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Maximize the benefits of beauty sleep

My latest Beauty roundup for Breathe magazine is out! In this issue, I gathered up a few great nighttime treatments, along with a tip on how to fake a good night’s sleep (which I will be putting to use this morning).

I’ve written about the importance of beauty sleep here on Indigo+Canary before—adding one (or more) of these products to your nighttime routine will give your body’s natural renewal processes a boost, while you snooze away.

Do you have a special routine at night to help your skin and hair stay healthy? —Aleigh

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Natural Beauty Q&A: Chanee of Melongings

Chanee is a (lovely!) friend of mine who is also a talented blogger and designer–and passionate about sustainability. Her design blog, Melongings, is one of my favorites, and I covet her new line of handprinted, eco-friendly textiles. Then I discovered she also uses natural and organic products, and now I officially want to be Chanee when I grow up.

Read on to take a look at her approach to natural beauty.

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Bee Lovely: Our favorite honey products

 Image via Siona Watson on flickr

Honey’s a sweet treat for your skin–but you don’t have to go to the farmers market, buy a jar of pure, local honey and whip up a batch of DIY beauty treatments to reap the benefits. (Although I think that’s lots of fun, too.) Instead, look for honey and other bee-lovely things like beeswax or royal jelly on the ingredients list. We’ve pulled together a few options to try for your face, body, hair and makeup routine. Happy Honey Month!


Clockwise, from left: Natural Being Manuka Honey Eye Cream, Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer, Naturopathica Lavender Honey Balancing Mist, Nature Bioactive Berry White Peat Exfoliant

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Beauty obsession: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

True story: I’ve been using Burt’s Bees lip balm since high school. Back then, I couldn’t have cared less about whether the products I used were natural or synthetic–my beauty regimen consisted of anything I liked that was cheap, or which department store beauty counters had a gift with purchase.

If you’d handed me a tube of something and said, “Hey Aleigh! I found this great new stuff that’s supposed to shrink your thighs…but also might turn your skin a nasty shade of green,” I doubt I would’ve hesitated before slathering it on. (Thinner thighs, yes please.)

But now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I am starting to see how some of the decisions I made as a stupid teenager who did not appreciate her flat stomach have had an impact on my skin later on. For starters, I should’ve worn more sunscreen.

Fast forward…several…years later, and Burt’s Bees is still on heavy rotation in my beauty mix. Especially their newish tinted lip balms. I’m officially hooked.

$7, (Image via Burt’s Bees)

This stuff is really great. It goes on with a hint of color, even in the reddest shade, and instantly moisturizes your pout. I’m almost always wary of lipsticks because I have really full lips, and thick glosses or lipsticks can leave me looking clownish. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of color and moisture this little balm offers without being sticky.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, the details:

  • Six shades, from neutral to deep red offer a subtle hint of color
  • Ingredients include shea butter (for moisture and to protect against aging), beeswax (obviously), coconut oil and rosemary leaf oil
  • $7 each

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