Odds and Ends

1. My most favorite giveaway to-date is on my Instagram page. Winner will be announced on Christmas Eve!

2. Love these women who are embracing their gray!

3. Speaking of embracing gray, I talk all about aging, blogging, and navigating social media in this article.

4. A children’s book for grown-ass men.

5. Wondering if the movie or TV show you are interested in has any connections to someone with allegations of sexual misconduct? You can check here.

6. How to write the perfect thank you note. Timely.

7. 6 apps to stop your smartphone addiction. Also timely.

8. Have you looked at this tax calculator to see how the new tax plan affects you?

9. This year’s wildlife photography award winners. Some really fantastic ones.

10. Funniest parenting tweets of the year. HILARIOUS.

11. To all my MUN lovers, there are several promotions going on right now, but I love the Aknari serum one is great. (Buy full-size, get the travel size free.) For those who love the serum and travel lots, it is perfection. Also, a complimentary Mini Daily Face Essential Set ($55 value) with any $150 purchase. (And don’t forget the code WHOORL to get 15% off!)

12. I think I’m almost convinced that I need a robe to wear around the house. Is this one really that great? (You know me…I’ll be researching this and will let you know.)

13. You guys, this is absolutely frightening. Hoo boy.

14. Iconic Oscar dresses from your birth year. (Although they didn’t have mine. Boo.)

15. On this week’s Selfie podcast, Kristen and I discuss New Year’s resolutions and the Enneagram Type 3, which we both are. Talk about a vulnerability hangover after that discussion…ouch.

Have a wonderful weekend and a very merry Christmas!

image credit: libby vanderploeg


Dusty Rose Tones with Au Naturale Cosmetics

I think we can all agree that my go-to makeup look involves a bold lip, but when I’m wanting something different, I’m usually drawn to dusty pinks and mauves. Something about that teeny touch of brown makes those traditional pinks/mauves less cutesy and definitely more wearable. In fact, I can’t think of a better color to suit all skin tones, as well as giving the nicest flush to the face.

Today’s look is with the help of Au Naturale cosmetics, and if you’re feeling it, stick around for the great offer I’ve got for ya.

The key shades in this look are as follows:

On my cheeks, I’m wearing The Anywhere Creme Stick in Grapefruit, which is neutral gold-pink. What I love about this shade is the subtle addition of gold to the mix. Nothing glittery or sparkly, though…just a lovely understated sheen that completely perks up the face. I see this as the perfect color for every day, and HELLO, stick form. (You know I love my sticks.)

On my eyes, I did a subtle wash of the Super Fine Powder Eye Shadow in Ballet on my upper and lower lids. Ballet is a soft mauve with lavender undertones. I also added the shade Lace to the inner corner of my eyes.

Now, here’s the deal with the powder eye shadows. I always keep it real here, so I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the challenges with these shadows. First off, the pigment is fantastic and the colors are great. But the applicator just does not work. As you can see above, the powder is in a rollerball, and there’s just no way to get an even application with this method. I tried rolling it directly on my eyelid which left streaky results, I tried rolling it on my hand first and applying with a brush, and that was just too messy. And two of the colors, I couldn’t even get the product to come out. Total bummer because I love the shades. However, there is a hack. You can pull the rollerball off the container with pliers and then dip your brush directly into the powder. I really hope Au Naturale addresses this issue, though, because the shadows have so much potential!

Okay, moving on to the best part! I am obsessed with the pairing of the Eternity Lipstick in Innocence (a pinkish nude) with the High Lustre Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit, a simplistic dusty pink. (Seen in the photo above.) This is your lips but better amazingness. So incredibly pretty.

Also, my go-to matte nude lip is also by Au Naturale. The su/Stain Matte Lip Stain in On Pointe is, well, on point. It’s a muted ballet shoe blush, and I love it on my lips. Plus, it’s formulated without animal by-products, synthetic preservatives, nanoparticles, gluten, parabens, fillers, dyes or toxins. It’s 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA.

That’s the thing about Au Naturale. They are clean clean clean. And on top of their incredibly high standards, they are leading the clean beauty revolution, which makes them stand apart. They are both a brand and a cause, the line serving as physical evidence to the consumer that cleaner beauty is possible. The integrity of the line will never be compromised, as it is a pivotal piece in the company’s greater political battle to demand stricter regulation of cosmetic products in the United States. In creating a line of vegan, organic, paraben free & ethical makeup, Au Naturale Cosmetics is opening consumer minds to the importance of transparency & generating demand for continued change.

Right now, Au Naturale is giving an awesome gift with purchase. Spend $50 and receive a free Eternity Lipstick *plus* free shipping. (Sangria and Innocence are my favorite shades.) Um, for a lipstick junkie, it just doesn’t get better than that. (Except that yeah, it kind of does. Use the code whoorl for an additional 15% off. Don’t delay, though! The code is only valid through tomorrow, Tuesday, December 19th.) As always, hit me up with any questions you might have!


Odds and Ends

1. First things first, I fear that many aren’t realizing the enormity of the net neutrality vote yesterday. What you see above could be your reality very soon. Do you want to pay to access Facebook, Instagram or my blog? Do you want your internet provider to decide what you can and cannot see? If not, I highly suggest taking a couple minutes out of your day and clicking here. Congress can still overrule the FCC vote, but they won’t if you don’t speak up.

2. These photos are giving me life!

3. Why older women will rule the world.

4. These dudes had me rolling. If you are looking for a laugh, look no further.

5. SUCH a great resource for those with anxious children.

6. OMG. Funny drunk texts. The ones where they actually answer their own texts are classic.

7. People have been asking me about monthly green beauty boxes that don’t break the bank. Ahem, HELLO. So good.

8. Have you read this short story? Many are talking about it and seem to relate. You?

9. Could probiotics protect kids from the downside of antibiotics?

10. When you are too functional to have your mental illness taken seriously.

11. Love this natural apothecary. All orders over $100 will be gifted this gorgeously scented candle.

12. White women, you are really confusing me lately.

13. Is this the year we turned against social media?

14. Good questions to ask before swiping your credit card.

15. This cat crashed quite a scene.

16. Is your cookware safe?

17. Sharing a secret with you. This is our very favorite candle, and guests ask about it every time they visit. (In the scent Cannabis, and no, it doesn’t smell like pot.)

18. Oh, haha. I have felt this way before.

19. What!? Seattle is crawling with carnivores.

20. No, tell me how you REALLY feel about the Williams-Sonoma catalog.

21. YOU GUYS. The white nonsense roundup. This group is amazing!

22. On this week’s podcast, we are diving into the Enneagram Type 2 and talking about self-care during the holidays.

Wishing you happy weekend full of free access to your favorite websites.