Get News-Savvy With theSkimm

No matter how hard I try to stay on top of current events and daily news, I somehow always seem to fall behind. Life is busy enough, who has time to sit down and read every newspaper or magazine from cover to cover? (Okay, maybe you do have that time and if you allow yourself those kinds of moments, I envy you.) What overwhelms me the most about staying “in the know” with news is the boundless number of media outlets there now are. How can I realistically read everything I need to know from every news source I want, while I’m always on-the-go?

Initially I gave up, continued to feel embarrassed by friends who seem more passionate about reading the news than I am, and forced myself into the habit of watching my local news every morning while getting ready for work. Depressing and boring. That is, before I discovered theSkimm.

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What Natural Makeup Dreams Are Made Of: La Bella Figura Beauty’s More Than Makeup Line

LBF2LBF3Luxurious all-natural skincare powerhouse, La Bella Figura Beauty recently forayed into the makeup world with their More Than Makeup line, and it’s nothing less than amazing. Once I set eyes on the clean, simple formulas and sexy, luxurious mirrored-compact packaging, I knew I had to try these new products. Featuring highly-pigmented, cream blush, highlighter,  eyeshadow, lip tint, and now 2 limited edition products for the holidays: a blush and an eyeshadow duo, La Bella Figura makeup is enough for any beauty junkie to swoon. The pretty, universal colors tempted me but so did the fact that the product formulations focused on nourishing, skin-healing ingredients. It seemed revolutionary that these makeup products could still perform as makeup, but could heal your skin while beautifying it. I found that these beauty products are indeed what natural makeup dreams are made of.

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2 Months Later: August ANFGB GoodeBox Recap

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One of the first large-scale green beauty events I ever attended last year was A Night for Green Beauty, which was the first of its kind and held in New York City. ANFGB brought together green beauty bloggers, enthusiasts, and experts for a fun night of shopping top green beauty brands, makeovers, mingling with like-minded folks, and trying sustainable snacks. This year, the 2nd annual A Night For Green Beauty was held in Los Angeles. Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend so instead I poured my sorrows into the next best thing: buying a specially curated Goodebox featuring samples and full-size products from a handful of the amazing brands from ANFGB. This limited-edition box was advertised for August (the month that ANFGB happened), featured 6 items (with claims of at least 2 full-size products depending on the combination), and only cost $22 per box. Unfortunately, my box arrived 2 months later (in October). Darn you, USPS!

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Beauty Chat: Margot White, Founder of The Choosy Chick + a Giveaway!

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Get ready green beauty lovers, there’s a new chick in town: The Choosy Chick, that is! This new online store is yet another lovely addition to the internet’s finest purveyors of green beauty goods. The Choosy Chick features a carefully curated catalog of well-known organic and natural skincare, hair, and beauty brands many enthusiasts already trust like Josh Rosebrook, Badger, Acure, Honeybee Gardens, and MUN. What really caught my eye is that the store focuses on intriguing and perhaps lesser-known brands with a special emphasis on fun and healthy products for children. It’s great to see a store that selects great overall brands for everyone in the family!

I chatted with The Choosy Chick’s founder and very cool Chick-in-charge, Margot White about her thoughts on green beauty, the story behind her business, and more. Read on to learn more about this inspiring entrepreneur, teacher and mother.
After the jump, enter the giveaway to win an amazing sampler bag from The Choosy Chick! 

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Beauty Chat: Christina Siau, Founder of Christy Organics

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For Christina Siau, creating and seeking out satisfying, beautiful scents is something that’s in her genes. Coming from a family with three generations of herbalists and natural medicine practitioners, it’s easy to see how Siau came to create her lovely natural perfume line, Christy Organics. Using locally-sourced, organic and naturally-derived ingredients for her perfumes, Christina handcrafts these proprietary formulated scents using her creativity and extensive knowledge as a perfumer. If you haven’t already heard, I’m in love with Christy Organics perfumes! (Full review here). Read on to hear more about Christina, her inspiring business story, and her current green beauty obsessions:

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Scents That Transcend: Christy Organics Natural Perfumes + Giveaway

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I’m officially declaring my natural perfume rut as OVER. Done and DONE! When Christina Siau founder of Melbourne-based, Christy Organics reached out to me to introduce her handcrafted and natural perfumes line, I was more than intrigued. I was still riding on the success of finding a semi-natural and clean perfume from Lavanila Labs and was very willing to see if other natural fragrance products could keep me on this beauty high. Let me just say, my expectations have been exceeded. As I’ve said, I’ll take a spray perfume over a roller-ball or oil any day but with Christy Organics natural perfumes, I’m making a huge exception to the rule. Now, I can’t go anywhere without these amazing, handcrafted scents and that’s the truth. 

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New Releases Radar \\ 5

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1. Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit: Perfect as a small gift or as a way to sample these cult-favorite lip crayons, Bite Beauty recently released their Best Bite Remix Kit ($25) at Sephora. This kit includes 4 mini-sized versions of Bite Beauty’s High Pigment lip pencils in limited-edition colors that seem: Sablé (nude), Pomegranate (rose berry), Rhubard (plum berry), Winterberry (festive Raspberry red). These lip colors look perfect for fall and are included in a convenient, purse-sized metal compact. I have not tried Bite Beauty products yet but I have heard great things about their high performing qualities although one should be cautious of their not-always-so-organic ingredients. Available exclusively at Sephora.

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Above and Beyond Skincare Basics with Odacité + a Giveaway!

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It’s been interesting to see that as I’ve been blogging about green beauty, I’ve had a natural gravitation towards pure and effective skincare brands. Though I’m still crazy about makeup, I’ve realized that a solid skincare routine is the basis for healthier skin, happier attitude and overall well-being. Green beauty has led me to find some of the best natural skincare brands that provide high-quality, gentle, and healthy products that really do work.

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Spotlight on Green Beauty Shops

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Since I started going green with my beauty and skincare products, I’ve done a lot of online shopping (and I mean, A LOT). As someone who absolutely hates online shopping– I’m a touch-smell-feel-try-in-store kinda gal, I thought it’d be helpful to share my experiences with various online, one-stop green beauty shops across the spectrum. I love shopping from brands themselves (it always feels like a nice personal interaction) but, someones general green beauty shops are just more convenient with all the brands and products to shop from in one place.

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1. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation: For all its ups and downs, 100% Pure is a brand I still love in regards to their all natural, vegan, cruelty-free formulations. I’ve talked about their skincare and makeup products many times before. Their Tinted Moisturizer is still an everyday, go-to face product for me and I’m curious to see how well their new Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation performs. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is one of the first foundation products that 100% Pure has placed in jar/pan packaging. Aside from powder format, they foundations have only been of the liquid, pump-packaging type. Like all other 100% Pure products, the Fruit Pigmented Cream Foundation is 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free, and colored with fruit, vegetable and seed pigments for antioxidant protection. Featured in 6 shades, this new foundation is claimed to have “medium to full coverage with a glow” $36. 

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