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summer clean beauty brightening routine

While I embrace freckles and sun-kissed skin in the summer months,  I am not a fan of the blotchy pigmentation that comes along with it. A mix of hormones and sun damage over the years has caused hyper-pigmentation on my skin that I've worked really hard to remedy.  While it’d difficult to completely get rid of all discoloration, especially during the summer months, it has abated dramatically.  Depending on where you live, you may be experiencing a humid or dry summer--or if you're in Los Angeles, a bit of both!  Either way, I find that I have to tweak my skin care routine to adjust to the changing seasons. 
There are a lot of options out there for clean beauty products that will likely achieve the same results, but here are some that work for my skin, along with my summer routine.

clean make-up routine {beauty}

I've  been in the process of transitioning to clean beauty products for the past few months and taking an active role in reading the ingredients on cosmetic labels.  The more I read about harmful additives used in most cosmetics (and beauty products in general) the more I want to encourage others to make the same change. If you're already feeling overwhelmed, I've put together a list of my favorite clean products in (more or less) the order I use them.  I suggest you make a day of testing the products that work for you...until then, here's a nod in the right direction.

winter glow skincare routine {beauty}

The winter time can be taxing on your skin, especially when it's dry and with the weather changing dramatically from day to day.  I already have dry skin to begin with, and sometimes I feel like I just can't get it hydrated.  This year I've been on a mission to find a beauty routine that works for me, and after a lot of time and effort, I finally got that winter glow down to a science.  At the same time, I'm going through the long and expensive process of transitioning to a completely clean routine--meaning no animal tested products, no chemicals, or icky stuff in any of my beauty or household items.  Harmful ingredients can affect your hormones or worse; not to mention they're bad for the environment.  Aside from ethical and health related reasons, stepping off my soap box and  speaking from pure vanity here, my skin has never looked or felt better since making this change. 

hosting a successful dinner party

Hosting a dinner party doesn't have to be stressful, but there's definitely an art to it. I love preparing a thoughtful meal for family and friends because it's a way to express how much I care about them.  As opposed to going out, hosting a dinner at home is more relaxing for guests and offers a more intimate setting.  Use these steps to help guide your own dinner party game plan.