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Monday, June 1, 2020

My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

For over a year, I've been on a crusade to toss out all the toxic beauty products I've used and replace them with more natural or completely natural products. Here are my favorites I've found so far!


I've written a couple posts on the ways I'm switching out my beauty products to focus on more natural products - and also products that are more sustainable and use less plastic in their packaging. It's been a series of trial and error! Just like with conventional products, you've got to find what works for you. Just because it's natural doesn't mean your skin won't react to it. I've gotten breakouts from products that contain too much heavy Vitamin E while I've had zero issues using plain coconut oil on my face. It's a bit of work to figure out what works best for your skin type! These are the products that have worked well for me: I have combination skin that olive toned and doesn't burn easily. Wrinkles are far less of a concern than breakouts. I also have extremely sensitive skin that tends to react to everything. If that sounds like you, give these natural beauty products a try! They might work well for you too.


Makeup - Babo Botanicals:
I'm down to nearly no makeup... The least I've ever worn, and I'm SO good with it! Especially as we head into summer and it just melts off immediately anyway. If I need some coverage, or
- tinted sunscreen
- tinted lip balm
- lip gloss


Natural deodorants:
The issue with natural deodorants is that they either work and cause irritation or they don't work... These three, when used in a rotation, work and don't cause irritation lines or ingrown hairs. I've found that coconut oil based deodorants that also use a starch (like arrowroot powder) are terrible for causing ingrown hairs. The first two brands are liquid and the last one is coconut oil based without a starch, so if you have the same problem I do, give these brands a try!
N'fuse
Pit Liquor
Each & Every


Skincare:
From your face to your body, your skin is your largest organ and deserves the best products! All of these companies have amazing products that haven't caused any reactions with my skin. I couldn't recommend them more.

Revive
I'm a big fan of putting oils on my skin... And my absolute favorite is using the rose roller around my eye area. I use this rose quartz roller with the rose essential oil roller (I'm partial to the roller, not the oil. The oil is a high maintenance oil to work with, and gets tricky. Sure, cost per ounce it's more but the roller makes it so easy to use, I highly recommend it for your facial skin).

MIG Living
I have the lavender and clary sage lotion bar (now called Ritual Serum Stick, but this is the same thing I have in the new packaging), and use it on my body and on my face. It's rich and luxurious without being greasy. It's seriously one of my favorite products I own! In fact, I've just ordered this charcoal bar (I'm currently in love with all things activated charcoal) and can't wait to order more of the skincare line. I love that their soaps don't use plastic and the products feature organic beeswax and essential oils. And I also love that they have subscribe and save, so that if you love it as much as me, you can get it for cheaper, and auto shipped to your home so that you never run out.

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Now that we dove in, if you're looking for some of those posts I mentioned in my intro, here they are - a quick makeup routine, the best anti aging oils to add to your skincare and what easy steps you can take in the morning to set you up for a great day. Beauty is, after all, achieved from the inside out!

Related posts:
Two Minute Makeup Routine
5 Best Anti-Aging Essential Oils
Achievable Healthy Morning Routine

Switching to a more natural beauty routine is surprisingly easy. There are now so many products on the market, they're affordable and easy to find! The question becomes which ones to try. These are all my favorite natural beauty products. If you're acne prone with highly sensitive skin, I recommend giving them a try! I've tried many, and these actually make the cut.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day

I'm breaking for the Memorial Day holiday. Get offline and go enjoy yourselves! Hoping your state is at least a little bit open so that you can get to a park for a picnic or enjoy a patio somewhere. Thanks to all who have served our country and lost their lives in the process. We are who we are because of their sacrifice!


Monday, May 18, 2020

Currently, May Edition

Here's what's happening around here, currently


Texas is coming out of quarantine life, and I've never been happier to be a Texan! I know there's lot of opinions about "reopening" and how various states are doing it and evaluations about their timeline. I actually feel really good about Texas' because our governor (whom I don't typically like, so I'm surprising even myself by saying this!) is using the infection rate/positive tests vs total tests taken rate to determine when things should open. So, yes - our numbers are increasing, but so is our testing. So clearly our numbers are going to go up, and clearly deaths will increase. But the percentage of tests taken vs the number that turned out positive has decreased from over 6 percent to about four percent, which means overall infections are down. That's a long way of saying, I feel good about how we're opening and super happy to get out and about again! Of course, with a mask. Of course, lathering hand sanitizer on every so often. But seriously, PRAISE BE for getting out of the house and getting away from all my kids and experiencing something that feels somewhat normal again. Here's what else has been going on around here, currently:


