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Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious (all vegan) brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products, now priced at $29.95. You can read previous reviews here. This summertime box, benefitting Cure Cervical Cancer, is valued at $98. It is so, so worth the bi-monthly investment. I’ve tested a number of subscription boxes over the years, and this one has been my absolute favorite. It’s been the only box that has consistently given me a variety of products I love or, at the very least, have found useful.

Unboxing: Love Goodly June/July Box Review :: girldust.com

Unboxing: Love Goodly June/July Box Review :: girldust.com

Blissoma SolutionsAwake Facial Moisturizer $25.99 value

This is the second time I’ve gotten a luxe facial moisturizer from this subscription, and I absolutely love that. This moisturizer is a 100% natural, botanical recipe with antioxidants, vitamins, and firming herbs. It firms, de-puffs (yay!), and brightens. This is a great daily moisturizer and works well under makeup.

NovicaSterling Silver Ribbon Earrings $41.99 value

Novica is an online marketplace dedicated to fair prices and supporting global artisans. These earrings are made by Thai artist, Pichaya. I think I’ve found my new every day earrings! I am in love with these. I mentioned in my first Love Goodly box review that jewelry is a bit of a risky item to include in subscription boxes, and I am so thankful that I love both pieces I’ve received so far. I wear my bracelet from that first box almost daily!

Miracle TreeMoringa Tea in Strawberry $6.95 value

This light strawberry tea has arrived just in time for summer! Moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients, including 47 antioxidants, 25 vitamins and minerals, and all 8 essential amino acids. This stuff is crazy.

Juice BeautyGlowing Cheek Color in Pink $16 value

I rarely wear blush, but this pink is subtle, fresh,  and shimmery. I will definitely be adding it to my routine.

OrglamixEco Chic Fan Brush $7.50 value

This vegan friendly brush with its bamboo handle is perfect for blush and highlighter, and is a really thoughtful addition to this box.

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Interested in trying a Love Goodly subscription? The next box ships August 15! Sign up here! Boxes are $29.95, billed bi-monthly, or you can pay in advance for a bit of discount.

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Just how many millennia has it been since I posted a manicure of the week or a polish review? This one is exciting!

Digits: Trust Fund Beauty Hot in the Hamptons

This bright pink shade from Trust Fund Beauty is going to be on my fingers all summer long. Hot in the Hamptons is a hot, hot pink with a touch of shimmer. Even though I’m normally a neutral polish kind of girl, this is a dose of happiness every time I look down at my hands. I can’t get enough. It’s nice to have a bright color in my polish arsenal. I’m a little out of my comfort zone, in a good way. Pink is secretly (sometimes) one of my favorite colors. Don’t tell. I’m complicated.

Trust Fund Beauty is home to 100% vegan, cruelty-free and toxin-free nail polishes, made in the US and EU. The names are cheeky, and the polishes are bright, long-lasting perfection. Each bottle costs $15, and it’s money well spent.  The manicure you see in the photo is a touch up on four days of wear with very little chipping. Two coats, no topcoat (plus just the single touch up coat). This polish blows my mind. Trust Fund Beauty is definitely an indy cosmetics company worth supporting. These three polishes on my wish list:

Digits: Trust Fund Beauty Hot in the Hamptons

London Snog, Why U Mad Tho?, Bye Felicia

Non-toxic and cruelty-free beauty is incredibly important to me. I have a strict set of standards when it comes to my infrequent (but enjoyable and necessary) cosmetics and body care purchases, and with so many options available, in all price ranges, there’s no reason not to be picky. I’m so happy to have discovered this company. While there are now quite a few toxin-free nail polishes on the market, Trust Fund is now officially in my top three (along with LVX and SpaRitual).

What polish colors are you wearing this summer?

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Love Goodly is a bi-monthly box full of healthy, eco-conscious brands. Each box contains 5-7 mostly full-sized products for $39.95. A percentage of proceeds from the April/May box go to support Farm Sanctuary.

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

This box blows the previous one out of the water. Not only are each of the featured brands new to me, but the products are ones that I actually needed and will be using regularly (if not daily).

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

ZAO Organic Makeup – Organic Volume Mascara $35 value

Considering my current mascara is running low, and is one I am not particularly happy with, this couldn’t have come at a better time. After only two days of wear, I am totally in love with this product. This is 100% nontoxic, vegan, and certified organic. It applies like a dream and makes me feel incredibly fancy. Bamboo packaging, too!

Osea  – Atmosphere Protection Cream $48 value

While the name of this product makes me giggle, it’s actually really nice. This is a lightweight moisturizer with a bit of a minty scent to it. It starts out feeling a little bit sticky, but dries matte with a silky finish. This fits well into my daytime routine, in between LUSH’s Full of Grace serum and Pacifica’s Ultra CC Cream. I’m still using my own homemade facial oil at night.

myKind Organics – B-12 Vitamin Spray $16.95 value

This is a B-12 vitamin supplement in spray form. It’s vegan, made from real food, and 100% certified USDA organic. I take a real food iron supplement, and the difference it makes is real. If you have trouble with vitamin absorption, this might be something to look in to. I shouldn’t have to tell you, because you’re adults, but talk to your healthcare professional about any new supplement regimen, especially if you’re on medication. Basic stuff.

