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!)
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
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.