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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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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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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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Product Review: 1000 Roses Color + Correct from Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct Indigo and CanaryIf there’s one Korean beauty product I love most, it’s got to be CC cream. This beautiful little number does everything a BB cream or beauty balm does, but adds complexion-enhancing color correction. It’s essentially a foundation plus moisturizer in one. So if, like me, your skin isn’t quite ready to face the world with just a bit of moisturizer, and you need a little help to get your skin tone balanced and even (and maybe even cover a few blemishes), then a CC cream is your new best friend.

That’s why I could barely contain myself when I spotted Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Color + Correct on the shelf at Earth Fare, one of my favorite health food stores.

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