Giving Back

Giving Back

So many of you ask me how you can support non-profits, especially when you’re so busy. I get it! Which is why I joined REI.

It’s also a great way to support causes you care about. Every year, the co-op invests in the work of nonprofit partners who help hundreds of organizations improve outdoor access for all. A great way to support a good cause in your spare time, simply
be being a member. Use promotional code MEMPERK2019 to save.

Got a bunch of compliments on this little REI hiking number and travel dress while in Caymans. Perfect for the chillier nights after a day spent in the sun. And now, REI members get 10% back. Enjoy a treat yourself moment every spring with your REI Annual Dividend. A great reason to join (other than their cute clothes!)

Outfit Info:

Rangelands Fleece Crew 

Trailsmith Shorts 

Aoraki Travel Dress 

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The Best in Natural & Organic Beauty: Judging The Glamour Beauty Awards 2017

The Best in Natural & Organic Beauty: Judging The Glamour Beauty Awards 2017

You guys may remember last year when I judged The Glamour Beauty Awards.

It was SO amazing to nominate + assess the Natural & Organic category for Glamour Magazine ( let’s face it’s – it’s amazing that there even IS a Natural & Organic category at all!)

I felt such a sense of pride to see so many familiar names and faces.

I truly feel like we all started this journey together (many of the companies nominated have popped up in the last decade or so), and it’s been amazing to watch a few of the awesome brands that I once found on Etsy taking their rightful place in the beauty cabinets of women worldwide.

I had a blast, and for months to come whenever I’d connect with a certain brand owner or two, they’d go,

“Oh heeeey! I know you!! You’re the one who nominated us for best lipstick!!!”

or

“Aren’t you the girl who voted us Best Sunscreen in Glamour?!”

Yup.

That was me.

Well, I had the privilege of being asked to do it again this year!

Cue happy dance and confetti!!

I am also in this months issue of Glamour Magazine! Page 88 🙂

I am so excited to share my favorites in Natural & Organic!

Check out Glamour’s full list here and explore mine below:

BEST SUNSCREEN: BABO BOTANICALS (only $8.95!)

This was one of my favorite picks and Glamour featured it! This formula not only provides great sun coverage, it also contains avocado and jojoba oils along with organic shea butter—which is high in fatty acids, so it moisturizes and hydrates skin.

BEST LIPSTICK: KJAER WEIS

BEST MULTI-TASKER: RMS BEAUTY MAGIC LUMINIZER 

BEST MIST: ODACITE ROSE + NEROLI TREATMENT MIST

BEST LIP COLOR: 100% PURE MATTE LIPSTICKS 

BEST MOISTURIZER: ODACITE BEAUTIFUL DAY MOISTURIZER

BEST DEODORANT SPRAY: EO SPRAY

BEST DEODORANT CREAM: AGENT NATEUR 

BEST BODY PRODUCT: UMA OIL BODY OIL

BEST BODY OIL: GENETIX ORGANIC ENHANCEMENT OIL

BEST CLEANSER: PAI SKINCARE CAMELLIA & ROSE CLEANSER

BEST MASCARA: LILY LOLO MASCARA

BEST SERUM OR OIL: MV ROSE PLUS BOOSTER

THE BEST FACE MASK: TATA HARPER PURIFYING MASK

BEST SHAMPOO: RARE ELEMENTS SHAMPOO

BEST HAIR TREATMENT: JOSH ROSEBROOK NOURISH CONDITIONER

BEST CONDITIONER: RARE ELEMENTS ESSENTIAL CONDITIONER

BEST MAKEUP POWDER: RMS “UN” POWDER

Love you guys!

Thanks for tuning in all these years and for always making the healthiest choice!

Big thank you Glamour for giving Natural + Organic brands the highlight they deserve!

