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My Clean Hair Care Routine

April 19, 2020

Over the years, my hair has gone through a lot! Having three babies in less than five years has kept me in a constant cycle of postpartum hair loss + hair re-growth, finally getting my hair to a good place only to start all over with another pregnancy.

One of the biggest contributing factors to helping me keep my hair feeling strong and healthy began when I ditched conventional shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos and other styling products and swapped them out for cleaner options. What I didn’t realized before making the switch was that many shampoos/conditioners/styling products make your hair temporarily FEEL healthy, shiny and strong but don’t actually make your hair stronger or healthier. In fact, some of the ingredients in conventional products can actually weaken your hair structure over time and lead to damaging build-up on your scalp.

So! What products am I using and LOVING these days? Well, here’s a look…

SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER
My stylist introduced me to Olaplex products and I have been LOVING their No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. These two products have made a world of difference in my hair’s health and appearance. The products aren’t too heavy on my fine hair and allow me to go a normal number of days between washes.

For those wanting to read more about how clean Olaplex products are, you can do so here. They are rated a 4 on EWG, so not THE cleanest option around but after trying many clean shampoos and conditioners and being disappointed, I think this is the best I’ve found for clean AND high performing.

DRY SHAMPOO
I’ve been using Primally Pure’s Dry Shampoo for a couple years now and continue to love it. They have a “light locks” color and a “dark locks” color. It smells great and works well, too! Without all the sketchy ingredients found in most conventional dry shampoos, it doesn’t irritate my scalp or cause any build-up!

DEEP CONDITIONER/MASK
For the nights when I want to give my hair a little extra love, I use the Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling heavy and does a great job of adding shine and strength to my hair.

HEAT PROTECTANT
Another product I use from Rahua is their Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil to protect my hair from heat styling. A tiny caveat: a little goes a LONG long way. Don’t apply too much as you will be left with greasy hair.

SCALP SCRUB (not pictured)
I am currently waiting for another jar of this to arrive, so it’s not pictured, but hands down my favorite beauty find in 2019 was this Goop G. Tox Scalp Scrub. I use it once every week or two in place of my shampoo for when my hair is feeling dull or like product is building up. My hair feels weightless and squeaky clean after. It’s amazing!

So that’s it! My routine these days is super simple and very basic, but I’ve found that the less I use on my hair and the cleaner the routine, the better my hair looks and feels.

Madison

Family, Fashion

Holiday Gift Guide #1 / For Her

November 6, 2019

I’m getting ahead of the game this year and doing my holiday shopping early. And while I’m doing that shopping, I wanted to make sure to get ahead of the gift guides and provide you with some of my favorite gifts for different people in your life.

First up? My gift guide for the woman in your life – be it a friend, your mom, sister, mother-in-law, etc. Basically the list below is me rounding up my favorite of favorite items in the last year and recommending them to you. You can rest assured that I’ve put my hands on every single item listed below and use + love each item on the regular.

Cuyana Baby Alpaca Square Edged Cape
I was gifted this beautiful cape/wrap on a Beautycounter trip in January and it’s completely dreamy! Soft, high quality, and so versatile. My mom has been hinting that she wants one for herself.

Cuyana Leather Travel Case Set
I don’t personally own a set of these – but I’ve gifted at least a dozen of them to people both on my Beautycounter team and for previous holidays. I gave a set to my mom last year and she loves them. Bonus? You can personalize them and high end cosmetics travel cases are something I think most people are reluctant to buy for themselves.

KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker
Joe gifted this to me last Christmas and I use it every single day! I LOVE sparkling water and my habit of buying cans of sparkling water was getting expensive. This is a more eco and budget-friendly way of enjoying sparkling water at home. The canisters of CO2 can be exchanged at Walmart, Target and other retailers for a fraction of the cost.

Mini Lip Gloss Vault
For the makeup lover in your life! The colors in this lip gloss vault are to die for, and nearly all of them are universally flattering. I was shocked at how many of the colors I ended up loving – which is saying something for a neutral lip color gal like myself.

