May 30, 2023

Pregnancy Safe Skincare Routine for Over 35

Pregnancy Safe Skincare Routine for Over 35

Pregnancy safe skincare routines are all over the internet, but my routine will be focusing on those of us over 35 who prefer sticking to more clean beauty. Pregnancy hormones can make your skin crazy, especially in those early weeks, so for many of us, managing our skin during pregnancy is really hard because we’re also limited by what ingredients we can use (or feel…

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May 22, 2023

Everything I Use To Keep My Dry Blonde Hair Healthy

Everything I Use To Keep My Dry Blonde Hair Healthy hero

I’m a natural light brown brunette (level 6-7 with a neutral undertone) and have been lightened blonde for over 20 years. I get a lot of questions about haircare in my Instagram DMs, but it’s been a long time since I shared what I use here on the blog. I have a popular post on how I keep my hair ashy blonde (here), but it’s…

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May 2, 2023

Estee Lauder Nutritious Review: Lauder’s First Ever CLEAN Skincare Line

Estee Lauder Nutritious Review Lauder's First Ever CLEAN Skincare Line

Before I was into clean beauty, I used to work as a freelance pro makeup artist for Estee Lauder and it was SO fun. I did this job in Houston, NYC and Philadelphia and I learned so much about the product lines and really enjoyed the company and people I got to work with. However, once I dug deep into clean beauty, many of my…

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April 13, 2023

Sephora Sale Recommendations 2023

Sephora Sale Recommendations 2023 Brighter Darling

I can’t even tell you how many blog posts I’ve written about the biannual Sephora sale. It’s crazy. But every time, there’s new favorites I add to my list to recommend. Some recurring all time favorites… but honestly? This time I think it’s ALL new stuff. Except maybe one makeup brush. So I’m excited to share my Sephora sale recommendations 2023 for the sale that…

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April 11, 2023

Pregnancy Files: Baby #2 Second Trimester Recap and Essentials

Pregnancy Files Baby #2 Second Trimester Recap and Essentials Brighter Darling Blog Hero Image

Hi! At the time of this post, I am 28 weeks, 5 days… so I just finished up the second trimester. For most, the second trimester is the ‘easiest’ in the way that you aren’t AS nervous anymore, you’re not feeling AS sick, and you tend to get a bit more energy back. But for others, new symptoms crop up. Today, I want to share…

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March 28, 2023

How To Start Living A Cleaner Lifestyle For Beginners

How To Start Living A Cleaner Lifestyle For Beginners | 3 steps to living a cleaner lifestyle for beginners hero image | Brighter Darling Clean Beauty Blog

This is a blog post I should have written long ago, but like many, we feel like maybe someone else is doing it better. However, as someone with an autoimmune disease and that has deeply struggled with infertility for almost ten years of my life and marriage, I’ve been through the ringer learning about and identifying ways to reduce toxins in my life to help…

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March 22, 2023

DIBS Beauty Review – Status Stick & Desert Island Duo Shade 4

DIBS Beauty Review | Status Stick in High Road Highlight and Desert Island Duo in Shade 4 | Brighter Darling Blog

Recently, I shared how much I’ve enjoyed the two products I ordered from DIBS Beauty (Desert Island Beauty Status). DIBS is a fairly new, indie beauty brand cofounded by longtime lifestyle influencer, Courtney Shields. Everything is consciously formulated and thought out to be highly curated – no extra fluff. Just well loved products to make you look glowing and polished. Today, I want to go…

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March 14, 2023

What’s the best tinted lip balm? Comparing Ilia, Lawless, Beautycounter…

What's the best tinted lip balm? Comparing Ilia, Lawless, Beautycounter...

Over the past year, but especially the last six months, the rise of the tinted lip balm has been a favorite among brands. What’s not to love? You get the moisture of a treatment, some of the shine of a gloss and some of the color of a lipstick… without the heaviness. In the clean beauty world, tinted lip balms align perfectly with the effortless…

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March 8, 2023

5 New Makeup Products I’m Loving For Glow

5 New Makeup Products I'm Loving For Glow | Brighter Darling Blog | Pregnancy Friendly Makeup For Glowy Healthy Skin

I swore this happened to me with my first pregnancy also, but back then, it was because my skin got SUPER dry. This time, I think it’s just because I’m four years older. I’m just craving more hydration, youthfulness, and radiance. My pre-pregnancy makeup isn’t getting reached for as often, and I’ve made some shifts with some new items in my collection. If you also…

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February 10, 2023

Pregnancy Files: Baby #2 First Trimester Recap and Essentials

Pregnancy Files: Baby #2 First Trimester Recap and Essentials

At the time of writing this post, I’m 19 weeks and two days along, so I have hindsight and 20/20 of the chaos that is the first trimester. For most moms, the first trimester is stressful and hard. For us IVF moms, the anxiety is just a tad higher. I heard this quote once and it’s so true with the entire IVF pregnancy journey (and…

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February 6, 2023

IVF Pregnancy #2 Coming June 2023!

IVF Pregnancy #2 | IVF Pregnancy Story | IVF Pregnancy Miracle | IVF Poor Egg Quality Story

If you are friends with me in real life, or follow me on social, you already found out about this news in late December, but I felt I had to share it here otherwise, some blog posts may not make much sense ;-). So, cat’s out of the bag. #BrighterDarlingBaby #2 is coming June 2023 and she’s also an IVF baby. You can read more…

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January 31, 2023

2022 Clean Beauty Favorites

2022 Clean Beauty Favorites from RMS Beauty, Tarte, Beautycounter, and more | Brighter Darling Clean Beauty

What else is new? It’s been a minute since my last post. Shocker. I hope you follow me in Instagram or TikTok, because I’m much more visible there. Anyway! Long overdue, but I finally compiled my faves from 2022. They’re nearly ALL clean beauty, so if that’s something you’re into also… let’s get into my 2022 clean beauty favorites!…

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