Our Family Wishlist

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I’m working on some clean beauty gift guides for all of your wishlist and giftlist ideas!  But first, I thought I would share our actual family wishlist!  Mine is pretty extensive – I guess I am hoping that Santa will see that I’ve been extra good this year 😉  I’ve divided mine up into categories and I’ve also listed the things that Jonathan and Chapel may-or-may-not find under the tree this year!

CLEAN BEAUTY

a new, natural perfume

the highlight of the day

Osmia Organics Detox Mask and Active Gel Toner from my recent post!

 

FASHION

in ‘Rosewater’, of course!

new year, new sneakers

leopard slides

 

HOUSE + HOME

fresh, white dinnerware

stemless wine glasses

warm + toasty throw blanket

a marble wine chiller

a golden ladle for mulled wine + soups

 

STOCKING STUFFERS:

Pop Socket

beautiful brushes

2018 planner

 

FOR JONATHAN:

Principles of Life and Work Book

new boots

denim

cuff links

stainless protein shaker

a new suit

a tailored shirt

a fresh white shirt

 

FOR BABY CHAPEL:

The Story Orchestra:  The Nutcracker Book

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

The Biggest Story:  How the Snakecrusher Brings Us Back to the Garden

Lizzy the Lioness Book

I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook

Busy Baby Activity Chair

a furry rocker

 

xoxo, Lauren

Shop Small Saturday

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One of my favorite things about the Green Beauty industry is that when you shop the brands, you are supporting small businesses.  These brands have been created from passion for health and transparency in our beauty products.  Not only have the founders carefully selected ingredients to include in their products, but there are some powerful products out there!  I love everything about it.

Here are some of the sales that we can take advantage of for our holiday shopping, while also supporting small businesses!

Fig and Flower is one of my favorite shops, located right around the corner from my house!   You can shop so many of the products that I have posted and loved lately!  They are offering 10% off of $150 or less, 20% off orders over $150 and 25% off $300!  Some of my favorites from Fig and Flower include: Lily Lolo Pure Indulgence Eye PaletteOsmia Active Gel TonerOsmia Nectar Vital Rose Drops

 

The 100% Pure Sale is still going on!  Once you spend $45 in full-priced products, $10 deals are unlocked! I stocked up on my favorite BB Cream and Mascara!

 

I have been using The Eye Achiever from Maya Chia Beauty and LOVING it!! It has really helped my dark circles (new mama!) and fine lines around my eyes. It also helps my eye makeup to go on super smooth!  It’s such a great product- I recommend it for anyone and everyone!  It is a MUST for your Christmas list and makes a great gift!  I am also dying to try the highlight of the day.   Credo Beauty is offering a FREE 7-piece gift with every $100 Purchase!  Use the code:  EVERYTHINGNICE to get your gift!  I also love the One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleanser and Ecobrow Defining Wax.

 

You can also find The Eye Achiever on sale here with at least $100 purchase.

 

Au Naturale Cosmetics is offering 25% OFF of your purchase!  It’s the perfect time to try out their new lip stains!

Happy Small Business Saturday!

xoxo, Lauren

$10 Beauty Deals

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If you have been following me for a while, you know about my love for 100% Pure!  So many of their products have been staples in my makeup bag for a while now!  I am certainly stocking up today because so many of my favorites are just TEN DOLLARS!!!

MY MUST HAVES:

BB Cream – I wear the shade Aglow.  I have been obsessed with this product for a long time now.  The downside is that there’s only 3 shades.  The upside is that they are full coverage, dewy perfection.  Not to mention, SPF!!

Creamy Long Last Liner – I love the shade Blackest.  I have had my pencil forever and it has not dried out.  WIN.  It glides on super smoothly.  WIN.  It is pure black (not some greyish-blueish black).  WIN.  $10.  WIN.

Maracuja Mascara – All day, every day.  Literally.  The only mascara that I wear.  And it smells like blueberries soooo..

