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    Ritual Vitamins: Only What’s Essential

    Ritual Vitamins: Only What’s Essential

    The Future of Vitamins is Clear

    Vitamins are a tricky, sticky subject. Everyone seems to have their own opinions of what we should and shouldn’t take. So, just like everything else in life, it’s important to do your own research and figure out what’s best for YOU!

    About a year ago I started to do just that after I felt like I needed some sort of multivitamin in my life. (I also started taking supplements with Hum Nutrition! I consider these to be non-essential, therefore in a different category from a vitamin!) There are so many vitamins and nutrients that we need on a daily basis and honestly, it can feel like an impossible feat to get them all in just one day through just food alone. I mean, seriously, I’d be SO impressed if someone could get absolutely everything in all three meals!

    What’s in your vitamins?

    Here’s the thing…most women are lacking nine essential nutrients (the ingredients of RItual, duh!), but common multivitamins typically have 20-40 unnecessary ingredients (UGH!). So, tell me, what’s in your current vitamin? Maybe you only take one or two non-multivitamins so you know exactly what’s in it, but are you sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need then?

    That’s why I went with Ritual vitamins. Honestly, it just made it easy! I had started to do my research of which vitamins I needed, which I didn’t and everywhere I looked, I just kept finding vitamins with fillers and unnecessary stuff. With Ritual, I didn’t even have to think twice about it.

    Product: Ritual Vitamins

    Ingredients: Vitamin K2 (90 mcg), Vitamin D3 (2000 IU), Vitamin B12 (8 mcg), Boron (1 mg), Iron (8 mg), Vitamin E (10 IU), Magnesium (50 mg), Folate (600 mcg), Omega-3 (320 mg)

    Price: $30/month

    Where to buy: Get $5 off your first order with this link!

    Time Used: 1 year 1 month

    Perks:  Non-GMO | Vegan | Gluten & Allergen Free | No Synthetic Fillers or Colorants | Made in the USA | Patent Pending Technology | Free Shipping

    Ritual Vitamins Experimentation

    Ritual Vitamins: First Impressions

    Obviously, Ritual vitamins are easy on the eyes. I mean, those clear capsules with the floating beads…how cool! Not to mention, the packaging is simple and adorable. Even the packaging that arrives every month is super cute. Great product design and simple packaging can win over this designer girl’s heart anyday!

    As I went to take my first two Ritual vitamins I noticed something amazing…they smelled and tasted minty! There’s really nothing worse than putting a vitamin that tastes like fish and rocks in your mouth so I was pleasantly surprised that these were pleasant on the palate!

    So…Do They Work?

    Honestly, I really struggled with how to “review” these vitamins because, just like with most vitamins, it can be hard to know if it’s really “working.” That being said, I’ve now been taking Ritual vitamins for over a year and there are a few things I’ve noticed:

    • Immunity: I can hardly believe this, but I haven’t been sick since I started taking Ritual…not even once, not even a little bit! (Transparency note: I also take a Garden of Life Probiotic for Women that supports my immune system as well! Extra immune support never hurt!)
    • Overall Mood: I’m generally calmer, happier and have more maintained energy! Now that doesn’t mean I don’t have my days, but compared to times prior to Ritual, I’m generally more calm, cool and collected!
    • Peace of Mind: With Ritual, I know I’m getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients I need so I generally have full peace of mind when it comes to obtaining a balanced diet!
    Let’s Talk Ingredients

    Remember when I said there are only nine essential ingredients that women need? Let’s talk about those!

    1. Vitamin K2 (90 MCG) is pertinent to your bone, skin, and heart health!
    2. Vitamin D3 (2000 IU) supports your immune system, bone health, and cognitive function!
    3. Vitamin B12 (8 MCG) aides in nerve and brain function, while supporting consistent energy levels!
    4. Boron (1 mg) contributes to bone and joint health, while supporting healthy hormone levels!
    5. Iron (8 mg) helps to build your blood while supporting your brain and energy!
    6. Vitamin E (10 IU) is full of antioxidant actions, while helping you have healthy skin in delivering anti-aging properties!
    7. Magnesium (50 mg) promotes calmness, while also supporting your bones and heart!
    8. Folate (600 mcg) works to improve your brain health and overall mood, but one of its most unique jobs is DNA synthesis (a.k.a. The stuff we need to make healthy babies someday!)
    9. Omega-3 (320 mg) supports your immune, cardiovascular, and neurological systems!

    Feeling like you might need to add Ritual vitamins to your life?

    Ritual Vitamins Close Up

    Even though I generally feel healthier on a day-to-day basis since taking Ritual vitamins regularly, my aha moment here is the total peace of mind I have! Not only am I getting those nine essential nutrients, but I’m not getting a ton of other icky stuff that I don’t need!

    Since I did a ton of research beforehand, I know that these vitamins are a rare gem that I know I can’t find anywhere else! So they most definitely have earned my CO stamp of approval!

    Have you guys tried Ritual vitamins yet? If you haven’t, click here for $5 off your first order!

    Foreo Luna Fofo: Step Up Your Cleansing Game

    Foreo Luna Fofo: Step Up Your Cleansing Game

    Must-Have Beauty Gadget

    Alright friends, it’s time to step up our facial cleansing game. You’ve got your favorite face washes, your favorite scrubs, your favorite masks…but what about your favorite cleansing gadget??

    When it comes to my skincare, I’m one for simplicity. Even though I loooove to try the latest and greatest trends, I tend to always fall back to my same old routine with my same old, #COapproved products. So I obviously never thought about trying a facial cleansing brush because I honestly never thought I needed one! (Not to mention, these little gadgets are not the most affordable…I’m talking to you, Clarisonic.)

    But when Sam told me about her experience with the Foreo Luna, I was veeeery intrigued. She said her face felt softer and smoother after every use!

    Lucky for me, FabFitFun came through to save the day…as per usual…and included the Foreo Luna Fofo in our summer box!

    Say Hello to my Little Friend…Foreo Luna Fofo

    The brand Foreo (a.k.a “For Every One”) wants to bring professional-level cleansing treatments to people like you and me! You know, the ones who don’t want to spend $150 on a facial cleansing brush.