All the celebrations! Mother's Day, hubby's birthday and Henry's birthday:
I'm used to it now, but having all three of these days happen in less than a week is CRAZY. Mid-May is a nonstop party of good food, cake, flowers and presents. This year was no different! I got a funny gift and a sentimental gift, plus flowers for Mother's Day, and it was super sweet. We were able to bring everyone to my favorite taco spot and sit outside, and for an hour or so, life was totally normal. It was a great Mother's Day.


Hub's birthday was mid-week, so we celebrated on Friday. He wanted ice cream cake, so I had to figure out who in Dallas makes those. In Minneapolis, I'd hit up a Dairy Queen but those are only wayyyyy out in the country here, and it'd melt before I got it back home! I eventually found one at TBCY and it was way better than one from DQ.

For Henry, we clearly couldn't throw him a party, but we managed to have fun anyway. I baked him his requested cake - a vanilla heart shaped cake with two layers and sprinkles. That was his exact request and lucky for me (and him) I have a heart shaped cake pan! We knew his birthday would be stormy, so we gave him his "big" present a day early. A new red bike. He was a little scared to ride it at first because it's so much bigger than his other bike, but he got the hang of it right away. Then he got to open up the rest of his gifts on his birthday, and I even let him play tag in the house to run off the sugar high from that cake.


Found this company, and it's awesome:
Living Libations was recommended to me in the strangest way! First, one of my followers over on @uncomplicatedlifeblogoils highly recommended it. I love that account and all the people I interact with there! But I didn't have time to look into it before my mind went elsewhere. Several days later, I was watching a IG Live broadcast with two women I really respect and admire. Both of them mentioned the brand! I said, ok, I'm definitely looking into this tomorrow. I ordered toothpaste, and some travel sized skincare items. I love that they offer travel sizes so that you can try the products out without dropping a bajillion dollars! And they have everything, from oral care to deodorant to makeup to sun care and even items for kids. Check them out for sure if you're into natural products or looking to replace some traditional products in your home.

Ditching online homeschool:
Do you know how stressful online learning is when your child can't read and needs to be watched with electronics? Yeah, "remote learning" is an absolute joke for kids under third grade. So, we're not doing it. Henry HATED his classroom Zoom calls, because they were just cluster-you-know-what's of kids screaming and calling out each other's names and it was overwhelming. He'd look at me wide-eyed and say, "Mommy, why is everyone screaming?" Then he'd walk off, uninterested. Fortunately, our school district also sent out packets of workbooks for the youngest kids, and Henry has been doing those (with an interested younger Otto giving him help, too). In fact, many of my friends with young kids like me have also ditched all this online BS. We do some worksheets in the morning, then get outside. Too much screen time for these youngsters. If you're feeling the same way, talk to your teacher and tell them what you will and won't do. They'll work with you!

Here's a small sample of what we have - tons of printables, and kindergarten math and science books too. So much better than micromanaging young kids and technology.


PS - I saw some summer camps on the east coast are looking into "virtual experience" models, and I've never laughed so hard in my life. They know we send our kids to camps to get them AWAY from screens and into the outdoors, right? For hands-on skill learning? Ok, just making sure. Is it just me or are people taking "virtual experiences" way way way too far? I wouldn't be surprised if vacation packages start being sold as "an online experience you can enjoy from your couch!" Ummm, that's not how that works.

Waiting in the wings...
For what will happen with our schools in the fall. And IT IS STRESSFUL. Like I said, online homeschooling a six year old isn't really effective or fun for anyone. This isn't how kids that age learn - or, rather, it isn't the only way they should be learning. They need to be doing, not sitting and watching a screen. Our governor hasn't created any rules or mandates on schools or day cares yet so. We wait. I hate waiting on stressful situations.

That's what's going on around here currently! How's your state re-opening? If it is, are you venturing out or staying home? I haven't gone shopping or hit up a mall yet, but I never really did that anyway so I doubt I'll be doing that anyhow. But eating out at a restaurant with a patio has been a treat. Now if I can just get the confirmation that schools are opening this fall, life will be dandy.