Also, if you want to check out my other Top Picks, they’re organized by category now!  Just scroll to the top of the blog and check them out!

xoxo

Tara

GREEN GODDESS GUIDE with The Chalkboard Mag

GREEN GODDESS GUIDE with The Chalkboard Mag

IT’S EASY TO GET swept away by the clean beauty scene. With so many cool products to play with, we sometimes forget that simplicity is a glow’s best friend – and love being reminded by Green Goddesses like Tara Mackey. We love that this blogger, author (and soul singer’s!) approach to natural beauty is easy to embrace. More than that, we love that her path reminds us of why this all matters in the first place.

Diagnosed at a young age with medical conditions that required a slew of prescriptions, Tara made a hard left turn for the West Coast and a new lifestyle of non-toxic, intensely nourishing living. Her book, Cured By Nature, tells the inspiring story in full.

Tara’s does not disappoint – read on and be sure to grab her personal beauty elixir recipe below!

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CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT…

My supplements. They solve everything from fatigue to a mood crisis and even balance out my tummy, my skin and my hormones throughout my travels. I could forget everything else in my bag as long as I had my supplements.

IN A PINCH I…

Grab some Waxelene and go! It solves dry skin, chapped lips and can even add a glow over or under makeup. It’s my totally organic Vaseline replacement!

 

ALWAYS IN MY EVENING CLUTCH:

Dr. Bach’s flower remedies. If I’m stressed out or tired, I’ll grab my flower remedy of choice and add just a few drops under the tongue for instant and natural relief.

 

OBSESSION OF THE MOMENT:

Powdered collagen! I add it to everything, combined with calcium carbonate. It’s kept my skin plump and hydrated as well as helped my hair and nails grow like crazy. I call it natural Botox!

 

BEAUTIFYING SNACK/MEAL:

A fresh fruit salad. I add almonds, tofu and greens for an extra boost and glow!

 

BEAUTIFYING DRINK:

My Beauty Juice recipe. I’ve been making it every day lately! Great for dark circles, redness, hair and nail growth; it fights acne scars and puffiness. It’s amazing – get the recipe below!

 

FOR ULTRA-GLAMOROUS EFFECT:

I’m really simple, but normally to “glam it up” I add a dab of RMS Beauty highlighter to the corner of my eyes. I know it sounds subtle, but it truly makes all the difference!

 

PERFECT POUT:

I’ve been loving Nudus Australia lately – their formulas are organic as well as very nourishing and long lasting.

 

BEAUTY TOOL:

Food is my favorite beauty tool. I’m loving my Body Boosting smoothie lately. It really kicks my glow up a notch!

 

WEIRDEST BEAUTY HABIT:

I’m crazy about oral hygiene so maybe my charcoal coconut oil pull, which I do nightly. I recently pulled this one out around my family and they were like, “What are you doing?!” because the charcoal turns your teeth black. It’s temporary though! Brush, rinse and your teeth will be as white as ever!

 

IN THE SHOWER I KEEP…

 

ON MY BEDSIDE TABLE…

Books, crystals and a journal.

 

ONCE A MONTH I…

Treat myself to a self-love date. Sometimes I get a blow out, other times a massage, some days I just take myself to a museum. It’s a must for me!

 

AFTER A LONG NIGHT OR ROUGH WEEKEND…

I drink a ton of water. Then I boil chamomile tea and use my chamomile tea bags as under-eye patches. Works wonders.

 

ON LITTLE SLEEP I RELY ON…

Music! This gets me motivated more than anything.

 

THE PRODUCT THAT CHANGED MY SKIN…

DIM supplements cured my hormonal acne.

 

MOST TREASURED BEAUTY TIP…

Twenty minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day.

 

FOR GLOWING SKIN…

Activated charcoal and lemon water.

 

MY GO-TO DIY RECIPE OR SMOOTHIE RECIPE:

Fresh Beauty Juice!

