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Odds and Ends

1. My friend Gabrielle wrote the most incredible piece on abortion. Did you see it?

2. No words. This image will be burned into my brain.

3. Aphid shit is a thing. And it’s all over my car.

4. Have we created a tree monster?

5. I am perfectly happy exclusively wearing this lip gloss until my last day on earth.

6. Everything you know about obesity is wrong.

7. The Kavanaugh hearings are literally making me ill. #boyswillbeboys #stomachachefordays

8. Things we can do at the exact same time. Brene is always on point.

9. I mean, maybe we should listen to her?

10. Okay, this particular round-up has been kind of a downer, but here’s a little perk. You know my favorite beauty box, Beauty Heroes? Full post to come next week, but I curated one of the September discoveries for them! How fun is that? Mine contains Maya Chia goodies and is only $59. You can check it out here!

11. Speaking of green beauty, I’m so excited about this week’s Selfie episode where I interviewed one of my favorites, Dr. Sarah Villafranco! We chat about aging gracefully, exercise, and she busts some beauty myths. Loved this interview.

Happy Friday! We’ll be spending the weekend in Austin. Send some good vibes that the outdoor concert I’m attending on Saturday night doesn’t get rained out! #itsmyfavoritebandever

image credit: laura berger

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Best of the Best: Fitglow Beauty Lip Colour Serums

The Best of the Best is a series showcasing my favorite, tried-and-true, go-back-again-and-again green beauty brands. Being a beauty blogger, I’m in a constant state of flux with skincare and cosmetics, as I’m always trying new products. However, these brands are always in my rotation and are worthy of my highest recommendation.

from top to bottom: Go, Buff, Nudie, Liv, Root

I am such a fan of Fitglow Beauty. From their Redness Rescue Cream, which is a godsend to those with redness/rosacea/sensitivity, to their Conceal + (a full coverage concealer sent straight from the undereye gods), I am so on board with the products and philosophy of this company.

However, there is one product that is legitimately coveted by yours truly. We’re talking Holy Grail here. I simply cannot live without the Lip Colour Serums.

left to right: Go, Buff, Nudie, Liv, Root

These lip serums are so much more than lip gloss. They plump, they hydrate, they make my lips look impossibly fuller. And the scent? Straight from vanilla mint heaven. Never sticky or too “glossy,” they feel absolutely amazing on the lips. I truly can’t say enough about these serums.

So how do these serums make my lips so dang soft and lovely? Well, they are made with Organic Pomegranate Plant Sterols, Beet Extract, Vegan Collagen, and antioxidants that help improve lip cell structure and health, as well as diminishing fine lines. (Which this 43-year-old very much appreciates.) Organic pomegranate sterols penetrate lips and hold double their weight in water to increase hydration, improve moisture barrier function, and enhance lip fullness. Vegetable micro collagen is fundamental to maintaining the structure firmness and plumpness of lips, and Organic beet extract improves lip circulation to promote detoxification and plumpness. And what about this plumping? How does it happen exactly? Well, it occurs due to a combination of organic phospholipids from bio ferment extracts that naturally plump the lips without irritation. The moisture in our skin causes these vessels to swell, resulting in a minimized appearance of fine lines and increased lip fullness.

BAM. Plump lips ahoy.

My two most-loved colors? It’s tough, but I I would have to say…

Buff – a creamy, toffee nude

Nudie – creamy cool pink nude

I adore those two, although Root comes in a very solid 3rd. I love Root’s deep, earthy nude color. It’s the darkest of the shades I have, but still looks impossibly chic day and night.

However, Buff and Root are limited edition colors for Fall so you need to grab yours before they are gone for good! Right now, you can purchase the Fall Lip Colour Serum Duo – I think these two colors are a great way to get to know the lip serums. The two shades are so wearable and also very neutral – they look beautiful on a variety of cool and warm skin tones.

Also! Use the code WHOORL15 for 15% off your order. You will absolutely love these lip serums. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

Other posts you might like:

My favorite Fall makeup look.

Why every woman should wear red lipstick.

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MUN Aman Protect + Revive Moisturizer

MUN Aman Moisturizer

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about a skincare product launch. It’s absolutely no surprise that I adore the entire lineup by MUN. I’ve written about the products more times than I can count as they consistently hold a spot in my daily skincare routine. (Here’s an in-depth review of the oil-based cleanser, serum, and toner.) Would the MUN Aman Moisturizer be yet another favorite?

It’s almost like Munemi (the founder of MUN) read my mind because the newest product, Aman, is truly the moisturizer of my dreams. The moisturizer was sent to me pre-launch so I’ve been using it for a month or two and I have to say, BRAVO. Aman is described as a “gel cream” and is formulated with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, and Australian desert fruit extracts. This protective moisturizer improves the skin’s barrier function and increases moisture to effectively brighten, while boasting anti-aging and anti-pollution benefits.

I love using oils on my face, but sometimes I crave something a little creamier. Listen, I was raised in the 80s – it was all about Oil of Olay and Pond’s Cold Cream, and erroneous or not, I correlate intense hydration with a light-colored cream. What can I say? It’s in my DNA! So, up until 4 or 5 years ago, all I really knew to use on my face was a lotion or cream. Then I made the switch to oils and oil-based serums and saw such an improvement in my skin, but always quietly wished for an oil-cream hybrid.

Well, it’s here and it’s simply amazing. This is one of those products that I can’t imagine not having in my life. It moisturizes, it smoothes, it smells lovely and fresh, AND it doesn’t leave any sort of tacky/sticky residue. I have tried a few green facial serums that could be described as a “gel-like” in texture, and all of them have felt so sticky on my skin. (We all know I have a claustrophobic face! Can’t stand when my skin feels like it can’t breathe, people! #letmeout)

MUN Aman Moisturizer review

This is the perfect last step in your skincare routine. Need a little extra hydration? Use Aman. Feel like you’re missing something after applying your serum? Aman is your guy. Wanting an extra layer as we enter the cooler, drier months? HELLO, AMAN. It fits right in with MUN’s idea of minimal effort, maximum glow.

I am so excited to have this in my arsenal. If you decide to add it to yours, don’t forget to use the code WHOORL for 15% off your order! As always, hit me up with any questions.

Other posts you might like:

My favorite Fall makeup look.

Why every woman should wear red lipstick.