    They’ve got an entire line of facial cleansing gadgets that are completely taking over the beauty industry. Some are a little pricer than others, but their latest (and our personal fav…the Fofo!) is a reasonably priced and comes with an app!

    Now, the app seemed enticing at first because it gives you an evaluation of your skin type with a personalized face washing routine that is guided by the vibrating sensations of the Fofo. But Sam and I both tried the app and agreed that it wasn’t all that fab…but the Fofo on its own is AMAZING!

    Check out a video of me using my new little beauty gadget friend below!

    Product: Fore Luna Fofo

    Price: $89

    Where to buy: Sephora

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: Travel-Friendly | Ultra-Hygienic

    Foreo Luna Fofo Review

    I’ve been using my Foreo Luna Fofo for about a month now and have to say…I’m in love!! My little Fofo is so useful and seriously does such a great job at removing all my makeup at the end of the night. I use it about 3 times a week with either my First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser or my Kate Somerville Scrub. And, no matter what, my face is so soft and bright afterwards! But what I love most is that it is still gentle enough on my skin that it doesn’t irritate it.

    Check out the video below to see how I use my Foreo Luna Fofo!

    Foreo Luna Fofo Cleansing Gadget Review

    Besides the fact the Foreo Luna Fofo is amazing at cleaning my face…my actual Aha! Moment happened when I realized I could use this little guy as a facial massager.

    Ummm yes friends. If you add a little pressure, you can use your Fofo to give yourself a nice massage and help to drain out your lymphatic system…without, again, having to pay hundreds for an actual facial massager! Anyone else with me?? Lol

    Sam and I both agree that the Fore Luna Fofo deserves our CO Stamp of Approval! It cleans, it massages and it doesn’t irritate our skin. That’s one powerful little beauty gadget if you ask me!

    Claudia’s Everyday Makeup Routine

    Claudia’s Everyday Makeup Routine

    Easy, glowy everyday makeup coming your way!

    Hey guys! Claudia here with a quick little video I put together of my everyday makeup routine. Some of you had been commenting on our insta stories about my makeup so I figured, why not put a little video together for ya?!

    This is what I do pretty much every day and I’ve gotten it down to an easy 10-minute routine. Check out the rundown below for the list of products I use! You’ll notice LOTS of #COApproved favs in there like First Aid Beauty and Glossier…duh.

    Hope you like! (P.S. This video is also in our IGTV channel!)

    xoxo,

    Certifiably Obsessed Claudia

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo: Small, but Mighty

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo: Small, but Mighty

    Why Drunk Elephant?

    Honestly, I still have no clue why the company is called Drunk Elephant…I seriously just spent the last 15 minutes digging around their website and have no clue, but I do know I’m convinced I need to try literally all of their products.

    Drunk Elephant takes their skincare seriously. That’s something you would think all companies would do, but apparently not! Drunk Elephant is committed to using only clean ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of their formulations. Now that’s some hype I can get behind!

    Putting the Hype to the Test

    I don’t know about you guys, but I had heard of Drunk Elephant from just about every beauty blogger out there! When I first started researching the brand, I realized it was so far from wallet-friendly and I had to force myself to stay away…for my bank account’s sake. But the more I read reviews and learned about the company’s philosophy, I thought it might be worth the price in the end.

    Then, I discovered the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo which gave me the ability to try two of their products in mini form without breaking the bank! I couldn’t have been more excited! This dynamic duo couldn’t get to my doorstep fast enough.

    Product: Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo (contains C-Firma™ Day Serum and B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel)

    C-Firma Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethoxydiglycol, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Laureth-23, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopherol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Acetyl Glucosamine, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Glutamylamidoethyl Imidazole, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycine, Sucrose, Maltodextrin, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60

    B-Hydra Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Berberis Vulgaris Root Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Coconut Alkanes, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

    Price: $23

    Where to buy: Sephora or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks:  Made in the USA | Free of the “Suspicious 6”: Essential Oils | Drying Alcohols | Silicones | Chemical Screens | Fragrance/Dyes | SLS

    Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo Experimentation

    First Impressions with the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo

    After eagerly waiting for my package to arrive (Sephora’s two day shipping wasn’t fast enough!), I opened it up to be semi-disappointed. The little bottles seemed oh-so-small and the only thing I could think was that they were bound to last me only a week. (Spoiler alert: they lasted WAY more than a week!)

    I had learned while perusing the Drunk Elephant website that since these products are free from waxes, silicones, thick oils and butters, there’s no need to layer them. You can just mix them up in your hand and apply them all at once. Talk about convenience! So I put one little pump of both the C-Firma™ Day Serum and B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel on my hand and applied it all over my face.

    Hotdogs or Legs?

    (Not sure where the “legs” play into this paragraph, but there aren’t many phrases with hotdogs so just roll with it, okay?!) I have to be honest here…the C-Firma™ Day Serum smells a little like hotdogs… Now, I know you’re all thinking that’s gross and there’s no way you want that scent all over your face, but honestly with the results I started to see from these products, I didn’t even notice the scent anymore!

    Spa-Like Results

    After two days of using this stuff I went to work, like any other day, and a coworker that sits right next to me pulled me aside and said, “Alright, did you get a facial? Your skin is glowing and I need to know how!!” (Cue the biggest smile ever on my face!)

    You guys, I can’t make this up. No B.S. here. I’ve honestly never had anyone ask me that in my life and I felt on top of the world! I know it was the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo she was noticing because I hadn’t changed any products in my routine for weeks! That’s AMAZING and worth every penny in my book. Thank you, Drunk Elephant!!

    C-Firma™ Day Serum vs. B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel

    I’ve started getting questions on which of the two in the set I like better. Honestly, I’ve used them hand-in-hand and never apart from each other so I can’t give great insight on that. However, I do know that the C-Firma™ Day Serum significantly reduced the appearance of my acne scars and discoloration (hallelujah!). Meanwhile, the B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration for steamy summer days! These two both sit perfectly under my Glossier Priming Moisturizer too!

    Like they say…you never know what you have until it’s gone! When I first ran out of this dynamic duo, I decided to try and live without it for a while…just to make sure I really loved it as much as I did. Sure enough, within a week or so my skin was just not nearly as nice as it was before. We’re talking dullness, dry spots, irritation…the works!!