CAN’T WAIT TO TRY:

Brightening Night Balm – I have the Retinol balm and it is SO GOOD.  I imagine this one is too…

Lip Caramel in Red Velvet – I am pretty sure that I need this crimson color for the holidays.  The Lip Caramels are super hydrating.

Yerba Mate Mist SPF 30 – Just in case the Mister decides to whisk me away for a tropical winter vacay…

I hope you enjoy these deals/steals as much as I do!!  You have to spend $45 in full price products to unlock the $10 deals.  (I recommend this palette!)  Placing my order now..

xoxo, Lauren

 

Haircare with Max Green Alchemy

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There are only a few green haircare lines that have really worked for me and I have to say, I am really happy with this Max Green Alchemy Shampoo + Conditioner.  My scalp (and really all of my skin) tend to get really dry in the cold weather months.  Dry scalp comes with some less than desirable effects, but I tend to ignore my dry scalp because the conventional shampoos are so chemical-ridden.  Not to mention, they are not exactly good hair day tools.

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The Max Green Alchemy line has proven to help not only my scalp, but also the look and feel of my hair!  I am a huge fan!  I have had the softest hair lately and much less of the scalp itchy-ness.  The conditioner provides great, lightweight moisture too.

If that sounds anything like your hair needs, then I definitely recommend that you give this line a try!  (My beautiful, blonde husband agrees!)

Also.  It smells like a spa.

Soft hair.  Nourished scalp.  Spa time.

What else can we ask for in a shampoo and conditioner?

Let me know what you think!

xoxo, Lauren

Osmia Organics

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I love when my fave local green beauty store, Fig & Flower, hosts events with their clean beauty brands.  It’s pretty amazing/dangerous that I live in the same neighborhood as this great boutique that carries some of the best brands in clean beauty.  I literally walked out of my front door and around the corner the other night for an event with the founders of Osmia Organics and Clove + Hallow.  It was such a fun night- both founders shared the story behind their brands and why they are passionate about clean beauty.  They also got to show off their amazing products – we did facials with Osmia and played with all of the colors from Clove + Hallow!  I loved hearing the hearts and inspiration behind the brands.

I will certainly be posting my review of Clove + Hallow in the future, but I just HAD to share with you all immediately about the amazing skin that I woke up with yesterday from my facial with Osmia Organics!!  Sarah, the founder of Osmia, flew in from Colorado and led us through a complete skincare routine.  I had to maintain some serious self control to not leave with every single product I tried, but I did leave with a few and I cannot wait to tell you about them!

I had never even tried the brand before but I am most certainly a HUGE FAN now!  I woke up the next day to the smoothest skin that I have seen in a while.  I honestly forgot that my skin could look this good!  It was really nice to be able to look in the mirror and feel like I looked refreshed (which is extra amazing when you are a new mama), rather than seeing skin that lately, I was just trying to ‘accept.’  

I left with three products, two purchases and a Lip Doctor that was a ‘gift with purchase’ at the event (and my husband has already claimed it as his own…).  I really wanted the complete skincare routine that I used that night, but I decided to leave with the products that most needed at home – moisturizers!  And the mask that I will absolutely get was sold out.

Here’s the complete line-up of what worked like magic for me:

  1. Cleanse with the Pumpkin Facial Soap – This soap removed my makeup and left my skin feeling smooth, not dry.
  2. Apply Detox Mask – Okay, I could literally feel this mask working.  I swear this is the reason my skin was so even and smooth the next day.  I will own this asap!  It’s best to use it once a week because it is so powerful!
  3. Next, I applied the Active Gel Toner – This is such a unique product!  I had never used a toner that was any other form than a liquid.  This toner was thick and dewy and did something magical when I put it on.  A toner is a middle step that preps your skin before a serum/moisturizer and makeup.  I loved the feel of this product.
  4. The last step was a pro move.  Sarah instructed me to mix the Purely Simple Face Cream (also available here) and the Nectar Vital Rose Drops. The face cream was so thick and luxurious.  And I’m obviously a sucker for anything with rose.  These two were the ones that came home with me.  My postpartum/cold weather/nursing mama skin needed some moisture badly.  These two products (especially mixed) do their job – they soak into the skin just enough to not be heavy, and add enough moisture that doesn’t leave me wanting for more.
  5. Just add a little Lip Doctor or Lip Repair and if you are anything like me, you will be feeling brand new!

