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My Cruelty-Free Makeup Routine

When it comes to beauty, I like to research products and make sure that what I am putting on my skin every day isn’t doing massive amounts of harm to me or animals.  I’ve always been very conscious about what I put on my face and would reccomend these to every one! What you put in your body as well as on your body …or face … are equally important.  

I really try to avoid harsh chemicals or ingredients that I know aren’t good for me, while getting the results I want.  For example, I try to avoid parabens and talc which have been studied for a long time about whether or not they are linked to cancer – too sketchy for me to risk. I also stopped using Mario Badescu facial sprays to set my makeup because they contain Propylene Glycol – an ingredient found in anti-freeze!

Alright, now I’m sure there are many other questionable chemicals in products out there.  But, I have found a comnbination of products that agrees with my temperamental skin while helping me look put together every day.  Here’s my tried and true cruelty-free routine:

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Waterproof Concealer -This product helps cover my redness and blemishes easily and has a matte finish!                                                           High coverage, hypoallergenic, waterproof, and cruelty-free. 

Clinique Chubby Stick in curvy contour – After concealer, I like to bronze up some areas and add color to my face.  This adds natural warmth and is so easy to blend in, looking so natural.                                                                                                                     Cruelty-free and oil-free.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in exposed– I am OBSESSED. I am such a blush girl because I am so pale, especially in the winter.  It is so natural and not too pink, so I like to put in on my eyes as a shadow sometimes.  I have used this for years, so I know it’s long lasting, and the product lasts forever – well worth the price.                                              No parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, and gluten.

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum – This is so natural and has surprisingly buildable coverage.  I have recently turned away from higher end liquid foundations because they are simply not that great for your skin.  In combination with the Tarte concealer, I get all the coverage I need and my face doesn’t feel heavy or dirty.    Cruelty-free, ree of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, preservatives, talc, oil, waxes, GMOs, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrances & dyes, and triclosan. 

Glossier Boy Brow – This fills in, thickens, and tints my brows to create a natural, brushed-up look super easily.  It doesn’t feel smudgy or crunchy, with an added bonus that it conditions your brows as you use it.                                                                         Alcohol free, fragrance free, paraben free, cruelty free, appropriate for all skin types, hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested, dermatologist tested

Clinique Eye Shadow Trio – I have used a lot of clinique’s eye shadows for natural eye look and love all the colors. But, I use the brown shade in mine to fill in my brows under/on top of the boy brow for when I want them to stand out more. There’s a wide range of clinique shadows to choose from if you want to take advantage of a two-in-one product.                                                                                                                                       Cruelty-Free & Allergy tested 

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense – Ok, maybe all clinique eye makeup products are amazing! This liner is super easy to apply and doesn’t. smudge. at. all. What more could a girl ask for? It’s so easy to get close to your lash line, thicken, or wing it out.                        Cruelty-free, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, Ophthalmologist tested, Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

Clinique High Impact Mascara – Finally, I like to finish off with a mascara that doesn’t smear or smudge and is easily removed when I wash my face.  This does just that, while thickening and fanning out my lashes.                                                                                 Cruelty-free, allergy tested, 100% fragrance free, Ophthalmologist tested, Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers



Posted in Wellness

A Meditation Theme

Today I woke up early, and found myself unable to go back to sleep because my mind was racing. Instead of fighting it, I figured I could use the extra time I almost never have in the morning to continue with a meditation practice. I often like to pick a theme to have some sort of direction because it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts.

Today’s theme was: Perspective.

The way we perceive things from a distance allows us to assign them value. People naturally follow their heart and intuition, but we can just as easily assign negative value to things that we experience. By changing your perspective, you may become more open to others’ points of view and your own experiences. Heck, you might even feel a little more optimistic, motivated, friendlier in conversation with people.

Why not try it? Take five minutes to change your perspective, set your intentions and tackle the day!

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How to Create a Self Care Routine

I truly believe that everyone on this earth should begin a self care routine.  I’ve definitely had ups and downs, fallen off the bandwagon, and become extremely stressed out.  But, I always come back to a solid routine.  It’s important to take time for yourself and invest in a routine to take care of yourself, both inside and out.  Everyone has to start somewhere, despite a busy schedule, to invest in themselves every day.  Below I’ve listed some things that can help you develop your own self care routine.