    Since the Drunk Elephant Rise + Glow Duo is now considered an absolute MUST in my routine, it 100% deserves the CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you tried Drunk Elephant yet? What do you have your eye on? The T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ and the new D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum are calling my name, BIG TIME!!

    HUM Nutrition: Our New Favorite Supplements

    HUM Nutrition: Our New Favorite Supplements

    Humming From the Inside Out

    I think we can all agree that no matter how many eye creams or face serums or hair oils you use, true health and beauty starts from within. Everything from what you eat, to how much water you drink, to your quality of sleep, to the amount of sunlight you get…you name it…affects how glowy your skin is, how strong your hair feels, how stable (or unstable) your moods are and most importantly, how balanced your gut is.

    Fun Fact: Did you know that about 80% of your mental state, well-being, and happiness is controlled by your gut?

    That’s right friends! Taking care of our insides is the key to a happy and healthy outside. And that’s exactly what HUM Nutrition is all about! We heard about this magical company from some of our favorite podcasters and knew right away we had to give it a go.

    HUM Nutrition…Probiotics, Vitamins, Herbs and MORE!

    Warning: You will most definitely be tempted to buy all HUM Nutrition products as soon as you get on their website. I went on there looking for a probiotic and ended up with a probiotic and like five other products in my cart! Lol (and eventually in my pantry…hehe)

    The colors, the product names, the ingredients…#LOVE! Everything about HUM is just great and oh-so tempting! They offer everything from probiotics to hair and skin supplements to stress relieving herbs to weight-loss products. It’s like a one-stop-shop for all things beauty and health!

    With so many options to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming to know exactly what you should spend your precious mulah on. But lucky for all of us, HUM offers a quick 3-minute quiz that helps their registered dietitians provide personalized recommendations for each and everyone of their customers. It’s amazing!

    So with all these fun supplements to choose from, Sam and I decided to each try a few different ones so we could give you a pretty good idea of which products are worth buying.

    Keep scrolling to check out our all-time HUM Nutrition favs! (And sorry in advance for the super long post! This one’s a good one though!)

    Product: HUM Nutrition’s Gut Instinct, Flatter Me, Big Chill, Moody Bird, Daily Cleanse and Red Carpet

    Gut Instinct Ingredients: Proprietary blend of 10 strains of probiotic bacteria (25 billion organisms) including Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, Strepto. Thermophilus, Lactobacillus Paracasei, Bifidobacterium Breve and Lactobacillus Salivarius.

    Flatter Me Ingredients: Protease 3.0, Protease 4.5, Protease 6.0, Neutral Bacterial Protease, Papain, Lipase, Amylase, Hemicellulase, Beta-Glucanase, Phytase, Lactase, Ginger (Rhizome), Fennel Seed, Peppermint (Leaf) and Bromelain.

    Big Chill Ingredients: Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract

    Moody Bird Ingredients: Chaste Berry (Vitex) and Dong Quai (Root)

    Daily Cleanse Ingredients: Organic Chlorella, Beetroot, Red Clover, Dandelion Root, Oregon Grape Root, Milk Thistle, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Spirulina and Matcha Green Tea

    Red Carpet Ingredients: Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Gamma Linolenic Acid and Alpha Linolenic Acid

    Price:  Depends on what you buy! But most products range between $15 and $35.

    Where to buy: HUM Website – use the code “123366” to get $10 off your order!

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Subscription-Based | Gluten Free | Non-GMO | Sustainably Sourced | Easy Returns | Free Shipping Over $50

    HUM Nutrition Supplements Review

    Happy Gut, Happy Life

    Like I said earlier, if your gut is in bad shape, you better believe your digestion, skin, mood and stress levels will be all out of whack too! And let me tell you, for the past six or seven years, my gut has been out of whack. (I’ll get more into why I think that is below!)

    So I was in desperate need of a good probiotic. I had been taking Pearls probiotics for YEARS! But I felt like they weren’t really doing too much to help with my digestive issues (and if you do your probiotic research, you’ll find that Pearls don’t stand high on the must-buy list.) After hearing about HUM for quite some time, I figured why not give their Gut Instinct probiotic a go?

    HUM Nutrition’s Gut Instinct:

    • Has 25 billion probiotic organisms…wowzaaa!
    • Is made up of a 10-strain combination of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium that helps to promote a healthy, happy gut.
    • Doesn’t have to be refrigerated (major plus for people like me who travel a lot!)
    • And only costs $25! Most probiotics of this quality cost at least $30 or more.

    My Experiment with Gut Instinct

    HUM Nutrition Gut Instinct Review

    I’ve been taking Gut Instinct for 3 months now and I absolutely LOVE it! I take one pill every morning on an empty stomach, and I honestly think it has regulated out my system sooo much. (a.k.a emergency trips to the bathroom have diminished…greatly lol.) And I feel like foods just sit better with me! FINALLY!! My skin is looking pretty glowy lately too…it’s a win, win, win!

    One thing to note: About a month or so after I started taking Gut Instinct, I stopped taking my birth control pills, which I think were one of the main culprits behind my annoying digestive issues the past six or seven years. UGH! I’ll save my post-birth control journey for another blog post, but I feel 100000x better!!*

    *Keep in mind, this is just my own personal experience so please consult with a doctor if you’re thinking about taking any of these supplements or stopping your birth control! K, thaaanks!

    If you’re looking for a probiotic, I highly recommend you give HUM’s Gut Instinct a try! It’s completely changed my digestion and that’s something I never thought I’d be able to say.

    Flatter Me Please!

    HUM Nutrition Flatter Me Review

    Alright, so even when your gut is totally humming and feeling mighty fine, your digestive system might need a little extra help when it comes to breaking down certain foods. And when I placed my first HUM order, I was experiencing terrible bloat. Like the kind where you wake up feeling like your belly weighs 100 pounds.

    I was eating all the right foods and drinking lots of water but for whatever reason, my stomach was not having it. So I decided to give HUM’s Flatter Me a try! This is their version of a digestive enzyme which is designed to optimize protein, carb, fiber and fats breakdown while also helping with nutrient absorption and providing relief from indigestion and bloating. I mean, does it really get it any better?? Not to mention, it’s made with all sorts of amazing ingredients!