Rothy’s Chelsea Bootie
These have quickly become my go-to mom shoes. I slip them on nearly every day for preschool drop-off and pick-up. They are SO comfortable and versatile and I’m already eyeing another pair.

Everlane Cashmere Crew
The most classic Christmas gift choice around is a cashmere sweater, right? I love this sweater from Everlane. I’ve had a couple of their cashmere crews over the last few years in different colors.

Everlane Link Stitch Pullover
I recently purchased this and love it! I sized up to a medium for a more roomy fit and it’s quickly become the sweater I reach for most often.

Eye Sparklers Palette
The holidays are the perfect time to add a hint of sparkle to your eye makeup, and this little 4-pan palette is a fun way to to do so. It would make a fantastic stocking stuffer!

When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
Full disclosure: I haven’t actually read this book yet, but I’ve read Emily’s other books and loved them and am equally excited to read this one. I think her books would all make fantastic gifts to any time-crunched momma trying to prioritize what matters.

Risen Motherhood (book) by Laura Wifler and Emily Jensen
I love my friends at Risen Motherhood and am so encouraged by their recently-released book named after their popular podcast. I can’t think of a better encouragement and gift to mommas in your life than to help bring them closer to the heart of Jesus as they mother their kiddos.

Fawn Design Original Diaper Bag
I have this diaper bag and got it before Collins was born. It’s my absolute FAVORITE. It’s roomy enough to tote around all the things you need for baby + toddler + other kiddos but it’s cute enough that it doesn’t scream “diaper bag!” Meaning that when I travel for work I still take this bag with me because I love it that much.

Fashion

Everlane Faves

September 30, 2019

Hi there, friends! Postpartum momma searching for clothes that fit her body right NOW and make her feel great when going on nights of little sleep and full/crazy days. Can anyone relate? Regardless if you’re postpartum or not, Everlane has become one of my favorite stores to shop for beautifully made basics for any stage of life. They are also a company focused on making ethical clothing at affordable prices – which is something I can totally get behind!

As I’ve refreshed my wardrobe for fall, I thought I would share some of my favorite finds from Everlane this season. Read on for the full run-down!

Everlane Cashmere Crew Sweater
I have this in black in a size small that I’ve owned for years and the golden color pictured above in a size medium for a looser fit. I love both and have worn the black one time and time again. It’s such a versatile piece!

Everlane Link-Stitch Crew Neck Sweater
This is pictured in white above. It’s one of my most favorite sweaters to date! It’s great quality and such a great fit. It’s casual enough to wear with jeans yet pretty enough to dress up with a skirt or dress pants.

Everlane High-Rise Skinny Jean
I have been a Madewell jean gal for years but I gave these a shot because the price is great and I had heard good things from so many people. Now, my only question is WHY did I wait so long to get a pair? They are so comfortable ad the fit is fantastic!

Everyone The Italian GoWeave Easy Pant
These are perfection! (Pictured above in olive) They are casual enough to dress down with a sweatshirt – I can see them being perfect airport/travel pants with the comfy elastic waist – but the material makes them dressy enough to wear with a sweater and heels or mules for the office/church/events. I’m planning on buying them in every color.

Everlane The Clean Silk Short Sleeved Square Shirt
I am wearing this in the striped pattern above. It’s nothing special on the site and when it arrived I didn’t think it would look great on, but I was wrong. It’s so easy to wear and great for tucking into jeans or pants.

Everlane The Cotton Turtleneck
I have this in navy and it’s another easy-to-wear sweater going into fall/winter. I love it! It’s not heavy or scratchy and has a great fit. It runs true to size!

Fashion

Summer Clean Beauty Round-Up

June 20, 2019


Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer //
This is a must-have year-round in my book, but especially so in the summer months! I appreciate the SPF 20 protection it provides along with lightweight coverage to make your skin look flawless but feels like you’re not wearing any makeup at all.

Cote Nail Polish //
My husband treated me to some new Cote nail polish for Mother’s Day! Cote is a clean polish line that is formulated without the major toxins found in most conventional nail polishes. When I first tried Cote a few years ago I wasn’t a huge fan, but I think their formulations have gotten SO much better in recent years, making them a new favorite.

