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My 5 Spring Skincare Favorites

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Something about spring makes me want to get my skin in shape. In summer, I wear less makeup and try to create that natural glow without harsh sun exposure. Other than my GO TO, sunscreen, I am a sucker for Vitamin C serums and when I asked my girl @jennrog about the serum she uses, she had GLOWING reviews about @heladerm. I’ve been using their Vitamin C serum the past 2 months or so and now it’s an essential in my AM routine. If you want to know more, check out my latest post on the blog for more skincare favorites under $50.

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Powder Sunscreen - Last time I was at Celadon in DC for a facial (my favorite place) the owner, Judith, sent me home a tube of Eminence Sun Defense with SPF 30. In addition to liquid sunscreen that I apply every morning, I love bringing this tube around with me to touch up a few times during the day. Not only does it help reduce my nose and forehead shine, it protects my skin from the sun! If you’re in DC, please visit Celadon to purchase this product and support local businesses!

Mango Balm Dot Com - Believe the hype. The Mango Balm Dot Com from Glosser is as good as everyone says it is. Especially in time for summer, it’s like a little vacation on your lips. Use this BFF code with a new email for 10% off your order.

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Lavender Facial Mist - Something I can’t say enough (other than wear sunscreen) is, if you want a well moisturized face, you need to provide it with moisture. This is a serious duh statement but I think there are so many people out there who thing that oils and serums alone with provide their skin with moisture alone. Wrong. What they do is they keep moisture in, which is great, but the good moisture needs to get there in the first place.  Enter facial mists. I use a facial mist right after showering or washing my face for that added spray of moisture before applying my Vitamin C serum. Really, any facial mist will do (I love this one from Caudalie too) but this Cordial Organics Lavender Hydrosol CBD mist is my favorite, especially before bed. Again, if you’re in DC, please visit Take Care Shop to purchase this product and support local businesses! If not, you can order online here.

Vitamin C Serum - Something about summer (or approaching it) always makes me want to get my skin in shape. In summer, I wear less makeup and try to create that natural glow without harsh sun exposure. Other than my GO TO, sunscreen, I am a sucker for Vitamin C serums and when I asked my girl @jennrog about the serum she uses, she had GLOWING reviews about @heladerm’s Vitamin C Serum. I’ve been using their Vitamin C serum the past 2 months or so and now it’s an essential in my AM routine. Shop the Heladerm Serum on Amazon here!

Bag Balm - You heard me. This stuff is called Bag Balm and if you’re a kid from the Midwest, you probably know it better as “Udder Balm” yes, like as in a cow udder. Growing up my hands would get so chapped and wind burned because I refused to wear gloves in like NEGATIVE 40 DEGREE WISCONSIN WEATHER. Oof. My Dad would slather on a thick coat of this on my hands and BAM, the next day they would be restored.  I personally use it on my elbows and sometimes my lips. It’s not light, and it doesn’t smell great, but it gets the job done and it’s like $6.

Organic Beauty Goodness with Take Care Shop

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Before I start this article, let it be known, I have my fair share of vices. And just because I’m making more of an effort to use organic skincare and beauty, does not mean that I don’t indulge in things that aren’t as pure.

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That being said, making the switch was a small but important step to me. But, I couldn’t have done it alone and without the guidance of my good friend, Becky Wadell from Take Care Shop.  I’m writing this post, one, because I love Becky and support her small but mighty business as often as I can. And two, because I want you all to know that organic beauty can be sooo approachable.  I promise, it’s not scary, or super duper expensive. But, like most things that are just better the pricetag might be a little higher than the $9 chemical filled drugstore cover-up you’ve been using since 6th grade. But, it’s time to grow up, and really start thinking about the ways you can just well, do better!

*QUICK PLUG*
Tomorrow, November 16th, before the craziness of the holidays really begins, join them for our Annual Fall Fete where we celebrate all things cozy + well. Take Care Founder Becky Waddell will be hosting an evening of sampling, sipping and shopping with our wonderful community. Sign up for it HERE

The evening will feature:

-Sample bag gift with purchase, featuring some of our favorite products!
-Exclusive promotions
-Local sips from Cultured Kombucha and snacks
-Holiday hair styling with the team from Sense DC
-Lipstick bar - to help you find your perfect fall lip color!


Okay back to the post. Becky and the team at TKS have this awesome way of getting you started with their Makeup Bag Makeover and also amazing consultations. This was incredibly helpful for me because I had a lot of questions about beauty and FDA regulations (the truth might scare you into organic beauty honestly, in a good way) and how much product I should be using.

Some key takeaways I learned from my consult with Becky:

  • I was being too stingy with my skincare products.  I was under the wrong impression that less is more. And while this is sometimes true with other things, Becky encouraged me to really USE my products up! They won’t work if you don't use them! Right?

  • You really have to ask to get the right answers.  It’s nearly impossible to just search on the internet to find the right oil cleanser or serum for you. I’ll say it again, GO TO TKS and chat with them! They will lead you in the right direction.

  • Organic beauty doesn’t have to mean light beauty.  If you still want a dramatic effect like a bold lash or a pigmented lip, organic products can totally achieve this.

