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Natural Self Care

I’ve been obsessed with natural products, everything from makeup to skin care to supplements. I love knowing that what I’m putting on my skin or in my body is healthy for me and isn’t filled with preservatives or chemicals, which can disrupt your hormones (sign up for the IG newsletter for more on this).

The only downside to using more natural products is the cost, which can sometimes be double the price of drug store finds. Although there are products that I will often splurge on (hello argan oil shampoo!), I have found that a couple natural items are serious rock stars when it comes to self care and can be found in almost any grocery store.



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Coconut Oil

My favorite brand is Trader Joe’s organic cold-pressed coconut oil. A bottle is roughly $9-10 dollars but lasts for months. Do you remember the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who puts Windex on everything? I feel like I do this with coconut oil. Seriously, what can’t you do with this stuff? My favorite uses for it (beyond eating it) include putting a tablespoon in a hot bath with a few drops of lavender oil. I also use it as a body moisturizer. It smells amazing and definitely makes your skin feel very noursihed, you just have to let it sink into your skin for awhile so it’s not greasy.


We’ve all heard of putting lemon in a hot mug of water and drinking it in the morning to reap health benefits. However, going beyond that I have been using fresh lemons as face toner. I just squeeze a little bit of the fresh juice on a cotton swap and swipe it on my face. The cool tingly feel of the lemon definitely perks up my skin in the morning and feels very refreshing.

Mint Leaves

My latest habit is making my own fresh mint tea before bed every night. If you have a green thumb you can grow your own mint, otherwise you can buy a fresh bunch from any health food store. I like to take a few leaves and put them in a loose leaf tea strainer. I love almost any type of tea but I especially enjoy this one because it is so natural and doesn’t require a tea bag (you have to be careful of the bleach in some tea bags).

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Happy healthy living!

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Beautiful Women Sharing Their Beauty Secrets: Jessie Artigue

Today, I am chatting with Jessie Artigue from Style & Pepper. I had the opportunity to first meet Jessie at a go blog social conference last year and was so inspired by her natural beauty that radiates inside and out. She has a natural glow about her that instantly draws you in, so when thinking about who I would feature next, it was a no brainer.
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1. What is your beauty routine?
I definitely have a basic routine for morning and night, but love to switch things up depending on the season and my current favorites. I always start with a cold water rinse followed by homemade toner (which is just unfiltered apple cider vinegar mixed with water) and then apply 30+ spf before my morning workout. On the days I apply makeup, I use bare minerals complexion rescue (tinted moisturizer) and hardly ever leave the house without concealer, a bit of cream blush and 2-3 coats of mascara. At night, it’s cleansing with a blend of essential oils + a warm washcloth (no soap for me!) followed by another round of my toner and more oil: Jojoba under the eyes, tea tree oil for any blemishes or pimples, and coconut oil on any dry patches and chapped lips. I also drink a TON of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, and stay away from all types of sugar to keep my skin clear of the cystic acne that I used to have as a teen. (Lovely, I know.)
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2. What do you think makes a woman beautiful?
I am a huge believer that when women find their confidence in truth, we appear as the most beautiful version of ourselves. I also know that taking the precious steps toward self-care can be a wonderful way to cultivate that confidence, and I LOVE teaching and coaching women through this process by using my approach at
3. What were you taught about beauty growing up?
 I feel so blessed to have a family who is very generous with compliments on inner AND outer beauty… I can actually remember when my brother or I were little and would make “good decisions” as kids, my parents would say – “That is beautiful!” as an affirmation. Looking back, I can see the importance of hearing that working hard in school or helping someone in need was just as beautiful as a bright smile or a new braid in my hair.
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Thank you Jessie for sharing!
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Shining From the Inside Out

I don’t know about you but there are some days when I feel like my beauty routine needs a little boost and not from the outside. I am a huge believer in taking care of yourself from the inside to allow you to feel your best on the outside. Here are my several tips for literally glowing from the inside out. They are also perfect for those busy weeks when you don’t feel like you have a ton of time to devote to your beauty routine.



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  1. Biotin– I swear by this vitamin. It helps keep your skin clear, and hair and nails strong. My hair is always silky smooth after I have taken Biotin, You can pick them up at your local grocery store.
  2. Water – You have been probably heard this over and over but drink 8 glasses of water a day! It keeps your skin hydrated, your appetite in check and gives you more energy. Add a little lemon or fresh fruit for a twist. Start drinking!
  3. Wheatgrass – Okay so this one is a little bit different but one of my health conscious friends encouraged me to try a wheatgrass shot. You can get them at Whole Foods and it is basically a concentrated shot of green juice with plenty of vitamins and goodness.

Every once in awhile, everyone needs a little pick-me up especially during those busy workweeks.

Whenever I focus on my beauty from the inside out, it helps me refocus my energy on being healthy and happy. What are your tips for inner wellness?

