Parabens. We are hearing that word more and more everyday but what really are parabens? And why does it matter if they are in our beauty products? To put it simply parabens are preservatives, and they are used to increase the shelf life of a product by preventing the growth of bacteria. What you may see when you look at the ingredient list on some of your common bath, body and cosmetic products are methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, isopropyl-, and butylparaben. Parabens are found in moisturizers, cleansers, body washes, shampoos, sunscreens, deodorants, makeup and much more! If you go into your bathroom and check all your ingredients in your everyday products, you may be surpsied about the amount of parabens used in everything. Ok so now that we know what parabens are, why are they bad for you?

I think Beautycounter breaks it down in a simple, yet effective way. Parabens mimic estrogen, therefore they may play a role in triggering cancer and other health issues. Some parabens can also irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions. I like to present it in the most simple way, we don’t really like to see preservatives in our food we ingest, so why would we want them in our beauty and body products? Remember, 60% of what we put ON our bodies is absorbed into our bloodsteam! I will continue to do ingredient breakdowns of ingredients you want to look out for and how to gradually go “green” with your products so it isn’t overwhelming!! Also, feel free to fill out the CONTACT form with any questions!!

**For more ingredient information check out http://www.ewg.org and http://www.beautycounter.com for a copy of their “Never List” which I swear by!!



Let me first start off by stating that I have a bronzer addiction, BIG time! In my eyes bronzers are huge multi-taskers and bring a necessary warmth to the face no matter what time of the year it is. As you guys get to know me you will find out that my daily makeup routine consists of a bronzer, highlighter, black eyeliner, mascara and a nude lip! I almost always use my bronzer as my eyeshadow in my crease, i love a warm monochromatic look!! I recently ordered the W3ll People Bio Bronzer (formerly known as Hedonist bronzer) in hopes of bringing me out of my bronzer rut, and boy has this done the trick! W3ll People describes this as ,” a truly natural sun-kissed color. That’s healthy inside and out. It warms the complexion, corrects excess redness and creates added dimension.”

I have been wearing this bronzer for about 3 weeks now and it really is the perfect bronzer! It blends seamlessly into my skin and has the ever so slightest bit of finely milled golden sparkles to give a glow when you wear it. Now don’t fret when you hear the world sparkle, because it’s very understated and wearable, no glitter chunks here ladies! On my skin it has almost a terracotta-ish tone which I never thought would work for me, but it truly just looks like a natural tan so I believe this shade will work for anyone. You will not see any orange tones or muddyness coming from this bronzer, just a true natural tan finish with a slight golden sheen. I absolutely love, love this bronzer and would recommend it to anyone! Did I mention that I’m obsessed with their clean, all white packaging that states, “Hippie tested, diva approved.” Perfection! Retail: $23.00.  You can find this gem at http://www.w3llpeople.com

**W3ll People says this bronzer is FREE from:  Artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, nanoparticles and bad mojo.** Winner, winner in my book!!



This post is one that means quite a lot to me in that I truly hope I can help you guys solve, or help, that dreaded skin problem we almost always encounter at some point in our life, ACNE. I grew up dealing with acne in my teens. I have been on prescriptions for it, tried countless expensive department store products, ordered products I saw on TV, you name it! Long story short, my skin just never felt balanced, or healthy. After Esthetician school I really started to become more aware about ingredients and what a healthy skin routine consisted of. But it wasn’t until most recently after I had my daughter that my skin went crazy on me with awful hormonal acne breakouts, and I knew I wanted to go all natural, organic, and GREEN with my routine! I have a handful of friends and relatives who question how effective an all natural regime can be and the most common question I get is , “but how are oils going to help my skin, don’t oils cause breakouts?” Well I am here to tell you first hand that oils are GOOD, very good for your skin BUT you have to find the right ones that work for you which can be daunting at first but it’s worth it!! The second thing I have to stress to you is you have to let your skin DETOX the bad to let in the good!! Once I established what skin routine I was going to use, I stuck with it and my skin went a bit crazy for a month then like magic, the detox was over and I now have clear, smooth, balanced, healthy and radiant skin!!! I cannot stress this enough guys, give the products time to work- it’s so important!! Below are the products that have completely transformed my skin to the absolute best I’ve ever seen in my life!

