It’s World Environment Day—So Let’s Talk Eco-Friendly Beauty

Is Earth Day having a sequel? Yes! It’s World Environment Day! This is a great time to talk about eco-friendly beauty

But Let’s STFU For A Second

You might not realize and it’s very important to know that terms such as “eco-friendly,” “green” or “natural,” are meaningless. The FDA has no standard for these kinds of labels.  You can bottle poison and legally call it natural. WTF? 

So How Do You Find Products That Are Less Bad For Mamma Earth?

While this is by NO means a complete list—if you are looking for products that are better for you and the environment, here are some things to keep in mind.

NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Parabens

These are preservatives that have been banned in Europe. Studies show they can increase breast cancer. So, if you have breast cancer in your family, seriously avoid Parabens.

Oxybenzone

This chemical is often found in sunscreens and is a known hormone disruptor. It was recently banned in the state of Hawaii. 

Polyethylene

You know those little bead things you find in some scrubs? Those are often made of Polyethylene. These little suckers don’t just irritate your skin—they aren’t filtered out the sewage system. So, they end up in the ocean and where cute animals and fish eat them as snacks. THESE ARE TERRIBLE SNACKS!

YAY!

Sustainable Ingredients/Sustainably Sourced

This means the ingredients and often packaging are made from renewable resources. So a forest doesn’t have to die for you to look pretty.

Organic

For a product to be organic, it means at least 95% of the ingredients must be certified as organic. Products that are “made with organic ingredients” have less than 95% organic ingredients in the formulation.

Cruelty-Free

Cruelty-Free products are not tested on animals. You might see Leaping Bunny certification on cruelty-free products. This means the brand meets all of that organization’s standards.

Vegan

Vegan products contain no animal derived ingredients.

If you want to obsess or do a deep dive, check out this list of The Dirty Dozen chemicals to avoid.

…But Be Easy On Yourself

Look, it’s not 100% practical to find products are completely devoid of anything that could possibly harm you or the environment. So, try to be realistic. If you find something that’s paraben-free, but not organic—don’t beat yourself up. You still get karma points. 

Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly beauty products.

AveSeena Ageless Perfection Cream

AveSeena moisturizer is a new love of mine. It’s a cream, which initially made me nervous because normally CREAMS ARE SOOOOO HEAVY. But this feels so light, I even use it under my eyes. It also does everything from helping with wrinkles, dehydration (obvs because it’s a moisturizer) and loss of radiance and firmness. I look and feel like I’m 12 after applying it!

AveSeena products are 100% naturally derived, Leaping Bunny certified, and non-toxic.

Love Beauty and Planet Peace & Glow Sugar and Rose Body Scrub

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Who doesn’t love a nice body scrub, especially in the summer? For $7, this one gets the job done, smells good and doesn’t have that salty burn that many scrubs tend to have. One of my favorite drugstore lines—All Love, Beauty and Planet products are sustainably sourced, vegan and cruelty-free. Did I mention they all smell like heaven?

Coola Dawn Patrol Primer

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I am LIVING for this product right now. Dawn Patrol is an SPF 30 primer that feels so light on your skin, you almost won’t believe this is a sunscreen. But I’m 1000% sure they are NOT lying. At the moment, I want to declare this my favorite multitasker of all time. I even use it without makeup to avoid that heavy feeling of sunscreen on my face. Coola products are vegan, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, paraben free and reef safe/friendly.

If your skin is a little dryer or you aren’t looking for a primer, I’m all about Coola Sport Face SPF 50 White Tea Organic Sunscreen Lotion. It’s available in the summer Fab Fit Fun Box. Use my code: AMANDAL for $10 off. Just a heads up—this product costs $32 and the box is $40 with the code. There are sooooo many awesome goodies in the box including a makeup palette from Tarte. Check out my Instagram for a full reveal of every product. 

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Almond Scrub

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Because I use not-so-eco-friendly Retin A on my skin regularly, my face has the tendency to peel and flake. This scrub gently removes the flakes without burning or irritation. It has a light, but creamy texture. Boom Mineral Products are paraben-free, GMO-Free, petroleum, and cruelty-free.