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Okay so now for my favorite products (spoiler, I have a lot)

Maya Chia Seed Highlighter - Ooooooh heaven is a place on earth! This is my FAVORITE beauty product of the year.  I’m serious. And if you follow my stories on instagram, you know this is 100% true. I also posted this insta today if you want an example of this dreamy highlight. I use the shade After Hours.

RMS Lip2Cheek -  I love easy. This lip and cheek formula is smooth and easy for both.

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Ayuna Essence and Cream II - for skincare because the collection is all about minimal product use - the mask is side ingredients, brightening and plumping, and the moisturizer is just pure magic.

I use the mask pretty liberally, once a week and really pile it on (see below hehe!)

From TKS Why We Love:

  • This emulsion melts onto the skin and has excellent sensorial properties. It targets a range of skin functions, while expanding the potential benefits obtained from botanical ingredients.

  • Incorporates the science of phyto-peptides and plasmas rich in Botanical Cell Factors, including Green Carrot, Arabian Cotton and Pomegranate.

  • Adapts to circadian rhythms, acting as a protective shield during the day and enhancing the skin’s natural repair & restore functions at night.

  • Hydration release adapts to the skin’s needs and the moisture levels in the environment.

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Kari Gran Lip Whip - I started using Kari Gran YEARS ago and didn’t even realize it was organic.  I love the light feel and the peppermint smell.

Varnish Lane Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil - I use this stuff every night. My good friend Lauren, owner of Varnish Lane in DC has worked tirelessly to create this formula and let me tell you, it has don’t wonderful things for my nails and cuticles.  Use THIS CODE for a 20% discount off your first visit to Varnish Lane

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Vitruvi Essential Oil - I got a diffuser, which I’m in love with. See here for it’s trippy, beautiful glow. And, I obviously needed an organic essential oil to put in it. I snagged a bottle of this Vitruvi oil and have loved falling asleep to the calm scent at night.

According to TKS they are 100% pure with absolutely no fillers, diluting oils, synthetic fragrances or unnatural components of any kind. They’re also tested on 3 different occasions for purity and potency.


Truthfully, I could go on and on about how much I love my friendship with Becky and the wonderful experiences I always have at Take Care Shop, OR you could stop by tomorrow from 5-7pm at the shop at 1338 Wisconsin Ave NW and see for yourself.  Don’t live in DC? No problem, you can shop using my link here or by shooting Becky a message on Instagram @takecareshopdc. She’s INCREDIBLY responsive and always there to help!

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PS this is my skin post-consult with Becky. HELLO GLOW!
See you tomorrow! 

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What Happens When Your Beauty Products...Expire? Well-Kept Beauty Helps

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A few weeks ago, I talked about my favorite skincare products that I like to keep cold in the fridge (and even my freezer) and it occurred to me, that I really have no idea when my beauty products expire.

I had a kind of scary realization as I was putting some seriously concentrated Vitamin C serum on my face that, well, didn’t smell like it used to.  It wasn’t rancid or foul, it was just, different.  

Then I realized that I have had this serum probably a little too long (more than a year and a half) and that it was time I should toss it.  EEEEEK. I am no hoarder, but I HATE throwing away beauty products. I hoard old Lancôme mascara tubes -  twelve to be exact because, I have an unhealthy attachment to mascara and just can’t throw it away. Or maybe it’s because I have a love/hate relationship with the fact that I spend that much on mascara.  I’m also thinking about the cobalt blue shimmery eye shadow that I’ve had since I was nine, yes NINE. And I don’t know why I can’t get rid of it. Moving on.

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So when my friend reached out to me about a new beauty app, Well-Kept Beauty, which tells you when your makeup and beauty products are about to expire, I was like, telllll meeeee morrrrreeeeee.

This might be obvious to some of you, but the expiration date of my makeup is not something that’s on my mind all the time. This is understandable because:

1. There aren’t expiration dates on most makeup products and
2. Who has time to keep track of it?

Luckily, according to the app, “Well-Kept Beauty keeps tabs on all your products so all you have to do is use them. We track when they expire based on industry suggested use by dates acknowledged by the FDA. We also make it simple for you to keep personal notes on each product. And well before they expire, you can create a skincare routine and record your allergies and the ingredients you need to avoid.”

LOVE THIS. And here’s how it works:

Step 1: Add your new products by brand name search or adding a photo.

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Step 2: Note when you first open and use the product. You can also note ingredients that do not work well for your skin. This is great for people who have sensitive skin and have problems in the past.

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Step 3: Well-Kept Beauty will let you keep personal notes on your skincare routine, product preferences, and ingredients you want to avoid (allergies or reactions.) Then the app will allow you to build a skincare routine that can be tweaked.

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Step 4: The app alerts you when a product expires and sets reminders to let you know if a product you want to add or try has an ingredient that could be problematic for your skin.

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If you follow along with me on Instagram stories, you know that I’m trying to really simplify my beauty and skincare routines and am going to look to this app to help me do that.  The reminder to toss my products will seriously help me reevaluate how many products I have vs. need and also keep my beauty routine clean, and Well-Kept.

Make sure to check out Well-Kept Beauty for more and follow them on Instagram @wellkeptbeauty. So excited to start using this app when it launches in September! 

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