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Beautiful Rights Gives Back to Women’s Causes

Beautiful Rights Gives Back to Women’s Causes

Beauty products that give back? Sign us up! A new cause-driven makeup initiative, Beautiful Rights (love that name!), was started by renowned makeup artist and product developer, Kristen Therese Leonard, to ensure that women’s rights continue to be given their share of voice in our country’s future. This […]

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy, Healthy Chili Recipe

Not sure about you, but we hate the cold weather! But we have to deal with multiple layers and comforting meals to warm us up. With that we’ve been trading in our everyday healthy staples: you know salads, smoothies and so on for heartier a.k.a […]

Natural Beauty Essentials We Love

Natural Beauty Essentials We Love

Beauty Essentials We Love

In our journey to living more naturally, we’ve found that some of the hardest changes can be in with finding alternatives to our old school beauty products. As children of the ’80s and ’90s, natural wasn’t really a mainstream thang that we’ve since been figuring out along the way. While natural beauty products are more readily available, it can still be challenging to find replacements or even find natural beauty essentials that aren’t ridiculously overpriced. But that doesn’t stop us from searching and testing until we find the right natural beauty essentials, that dare we say it, are better than those overproduced sistahs?! Not convinced? Check out some of our recent faves and be sure to add some of your favorite natural beauty essentials to the mix in the comments section.

Natural Beauty Essentials We Love

1. Thesis Face Wash

Despite trying to eat as healthy as possible, our skin can sometimes be finicky a.k.a break out in zits! To help with that, we’ve starting to mimize the use of harsh ingredients by using the Thesis Balancing Daily Harmony Face Wash. Formulated with an incredible list of good-for-you ingredients like organic Tea Tree, Geranium, Petitgrain, Peppermint and Eucalyptus (tell us more!), we just love how gentle this formula is as it works (over time) to reduce blemishes. Major bonus: it won’t dry out your skin!

2. Savon by Olivia Care Soap

A recent find at Target (all hail the white bullseye), this natural and cruelty-free (hooray!) soap is formulated with natural olive oil to essentially just clean without stripping our skin. Olivia Care has tons of other natural products that you should also be checking out, including their awesome face and body line.

3. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

Another Target find, this oil has been incredible savior of sorts for those ‘serenity now’ evenings. We also love the light scent of the oil that’s especially awesome to apply post-shower. It’s also a definite must to squash winter dryness.

4. The Gnarly Whale Body Spray

Brooklyn-based Gnarly Whale (represent!) is one of our favorites when it comes to natural body sprays. Featuring flavors like Vanilla Chai, Pumpkin, Lumberjack, Fresh Snow and more, their body sprays are alcohol-free and won’t dry out your skin, or alternatively cause you to break out into hives. We also love the light and subtle scent that has moisturizing additives to leave your skin soft and smooth! Oh, yea!

5. Stress Less Organic Lavender Sugar Scrub

Washing our cares away has never been better thanks to the Organic Lavender Sugar Scrub from Organic Bath Co. This Stress Less formula (yes, please!) is formulated with almond, apricot, sunflower and calming lavender oils that really works to make our skin super soft! Cool fact – this brand makes their products in small batches!

6. Tartan + Twine Bag

And to hold all of these natural beauty essentials, we have been housing them in the ever stylish Tartan+Twine cosmetic bags. We are all about the Elysian Grey Beauty Case that contains one large compartment for your makeup and natural beauty goodies. Perfect for travel or storage, the case is gorgeously constructed, sturdy and cute! What else do you need in a cosmetic bag?!

We were given some samples for review purposes.

 

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

DIY Pumpkin Beauty Recipes

Happy T.G.I.F, y’all! The workweek can be crazy where we love to check-in with ourselves and loved ones, shut off the phones, and show our selves some love – whether that be eating better or giving your skin some attention via a mask. To help you […]

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

Taco Night Rebooted with a Killer Guacamole Recipe

We never meet a taco night that we didn’t love. Really, how could you not love a tortilla-filled meal that’s filled with cheese, beans, meat, and really anything that you want stuff all up in there?! But the issue, as with many of our favorite […]

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

Golden Milk: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

golden milk

You may have seen some pictures of golden milk floating around your Pinterest boards or circulating on Instagram. A concoction of turmeric, coconut milk, coconut oil, and ginger, this power blend is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that’s also high in antioxidants. With all of that goodness, you can clearly see where the ‘golden’ part comes from. Since we are always looking for alternatives for our mid-day coffee, we thought it was time to try out a hearty cup of golden milk to see what it’s all about. Read on to check out our recipe and to see if we think it lives up to the hype.

golden milk prep

Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

Serves 1
2 cups of coconut milk
1 tablespoon of coconut manna or coconut oil
1 tablespoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
A few shavings of fresh ginger
2-3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup

Directions:
Add the coconut milk into a medium-sized pot. Add in the chia seeds, turmeric, ginger and your sweeter. Stir and let simmer. Add your coconut oil or manna to a cup. In a few minutes, add the blend to your cup and stir. Drink right away.

So, does golden milk live up to the hype?

Well, taste-wise the drink is very earthy and slightly bitter. We didn’t want to add in that much sweeter but found that it needed a little more to balance out the turmeric. Overall, though, we found it pretty enjoyable and something we could savor as opposed to something we would mindlessly drink, like with our lattes. It was a slower, more methodical mid-day drink that also happens to be bursting with nutrients, which is a serious win-win in our book. Also, there are several alternative recipes out there where you can use black pepper, almond milk and others without ginger or chia seeds. The best part of all, it is really, really easy to make and it’s also vegan and gluten-free.

Happy healthy drinking!

Some Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Some Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Before you are barely stuffed from Thanksgiving the slew of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Totally Annoying Tuesday have probably been starting to bombard you. Personally, we hate the consumerism and commercialization of the holidays but there is little to stop the buy this, get this world that […]

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and […]

The Lewa Series: Photography that Gives Back

The Lewa Series: Photography that Gives Back

The Lewa Series

The Lewa Series

Looking for a gift idea that gives back this holiday season? Then you’ve got to check out The Lewa Series, an incredible photography series that was created to bring global awareness to threatened wildlife.

This collection of 21 black-and-white fine art images by film photographer, conservationist, and explorer KT Merry to bring global awareness to promote conservation and stop extinction. This photography series was made in partnership with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a non-profit whose work protects threatened wildlife, including 11% of Kenya’s rhinos, endangered Grevy’s zebra, and over 70 other mammal species including elephant, lion, giraffe, leopard, cheetah and buffalo.

The Lewa Series: A Labor of Love

The Lewa Series

KT Merry premiered her first-edition photographs called Render Loyalty, in New York City where she shared art with meaning through exquisite fine art photographs benefitting some of our most threatened species.

The Lewa Series

A self-funded project, all of the fine art photographic prints, which are available in an array of sizes and options for framing, will benefit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Through this truly unique and beautiful collaboration, KT hopes it will further ignite conversations on how people and threatened species can coexist while also creating an active community in support of saving animals.

For more information, please visit: https://www.renderloyalty.com

 

Expanded ‘2017 National Green Pages’ is an Awesome Holiday Gift Guide and Resource

Expanded ‘2017 National Green Pages’ is an Awesome Holiday Gift Guide and Resource

We just finished reading the National Green Pages, an incredible guidebook for socially responsible shopping, living, and tons more! With the holidays coming, you’ll find tons of useful information on the greenest businesses in the country and more you’ll discover an extensive range of ideas for […]