easiest way to look polished in ten seconds.  I’ve been unknowingly collecting nude lip color lately and I thought I would share my favorites with you.

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Ilia Beauty – Nobody’s Baby

Ilia’s Tinted Lip Conditioners are ahh-mazing; they are so moisturizing!  Even if nude isn’t your thing, you need to try one in another color.  You can swipe it on for sheer color, or you can build it up for a stronger look.  This product feels like soccer-mom on your lips and looks like pin-up in the mirror.  My favorite shade it “Nobody’s Baby”.  Cost: about $26.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients:Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients. Ingrédients Certifiés Biologiques.

Beautycounter – Twig

Beautycounter’s Lip Sheers are incredibly hydrating and creamy and the color lasts.  I love “Twig”, a pinky-brown-rose-nude. It makes me look polished, but I can put it on without using a mirror.  Beautycounter formulated all their shades carefully so they would suit all skin tones.  Cost: about $28.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Diisotearyl Malate, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecyl Ricinoleate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilcate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax, Tin Oxide. May Contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Blue 1 Lake.

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Splurge – In Love

Throw away your Chapstick.  Throw away your Rosebud.  Now.  I mean it.  Splurge Tinted Lip Buttah is all you need.  Nothing moisturizes better or longer and they taste minty.  My favorite color is “In Love”, which is super-sheer, but people ask what I have on whenever I wear it.   Cost: about $7.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: babassu oil (orbignya oleifera), organic cocoa butter (theobroma cacao), beeswax (cera alba), sweet almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), organic castor oil (ricinus communis), peppermint essential oil (mentha piperita), alkanet root powder (alkanna tinctoria), vitamin E (tocopherol) Fling: babassu oil (orbignya oleifera), organic cocoa butter (theobroma cacao), beeswax (cera alba), sweet almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), organic castor oil (ricinus communis), peppermint essential oil (mentha piperita), alkanet root powder (alkanna tinctoria), vitamin E (tocopherol) Going Steady: babassu oil (orbignya oleifera), organic cocoa butter (theobroma cacao), beeswax (cera alba), sweet almond oil (prunus amygdalus dulcis), organic castor oil (ricinus communis), peppermint essential oil (mentha piperita), alkanet root powder (alkanna tinctoria), turmeric, vitamin E (tocopherol)

What’s your favorite Clean nude lip color?

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Waxelene: The Un-Petroleum Jelly

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Looking for something to remove makeup, soothe chapped lips and hands, cracked heels, cuts and scrapes, your baby’s tush, split ends and windburn?  Waxelene is THE answer.  It is organic and totally non-toxic and only contains four natural ingredients.

Petrolatum (a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum) is an ingredient we should avoid.  It has been found to be toxic to human organs and no matter where you stand on the political spectrum, petrochemicals are just not sourced in the most ecologically sound way possible, period.  I mean, at least our current vehicles actually need gasoline.  I am pretty sure we can moisturize with other ingredients that don’t take us to war.

Back to Waxelene.  I love it because I can use it on anything and anyone.  I can use it on my dry cuticles, my husband can use it as chapstick and I can squeeze some out and use it on Annabel’s bum when changing her diaper.  Waxelene creates the same waterproof barrier on skin that doctors recommend vaseline for, but unlike petroleum jelly, it will not clog pores.  It is always in my bag and I think it always will be.  And it’s budget-friendly!  Cost: $4 for .25 oz lip balm, $5 for .75 oz flip-top tube, and $18 for 9 oz jar.  Purchase it here.

Ingredients: Organic, non-GMO, non-hydrogenated soy bean oil, raw, unbleached beeswax, Organic rosemary oil, non-GMO vitamin E oil.

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Good For You Friday: Eat Pretty

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Do you ever wake up the morning after a Mexican food binge crying out, “Whyyyyyyy?”  Well, I guess there could be a few reasons for that reaction, but the one I am referring to has to do with inflamed skin, a puffy face, dull eyes, and bloat.  (And probably a slight headache from the margaritas you just had to have.)  We’ve all been there.  On the other hand, have you ever been on a cleanse and woken up to bright eyes, clear skin and a flat tummy?  It does not take a rocket scientist to know that the way we look today and the way we age tomorrow have everything to do what we eat.  As Socrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

I feel like I am always reading random magazine articles about the next superfood, the anti-aging benefits of blueberries and  “the top five foods to eat to avoid bloat in your bikini”.  It’s all great, but I always wind up forgetting the actual benefits of the food mentioned.  I’ve been wishing there was a little encyclopedia of super foods and power foods and wonder foods that I could always refer back to….

