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Your Face Wash Might Be Illegal


Exfoliating as you know it is will never be the same, at least in Illinois. And it’s good news. The state became the first to ban the use of synthetic microbeads in soaps and scrubs. Usually made of plastic, these tiny beads are hiding in plain sight in your face and body wash and even in your toothpaste.Not surprisingly, they’re causing all sorts of problems. Think millions of tiny beads going down your drains, absorbing who knows what before making their way into Lake Michigan only to be eaten by fish and marine life. You’re right to question what their business is in our personal care. Are we seriously relying on plastic to smooth out our skin anyway? I ditched those formulas after realizing that they usually come with a nasty breakout, too. Not quite the package deal I’m looking for. Change doesn’t happen overnight so it will be a few years before shelves change dramatically.

The good news: we’ve got options. Incredible, plastic-free options. Let’s talk scrubbing sinkside, today.

1. One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge. Submerge this adorable heart-shaped sponge in water and it turns into a squishy heart-shaped exfoliator that removes your makeup and polishes your skin. It’s so gentle that you’ll wonder if it really is working…it is. // 2. Tatcha Polished. This creamy rice-based exfoliant makes me feel way fancy. It’s like massaging silk on your face and results in the smoothest baby soft skin. It’s water-activated so you’re in control of the consistency every time. // 3. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. Sea kelp and chlorella are the buffing superstars and French green clay extracts oil and buildup form pores. There’s something so satisfying about the deep green color. // 4. M-61 Brilliant Cleanse. You don’t actually need grains, seeds or any other physical exfoliant to get the job done. M-61’s creamy formula has a blend of four alpha beta hydroxy acids – glycolic, salicylic, lactic and malic – along with grapefruit and orange peel extract to gently remove dead surface skin. This is great for oily skin since the creamy formula doesn’t dry you out. // 5. May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt. Clays, warming spices and healing salts are the base of this exfoliating cocktail that does wonders skin. It’s like at-home microderm. Blackheads will disappear, skin will be soft and toned and you’ll feel like a million bucks. // 6. S.W. Basics Exfoliant. This proves you only need a few ingredients. Oats, almonds and sea salt – that’s the full list. Simplicity at its finest.

Beauty Date with The Garden Apt.

Last weekend, I got together with Lindsay for a beauty date. She was looking to restock some daily essentials, so we hit up Whole Foods and walked to Arch Apothecary from there (with a pit stop at Anthropologie — where Lindsay bought this tunic I so wish there had been another of!) After the polar vortex earlier in the week, it felt so good to walk outside…on purpose. Plus, beauty and shopping dates with girlfriends are my fav!

Lindsay-The-Garden-Apt-ChicagoI’m totally buying Lindsay’s earrings — they caught my eye all day!


The goods!

We must have strolled the health & beauty aisles of Whole Foods for an hour. I picked up this Rose Glycerin spray which you can use as a moisturizing body spray or face mist. The biggest bottle only sets you back about $5 — it’s fantastic. I encouraged Lindsay to try an Acure Organics day cream and she stocked up on Avalon Lavender Body Lotion and the Everyday Coconut Face Wash.


RMS Demure Lip2Cheek

Every time I go to Arch, I can’t help but treat myself to something. We both picked up the RMS Uncover Up (it’s her first time with RMS and I’m squee-ing over it!) and Demure Lip2Cheek, which is a soft pale pink. It’s sort of Barbie in hue but I think that’s what makes it so perfect on lips and cheeks. It looked incredible on Lindsay’s skin.

Now go say hi to Lindsay over at The Garden Apt. and hear how she’s liking her new beauty goods!

Low to Luxe: Eye Cream

It wasn’t long ago that my friend Catherine asked me to break down the best makeup for busy moms. And right before she came back from maternity leave, she specifically pegged me on eye cream recommendations.  I’m no expert on mom beauty shortcuts yet, but I know eye cream. I started using it when I was around 19 (Clinique All About Eyes, a beginner’s staple!) and I’m a firm believer that it needs to be a part of every woman’s routine.  It’s never too early or late to add that step, and the payoff is major. I’ve put together a list of my top recommendations, in low to luxe fashion. I like options, and I imagine you do as well!