BIOSSANCE SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL

Another favorite multitasker—I use often use this oil at night because it really moisturizes and soothes. The Vitamin C makes an additional serum unnecessary, which is great for your wallet and the planet. Because this oil is very concentrated, one bottle lasts pretty close to forever. It’s great for all skin types including oily and has no synthetic fragrances, parabens, or phthalates.

GA-DE Fragrances

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So, TBH, I haven't tried this line myself yet because I just learned about it, but I'm obsessed already. GA-DE has a full line of makeup, skincare, bodycare and perfume. Finding less toxic perfumes can be such a challenge, so I'm dying to try them. GA-DE uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging and ingredients that are better for people and environment. I'm obsessed with their fragrances which include Icon Pearl, Icon Musk, and Icon Vanilla Black. Also, these bottles are soooooo pretty, I want all of them.

 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Holiday Gift Guide

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Ali and I found the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list from your new boyfriend, to your best friend, that boring girl whose party you have to go to, everyone you love and even for those people you hate, but are obligated to buy a something for.  Why read endless gift guides if you can multitask and listen to just one? Here are all the brands, products and deals we chatted about. For more info, listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, and now Spotify, or stream/download below.

Motorola Z2 Force Shatterproof Android Phone

Motorola Mods 360 Camera & Gamepad

Soft Surroundings- Various gifts- $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, use promo code THANKS10

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Use this link below for 10% off or promo code LAZYPOD

Pretty You London Slippers

50% off all styles except for the recently launched 2017 fall designs on Black Friday.

Bonus: spend $100 or more and receive free shipping. (Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday)

Cyber Monday: 15% off new fall designs as well as 50% off other styles

Baby Be Hip

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Custom baby gifts

Promo Code: LAZYPOD for 15% any order

STS Blue

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Denim jackets and jeans

Bando

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Galactic Sneeze Games

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Soko Jewlery

Barbella Box

Oaki Boots (We might have mispronounced this during the podcast, sorry)

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Seriously, Not Kidding, For Real These Four Apps Will Change Your Life. #Productivity

They always say that things don’t change your life. You change your life. But, as someone who prides herself on breaking the rules, I don’t think that is necessarily true. Anything that can make you more productive can be very life changing. Here’s an example of what I mean. Have you ever gone from not having your own washer/dryer to having one in your house or apartment? No more lugging half your wardrobe to a gross basement, a sketchy laundermat, or having to make actual plans to do your laundry. You can live a life free of freaking out if the ketchup on your French fry suddenly makes its way onto your favorite t-shirt. See what I mean? Total life changer.

So what does having an appliance have to with apps? Well, these apps can also change the way you do those absolutely unavoidable life tasks aka adulting. Here are four of my favorites and how they’ve been game changers for me.

Amazon Prime Now

Amazon Prime Now is NOT the same thing as Amazon Prime, but you do need to be a Prime member to use it. Amazon Prime Now is like a personal assistant who brings the annoying, not-fun and absolutely essential things I need for my life like soap, cleaning supplies, cases of water, toilet paper and dog food straight to my door when I tell them to. Now, if you are wondering why I just don’t buy this stuff at the grocery store, it’s because I rarely shop at traditional grocery stores. I’m a Trader Joe’s and Farmers Market kind of girl, so buying household items means an additional task, driving there, parking, waiting in line and wasting at least an hour of my life I’ll never get back. It also means carrying heavy stuff from my car, which I’m not a fan of. Pro tip: As I’m running low on things, I add them to my cart, so I don’t have to create a separate shopping list.

APN isn’t yet available everywhere. If they don’t deliver to your neighborhood, Google Express is a pretty good alternative.

My dogs poop a lot. 

My dogs poop a lot. 

I'm all about sorbet and green cleaning products.

I'm all about sorbet and green cleaning products.

Shyp

“I like going to the Post Office” – Said no one ever.

I’d rather be stuck in traffic when I have to pee than stand in line at the post office when I have to send a package. For $5 someone comes to your location, picks up your item(s) and then they leave.  It’s almost alarmingly simple. Seriously, the first time I used Shyp, I was confused and asked them if there was anything I had to sign or do and there wasn’t. The app lets you estimate the cost in advance and choose your shipping preferences (fastest, cheapest, etc). Shyp will even pack and box your items for you, as well as insure them.

