Natural Beauty Favorites

Happy Sunday!

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite natural beauty products with you. I've spent A LOT of money trying products out over the last two years, and while I've been disappointed in many, there are quite a few that I just can't go without.

As some of you know, switching over my old products to natural/non-toxic products has been quite the journey. I'll be honest... I don't know if I will ever be 100% on the natural train. I mean, never say never, but there are just certain things I think I just really prefer, like fragrance perfume or self-tanner instead of sunbathing. But, I am trying. Trying to be more mindful of where my products are from, trying to make sure to stay away from these ingredients, and taking into consideration the environmental impact of the things I use and purchase.

What I can say lately though is, I'm impressed! I feel like there are so many effective natural products now and it it so exciting when I find one I really love.

So, let's dive into the ones I have been loving:

Favorite full skincare line: Epicuren 
This is hands down my favorite line. It's not organic, but it's a line where science meets nature and I have never loved products more than theirs! This is a great one for all skin types.

Favorite mask: Origins Original Skin
This one is a MUST. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this mask because it feels like an all-in-one mask. Moisturizing, brightening, and pore refining.

Favorite body scrub: Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Polish
This one is well worth the money! A little goes a long way, and I love that it is drier than other scrubs so it really help exfoliate.

Favorite deodorant: Schmidt's Vanilla Rose Deodorant
This has been my favorite daily deodorant by far. I am obsessed with the scent! Some people I know prefer the jar version of this, so it's really just a matter of preference. Either way, this one has been a winner in my book.

Christmas in California

It's me!!! Gosh guys, I'm sorry I've been so MIA lately. I have been taking a lot of time off of social media and as much I miss writing and sharing life with everyone, it has been such a needed break. I honestly just felt like I had to get caught up on life. I have had so many things that I've needed and wanted to do, and I feel like unplugging gave me some time to finally do that.

Anyway, if you follow along on Instagram you probably noticed that we did Christmas in California this year. It was my first Christmas away from my family, which is funny because although I'm from San Diego, my sister and parents are all up in Portland now. Tyson has family down in Temecula though, so that is where we were for the holiday.

We did all my favorite California things on this trip:

Mexican food
A night at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Golden Spoon on the regular
In-N-Out as much as possible
Ice skating outside
Wine tasting

Using Essential Oils in our Home

Ever since I started working from home, I've been glued to my diffusor. I was burning a candle almost every day at my desk, only to realize that my candle wasn't the best to breathe in (thank you to my sister, Kelly who owns Crosby Elements for explaining this to me). 

When I started doing some research prior to purchasing my diffusor, I was pretty impressed by the results people were getting when using essential oils topically and diffusing them. So, I shopped around and ended up getting a few things from Saje Wellness. 

Here is what I ordered:


Here is my very honest opinion: 
I love everything.

Gather: The Fancy Grilled Cheese

My friends can attest, I love me a fancy grilled cheese. And when it comes to throwing parties, I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong serving these.

Pair a grilled cheese with a side salad and soup, and voila! Here is how to keep this budget friendly, simple to put together, and appealing for picky eaters and those friends that have a food intolerance.

Made to Order: A Fancy Grilled Cheese

Bread Options:

Sourdough bread
Gluten-free bread

Cheese Options:

Goats milk cheddar
Gouda cheese
Vegan cheese (my favorite flavors come from Follow Your Heart)

Protein options:

Deli turkey

Veggie Options:

Dill sandwich pickles