1. Credo, a new online natural and organic beauty store. I first read about it on Brit + Co and I got really excited. What’s extra cool about this beautifully designed site is that they have a page of healthy swaps: safe products that they recommend in place of popular products like Clinique’s Black Honey lipstick, Cetaphil facial cleanser, and Carmex. I haven’t ordered anything from Credo just yet, but they carry a lot of brands I’m interested in trying (Vapour, Ilia, W3LL People, and Fig + Yarrow, just for starters). I will definitely order some goodies from them when I find myself in need of beauty supplies!

Credo2. In the same vein, yesterday I learned about Beauty Lies Truth, a company started by two women, and their #TRUTHBEAUTY movement. Their mission (“…to find the most conscious companies making safe, effective products, and then make those products affordable and accessible.”) and standards totally align with how I’ve been feeling about beauty products lately, and I love these ladies’ passion and vibe. I’ve learned a lot by reading through their website! They’re running a Kickstarter campaign, so I donated in support of their efforts. Supporters can choose from a range of rewards depending on the amount donated. I went with the $25 #TRUTHBEAUTY makeup set.

+1: Beauty Lies Truth has partnered with female-owned companies for the beauty and skin care products that they’re giving away to campaign backers! There are 21 days left in the campaign, so if you’re like me and want to support their mission, donate away.

3. Cackalacky Spice Sauce, or as my husband calls it, Jared Cackalacky Sauce.

Even Demon Sam likes hot sauce.
Even Demon Sam likes hot sauce.

My husband did the Photoshop work on the above for me (thanks, hon!), because I have zero skills in that arena. Anyway, this sauce is deeelish! I picked up a mini bottle of this North Carolina-made hot stuff on a whim at the Raleigh-Durham airport last summer, and we didn’t crack it open until recently. We loved it so much that I bought a full-sized bottle from Amazon. YUM.

4. Hand chain from Forever 21. I don’t see the exact product on on their website, but it’s probably in all their stores. I’ve been wanting one of these bad boys for awhile, and this cheapo version from F21 fit the bill perfectly: very delicate, a bit of sparkle, and the bracelet portion isn’t too large for my birdlike wrists. Sold! (Please ignore my chipped nail polish.)

bracelet5. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst on HBO, or, what I would have called the film had I made it, Crackpot Jackpot: You Can’t Make This Shit Up. I went to Google images to find a pic to post here, but all the images of Mr. Durst really creep me out (and if you know me at all, I don’t get creeped out easily). It’s like Charles Manson, the Crypt Keeper, and a black-eyed Supernatural demon had an unholy three-way and produced him. So I’ll just say this: watch the documentary ASAP! If you loved director Andrew Jarecki’s Capturing the Friedmans or couldn’t get enough of the insanely popular podcast Serial, you’ll LOVE The Jinx. Even if you’ve seen all the recent headlines about Bob and the documentary and you have a passing familiarity with this insane but true crime story, the 6-episode doc is worth a watch.