I took my skincare and makeup completely natural/organic 6 years ago. Since then, I hear a lot of people saying, “Oh, I’d like to do that, but it’s so expensive.” Or “I will when I can afford to buy all new makeup.” Well, the research just keeps pouring in about how chemicals from our beauty products are absorbed in our bodies, and how they can affect our health, so I recommend that the time to green your routine is NOW. And as for that “I can’t afford it” problem, I hear you. But what if I told you that you could really make a significant change in your health for only $100? You could completely change your makeup over to safe, natural products on that budget in about a million different ways. Here are a few of them. The Challenge: Can you buy all-new, natural beauty products for a complete face makeover for under $100? Yup. And here's how. You: The Classy Minimalist You don’t want to look like you’re wearing makeup. But you certainly don’t want to look like you’re NOT wearing makeup! This look will eliminate shine, cover dark circles and blemishes, brighten those eyes, and make your lips conditioned and soft! W3LL PEOPLE realist invisible setting powder $24 RMS un coverup concealer, $36 Alima pure mascara, $22 Herbivore botanicals coco rose lip polish, $18 = $100 You: The Trendsetter Here are 4 products from 4 small-ish, indie, green-beauty brands, meaning you’ll be the first of your friends to try (and LOVE!) these goodies. W3LL People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer, $22.50 La Bella Figura creme blush, $36 FitGlow Beauty Good Lash Mascara, $25 Au Naturale lip gloss $15 = $98.50 You: Super-Natural Superhero You don’t have time to put on a lot of makeup. AND, you need options for your by-day persona (Clark Kent) and your night persona (Superwoman!). This look has two sheer foundation options, depending on if it’s day, when you definitely should be wearing SPF, or night, when you don’t need to. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation, $54 (and save $1), with a whopping 11 shades to choose from! (Use this during the day if you already have an SPF moisturizer you like and use. But don’t you dare think about skipping sunscreen altogether! It’s very important, especially for busy superheros like you!) Kari Gran lip whip, $15 Kjaer Weis mascara, $28 (refill) (We’re cheating here a bit because the initial purchase of this Kjaer Weis product involves and extra $10 for this gorgeous silver mascara tube, which you’ll reuse, refill, and love for years to come!) = $98 You: Afraid of Change You have a routine. You like it. It works. You’re hesitant to go green. Well, you’re in luck. RMS’s new rose-gold Master Mixer can be mixed with other products or used on its own as a light blush, highlighter, and/or barely-there lip color. It’s a one-stop shop of new inspiration, or you can mix it with stuff you already have and love to make new colors and ease into this green makeup thing veeeeery slowly. RMS Master mixer, $38 W3LL PEOPLE Altruist Foundation Powder, $31.50 Ilia mascara, $26 = $95.50 You: Only shop at Target Convenience bonus: this look is available entirely at Target! I’d like to introduce you to two of my favorite, all-natural, non-toxic beauty brands that you can get in the same trip while stocking up on milk, toilet paper, and diapers! You’re welcome!! W3LL People hypnotist eye pencil: $18.50 Vapour Organic Beauty Multi Use blush: $36 W3LL People bio extreme lipgloss, $21.50 = $76 So go ahead, change your face, mama. You can afford it. Happy, healthy beauty shopping!


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In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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