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3 Cruelty Free Summer Makeup Must Haves

Saturday marked the first official day of summer. Maine still hasn’t gotten the memo. Could we get up to 80 degrees? That’s all I’m askin’. But in the meantime, I have decided to summerfy my makeup routine, so when (if) it does finally get hot, I’ll be ready! Here are three products that are cruelty free, paraben free, and will help you keep your summer makeup routine simple and natural.

3 cruelty free summer products

Item Numero One: Detox Eye Roller by First Aid Beauty

Got seasonal allergies? Mine are terrible.  Every year from the beginning of spring till the middle of summer, I wake up with allergy induced eye puff and it ain’t pretty. Being the busy working gal that I am, I don’t have time to put chilled cucumbers on my eyes or rub ice cubes on my face. Nor do I want to. So the solution: the Detox Eye Roller. This cooling serum uses caffeine extract to brighten, de-puff, and refresh your gross allergy eyes. I don’t drink much caffeine because it makes me crazier than a bag of raccoons, but it sure seems to do wonders on my eyes!

Item Two: Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil by Bite Beauty

Ditch those dark lip stains and say “hello” to the only lip product you’ll need this summer. Like the name suggests, this gloss contains cinnamon oil, which does some cool things to your lips and is tasty enough to eat. The cinnamon makes your lips tingly and naturally flush. This gives your lips a natural splash of color and a fuller, plumper appearance. Because this gloss is oil based, it adds shine and hydration to your lips. Muah!

Last But Not Least: Limitless Liquid Liner Pen by Smashbox

This might just be me, but I have a serious preference to liquid eye liners. It took me my entire junior year of college to figure out how to use this stuff, but the practice paid off.

Waterproof liquid liners are especially convenient in the summer because wax based liners have a tendency to melt, smudge, and ruin your entire look in hot, sweaty weather. But have no fear, the Limitless Liquid Liner is here. This particular waterproof liner comes in dark brown and black. The pointy precision tip pen makes it easy to create looks that are subtle or dramatic.

You can find all of these products conveniently at Sephora (online or in store). So how does your makeup routine change in the summer? What are some staple products you like to use in warm weather?

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H&M Conscious Collection: Fashionably Sustainable and Sustainably Fashionable

In April H&M’s Conscious Collection finallyyyyy made its way to the US. The collection is comprised of everything from basic tees to pretty lace dresses. All the items in the line are produced in a more ethical and sustainable manner. I love that an affordable store is making the transition to appeal to conscious shoppers.

Fast fashion stores have gotten some heat in the past few years because of their environmental impact. They sometimes use inexpensive production methods and materials that aren’t great for the environment, but allow them to offer cheaper prices. H&M is making an effort to change that. To reduce their impact, H&M has come up with Seven Commitments, which have driven their goal to become more sustainable.

Seven Commitments

As a result of these commitments, here are some of their accomplishments from 2013:


I recently bought a pair of pants from the Conscious Collection.  The pants are 50% organic cotton and extremely cozy.

pantsoutfitconscious tag

That’s me in the middle. The mysterious blogger has been revealed!!! TA DA! These pants are perfect for a warm spring/cool summer day. You can easily pair them with a tank top or flowy tunic. The material is wicked thin so they’re very breathable. These lovely pants can be yours for the low price of $24.95. You can check out the rest of the collection HERE. If you want to check it out in store, you can easily spot the conscious items by their green tag. Hopefully this is just the start to a great endeavor!

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All Kinds of KIND


If you know me personally, you have probably had the pleasure of hearing me rant and rave about my love for KIND bars. I have also probably offered you (and forced you to eat) one.

I’ve always loved the convenience of a nutrition/energy/protein bar. Growing up playing sports nonstop made these bars a regular part of my diet. They were easy to grab before, between, or after practices or games. But even when I retired from my athletic career, these bars remained an easy snack I continued to eat on the reg.

Since graduating college and trying to live a healthier lifestyle, I have definitely become more conscious about what kind of food I put in my body. So when I finally took a real good look at the ingredients in the bars I ate, I was not too pleased with what I saw. Between the unpronounceable ingredients to the amounts of sugar and fat, I was basically eating a really bad tasting candy bar.