 

FRESH BREAUTY JUICE INGREDIENTS + RECIPE:

? 1 batch of organic carrots
? 1 handful of organic rose petals
? 1 tablespoon of Sun Potion Ashitaba for healthy blood + a sun kissed glow
? 1 tablespoon of Sun Potion Moringa for all the essential amino acids (building blocks of life) needed by the body
? 1 tablespoon of Moon Juice Beauty Dust to increase collagen

Add:

? 1 sprig of mint
? 1 sprig of sage
? 1 organic lemon 

? 2 squirts of Sleeping Monk Goddess in Bloom elixir for beauty + rejuvenation 

? Add ice + water, blend on high!
? Drink up and enjoy!

 
 
20 Questions – Answered: Life, Love and Coping Mechanisms.

20 Questions – Answered: Life, Love and Coping Mechanisms.

This week I was privileged to answer 20 questions with Soul Anatomy about life, love and coping mechanisms.

1. What is the most liberating thought you’ve ever had?

That I alone am responsible for and in control of my thoughts and therefore, I am completely in control my life.

2. What did it liberate you from?

Fear and anxiety about the future and past regrets.

3. What does it mean to live a good life?

Finding balance. Things don’t always have to be perfect. Balance is the goal.

4. What poem are you most proud of having written?

It’s not exactly a poem but I love The Identification Meditation in Cured by Nature.

5. If you could go back and whisper in the ear of your 16-year-old self, what is the one thing you would tell them?

Relax. You’re not broken. You’re beautiful and capable and everything will work out in the end. Keep writing and don’t stop creating.

6. What does love feel like? (Real love, not hormonal love or I-like-the-idea-of-you-so-I’m-on-a-high love).

Real love is like planting a garden: it’s a lot of hard work, there are some setbacks, but you can grow and harvest a lot of fruitful things together that can sustain you for life.

7. What does your daily routine look like?

I wake up early, stretch, meditate and begin by reading a book. I make a smoothie and a healing breakfast, then I take my dog out on a hike or a beach run, followed by an organic skincare routine. I like to get all of this done before I start any ‘work’, which is why getting up early is so helpful.

8. What’s your favorite thing to look at?

Nature. I love looking at the sky, especially out in the mountains with a 360 degree view. It never ceases to amaze me.

9. Describe your perfect weekend.

An unplugged weekend on the beach with a book, a cooler of kombucha and some organic snacks with my dog and my love.

10. What do you worry about the most?

I try not too worry too much. It’s a bad habit. But I have a hard time slowing down.

READ THE REST OF THE Q+A [HERE]

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The Secret To Sexy Curves: The Curve Sculptor Express

The Secret To Sexy Curves: The Curve Sculptor Express

It’s one of the best feeling when something you’ve working on for ages and ages comes to life!

Today – The Curve Sculptor Express is FINALLY HERE!!

And I could not be more excited!!

Honestly, the idea for this plan popped into my head before I completed my last plan, but boy – did it take a LOT to bring the vision for it together.

Here’s the skinny!

As I’ve explained here, I had one of the smallest chests ever, plus – my whole body was super tiny from years of health issues. I felt weak, flat chested and I looked borderline unhealthy! What was to be done?

I went to work – reading, researching and playing guinea pig via fitness on my own body. I’ve spent every single day of the last year and a half practicing and perfecting ways to enhance my curves. Within just a few weeks, I was staring in the mirror and smiling. I finally – FINALLY – was looking at the body I had always wanted!! I had increased a cup size, trimmed my waist, reduced stretch marks, and gotten the booty I had always wanted!  And I knew I had I share this with the World!!!

I worked with a doctor, 2 chiropractors, a physical therapist and a human physiologist to form this program. Plus, I incorporated my own flair and shared what’s worked for me – personally. It’s a combination of body sculpting moves that I’ve been doing every day for almost a year, shared in this form because I’ve gotten amazing results! 

This Plan Will:

  • Build + Enhance Boobs
  • Tighten + Tone Butt
  • Firm Your Core
  • Trim Your Waist
  • Strengthen Your Arms
  • Flatten Your Abs
  • Naturally Sculpt Your Body

No Experience? No problem!