    I started taking Flatter Me twice a day with lunch and dinner, since those are typically my larger meals. I also brought it with me on a several trips because restaurant food is typically KILLER on my stomach! And guess what?? It worked freaking wonders. Seriously, I felt like I could eat out without having to worry about running to a bathroom 5 minutes later. And the bloating definitely went down…not 100% but it got MUCH better.

    Definitely stocking up on this guy!!

    Take a Chill Pill Man

    HUM Nutrition Big Chill Review

    Not but really though! I think after Gut Instinct, Big Chill is my next favorite HUM product. This little magic pill is made of just ONE ingredient!

    Friends, let me introduce you to the beautiful herb, Rhodiola. This powerhouse adaptogen, found in the highest altitudes and coldest areas of Europe and Asia, is known to increase your body’s capacity to adapt to stressful situations.

    “Ommmmmmmm…”

    I started taking one Big Chill pill every morning after breakfast and I’ve found that it helps me keep a clear, level head throughout the entire day…no matter what life throws at me! With the wedding, the move to our new apartment, work AND the blog, I needed a little boost of energy and a way to keep my thoughts in order. And I can say with complete confidence that Big Chill has done all of this and more! I feel stable, focused and energized all. damn. day.

    Oh and as if that wasn’t enough, this supplement is only $15! THIS ONE’S A MUST PEOPLE!

    Moody Little Bird

    HUM Nutrition Moody Bird Review

    You’re probably thinking, “Okay, Claudia. You’re telling me all of these are a MUST! How is that possible??” Sorry guys, I’m just overly excited about all the results I’ve seen so far and I seriously think you guys might benefit from adding a little HUM into your lives 🙂

    Okay, but in all honesty, my birth control pills made me all sorts of moody for about two of the four weeks in a month. Like really? What a pain in the BUTT. So naturally, as soon as I saw that Moody Bird was going to be my “monthly ally versus PSM”, I was like heck yeaa!! Add to cart please.

    Funny thing is that since I stopped taking my birth control, my moods completely calmed down lol (Always go to the root of the problem peeps!) And my period was MIA for a few months so I didn’t need to take Moody Bird at all. But, my period finally came back this week!

    No mood swings this time around so I’ll have to keep you guys posted on this one…

    Red Carpet Ready

    HUM Nutrition Red Carpet Review

    Sam jumped on the HUM bandwagon as soon as she heard I was giving their supplements a try…because #twinsies. And it worked out perfectly because she purchased different products than me so we have MORE to talk about!

    She decided to give Red Carpet and Daily Cleanse a go, which are two of the most popular HUM products. And it turns out, she fell in love with one but not the other! Can you guess which one’s the winner??

    If you guessed Red Carpet, then you’re correct!! Sam takes this little beauty pill every day and has rarely missed a day since she got them…#dedication. They say Red Carpet leaves you with glowy skin and shiny, fuller hair in just 6 weeks. And, let me tell ya, after those 6 weeks, she could definitely see a difference in the health of her hair and skin. Her hair was actually growing so much faster that even her hairdresser was amazed…that’s when you know my friends!

    Even though Red Carpet won over Sam’s heart (and hair and skin!), the Daily Cleanse wasn’t exactly her fav. But it was hard for her to see the full results because she had to stop taking it when she got a weird skin virus (not caused by HUM!). She never picked it back up though because it did seem to cause more breakouts in general on her body. Can’t risk that with wedding events coming up this year!

    I mean, there’s like a zillion here right?? Healthier guts, less bloating, chill minds, glowy skin and longer hair…I don’t think it gets any better than that people! Not to mention, HUM offers a subscription service and they send you your favorite supplements on a monthly basis so you don’t even have to think about ordering your next bottle. It’s so easy!

    Even though Moody Bird and Daily Cleanse didn’t quite pass the test, we can for sure give Gut Instinct, Flatter Me, Big Chill and Red Carpet our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Sooo what are you waiting for?? Go take your HUM quiz to find out what you’ll be adding to your supplement regime! And don’t forget to use our code “123366” for $10 off 🙂

    Seasonal Beauty: Season-Sync Your Routine

    Seasonal Beauty: Season-Sync Your Routine

    Another Seasonal Rule?

    I know, I know…there can’t possibly be any more seasonal rules. I mean “only wear white after Labor Day” is more than enough right? Wrong! You can season-sync your diet, workouts, style…just about anything! For us, seasonal beauty is oh-so important!

    Born and raised in Michigan, I’m a true seasonal girl. I love my seasons. (Ask me again in the middle of February and I might have a different response!) Seasons keep things new and exciting for me! I love finally breaking out those sandals in May…and there’s really nothing better than cozy pjs during a white Christmas in December!

    Season-Sync Your Beauty Routine

    The truth is syncing your beauty routine with the seasons has SO many benefits. The varying seasons bring varying temperatures, humidity levels, etc. (I’m no meteorologist…lol) and with all those variables, your hair and skin can totally freak out if not treated the right way!

    For me, when it comes to season-syncing, the biggest thing is listening to my body. No, my skin doesn’t literally tell me what it needs (obvi), but I take note of minor changes in my skin and hair and if I don’t mix things up I can totally see the difference…whichever season it is! So, let’s get to it…season by season.

    seasonal beauty spring

    Spring Skin

    As the flowers start to bloom and life gets a little less gloomy, the thing I usually look forward to the most is breaking out my dresses! There’s nothing like letting those legs loose after a long winter. The only problem is a big problem…I’m usually pale as a ghost. So the first thing I turn to is sunless tanner! It’s a TOTAL lifesaver. For whole body, Claudia and I always turn to our favorite Vita Liberata products. For the face, my favorite is the Coola Sunless Tan Anti-Aging Face Serum. Both of those brands are mostly organic and so moisturizing, yet so effective!

    Vita Liberata Tanning Products

    Spring Hair

    Since springtime weather is forever unpredictable, we wake up never really knowing whether it’s going to be a good or a bad hair day! Oh, Michigan, we love you and your bipolar weather. We’ve learned when weather is unpredictable, it’s best to have a solid set of styling and maintenance products! When it comes to styling, we LOVE Virtue Labs. For those humid days, the Polish Un-Frizz Cream is trusty and reliable! In general, we always rely on the Virtue Finale Shaping Spray…no matter the weather!

