Looking back on this past year, I can say 2018 has been one of my favorites: my acne flare ups became a distant memory (thus why the category has been removed this year); pregnancy and the birth of Chloe showed me the joys of motherhood – and the need for clean, efficacious and safe baby products; and while dry/dehydrated skin and perioral dermatitis persisted, I found a rhythm of gentle skincare products to help with both giving me my best skin to-date! Typically, I reserve this best-of list for year end, but it always seems to hit at an inopportune time after…

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(Above – our three month old baby, Chloe! *Tear…it’s going so fast.) As a first-time parent, getting ready for all of your new baby’s needs is overwhelming. There’s so much to think about, so much to buy, so much to prepare for. I thought I had everything down (which I explain in my post “Your Ultimate Newborn & Registry Guide 2018”) but funny enough, the one area I ended up not being prepared for and having to figure out as I went along was organic baby skin care. Before we had our baby, I didn’t realize how important and frequent bath time…

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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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After years of struggling to get pregnant (read about my pregnancy story here), it finally happened. My at-home pregnancy test read positive! I jumped for joy when I read that plastic little stick. Standing in my bathroom staring at that stick is a moment I’ll never forget and one that seems so long ago now that I’m in the middle of my second trimester. (Due May 2018 with a girl!) I can honestly say becoming pregnant has been the best thing to ever happen to my life, and simultaneously the worst thing to ever happen to my skin. Okay, FINE, I exaggerate;…

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There is a depth and wisdom to Lina Hanson, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Lina Hanson skincare, that belies her youth. And after hearing her story I see immediately where such wisdom and vibrant energy comes from. The well travelled skincare founder opens up whole heartedly about her  story, that includes loss and mystery, and explains how an appreciation for nature, animals and people are all components of her gorgeous skincare line. Lina’s energy vibrates through her products, which I cover in an earlier review. But for more on how this Swedish, Pakistani woman hopes to help women rediscover and embrace their natural…

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