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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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Natural Beauty Products for Busy Mornings.

This post is sponsored by Pura D’or – thanks for your continued support of Daily Garnish!

I am always hesitant to do anything “beauty” related here, as it’s not something that comes naturally to me or that I know all that much about.  I have a curling iron that I mainly just burn myself with, eyeliners I don’t know how to apply, and I can’t understand the whole dry shampoo crazy for the life of me.  I’m what you might call – simple – when it comes to the “beauty” regimen.  And on most days, I look like this.

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But that’s not to say that I’m not interested in it, and that I don’t care how I look – quite the opposite, really. Particularly as I’m getting older (with a birthday just around the corner – gulp), I’m a lot more focused on finding the right products that are both safe and effective. And as my wrinkles and laugh lines deepen, I’d like to keep trying to take better care of my face, hair, and skin – to keep it looking as nice as possible with age!

These days my daily routine is VERY short.  And I know many of you struggle with the same lack of time in the mornings.  I remember the days where it was hard to even find the time for a shower, so if you are still in the trenches then this post is for you.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite natural beauty products for a super quick morning routine.

HAIR CARE

I am very lucky in this department, as I married into a family with incredible hair.  Both my inlaws and my husband – and now my kids – all have amazing thick, shiny hair that can do no wrong.  And while marrying-in did not automatically give me the same tresses, I did become privileged to something else.  My mother in law is 1. extremely generous and 2. addicted to trying new products. She is always looking for the latest and greatest, and recommending all her finds.  And about that generosity, well…she is constantly passing along samples, freebies, and things she is no longer using.  And my product drawer runneth over.

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In addition to four million hair products, she also convinced me of another important hair tip – to STOP washing my hair every day.  I always read and heard of people who go days and days between washings, and just assumed my hair sucked and it wouldn’t work for me.  And then I decided to give it a go, and it turns out to be kind of amazing!  I still shower every day, and I have a cheapo shower cap for the non-wash days. These are obviously the fastest days for getting ready as there is no hair drying!

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I aim to wash my hair 2-3 times a week (usually planned around my hardest workouts!), and after a few months of this I can tell it is much healthier.  Also important?  When I DO wash my hair, I’m trying to find the best natural shampoos and products.  I recently started using Pura D’Or shampoo and conditioner – specifically, the Gold line

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We all know that after we have kids, our hair falls out for a while during that fun postpartum period.  And while the majority of that stopped a long time ago, I still don’t really feel like my hair ever regained it’s original thickness.  The Pura D’or Gold line is specifically formulated for anti-hair thinning and intensive thickening Here are some of the product highlights off their website:

  • Blend of 17 key active ingredients help reduce hair loss due to breakage
  • Helps regenerate & revitalize follicles
  • Revives damaged and distressed hair, leaving it healthier looking and smoother
  • Supports healthy scalp, regenerates hair, and revitalizes follicles
  • No chemicals, no sulfates, no parabens – so important!

Once I’m out of the shower, I’ve also been using the Pura D’or Argan Oil serum to help nourish, moisturize, and regenerate any hair breakage. 

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And as a bonus, I’ve also been using the argan oil on my face at night – just lightly rubbing into the corners of my eyes and mouth to help reduce fine lines.  I love that it is 100% oil with no harsh chemicals!

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Good news!  If you have suffered the same hair thinning after kids that I have, you can try the Pura D’or line for yourself – the first 100 readers will receive $20 Off + Free Delivery off your first order of shampoo and conditioner. Click here and use the code DAILYGARNISH to receive your discount. Offer valid only on the shampoo/conditioner sets.

These are my go-to products on the days where I wash my hair and I want it to be shiny, smooth, and full of body.  I jump in the shower as soon as I’m home from my workout and then I wrap my hair in a towel and let it air dry while I get myself ready, grab the kids clothes, pack their lunches, etc.  About ten minutes before we walk out the door I run back up to quickly blow dry.  I’ve been using my trusty Sedu hair dryer for something like ten years now and it is still my favorite. 

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In the summer when it’s much warmer and less humid outside, I can get away with letting my hair air dry into curls.  For wavy days, I’ve started using the DevaCurl product line (another find from my MIL!), and it’s been great for defining curls and adding body to my waves.  It is also all sulfate, paraben, and silicone free!

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FACE & BEAUTY

In addition to finding natural hair products, I’ve also tried to find really simple, natural ways to take care of my face and skin.  With aging and the the onset of wrinkles and lines, it’s super tempting to buy one of those skincare systems full of miracle promises and incredible before and afters. But ultimately I’ve decided I care more about my long-term health and wellness, and don’t want harsh chemicals seeping into my skin.

I don’t wear much makeup other than mascara these days, and so every morning I start my day with a quick swipe of coconut oil over each eye.  It is the absolute BEST makeup remover ever – I cant believe all the years I spent buying expensive remover wipes!