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Side Effects Include:

  • Rapid, Efficient Weight Loss
  • A More Voluptuous Shape
  • Waist Trimming Made Easy
  • Long Term Fat Loss
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • A Healthy Physique
  • A Clear Road To Permanent Change
  • With BONUS TIPS & A Rocking Playlist To Move + Groove To!
The Curve Sculptor Express – Beginners Boot Camp is designed to give you curves in all the right places!

 

35 pages of body sculpting workouts that you can carry with you on the go. Combines upper and lower body sculpting moves to obliterate fat and enhance curves – totally naturally! Targeted – no more trouble zones. This program is tailored just for you, no matter what your fitness experience!

I also included my fitness journey, a booty-shaking playlist, pro tips and self-love affirmations throughout the plan!

These simple movements range in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone! Done just a few minutes daily, the body of your dreams is effortlessly yours.

These fat busting, butt and chest sculpting workouts will build and train your body, enhancing your curves in no time!!

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Thank you for the support – always!

Health & Happiness,

Tara

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The Best of Green Beauty: Hair Products

The Best of Green Beauty: Hair Products

Most people I know are on a quest for amazing hair, so with newly rising concerns about exactly what’s IN our conventional hair products, I was inspired to share my favorite clean products with you! Want perfect hair without the compromise? Keep your routine simple and light with these award winning, stylist-approved products. They’re guaranteed to give you plenty of style options while maintaining your hair health. I’ve tested and listed the cleanest, best products on the market by hair concern (Volume, Shine, Repair, Protect), so you can start achieving healthy, fabulous hair – today!

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Volume

Balance Shampoo by Josh Rosebrook is crafted to offset excessive oiliness and create volume with aloe vera, gentle natural cleansers and advanced herbal infusions.  Rich natural plant oils and herbal actives work in synergy to soften, add shine, treat scalp conditions and stimulate follicle circulation. This increases the flow of nourishment, encouraging strong, continued hair growth and more volume.

Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray by Captain Blankenship is a texturizing and moisturizing hair spray that helps add waves and life to your hair, giving it that just left the beach look and smell. A must have for mermaid hair! Atlantic Sea Salt adds texture and gentle beach waves to hair. Organic Sea Kelp Extract is naturally rich in beneficial minerals and vitamins that nourish both hair and scalp. Organic Essential Oils of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa create a beachy rose scent, and maintain volume while being an easy-to-use styling tool.

Essential Lite Conditioner by Rare El’ements is a wonderful hydrating conditioner that’s perfect for those looking for a nutrient-rich, shine-enhancing conditioner that adds a little more volume to their tresses. Not only does this conditioner restore, re-hydrate and add shine, it also helps shape and form the hair to make blow-drying and styling a lot easier. The all-natural Murumuru butter, Marula African “Miracle oil”, the healing elements of Camelina and the deep nourishment of Baobab are ideal for normal, curly or fine hair. Color safe, no synthetic fragrances, no silicones, no parabens. I love this conditioner!

Lift Spray by Josh Rosebrook is an amazing spray and a daily go-to! I like that the natural oils and minerals give the hair almost a matte look, but it isn’t so heavy that it diminishes natural volume and shine. A herbal synergy of horsetail, lavender, sage, thyme, rosemary and peppermint gently stimulates the follicle and scalp. When the hair follicle is stimulated, the bulb is nourished through increased circulation, creating stronger, thicker hair.

Shine 

Argan Oil by Acure Organics is absolutely perfect as either an overnight hair treatment or to promote shine. Just saturate the hair with the oil, wrap it in a towel or shower cap and sleep on it! Another way to use it is for flyways or split ends, as it nourishes hair and promotes shine. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give hair a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturiser.

Omega 9 Hair Mask by Rahua injects roots with life and shine, promoting scalp health and preserving color vibrancy. Unlike other oils that coat hair strands, Ungurahua Oil, rich in Omega-9, consists of tiny molecules that penetrate into the core of each strand to heal and fortify, infusing thirsty hair with moisture.

