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Link Love Friday

This image has nothing to do with today's post—but it made me smile.

The last few weeks have been busy/challenging/amazing/sad/happy/frustrating and many other adjectives…I could go on. But life is starting to settle back into a (somewhat) normal routine. I’m looking forward to spending more time here with all of you (!!), but in the meantime, I’ve pulled together some great links from other places for today’s Link Love post. Enjoy, and happy Father’s Day weekend! —Aleigh

A look at how argan oil is made and processed.

On multitasking (and why it’s not always a good idea).

Hair dressing (a DIY hair conditioner good enough to eat), from the Whole Foods blog); I’m definitely testing this out tomorrow!

More on phenoxyethanol from Pai Skincare. (I do my best to avoid this ingredient, and I’ve noticed it has been used with less frequency by many otherwise natural companies.)

(Image via szeke cc)

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Bee Lovely: A DIY Honey Facial Mask

I interviewed Julia Compton, the lead esthetician at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, for the latest issue of Charlotte Wedding. She shared her favorite at-home treatment for stressed-out skin: a DIY honey facial mask that’s especially good for combating breakouts.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed, my skin definitely shows it. (And planning a wedding? Can definitely be a stress-fest at times.)

Luckily, Julia’s mask is super easy—all you need is a jar of fresh (preferably local) honey, warm water, a couple of bowls, and a towel. Get the details here.

Do you have a favorite DIY facial treatment? Please share! I’d love to try it. —Aleigh

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Link Love Friday: Controversy

This week I’m pondering a recent study about organic food that’s been getting a lot of attention. I’m sure you’ve heard about it, but just in case you haven’t, here’s the gist: a recent article in Annals of Internal Medicine says there’s little proof that organic foods are healthier than non-organic foods, based on a meta-analysis of existing studies that compared the two. (You can read more about it here.)

The big problem with this meta-analysis, in my opinion, is that people don’t necessarily buy organic foods because they think they’re healthier. Personally, I buy them because I want to minimize my exposure to synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and growth hormones—not because I think an organic carrot has more beta-carotene than a conventionally grown carrot or because I think an organic chicken breast has more protein than its non-organic counterpart. And I think there are many other reasons why people buy organic foods. Which means, to me, this study is fundamentally flawed. (Apparently I’m not the only one who has problems with it—check out this post from Organic Authority for a completely different point of view.)

I heard a great, thoughtful discussion about this study on NPR last week, and I’ll share it here as soon as I can find the link—but in the meantime, have you heard about this study? Do you buy organic food? Will you change your buying habits because of it?

Here’s what else I’ve been reading+enjoying lately:

  • The nail polish debate rages on, and the ladies at No More Dirty Looks (as per usual) have my favorite take on it. I’m sort of in between the No. 1 and No. 2 categories, although I’m starting to flirt with the No. 3 category. I agree that there isn’t really a nail polish out there that’s truly clean. But I also love getting pedicures, which is why I do sometimes include nail polish in the roundups I write for Indigo+Canary. Where do you fall in this debate?
  • Crunchy Betty shared a lot of great, simple pimple home remedies. My favorite? A dab of apple cider vinegar, which I happen to always have in my cabinet since I use it as a clarifying rinse for my hair. Do you have a go-to blemish fighter?
  • My friend Kari documented making her own laundry detergent. This is something else I think I’m going to try—although I’ll use something a bit more natural than Ivory soap for my soap shavings. Would you try it?

What have you been reading lately? Any good links to share? —Aleigh

(Image via ilovebutter)

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8 Leaps to Take in Your Beauty Routine

Change is good, and if you’ve been looking for an reason to shake up your beauty routine, Leap Day is the perfect excuse. It only happens once every four years, and it’s sort of like getting a bonus day! Here are some tips to help you make the most of it.

Start your day with a little dry brushing. If you haven’t tried this technique yet, today’s the day. It’s invigorating and great for your skin.

Create a signature shade. Layer your lipsticks, mix your favorite shades of (3-free) nail polish…come up with a new color that’s so you. Then take it out on the town and wait for the compliments!

Take a trend for a test drive. Love the hot pink lips trend but think you can’t pull it off? You might be surprised! Stepping outside your beauty comfort zone gives you a dose of daring that just might lead you to discover something new about yourself. (And hey, if you don’t love it, at least you gave it a try!)

Try a DIY. Do an apple cider vinegar rinse. Make your own cheek stain. Or come up with your own DIY idea…and please, if it’s a success, share it with us!

Go for bold. If you’re a lip-gloss-everyday girl like me, take a chance—try out a bolder shade of lipstick. If you want to tread lightly, dab a little lipstick on in thin layers using your fingers (instead of straight from the tube)…it’ll give you a way to build the color to a saturation you like.

Do—or don’t do—your ‘do. If you’re a hair-up kind of girl, wear it down (and vice versa). Commit to your new look for a day. You might be pleasantly surprised when your significant other and your coworkers take note!

Go bare-faced. Skip the makeup for a day and get reacquainted with your natural self. Enjoy it! You can even turn this into a self-exploration journey…how does this experiment make you feel? (Don’t skip the sunscreen, though.)

Give yourself a compliment. Because the truth is, you’re already lovely—and most of us tend to be our own worst critics. Being kind to yourself is important.

What beauty leaps are you taking today? —Aleigh

(Image via charamelody)

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Do-It-Yourself Hairstyles on Kirtsy

Indigo+Canary is back on Kirtsy this week with a slideshow featuring my favorite DIY hairstyles from some fantastic bloggers!

I can’t decide which one is my favorite—maybe the sock bun or the crisscross ponytail?

Which one do you like best? —Aleigh

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