    Virtue Maintenance Products Polish Unfrizz Cream

    seasonal beauty summer

    Summer Skin

    When the temps and humidity start to jump out of control, my skin needs three things: less moisture, less makeup, and ALL the SPF. Lucky for us, there’s an all-in-one product that solves all three summertime needs for us! Say hello to the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer. This triple-threat product can be used alone as a moisturizer, makeup, and SPF…yep, summer skincare woes SOLVED.

    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer Header

    Summer Hair

    I don’t know about you guys, but my hair always needs some soothing in the summer. Between high humidity and varying temperatures, my hair is desperate to be smoothed out. For that, I turn to the OUAI Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner set. First of all, this stuff smells amazing!! Second, it just has a way of making my hair feel like I just stepped out of the salon. There’s nothing better!!

    OUAI feature

    seasonal beauty fall

    Fall Skin

    Since Fall in Michigan can be 80 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next, it’s good to have a set of emergency face masks to rely on depending on your needs that day. If you haven’t tried them already, you need to get yourself a set of I Dew Care Mini Masks. For just $20 you can get five masks (that last for 2-3 masks each) that are good for moisture, cleansing, detoxing, brightening, etc.! All of these masks serve a big purpose in a mini container and we’re totally in love!

    I Dew Care Mini Mask Review

    Fall Hair

    After a summer of sun, my hair is always in need of some R&R by the time the leaves start to fall. To treat my hair, but not weigh it down, I reach for my Virtue Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner set. This stuff smells delish and makes my hair angel soft! Plus, this shampoo has real human keratin in it (sounds gross, but it’s so good you guys!), which is so nurturing and helpful for my recovering locks!

    Virtue Labs Recovery Shampoo Review

    seasonal beauty winter

    Winter Skin

    When the air is dry and frigid, I reach for moisture in my skin routine in every way possible. I mean seriously, give me ALL the moisture. This isn’t always as easy as just upping your moisturizer or lotion game, though. So many of us often forget to change our cleanser too! That’s why Claudia and i recently started turning toward cream cleansers, more specifically the Grown Alchemist Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser. WIth squeaky clean ingredients, this stuff is nothing but nurturing for your skin!

    Winter Hair

    Just like my skin, in the winter you can catch me grabbing ALL the hair moisture products. For shampoo and conditioner, I usually stick to the Virtue Recovery Set (just like during Fall!). But when it comes to extreme moisture, I leave it to the dpHue Restoring Hair Masque. This mask keeps our hair having summertime moisture levels in the dead of winter!

    dpHUE Renew Hair Masque Test

    The lesson to be learned here? If you live in a place that has seasons, listen to your body and find what your skin and hair needs for each season! I promise you, if you make little changes here and there, you’ll gradually feel more balanced and refreshed with what each season brings!

    Do you have seasonal beauty routines?! What changes for you? Share below! We can always learn from each other!

    Glossier Lash Slick: Game-Changing Mascara

    Glossier Lash Slick: Game-Changing Mascara

    The Staple in My Routine

    It doesn’t matter whether I’m doing a full face of makeup or going au natural for the day…chances are, I’m putting on mascara no matter what! Just a little bit of mascara can make me feel infinitely better about my day! Anyone else?!

    I’ve tried SO many mascaras in my time…from drugstore to high-end brands, I’ve had favorites from time to time, but I’ve never found a mascara that doesn’t have a flaw. The drugstore brands are flakey and wear off throughout the day, while the high end brands may work better, but they totally break the bank.

    What’s a Girl to Do?!

    My answer to my mascara woes comes from the company I always turn to when I need something…Glossier. When Glossier released their brand new mascara, Lash Slick, I knew I had to give it a try. Honestly, all of our past Glossier experiments have been more than successful so I had a lot of faith in this one! The #GlossierObsession is real, friends.

    Product:  Glossier Lash Slick

    Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Alcohol, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, PEG-15 Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de Carnauba, Butylene Glycol, Kaolin, Pullulan, Behenyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Rayon, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Sucrose Distearate, VP/VA Copolymer, Nylon-6, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Silica, Panthenol, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77266 (Black 2).

    Price: $16

    Where to buy:  Glossier website or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks:  Cruelty Free | Paraben Free | Fragrance Free | Hypoallergenic | Allergy Tested | Dermatologist Tested | Ophthalmologist Tested | Suitable for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers | Non-Irritating

    Welcome Home, Glossier Lash Slick

    As soon as I saw that pretty Glossier package sitting on my doorstep, I was so excited to rip into it and take out my new Lash Slick, but I was honestly a little nervous. What if Glossier let me down this time? Can a mascara really be that groundbreaking? I had my doubts!

    The first thing I look at when I get a new mascara is the brush. It can’t be too thick, too spikey, or too round…it has to be just right. Glossier Lash Slick is just right in my books. The next thing I look at is the consistency of the mascara. The consistency of Lash Slick is not too thick, but definitely not runny. Not only that, but it doesn’t clump at the end of the brush causing all kinds of build up at the rim of the tube over time! (Honestly, this was a HUGE win for me!)

    What You Came Here For

    Now here’s where things get real good…I put on the mascara and BAM. #MindBlown. You guys, this stuff goes on SO smoothly and never clumps (WIN). It adds serious length to your lashes! I’m talking lash extension length without the extensions (and the price!). I mean the difference is crazy!

    Glossier Lash Slick before and afterAfter seeing my Instagram stories during my initial experimentation, Claudia was totally sold on Glossier Lash Slick too! It’s become a total staple in her routine.

    The best part? It lasts all freakin’ day. No smudging…not a single flake. Nothing but pure, uninterrupted lash PERFECTION! Yes, Glossier Lash Slick gives you perfection-level lashes.

    The Dreaded Moment

    Because I now love my mascara so much, when it comes time to take it off at the end of the day it’s honestly a little sad! (Might be a tad dramatic, but whatevs!) The funny thing about this mascara is it doesn’t really come off when I use my micellar water, but it comes right off with warm water. With warm water and gently rubbing my lashes between my fingers, it comes off like a charm!

