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True Botanicals Sun and Moon Subscription Box

(Full video review of the box here.)

It’s fair to say I’m quite picky when it comes to subscription boxes. Given I receive a lot of beauty products to test out and am already dealing with the guilt of Possessing Too Many Things™, I definitely do not enjoy feeling like I’m being wasteful. My subscriptions at the current moment? Beauty Heroes, Petit Vour, and now, the Sun and Moon Box by True Botanicals.

(Probably a post for another time, but since we are on the subject, I must ask…have you heard of Boxwalla? It’s a curated monthly box that not only focuses on beauty, but books, food, and film. I relate so much to this post from their website and am going to give it a try. Plus, Boxwalla gives you the option to purchase one-time boxes, so you aren’t roped into continual monthly payments/shipments. Will report back because I do appreciate this company’s mission to share more than just beauty products.)

But back to the box at hand! The reason I’m adding the Sun and Moon Box to my repertoire is because it isn’t a “subscription” box in how we’ve come to understand subscription boxes over the past few years –  you know, usually receiving new products that you most likely haven’t tried before that you may or may not enjoy. This is a box that sends your tried-and-true, much-loved True Botanicals products to your doorstep at pre-determined intervals so you never run out.

The delivery choices are 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, or 4 months, and you can change the frequency whenever you want. When your delivery is approaching shipment, True Botanicals will send an email which allows you to change the delivery if you don’t quite need the product yet or you can always bump it up if you are blowing through a product. (Trust me, it happens.)

My two subscriptions? The Nourishing Body Lotion and the Calm Nutrient Mist. Can’t live without these products. (If you’re new to True Botanicals, check out this post for all of my other favorites.) The body lotion makes my skin so soft, and the scent is a perfectly balanced blend of woods and citrus. It’s fresh, my friends, and made with green and white tea as well as green tea oil. I am obsessed with the scent of white tea, so this one is a no-brainer for me.

The Calm Nutrient Mist is totally an unsung hero of the line. I don’t hear a lot of hype for this mist/toner (the toner from the Clear line gets a lot of love), but I’m telling you, if you are rosacea-prone or have sensitive, reactive skin, you will love this mist. It instantly calms my skin, no joke. Made with blue chamomile, algae extract, and Avena oat extract, it is fantastic. I spray this after cleansing, when setting my makeup, or anytime my skin needs a little love. Love.

What gets me the most excited though? It’s the special surprise that comes in the box every month. For example, this month, I received an adorable water bottle by Swell. The surprise gift can be a True Botanicals product or from one of their favorite brands. It’s just such a nice touch and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a surprise?

I’m pretty much sold on this one. My fave products +  a special surprise = happy girl.

Questions about this box or True Botanicals in general? Hit me up in the comments!

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Off Duty Beauty: My #1 Weekend Beauty Pick

Hello, my lovelies! I’m so excited to share this fantastic deal with you. (This weekend only!) I’ve partnered with Beauty Heroes and Vapour Organic Beauty to share my #1 weekend beauty pick, the Vapour Aura Multi-Use Stick.

Now, we all know how much I adore Vapour (all my favorite products are listed here), but when it comes to the weekend, I’m all about quick and easy beauty. QUICK AND EASY. And friends, there ain’t nothing quicker and easier than applying your makeup via stick.

I dish on all the reasons why I love the Aura Multi-Use stick in this video, as well as swatching my three favorite colors.

They are so fantastic, right? Well, drumroll, please. This weekend only, when you spend $70 on Vapour in the Beauty Heroes Store, you’ll receive the Crush, Scandal or Spark Aura Multi-Use for FREE, a $36 value! Enter code CRUSH, SCANDAL or SPARK at checkout to make your selection. Offer valid July 13th-16th, while supplies last. You guys are going to love them, I promise.

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My Favorites for Dry Skin and/or High Altitudes

Hello from one of my very favorite places, Breckenridge, Colorado! My family spends time here every summer so I figured no better time to talk about what I use regularly when my skin is parched from dry and/or high-altitude climates.

For those of you who have visited high altitudes, you probably remember the drill. For the first 48 hours or so, your body is like HELP WHERE DID THE OXYGEN GO PRAY TELL. However, over time, you adjust to altitude…that is, almost everything adjusts. Your skin, hair, and lips? Um, not so much. So when I travel to places like mountain towns, I always bring my tried-and-true dry weather arsenal to keep the hydration to a maximum.