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Beautiful Women Sharing their Beauty Secrets: Cait Fore

I don’t know about you but I love hearing other women’s beauty routines and hearing about their “can’t live without” products. However, I also like hearing what they were taught about beauty growing up and how that has shaped their perspective of what beauty is as an adult. The first feature is on one of my best girlfriends/family, Cait Fore, from Sophisticaited. Cait and I have known each other for a couple years now and one thing I have noticed is how polished Cait always looks. So I thought I would get the inside scoop on what products she loves, her daily beauty routine and more.

CaitFore pic 21. What is your beauty routine?

I have to be totally honest and say that I’m not huge into the “beauty routine” thing like everyone is supposed to be. Like, I don’t usually wash my face every night. I usually moisturize when my face is just super dry. Oh and I maybe wash my hair three times a week. So let’s say that dry shampoo is my best friend and I love the Dove dry shampoo. It smells so good and doesn’t leave a ton of white residue and gives a little bit of volume, and what’s not to love about that. Oh and I also love the Sachajuan dark volume powder I found it a my favorite blow dry bar Parlor and it also helps add volume at the top of the crown. Which I feel like is hard to get when my hair feels super heavy. And I just love the way my hair looks when there’s a bit more volume (who doesn’t right). Okay back to the beauty routine, I wear make up everyday. I literally have worn it basically everyday (even when I worked at a camp one summer in college) since like 7th grade. I think my first little bit of make up was light blue eye liner from bath and body works (back in the day when they sold make up) and I wore it like eye shadow. I’m sure there’s super embarrassing pics lingering around somewhere.  And I feel like of all things beauty aren’t really my thing, but I dabble in things anyone tells me about. But here are my favorite beauty products for my daily make up routine. I wear liquid foundation with powder foundation on top to set everything. Then I brush on bronzer on the hallows of my check bones and up around the crown of my forehead. It gives me a sun kissed look – instead of just looking like I just put a lot of make up on. Then I add blush to the apples of my cheeks. Dust on some brown eye shadow in the crease of my eye lids and a little bit of a lighter shadow in the corners of my eyes. Add some black liquid eye liner and volumizing mascara and a bold lip gloss is what completes my daily make up look. It might sound like a lot – but it usually take less than 5 minutes to do it all. Then onto my hair! It is definitely my thing and I have found what works best for my thick hair. I usually take night showers, just because it can take so long to blow dry my hair. But, if I do blow it dry, it is usually a rough blow dry, then when it’s almost dry I use a round brush to blow it out and give my hair volume. Then I use my straightener like scissors curling ribbon to create loose looking waves. And hair spray to hold it all together.

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2. What do you think makes a women beautiful?

When I was thinking about this I totally imagined a chic blonde woman wearing red lipstick. Not sure why, because I think there are so many different things that make a woman beautiful. I think confidence and lipstick are what makes me feel the most beautiful. I believe most women feel their most beautiful when they are confident with themselves. It’s just something that beams from within. It’s definitely something that my husband helped me notice. He always let’s me know when I look beautiful and can always tell when I am my most confident. And I just love that he can notice it in me. I do have to say it’s amazing how beautiful I feel when I workout! I love how I feel after a good yoga session or after lifting weight. I definitely feel taller and stronger that makes me feel confident and beautiful. Also – I think lipstick is a life saver. There is just something about a woman with a perfect red lip that I think is just so beautiful and classic.

3. What were you taught about beauty growing up?

For me I grew up with a mama that wasn’t/isn’t super girly. But, she was super supportive of all of my beauty questions and allowed me to be super girly! I loved getting to go to department stores with her to talk to the make up artists about any and every question I had. I loved getting to hear about new products and testing them on my pale freckly skin. I remember going to the Bobbi Brown counter and testing out the concealer stick and loving it. I remember my first Chanel lip gloss and how excited I was when Chanel came out with silver eye shadow (it was a big deal for the year 2000). I also taught my self how to curl my hair and never curled the back sections, not sure why that was a struggle. But, it was real. Yep, always just curled the front, and I probably did that for a solid year. Again, I’m sure the pictures of these days are just magical (adolescence is just super tough). And I have to say that when bronzer came on the market – I didn’t even know there could be such a magical product that could make me look tan all year round. Simply amazing! So basically my idea of beauty is the fun side of being a girly girl. I loved learning how to curl my hair and do my make up to feel my most beautiful.

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4. Three products you can’t live without?

This is definitely a tough one. Honestly I would have to say elf oil based concealerelf bronzer and voluming mascara and if I can add in a fourth option it would have to be lip stick! Oil based concealer is always the best way to hide those dark circles that tend to sneak up on us when we least suspect them (and never want them). This bronzer is my favorite to contour with. It’s a deeper brown that doesn’t look super orange or sparkly. And lastly this lipstick is my go-to. I love any lipstick that comes in a rich berry color and this kind has a heavier pigment that always stays longer on the lips. Whenever I go out to an event, I make sure to have at least those three (I mean four) things.

Thank you so much Caitlin for sharing your beauty routine with us!

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