Introducing: Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart.  Hart is a former beauty editor turned holistic health and beauty coach.  While in her former role, she had access to every new, expensive beauty product on the market, but nothing she tried could rid her of an inflamed, blemished complexion.  She fell down the holistic health rabbit hole, and the rest is history.  This little book is the BEST reference guide to eating whole, seasonal foods for health and beauty.  For the diehard health-foodie, Eat Pretty is chock full of science; it not only has a nutrient glossary, but a phytochemical glossary – so nerdy and awesome!  But what if you just want to clean up your diet and be told what to eat (and maybe why)?  This book is perfect for you, too.  Eat Pretty follows the calendar, providing you with a list of the best seasonal foods to pick up as well as a few recipes for each time of the year.

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The thing I love best about Eat Pretty is that it’s not a plan, a diet, a method, a craze, a cult, etc.  There is no oath you have to take to join this way of life.  It doesn’t tell you to cut out all x,y,z foods from your life forever or else you will be a fat loser.  Instead, Hart is inclusive and generous; offering dozens of healthy, nourishing options that you can eat to your heart’s content.  It is a much kinder way to treat yourself, no?  Rather than limiting yourself and denying yourself all day, you can actually get excited about what you can eat, what you should eat, what you want to eat.

Take care of yourself.  Really.

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My Skincare Routine Revealed

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I have had a lot of readers, friends and family ask for my exact skincare routine.  That can be difficult to sum up, considering that it is my self-inflicted duty to be a Green Beauty guinea pig.  However, since having Annabel I’ve been busy and lazy and have streamlined things a bit by default.  I have a cabinet full (really full) of new products that I need to try, so before I do, I figured I’d let you in on what has been working for me for the past six months plus.

Rise and Shine:

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I cleanse with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser.  I feel like it wakes up my skin and gets my circulation going.  I’ve never been a fan of physical exfoliators, as every scrub I’ve ever tried irritates and breaks out my skin.  This cleanser is different.  It is effective, yet gentle and I don’t want to know life without it.

In lieu of eye cream, I’ve been using Josie Maran Organic Argan Oil.  It is fine, light, absorbs quickly and leaves the skin around my eyes supple and hydrated.  It is a great base for my favorite concealer, RMS Uncoverup.

I am in love with Luzern Laboratories Serum Absolut Au Vin.  It is the best at fighting both fine lines and clogged pores with its AHA’s and antioxidants.  Dull complexion be gone!  I saw a difference in my skin within two days of using it.

For day, depending if I want a little coverage, I moisturize with either Luzern Laboratories Bio-Suisse BB Cream SPF 20, which is tinted, or Consonant Skincare 100% Natural Matte Sunscreen SPF 15, which is not, but it’s still awesome.

The Night Shift:

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At night, I double cleanse.  First, I use organic coconut oil all over my face, which loosens up makeup and daily grime.  Then, I wipe it off with a muslin cloth and cleanse with Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel.  It gently foams and rinses clean without drying out my skin.

I immediately spray Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence onto my face and neck.  I used to think that hydrosols and toners were an unnecessary step, but I’ve learned that they are SO important if you want your moisturizer to really do it’s job.  This hydrosol smells incredible, locks in moisture and enhances the power of the products I apply afterward.

I love Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream.  I’ve read that the area around our eyes ages twice as fast as the rest of our face – yikes.  This eye cream is light and sinks right in but moisturizes like a heavy goopy cream.  It is super gentle and is a great base for makeup as well.

Next, I use Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum.  Just one pump; it’s expensive.  Then, I also use just one pump of Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer.  It is deeply hydrating, but it’s light and leaves a nice matte finish.  These are products that I wouldn’t have bothered with in my twenties, but I’m trying to actively take better care of my skin in my thirties.  I have noticed a real difference in my skin since using these two products.  It is definitely more hydrated and glow-y.

An Extra Boost:

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My two favorite masks are Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and May Lindstrom Skin The Problem Solver.  I use the former, which I constantly rave about, at least twice a week because it dries clear and I can sleep in it.  (Sometimes, laziness pays off.)  It makes my skin glow, it tightens up pores and evens out tone.  The Problem Solver is more of a special weapon.  I use it when my skin is totally out of whack due to travel, hormones or lousy food choices.

Spot Treatment:

If I have a zit, I love Medic8 Betagel.  It works.  Enough said.

Petrol is for cars, not lips:

When I really miss my petroleum-based Smith’s Rosebud Salve (that was a tough one to kick), I use Waxelene.  It is thick and goopy and shiny and wonderful.  Put this on before bed and by morning your lips with be soft and smooth.

Bodywork:

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I use Acure’s Cell Stimulating Body Wash and I love Beauty Counter’s Hydrate Body Lotion.  If I feel like giving myself a little TLC, I use Lina Hanson’s Global Body Serum.

This makes me realize that my skincare routine is not streamlined at all, but you asked!  No, really, I try lots and lots of products and all of these are so awesome, I couldn’t stop using them.  I hope it helps someone out there!  Happy Hump Day :)

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