For the past two weeks, I have been using nothing but shea butter on my skin morning and night aka “My Shea Butter Experiment.” It sounds easy enough, but for a beauty blogger who is used to a ten-step (or more) routine, using only one product takes serious restraint and laser focus. Before I get into the ‘what’, ’how’ and final results of my experiment, I want to explain the why – specifically – why I decided to conduct this experiment. The WHY Three weeks ago, nothing was alleviating my dry, inflamed skin. I mean, nothing. Temporary relief was possible with layers…

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(Above: Me at 25 weeks pregnant on our babymoon in Maui!) Pregnancy is such a joyous, exciting, and often overwhelming time. There is so much to learn, so much to prepare for and so much to avoid to keep your growing baby healthy – food and beauty-wise. When I got pregnant, all of these “don’ts” were swirling around in my head: don’t eat deli meat, don’t eat sushi, don’t use retinol. The biggies I knew, but figuring out everything that could be potentially harmful to my baby took some time, online digging and talking with friends with kids to figure out. Luckily…

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Your skin is red, inflamed and itchy. It feels sensitive and thin. What the heck happened?! You think back and recall a strong facial, followed by some at-home products with acids and maybe a Clarisonic brush, and then it hits you – oh shit, I’ve over exfoliated my skin. Trust me, I’ve been there too and it’s not fun. This is a common occurrence for many. I can’t even begin to tell you how many DM convos I’ve had on IG discussing with others the struggles of over exfoliated, sensitized skin. But sometimes it happens solely from using at-home products. With people…

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If you’re a fan of green beauty, then you know about Juice Beauty. They were one of the first green beauty brands launching in 2005 back wayyyyyy before it was trendy to be green. At their core, the brand utilizes organic fruit juices that are naturally high in vitamin c, fruit stem cells, peptides and natural essential oils. A lot of brands will eschew using fruit juices (or floral waters) and opt for water instead, but water acts as a filler and can actually leech moisture out of the skin! I love that this line doesn’t use water as a filler, focuses…

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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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