    Somehow, Glossier has perfected mascara…something that so many companies have attempted to do and so many companies have failed at. And that, my friends, is my Aha Moment. I didn’t think it was possible for a mascara to be perfect, but day after day, this one never disappoints.

    For becoming both Claudia and I’s most swoon-worthy mascara, Glossier Lash Slick so deserves our CO Stamp of Approval.

    Have any of you made the switch to natural mouthwash? Tell us more below!

    Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure: Say Goodbye to Wintery Feet

    Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure: Say Goodbye to Wintery Feet

    It’s Sandal Season…

    …are your feet ready? If you live in a winter-plagued climate, your poor feet have probably been in hibernation for about 9 months! And the thought of wearing sandals after boot-season might make you shudder. Calloused, dry feet anyone? Ugh, it’s the worst! But Sam and I were on a mission to quickly rejuvenate our feet and get them ready for the glorious, summer months ahead.

    Which is exactly why we reached out to our friends over at Patchology to see if we could try their Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure for our next CO Group Experiment. Because, let’s face it, most of our feet could use a little extra TLC!

    Lucky for us, Patchology agreed and sent over 15 sets of their PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure for all of us to try. So we shipped out the sets to our chosen #Certifiers and put them to werk! Meanwhile, Sam and I put these babies to the test as well. I wanted my feet to look perfect for my bachelorette trip to Turks and Caicos, and Sam wanted to get her feet in tip-top shape for her bridal shower!

    And so, the experimentations with the Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure began…

    Don’t miss the results below!

    Product: Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure (2 Treatments)

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum)

    Price: $35

    Where to buy: Patchology Website or Ulta

    Time Used: 2 weeks

    Perks:  LNE & Spa’s Best Product 2017 Winner

    Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure

    How To Use the Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cure

    Sam and I must admit, we were a bit scared of using this product at first. (And some of our Certifiers were too!) We had never done any sort of foot mask before, but we had definitely heard of some horror stories about massive foot peeling and leaving trails of skin behind for days…gross right?!

    Either way, we set our fears aside and gave these Patchology foot peels a try! And we quickly found out that they are super easy to use…

    1. Soak your feet for 15 minutes (you can do this while you’re showering to make it easier!)
    2. Dry your feet and pour the Patchology Activating Essence into each booty
    3. Put your booties on girl
    4. Relax and watch some Netflix for an hour while your feetsies soak in the essence
    5. Rinse off well after 60 minutes

    That’s it! Now all you have to do is wait for the peeling magic to begin.

    Pretty Feet, Here We Come!

    How To Use Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure

    Alright, now onto the peeling process. On average, the peeling starts about 4 days after the treatment and can last for up to 7 days. For Sam and some of our other Certifiers, the peeling didn’t start until about day six! We both thought that something had gone wrong with the experiment, or she just didn’t have anything to peel off. She even tried soaking her feet again and using a pumice stone to encourage the peeling but NOTHING.

    Really, we just had to be patient! Lol

    The only big bummer for her was that between doing the mask and actually peeling, her feet felt super leathery and weird. But as soon as the peeling started, it was like a whole layer of skin was coming off! (I realize this post isn’t exactly the most pleasant, but us Certifiers have to do what we have to do…#sorrynotsorry)

    For me, the peeling started about 4 days after the treatment. I first noticed it in my heels, which are typically the driest part of my feet. Coincidentally, I had a pedicure scheduled when I was about two days into the peeling, which helped A TON! I felt really bad for the lady doing my feet (#actuallysorry) but she definitely helped expedite the peeling process.

    So in the end, both of our feet shed a nice layer of skin leaving smooth baby feet behind. However, I did notice that it does not remove big calluses! It just kind of rejuvenates your feet and makes them a little softer.  

    What Our Certifiers Thought

    Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cure Review Sam

    Let me just start off by saying that our Certifiers for this experiment were absolutely AMAZING!! They gave us such great feedback, and I think you guys will love to hear how all of these experiments went. So let’s get into it!

    Q: Tell us about your experiment! How did it go?

    “It was definitely interesting to use, I’ve never used anything like it before. It took about 6 days for my feet to start peeling. Once my feet started to peel, my feet felt extremely soft and smooth. The peeling can look pretty gross looking but it works!”

    “It went well! It took the full 6/7 days for me to see results as far as the peeling process. So far, no pain, no itchiness. I am not done peeling yet so I can’t speak to how my skin feels overall, but the product is effective because it is helping me she’d my dry skin. The parts of the skin that remain after the peeling so far look a little smoother and take to lotion pretty well. It looks promising.”

    “My feet started feeling after about 5 days and continued up to now (day 10) in the last few tiny spots. It was most noticeable after a shower, so I had to take an extra minute to brush away flaked skin before wearing my cute heeled sandals to an event! The mask also totally dried the skin on my feet out after the first day, and they absorb even the thickest lotions now pretty fast. The skin is much softer but it absolutely craves moisture!”

    “I was apprehensive about trying the product but finally dedicated an hour on a Sunday to putting on the slippers. The process was easy and painless. It took 3 days to start the peeling process. Once the process started it was over really quickly. The shedding wasn’t painful and happened pretty quickly. However, I didn’t notice that big of a change in the texture of my feet.”

    Q: What did you like or not like about the experiment?

    “I liked that it wasn’t something I had to keep wearing or applying. It was a one time, 60-minute treatment and once I rinsed it off and soaked, I could go about my day without issue. I did feel that the solution was stinging on my ankles where I had shaved recently so just something I wish I had read up on!”

    “I didn’t like how long the peeling took to actually happen, it took about 5 days and I was going on vacation so I had peeling feet on vacation haha! Luckily the sand from the beach helped to get rid of the peeling (sorry beach goers) I loved that the process wasn’t too messy. It’s the first product I use that actually helps my calluses. They’re not gone, but it definitely helped!”

    “It was fun to put the socks on and feel like I’m at a spa, it did take my nail polish off but that’s my fault!”

    “I like the convenience of having an at-home spa kit for my feet. What I didn’t like was the burning/tingling sensation of the peel in the beginning. But I do have sensitive skin and this was using exfoliating acids.”