I quickly searched for a healthy alternative to fill the void. KIND bars kept coming up and lucky for me they are sold at a bunch of local grocery stores. And I lived happily ever after.

Unlike other bars there are no mysterious ingredients. They are made up of simple and all natural ingredients like nuts and dried fruit and spices that are not ground up into mysterious nougat.  KIND bars also have none of that icky GMO stuff in them. Their philosophy is “mysteries belong in novels, not in your food”. And they believe that “if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body” .

fruit and nut kind bar unwrapped

KIND bars are a delicious, filling treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about chowing down on. Because they’re mostly made up of nuts, they’re packed with protein and healthy fats. I’ve tried basically every flavor I can get my hands on. As of right now my favorite bar flavors are: Maple Glaze Pecan and Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, and Madagascar Vanilla Almond. KIND also makes a mean granola!

And sadly there are so many KIND products I have yet to try!  I was looking at the KIND website and found out there are so many products I’ve never even seen at a store!  I’m going to have to hunt them down somehow… You can check out all the yummy flavors here. Which ones look tasty to you?

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Stella McCartney: Where Luxury Meets Eco Friendly

I browse through handbags online at Nordstrom way more than I should. I like to sort the bags by price from cheap to never gonna happen and I hit my threshold pretty quickly. Some days I just stop there, but other days I prefer to live in a fantasy where I can afford all of the handbags in the world. Well on this particular day I decided to live a little and I noticed a Stella McCartney bag called the “Eco Tote”. Since starting my blog, words like “eco”, “natural”, and “sustainable” tend to grab my attention (along with words like “sale” and “50% off”).

So I hopped over to Stella’s website to figure out why this bag is considered “eco” and was amazed at the McCartney commitment to sustainability. From her stores to her products, sustainability is taken into consideration.  I don’t even know where to begin!

Essentially my reaction. This is the post I was born to write! Let’s do this.

First off, all of the UK stores, offices, and studios are powered by wind energy. Additionally, 45% of sites outside the UK run completely on renewable energy and the rest run partially on green energy.

Stella has always had a passion for animals. She is a lifetime vegetarian and has vowed not to use leather in her products, but still ensure the highest quality. This is a little tricky because many faux leather materials aren’t great for the environment. Therefore, she has developed a leather alternative called “Eco Alter Nappa”. She uses this material for all of her eco handbags, which are called Beckett bags. One way that this material is more earth friendly is the innovative coating that is made up of 50% vegetable oil.

And that’s not all! Each Beckett handbag is designed so that it can be folded flat. This reduces packaging and shipping materials and energy. And ya wanna know something even cooler? The bags inner lining is made from recycled plastic bottles. Pretty neat, huh? Now check out these beauties!

The Beckett Bag (Eco Tote)


Beckett Bag

The Beckett Envelope Clutch

Beckett Envelope Clutch


The Beckett Shoulder Bag

Beckett Shoulder Bag


The Beckett Mini Bag

Beckett Mini Bag


I love how all of these bags are simple yet oh so sophisticated.

Although some of her products contain polyester (which isn’t great for the environment), I like that she understands that her products are a work in progress and focuses on making strides in the right direction. Check out this bit of wisdom:

“We also know that sustainability isn’t just one thing, it isn’t just organic cotton – it’s organic cotton, plus wind energy, plus not using PVC, plus thousands of other little steps that eventually make a more sustainable company. In many ways we are just beginning our journey towards becoming more sustainable, but we are dedicated to continuing our work towards being able to replace what we have taken from the environment. We will continue to consider the impact we have on the planet as we design clothing, open stores and manufacture our products. We will probably never be perfect, but you can rest assured that we are always trying.”

Here are some of the ambitious goals she has set for 2016:

• Reducing our carbon emissions, waste and water usage resulting from the production of products and services by 25%, while accounting for the growth of our business.
• 100% of paper and packaging will be sourced from certified sustainably managed forests with a minimum of 50% recycled content.
• 100% of gold and diamonds will be sourced from verified operations that do not have a harmful impact on local communities, wildlife or the ecosystems which support them

My goal is to start saving my money now and maybe by 2016 I can actually afford a Beckett Bag. Stella’s goals are a little nobler than mine… But any who, I am hoping that Stella’s initiatives will eventually become common practice in the fashion industry. I’m excited to see what’s to come in the future!