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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November 6, 2019

For Old Times’ Sake… Sephora Sale Clean Beauty Recommendations 2019

Sephora VIB Sale Recommendations 2019 | Clean Beauty Edition

So, word on the street is everyone’s sick and tired of Sephora’s ‘promotions’ and rewards program. It keeps getting less and less enticing to shop Sephora when their rewards are minuscule in exchange for what customers are paying/buying/investing in, and they keep taking away perks.  But for old times’ sake, since there IS a 10-20% sale going on right now depending on your status, I…

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October 7, 2019

Clean Beauty Dupes For Traditional Favorites

15 Clean Dupes for Traditional Beauty Favorites | Clean Beauty Swaps for Regular Products

If you read my previous post about exploring more clean, safer beauty going forward, you’ll know I decided to become a brand consultant for Beautycounter. I felt so strongly about partnering with them because the mission, advocacy work they do to change regulations in the industry, and most importantly… the products TRULY PERFORM. I figured it’d be fun to do a little dupe-finding for some…

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October 3, 2019

Stitch Fix Unboxing Fall 2019 Must Haves

stitch fix unboxing fall 2019

Hello, everyone! It’s crazy… we’re in October! I don’t know where you may be reading this from, but the weather has been strangely warm here in the northeast and this summer-lovin’ girl is actually READY for the cooler temps. Thankfully, I got this latest Stitch Fix in August and have had some time to test run the five items in my box before sharing them…

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September 30, 2019

Beautycounter Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation Review

beautycounter tint skin foundation review on combination skin | tint skin shade honey

As soon as I knew I enjoyed several skin care items from clean, safer beauty brand, Beautycounter, I knew it was time to delve into MAKEUP… my true love. It’s only natural for me to gravitate towards complexion products first – particularly foundation – since that is one of my favorite makeup products (hello, gimme that flawless face) and something that covers a big percentage…

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September 13, 2019

All of My Favorite Hair Care Products – 2019 Edition

All of my favorite hair care products for blonde ash platinum hair | favorite hair products for healthy voluminous blonde hair brighter darling | R and Co Television Hair Products

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. Since I was a little girl, I’ve received compliments on my hair. I don’t know WHY… because it’s basically a horse’s mane and the usual bane of my getting-ready routine, but for some reason… many people think I have nice hair. Who knows. But I’m here today to share my top favorite products to keep my thick, coarse hair…

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September 2, 2019

Currently Testing… Skin Care For Dull Tired Skin

Currently Testing... Skin Care For Dull, Tired Skin | Beautycounter Overnight Resurfacing Peel, Ole Henriksen PHAT Facial, Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. It’s been awhile since I shared what I’ve been testing lately and that’s mainly because my threshold for BS is super high so I don’t even bother trying things that don’t fit my skin needs or that I think would be high quality for my readers. Not that I didn’t do that before, but my standards for products and…

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August 24, 2019

Making Cleaner and Safer Beauty Choices…

Making Cleaner and Safer Beauty Choices on Brighter Darling

I think we all can agree no one wants to put products on their faces or bodies that have harmful or not-so-good-for-you ingredients. Ever since dealing with years of infertility and autoimmune issues, I’ve been much more aware of these things. I’ve spent the last 10.5 months analyzing ingredient labels of all products that go IN or ON Savannah’s little baby body, but only recently…

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August 21, 2019

My Experience Using the Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup

My Experience Using the Saalt Soft Menstrual Cup hero | Saalt Soft Cup Review

*Affiliate links used. Full disclaimer details here. Today’s post won’t be for everyone. And that’s totally fine with me! Skip it and come back another day 🙂 But we’re mostly ladies here and biologically, this is a truth we all have to deal with every month: our periods and how we manage them. We all know about pads, tampons, liners and pills we can take to…

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