Review: Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Tis the season for all things pumpkin spice (lattes, candles, uhhhh … spice?). And although fall is my absolute favorite season, I’m not a huge fan of the pumpkin spice trend. There are two exceptions, however.

Pumpkin spice is A-OK with me when it’s in a pumpkin pie (naturally) and also in this Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask ($14.95) from Andalou Naturals.

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I’m Judging (For) You

indigo + canary judging certclean beauty awards

I signed on to be a judge for CertClean’s annual Clean Beauty Awards this year. First, I support CertClean’s mission. (Check out those eligibility requirements!) But, of course, I also love an opportunity to test out new-to-me clean beauty products. I’m like a moth to a flame!

That means I’ll have lots more in-depth reviews headed your way soon … but in the meantime I’ve been testing, testing, testing, and taking tons of notes. (And maybe feeling a little bit stressed about how I’m going to be able to rate these beauties!) But I definitely have some new favorite products, including toners, facial oils, facial mists … and I can’t wait to share.

Have you discovered any new products lately? Please share your faves! 

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Natural Beauty Review: Kosas Cosmetics

Kosas Cosmetics review Indigo and Canary

I’ve written about lipstick on Indigo + Canary many times, but here’s a quick recap: It’s a tough product for me. I have super full lips and often feel like wearing lipstick makes me look clownish. But as I’ve gotten older (and, perhaps, my lips have gotten a little thinner?), I have started to feel like lipstick is the thing that makes me look — and feel! — pulled together. When I’m wearing lipstick, I’m doing the #adulting thing. I feel like a grownup. However, this whole uncertainty about lipstick has a side effect: It also makes me extremely picky. If a lipstick is too drying, it gets tossed. If it doesn’t have the staying power to last through a morning meeting, out it goes. (Side note: As the mother of a toddler, purging things from my home has become a big part of my self-care. Getting rid of stuff feels so good.)

Well, guess what, friends?! I had the chance to take four shades* from Koras Cosmetics out for a test drive, and I’m kind of in love. Read on for the full review!

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Link Love Friday: Thank You, Shine!

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First, congratulations to Megan McQueen for being the winner of the Beautiful You giveaway! Your book will be on its way soon.

Now, if you haven’t heard about this newish text subscription, please allow me to introduce you. It’s called Shine, and it’s a daily text (or series of texts) with uplifting, confidence-boosting messages. It’s … pretty much my new favorite thing. These texts never fail to bring a smile to my face, and I am just in awe of how spot-on the texts are — plus, they often link to really great content. (Nothing shared from Indigo + Canary so far, but I officially have a new goal. Ahem.)

For the record, this is not a sponsored post. I wanted to share Shine with all of you because I know just how easy it is to get caught up in negative self-talk, and I think, especially in the current political climate in the US, it feels like we’re often surrounded by a dark cloud of anger and judgment. It wears on me, and if it’s wearing on you, too, signing up for Shine is a great a daily reminder of how you want to live your life (and help pull you out of that everyone-hates-everyone funk).

I mention balance a lot here, whether it’s about how to make the best choices in cosmetics and body care products for you and your family (weighing all of the factors, from cost to ingredients) or finding the things in life that make you your happiest and healthiest self. Shine helps me keep all those self-love goals in perspective. So here’s my thank-you to its founders for creating something I didn’t know I needed. Click this link to sign up.

Happy Friday, everyone!

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4 Natural Alternatives to Antibacterial Ointment (And Why You Need Them)

natural alternatives to antibiotic ointmentWhen you’re a parent, there’s always something to worry about or lose sleep over. Always. And when you have a little daredevil like I do, it’s sometimes hard to know where the legit concerns end (no running with a fork in your hand, Kid) and helicopter parenting begins (“Wait, don’t climb up the ladder on the playground until I am behind you to break your fall!”).

But even if you put your best helicopter parenting skills to the test, at some point you’re probably going to need (or want) some kind of ointment or balm to soothe your babe’s boo-boos. But before you reach for the triple-antibiotic ointment — you know the one I mean, right?! — take a look at that ingredients list. Then put the box back on the shelf and back away slowly. But don’t worry. I worry enough for both of us (I promise!), and I’m here to help.

Here are three great reasons to trash that little tube of unnecessary ointment, and four natural alternatives to reach for instead.

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