Loving Lately


The end of summer vacation? Nooo! This teacher is bummed. But I still have some things I have been loving lately to share with you. Check out this month's picks!


The ultimate in lip butter goodness, Korres Lip Butter is a rich, buttery lip balm that melts on the lips and offers a shiny, tinted finish. Formulated with natural oils and extracts, these lip butters soothe and condition lips. Shea butter and rice wax provide lasting hydration and softness. 


The color payoff is subtle, yet just enough to give you a sweet pout. Choose from several shiny, juicy pops of color in an array of flavors. Keep one of these handy to treat dry lips.


Image Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque features a natural enzyme that exfoliates to dissolve dead skin cells, boost radiance, and brighten dull skin. This hydrating masque infuses the skin with antioxidants and vitamins that nourish. Retinyl palmitate revitalizes and helps to brighten sun-damaged skin. 


Hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates and plumps to give the skin a youthful, dewy glow. Apply liberally to cleansed skin for 5-30 minutes then rinse. Vital C will rejuvenate the skin and provide essential moisture to thirsty skin.


Iluma is a hydrating eye cream that improves the look of dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet and lax skin. If you want to restore a well-rested, radiant appearance to the eyes, this is my pick. Apply morning and evening by patting a pea-sized amount to upper and lower eyelids and around the eye area.


Powered by a dark circle fighting peptide, this crème includes a blend of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and botanical brighteners. Patented tripeptide and tetrapeptide technologies support collagen and help to improve firmness. While apple stem cells reduce the appearance of fine lines.


My next choice is a natural resurfacing face mask powered by glycolic acid and pomegranate grains and extracts to purify and minimize the appearance of pores. The Pomegranate AHA & Enzymes Resurfacing Mask is packed with 27.5 percent AHAs/BHAs and active natural skin resurfacers for glowing, pore-less skin. 


Pomegranate grains exfoliate, while glycolic acid and enzymes peel away dead skin cells. White clay and white willow bark extract, both rich in salicylic acid, remove excess sebum and refine pores. The mask exfoliates in three distinct ways: mechanical, chemical, and enzymatic. It balances excess sebum, minimizes the appearance of pores, and improves skin texture. My complexion loves this resurfacing mask!


Fizz & Bubble Watermelon Lip Scrub is a fun and fresh take on the summertime treat! Get luscious lips at your fingertips with this all-natural hydrating and exfoliating lip scrub that includes shea butter, avocado oil, and vitamin E.


Just take a small amount of lip scrub and gently massage into your lips. You don't even have to rinse! You can just lick off the sugar to reveal soft, supple lips! It smells so juicy and delicious too!


Affordable, creamy, and long-lasting, I have been loving the Beauty for Real I-Line 24/7 Eyeliner. This cruelty-free, waterproof eyeliner delivers intense 24-hour wearable color. The unique formula, with conditioning Vitamin E, provides a versatile application for flawless, precise lines.


I have been using the shade Whiskey, a shimmery brown. The application is so smooth with no skipping. Plus it stays on even in the hottest summer sun! Any of the pigment-rich shades will make a statement with an instant color payoff. 


Pairing perfectly with the eyeliner is Rimmel London Wonder'fully Real Mascara‎. This keratin-infused volumizing mascara thickens and lengthens each lash. Whether you're keeping your look natural and subtle by only swiping this on for the day or are adding to a full face of makeup for a more dramatic finish, it's must-have.


I love the brush which glides through my lashes with no clumping. It separates and defines and gives you the option to build it up as much or as little as you desire. 


Finally, Veise Dream Serum was originally developed to fade hyperpigmentation, which is why I wanted to give it a try! This dream serum can assist with acne scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, and even dehydrated skin. It harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid to give you hydrated, supple, soft, radiant skin that fights blemish-causing bacteria and helps even skin tone.


Dream Serum also contains lactobacillus which has been shown to produce antimicrobial peptides which can enhance the natural antimicrobial properties of the skin. Koic Acid helps to even your skin tone, while Vitamin C helps to brighten your complexion. All while providing protection against free radicals and environmental pollutants.

August Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box


Simply Earth is an essential oil company is on a mission to make it fun and affordable to create a natural home using essential oils. They make it easy by providing fun recipes to help you on your essential oil journey. This way, you will never get confused or overwhelmed by how or when to use them.


You can receive your Simply Earth essential oils via a themed monthly essential oil subscription box (you know how much I love subscription boxes)! Every month, you'll receive 4 full-size 100% pure essential oils. Each box also includes 5-6 easy to make essential oil recipes. Once you subscribe with my code, ALITTLEUMBRELLAFREE, you will also receive a free big bonus box every six months. This box is packed with everything you need to create six month's worth of recipes (and then some)! Click HERE to see what I received in my big bonus box.


There is a new theme each month and the August theme is bringing the spa to the comfort of your own home. Because relaxing with your essential oils is the best way to go and this month's box has everything you need for the ultimate in relaxation. Use the included four essential oils (Fennel, Orange, Frankincense, Ho Wood) to create six recipes!



I started by using Fennel and Orange to create a Himalayan salt candle! The combination of oil energizes and keeps you calm at the same time. Its aroma is wonderfully sweet and earthy. This was so easy to make and the payoff was big! I can get that uplifting and comforting aroma in the comfort of my own home.



I also made the Fine Lines Be Gone rollerball. I had no idea that Frankincense Essential Oil is not only known to protect skin cells and help reduce acne blemishes, it is also great to prevent wrinkles! This easy to use rollerball makes it so easy to target those fine line areas like across the forehead or around the eyes.


CONNECT :: Visit simplyearth.com to find out how to curate a natural home using essential oils. You can also connect with Simply Earth on Facebook and Instagram.

