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Updating My Beauty Routine with Colleen Rotschild

Adding a few new favorites to my every day skincare aresanal
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Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a few key products from the beauty brand Colleen Rothschild.  I had heard of Colleen Rothschild before, but hadn’t given anything a go.  Beauty products are tough for me.  I have extremely sensitive skin, and very specific concerns.  So when I find something I like that works, and doesn’t break me out, I tend to stick with it.  But, her line intrigued me, so I took the risk, and I’m so glad I did. 

For the past 30 days I’ve been using the CR Miracle Balm, Extreme Recovery CremeRenewal CremeRetinol Night Oil, and Age Renewal Super Serum. And while all of 5 of these products are quite amazing, 3 of them ended up becoming can’t-live-without-them products.

Keep reading for more CR details, and don’t miss the BIG promo code at the end!!

First, the Age Renewal Super Serum.  Winner of the 2017 Beauty Short List Awards, the Serum is infused with more than 20 potent ingredients, including peptides, collagen boosters, amino acids, vitamins, and plant extracts. And claims to effectively fights the six signs of aging: texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance, and tone.  After using it for a few weeks I have definitely seen a difference specifically in the texture, tone and dehydration areas.  Plus, I’ve had no negative skin reactions which often happens when I combine my sensitive skin with any serum.

Second, the CR Radiant Cleansing Balm really is a miracle.  I lather it on every night after work, massaging it into my skin, then with a warm washcloth I wipe it off. The balm removes all of my makeup, without stripping my skin, and it doesn’t break me out which is always an issue with rich products.  I also keep a balm in my nightstand along with organic wipes in case I’m every feeling overly exhausted, or just lazy, to go through my entire evening routine. 

After the balm, I wash my face and apply the 3rd can’t-live-without-it product, the CR Retinol Oil.  This oil is a dream.  I haven’t been able to use Retinoids in the past because they irritate and dry out my skin, but not the CR Retinol Oil.  Because CR’s version has the highest concentration of stabilized retinol, along with 9 plant based oils, and Vitamin C, you receive all the skin renewing benefits of Retinol without all the irritation and flaking.  I highly suggest trying this out if you haven’t been able to handle prescription retinoids.  

The Radiant Balm in action

Radiant Cleansing Balm, Extreme Recovery CremeRenewal CremeRetinol Night Oil, Age Renewal Super Serum

Another aspect that completely sold me on CR; her commitment to creating high-performance products with safe ingredients.  That means blending plenty of  potent plant botanicals and advanced scientific ingredients from around the world but without all of the toxic garbage.  All of CR products are formulated without Parabens, SLS/SLES Sulfates, Triclosan, Formaldehyde, PABA, Toluene, or Benzene.

But the ultimate win-win situation is, unlike most beauty brands CR offers a 30-day return policy!!  This allows you time to try the products and if you are unhappy with the results you may send them back for a full refund!  I mean talk about belief in your brand; love this!  

So if I’ve peaked your interest and you’re looking to try out Colleen Rothschild for the first time, or just add a new product of hers to your daily routine now is the time because she’s running two different promotions.  The first is 20% off ANY regular priced items through 12/19 with code MARTHA20.  The second is a buy more save more situation ($25 off $100, $50 off $150, $75 off 300, and $100 off $400), valid through the 17th. 

I really, truly mean it, when I say I was so impressed with CR I plan to pick up another round of all 5 of these products, and try out the eye cream and detox mask.  I’d love to know if you plan to try anything out or if you have a CR product you’ve been using and loving forever?! Truly, MKR

Photography, Kathyrn McCrary | This post is in partnership with Colleen Rothschild.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions are 100% my own.

The Beauty Breakdown No. 1

A rundown of our favorite recent clean beauty and self care buys
Filed Under > Beauty & Tutorials

Hanacure mask, coconut pulling, nontoxic makeup and more on

Well, guys, by now you’ve realized how much of beauty buffs we are.  In fact, we were starting to run out of names to call these roundups!  Ha!  So say hello to our new series, The Beauty Breakdown.  In this series, we’ll be sharing our current favorite beauty and self care finds, and any and all products that we’ve recently tried that are worth talking about. 