Low to Luxe: Acure Organics // Origins // Kiehl’s // Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics // La Bella Figura

Acure Organics Eye Cream is one of the best values I’ve come across — especially considering the organic, superfruit-packed formula (Acai! Pomegranate! Goji berry!) It’s lightweight but don’t worry, it’s fighting the good fight against wrinkles. One of my favorite things about this brand is that for every product sold, they donate $1 to Bright Pink to help fund breast cancer education.

I went through a major Origins GinZing phase a few years back and it remains a favorite. It’s like a cup of coffee for your eyes, with a blend of caffeine, ginseng and optic brighteners to bring visible radiance to the eye area. I like to blend my concealer with a dab of this and apply together. It’s a good morning boost.

I am a fan of most of Kiehl’s eye creams, and I really like the new Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream. It uses Copper PCA (an essential mineral in the skin) to prevent the breakdown of collagen. I love how quickly skin drinks it up (making it very easy to wear during the day) and the formula has a solid blend of wrinkle-fighters and moisturizers.

My new obsession is the shea-packed vitamin e eye balm from Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics. Shea butter is everything! The value in this tiny tub is crazy, given how little you need. It’s daytime appropriate, but best suited for night when you can layer it on for some good old fashioned beauty sleep. Elizabeth advised me to dab some on my lips and cuticles. I did so with the leftover on my finger after applying undereyes —- there’s never any waste!

I’ve saved the luxe for last! And it’s not even an eye cream but an oil serum – La Bella Figura Découverte Eye Repair Serum. I like to call it my magic eraser. If you are looking to really combat the crow’s feet, you need to call in the big guns. Découverte is made from pure barbary fig seed oil and it’s extremely effective in making stressed tissue appear smooth and youthful. I don’t throw around the “miracle” word like ever but I think this can actually help reverse signs of aging. It’s a worthy investment and the good news is a little bit goes a long way.

note: some editorial samples were provided (Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics & La Bella Figura)

Two Steps to Radiant Skin


Some things are just too good to keep to yourself. Which is how I first stumbled across this crazy good skin combo. And now I’m paying it forward! We all have the ladies at La Bella Figura to thank for this treat.

It begins with Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub, which cleanses and exfoliates skin with organic sea kelp and stimulates new cell growth with chlorella growth factor and argan stem cells. I don’t know about you, but I think rubbing sea kelp on your face falls into the more unusual (but super cool) category. Its health benefits are plentiful – tons of mineral-rich vitamins and elements. French Green Clay and Lemon Peel also work to suck the gunk out of your pores. Short story: this exfoliator is not like other exfoliators.  It’s also only $15.

After you finish smoothing and de-gunking, pat a face oil, like omega-rich  La Bella Figura Daily Elements Defense, all over skin. The result is major radiance. I do this at about once a week, and it’s always my best skin day. I like to do it in the morning since LBF’s Daily Elements Defense absorbs so well. I usually go brew a cup of coffee in the Keurig and then go about my makeup business and revel in how I hardly want to wear any because my skin is so glowing.

Daily Elements Defense launches later this month! You can see my earlier review here.  

312 To Do: Ruby Room Girls’ Night Out


One of my favorite Chicago boutiques, Wicker Park’s Ruby Room is hosting a girls’ night out this Friday, March 8. While you sip on some green smoothies, you can enjoy a one-on-one style consultation with a Bumble & Bumble educator and get the scoop on the brand’s latest and greatest thickening products. Yes, big is back. And so is mousse, apparently! One of the new additions to Bumble’s thickening line is the Full Form Mousse.

Also, a rep from Acure Organics will be there to chat skin care. I first discovered Acure at Ruby Room last winter after getting their Acure facial — the Brightening Facial Scrub is a must for me as is the oil-rich Mandarin + Mango Body Lotion! Word is there’s a goodie bag and giveaways in store for the night as well!

If you’re interested in stopping by, you can RSVP here.