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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October 24, 2022

Popular Clean Beauty Products I Hate

This is a blog post that I normally shy away from because I feel like it’s “mean,” but as much as I recommend so many products, there’s quite a few I do not care for and I would recommend saving your money on. This post is strictly covering the “popular” products (not everything… that would take me forever), and it also does NOT mean I…

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September 22, 2022

6 fall clothing pieces I’m loving

6 Fall Clothing Pieces I'm Loving | Fall Trends at Walmart | Brighter Darling

Can’t believe September is almost over! The temperatures in New Jersey are definitely starting to drop and with that, I’ve started to amass a few trendier items to throw into the wardrobe rotation this season. A good pair of casual sneakers, loafers, shackets and jewelry plus a few more are included in these 6 fall clothing pieces I’m loving!…

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September 3, 2022

My Super Easy Clean Skincare Routine

My super easy clean skincare routine fall 2022 | brighter darling

It’s been a few months since I shared my updated skincare routine and if it’s even possible (because that routine was simple), my regimen has gotten EVEN EASIER. A combination of just being SO TIRED and the IVF hormones taking their toll on my skin, I don’t have the luxury of making things complicated. So, if you also struggle with hyper sensitive, dehydrated and acne…

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July 27, 2022

My Two Favorite Reef Friendly Chemical Sunscreens

My Two Favorite Reef Friendly Chemical Sunscreens hero

Mineral versus chemical sunscreens… nontoxic versus toxic… reef safe versus not reef safe. What really does it all mean and what if you just DON’T like mineral sunscreen? Here to share some recent things I’ve learned about SPF and my two favorite reef friendly chemical sunscreens that are working for our family.…

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June 24, 2022

What Liquid Collagen Has Done For My Skin

What Liquid Collagen Has Done For My Skin | Modere Biocell Skin

Liquid collagen – and collagen, in general – is a controversial supplement, at best right now. So, I can only speak to my personal experiences taking it. I’ll also give you some facts about the specific formula I chose and why I believe it’s helped me. For the last six months, I have added a liquid collagen supplement to my diet for skin/joint/hair benefits, and…

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