Easy 5-Minute Glamorous Birthday Makeup Look

        My attitude towards makeup has shifted so much as I’ve gotten older. Easy, quick, effortless and imperfect is how I like my makeup now. I think there’s something sexy and womanly about imperfect makeup because it exudes confidence. It’s kinda like saying to the world – “I don’t need to try that hard to feel good in my skin” – which is a beautiful thing IMO. So for my birthday this past weekend, I pulled together this easy makeup look in five minutes for perhaps the last “adult fine dining” experience my hubs and I will have for…
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I Used ONLY Shea Butter for Two Weeks – Here’s What Happened

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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8 Skincare Ingredients To Avoid While Pregnant

(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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Are You “Cool” or “Warm” Skin Toned? And Why It Matters When It Comes To …

The beauty industry is a deluge of product launches and new brands at every turn. As a beauty blogger, fatigue is inevitable. But every so often something will come along to shake off the malaise and reignite my passion for beauty. This is exactly what the beauty brand, Kosås, has been able to invoke with its small line of eight lipsticks and six blush palettes. Though barely two years old, Kosås has established fervent fans in both green and traditional beauty circles alike by embodying an antithesis to the beauty climate’s current tone of excess: limited product offerings in essential colors –…
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Foods & Supplements to Take for Optimal Thyroid Health

The thyroid, a little butterfly shaped gland in the neck, can have immense effects on our bodies if it’s not working properly. Dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, weight-gain abnormal menstrual cycles, fatigue, impaired memory – are just a few of the symptoms related to thyroid deficiencies. Synthetic medications to combat these ailments are available (and were the route I ended up taking to rebound my hair loss), but they may not be the right path for everyone. Natural food therapies and supplements are alternatives available to support thyroid health, or can work to complement pharmaceuticals. To discuss this further, I’ve reached…
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