Beauty & Tutorials

My Self Care Essentials I’m Loving Now

From my favorite natural deodorant to matcha to-go, everything I'm obsessed with now
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Saturday Skin, Primally Pure and more nontoxic favorites | Waiting on Martha

The change of seasons brings about even more reason to give your skin a little TLC. You’ll quickly sense a moisturizing-obsessed theme here too; I’m giving extra attention to the hydrating and nourishing products that make me feel my best all over.

I recently went on a little spree with Saturday Skin — isn’t the packaging beautiful? And of course, I’ve been finishing my Colleen Rothschild favorites, too. Read about these current go-to’s below, and tell me if you’ve tried any, and what you think! Truly, MKR 

One. Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil. I’m a huge fan of Weleda; it’s an affordable, nontoxic brand that’s easy to find (hello, Target) and boasts effective products to boot. This cellulite oil helps tone and firm up the skin, using natural essential oils. You won’t find any fragrance, added color or preservatives in this nourishing and moisturizing oil. 

Two. One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask. One of my favorite things about OLO products is how hydrating they are. This luxurious mask uses aloe vera and charcoal to detox the skin, cleansing it but never drying it out. If you’re on the lookout for the perfect mask, you’ve got to try this one. 

Three. Saturday Skin Wide Awake Brightening Cream. I gravitate to all eye creams and balms as I’ve found my eyes to show my age. I recently tried a bundle of Saturday Skin products — they had me on their packaging!) and was pleasantly surprised to find the cream to be great at reducing puffiness. Its smooth application is refreshing and lovely. 

Four. Colleen Rothschild Sheer Renewal Cream. A lightweight, sheer, non-greasy moisturizer? Sign me up. I’ve since emptied this Colleen Rothschild cream and going back for more! It hasn’t caused any breakouts; instead, it’s left my skin happy and glowing. I love to wear it as a deep hydrating cream when I head to bed. 

Five. Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. It wouldn’t be “Me Time” without a cooling face mask. There’s just something so satisfying about applying a mask that you can truly FEEL doing its magic on the skin. This blue wonder by Herbivore Botanicals is a bestseller at Waiting on Martha Home, and for obvious reason. #obsessed

Six. Kiel’s ‘Superbly Restorative’ Argan Body Lotion. Are you sensing a theme here? I’m obsessed with moisturizing my skin all over, especially as we hop into spring. I love this cult-classic body lotion for its ability to absorb into the skin quickly. It has Moroccan argan oil to thank for its antioxidant-rich blend that helps fight damage caused by free radicals and smooth texture. Yes and yes. 

Seven. Cap Beauty The Neat Matcha Sticks. Single-serve matcha packets are my new best friend. They’re perfect for travel; offering the smooth and calm focus — and a boost of antioxidants — of high-quality matcha tea. 

Eight. Marvis Toothpaste. If you’re on the nontoxic journey like me, then you’ll know how hard it is to find a great, all natural toothpaste. Marvis is the answer, my friends! I love the flavor and fresh effect of both the Whitening and the Cinnamon flavors — and I have yet to try the Jasmin Mint and Ginger Mint! 

Nine. Primally Pure Deodorant. Ah, natural deodorant. I’ve tried A LOT and I’ve nearly given up on the quest for an effective one after trying lots of duds. But Primally Pure has come to the rescue with their Lavender and Charcoal deodorants — they work. 

Ten. Colleen Rothschild Daily Defense SPF 25. I’ve been pretty religious about applying SPF lately, and this Colleen Rothschild cream makes it easy. It’s basically a primer that sits perfectly alone or under makeup with its smooth finish. 

Eleven. Saturday Skin Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream. Another favorite find from my recent Saturday Skin haul, this lightweight body lotion is a DREAM. It’s gentle, absorbs quickly and feels luxurious to the touch. I highly recommend if you’re on the hunt for the perfect warm-weather moisturizer. 

Twelve. Kora Skinfood Supplement. You know what they say; beauty comes from the inside out. I’ve recently been obsessed with these convenient single-serve skinfood supplements. They’re packed with nutrients to make you look — and feel — your best. Not only great for digestion, this blend is packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting ingredients. I add this blend to my daily smoothie and am loving it!

Thirteen. Saturday Skin Balancing Act Skin Smoothing Lotion. Okay, I stocked up on the Saturday Skin products, I know! But this lotion was too good not to try. It’s large, reasonably priced, and pleasantly gentle on my skin. It’s lightly scented and is wonderful to apply during my slower nighttime rituals. 

Fourteen. Saturday Skin Rise + Shine Purifying Cleanser. How could I forget the cleanser! It’s hard finding a nontoxic, effective face cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, am I right? This one has you covered; its gentle blend of apple and peach extracts are simply lovely. I’m a huge new fan of this entire skincare line — stock up at Nordstrom!


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
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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

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