First up, I HAD to get my hands on a Hanacure face mask after seeing the crazy photos of everyone wearing them, looking 2348234 years old.  And I was really impressed with W3LL PEOPLE for its completely nontoxic line of makeup.  I’m so thrilled that makeup is starting to offer benefits of skincare, with clean ingredients that make us look great AND nourish the skin while they’re at it.  

On this list, also, is Osmia Organics, a brand that’s new to me but worthy of the much coveted counter space on my vanity.  Think luxurious, velvety textures with subtle and irresistible scents.  They make self care easy!  

Below, I’ve also linked to my favorites from The Well Code collection in our shoppe: Skinny & Co. coconut oil pulling, Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Milk Bath Soak and the cutest sugar scrub cubes that your bath has been missing.  

Tell me, what self care finds are you digging lately?  Are there any specific ones you want to see on the next roundup?  Truly, MKR

P.S.  Check out more clean beauty favorites HERE. xo 



Multi-Action Treatment Mask

Hanacure, $110

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Like everyone else, I had seen the ads for this miracle mask and I couldn’t help but be intrigued.  This multi-action treatment mask promises to dramatically transform the appearance and texture of the skin.  It works to remove the impurities from your skin, helping it look more firm and lifted, smoother and evenly toned. 

I was completely shocked to find out that the mask ingredients list was a lot “cleaner” than I expected.  It’s formulated without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and it’s hypoallergenic and not tested on animals. 

My verdict?  I’ve got to admit that the tightening was really intense after applying.  I mean it was TIGHT.  But I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling, too, and I noticed my pores appeared smaller afterwards.

Skinny & Co. Coconut & Peppermint Oil Pulling Kit

Waiting on Martha Home, $40

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Oil pulling is an ancient practice that is receiving recent interest thanks to its key role in oral hygiene.  I especially love this brand because it’s the only 100% raw, alkaline coconut oil in the world.  It’s been cold-processed, and kept under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, making it truly raw.  Most coconut oils can have up to 20% fillers according to the current FDA regulations; this one is 100% pure. 

If you’re just starting out with oil pulling, try to swish the oil around inside your mouth for about 5 minutes, then work your way all the way up to 20 minutes.  It’s the cleanest your mouth will ever feel! 

Aveda Shampure Composition Oil

Nordstrom, $30

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A luxurious multi-use oil?  Sign me up.  This one by Aveda is great for your body, bath and scalp.  The nourishing blend delivers a really calming scent as it moisturizes your skin and hair.  It works its wonders in the bath too, with a few drops added to the warm water as you lay back and unwind. 

Apricot Sugar Scrub Cubes

Waiting on Martha Home, $26

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I can’t get enough of these sugar scrub cubes from our shoppe!  Available in several “flavors”, they exfoliate and nourish the skin, offering just the thing to pamper yourself after a long week. And to my surprise, the apricot is my favorite! Makes a sweet gift when paired with other simple self care favorites.

W3LL People Invisible Setting Powder, Translucent

Birch Box, $21.99

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This all-natural setting powder from W3LL PEOPLE might just be our desert island product: used alone, the translucent formula controls oil, minimizes pores, and smooths our complexion; used over foundation, it provides serious staying power creating a polished, soft-focus, matte look.

Osmia Organics Brighten Facial Serum

The Detox Market, $50

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You know me, always on the hunt for a serum that brightens my skin tone and smoothes my complexion.  I recently tried this one by Osmia, and I’ve really enjoyed its velvety texture and irresistible scent.  It works fast to soothe any redness or irritation I may have, and it has made the feel of my skin improve tenfold. 

Osmia Organics Spot Treatment

The Detox Market, $22

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If I’m ever experiencing a pesky breakout, I know I can act fast with a spot treatment (I have several in my stash!).  This one is at the top of my list right now; it’s proven to be really effective with a breakout even before it fully surfaces.  While it’s a natural acne treatment, it actually doesn’t have tea tree oil in it, so the scent is a lot nicer than expected. 

