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September Favorites: Green Beauty Picks

Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash Lavender

I used to be stricter about healthy eating, but nowadays I find moderation in a 70/30 “clean”/indulgent diet. Life’s too short to miss out on sweets and treats or crusty pizza each week!

When it comes to beauty though, I’m a lot more relaxed. I won’t pick a mediocre organic product over an amazing conventional one. I’m always actively looking for more natural products though. Take a look at what I’ve stumbled upon this month.

I’ve been doing early morning showers as I hit the gym before class this semester. The new Essence of Beauty Botanical Body Wash in Lavender ($9.99 US) is a soothing, relaxing addition to my shower caddy that lathers gorgeously.

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My Tips for Healthy and Happy Skin

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

For the most part I’m happy with my skin, but like everyone else, I’m constantly working towards smoother, more radiant skin. I’m a firm believer in a combination of topical treatments and eating right for giving beautiful skin that special glow.

Shifts in the season always seem to make my skin a tad sensitive, so it’s times like now when I try to be extra disciplined. Check out some of my tips below the jump! (more…)


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Chocolate and Vintage Gold

chocolate and gold

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Going back to the little details, I’m feeling inspired by warm chocolate tones that feel dreamy against changing leaves and the brisk air. Monochromatic brushed “vintage gold” jewelry looks luxe without being flashy and pairs perfectly with velvety deep colors. Navy and chocolate are a winning combination as are burgundy (or any other dark reds) and browns.

What are your favorite colors for Fall fashions?

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Nails of the Week: NARS Zakynthos

NARS Zakynthos

One of my favorite styling tricks is to wear my favorite nude heels with a bare-leg outfit. Even at 5’2” the illusion of a continuous line lengthens my legs like nothing else. Same goes for nails.

A nude polish can be your most flattering and classic bet. More often than not, it looks luxurious and expensive, given that you are wearing the right shade of nude for your skintone.

My most recent nude polish favorite is the NARS Nail Polish in Zakynthos ($20 US), a creamy pink grey-tinged beige that makes my hands look great and my nails perfectly polished and neat.

When was the last time you wore a nude nail polish?

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Lip Lust: Pur Minerals Gloss Stick

Pur Lip Gloss Stick

For me, classic Fall makeup is either dark berry lips (think Bordeaux or burgundy) or a just bitten stained look. The latter is more low maintenance, which I’ve preferred with my recently hectic schedule this semester.

The Pur Minerals Gloss Stick ($16 US) is one of my picks for the season. Check out two of the colors: Spiked Punch and Daredevil below.

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