Marula Cocktail Leave In Hydrating Mist by Rare El’ements is a rare blend of penetrating oils that add a luxurious natural shine to the hair and deep conditioning throughout the day. This lightweight treatment features the most sought after nutrient-rich oils that include the “African Miracle Oil”, Marula and the shine-enhancing moisture-boosting benefits of Baobab Oil.

Enrich Mask by Josh Rosebrook is a hard working hair conditioning mask blending the most exotic, beneficial oils proven for hair revitalization. Enrich works to significantly improve dry and damaged hair texture. Precise amounts of fatty acid-rich plant oils from African Marula, Baobab and Argan, Jojoba, Tahitian Tamanu, Hemp and Coconut with ultra-hydrating aloe vera and potent active herbal infusions create a powerful synergy to dramatically soften, restore shine, elasticity, and manageability. Josh has done it again!

Repair 

Ultra Repair Hair Mask by Evolvh is an intensive treatment for hair that has been compromised by color or bleach processing, heat styling, or environmental factors. Highly effective for smoothing coarse, curly or frizz-prone hair. Leaves hair bouncy, shiny and silky no matter its previous condition.

Bohemia Verde Hair Elixir by La Bella Figura is a long-time favorite! a sensually sweet hair elixir designed to enhance shine, enrich dull or dry hair, and smooth frizz with a potent blend or hydrating oils. Perfect for using on the ends of hair to repair and strengthen. Works marvelously as a hair treatment!

Capillary Strengthening Blend by Tammy Fender blends restorative oils to create a formulation that delivers the highest content of essential fatty acids, vital nutrients and bioflavonoids necessary to repair and rejuvenate the skin’s delicate tissue at the deepest level. The healing properties of chamomile, neroli, rose and carrot seed strengthen capillaries, increase circulation and stimulate the regeneration of healthy new skin cells.

Anti-Aging Hair Growth Serum by REVERIE treats your hair and scalp to Cake, a restorative serum that smoothes, soothes, protects and promotes growth. This leave-in treatment is powered by active ingredients such as Apple Stem Cells to delay the aging of hair follicles, and Hydrolyzed Protein from the sweet white lupine plant restructures and regenerates. A blend of essential oils, including Frankincense, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang, complete this intensely hydrating formula.

Protect

Anti-Hair Loss Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo by PURA D’OR is the only shampoo in the market that has a natural preservative system derived from 100% plant based extracts. This is combined with premium ingredients that are free of SLS (Sulfates), Parabens or any other harmful chemicals. It has all the advance DHT blockers of our proven formula plus more. All ingredients are clinically proven to help with thinning hair and scalp problems. DHT is a hormone that is responsible for hair loss.

Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo by One Love Organics blends a unique blend of highly absorbent Georgia Kaolin Clay, hyularonic acid, and silica rich bamboo extract, Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder softens, strengthens and nourishes hair between shampoos, during travel, or for an anytime pick-me-up. Great as an alternative to taking a million showers!

The Petroleum Jelly Alternative by Waxelene will be the answer to ALL of your beauty needs! Only 4 organic ingredients, this 100% truly raw, all natural formula is really for all your hair, nails, face, body needs – and anything in between.  This vaseline alternative is great for treating everything from dandruff to fly aways! A dime size amount if amazing for hair protection or a nightly hair mask to reduce split ends, nourish, and Waxelene does not clog their pores or cause skin irritation, so it’s also great following hair removal treatments. Line your hairline with this if you dye it to protect your scalp and forehead.

Clarifying Conditioner by Acure Organics promotes shiny, soft, healthy, clean hair. Organic argan oil, argan stem cells, pro-vitamin B5 and CoQ10 help support hair keratin and strengthen hair follicles. Absolutely love this formula – and so does my hair! Organic cocoa seed butter and olive fruit oil provides moisture. Hair is softer, smoother and more manageable.  Safe for color treated hair!

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