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Bath Soak

Waiting on Martha Home, $18

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If you’re looking for a deeply hydrating, luxurious addition to your bathtime ritual, look no further.  Welcome a light, yet indulgent scent of natural coconut and vanilla to your suds, and prepare to feel silky soft skin afterwards. This bath soak, which is also incredibly affordable and giftable and a bestseller in the shoppe, only contains four natural ingredients too. #winwinwin

Rejuvenating Eye Cream

beautycounter, $58

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My eyes are starting to show my age, so any and every nontoxic eye cream is welcome by me.  I’m especially impressed with beautycounter’s version; it works to reduce morning puffiness, while also tightening the fine lines and helping any sign of dark circles under my eyes. 

Like the rest of the beautycounter line, this product’s ingredients are good too.  It’s made up of a soothing blend of wild algae, caffeine, flower extract, vitamin E and more. 

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Tint Multi-Action Moisturizer SPF 30

Birch Box, $28.99

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Love a good skincare-makeup hybrid!  This organic, tinted SPF 30 has quite the lineup of benefits, including a boost in collagen, hydration, as well as smoothing and brightening effects.  I’ve found that it gives me medium coverage; my pores appear smaller and my overall texture is a bit smoothed out.  It’s winning major points in my book because it’s completely nontoxic.

W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara

Birch Box, $21.99

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Nontoxic mascara that actually works well is hard to come by.  Believe me, I’ve tried a bunch of them.  That’s why this one by W3LL PEOPLE is worth sharing; its all-natural, pro-grade formula really gives mine a boost.  The wand is designed to not clump, instead hitting each and every lash for consistent application.  My lashes seem to be happier and fuller, now that they’re getting the nutrients they deserve (instead of being stripped of them like with other mascaras!). 

Bio Extreme Lipgloss

W3LL PEOPLE, $14.99

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Love, love, love this new vegan Bio Extreme Lipgloss from W3LL PEOPLE. The “bio active” lip plumping system uses peptide technology, volumizing liquid crystals, hydrating coconut oil and soothing organic aloe to give your lips the attention they deserve.  SUPER hydrating with coconut oil and organic aloe…I’m in love!

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha

9 Clean Beauty & Personal Care Products That Work

I've tried and tested a lot. These clean products have me never looking back to their toxic counterparts
Filed Under > Beauty & Tutorials

I’ve been really interested in clean beauty and personal care products for awhile now.  And I know that’s a result of working for Waiting On Martha, which has led us to launch a sister wellness brand called The Well Code.  It’s also as a result of following a lot of wellness folks, and having a boyfriend who avidly researches “biohacking” on the reg.  I’m become a true believer that clean beauty matters in my everyday physical and emotional wellbeing.  

But I have to admit that I still struggle with finding a simple explanation to give to friends and family when they ask me WHY, and if it’s actually worth it.  I usually get a lot of “everything is bad for us at this point”-type jokes.  So literally, just last week, when I stumbled on this post by Colorful Eats on the Primally Pure Skincare blog, I was thrilled to find a clear explanation that summed it up well.  

In the post, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Caroline Potter explains that many of our well-known, been-around-forever beauty and personal care products include endocrine disruptors, or man-made chemicals or substances that interfere with the body’s endocrine system.  These endocrine disruptors cause hormone imbalances, which lead to problems with development, reproduction, brain health, the immune system and more.  Estrogen starts to take over, and estrogen dominance in our bodies can cause adrenal fatigue, severe menstrual cramping, hormonal acne, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, miscarriage, uterine fibroids, PCOS and just feeling “off” in general when it comes to your energy, emotions and hormones.  It’s really scary how much of our emotional and physical is affected by hormones…and especially when they’re all out of whack because of the products we’re putting into our bodies! 

Okay—whew—so with that being said, I’d be lying if I said it was all an easy switch in finding these solutions. It took a lot of trial and error…and some patience and faith that there were actual alternatives out there.  So today I wanted to share a few easy swaps that I’ve made recently, and literally have me NEVER looking back to their respective and toxic counterparts.  These are all safer, yet equally effective products.  

