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April 18, 2020

Shopping the April 2020 Sephora Sale

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*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. I truly was NOT going to write this post. Over the years, I’ve (as many other beauty bloggers) have gotten frustrated by Sephora’s lack of PERKS. Their sales aren’t that great. Their free samples are not that great. Their incentives for reward members’ are not that great. BUT… I did have a few friends in real life ask me…

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April 8, 2020

Two Great Self Care Masks To Try | Primally Pure Soothing and Clarifying Mask Review

Two Great Self Care Masks To Try | Primally Pure Soothing and Clarifying Mask Review hero

Most of us are doing our part and staying home 99% of the time lately, but even if you’re considered ‘essential’ personnel and working, we all need a little extra self care lately. I definitely am not going all out with my makeup every day, but I certainly am taking advantage of the extra time to pamper myself with my skincare routine… and that includes…

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April 3, 2020

Clean Beauty… Curated For You | Trying NakedPoppy

Trying Naked Poppy | Testing out New Clean Beauty Skincare and Makeup Products | Brighter Darling Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon an article that said something like, “If you love Beautycounter, try these clean beauty brands!” Within the list was a newly founded, woman-owned website called NakedPoppy. The idea behind the site is that you fill out a quiz based on your skin type, coloring, and beauty preferences… and then NakedPoppy will use its sophisticated algorithm to give…

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March 29, 2020

My 5 Favorite Beautycounter Makeup Products

5 Favorite Beautycounter Makeup Products | Velvet Eyeshadow Palette Classic | Brighter Darling

As promised a few days ago in the skincare post, I said I’d share my 5 favorite Beautycounter makeup products. It’s been really fun exploring the clean beauty world for me. As a beauty enthusiast, I kind of tried it all. But this ‘whole new world’ of products has made the process fresh again. Without tons of reviews and thousands of YouTube videos on certain…

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March 26, 2020

The Lipstick That Has Every Shade You Ever Needed… bareMinerals Mineralist Review

bareMinerals Mineralist Review | bareMinerals Mineralist lipstick swatches | brighter darling blog

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. bareMinerals is one of those brands that I know many of us know and love! For the last two years, they’ve been reformulating and expanding their color cosmetics line and I’ve been 98% obsessed with everything they’ve released! So you can imagine how excited and thrilled I was to receive the entire new Mineralist lipstick collection they launched recently…

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March 23, 2020

My 5 Favorite Beautycounter Skin Care Products

Top 5 Favorite Beautycounter Skin Care Products | Brighter Darling

Considering everything that is going on right now in our world to stay safe and that my family’s biggest income right now is my blog affiliate commission and Beautycounter sales (and that Beautycounter is currently running a 10% off SITEWIDE sale), I figured what better time than now to share my 5 favorite Beautycounter skin care products! May as well help get safer products into…

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March 4, 2020

GOOP GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator Review

GOOPGLOW Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator Review

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like everyone’s crazy about exfoliating their skin, now. No? Yes? Well, I know I personally am and ever since I discovered the benefits of chemical exfoliating (using acids to deeply exfoliate the skin vs. using a scrub with beads of some sort), my skin tone and texture has changed dramatically. So when…

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February 25, 2020

Clean Beauty Date Night Glam Makeup Tutorial [YouTube]

clean beauty full glam makeup tutorial | beautycounter romantic palette tutorial

Hey all! In my quest to try all the clean beauty things, I took the plunge and ordered my THIRD Beautycounter eyeshadow palette – the Romantic. I hesitated on this one, because to me, it seemed too cool toned and overall, very smokey. But then I saw celebrity makeup artists use it on Mandy Moore, Annette Benning, America Ferrara and Heidi Klum this awards season,…

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January 27, 2020

2019 Beauty Favorites

2019 Beauty Favorites Brighter Darling Blog

Hello everyone! It’s been SO long but let me tell you, I have been VERY busy educating several of you on cleaner, safer beauty with Beautycounter. Because of that, the blog and my YouTube channel has been… well, crickets. But now that the holidays are basically HERE, I have more time to catch up on the long list of blog posts I have in my…

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January 20, 2020

KOSAS Makes Some Nude Lipsticks and I’m So Excited!

kosas vegas lipstick and kosas dip wet lip oil

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. In my clean beauty journey, I’ve learned there are certain categories of cosmetics that are harder to make. Nude lipsticks are certainly one of them for some reason… as are bronzers, good full coverage concealers and foundations for oily skin types, but that’s for another post! Over the last couple of months, I have tried more clean beauty brands products…

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January 13, 2020

My Thoughts On Natural Deodorants and My Favorite Natural Deodorant

My Thoughts On Natural Deodorants and My Favorite Natural Deodorant hero

I can’t say exactly for sure, but around the time I started IVF, I switched to using natural deodorants because of the health concerns regarding heavy metals (like aluminum used in traditional deodorants), parabens (which can act like estrogen) and phthalates (hormone disruptors). They certainly are not all created equal and there’s a lot of trial and error with these products. Today, I’m sharing my…

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January 6, 2020

RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up Foundation Review

rms beauty un cover up foundation | brighter darling blog | full coverage clean foundation

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. No nonsense… most clean beauty foundations basically feel like oil with a little dirt mixed in. It’s one of those clean beauty categories I’m finding to be pretty difficult to find really good coverage compatible with oily skin types. But RMS Beauty recently released their first foundation and it definitely checks off at least ONE of those areas (really…

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