Follain – the gold standard for clean beauty

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For the past 6 months or so, I have been really into cleaning up my beauty routine. However, I’ve noticed that while a lot of brands claim to be “clean,” there is a lack of standardization on what constitutes clean. To find products that are truly clean, I’ve turned to Follain as the gold standard. Follain is a store that curates the best in clean, non-toxic skincare and beauty. They have a list of 30+ ingredients that they will not allow in any product, and as new research comes out, they will reevaluate all of their products and take things off the shelf that they feel no longer meet their standards. Follain carries some of my favorite clean brands, such as Indie Lee and Ilia Beauty. I’ve been thrilled with everything I have from Follain, and I can honestly say that my skin has never been better. For me, clean beauty is my new touchstone, and I’m so excited to share some new-to-me products as well as some well-loved favorites that are all available at Follain! Also, you can use my code ALOVELYMOMENT10 at checkout for 10% off your order!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

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I can’t believe it’s here already! The sale will open to Nordstrom cardholders July 12, 2019 at 12:30pm EST, and will open to the public a week later. This sale is so popular and overwhelming that I am super mindful of not getting caught up in the hype and will only show you things I myself am truly excited about and feel are worth it. Staple sweaters, booties, and cozy tops are my favorite things to shop for during this sale. Click through for my picks and thoughts, and I will keep updating this post and the corresponding page as the sale goes on!

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Sephora Sale Spring 2019

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Sephora Sale is here for Beauty Insiders! Honestly, with all the products I have, I’m surprised I’m not at least VIB status but alas I had to wait to get my spring sephora discount. As of May 2, here are the discounts that each Sephora level gets: Rouge – 20% (code: HEYROUGE), VIB – 15% (code: HEYVIB), Beauty Insider – 10% (code: HEYINSIDER). Anyone can be a beauty insider and it’s free to sign up! Keep reading to see some of my favorite products that I use consistently that are now on sale!

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Clean Beauty with Indie Lee

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This is a meaningful post for me to write because Indie Lee has been one of my dream brands to work with for a long time. Their attention to detail from their clean, innovative ingredients to their gorgeous packaging is what made me fall in love at first. I grew even more respect for the brand once I read about Indie’s story and how she came to start this amazing line of skincare. For those who don’t know – Indie started this brand after successfully overcoming a brain tumor. When she was diagnosed, Indie had been eating super healthy and so naturally she asked her doctor – how could this happen? And he said – well what do you put on your skin? That story really resonated with me because I work at a cancer therapeutics company and though Indie’s brain tumor wasn’t cancer, I know that any diagnosis like this is devastating for both the patient and their loved ones. Any chance we have to reduce risk is something that I believe we should be aware of and prioritize! Our skin is the first line of defense in our immune system, and accordingly, it also sees everything we put on it.  After reading Indie’s story, I was really inspired and motivated to clean up my beauty routine, and I have turned to Indie Lee’s products and web resources to do that. My first product that I tried was their Squalane Facial Oil. That oil changed my life and started my love for Indie Lee products. I was so honored when they sent me some more products from their range to try – it was really a personal and blogging highlight. Indie Lee kindly sent me some of their best-selling products – their Brightening Cleanser, CoQ-10 Toner, and I-Waken Eye Serum. I knew I would love everything, and I did. I’ve been using all these products for about 2 weeks now so keep reading for my thoughts on them!

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Duster Cardigan Two Ways

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I’m always chilly, so cardigans are my saving grace when it comes to wardrobe staples. I’ve been inspired by so many outfits that feature a duster-length cardigan, so when I saw this LOFT one that came in the most gorgeous dove-grey, almost blush color, I had to have it. It’s seriously the best item I’ve purchased for my closet this year, and I’ve already worn it in so many ways. Because of its length, it’s incredibly versatile and looks chic with dresses, leggings, jeans, anything! Here are two ways that I’ve loved wearing my duster cardigan recently.

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HelloAva Beauty Review

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I’m so excited to share the collaboration I’ve been working on with HelloAva today! If you love skincare, you will love this service that I have had the pleasure of using recently. HelloAva is a skincare consultant service, and they curate a collection of products for you based on your skin type and skincare needs. What’s unique about HelloAva is the wide range of products that they have available, and how they connect you with a personal skincare consultant that you can text back and forth with. Usually I am pretty skeptical about curation services because I do a lot of research on my products and like to think I’m pretty well versed on what my skin needs. However, I had heard good things about HelloAva and I was really impressed by product selection I had seen so I was really excited to try it out! I’m happy to say that the experience with exceeded my expectations and after getting my box and trying out my selections, I am sold on the value of HelloAva and can’t wait to share more details about the whole process!

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The Best Winter Outerwear

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Having spent my formative years in Georgia and Tennessee, I haven’t have had to deal with cold winters much. A wool-blend pea coat and earmuffs was about all I needed to keep warm. When we moved to Washington DC in January, I blissfully thought that it would be the same too. Oh how wrong I was. It was so cold (like high of 20s), for so long (until April at least), and it just did not occur to me to get a warmer coat. I would hate going out for dinner or errands because I didn’t want to deal with the cold. This year I took matters into my own hands. I call this blog post “get a coat that covers your bum and your thighs so you feel empowered to go out into 30 degree weather.” While you’re at it, get boots that have thermal insulation and socks that actually make your feet toasty instead of clammy. Click through to read about all the winter things I’ve purchased and how they’ve empowered me to take on the cold Mid-Atlantic winters!

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Drybar Full-Size Faves Set Review

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You know when you’re on day 2 or 3 hair and it still looks ok, but doesn’t carry that fresh scent of shampoo anymore? Yah, I definitely do, and have been noticing it more because the weather is so dry and I have been stretching my hair washes out more and more. I’ve been thinking about getting hair mists that are designed to scent your hair, but then I tried the Drybar Triple Sec spray. It smells SO GOOD – a warm, vanilla, very feminine scent. What struck me was how long the fragrance lasted! I tried it out at my friend’s place in the evening, and my hair was still strongly carrying that delicious scent by the time I went to bed, and it was even still lingering the next morning! I immediately beelined over to the Nordstrom app to see if that spray came in a set, because I’m that girl who once she finds a product she likes, has to go try other products from that line. We love a good deal around here, so I was really excited to find this Drybar Full Size Faves set. It comes with the Triple Sec 3-in-1 Texturizing Spray, the Detox Dry Shampoo, and the Prep Rally Prep & Prime Detangler – all in full sizes, so basically you’re getting one of the products for free. You can find this set from both Sephora and Nordstrom but I was like, well Nordstrom has literally the best shipping and returns policy on earth so yas, this set went in my cart. Keep reading for my full review of these products…

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