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Summer Beauty Essentials

7 Jul

summer beauty healthy

1. Acquarella Nail Polish. I wrote a review 3 years ago here.  Acquarella is the only brand I’ve used since.  I’ve tried Plasma, Livid and most recently Sleek, and I love them all.  A little pricey, but it lasts awhile–my first bottle lasted two years!

2. Babyganics Hand & Face Wipes. I keep a pack of these in my purse for wiping down after the park.  They’re cooling and they clean with one wipe, without being scented or leaving a greasy residue.

3. Babyganics Insect Repellent.  This is the only bug spray we’ve used for two years.  I find I have to reapply more frequently than other chemical-laden sprays, but I guess that’s to be expected. It leaves an oily residue, but the smell isn’t bad at all.  I think the spray comes out heavy and fast, though, so watch out!

4. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.  I use this after showers, but I also keep a small tube in my purse.  If I were ever exiled to a deserted island and could take one item, it would come down to lotion or toilet paper, and lotion just might win.  I apply multiple times during the day, so I like that this is a healthier choice, doesn’t have a fragrance, and doesn’t leave a residue.  Matty loves putting lotion on, too, and I don’t worry much when he pulls this out of my purse.

5. Babyganics Sunscreen. Do you get that we love Babyganics?  I bought this sunscreen for Matthew for our vacation last year in the Caribbean.  Eric and I ended up using it too, and no one got burnt.  We’ve continued to use it almost daily this summer, and I still love it.  It does go on really white, but Matty doesn’t mind. Heck, neither do I…I’m too busy chasing a toddler around the park to care if I have white streaks on my face. 🙂

6. California Baby Calendula Cream. I bought a big tub of this when Matthew was born in lieu of traditional diaper cream.  We just ran out.  I use it for everything from bites, scrapes, rashes, and even moisturizer in a pinch.  Matty loves to get kisses from Mommy and then his “creeeeeam” when he gets an ouchy.

7. Honest Company Conditioning Mist.  I love Moroccan Oil for my hair, but when I ran out recently, I decided to try Honest Company.  I don’t love this as much, but I still love it.  It keeps my hair soft and less frizzy, which is great because I rarely have time to blow-dry.

Lord knows I carry enough in my purse, so it’s nice when I can find a product that does double (Mommy and Matty) or even triple (Daddy, Mommy, and Matty) duty.  The best part?! All of these products are rated as a 1 or 2 (low risk) on Skin Deep, the EWG’s website ranking beauty and household products.  Check it out!

Acquarella Sleek

**I had a hard time finding a picture of the exact color of “Sleek”, so hopefully this helps!


1. What healthy beauty products are you loving?
2. Did you make the “jump” to healthy products all at once, or as you run out?
3. Does anyone else feel like maybe if they trash all their sunscreen, magical voodoo will get rid of all this rain and bring the sun back? Seriously, what is up with this weather?!

Gettin’ My Fix: Stitch Fix Review

30 Apr

stitch fix review

Have you heard of Stitch Fix?  It’s quite the talk of the blogosphere as of late, and this is one bandwagon I couldn’t wait to take a big hop, skip, and jump on.  Long story short, it’s kind of like hiring a personal shopper.  First, you fill out a detailed “Style Profile”, where you rate how much you like and how often you wear certain styles.  Fear not, there’s pictures to help you see what “Romantic” or “Bohemian Chic” really means.  It also asks for your measurements and what sizes you normally wear in a variety of clothing.  One really cool feature is that you can link it up to your social media, like a Pinterest style board.

For $20, they put together a box of 5 items based on your style and requests.  If you decide to keep anything in the box, the $20 is put towards your purchase.  If you don’t like anything in the box, you’re out $20.  If you like everything in the box, you get 25% of you entire purchase.  So yeah, it was a $20 gamble on giving this a try, but I figured I had to like something, right?  And if not, well, it was a fun experiment.

For this Fix, I asked them to focus on dresses and tops.  Specifically, I asked for casual items that could be worn to run errands with a toddler in tow.  I asked that the dresses hit above the knee, and that the tops hit around the hip or are tunic style.  Yep, you can be that detailed.  They sent 2 dresses and 3 tops, and they all fit the requirements nicely.  Interestingly enough, all the items were things I wouldn’t have picked up myself, but I ended up liking each one, at least a little.

Item #1 Payton Sheer Plaid Tab Sleeve Top

stitch fix review

I liked this a lot.  It was comfy and cool.  It looks good with jeans, but will also look good with shorts this Summer.

Each item has a tag that gives ideas on how to wear it.  Most ideas were great, but this one frightened me a bit…Please tell me Daisy Duke tie-front shirts aren’t in style?

stitch fix review

Item #2 Evelyn Stripe Knit Short Sleeve Top

stitch fix review

This was cute, but not $78 cute. Not even half-that cute.  Plus, it was sweater material, so it wouldn’t get much use now.

Item #3 Keely Mixed Material Tie Front Dress

stitch fix review

I didn’t think I would like this, especially with a name like “mixed material”.  But I like it a lot.  It’s perfect for errands or Date Night, whatever that is. 🙂

Item #4 Calafia Jersey Wrap Front Dress

stitch fix review

I hate wrap dresses. Hate them.  They always make me look like a stuffed sausage.  Wrap dresses are supposed to be flattering on everyone.  But. No. No, they’re not.

Item #5 Avree Button Up Chambray Top

stitch fix review

I kind of wanted to like this. It was a bit too small. And it had a weird button situation.  The buttons went all the way to the top, but there were so few buttons towards the bottom that my belly button showed. And it was…wait for it…$98.  Excuse me while I choke on my own spit.

Okay, so here’s the deal with the pricing.  You get to choose your own price range.  When I signed up, there was a wait list.  So, in my logical glory, I thought that if I chose a higher price range, they’d let me in sooner.  I think it worked, btw, but I totally forgot to change the price range back down before I hit “ship”.  But I’ll be changing that if I do this again. Ha!

I do, however, think they would be super successful if they offered a “Toddler Chic” option.  I suspect it would look much like this, and I would sign up for monthly shipments.

toddler chic

So what did I keep?

If you haven’t signed up yet, give it a try.  And use this link: I’ll get a $25 credit when you have your first Fix shipped.  That will buy me a new shirt.  Maybe I’ll rename this post, Contribute to My Post-Baby Body Wardrobe Because It’s Currently Pathetic.  But that might be too long…

  • Have you tried Stitch Fix?
  • Did you love or hate it?
  • What’s your favorite store for “mom clothes”?

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