Tricks for a Sun-Kissed Summer Glow

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It seems we have fast tracked into summer with sunny and hot days already here.

Since I am a skin cancer gal, I am NOT able to lay out in the sun or get any color from the sun. Basically the sun hates me. But the problem is I love having color and getting a “tan” or a summer glow. The good news is I can get that whole look from some of my go-to’s from Beautycounter. Here is my triple threat for a faux glow: Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer, Glow Shimmer Oil and Color Contour Matte Bronzer.

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Simple, Healthy Switches in the New Year: Here is My List

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Are you looking to make some healthier decisions in the new year?  Simple, healthy switches are important, and if you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time! The new year gives all of us a chance to start fresh and new. And if I can do this, so can you!

Progress not perfection is my mantra. Making small changes in your house can make a big difference when it comes to how many toxic chemicals are coming into your home.

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What You Didn’t Know About Beets

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Have you been hearing all the latest buzz about beets? Those small, red, earthy and sweet vegetables seem to be everywhere. And it’s no surprise so many use it to make beet juice or beet salad (or even lip balm!), given its many benefits—from boosting the immune system with vitamin C and minerals, to supplying the body with fiber, manganese and B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects. And that’s not all, beets have amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxification and energy-boosting benefits as well!

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Give Back Giveaway!

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Are you ready to give back? Let’s do it together!

I was planning to do a FUN giveaway this weekend for all of you to learn more about Beautycounter’s safe products, as well as a great brand of sunnies that I am loving called DIFF.

When you support DIFF, you are helping someone in need. For every pair of sunglasses sold, DIFF donates a pair of reading glasses to rural Africa. I am LOVING all their sunglasses, and I know you will too.

Now my plans have changed due to MOTHER NATURE! In addition to being able to WIN a FREE pair of these fabulous sunnies, I am also going to be giving back some of my sales from this Beautycounter shopping event to the AMERICAN RED CROSS.

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On the Run: The Perfect Makeup Look In Under 3 Minutes

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It’s that time of year again when the kids are back to school and we’re all running around trying to adjust to the schedule. Frankly, it’s been exhausting and I am now convinced September is just one of the most hectic months of the year! 🙂

Getting the kids fed, dressed, combed, and in the car by 7:30am calls for a quick morning makeup fix (because time is limited and mommy is on the go)!

So to make it easy with no time to spare, I’ve put together this 3 minute makeup look that’s fresh, flawless and lasts all day, using only four products!  It’s an easy morning routine.

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What’s In My “Go” Bag: Everyday Essentials

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We all have our everyday essentials that we cannot be without, no matter where we go—from parks and beaches to running errands and hanging out with friends. Whatever I do, I always keep my health and skin in mind, which is why I cannot be without sun protective gear such as sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. It’s important to protect your skin no matter the season (I switch up my hats once the seasons change, of course!)  Some friends have asked me what my favorite goodies are that I always carry around with me, so here’s a peek inside my bag.

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Making Healthy Changes: Toss the Non-Stick Pots and Pans at Home

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Since we recently moved to a new house, I thought it would be a good time for us to re-think what cookware we are using in our kitchen.  I am trying to be more aware of what toxic chemicals are being used in my household.  You’re probably thinking what’s not to love about non-stick cookware? It’s easy to clean and cook on, plus it seems that it doesn’t darken or blacken as fast as other cookware does. But did you know that when pots and pans made with Teflon are heated above 350 ºC (662 ºF), the primary chemical in Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), “begins to degrade, releasing fine particles and a variety of gaseous compounds that can cause damage to the lungs when inhaled“?

According to recent studies, these toxins are accumulating in human blood dangerously fast, and the problem is that they are leading to chronic disease over time.

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Your Luscious Lips Deserve the Best Lip Gloss (S.W.A.K.!)

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I have been addicted to lip products ever since high school. To this day I love lip gloss and the way it makes my lips shine, plus it gives me just the right amount of moisture my lips need. The Lip Gloss from Beautycounter is my ultimate favorite—it’s not sticky or goopy and the peony pink is the perfect color for summer.  It’s my must have!

This lip gloss goes on smoothly, and has a unique teardrop applicator that gives you just the perfect amount of sheer. The gloss comes in five different shades to choose from: peony, buff, sienna, opal and ruby.

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For the Men In Our Lives: Charcoal Cleansing Bar and Cream Exfoliator

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Ladies, we love our skin, and we take care of it as much as we can, but we’re not the only ones who want our face to feel silky when we touch it. Our men want it too! Try it, ask them if you haven’t already.

Many men tend to use men’s face cleansers to wash off the day’s grime. If they’re using a wash such as Dove Men +Care, Nivea for Men Moisturising Face Wash, or Neutrogena Invigorating Face Wash then they’re exposing themselves to toxins as well. Those cleansers, as many other popular commercial cleansers, are full of parabens, artificial fragrances, sulfates, allergens and more (just read the labels).

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