Begin practicing mindfulness & self awareness

Assess your needs, whether it be eating, sleeping, staying hydrated – and take action.  Setting a phone reminder or alarm to start going to bed earlier, carrying around a water bottle, and packing a homemade lunch and snacks during the day ease my stress and anxiety during the day.

Carve out a few minutes a day to yourself

As a start, do something you enjoy.  This way you can slowly increase the amount of time you spend doing something you like doing.  I find that having an activity or set time to look forward to every day helps break up the monotony of the schedule that comes with daily work and school.

Make sure you move every day 

In the winter months, this is a tough one.  But, bundling up and getting outside for a little while usually helps me feel more relaxed.  I love to dress super warm and walk by the beach just to get some fresh air for a little while.  If getting outside isn’t an option, exercising or stretching indoors for a while still gets those endorphins moving.

Invest in your skin care

Investing in your skincare routine could mean spending a few extra minutes every day to moisturize or start dry brushing, or make yourself feel relaxed before bed.  I love to change up my products every once in a while and make sure that the products I use are good for me and my body.  Vegan and cruelty-free products benefit you and the environment!

I hope you found some of these tips helpful and are able to invest in yourself this week!

xoxo,                                                                                                                                                                  Casey


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Super Easy Sweet Potato Brownies

Hi guys!

Last night I had an epiphany when I discovered that I could blend two of my favorite things into one recipe: Sweet potatoes and chocolate.  Who doesn’t love a brownie, right?This recipe is a sneaky way to get more vegetables in and create a super fudgy texture.  Even better, this is super easy, grain-free, and could easily be vegan if you’d like!

I love to experiment with recipes and adapt them to my own taste or what I have in my pantry, which I found very easy to do with this recipe that I adapted from Make the Best of Everything.  Below I’ve listed my adaptation of this recipe, which came out pretty great!

Super Easy Sweet Potato Brownies 

You will need:

  • 1 ½ cups of mashed sweet potatoes, without the peel. (I needed about 3-4 medium to large sweet potatoes)
  • 1 cup of smooth or chunky almond butter*
  • 4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg OR to make vegan, 1 flax egg**
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup***
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of chocolate chips, nuts, or mix-ins of your choice


  1. Before you gather your ingredients, poke the sweet potatoes several times with a fork and place on a microwave safe plate.  Cook in the microwave on high for about 8 minutes, poke with a fork to see if they’re soft enough to mash.  If not, place them back in the microwave for 3 minute intervals, checking between each to see if they’re done enough.  Note: Be careful! They hold a lot of heat, so use an oven mitt.  
  2. Once they are cooked through, slice each sweet potato open and remove the mashed insides apart from the skin. Place the contents in a large mixing bowl and mash together until smooth.  Be sure that there are no pieces of potato skin mixed up.
  3. Place the mashed sweet potatoes in the fridge to cool for several minutes.
  4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  5. Place the almond butter, cocoa powder, egg, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking soda into one large bowl and mix until fully blended.
  6. Add the cooled sweet potatoes and egg, mix until fully blended.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips, nuts or mix-ins
  8. Pour the batter carefully into your baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the sides begin the pull away from the parchment paper.

* Other options may be cashew, peanut, or hazelnut butter

**1 flax egg = 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp water, mix together and let sit for 15 minutes in the fridge to thicken.  

*** If you have a real sweet tooth, you may want to use more maple syrup, or substitute this ingredient with 1/4 cup of refined, coconut, or maple sugar.  However, I found that 1/4 cup of maple syrup was just right for a darker chocolate taste.

Find a picture of my final product on my Instagram, @beewellbycasey, enjoy!

xoxo,                                                                                                                                                                 Casey

Posted in Wellness

5 Things to Quit This Week

When people bring up the topic of spring cleaning, they are often talking about letting go of materialistic objects and compartmentalizing things in their life. Yet, the topic of a mental spring cleaning is quite taboo. In order to feel better about our mental and physical space every day, we have to consciously eliminate negativity, just like getting rid of old shoes.