I am so happy to have been introduced to not only an amazing brand, but I absolutely loved Sarah (the founder)’s approach to green beauty…and life in general.  She has created some truly beautiful products!  I hope you’ll try them and love them as much as I now do!

If you shop with Fig and Flower, make sure you join their Rewards Program.  I always prefer to shop when I can earn rewards towards future purchases!

xoxo, Lauren

Holiday Event Look

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I received a lot of questions about THIS DRESS that I posted on my Instastories over the weekend.  I absolutely loved everything about this dress – the design was super flattering and the color was perfect for the season!  My dress was in the color ‘pine’ (a dark green) and it’s available in 3 other colors here.  I do recommend sizing up- I had to size up two sizes, from my regular size small to a size large.

I wore the dress to a ‘Black Tie Optional’ wedding in Athens, Georgia.  I really debated how dressed up everyone would be and I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the guests were dressed in Black Tie Attire.  My dress was perfect – the tea-length cut was not too long and not too short.  The hem kicked up when I walked and even twirled when I danced!  I will never say ‘no’ to a dress with twirl!  I paired the dress with these heels, this clutch, and similar earrings.  I also love this dress, this velvet dress, and this jumpsuit for holiday events!

How cute was the Best Man and our sweet baby (baby only made a brief appearance at the reception for pictures and hugs)?!  Chapel’s dress is a vintage find, but this and this are great options!  Her bracelets are June + Penny and her bow is from Kait and Kids.

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My Makeup Look:

Primer:  Honest Co Everything Primer

Foundation:  100% Pure BB Cream in Aglow

Blush and Highlighter:  100% Pure Pretty Naked II Palette

Eyeshadow: Lily Lolo Pure Indulgence Palette

Mascara:  100% Pure Black Tea

Lips: 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick in Pink Canyon

In case you were wondering, I wore this skirt in navy, this top in navy, these earrings, similar shoes and similar jacket to the rehearsal dinner at LRG Provisions!

Happy Holiday Dressing!

xoxo, Lauren

Credo Sale Favorites

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Credo is having a Friends and Family 20% OFF SALE!!!  But HURRY!  It ends today, 11/5!  This is the chance to stock up on some clean beauty for Winter and the upcoming holidays!

You also receive 3 FREE SAMPLES and FREE SHIPPING over $50!  You can also sign up for their REWARDS program to earn money towards future purchases!  If you miss the sale, use my special LINK to get 10% OFF of your first purchase!

Here’s what I ordered:

Lily Lolo Pure Indulgence Eye Palette – This palette is brand new for Fall and I think I will actually use every single shade on it!

EcoBrow Defining Wax in Penelope – I have been dying to try this product to fill in my brows and getting it at 20% OFF is a WIN!  Credo has a great description for each shade on their site, so you can be sure to pick the color that works for you!

SOME OF MY FAVORITES:

One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleanser and Makeup Remover – One of my forever favorites!  It cleanses makeup and impurities – no need for a separate remover!  And incredibly moisturizing!  Great for Winter!

One Love Organics Vitamin C Brightening Facial Serum –  I use this every morning and night for extra nourishment and GLOW!

CHRISTMAS LIST:

Josh Rosebrook Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner – I have heard incredible things about this line!

GOOP Replenishing Night Cream – A miracle worker!

Let me know what you end up ordering in this awesome sale!!

xoxo, Lauren