    “I didn’t really like how long the flakiness has lasted. It’s been almost a week, and my feet are still flaking a ton. I’d appreciate some more tips on how to help the exfoliation process along.”

    Q: Would you guys purchase these Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cures again?

    “As much as I liked the product, I don’t think I would realistically buy it again because of the convenience aspect (takes a while to work) and price.”

    “Yes! It’s simple to use, I am seeing results and want to see if my feet improve with each use!”

    “My feet are SO soft! And I did see an improvement on my calluses. I think that I keep doing treatments that I will actually see a significant improvement.”

    “No because I’d rather just get a pedicure and get the dead skin off that way.”

    “Not for a long time…but it did end up working. I would probably do it earlier in the spring next time so I won’t feel limited to not wear sandals.”

    So all in all, it looks like the majority of our Certifiers enjoyed the process (even though it took a little longer than expected) and are happy with the results. YAY!

    I think everyone’s aha moment began when their feet finally started to peel! We got tons of messages from our Certifiers letting us know that at first, they didn’t think the peel was working and then 4-7 days later, the magic began!

    But the ultimate aha moment is the super soft, baby feet these Patchology PoshPeel™ Pedi Cures leave behind. Some of you might experience more peeling than others, but either way, this PoshPeel Pedi Cure is a great way to get those feet summer and sandal-ready!

    Out of the 17 of us that experimented with the Patchology PoshPeel Pedi Cures, 15 of us gave it the official CO Stamp of Approval!

    This product is effective and does exactly what it’s meant to do! Even though not all of us will purchase it again, most of us were super happy with the end result. So good job Patchology team!

    A Bride’s Guide: How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette

    A Bride’s Guide: How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette

    Is Your Bachelorette Coming Up?

    Or are you planning one for your bestie bride-to-be? Well, you’re in luck because I just got back from my bachelorette, and it was a freakin’ DREAM! I’m not exaggerating when I say this trip was perfection.

    Bachelorette party planning is really fun but can also be a little stressful! Especially if you’re planning a destination getaway. But I’m about HOOK YOU UP with my top 5 tips for planning your dream vacay while still enjoying every single minute of it.

    Check them out below!

    Bachelorette Planning Tips

    My Top 5 Destination Bachelorette Planning Tips

    If you follow us on insta, you likely saw me mention that my bachelorette party was in the beautiful island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. That’s right friends! It was a tropical paradise. It still feels surreal that I was there! lol

    Okay, so you’re probably wondering…why Turks and Caicos? Who did you invite? Did you have a budget? How much did you plan in advance?

    My 5 little tips and tricks below will hopefully answer all of those questions and MORE!

     

    1. Pick a location that makes your soul happy.

    So why Turks and Caicos, you ask? Simple: I’m a total beach girl. Growing up in sunny South Florida and being from Venezuela means I spent my best childhood days out on the beach with my toes in the sand and salt in my hair.

    But guess who doesn’t LOVE the beach vacays like I do?? Yup, my fiancé! lol So I knew this was my chance to get in the ultimate tropical vacation. Not to mention, I wanted a relaxing, worry-free bachelorette (I was in desperate need of recharging my batteries!), and I feel most at ease at the beach so it was the natural way to go.

    If you’re having trouble figuring out where to go with your girls, just ask yourself these simple questions:

    • Where have you always wanted to go with a group of girlfriends?
    • What do you want to be doing every day? Relaxing? Exploring? Wine tasting?
    • Do you want to fly, drive or take a train?

    Pick a spot that makes YOU happy (don’t worry about everyone else!) and also keep in mind the travel process. If you’re flying, I highly recommend you go somewhere where you can take a direct flight. We had a layover on our trip and two of the girls ended up missing their connection on the way there due to delays so they got in a day late.

    Not the end of the world but you want to make sure you make the travel as easy as possible!

     

    2. Surround yourself with friends and family who allow you to be 100% yourself.

    I know this sounds cheesy, but trust me on this one. You want to take this trip of a lifetime with the group of girls (or guys!) who will bring out the best in you! The last thing you want is to have to put on a face or feel like you have to pretend to be something you’re not on YOUR trip.

    I was super lucky because everyone that went to Turks and Caicos with me has known me for a long time…so there’s nothing to hide! No pretending. No fakeness. Just real friendships…which means LOTS of belly laughs!

    Yeah, you’ll remember the adventures and the food and the hotel…but the memories that will stick with you the longest are the ones you make with those special people who are there to celebrate you. So pick wisely my friends!

     

    3. Do a little less planning and a lot more adventuring.

     

    Bachelorette Trip Turks and Caicos

    If you’re a SUPER PLANNER like me, then it’s time to let it all go! As a bride, you already have tons on your mind in terms of planning. And the last thing you want to be stressing about is your bachelorette.

    Some brides choose to not be a part of the planning process whatsoever, but being that I was inviting friends and family from all over the country (and world!) who were from all different parts of my life, I thought it would be easiest if I kickstarted the process.

    But when it came down to actually being there…we let the wind take us in whatever direction it pleased. And it was amazing! We did plan one special excursion (if you’re going to Turks, the Caicos Dream Tour is a must!) and had a list of restaurants we knew we HAD to hit up, but that was about it!

    If there are specific things you absolutely want to do or want planned, make sure you delegate those tasks out to your bridesmaids/friends who are attending. They got your back girl!

    Also, quick destination bachelorette tip: listen to the locals! They know what’s up. So make friends and let them guide your plans in the right direction.

     

    4. It’s the little things that count.

    This one goes for both the bride and the planner/guests! Having a little something ready for your girls as a surprise is always a good idea. Especially for destination bachelorettes! There’s nothing like expressing your gratitude with a welcome bag full of beauty goodies they can use throughout the trip.

    My MOH and I went to Five Below the week before the trip and went a little nuts (after a couple glasses a wine…oops!) on the “Half Mermaid Half Unicorn” welcome baggies. We’re talking sheet masks, lip gloss, sunscreen, hair ties, waterproof phone cases…yeah, we went nuts.

