Introducing: Love Beauty And Planet

love-beauty-planet By far the easiest way to help save the planet.

What Is Love, Beauty, and Planet?

Love, Beauty, & Planet is an eco-friendly line of shampoo, conditioners, and body washes created with the planet in mind. The company has six goals they want to accomplish in the short term:

  • Responsible ingredient sourcing
  • Reducing waste – bottles are made from 100% recycled bottles
  • Saving water – conditioner even has fast-rinse technology – yes, thats a thing!
  • Reducing carbon footprint – by donating a self-imposed carbon tax
  • Supporting environmentalists
  • Creating new and innovative products every year

There are both hair and skin products, all priced anywhere between $3-$9. When sustainable goes to mass market, its definitely a sign we are all moving in the right direction. I was so excited to be one of the early testers of this line that I have been using consistently since December.

The entire range includes the following fragrance families: Coconut & Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree & Vetiver, Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower, Argan Oil & Lavender, Shea Butter & Sandalwood, and Murumuru Butter & Rose.

I opted for the Murumuru Butter & Rose line, which is best for color treated hair. It is made with Amazonian murumuru butter and Bulgarian rose petal. I’m obsessed with anything rose scented so I knew I’d love at least that part of it. I can’t stand when a scent is too overpowering, and i was very happy to find the rose was fresh and light.

But does it work?

The shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling soft and silky. I use a lot of high-end (and much higher priced) products and I would say these are on par with those in terms of performance. I know that the conditioner has a fast-rinse technology but I can’t say I noticed a huge difference in the time it took me to rinse. I loved the body wash so much and I felt like the rose scent mixed with the shower steam made me feel like I was having a luxurious spa experience.

Overall I was very impressed. First off, the company eco-friendly mission isn’t just a marketing tactic – everything from the formula ingredients to the packaging recycling is a part of an intentional strategy to align with their sustainability goals. Most importantly though, the products really work, and the accessible price point is going to make it even easier for more people looking to shop ethical beauty. Because if everything else was equal, who wouldn’t choose beauty products that also help save the planet?

Learn more about the Love, Beauty, and Planet company and products here. Note: I was sent product to review for this post. All views expressed at 100% my own.

Summer Style: Bahamas Vacation

I really love sleeping in my own bed, but I’m already missing all of that colorful tropical Bahamian sunshine.

It is going to be impossible to top Sophia’s first birthday party in the Bahamas. Too bad she slept through most of it! Read more about our trip below, and scroll down for links to my vacation looks!

After doing a lot of research, we chose to stay at the Atlantis Bahamas. Our room was beautiful with a view of the ocean and a pool. I worked with the Atlantis team to make a memorable first birthday party for Sophia, and it was amazing. I was really nervous planning everything from way over here in Chicagoland, and to be honest there were still tons of details that needed to be confirmed up to the day of the event and I was freaking out a little (read: a LOT). However, once I arrived and got to meet the hotel staff, particularly Ron from the kids concierge, I knew it was going to be all good. He went above and beyond to help coordinate the party, even playing games with the kids. We reserved an event space at the hotel that had two large gazebos – called the ‘Seagrapes overlook’ – which was perfect with a beach view, and stingrays swimming around right next to us.

Sophia fell asleep right when the party started – all of the excitement must have gotten to her! We still sang to her and took pictures while cutting the cake – stroller and all (see photo below).

After the cake was the highlight of the birthday party- our whole family went to play with the Dolphins! Thanks to the Atlantis, we were all treated to an up close and personal play time with our dolphin friend, Magora. Everyone had a chance to do something one on one special with her. Adam especially loved feeding her some fish, and he learned a special signal that got her to do a trick.

Today’s post is sharing some of my vacay looks. (I’m still working on the video to go with this post – stay tuned!). My summer style philosophy is relaxed, effortless, and fun. I love to wear lots of white and bright colors and bold accessories. Shoes have to be either low-heeled or completely flat. No fuss and no stress – issa vibe.

