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Odds and Ends

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1. Ohhhh, this kid is in so much trouble.

2. This is important, you guys. SO IMPORTANT. It essentially boils down to this.

3. “If we care about our future as a non-blown-up planet, it’s time to stop treating the Democratic candidate as if she’s barely better than a literal white supremacist.” Another great read regarding HRC. (Also, 58 times. AT LEAST.)

4. Powerful read about women regretting having children.

5. Okay. Fluffy, happy break! Fat cats!

6. One of my top five brands, Joie, is having their Friends and Family event right now. 25% off with JOIEFRIENDS. (I just bought something big.)

7. Also, if you missed yesterday’s post, I’m loving a new (to me) monthly green beauty box.

8. Why women in tech should consider using their initials online. GEEZ. (I guess the author of this article issued an apology for his sexist crap.)

9. Overnight Instagram success? Yeah, don’t buy it. This campaign is an interesting one, though.

10. Okay, kids can be really freaky. Dude! Chills!

11. Finally, how to say goodbye.

Happy Friday to you all! Glad to say it’s finally feeling a bit like fall around these parts.

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Green Beauty Recap – September

Whoah, this month flew by, didn’t it? This month I have some fun finds in green cosmetics and skincare!

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First off, W3LL PEOPLE. Love their Bio Brightener, Bio Bronzer, and the Universalist Multi-Sticks. I mean, come on, I am such a sucker for makeup sticks…they are so easy to apply! I tried a few new shades this month – #8 (Nude Rose), #10 (Nude Berry), and #11 (Nude Peach). And I love them all. Seriously. Didn’t think I would like #11, but it was such a gorgeous sheer wash of peach. So impressed, truly.

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Here are the swatches, which I applied heavily, so you could see the true tones. You can definitely blend these out to a very sheer wash of color, though. These are everyday staples, in my book. My only issue is deciding which one to wear!

Oooh! Ilia Beauty has some new goodies too.

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Ilia Fade Into You Powder and Finishing Powder Brush. This new powder is great for giving a soft focus look to the skin, and doesn’t contain talc. Now, up until a month or so ago, I wasn’t much of a powder fiend, but I have been setting my undereye concealer with powder recently, and I’ve been really happy with the result with this particular powder. Now, the brush was love at first swipe. The soft bristles are made with high-grade, synthetic Taklon, which is an easy-to-clean, cruelty-free material.

But let’s talk lipstick, shall we? Oh my goodness, I tried two of Ilia’s new shades and I am obsessed with both.

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Madam Mina on the left, and Lucy’s Party on the right. Madam Mina is the perfect blush mauve for my pigmented lips. It doesn’t wash me out like most lighter blush colors, and I find myself grabbing it all the time during my day-to-day grind. Lucy’s Party is such a killer oxblood for fall. Check it out.

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A favorite, for sure.

Finally, let’s talk about Petit Vour’s September box. Petit Vour is a monthly cruelty-free and non-toxic beauty box (only $15/month) with great brands, as well as a fantastic online shop!

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This month’s box contained my favorite deodorant brand, Meow Meow Tweet. (Really, peeps. I’ve tried ALL OF THE NATURAL DEODORANTS, TRUST ME.) Love this specific grapefruit-scented one without baking soda, which I alternate with this one. (What can I say…once again, I love sticks.) I don’t use any other natural deodorant brand. Meow Meow Tweet is the way to go.

Also in the box this month: Osea Ocean Cleanser, Odacité Radiance Serum Concentrate, and ADORN Hydrating Cream Foundation in Light/Medium. My favorite of this lot is the Odacité Serum – designed to create radiance, it is made with green tea and lemongrass, and oh my, it smells so good. (I’m a huge lemongrass fan.) You just put a few drops into your facial oil or moisturizer and it gives such a nice glow.

I have been very pleasantly surprised with the Petit Vour box, and will continue to subscribe. If you have any particular questions about this service, hit me up in the comments!

That’s it for this month. Anything new that you are loving in the green beauty realm?

 

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My Guide to Laguna Beach

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I’ve been involved in quite a love affair with Laguna Beach for some time, as many of you have witnessed on my Instagram account and blog over the past decade. It all started 14 years ago, when my boyfriend (now husband) and I were living, working, and freezing our tushes off in Chicago. I recall, on one particularly frigid evening in our drafty kitchen, I looked at him and said (through chattering teeth), “maybe we should move to Southern California.” Two weeks later, we signed a lease on a tiny apartment in Laguna Beach.

We lived in Laguna Beach for a couple of years, then moving on to Corona del Mar and finally Newport Beach, but Laguna has always held a very special place in my heart. However, my love for this town has grown leaps and bounds over the past two years since we relocated to Oklahoma. Due to work commitments (thank you, career!) and family trips, I’ve been back to visit Laguna six times, which has been so lovely.

Any coastal Southern Californian will agree that living and visiting the area are two very different beasts, so the past couple of years have given me the opportunity to experience the town again as a tourist, despite my experience as a local from years’ past. This month, I collaborated with Visit Laguna to create a guide of my favorite Laguna haunts coupled with some unfamiliar, suggested stops. So, sit back (no really, sit down…it’s long), relax, and enjoy my guide to Laguna Beach.

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