Beautycounter Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream: This exfoliating cleanser is gentle enough for me to use morning and night. This cleanser is full of organic coconut oil, aloe, lavender and green tea extracts and gentle jojoba beads to exfoliate, hydrate and soothe the skin. Retail: $30.00

Beautycounter Rose Water Uplifting Spray: After I cleanse I gently pat my face dry then generously spray my face with this. Organic rose essence and purified water instantly wakes my skin up and gives me a dewy glow! Tip: I keep this in my bag so I have it as needed throughout the day when my skin needs refreshing! Retail: $32.00

Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum: Ok guys this serum is the game changer in a BIG way! Stuffed full of botanical alpha hydroxy acids, lavender & tea tree oils, willow bark extract and centella asiatica ( an extract that help’s with acne scarring and inflammation!), 25 Active Ingredients to be exact! I apply this after I cleanse and tone, a thin layer all over my face morning and night. This serum is gentle, eliminates my blemishes without drying whatsoever, and balances my skin. I honestly cannot express how much this product has saved my skin! I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. Tip: It took my skin a good four weeks to DETOX, my skin broke out a bit at first but 6 weeks later it has never been clearer, get through the detox ladies!!

Indie Lee Blemish Stick: This baby helped me with the larger blemishes when my skin was detoxing and it got the job done! I apply this as a spot treatment morning and night and it reduces the blemish size significantly! With ingredients like zinc, witch hazel, and menthol and it being paraben, sulfate and phthalate free I have no problems adding this to my skincare routine! Retail: $28.00

Kypris Beauty Antioxidant Dew: I have done an in depth review on this product already because it truly is magical and I urge you to  check it out if this intrigues you! Bottom line, this is a antioxidant packed serum that deeply hydrates, restores strength,  and brings your skin the glow you thought you would never get! I use this morning and night as my moisturizer liberally all over my face and neck( don’t neglect the neck!). It works hand in hand with the clearing serum and the results have been amazing!

***Don’t forget ladies, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of sleep, exercise and a good diet also contributes to clear skin! :)*** You can find Beautycounter products at http://www.laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com, Kypris Beauty at http://www.beauteabar.com, Indie Lee at http://www.thegreenkiss.com.

**Note: Please remember that not all products work for everyone since everyone has different skin types and needs. I always highly recommend getting your skin analyzed before starting a new regime to ensure the most effective results!**



Ok so it took me having two kids, and lots of lost sleep to realize how amazing highlighters are and that they really are necessary in a makeup routine, well mine at least! Now when I made my transition into the green beauty world I have to say I was skeptical about how good a non-toxic highlighter could really be, boy was I in for a surprise!! For those of you that are new to highlighters or don’t know what to do with them don’t fear, you are not alone. Basically a highlighter “highlights” your face, usually used on high points of cheekbones, cupids bow, inner corners of eyes, bridge of nose, basically where ever you want to GLOW! They make you look healthy, awake, radiant and can double as an eyeshadow which is why they are a must-have for me right now. Below is a list of my absolute favorite non-toxic highlighters, enjoy! 🙂

Swatches left to right: KW Radiance, RMS, W3ll People, Alima “Chai”, Alima “Paris

RMS Living Luminizer: Raw.Dewy.Supermodel glow. Think of a Victoria’s Secret Supermodel basking in sun with mist of the waves hitting her face, a slightly sticky, wet glow- in a very good way! Retail: $38.00 (tip: samples sizes are offered for this!)

Alima Pure “Paris” Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow: Perfect, multi-tasking, budget friendly, nude glow. It literally is the perfect beige shimmer, NO gold, NO pink, just beige perfection. Yes it’s technically eyeshadow but it really is so much more! Retail: $12.50 (a bargain for everything this does!) (tip: samples sizes are offered on website!)

