New Faves in Green Beauty (+ A Fab Giveaway!)


I have some new loves to share with you on this lovely Monday. (Oh, and psst, I’m giving away one of each of the above items, care of Joy Provisions, which I will tell you about in a bit!)

Ilia Beauty has been one of my favorite green beauty brands since I started this whole transition to natural thing, and the brand recently came out with a line of SPF products, including the Radiant Beauty Balm SPF 20 and some great tinted lip conditioners with SPF 15, just in time for summer.

I decided to put together an easy, approachable look using a few of these products, as well as my favorite Lily Lolo Bare Eye Palette.


First off, let’s talk about the Radiant Beauty Balm in All Your Gold. Loving this! It’s like a primer with very subtle pearl pigments to make the skin look luminous while evening out the skin. Ilia says you can combine this with foundation, but I really liked wearing it on its own. I’m wearing it in all the photos below. For those of you who want a tiny bit of coverage with a luminous finish, you would love this.

Next up. the Lily Lolo Bare Eye palette.


Ooh, this is fave because the shadows give a nice sheen, but do not have any glittery specs of mica, which I detest. (Just to be clear…there is mica in the shadows, but it is very finely milled, so the overall effect is a sheen, not glittery.) There are also a few matte shades as well, which is a nice mix. Looking at the palette from left to right, my favorite shadows (and the ones I’m wearing in the photos) are #2, #4, and #5.

Onto the lips!



Odds and Ends


1. What’s your Myers-Briggs personality type? ISFJ over here…but I didn’t know my type’s love language before I found this. Very interesting.

2. Putting your kids to bed early makes them smarter, happier, and fitter. In full agreement.

3. Did you read the article by Woody Allen’s son? That kind of silence isn’t just wrong. It’s dangerous. It sends a message to victims that it’s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we’ll overlook, who we’ll ignore, who matters and who doesn’t. We are witnessing a sea change in how we talk about sexual assault and abuse. But there is more work to do to build a culture where women like my sister are no longer treated as if they are invisible. It’s time to ask some hard questions. Great read.

4. Yes, outgoing introverts exist. I am one of them.

5. Oh, you guys. This is fantastic. Why some of us don’t have one true calling.

6. Study after study confirms it. Meditation and yoga can completely morph the human brain.

7. The white wall controversy. Are you a fan? Our entire house is painted white.

8. Did you see this Academy of Sciences report about GMOs not posing a threat to human health? Before you roll your eyes, you might want to take a look. It’s a solid report.

9. THIS IS SO ME RIGHT NOW. Parents – beginning of school year vs. the end.

10. Oh yeah, that whole transgender bathroom thing that’s SO dangerous? Turns out more Republican politicians have been caught in bathroom sexual misconduct than transgender folks. Innnteresting.

11. Angelina Jolie is a class act. Love this speech about her decision to be of service.

12. The perfect off-the-shoulder top. So lovely.

13. Hahaaa. These texts from a dad to his wife about toddler car vomit had me cry-laughing.

14. And speaking of cry-laughing, these fake obituaries written by a mother about her 20-something daughter are hilariously brilliant.

Happy Friday to you all. Hope your weekend is fantastic!

image credit: ruth shively


A Green Beauty Highlighter Showdown



Ladies, I love myself a little highlighter now and again. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a bonafide strobing aficionada or anything, but a little dab of highlighter on my cheekbones, inner corner of eyes, and cupid’s bow can take me from blah to luminous in less than a minute.

There are a fair amount of safe, natural highlighters out there, so I decided to look at the 5 that I’ve seen and heard the most about over the past year or so.