KOOSHOO – Organic Hair Ties $6 value

The LILA hair ties from KOOSHOO are USA made using organic cotton and natural rubber, and are hand dyed using low impact dyes. This Los Angeles company also gives 11% back to charity. These are cute enough to wear as bracelets, so I won’t worry as much about them getting lost! I would much rather have a few hair elastics I can keep tabs on than have 500 of them lost throughout the house and in the car. Who needs that?

Unboxing: Love Goodly April/May Box Review :: girldust.com

Nicobella Organics – Walnut Flaxseed Truffles $5.95 value

I’ve tried a few different dark chocolate coconut oil truffles, but these are quite possibly the best I’ve had. Ever. All the “super food” talk aside, you should try these because they are made with high quality ingredients and they taste amazing. That’s all. Treat yourself. Ground walnuts add an unexpected savory element that I love, plus a little bit of a crunch, and I’m not normally a walnut fan. These are vegan and gluten free, but sorry to my friend with a coconut allergy (or anyone with tree nut allergies). I am sad for you. Other varieties include lime basil (yes, please) and pumpkin chai.

Two boxes in, and I am incredibly happy with this subscription. My three favorites from this box are for sure the Zao mascara, the KOOSHOO hair elastics, and obviously the truffles from Nicobella. The Osea moisturizer is a close runner up.

Love Goodly is a winner. The next box arrives in June! You can sign up here.

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Friday Favorites // 047 :: girldust.com

  1. Story time! I lived in an O ring choker during my high school years which, in retrospect, was probably wildly inappropriate. I am certain the website I bought it from did, in fact, call it a bondage collar. I’m not sure why that slipped under the radar at school. Then again, I guess if you’re the quiet “artsy” girl in AP classes who has followed all the rules since you were six, you can get away with just about anything. And not to be morbid, but I’m sure the “dead mom” card came into play on occasion. Further proof: my friends and I once ran a late 80s/early 90s themed lunch time radio show that we named “Tight Alice.” We also performed a musical puppet show version of The Crucible in which we yelled/sang the word “whore,” loudly, for no reason, and with no repercussions. So. Anyway. This choker by Blackhorne makes me feel nostalgic.
  2. This shortie romper is the cutest. Floral on black means springtime!
  3. This distressed leather travel wallet from Free People is perfect.
  4. Whiskey River Soap Company is currently on my radar. Soap for Plain Old Depressed People (which smells like peppermint schnapps) is my favorite, but there are some really funny ones.
  5. I’ve been hearing good good things about Black Moon Cosmetics. Libra is a flattering mauve-y nude shade, and I’m into it. These lipsticks are vegan, cruelty-free and free of parabens.
  6. This is the coolest lip balm container I’ve ever seen.
  7. I want every single one of these blind box figures. The newest series by Nathan Jurevicius and Kid Robot  is called Nightriders.

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  • $5 spring polishes at Julep until Sunday! Pastels are not my thing, but there’s a great matte metallic silver (“Jo”) on sale, too! Stock up on these shades while you can. Julep polishes are 5-free and vegan-friendly!
  • Tj and I recently started watching The Detectorists and I’m really into it. It’s a much sweeter show than I expected it to be.
  • This collaboration between Darby Lahger (Old Hag) and Naomi Nowak (of Raintower) is called Soothsayer and it’s absolutely magical. The design is available in a few different styles, all handmade in Sweden from recycled textiles. These two woman are beautiful human beings, inside and out. I will never be so beautiful, but that’s okay. Because there is proof that beautiful, intelligent, talented people exist in the world, and I’m happy about that.

Happy Friday! I’m spending my weekend finishing up some schoolwork and working on a potential project proposal before we head down to DC on Monday. Tj’s on vacation! Expect photos! Or maybe not. I’m really inconsistent, lately. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve got a lot on back burners. I’m hoping the rest of the words come soon. Do you ever think about how some stories from your life might not really be your stories to tell?

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Friday Favorites // 046 :: girldust.com

  1. Cute boots! When it comes to boots, I usually prefer leather for the longevity, but these are a nice vegan option.
  2. New wraps from Jamberry! I wasn’t head-over-heels in love with this catalog release, but there are a few designs that work for me. I like Brooklyn Bridge and Sculpted.
  3. This ring is so pretty.
  4. This cool fuchsia shade from Tarte is called Surfer Girl. I need. I am kind of obsessed with purple pinks, right now.
  5. LUSH’s springtime selection has arrived! The Ultraviolet bubble bar will let you ring in the season with violet, ylang ylang, and jasmine scented foam. Yes, please.
  6. Teakwood and cardamom!? Wood wicks? Burke and Hare Candle Company can clearly do no wrong. Loving the blue glass, too.
  7. I love everything about this long black cardigan from ModCloth.

I’m writing to you from Philadelphia, this week! We’re here until Thursday. I’m looking forward to discovering a few more bits and pieces of this city. I’ll be taking Tj to the Mütter tomorrow, and Franklin Fountain is obviously on our repeat list. We have friends showing us some restaurants, as well. It will be nice to visit some of their favorite places before they move home to Maine (♥), where we’ll show them more of ours.

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