Alima Pure “Chai” Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow: This is going to do the exact same things “Paris” does but this gives the most gorgeous Rose Gold Glow!! My favorite thing to do with it on a night out is mix it with my bronzer and the result is a gorgeous pink golden sunset (does that make sense?!) Retail: $12.50 (tip: samples sizes are offered on website)

Kjaer Weis “Radiance”: I don’t even know where to begin with this but I will start by saying this is the most stunning makeup product I have ever owned, packaging and all! It is described in many ways but on me is a beautiful pearly beige, and gives off a true airbrushed look. I have literally had people stop and ask me if I airbrush my makeup everyday when I wear it! I treasure this so much and I have say is my favorite. Price tag is steep but it is completely worth it! Retail: $56.00 (tip: there is a refill system for this brand and retail is $32.00)

W3ll People Bio Brighter Stick: I recently received a sample of this and so glad I did. I think of a Moon Queen when i wear this. I know that sounds crazy but it leaves you with this striking glow that really accentuates your features! I will be buying the full size, and I like that it comes in a stick form, very convenient!! Retail: $34.50 (tip: W3ll people offers samples on their website!)

**You can find these products at http://www.spiritbeautylounge.com, http://www.alimapure.com, http://www.w3llpeople.com, http://www.ecodivabeauty.com



For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Beautycounter brand yet I am here to fill you in! After lots of research and trying a handful of their products I decided to become a consultant, and for very good reason! Beautycounter is on a mission, and that mission is to get safe products into the hands of everyone, which I can definitely appreciate! While researching, I have learned through Beautycounter that “companies are allowed to use known toxins, ingredients that have been linked to cancer, reproductive issues and hormone disruption without telling us.” There is so much wrong with that the fact that companies can do this, so the fact that Beautycounter is completely non-toxic, safe, and effective made it easy for me to decide to represent this company! Below are some of my Beautycounter must haves! Enjoy!

Gentle Exfoliator Polishing Cream: A good exfoliator is a must for me and this one is loaded with jojoba beads(no nasty plastic beads here!)organic coconut oil, aloe and a mix of botanical extracts. And that light citrus scent is courtesy of essential oils, no synthetic fragrances!! It’s gentle enough for everyday use for me! Win win! Price: $30

Rosewater Uplifting Spray: I spray this on my face after I cleanse for a refreshing boost for my skin. It consists of organic rose essence and purified water and gives my skin a fresh glow. I keep it in my bag so I have it throughout the day! Price: $32

Countertime Radiance Firming Complex: a creamy serum that combats wrinkles and discoloration. My grandmother is obsessed with this and uses it day and night. Standout ingredients are ginger root extract to fight redness and irritation, hydrolyzed algin, chorella vulgaris and algae marine to hydrate. Perfect for those who want to start an anti-aging routine naturally! Price: $60

Protect SPF 30 All Over & Face Sunscreen: BEST sunscreen ever. Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide (no oxybenzone here!!) and includes aloe vera to hydrate and green tea extracts to supply antioxidants. Many sunscreens are ridden with chemical and toxins such as oxybenzone that may cause more harm then good. Protect SPF is an absolute must have for me and my family!! Price: $26 (all over), $34 (face)

“Twig” Lip Sheer: Is a best seller and a perfect wearable nude lipstick. It doesn’t make you look washed out and instead of nasty synthetic fragrances or petroleum, it consists of plant based ingredients like jojoba esters and is fragranced with natural vanilla extract from Madagascar!! Price: $28

If you have any questions about Beautycounter products or if you would like personal recommendations from me based on your skin type, just click on CONTACT and send me and e-mail or fill out the message box! Beautycounter also offers face and body oils, bath, body, shave cream and bath products just for kids as well!! Or, you can shop freely at https://laurenvanloo.beautycounter.com/Home


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