• Clean Beauty

    Fresh Face of Clean Beauty

    While I’ve been into clean skincare for several years now, I really only started to dive into the world of clean makeup earlier this year. My visit to Follain Dallas really sparked my interest; I wasn’t totally sold on the idea of shopping for clean makeup online until I had a chance to really play with the product in person. Pittsburgh is still the best city in the world šŸ˜› , but we don’t always have the latest and greatest in terms of natural beauty, so whenever I’m in an area that does, I’m all over it! I’ve finally amassed enough of a collection where I was able to do…

  • Clean Beauty

    Clean Haircare

    I’ve been sticking to my #cleanstreak promise and haven’t purchased a ‘non-clean’/’non-green’ beauty or hair product since my major declutter earlier this year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this – I’m slowly trying to find clean alternatives to the not-so-clean parts of my skincare and beauty routine. Step 1 was decluttering all of my existing products so I know what I have left to use and what I was ready to toss. Now that I can see the contents of my collection daily, I have been making my way through it, using up products and moving on to the next so I can the most of my…

  • Clean Beauty

    Label Reading 101

    Yep, this is a candid picture of me, on my phone, trying to figure out whether or not the latest mascara drop really is as natural as it claims… It’s time to get ahead of the clean- and greenwashing that seems to have taken over the beauty industry. I know I’ve mentioned resources such as the Think Dirty app and Environmental Working Group’sĀ  (EWG) Skin Deep cosmetics database before, but as helpful as these tools are, they aren’t comprehensive. New products keep popping up and it’s not easy to always know if their claims can be trusted or not. This is why I’ve decided it’s time for me to learn…

  • Clean Beauty,  Mommy

    Clean Beauty: Part 4 – DIY Pregnancy Care Package

    Note: This post was inspired by a dear, expecting friend of mine who I wanted to pamper with some nontoxic goodies! That being said, each of the products I selected for her can be used by anyone, man or woman, expecting or not! Nothing here is “maternity specific”. That’s the true beauty of going clean šŸ˜‰ Of course, if you are pregnant, please be sure to research each of the products and ensure they are approved by your doctor. While Baby Showers are amazing opportunities to bless the expecting couple with all of the gizmos and gadgets they need to prepare themselves for the wonderful chaos of parenthood, I’ve always…

  • Clean Beauty,  Fashion,  Makeup

    5 Product Makeup & Spring OOTD

    There’s something about the change of seasons that adds such a level of excitement to getting ready in the morning. I’ve been wishing for Spring and recently, we caught a glimpse of Spring with a 70+ degree day. As the weather gets warmer, I am less and less interested in complicated makeup looks (now watch, I’ll be dying over a cut crease tomorrow, lol!). I love to let my skin shine through and I lean heavily on my most favorite makeup product: cream blush. Honestly, all I need is cream blush and I feel like I can conquer the world. I love to use it as eyeshadow, on the lips…

  • Clean Beauty

    Clean Beauty: Part 3 – Where to Start?

    The world of clean beauty and skincare can be a bit overwhelming. It’s one thing to pick a new deodorant, but now what? Making the change takes you away from the familiar comfort of all the mainstream products you’ve used and relied on your whole life and drops you smack into unknown territory. Between learning a whole new language of ingredients, getting used to and testing new products, the inevitable greenwashing, all the while trying to be sensible and shop smart, I’ve questioned why I’m on this journey more than a couple times. I know I’ve barely dipped more than my pinky toe into this venture and there are many…

  • Clean Beauty

    Clean Beauty: Part 2 – Natural Deodorants

    The very first place I started implementing Clean Beauty into my regimen was with natural deodorant. I probably started this journey in my early twenties, a time when I really didn’t know anything about beauty, much less clean beauty. I knew just one thing: antiperspirants did not work for me! Without getting into too much icky detail, I have sensitive underarms and suffered from the dreaded yellow, aluminum pit stains. I took to the internet to find a solution to this embarrassing problem and that’s when I realized that my parents are always right šŸ˜‰ . I should probably rewind a bit as that may not be a very logical…

  • Clean Beauty

    Clean Beauty – Part I: Intro

    #CleanBeauty is a pretty trendy topic nowadays. But what does it really mean, or rather, what should we really be looking for with clean products? In my web browsing, I wasn’t able to find just one definition for clean beauty by a regulatory agency or otherwise. I was, however, able to grasp the general gist: Clean beauty implies products that have been created without any known toxic ingredients, proven or suspected, and that have been sourced and created with our health and the environment in mind. As a consumer population who pays close attention to what we are putting in our bodies, giving preference to foods with ingredients we can read…