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odds and ends

1. Um, Lenny Kravitz’s 55-year-old abs. You’re welcome.

2. Return of the perm. My natural wave looks just like a perm so I should be happy? (I’m not.)

3. Year-long road trip for those of you who want 70-degree weather every day.

4. Woohoo! Right now, spend $125 at Beautycounter and receive a free summer sun set! (Set includes 3 oz sunscreen mist and 1 oz sunscreen lotion…these are favorites of mine.)

5. “Wow.” Love this video of a young boy moved by an orchestra.

6. There are Tinder profile coaches now. I kind of want this job.

7. Lady runs just like a horse. How and why, pray tell.

8. Most popular hairstyles of all time.

9. Half-yearly sale at Nordstrom right now. These are so good.

10. Game of Thrones men ranked as sandwiches. I’m on board.

11. Fried food kills you. Didn’t we already know this?

12. OMG. This swarm of bees follows car for 2 days to rescue the queen trapped inside.

13. 12 of my all-time fave beauty picks.

14. White sands are so beautiful.

15. I don’t think a female president is electable considering the last one only got THREE MILLION more votes than her opponent. Heh.

16. Always loved Keanu Reeves. Good article.

17. 84 degrees near the Arctic Ocean this week. Hold me.

18. Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. Always a good reminder as we approach summer.

19. Massive study shows that the effects of social media on young adults might not be so horrible.

20. The pleasures of eating dinner early. I’m a fan. Or I’m just old.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! School’s out for us so we are just kicking it summer-style.

image credit: nicola jane creative 

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Best All-Around Green Beauty Picks

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and Aillea is jumpstarting the fun today with 15% off your total purchase with the code memorial2019! I thought it would be apropos to share my very favorite products at Aillea with you today so you can get a nice little discount. Promotion is already happening (May 23-27), so let’s get this party started.

Innersense Inner Peace Whipped Cream Texturizer – Just started using this texturizer this year and I am in love! If you are looking for that last finishing step to create a little definition and texture, this is for you. Bonus that it smells so dang good.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush – You know I’ve talked about these blushes before in detail, but let me just remind you that Sun Touched and Blossoming are SO GOOD for spring and summer. Sunkissed is my summer go-to staple and I get compliments all the time.

RMS Blush Brush – This is the ONLY brush I will use for cream blushes. It creates the most lovely, diffused glow without any obvious stripes or heaviness. You will not be looking like a clown when you use this brush.

Olio e Osso Tinted Balms – Lit from within transparent glow. I have so many shades of these balms and they are the easiest thing to apply ever. You don’t even need a brush with these…just swipe on your cheeks and blend with your finger. I wrote about my favorite shades here.

Vapour AER Deodorant – As we are headed into the summer months, are you happy with your deodorant? The AER deodorant has no competition in my eyes. It is by far the best deodorant in green beauty and I’ve been using it for years.

Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Honolulu – Bronzers make you look like a cheeto? Not this one – it’s brown, not orange, and makes my face look like I’ve spent a weekend in Tulum. Must-have.

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – Oh, how I love this exfoliating cleanser. I’ve tried to move on, but I always come back to using this in the mornings. The perfect, gentle exfoliator for all skin types.

Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil – – I’m not even going to start with this one. Just google search “whoorl maya chia oil” and get comfortable. Have been using this every day for years.

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara – Sammi from Hullo Sam turned me onto this mascara and I’ve used nothing else for the past two months. Long, full lashes with absolutely no flaking or smudging.

Clove + Hallow Conceal and Correct Concealer – Love love love this concealer. As I enter my mid-forties, I’ve noticed many concealers creep into my fine lines and generally make the undereye area look dry and meh. This one does not – I wear shade 2 for brightening under my eyes and shade 3 on the rest of my face for blemishes and/or imperfections.

Kosas Lipstick – Best formula in green beauty and how they make the shades so wearable for so many skin tones, I’ll never know. I am wearing all the shades in this post.

Kjaer Weis KW Red Lipstick – Kosas is my all-time favorite lipstick brand, BUT if I had to pick one lipstick to wear for the rest of my life, it would 100% be KW Red by Kjaer Weis. It is just the most classic strawberry red I’ve ever seen. Here I am wearing it. Always feel like a million bucks when I wear this shade.

(A few more must-haves in my book but aren’t included in the 15% off promotion are Kypris Antioxidant Dew, Josh Rosebrook Active Enzyme Exfoliator, May Lindstrom The Problem Solver.)

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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Odds and Ends

1. The Gen X mess. Loved scrolling through these memories.

2. Speaking of, moderately motivated Gen Xer for hire. Ha.

3. But wait…are you secretly a millennial? What in the hell is a Xennial?

4. Elizabeth Warren takes a “hard pass” on Fox News. Love her.

5. Did you see Bill Nye take it next level on global warming?

6. Wow, even televangelist Pat Robertson says Alabama took it too far in terms of the abortion laws. #bizarro

7. Well, this sums it up right here. It’s all about control and power.

8. Have you heard of virtual kidnapping? So freaky.

9. Love this exhibition. Challenging the notion of aging, beauty, and perfection.

10. Therapy dogs are the best. I’m not crying, you’re crying.

11. Are we all making parenting harder than it needs to be?

This week has been a doozy. Wishing you a relaxing weekend.

image credit: jules tillman