The biggest food trend the last few years has been eating “clean.” That means eating foods with ingredients that, you know, you can pronounce—ones that aren’t man-made. Super simple, super effective, super healthy. But what about your skin? Have you ever looked at the ingredients on the beauty products you use? This was never something I thought about until I saw a friend mention it on Snapchat. How can we be so concerned with what we put inside our bodies, but not with what we put on our skin, which is then absorbed into our bodies?
After taking a look at all my beauty products, I was appalled at the chemicals I have been exposing myself to. Most of the ingredients look like the alphabet exploded; I had no idea what anything was or where it possibly could have come from. Our bodies are beautiful, and every inch should be treated with care and respect.
I knew I needed to make a change. I can’t be the only one who was still in the dark about this, so I have rounded up some of my top recommended natural beauty brands that are inspiring me to adopt a healthier skin and beauty routine.
Burt’s BeesOne of the most recognizable natural brands, Burt’s Bees strives to make their skin, lip, and baby care lines only with ingredients that come from the Earth, using minimal processing to benefit the greater good, not just their bank accounts. This is a brand that you can trust and afford. Burt’s Bees is available at all major retailers.
S.W. BasicsS.W. Basics started selling their products at flea markets and on Etsy, and it is now available nationwide at Target stores. This all-natural skincare line understands that less is more; the fewer ingredients put into the product, the safer it will probably be for your skin. Publications from Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop to Vogue to Self Magazine have raved about this Brooklyn-based company.
Kora OrganicsCo-founded by Miranda Kerr, who studied nutrition and health psychology before her modeling career, this certified organic Australian skincare line is available internationally on major retailer sites like Amazon and Net-A-Porter. Have you seen Miranda Kerr’s skin? Flawless!
I first heard of 100% Pure in a Shailene Woodley interview. She is the queen of all-natural, so I of course had to check it out for myself! 100% Pure is committed to creating personal care and beauty products that are free of toxins and made with the highest quality ingredients. Their commitment is the real deal: their offices are 100% solar-powered and their packaging is biodegradable and non-toxic. Store availability is limited, but their online shopping experience could not be easier!
Drunk ElephantI’ll admit it: the name pulled me in! Although not entirely organic and natural, this 100% non-toxic Sephora line was created to deliver “clinically-effective, clean skincare” for even the most sensitive skin. Drunk Elephant is available at Sephora stores nationwide.
Plaid season is coming up and you won’t want to miss it. There’s an option for everyone this fall!
Take a look at how some of our favorite fashion girls are styling the pattern this season.
Make a bold statement like Kate with a plaid jacket that packs a punch.
Work it like Danielle by tucking a simple tank or tee into a skirt for an effortlessly chic look.
Graphic tees have become a staple in the wardrobes of stylish men and women everywhere. From Parisian fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent to edgy street labels like UNIF, we saw cheeky, logo-adorned tees featured front and center in collections in the past year.
This week at Crossroads, we’re featuring five tees with cool graphics priced at just $17.50.
This week’s style icon is the epitome of Parisian style: French actress Clémence Poésy! Don’t we all want to have a Parisian chic moment every now and then? Her look is simple and classic—never too fussy and always on point. Take style notes from her girly dresses, her skinnies and blazers, and her perfectly tousled hair.
With Clémence in mind, you might just be able to capture some of the magic of Paris.
A wonderful thing about the Internet is that we can find information on any topic at any time of any day. Sometimes we just need a quick answer or some inspiration! I used to turn to Google for the latter and come up frustrated. Nowadays, I turn to my favorite lifestyle blogs, where I am almost guaranteed to find just the inspiration I am looking for! I’ve rounded up my top lifestyle blogger babes for you, because sometimes a girl just needs a little bit of help navigating this crazy world!
DIYs, beauty, product recommendations and reviews, plus tips for every aspect of your life—Michelle covers it all and manages to do it without being arrogant or over the top. Take a quick scroll through Michelle’s site if you are lacking some inspiration and I promise you will find what you are looking for!
A Beautiful MessSisters Elsie and Emma make their life fun and colorful, and they are kind enough to share it with us! These girls don’t just show off their DIYs, they create tutorials and class packages that teach you their techniques so you can master your own DIYs and have the confidence to go forth and create your own projects! This family empire doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon!
Career Girl DailyA source for tips, advice, and inspiration aimed towards the career woman. It’s not all about hard work though; you will also find fashion and beauty tips and tricks.
Hello NaturalWhen looking at the ingredients in food, beauty, and cleaning products, more often than not, you are going to see words you do not recognize. We all want to be healthy, and using more natural ingredients in anything going in or on your body is a great way to begin. Stephanie has amazing tips to living a natural life, minus the preachy tone you might find on other health blogs and web sites.
A Cup of JoeJoanna is a wife, mother, writer and lifestyle extraordinaire. Her blog focuses on motherhood, culture, beauty, fashion and food. One of my favorite Cup of Joe series is her “Have a Good Weekend” post every Friday, where she shares links to her favorite spots on the web.
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