Hey guys! It’s been a little bit but I’m so happy to get back into writing more for the blog. I recently realized it’s been over a year since I switched to clean beauty, and a lot of the products I’ve bought are starting to expire (cleaner beauty=fewer chemical preservatives, which usually means a shelf life of 12 months or less).
This process has been really fun and interesting for me, and one of the major things that I’ve learned is that trying to live a 100% nontoxic lifestyle 24/7 is not only impossible (hello, wi-fi waves, food without listed explicit ingredients, and ubers/shops/hotels/friends and family with synthetic fragrance); it was also actually wearing on me a little and stressing me out. I’ve really been learning to prioritize my peace of mind and happiness as one of the most important aspects of my health, and for me that now includes less obsession over every aspect of my life and more intention on enjoying it!
This Black Friday I finally bought Plume, clean beauty’s most popular and raved about eyelash/eyebrow serum. I used Latisse (a prescription eyelash growth serum) before my wedding last year, and feel in love with how long and full my eyelashes and brows were after using it. Unfortunately, Latisse also has many potential side effects—from irritation to lid and eye discoloration to changes in vision. I began having some blotchy vision after using it for a couple of months and stopped immediately after that began. Thankfully my vision returned to normal, and eventually my brows and lashes returned to normal as well.
Facial massage has been gaining lots of popularity lately, from electrocurrent stimulation devices to micro-needling to good old fashioned bare hands and facial oil. The appeal is that consistent facial massage could be a natural alternative to more drastic measures like botox and other medical/surgical procedures for firming and lifting your skin and features. Additional suggested benefits include increased circulation, reduced puffiness, enhanced product absorption, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and detoxing and calming the skin.
This weekend was the one year anniversary of my blog, and I’m so excited to celebrate by telling you that I’ve officially become an affiliate with Petit Vour!
I’m also part of some affiliate programs like ShareASale and Amazon Associates, but this is kind of the first real and direct partnership that I’ve chosen to agree to. I’ve worked with a couple of other brands and companies this past year, and honestly I chose not to continue with most of them because the relationship just didn’t feel right to me until now.
Happy New Year’s Eve! This is the makeup look I decided on for this year, and I did it using all clean and nontoxic beauty products!
First, I used Inika’s primer with hyaluronic acid on my face to moisturize and prime my skin for makeup. Then, I used Skin Owl’s Morganite Body+ Oil on my body and cheekbones. This oil is gorgeous, not greasy, and leaves such a subtle and healthy glow on the skin with NO glitter at all!
I love the holiday season—all the way from fall until Valentine’s Day, really. I love the fun of Halloween and the warmth of Thanksgiving, but Christmas time will always be a favorite for me. I moved away from home a few years earlier than most kids, so the holidays used to be one of the only times I’d get to see my friends and family at home. As I’ve grown up, traditions have changed and I might not even get to be with some of the people I love every year, but the feeling I get is the same. I feel so much love for my family and feel loved by them during the holidays, and that happiness is so comforting and fulfilling long after the tree and stockings have been taken down.
November is one of my favorite months, and that’s only mostly because my birthday is on the 22nd. I love the weather and the autumn glow outside, everyone getting excited for the holidays, and usually getting to go home and see my family. I won’t be traveling this fall, but this issue is all about some of my favorite multitasking essentials that are great for on the go or if you just want to simplify your routine during this busy time of year!