    And on the other side, my amazing friends also brought some super fun goodies…like our cute little drink companions up there! These guys came with us EVERYWHERE we went! lol They also brought tropical decorations for the room, tons of candy, flash tattoos, a polaroid camera…a.k.a the makings of a fun bachelorette!

    These little details made my trip even more special than it already was. So it might seem silly, but trust me, it’ll make for some good stories! 🙂

     

    5. Don’t be afraid to say no.

    Planning a Bachelorette Trip

    Brides, practice saying this with me…”NO THANK YOU.”

    I know this can be a tough one because a lot of us have an innate drive to want to please everyone. But, like I said before, this is YOUR trip and you can’t forget that!

    Every single second of my trip was magical and perfect, but that’s because I knew what I wanted to do and what I didn’t. At one point, we found ourselves in a local bar, listening to country music, watching a basketball game. And if you know me, you know I don’t like country and I’m definitely not an avid sports lover. So I told the girls, “Alright, let’s finish our drinks and go somewhere we can dance!”

    And so we did, and we ended up having the BEST night. We literally danced all night long. It was amazing.

    Moral of the story: You do you girl! As long as you’re happy, I can guarantee your friends will be too. Happiness is contagious you know 🙂

    “Aha-Moments” aren’t just for product reviews! They apply to all things in life. And I feel like, in this case, my aha moment was the KEY to having a perfect bachelorette.

    As I sat there on the beach with my friends, I realized that the amount of happiness that I felt was on another level, and it was simply because I was so extremely grateful to be sharing this amazing trip with my girls.

    So my ultimate tip to you is to be 100% in the moment and fill yourself with gratitude because this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    Okay, now tell me! Did you have a destination bachelorette, or are you planning one? Comment below and tell me all about it!

    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer: Radiant & Luminous

    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer: Radiant & Luminous

    Who Doesn’t Love a Little Extra Radiance?

    I’m ALL about simplifying my routines…especially when it comes to makeup. I’m not one that loves to spend a ton of time getting ready in the morning. Most of the time, my hair ends up in a braid or a pony, even if my makeup routine is super simple and quick…there’s just other things I’d rather be doing in the morning!

    When Claudia first started experimenting with First Aid Beauty and had such success, I knew I was going to have to give one of their products a try! I knew the Ultra Repair Cream wasn’t the perfect starting point for me, since I was already so in love with my Glossier Priming Moisturizer, but when they released their First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer, I knew it was time to give it a try!

    Three Products in One

    I was so excited to try this First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer because it was a moisturizer, tint, and SPF all in one! Talk about simplifying a routine! Doesn’t get much better than that. And, though it’s no news that SPF is uber important, ever since I started using Curology, it’s been crucial that I have SPF in my daily routine.

    Product:  First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer

    Active ingredients/sunscreen: Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 7.5%.

    Inactive ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Butylene Glycol, Hexyl Laurate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Tribehenin, Limonene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Allantoin, Sodium Ascorbate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, MAY CONTAIN: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492/CI 77499/CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Mica.

    Price: $28

    Where to buy: Sephora or our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks:  Allergy-Tested | Gluten-Free | Non-Comedogenic | Nut-Free | Suitable for Sensitive Skin, Vegan | Nano-Free | Free From: Alcohol, Artificial Colorants, Artificial Fragrance, Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Parabens, Petrolatum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Sulfates, Talc, Formaldehydes, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclocarbon, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol

    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer Experimenting

    Consistency is Key

    I was initially worried to use the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer because the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is SO light and breathable, I knew I was going to have to make a slight adjustment while changing to a product that offers more coverage. As soon as a squeezed a little product out of the tube, I was really worried about the thickness. Good news: I actually love the consistency of this product! I don’t know if I could go back to anything lighter! Crazy right?!

    The consistency gives just the right amount of coverage without suffocating my precious pores! That’s a major win for me! The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer also has micro pearls (a.k.a. finely milled minerals with light reflecting properties) that amplify my skin’s natural radiance! Trust me, I’ll never say no to a little extra radiance!

    Skincare & Makeup All-In-One

    I truly believe all of your products should serve a true purpose to your skin’s health. If it doesn’t, at least for me, it’s never part of my daily routine! Thankfully, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer is chock-full of ingredients that are good for your skin. There are four things that make this tinted moisturizer so perfect…

    1. SPF 30: This one’s a no-brainer…you can never have too much sun protection!!
    2. Colloidal Oatmeal: Anything with oatmeal always calms and soothes your distressed skin…which I always need!
    3. Vitamin E: Rich in antioxidants that helps condition and soothe skin and fight off environmental aggressors. Gimme all of that, please!
    4. Micro-Pearls: Those little milled minerals that reflect light to amplify radiance!
    Built to Last

    This product was built to last…in fact, First Aid Beauty claims it lasts up to twelve hours! Honestly, I can totally attest to that. After wearing it through long work-days, hot sunny dog walks and even workouts, it doesn’t ever wear off. When I get to my wind-down routine and grab my micellar water, it’s crazy how much comes off on my cotton pad! With my prior Glossier friend, there was almost nothing left to take off at the end of the day. With the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer, you can tell that it all stayed on all day!

    Not only will it last through the day, but it has also become a lasting product in my beauty routine. Just like they say…when you know you’ve found the one, you just know. That’s how I feel about this gem of a product!

    Tried and True by Two Twinsies

    In true bestie fashion, I got Claudia on board with the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer! Not that it was hard to do, since she’s a die-hard First Aid Beauty fan. During one of our photoshoot days, we were photographing the I Dew Care Mini Masks and as we took them off, we realized we both forgot to bring face moisturizer! (Seriously the worst feeling on earth!)

    Good news is, I just so happened to have my First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer in my bag and I told her to give it a try. She instantly fell in love with the consistency, coverage, and everything in between! Next thing I knew, she was ordering it too. Now, it’s become a staple in her daily routine…just like me! #Twinsies.

    One of my favorite methods to prove whether or not I like a product is to take a couple days of using something in its place and see how I feel. So for a couple days, I did just that…and welcomed my Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint back into my routine. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had found pure perfection in the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer.

    From lasting coverage to ALL the feel-good skin benefits, this perfection in a product more than deserves our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Have you tried any First Aid Beauty products? What are your favs? Comment below!