2017 Beauty Roundup!
This is a little late, but it’s still January right? These are all of my favorite products that I've discovered over the last year.
Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate
I have never used an eye cream before… and I’m still not really sure what it’s supposed to do. There’s a longer story about a bad rash, but lets just say I started using this to clear up some eczema and haven't stopped since. It absorbs quickly, doesn't melt into my eyes, and has a nice cooling effect. Juice Beauty is organic and cruelty-free and affiliated with Gwyneth Paltrow if thats your jam.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment
I hate the feeling of anything on my face and have never gotten the hang of foundation, but when I was looking for something to give me a little more polished and even complexion I ran into this magical green potion. This stuff turns beige when its rubbed into your skin helping to reduce redness. It works on my ghostly skin tone, but I would imagine its not so great if you have a darker complexion. I love that its very light, isn't drying or powdery feeling and it has SPF 30.
Fig + Yarrow Rose Rhassoul Clay Mask
I love this face mask for a few reason, the first one being that you can get it from target! It makes my face feel extra clean without being overly drying. I mix it with rose water but you can mix it with honey or face oil depending on what your trying to achieve. Fig + Yarrow’s products claim to be ‘raw, organic and wildcrafted” and I definitely recommend checking out their site because they make some beautiful stuff.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff
I really love this cream blush, it’s like finger painting on your face. I love that it has a sheer build-able color and that your can customize it by mixing different shades together. Dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and cruelty-free!
Tatcha The Water Cream
I loved this moisturizer because it really feels like nothing on your face. It’s for normal to oily skin so it was great during the summer months but hasn't quite been cutting it during the winter on my super dry skin. I will probably buy more of this once it starts getting hot out again. Cruelty-free!
trèStiQue Lip Crayon
I’m totally obsessed with this double ended lip crayon, it’s light weight and moisturizing and the balm smells so great. I’m also a sucker for the fun packaging and the smart magnetic closure. It's paraben free, cruelty-free, petro-chemical free and made with natural ingredients and love. Who doesn't love that?
Master bathroom inspiration
In all honesty my post about the kitchen reno was motivated by my excitement and my husbands utter fatigue with listening to me talk about it anymore. But, I found putting everything together and thinking through my concepts helped really solidify some of my choices. So, here I go again, let’s talk about the master bathroom!
light sconce / mirror / faucet / bathtub
I have a few definites, the layout is pretty set, and there will be a vaulted ceiling with white painted wood paneling. I’m trying to reuse materials from other parts of the reno, one to save on costs and two to help tie the whole house together. And I’m going with black and white for my color scheme with some brass accents and maybe some natural wood to help warm the space.
Every thing else is a question mark. I’ve been feeling really drawn to a Parisan art deco style, but can I pull that off when the rest of the house is mainly turn of the century craftsman? Can you put wallpaper in a bathroom? I want a feature door but what does that mean (I feel like this will be a post all on its own)? So what I'm really saying is that I have no idea what i'm doing, and I'm hoping this will help.
This bathroom from Studio Life Style is definitely inspiration for our shower. I love the graphic steel grid doors.
I wish we had a view like this amazing photo from House Beautiful... but I don't think our neighbors would appreciate it. The tub on the other hand I think I can pull off. Our tub is also going to be in front of a window, which unfortunately looks out at the side of our neighbors house... a problem to think about in the future.
I'm doing a white hex tile floor with black grout, but I really want to do this on the shower floor. Is this cute... or just weird?
Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.
How To Live Sustainability...
I pretty much wrote a whole post about how I am continuing to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle, and then I trashed it. What I really want to talk about is taking action without feeling pressure to be perfect, to do all of the things and be totally informed. I am not, and there is always more that I could do or should think about when it comes to sustainability.
But, I keep looking, reading and listening about living sustainably, and I feel like the more I do the less I actually know. Eat less meat, stop buying plastic (not just using plastic bags but buying things made from it…this was an embarrassing lighting bolt to my brain), and stay away from fast fashion.
I know how hard it can be to spend the extra money, take the extra time, or cut back on the extra packaging/things/convenience/etc, especially when you have kids. Frankly, it’s overwhelming, but I keep looking for balance and things that I can actually achieve. Small steps in the right direction are always better than standing still.
So instead of just writing a laundry list of all the stuff I do to live more sustainably, I thought I might just make a list of resources that have helped open my eyes. If your looking for some place to start or just some guilt free likeminded thinking, check out the links below.
Jillian Harris of 'Love It And List It Too' fame (I have never watched the Bachelorette or the Bachelor, sorry…not sorry).
She talks a lot about responsible eating and becoming plant-based, she’s even releasing a plant-based cook book. If you’re interested in the perspective of someone who’s trying to get things right without any judgment then check out her website jillianharris.com. Her instastories are super real and really great, too.
Remodelista The Organized Home
I recently picked this book up and it really made me think about all of the ways I still buy and use plastic in my home. The best part about this book (other than everything) is the source list of all of the products they used which is super helpful for going plastic free.
Check out their section on the impact of fashion for some quick and easy stats, and their cloths are pretty (and sustainably made), too.
I know these aren't exactly heavy hitters in the information department, but i think the point is get started, get interested and go from there.