SUBSCRIBE :: For $39 a month, you will receive a themed essential oil boxEach box contains 4 full-size 100% pure essential oils + a few extras you need to create 5-6 essential oil recipes.

BONUS BOX :: Use the code ALITTLEUMBRELLAFREE to also receive a Big Bonus Box (valued at over $50) + a $20 gift card to use on future purchases!

Elevate Your Yoga Practice with the Yogi Surprise Subscription Box



Hey yogis! This one is for you. Yoga + Subscription Box = Yogi Surprise. Live Your Dharma. By curating products made by people all over the world who share a dharma of giving and aiming to make the world a better place, Yogi Surprise offers this constant intention through each lovingly curated box.


Yogi Surprise offers curated yoga subscription boxes dedicated to enhancing your yogic journey, both on and off your mat. Each product in their themed boxes is purposefully selected to enrich your practice and nurture your dharma. On the mat, you will receive the coolest yoga must-haves to enhance your practice. Off your mat, you will receive products that allow you to live in your dharma fully from your heart and soul. I received a monthly box to review and here is what was inside!


The theme of this box was Bliss Out and the idea was that these products were meant to enrich your journey to wellness, wholeness, and joy. So a wellness candle is a perfect place to start! Light the Bee Lucia Lavender & Amethyst Wellness Candle to create an environment that inspires creativity and inner peace.


Let the beautiful combination of soothing lavender and grounding amethyst invigorate your senses with a calming and peaceful energy. The lavender will soothe your soul and the amethyst will access the transformative energy of healing. This healing candle smells divine.


The box also included this A Little Bit of Meditation book by Amy Leigh Mercree. This is an easy-to-use, informative introduction to meditation. Meditation is a proven method of finding calm and coping with our crazy world. Amy Leigh Mercree explores the history of this ancient practice as well as its practical applications, including decreased anxiety and a more contented life. 


In addition to outlining the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual ramifications of meditating, she includes a selection of easy-to-follow guided meditations. Amy Leigh Mercree’s motto is “Live joy. Be kind. Love unconditionally.” She counsels women and men in the underrated art of self-love to create happier lives. 


Beautifully crafted in Nepal, this singing bowl can be used for yoga, meditation, and spiritual healing. The sound and vibrations promote a relaxed state. This attractive bronze Buddhist bowl comes as a set that includes a wooden striker as well as a decorative pillow cushion. 


Sound from Tibetan Singing Bowls entrain the brain to move into the Theta brain wave frequencies that induce deep meditative and peaceful states, clarity of mind, and intuition. The sound vibrations impact our nervous system, engaging our relaxation reflex and inhibiting the stress or pain response. I would have never known about such a unique instrument had it not been for Yogi Surprise!


This colorful woven cotton anklet from Matr Boomie features accenting brass beads and a matching Hamsa charm. It is meant to be worn during meditation to ground yourself. 


The symbol of the hamsa on this delicate anklet welcomes the gifts of abundance and goodness into your life. It also invites you to flow with energy.


The final product in my box eas 3-in-1 Hair Protection Serum from Derma-E. This deep conditioning serum is fortified with vitamin-rich rosehip and coconut oils, wuinoa protein and burdock root extract. This combination helps to moisturize and strengthen dry, damaged hair leaving it soft, smooth and silky. Just massage one to two pumps on clean, damp or dry hair. I love using this before I style my hair.


The Yogi Surprise subscription box includes yogi essentials like pure essential oils, natural skincare and body care products, candles, intention setting crystals, yoga props, accessories, books, handmade journals, incense, and so much more. It’s no wonder fellow yogis can’t wait to get their monthly box. Are your ready to open a box to the wonder and magic of you? See below for a special offer!


Connect :: You can find Yogi Surprise on Facebook and Instagram.

Buy It :: You can subscribe to Yogi Surprise for $44.95 a month. Every month you'll receive products with a mission to elevate your yoga practice on and off the mat. Guaranteed retail value over $85.

Special Offer :: Use Promo Code YOGIBOX25 to get 25% Off your first box!


REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Collection for Sensitive Skin



Do you have sensitive skin and struggle to find great skincare products? Then you need to know about REN Clean Skincare's Evercalm Collection. It uses clean bio-actives to help train sensitized skin and protect it against harmful pollutants. De-stress skin with sensitive skin cream, face mask, serum and cleansers designed to reduce redness and calm irritation. Soothing plant and mineral actives work to moisturize and protect, while gentle formulas leave skin room to breathe.


Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream is a sensitive skin day cream designed to repair the skin's natural barriers to calm, hydrate, and soothe. Developed for reactive skin, it combats redness and irritation, protects against signs of premature aging, and leaves skin glowing.


After cleansing, gently massage a small amount of day cream into your face and neck until absorbed. Just one pump and skin is hydrated and protected, irritation and redness are reduced, and skin feels calmed. It is great for all skin types (especially sensitive)!


Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask is a soothing, moisturizing mask that will instantly alleviate redness and irritation caused by sensitive skin. Developed to stop the sensitive skin cycle, this calming mask uses a complex of bio-actives, including white grifolin mushroom extract, that instantly soothes. Redness and irritation are reduced too!


Apply two pumps to cleansed skin, and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing away with a damp cloth. Use three times a week or as a treatment when your skin needs a rescue. The result is calmed, soothed skin!


When my skin gets crazy and starts to act a little cray-cray, I reach for these products from the Evercalm Collection. It is the best in soothing and redness-calming skincare. Amazing for sensitive skin, but anyone can reap the benefits!

Connect :: Visit usa.renskincare.com to discover REN's full line of clean, safe skincare, with no toxins, no harsh or controversial chemicals, and no potential irritants. You can find REN Skincare on Twitter and Instagram.

Buy It :You can purchase the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream for $45 and the Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask for $38.