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Happy Friday Deal from CAP Beauty!

Welcome to our first Friday Deal since the new site launched. Get ready — it’s a good one! We’ve partnered with our friends over at CAP Beauty to give you a big happy boost through this last part of winter. CAP Beauty is giving you 20% off your order! Just use the code CAPLOVESNMDL at checkout. Promotion lasts until 11:59 pm this Sunday, March 1. Offer valid online only. CAP Beauty has been online for while, but they just opened their flagship brick and mortar store in the West Village, complete with spa services like facials and facial acupuncture. For […]

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5 Easy Ways to Green Your Makeup Bag

I recently taught a beauty workshop for a local (Minneapolis) company. I’ve done a few of these events before, but this time we focused on detoxing your makeup bag. I was overwhelmed and excited by the fabulous response and the conversations I had as attendees sampled makeup. I really couldn’t have asked for a better group of women to connect with. What the event made me realize was that I spend so much time with green beauty fanatics that I’d temporarily forgotten that there are still so many people who haven’t even heard about toxins in their cosmetics. In honor […]

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Carla’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine… Exposed!

Meet Carla, The Beauty Chef. She has a super simple routine that focuses more on what she puts into her body than what she puts on her body, and we can certainly get behind that… especially after our skin cleanse! Name: Carla Oates Age: 41 City: Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia Skin: Olive, combination Hair: Brown Favorite star from the past: Audrey Hepburn I try to get eight hours of sleep each night. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep is the time when your body repairs and renews itself and getting good sleep or keeping good sleep hygiene helps keep hormones happy; hormones that keep our skin […]

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Need Help With Sleep, Stress, or Anxiety? Try ASMR

Have you ever talked a friend or a sibling into tickling you or brushing your hair? Watched video of the king of softspoken positivity, Bob Ross, even though you have no interest in painting? Paused just a bit too long on a shopping channel, mesmerized by the voice or movement of a person describing a product in excruciating detail?  Did it make you feel all tingly? You may have been experiencing ASMR. ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is not new to me as a phenomenon – although the knowledge that there’s a name for this experience is. Many of […]

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Rose Water: The Skincare Ingredient You Can Eat

It’s no secret — I love rose. I love the way it smells, looks, and tastes — yes, tastes! I was first introduced to rose water in Lebanese and Indian cuisine, mostly in desserts like rice pudding and baklava. Then I started seeing it pop up on menus in more unusual places. A chance encounter with a lemon and rose water spritzer while in L.A. last summer got me excited enough to add it to my own pantry, and I’ve found endless ways to incorporate rose water into my diet since. Rose water is a byproduct of rose oil production. […]

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Would You Try a Skin Cleanse? We Did.

In my work with NMDL, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of brand founders who are completely passionate about not only their product line, but also about promoting healthy living through ingredient education. I mean, that’s why we all decide to switch our beauty arsenals over to nontoxic products, right? Because someone enlightened us to the dangerous and sometimes scary ingredients that we didn’t know are in traditional cosmetics? Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics, is one of those people. She’s made a beautiful skincare line that utilizes powerful, but simple combinations of ingredients while also educating the […]

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3 Natural Perfumes That Inspire Self-Love

  Some of my most beloved natural perfumes are made by companies whose main raison d’être is skincare. At a glance it may seem like an afterthought or a whim, but in fact, natural perfume is a logical progression for some indie skincare lines. I’ve chatted with makers and founders behind the scenes who have expanded their skincare lines to include perfume or are preparing to do so (there are some exciting perfume launches on the way!). The common thread is this: most of these founders are formulating skincare products with essential oils, and they work to ensure that the essential […]

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Anne’s Morning Skin and Hair Routine…Exposed!

Readers, you really do come up with the best ideas. Anne has a few DIY tricks in her routine that are so good! Go ahead, read on and get ready for the heart-warming ending. It’s a good one. Name: Anne Age: 41 City: Montclair NJ Weather: Winter grey with occasional (but rare right now) sunny days Hair: Medium straight chestnut with side swept bangs, and some residual red coloring Skin: Normal but has its own emerging age-map Favorite star from the past: Tina Fey in a more red hair phase If I had to describe my beauty routine, I’d say it’s frugal-meets-efficient, with little compromise on 100% […]

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