Shyp is serious about packaging!

Shyp is serious about packaging!

This lamp was sent from NYC to LA and arrived in one piece! Thank you Shyp. Also, thank you for the lamp, mom.

This lamp was sent from NYC to LA and arrived in one piece! Thank you Shyp. Also, thank you for the lamp, mom.

Giftgram

I love buying people gifts, but because I overthink everything, I can become overwhelmed. When it comes to buying someone something nice, I don’t want to see 10,000 options, I just want to see like 100 things I really like. GiftGram has an amazing selection of well-curated gifts to give everyone from your boss to yourself starting at around $20. It’s easy to use, fast and the person who receives your gift will be completely wowed.

If you want to try Giftgram, use my promo code, which is AK84700 and get $15 off your first purchase. You’re welcome. (And obviously, full disclosure, they give me $15 for sharing).

There isn’t one thing on GiftGram I don’t want, but here are a few of my favorites. It was really hard to choose.

If you don't love this, there is something seriously wrong with you.

If you don't love this, there is something seriously wrong with you.

I am totally obsessed with Kilian. This fragrance comes with it's own clutch. Two gifts in one. Yes!

I am totally obsessed with Kilian. This fragrance comes with it's own clutch. Two gifts in one. Yes!

Perfect gift for your favorite #GirlBoss.

Perfect gift for your favorite #GirlBoss.

Affordable, but cute baby gift. Done!

Affordable, but cute baby gift. Done!

YouCam Makeup

YouCam Makeup is one of those apps that does so many things, I really feel I can only scratch the surface here. In many ways, it’s kind of like a Snap Chat filter on steroids, helping you take a selfie worthy of a thousand likes. With tools galore and one of the most user-friendly interfaces I’ve tried, it’s the only photo editor you need on your phone. You can fix blemishes, under eyes, and any other imperfections faster than it takes a doctor to load up a syringe with Botox and inject it into your face. You can also take a barefaced selfie and give yourself a complete makeover. Want to know what you would look like if you learned how to contour IRL? You can try several different looks just one tap. You can also customize like crazy, changing up your hair and eyes (not just eyeshadow, but the actual color of your eyes). You can also add headbands, sunglasses and other accessories.

One of my favorite features of YouCam is that you can apply actual products from several brands including Laura Geller, Ardell, Paul Mitchell and Elizabeth Arden. And yes, there are more coming soon. You can even purchase products without leaving the app. 

I was totally barefaced when I took this picture.

I was totally barefaced when I took this picture.

Pink hair is not my thing, but luckily I didn't have to actually make my hair pink to figure it out.

Pink hair is not my thing, but luckily I didn't have to actually make my hair pink to figure it out.

A Midsummer Day’s Product Round Up: Beach Please Edition

I love everything about the beach. From the sun and the salty air, to the sound and smell of the waves. I'm even like feeling hot sand on my toes. While I live in Los Angeles, my apartment isn't exactly close to the water and I don't really get there as often as I would like to. 

Here are some of my favorite beach beauty products. Some of these are specifically for the beach, which others help me look and smell as if I've spent the day the there, when in realty I was on dry land the whole time. 

Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum

This is one of my favorite fragrances. My friend Bliss, who has been my best friend since 4th grade, introduced me to it last year. I was telling her about how a former roommate of mine wore Fire Island by Bond No 9 and that I really wanted to buy it, but it was way above my budget at that point. She spritzed some of her Bobbi Brown Beach on me, which smelled like a slightly muted version of the Bond I was lusting after. Two weeks later I bought my own bottle and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Very light, it smells like a long summer day has spicy notes of sunscreen. I love it so much, I even wear it all year round.  

K+K Beach Waves Sea Salt Texture Spray

Beach waves are my signature go-to look these days because they require minimal to no heat styling and not a whole lot of effort (#lazy). I've tried a lot of similar products, but this summer, I’m really into K+K Sea Salt Texture Spray. It smells like a sandy sea breeze and doesn't dry out my hair. This product was created by Karena and Katrina, who you may know from their fitness blog and program Tone It Up.