And a disclosure: I also know that I’ve probably had more patience than many to do the product trials; swapping out your favorite mascara and dry shampoo can feel like a lot of work, especially when you find some that don’t work!  Not to mention, it can put a dent in your wallet when you spend money on a lot of duds.  You may try a natural deodorant to find that it doesn’t work, then you wonder if it’s even worth it at all to try to find another one.  Which, P.S. I’ve FINALLY found a natural deodorant that works for me and doesn’t make me get stinky throughout the day from Primally Pure…listing it below but you can also find it here

I’m writing this today to hopefully give you a few shortcuts on effective, clean beauty products that are even better than their counterparts.  Good luck!  Cheers, Kat




TARTE Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

Sephora, $23

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I have been using L’Oreal Voluminous mascara for years.  Any other diehard fan out there?!  It’s just the only mascara that gave my lashes enough shape without clumping them together.  Other mascaras even make them look THINNER than they regularly are.  

I figured mascara would be one of those things I could never find a clean swap for.  I was willing to give up and just use the toxic stuff.  After all, by then I had a pretty clean lineup for the rest of the products on my counter.  Well that was all until I found TARTE’s Gifted Amazonian Clay mascara.  

It’s considered a reparative AND volumizing mascara that’s infused with Amazonian clay. It’s said to deliver a 406 percent increase in lash volume, which I can’t deny.  And it helps to repair and rebuild the lashes for the long term.  Amazonian clay apparently is known for intuitively restoring hydration and the skin’s texture, and it works to hydrate and replenish dry and brittle lashes to prevent fallout.

Seriously, it’s good. It gives me the same effect as when I use that beloved grey Voluminous mascara with gold top. This one, however doesn’t have parabens, sulfates or phthalates. It’s also vegan and never contains mineral oil, sodium lauryl or gluten. 

Use this mascara instead of L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Shampoo

Sephora, $31

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I’ve tried a lot of clean, organic shampoos.  Man, I thought it would be an easy switch.  A lot of them, I’ve found, leave my hair feeling brittle, definitely a lot dryer, and just blah.  I have a lot of hair too; it’s thick, with a bit of wave and definitely lots of volume.  So finding a good shampoo that made my hair smell good, feel soft, and that wasn’t super toxic was a BIG challenge for me.  

Enter Bumble & Bumbler’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil line.  Typically most Bumble & Bumble products rate pretttttty toxic, not horrible but not good, because of their fragrances. But this one includes six natural oils that are super hydrating and can help dry, coarse, frizzy hair. 

This shampoo rates a 4 out of 10 in toxicity on the Think Dirty app (download NOW if you haven’t already). That’s a really good number for me when I take in all the factors of the good results compared to other alternatives.  No parabens, sulfates, phthalates or alcohol that dries out hair. 

Use this shampoo instead of Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Moisturizing Shampoo

Sensitive Deodorant in Lavender

Primally Pure, $12

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Oh my gosh, have I tried enough natural deodorants to give up!  I mean I’ve literally gone back to Secret deodorant several times after being so frustrated that I can’t seem to find a deodorant that doesn’t make me smell funky. 

I want to scream it from the rooftops now that I found Primally Pure, and the sensitive version to be exact, that has finally given me the protection I need during my day. 

One thing to note, however, is that it is NOT an anti-perspirant.  We’re supposed to sweat, and we’re hurting our bodies when we try to block that important daily process. That being said, once you use natural deodorant for a few weeks or months, you’ll find that you really aren’t sweating as much as you were before, because you most likely are on the road to detoxing your body from those funky chemicals that were making you stink in the first place!  
I know you might not believe me, but I’ve seen a huge difference in the past few weeks. You just need to be patient.  I can’t recommend this deodorant enough!  I have the Sensitive in Lavender because I get pretty bad razor burn there, but I know the other scents and variations are probably just as effective. 

Primally Pure’s ingredients include tallow from grass-fed cows and organic and fair trade coconut oil.  I also love that the product is packaged in BPA-free plastic twist tubes.  

Use this deodorant instead of Secret Shower Fresh pH Balance Deodorant.

