Discovering innovative beauty brands is what beauty bloggers like myself liiiiiiiiive for! Long gone are the days of big beauty brands dominating the landscape (Estee Lauder, who?), now, it’s all about clean ingredients and a smart new approach to skincare/makeup, and small brands are proving capable of achieving these fetes far better than the big guys. So, with discovery on my mind, I ventured downtown to the Indie Beauty Expo LA 2018 yesterday to mingle with my fellow beauty bloggers, meet brand founders and learn about the latest in beauty! Below I highlight a few of the interesting product offerings I came…

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Detox Market’s newly launched monthly subscription box is a MUST for 2018 if your goal is to cut back on beauty spending (I know that’s one of mine…). You’ll receive each month, for as low as $39.95 per month, the clean beauty retailer’s best selling products for more than 50% off!? The January box they sent me to review had a retail value of $95 and it contained two products I have become absolutely smitten for – a full size Tammy Fender Epi-Peel and a travel size of the Tammy Fender Rose Toner. Starting in January, Detox’s monthly boxes are going to…

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As the year comes to an end, I look back on all I’ve struggled with and overcome: a receding hairline and hair loss; intense perioral dermatitis flare ups; annoying acne; and dry/dehydrated and irritated skin. While there were many lows, there were also a lot of highs. And many of those highs were due to finding efficacious, nontoxic, green products to help ease me back towards healthy skin. Therefore, as we wrap up this year, I decided to outline down below in seven categories, including Dry Skin, Acne, Dermatitis, Brightening, Hair, Body, and Eye + Lip + Neck my favorite products from 2017…

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Dewy, radiant, youthful – it’s what we all strive for with makeup. To look enhanced and never overdone. The key to achieving this, IMO, is the right blend of cream and powder highlighters! You want the light to reflect in just the right places. The shades to contour those cheekbones. And a flash of flushed color to give the glow of pubescent days. All this can be easily had with a few swipes and a light dusting from Kosas’ new Color & Light highlighter and bronzer palettes. Like their line of creamy, hydrating, and long-lasting lipsticks the brand launched last year, these…

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When I flip through my memory’s library pausing at volumes on childhood or first loves, the images are fuzzy. The visual details feel obscured and out of reach, but visceral scents tied to those memories reverberate strongly. Like the time when I was five, my older sister pushed me in our wagon down the hill at the neighborhood block party and I violently tumbled out scraping my knees bloody. I can recall neither the terror I’m sure was on her face, or the pain I felt from my open wounds. What does feel salient is the scent of fresh cut grass, the…

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