After towel drying, while my hair is still damp,  I spritz some on and roll my hair into two side buns a la Princess Leia and fasten them. Then I re-spritz the buns. I'll let my hair set for 20 to 30 minutes, if I'm not going anywhere. If I need to be somewhere, I'll blast each bun with with a hair dryer for a few minutes and then take them out. Ta Da! Instant beach waves!

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Dry-Oil Sunscreen

Alba is one of my favorite natural brands. I have yet to find a product they make that I don’t like. Their pricing is relatively affordable and they’re sold everywhere from Whole Foods to CVS. Sometimes I think there is nothing more annoying than finding a product I’m really into and then not being able to find it anywhere local. And yes, I can always order online, but sometimes, I like to pick something up at an actual store. But I digress....

Alba's Dry-Oil Sunscreen smells like a fruity drink. It probably smells like Hawaii, but since I’ve never been there, I can’t make that claim. Most oils I've seen have a very low SPF (like 4 or 9, why even bother?) and I won't use them because I'm afraid to burn, but with SPF 15 I don't have to worry. 

Desert Essence Organics Tropical Coconut Hand and Body Lotion

I feel like coconut-scented lotions can smell like one of two things. Either like a gas station air freshener or like something you want to drink on a tropical island and garnish with a paper umbrella and fruit wedge. Desert Essence's Tropical Coconut Lotion smells like the later. It's totally delicious. I think I've smelled nearly every coconut lotion available (not kidding) and this is my favorite by far. It's also paraben-free, which is important to me because I use this product on my entire body every time I get out of the shower. 

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner with SPF 15

For years, I've always wondered why no one invented hair sunscreen and then Nios Shield finally did. I've been coloring my hair blonde for more years than I can remember and it has a tendency to get really brassy and turn gold. And yes, I use purple shampoo, but I like to fight the brass before it starts. I always apply this product before a beach or pool day. Then I re-apply if my hair gets wet. You can also use it on your scalp, if you have a tendency to burn there. 

Everyone Soap Coconut + Lemon

I love Everyone Soap because it's a body wash, bubble bath and shampoo all rolled into one. While I confess I'm more of a bar soap person (so old school, I know...), this is the one body wash I don't feel bad treating myself to because it's inexpensive and smells like a vacation. Most of the time, I actually use it as hand wash (EO so needs to add this use to the label) and the giant 32oz bottle lasts for months. My hands are extraordinarily sensitive and break out in a rash from most chemical-filled washes. This doesn't irritate them at all. Like most of my favorites, paraben-free. 

RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Solar

RMS Beauty's Solar Cream Eye Polish is a big game changer for me. You just apply it to your eyelid with your finger tip (nope, no brush needed) and it's the perfect gold/bronze(ish) shade without being too glittery or shimmery.  Like all of RMS Beauty's products, their eye polishes are non-toxic and made with organic ingredients. 

Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse

Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse is a dry-oil, so it's not runny and the bottle is almost spill-proof (spilled oil always causes the biggest mess- ugh!) If you want to transform into a bronze goddess in seconds, this is your go-to. You can use this oil on your face, body, or hair for a little extra bronze glow. There's something I really appreciate about products that have multiple uses.It also smells like a fancy summer day in St. Tropez. It's hard for me to resist a product that smells good!

Boots No7 Extravagant Volume Waterproof Mascara

I have mixed feelings about waterproof mascara because most are hard to take off, but I don't really look good without it. So, if I'm going to a social event that involves a body of water, I'll apply Boots No7 Extravagant Volume Waterproof Mascara. It gives my lashes just enough of a coating without looking like I'm wearing too much makeup. You know, it's for those moments when I'm trying hard not to look like I'm trying too hard. It stays on all day, but comes off easily with makeup remover when I get home.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in Coconut Lime

If you like Pina Coladas (and overrated songs), then you'll love Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Scrub. Sugar scrubs are better for your skin than salt scrubs because they aren't as drying. Also, I'm clumsy and accidentally cut myself all the time, so if I use a salt scrub, I literally end up rubbing salt into my wounds. One thing I love about Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Scrub is that is looks pricey, but only costs $6.99. It's also paraben-free and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. No post-shower lotion necessary.