Primally Pure Dry Shampoo //
I quit using dry shampoo a couple years ago when I learned how bad it is for scalp health and all the icky ingredients found in most conventional dry shampoos on the market. But my momma self really missed having an option to make it easier to go longer between hair washes. Thankfully Primally Pure makes a great dry shampoo – one for light locks and one for dark – that works well and smells great!

Overnight Resurfacing Peel //
Skin goes through a LOT in the summer – exposure to the sun, layers of sunscreen, sweat, and long days. I tend to notice that my skin needs more exfoliation in the summer months, which means I find I’m reaching for my favorite Overnight Resurfacing Peel twice per week to keep my skin glowing and combat clogged pores and blackheads.

Pearl Sheer Lipstick //
This is a new-to-me shade and it’s quickly become a favorite. It’s so easy to wear, and ultra moisturizing, which is a huge plus for me since my lips tends to be dry most of the time. It can be worn alone or on top of you favorite brighter lip colors for a more muted look.

Rahua Classic Conditioner //
My hair tends to feel a little more on the dry + dehydrated side in the summer thanks to the trips to the pool, time outside and in the sun, etc. I’ve been using this Rahua Classic Conditioner for a few months now and really love how soft and smooth it makes my hair feel. Note: I haven’t yet found a shampoo of theirs that I like, but the conditioner has worked well for me!

Goop G. Tox Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo //
Piggy backing off what I mentioned above, my hair basically needs more TLC in the summer months. I LOVE this salt scrub shampoo from Goop. It’s not designed to be use daily, bur rather an occasional use product that I work into my hair care routine about once per week. It helps remove build-up and leaves your hair and scalp feeling SO lightweight and clean. My husband calls it “the good shampoo” and loves it just as much as I do. 😉

Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass //
This is my favorite for sloughing off dead skin cells! It leaves skin feeling SO good, smooth and hydrated. I can’t say enough times how much I love this stuff.

Family, Fashion, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

April 30, 2019

Hi Friends! I can’t believe Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Crazy right? I feel like it’s snuck right up on me – paired with the fact that Collins’s birthday is ON Mother’s Day this year and we are getting ready for Iceland, I’m helping run a preschool fundraiser the six days leading up to our trip and getting ready to spend this coming weekend with my Beautycounter team leaders on our yearly incentive trip. Whew!

So, I haven’t done a lot of thinking about Mother’s Day. But today I’m doing a little thinking for you so you can spoil the moms/aunts/friends in your life or make a wish list for your significant other to gift TO you. These are my favorite gift-worthy Beautycounter items that feel a little more special than, say, a face wash or face lotion.

Glow Shimmer Oil //
I LOVE this shimmer oil because it makes me feel so pretty + glamorous when I use it. I’ve been known to be totally addicted to using this during my pregnancies in particular because there is something about a shimmery body oil that makes me feel beautiful at a time when I don’t always feel beautiful. It’s also a sleeper favorite because I don’t think many people know about this product and others aren’t likely to splurge on buying it for themselves.

Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub //
Another pregnancy favorite – but really it’s a fantastic product for any person on your gifting list. It smells amazing and works to gently exfoliate and moisturize the skin. I use it weekly!

Velvet Eyeshadow Palette //
We have this awesome nine-pan palette in three different color combos/versions but the Romantic Palette is my favorite for springtime. It’s so feminine and lovely!

Lip Gloss in Rosewood //
This shade is a bit more of a statement than one of our lighter pink shades, yet still functions as the perfect neutral. I can’t get enough!

Sheer Lipstick //
The sheer lipsticks are an absolute favorite of mine! I don’t love an intense lip color but the sheer lipsticks are like a balm meets lip color in one. Rose, Terra, Twig and Petal are regular rotation favorites of mine! (Rose pictured in the above photo)

Satin Powder Blush //
Nectar (pictured above) is, in my opinion, the most versatile shade of blush we sell, but I also love Melon, Guava and Sorbet! Extra bonus? They last FOREVER.

PS: You have until May 2 to order any of the items listed with standard shipping in order to guarantee Mother’s Day delivery!