Blog Spotlight: Finding Silver Linings

Blog Spotlight: Finding Silver Linings

Not everyone likes the taste of macarons, but there’s no denying that they are super cute.

Finding Silver Linings recently picked Milk + Sass’s quirky macaron-shaped brush as a cute and functional travel essential. It fits easily in your purse, travel bag, and even your pocket!

Most of us only like taking pictures of macarons, anyway.

The Cutest Travel Brush Ever

I had to tell you about these little guys.


It’s a travel brush (with a mirror) that looks like a macaron.  Ya know those Insta-famous French cookies that are almost too pretty to eat?  Ya, those.

Keep reading at Finding Silver Linings!

Blog Spotlight: Pretty Connected

Blog Spotlight: Pretty Connected

An Instagrammable deodorant?

You heard that right.

Beauty industry veteran Lara Eurdolian praised Secret’s new, purse-sized deodorant called Freshies on her lifestyle blog, Pretty Connected.

Not only are they cute and compact, but they’re discreet enough to bring with you everywhere – from the gym to a business meeting.

And obviously, they fit cutely enough in the palm of your hand that you have to take a few Freshies selfies.

Secret Just Dropped Freshies, the Most Instagrammable Deodorant

Secret just dropped Freshies, the most Instagrammable deodorant, not to mention totally functional, purse/ travel-friendly antiperspirant in four scents ($4.99 each). Available in Invisible Solid, this mini antiperspirant & deodorant comes in scents, Cool Waterlily, Luxe Lavender, Chill Ocean and Paris Rose. It’s the easiest and most inconspicuous/discreet bag deodorant for anyone on the go. It looks like EOS lip balm packaging on steroids. I’m headed to LA next week, and so excited to pack this little ball of pastel with me.

Keep reading about Secret’s new deodorant line on Pretty Connected!

5 Safe Skin Care Products on Amazon You Need RIGHT NOW!

5 Safe Skin Care Products on Amazon You Need RIGHT NOW!

As a beauty chemist, I have to say that beauty industry standards have come a long way.  There used to be a time when ingredients were included in a formula without really knowing how it can affect our health.

The huge shift in the beauty industry is the direct result of consumers holding brands more accountable. Now we want to know, nontoxic skin care for children and familywhy is this ingredient present? Is it harmful in the long term? Is it safe for our families to use? 

But while the industry is changing, the FDA has still yet to regulate ingredients of concern in cosmetics, like phthalates and parabens.

We need to keep holding the beauty industry accountable. And what better way to do that than to vote with your pocketbook? Check out these 5 organic, non-toxic, and above all, effective skin care products to add to your routine.


Blog Spotlight:

Blog Spotlight:

teeth whitening at home beauty tips


Teeth whitening is a million times easier than it’s ever been. Years ago, we used to have to schedule an appointment with the dentist to enjoy a dazzlingly white smile.

But once teeth whitening kits hit the market, suddenly we had options. There are teeth whitening gels, trays, toothpaste — maybe too many options. Finding an effective and affordable teeth whitening kit (that doesn’t potentially have harmful chemicals in it) can definitely be overwhelming. has an excellent, detailed review of which teeth whitening kits are worth trying. And the best part: the reviewers took care to not include kits that had high levels of active ingredients (which can…) or didn’t explicitly list all the ingredients. (Which they’re allowed to do because the FDA does NOT regulate teeth whitening kits.)

The 30-Second Review

There is no big secret to what makes the best teeth whitening products. According to the American Dental Association and the dentists we spoke with, hydrogen and carbamide peroxide are the only things that work. We found which teeth whitening products capped their peroxide at 10 percent — the amount the ADA says is safe for over-the-counter use — then had 32 testers weigh in on their results. Finally, we compared the method of delivery: trays, strips, or a paint-it-on gel to find three whiteners that outperformed the rest.

Keep reading at!


Blog Spotlight: Diana’s Healthy Living

Blog Spotlight: Diana’s Healthy Living

One of the most interesting developments in the beauty industry is the shift toward products with organic, natural ingredients.

With all of the choices consumers have now, they decidedly want products they can trust not to be riddled with harmful chemicals. And with good reason—there are several chemicals that the FDA hasn’t outlawed yet, even though there is extensive research suggesting that these chemicals may cause cancer.

So for all those natural beauty product junkies out there, this list of Organic Beauty Essentials on Diana’s Healthy Living is just that: essential!

Organic Beauty Essentials

When it comes to putting things into our bodies we often consider the ingredients, (okay, not always) but somehow we don’t do the same when it comes to what we’re putting onto our bodies.  I have been trying out some organic beauty essentials and wanted to share them with you.

Just like you nourish your body with organic food and or healthier food, your skin deserves the same care. Many beauty products on the market today include a scary amount of chemicals. From parabens (chemicals linked to cancer) to formaldehyde to petroleum waxes.

… Organic skincare and beauty products have come a long way.  They are not your “hippie” like products and they actually work.  Like any skincare or beauty product, you have to find what works for you.

… A natural approach to beauty won’t be for everyone but there is no harm in swapping in a few products. One of the most surprising things is the growing market of natural beauty products, making it easier to swap items in your make-up bag for a natural alternative.

Keep reading at Diana’s Healthy Living!


Blog Spotlight: The Simple Mom Review

Blog Spotlight: The Simple Mom Review

I remember how unbearably exhausting life was for me when my son was a child, especially because I was a single parent. All of my time was sucked into work and being a dad. To say that I didn’t have time to take care of myself anymore would be an understatement. Back then, if I made it to my bed at night without passing out first, it was a pretty good day.

So when I came across these Beauty Tricks For Even The Most Exhausted of Moms on the Simple Mom Review, I knew this was a story most of my mom readers could really relate to. Personal care is part of self-love. Things change when we become parents. And it’s great that we now have an honest dialogue to support us in how we look and feel through these changes.

All of these beauty tips and tricks are quick, effective, and to-the-point — perfect for tired moms on-the-go.

Wide Awake! Beauty Tricks For Even The Most Exhausted of Moms

Whether you’re the Mom of a newborn or rowdy teenagers, you have your work cut out when it comes to sleep. Just because you have exchanged your stilettos for sensible Mom shoes doesn’t mean you don’t care about how you look – the bags under your eyes rather draw attention. It just means you don’t have much time to care about it. Simple Mom Review tips for exhausted moms

Hopefully, there are a few things you can learn to make even the most exhausted of Moms look and feel more awake. There’s no lengthy beauty know-how needed here; no 30-minute session in front of a mirror perfecting winged eyeliner.

These suggestions are quick, easy and all designed with the maximum impact to make you look as awake as possible.

Keep reading at Simple Mom Review!


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