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Next up, I wash my face – either in the sink or the shower – with the Beautycounter charcoal bar.  My friend Lindsay sells Beautycounter and raved about this product so much that I had to try it myself.  I really like the way it makes my skin feel once it’s clean – super soft and smooth!  My only complaint is that it makes a big mess – black soap suds wherever you set it down. 

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This time of year, I often need a hint of lotion to combat winter dryness. Recently I’ve just been using basic Cetaphil – a little goes a long way, and it doesn’t leave my skin greasy at all.  We use this on the kids too for chapped and dry skin!

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After lotion comes a few brushes of my BareMinerals face powder and a bit of mascara, and I’m good to go.  I’m not sure why I recently decided to stop wearing most of my makeup.  Part of it was that by the end of the day I felt like it almost made me look more tired – all smudged and mostly worn off from a day of chaos.  Rather than load on the makeup, I’m trying to take better care of my skin and eyebrows so that I can feel more confident in what is underneath. 

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From hair to makeup – I can usually get all of this done about 20 minutes – just enough time for the kids to watch one TV show before we all pack up and head out the door for the day. It feels good to know I’m using natural, quality products that will protect my skin and repair my hair throughout the day. 

And on that note, I’m off to jump in the shower and get going!  Don’t forget – the first 100 readers to use the code DAILYGARNISH can get $20 off a Pura D’or shampoo and conditioner set!  Enjoy! 



Snowy Seattle.

We woke up yesterday to a rare blanket of snow, and schools cancelled all across the area!  This is our second snow of the year, which is such a treat – it has been years since it snowed in the city! 

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I grabbed my real camera for once, to snap some pictures of the snow before most people had ventured out of the house yet.  I know some of you live in snowy places and see your neighborhoods like this for months on end, but wow – it took my breath away!

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The kids were stoked for a snow day, and I was ready to get out there and play at like 7am.  We had spent the last two weekends in the mountains though (with TONS of snow!) so the novelty of it wasn’t quite as high as usual for the kids.  They opted to play inside for a while and just stay in their jammies and be cozy. 

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I don’t know what has changed – maybe just getting older?  But suddenly these two are the best of friends. They will play for hours uninterrupted and it is such a refreshing pace of life. I can remember this time last year when I was convinced they would just hate each other forever – the all-day fighting nearly killed me. It is so fun to see them now as such sweet buddies.

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Lazy snow day breakfast along with a gallon of coffee.  Boring but so good!

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Eventually we made our way outside, and the kids were determined to ride all their wheels and bikes through the snow.  They didn’t get very far. 

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We have moved this snow shovel countless times in the last ten years – it came with us from Ohio!  This is the most it’s ever been used since then, other than to help scoop up leaves in the fall.

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So strange to see our yard in such a blanket of white.  I love the way it looks before anyone has gone out and disturbed it!

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No one in the family was more excited than Indy Dog.  He was leaping and jumping and rocketing all around the yard, and couldn’t wait to play fetch in all the powder. 

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He turns eleven this month, but he doesn’t seem to know that. 

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Our nextdoor neighbors came over and played for a while, and we all decided to head down to Discovery Park to find some sledding hills.  I didn’t trust my car in the snow (super light since it only has a battery), so I decided to just pull the boys there on sleds.  No picture since I was working my butt off, but picture me walking a half mile with 80lbs of kids behind me on two sleds – I looked like a mule!

The park was a dream.  It’s such a beautiful place on a warm sunny day, but it was breathtaking in the snow.  We scurried up a little trail and found this amazing field that hadn’t been touched by a single footprint yet. 

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The boys raced around and I just sat there soaking up the beauty that is the Northwest. 

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Back on the other side, we spent a lot of time sledding.  Cullen loves sledding, but Graham has always been very cautious of it (which is so unlike him!).  This was the first time they were sledding entirely on their own – taking the sleds up themselves, loading on, helping each other push off down the hill – beyond adorable. 

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It was a total blast.  We spent the rest of the day at home while Graham napped and Cullen played.  And eventually we all ventured over to our new production space, so that I could help Casey lift some framing for our new walk-in refrigerator. 

I know I’ve mentioned here that we are moving to a new kombucha shop before, but I can’t even explain the scope of the work that involves.  As owners, obviously the work falls to us, and our employees have to keep up production in our current space while we are building out the new one. And we are pretty much down to zero babysitters these days, which meant setting the kids up with the ipad while Casey framed a walk-in and I cleaned and shop-vac’ed all around them.

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End of day 1 of the build-out, and heading home around 7pm.  It’s going to be a very long week, but will be so worth it in the end.  I can’t wait to show you guys all the before and afters once it is done! 

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Another snow day here due to icy roads, and we are all starting to go crazy at home.  Time to brave the roads and venture out! 

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