Here are the products I have sitting on the bathroom counter as I type this. And they aren’t just for high altitudes – these also work wonders during the colder, drier seasons and/or for those with chronically dry skin.

SKIN

May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Mask – The only mask I need for mega hydration. Made with honey, clay, and pure plant oils, this mask is so delightful I could eat it. It’s not a mask that dries or pulls, it just gently exfoliates while plumping up your skin something fierce. I sometimes leave this on for an hour if I have time. My skin just glows afterward.

Maya Chia Supercritical Omega-3 Chia Face Oil – My favorite face oil for every occasion – I use this every day of my life, no joke! When my skin is drier, I put 5-6 drops opposed to 2-3. You can use this oil on the most sensitive of skin types, and it’s honestly one of my most highly-recommended products on this blog.

Maya Chia The Highlight of the Day – I am super duper low maintenance when it comes to makeup on summer vacations – usually opting for lip gloss and mascara. (But, let’s be honest, only if I’m feeling incredibly motivated re: the mascara part.) But The Highlight of the Day? Bring it, baby. This highlighter makes my skin super glowing – I dab just a bit on my cheekbones, cupid’s bow, and bridge of my nose and it’s all I need to look well-rested and ready for the day. Plus, it’s not just a highlighter…it’s a serum packed with skin goodness. When I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones, it totally hydrates and diffuses the fine lines around my eyes. Win-win. I have all four colors, but I have to say I’m partial to Afternoon Delight. Peachy pink goodness.

Patyka Almond Blossom Moisturizing Body Milk – First and foremost, this lotion smells like heaven. Secondly, it makes my skin smoother than a baby’s butt. Soaks in quickly too – one of my biggest pet peeves is getting dressed while a film of lotion sits on my skin. Am I the only one?

Ouli’s Ointment – An all-purpose salve, I put this balm on my cuticles, elbows, ends of my hair, etc. It also works as a super subtle highlighter on the face as well!

SUNSCREEN

Honua Malu Protecting Day Cream SPF 30 – Such a great sunscreen for the face. Very hydrating yet not greasy at all, plus it smells like Jasmine. Enough said.

Beautycounter Countersun Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 – I am so thrilled that Beautycounter reformulated their body sunscreen this year. I love this stuff! The continuous mist is perfect – it applies so easily and dries quickly. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and none of the nasty stuff that’s ruining our ocean reefs. (I also use this formula plus the stick formulation on my kids.)

HAIR

Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner – Love this combo when my hair is feeling dry. Smells great and is the most perfect shade of pink. (I know, I know…what does color have to do with it? Nothing, but I JUST LIKE IT OKAY.)

Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control – Another low maintenance part of vacation? My hair. I very rarely blow dry or style my hair on vacation – I just let it air dry with a little bit of this amazing styling cream. (Now, if we could just get the 80s back, my natural waves would be on point. Look out, Tawny Kitaen…)

LIPS

Fitglow Beauty Lip Serum in Nudie – Similiar to how The Highlight of the Day encompasses so many benefits, this lip gloss is so much more than just a gloss. It truly is a lip serum that nourishes and hydrates the lips, all while making your lips the most gorgeous color. Nudie is just perfect – your lips but better x 1,000,000.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask – I use this lip product every night before bed, but apply it both morning and night when in dry climates. This stuff is AMAZING. I have never had flaky, dry lips and I owe it all to this product.

WELLNESS

H. Gillerman Travel Remedy Blend – Get ready for some smell-good, folks! This blend is perfect for helping you to adjust to temperature, climate or time-zone shifts. I love this so much, and the scent is divine. Lemony and fresh. Totally uplifting.

H. Gillerman Tension Remedy Blend – This blend of lavandin grosso and peppermint is crucial in keeping my travel-related migraines at bay. Also, if you have trouble focusing, this stuff is incredible. It sharpens a tired mind and really helps with my headaches. Good stuff.

There you have it. Adore all these products, but would love to hear what you use for dryness and hydration. Let me know in the comments, and as always, I’ll try to answer any questions as well!