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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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Product Review: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the universe is really good at reminding you to take your own advice? Here’s my recent proof: I just got a big dose of “told you so” from myself, via this post on the common ways we sabotage our skin. Guess what? I was guilty. I knew all those rules, and yet somehow I still thought I could overexfoliate and use acne products too harsh from my skin to beat it into submission — even though my complexion was giving me so many signs that it was overly dry and irritated. (See numbers 3, 4, and 8 on my list. Nice going, Aleigh.)

Happily, I was offered a chance to try a new facial serum*, and it came at the perfect time — just as I was remembering all over again why I fell in love with facial oils and serums in the first place. They are so healing, and literally all skin types can benefit from the right one.

Read on for my review of Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter!

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Natural Beauty + Labor Day Sales = Everybody Wins


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If you need to stock up or you’ve been looking for an excuse to test out some new products, this weekend just might be the perfect excuse. Reason: Labor Day sales! You work hard, so treat yo self.

30% off all Pomme D’Or Swiss Apple Stem Cell Cleansing Lotions, Serums and Creams at Be Natural Organics with code APPLE

20% off all orders $125+ at Naturopathica with code LABORDAY2016

Friends & Family Sale: 25% off everything at 100% Pure

Relaunch Sale! 30% Off at Spirit Beauty Lounge

Free shipping on everything at W3ll People

25% off at Au Naturale Cosmetics with code WORKIT 

20% off Little Barn Apothecary with code COOLERNIGHTS

BOGO at Acure Organics (through the end of the month!)

20% off at Joy Provisions with code LABORDAY20

Have you discovered a great natural beauty Labor Day sale? Share in the comments and I’ll add it to the list! 

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Out, Out Damn Spot! 6 Natural Brightening Treatments

Natural Brightening TreatmentsI have two friends who recently requested natural product recommendations to help combat melasma spots. One developed the dark spots on her face during pregnancy (totally worth the trouble). The other received them as a fun surprise side effect from a new, insurance-prompted birth control switch (not awesome).

There’s no one-treatment-fits all approach to any skin condition, especially one like melasma that has several potential causes, so it’s important to pay attention to what ingredients generate the best results for your skin — and which ingredients are irritating or ineffective on you. I’ve done the research in the hopes of helping out some friends, but I’m happy to share the results with you as well!

Here are six natural, organic, and nontoxic brightening treatments to help fade dark spots and even out skin tone. (Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)

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9 Surprising Ways You Sabotage Your Skin

Miranda Kerr photo by Eva Rinaldi

If you want that supermodel glow like Miranda Kerr, don’t make these skin mistakes.

If you have blemish-prone skin, you probably already practice good skin habits. But even if you wash your makeup brushes regularly and never go to bed without washing your face, chances are there are things you’re doing — or not doing — that have an impact on your complexion.

Pro tip: If remembering to wash your face before bed is an issue for you, stash some natural face-cleansing cloths on your nightstand. (I like these unscented cleansing towelettes from Acure Organics.) Easy peasy for those nights when you crash and then realize you still need to wash your face!

Here are nine ways you could be sabotaging your complexion without even realizing it. 

(Please note: This post contains an affiliate link, which means I could earn some money — at no cost to you — if you click on it. View my full disclosure here.)

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