The only thing I regret – I wish I had taken the time to check out more beaches. Especially the ones off the resort where the cruise ships port. They have calmer waters, and there is a lot of action out there I would have liked to check out. But I guess that just gives me a reason to go back and visit!

Bahamas Travel Shortlist:

Where we stayed: Atlantis Bahamas – The property is massive and there are rooms available at a variety of price points. We loved that there was so much to do as a family and we were constantly discovering new areas like the under water aquarium. The shopping inside is insane, I window shopped-till-I-dropped at Gucci and Rolex. Restaurants on-site range from super casual to fancy-schmancy-probably-want-to-leave-the-kids-at-home.

Where to eat: There are so many options at the hotel from poolside snacks to fine dining. Our group had 5 rowdy kids so we preferred the casual side of things. We did not get the meal plan, because we knew we wanted to try more local fare, but the meal plan option is great if you want to budget your trip to the dollar. Must try food on and off the resort: Conch salad, Conch Fritters – basically Conch anything! Some of our favorites: The Poop Deck (seafood), Carmines (italian family style), Sun & Ice (ice cream – traditional Bahamian flavors)

What we did:

Nothing. (preferably with a coconut water at the beach or the pool)

Dolphin Cay Experience – hands down the most unique experience we had on our trip. Fun for the entire family.

Water Park – so many water slides and lazy rivers – there are even some that  slide you through a shark tank!

What else I would have done if I had more time: 

Scuba Diving

Jet Skiing 

Swim with the Sharks Experience

Tours – there are so many fun tour options, probably best for people with older kids or no kids – you can do a bike tour, food and drink tour, or even an art gallery ‘hop’.

Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to this list! Scroll down for outfit links.

Thanks for stopping by as always xx


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Shop my looks (see additional similar options on the ‘shop my instagram’ page)

Swimsuits: Blue one piece , also available in black (exact one I’m wearing is by Zimmerman and currently sold out) | Ruffled Two Piece | Scalloped cut-out one piece (on sale over 50% off!) | Black one piece

Outfit 1: Dress over Jeans – Dress | Jeans | Sandals| Bag | Necklace

Outfit 2: Ruffled Off Shoulder top | White Jeans | Sandals | Bag | Earrings  | Necklace

Outfit 3: Striped button down dress | Denim Skirt | Swimsuit (as top) |Beach Bag | Bag | Necklace

Outfit 4: White Lace Dress | Sandals | Earrings (thanks to Rouge by Rooj Amir)

Outfit 5: Maxi Dress | Necklace (thanks to Sugarfix by Baublebar) | Bag | Sandals


Video: Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks + Review + Swatches

I recently tried some new lippies Urban Decay sent me to test out from the Vice collection – and all I can say is WOW. The first time in, well – ever, each color actually works on my skin tone and even on my perpetually dry lips. Most lipsticks are just too light, and I can’t do 80% of the matte liquid lipsticks out there because it will be flaking off in minutes. Read my thoughts below, and scroll down to watch the short video clip to see the colors on me, and also see Sophia make her first appearance on my channel!

The Breakdown: 

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

Stark Naked (Comfort Matte): Peachy warm nude but not too light

Gubby (Metallized): Frosty and sheer – not in love with it by itself, but it looks great over Stark Naked

Naked (Creamy): Pinky Nude

Backtalk (Comfort Matte): Pinky Mauve

1993 (Comfort Matte): Reddish Brown – not too dark

The Review: 

Let’s start with the packaging because I’m a sucker for pretty details. The luxe bronze and gold case is a nice touch and the stickers on the bottom labeling the color are actually quite accurate!

Next, the formula. I have come to expect quality from Urban Decay, but I really like that the ingredients include a hydrating butter blend, aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils. They also use Illipe butter, derived from Malaysian illipe trees, and vitamins C and E.

Finally, the color. There are many more shades in the Vice collection, but out of these five I love each one. I am inclined towards neutrals most of the time, and these are neutral but still very much on trend. The peachy and pink undertones for the nude shades, and the mauve and reddish brown especially.