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It’s coming…

It’s official: I’m working on our annual natural and organic beauty holiday gift guide! The holidays are going to be extra-special for me this year, so I’m working to make sure our third annual Holiday Gift Guide is, too.

Yes, I realize it’s only September. In my defense, it takes weeks to put this guide together every year, and I’ve got big plans!

I’d love your feedback. What gifts stump you every year? What do you look for from our gift guide? What have you found helpful in the past? —Aleigh

(Image: Osamu Kaneko; Text added by moi!)

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Link Love: Island Time

Lucky me, I got to spend a long weekend at a not-yet-opened but beautiful, sustainably-minded resort on Staniel Cay in the Bahamas! There was plenty of snorkeling, boating, exploring, and adventuring. (Side note: Traveling when pregnant—especially to a tiny island in the middle of nowhere—is quite an experience.)

It was gorgeous there, and I’ll be sharing a few natural beauty tips from the islands with you next week. But in the meantime, I’ll leave you with this image of crystal clear water (don’t you want to just dive in?!), and a few great links. —Aleigh

I really loved this story about wedding day yoga from the latest issue of one of the magazines I edit—and I also happen to think this yoga series is great for calming any stressful day.

I’m not a fan of hand sanitizer, and my reluctance to use it just keeps getting reinforced. (Moms, tell me: Is my opinion on this going to change once I have grubby baby hands to deal with?)

Is your summer makeup melting? Here’s a great post from Whole Foods about how to heat-proof your makeup.

I have tried this natural technique for getting rid of fruit flies, and I can officially say that it works! If you’ve got an infestation on your hands from all of that great summer fruit, try it.

Apparently there’s a potential link between BPA and anxiety. This is news to me, but I already do my best to avoid BPA (even though it’s everywhere).

What are you reading+enjoying this week?

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Closing sale at Vegan Beauty Market

After two years in business, Vegan Beauty Market recently announced that it will be shutting down. I’m sad to have one less place to buy natural beauty goodies on the web, but in the meantime, I wanted to point out that all of their remaining inventory is currently on sale.  So if you’ve had your eye on something…now may be the perfect time to snap it up! —Aleigh

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Trend Alert: Natural Colored Mascaras

Prevention says colored mascara is back. (Check out their simple how-to-wear-it guide.) And there are plenty of natural mascaras to choose from if you want to get in on the trend. Enjoy! —Aleigh

Dr. Hauschka Volume Mascara in Aubergine, $28.90

Nvey Eco Volumising Mascara in Blue, $12.50

Zuii Organic Certified Organic Flora Mascara in Emerald and Lapis, $27.95

Couleur Caramel Mascara in Plum and Blue, $24.25

100% Pure Pigmented Mascara in Blackberry and Blueberry, $18

(Image via Idhren)

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Natural Beauty Guide: Austin, Texas

A dear friend (and I+C reader!) put together a natural beauty city guide to her adopted hometown of Austin, Texas for Indigo+Canary, and I’m thrilled to share it here today. Read on for a look at how Austin gets beautiful—naturally.

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