Letting go of the comfort of things that aren’t truly benefiting you in the long run is easier than you think. People face negativity every day, and I think mindfulness can help clear the air of things that weigh us down. Hopefully you can take away some of these ideas below and adapt them to your own life as we head into a season of spring cleaning. Here are some ideas of 5 things to quit this spring:

1) Comparison/Constantly attacking yourself and putting yourself down

2) Being afraid of change

3) Expecting things to not turn out well

4) Living in the past because you fear the future// distraction from living in the present moment

5) Over analyzing things



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Not so average: Purple Lemonade

YUM! This juice is a pretty cool concoction and I feel like an alchemist. Sort of…

Ever since I worked at smoothie/juice bar over the summer, I’ve been into making my own healthy recipes at home.  This idea came to me when I decided to play around with my usual healthy lemonade recipe, and finally I found one I love!

I know, I know, not everyone has a juicer.  Being a college student and having one at home is actually a privilege in my book.  However, I would encourage anyone to try out their own version of this recipe! I’ve left two recipes below, the one I made myself and one that anyone in college/without a juice could use.

The college student/no juicer version:

This is the simplest form of the recipe, but doesn’t skimp on the whole color effect of this recipe:

  1. Buy store-bought juices to mix – Lemonade + Beet Juice

One of the best, least sugary lemonades I have found is Honest Tea Original Lemonade, which comes in a 32 oz bottle for less than $3.00!

Then comes the beet juice, which I have found at many stores, from Trader Joe’s to Walmart.  This particular one is a 20 oz bottle going for around $4.00.

Image result for Trader joe's just beet beet juice

I’d like to add that my juice contains apples, but any or no apple juice would work in this recipe as well!

2.  Mix to get the desired taste and color, almost exactly like the one I’ve made, much more easily!

My juicer recipe:

Serves: 2

3 apples

3 lemons

1 beet

Hunk of ginger (optional)

Disclaimer:  DO NOT add all pieces to your juicer at once, it will jam.

  1.  Rinse and cut all of your fruit into smaller pieces.  To make it easier on your juicer, nix any stems or large seeds where you can.
  2. Have your juicer ready, as well as a large sized pitcher.
  3. If you are using ginger, be sure to add this earlier on in the process. It doesn’t contain a lot of juice, so the rest of the recipe helps push the particles through.
  4. Generally, alternating between adding the wet and dry fruit to your juicer gets the best results.  For example, apple slices should be juiced first, then a beet slice, then another apple.  Juicier fruits help to push dry particles through the juicer without jamming it.
  5. Finish off by stirring the final mixture together.  Serve in a glass over ice.

This juice provides awesome health benefits, may help you fight off the end of cold and flu season, or simply get more fruit into your diet.  The cool color doesn’t hurt either!




Posted in Wellness

Where the Heart is

How connected do you feel to where you are and who you’re with?

Some people feel connected towards things they have never once experienced before.  Maybe it’s a sense of longing to be anywhere than where you are, or having a sense of constant adventure and excitement for the future.

I love to travel, but often long to be with people more than specific places.  I value the chance I have to be with people I love or miss much more than the place that I am.  For instance, if I am vacationing with family or visiting friends, I enjoy making memories together.  Once it’s all over, I am happy in having immersed myself into the unique experiences that I can only have in a certain place.  The feeling that lingers after the experience is over is the happiness in having enjoyed every moment.  Being present enables even stronger connections with people I am with.  When you aren’t present and allow yourself to be too guided by your mind, wondering whether or not you’re making the most of an experience, the moment gets lost.  Worrying about something before it is even over diminishes the value of a moment.

What brought this to my attention was a reflection upon my travels over the past year. I was writing a gratitude journal entry about moments, people, and feelings I was grateful for when I noticed that my ties with people are bound in experience.  I have experienced places like Scranton, Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia, Canada – leaving all with a sense of sadness of missing the people I saw, rather than the actual place.  I was present in these experiences and established closer bonds with people.  As quickly as time moves, I can almost replay and feel every waking second of this recent memory.  I didn’t want that time to end. But, healthy connections come with ups and downs, after all.  I know that letting go of a moment can be really difficult sometimes.  I have had my fair share of cries over leaving a friend who attends college far away and having to leave my long-distance boyfriend.  Letting go is a part of life.  Every day, you let go of what you experienced and prepare for the next day.

Today I meditated upon a recent experience because I felt so sad that it was over.  While I let go of this time, I noticed how my bond with the people I was with has strengthened, and feel excited for the future.

I let myself feel happy in each moment with the people I love, guided by my heart and not my head. That is what being fully present in life is all about.

Do you know where your heart is?