Admittedly, I kind of knew a trip to NYC for IMATS seemed counterintuitive to what I’m trying to focus on with this blog. IMATS, or the International Make-up Artist Trade Show, is essentially a discounted trade show of mainly conventional brands, from popular special effects/HD brands like Graftobian to more commercially known brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills. Seeing as I try to focus only on the purest green makeup brands, I certainly felt a bit out of place there. I wasn’t there for the discounted makeup (no way, not putting that toxic stuff on my face). I was, however, there for the culture. It was so much fun to see so many fellow makeup addicts and artists discussing brand-specific colors like they were part of some established canon (apparently Anastasia’s “Crush” is the new black).
Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows that I practically came out of the womb obsessed with makeup and addicted to coffee. My mom even says that she used to give me milk with “a splash of coffee” growing up because it actually calmed me down. 😂 So I can thank my mother for not only passing down short genes but also stunting my growth with coffee. THANKS MOM. Rant aside, I have been putting my makeup brushes in coffee beans for years to stand them upright because 1. It looks pretty and 2. It makes your entire room smell like coffee heaven. (Bonus: use vanilla flavored beans for an even better aroma!)
You wouldn’t be able to tell from my personal style just how eco-conscious I really am. It’s actually a huge struggle trying to find ethical fashion that doesn’t scream hippie. I have nothing against the whole boho-chic look but it’s totally not for me. I actually prefer classic pieces with some edge and a touch of something trendy. Enter cork! The cork trend is awesome because although it can definitely look hippie-esque, it’s just enough trendy for me to love it! Cork has been slowly popping up on the handbag scene from Diane von Furstenberg to BCBG, and it’s already all over the eco fashion community. No longer is cork bound to the platform on your summer wedges – it’s now coming to life in much bigger ways that will live beyond just one season.
It’s an amazing neutral so it can pair well with anything and honestly instead of nature, it really just reminds me of wine 😂
With Leo’s Oscar win (#finally), he used his speech to warn us all about the seriousness of climate change. A shocking fact is that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, following only the oil industry. That is absolutely insane. So, how does one greenify their closet? Consign! Continue Reading
I will preface this post by saying that these tips assume a general understanding of organic vs. conventional makeup ingredients. If you are unaware of the toxic ingredients found in conventional products, see this website: Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Get the Facts.
Lets first address the most difficult thing about finding new makeup products for many of us: Makeup is SO expensive. Nobody wants to spend a bunch of money on, say, a new foundation only to find that when they get home it is 2 shades lighter than their actual skin color and completely unwearable in normal lighting. So in an effort to conserve money and frustration, I’ve devised a step-by-step guide for your organic makeup transition. This is the method I’ve followed for the last two years and it has worked very well.Continue Reading
It’s chocolate season! (Is that a thing?) My sister would probably say that’s year-round. Please don’t kill me Laura. 😁
Being a student I’m usually running out the door rushing to class (being on time is my New Year’s resolution) but let’s be honest, I’m still always late. It’s the worst habit, I swear I’m working on it! So in my frantic rushing to class mode, I’m more often than not stuck doing my makeup in the car at red lights. Because of this, I choose to go with only the most essential products for class days.