One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover

Waiting on Martha Home, $42

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It’s incredibly important to thoroughly wash ALL of your makeup off your face and neck every night in order to keep your face looking and feeling fresh, and to remove any lingering chemicals or added substances from your skin.  

My absolute favorite makeup remover is by One Love Organics.  In fact, I think the entire WOM team is obsessed with this very product.  It basically made me start to enjoy washing my face; it’s a luxurious, non-stripping oil that smells absolutely incredibly and it effortlessly lifts away all impurities and makeup.  

It also plays double-duty and restores your natural moisture barrier of the skin and pH balance.  I’ve found that a lot of cleansers, even organic ones, can leave the skin feeling really dry.  This oil has the absolute opposite effect. I’m OBSESSED.

Use this makeup remover instead of Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent.

Smith & Cult in Pillow Pie


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Nail polish cannot be good for you with all those fumes, right?!  Yes.  Back in 2015, the EWG reported that most popular polishes contain a suspected endocrine disruptor called triphenyl phopshte, or TPHP.

I’ve tried several organic, all natural brands of nail polish and keep coming back to the only one that really works as well as my favorite OPI and Essie polishes…Smith & Cult.  But this brand is free from formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl, and it gives me peace of mind when I have it on my fingers 24/7, while also saving me a boatload of money by avoiding the nail salon. 

Use this nail polish instead of OPI Mod About You

Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo

One Love Organics, $29

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Ah, dry shampoo.  Many of us use this stuff A LOT.  So it should be a bit alarming that it usually comes with a long ingredients list. 

I’ve been using OLO’s dry shampoo for awhile now; it smells amazing but never overpowering, and it blends really easily in my brown hair.  It includes good ingredients too; think a unique blend of highly absorbent Georgia Kaolin Clay, hyularonic acid, and silica rich bamboo extract.  It successfully works to soften, strengthen and nourish your hair in between shampoos and whenever you need a little va-va-voom. If you’re putting it on your scalp every day, don’t you want it to be working double-duty for healthy locks, too?! 

Use this dry shampoo instead of Suave Professionals Keratin Dy Shampoo

Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap - Baby Mild 32 oz.

Target, $15.99

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Body wash is a super easy switch, in my opinion.  Dr. Bronner’s is an age-old, super clean and simple solution that comes in several different scents.  I personally love this unscented, mild version as well as the Peppermint and also the Almond. All of the formulas  are made from natural ingredients, and it’s very gentle on soft skin.  Added bonus? You can use it for about 20234928304 purposes too.  Five generations and 150 years of soapmaking have proven the safest way to stay clean.  Read about the amazing Dr. Bronner’s story here

Use this body wash instead of Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash

COOLA Unscented Matte Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Nordstrom, $36

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The majority of conventional sunscreens are toxic in that they literally place a chemical barrier on top of your skin to block the sun’s rays. They usually use chemicals like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

COOLA rates relatively low on EWG’s toxicity scales, just stay away from the scented products in the sunscreen line.  I especially love to apply this lightly tinted, broad-spectrum SPF 30 mineral sunscreen under my makeup in the morning.  It has antioxidant benefits and a matte finish that offers a bit of coverage without feeling too greasy or heavy.  It also has rose hip oil that’s rich in free radical fighting vitamin C and hydrating shea butter to help skin improve elasticity and retain moisture for an overall healthy complexion. COOLA is paraben-free, sulfate-free, phthalate-free, oxybenzone-free, cruelty-free and vegan.  Boom!

Use this face sunscreen instead of Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30

Charlie's Soap Fragrance Free Laundry Powder

Amazon, $16.99

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Another really simple clean swap is with laundry detergent!  Even the seemingly safe option at Target or Walmart is probably laden with chemicals and fragrance that will disrupt your body’s vibes.  Think about how much time you spend in your bed sheets, wrapped in your towels and wearing your clothes!

This laundry powder is incredibly clean, and just as easy to use as all powder laundry detergents. Now that I’ve gone all natural with this step, I literally never consider going back.

Use this laundry detergent instead of Tide Mountain Spring Turbo Powder Laundry Detergent

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