Earth Day Vibes

 

Happy Earth Day!!! I hope everyone is getting’ their green on today. I rode my bike to work and watered my plants with water that I saved from yesterday. It was the least I could do! In addition, all of the brands that I am using today are Earth conscious.  I’m sure you have all dabbled with some of these brands, but do you know how awesome they actually are? As much as I try to be environmentally responsible, it is not always easy or in my control. It feels so great to be able to indulge in products and know they have the Earth’s best interest in mind.

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Aveda

In my opinion, Aveda has always been the O.G. eco-friendly line for luxury beauty products. As a teen, I always wanted to go into the Aveda store at the mall but I thought I was too much of a scrub. Recently, I worked at an Aveda salon and I learned they are truly an amazing company. Their products are botanical-based and naturally derived. Aveda sources sustainable & renewable plant based ingredients from all over the world while ensuring their impact does not negatively effect the environment they are sourced from. The entire month of April is EARTH MONTH for Aveda. Proceeds from Earth Month support clean water projects, near and far. Some of my favorite Aveda products are the Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser, the perfect morning-after cleanser because it increases cell turnover! Inner Light Mineral Tinted Moisturizer is sheer yet protects your skin with SPF 20. Lightweight and radiating! Yes, Aveda seems really boujie but the bottom line is they have pioneered the way for environmentally & socially responsible beauty products.

Josie Maran 

Does anyone remember that Josie Maran was in a Backstreet Boys video? Of course, we all remember her as a Maybelline spokesmodel! In 2007, she launched her own cosmetics line that claims to be ‘Luxury with a Conscience.” JACKPOT. It can be hard to figure out which products are actually earth-friendly and organic. There is no question with Josie Maran. Her *star* ingredient in her line is  100% Pure Organic Argan Oil. The Argan Oil is sourced from Morocco, where Josie works with women’s co-ops to economically & socially empower those who produce the argan oil. I use it daily as a moisturizer for my face and hair! So does my husband. I am a big fan of the Bear Naked Nail Wipes. (and the Face wipes!) I haven’t smelled acetone in SO LONG. My cuticles stay moisturized and a portion of the proceeds of this product support the Polar Bear SOS initiative ! Josie believes every day is Earth Day!  (She is also a Fixed Earth Taurus, like me!!)

Origins

Origins is a fantastic natural cosmetic line who is committed to protecting the planet. They use wind energy and renewable resources to manufacture their products. Origins is committed to giving back. They are partnered with Global Releaf, an organization that is devoted to caring for the environment by planting and maintaning trees. Across the United States and internationally, over 25 million trees have been planted. I am so in love with Plantscription aka their anti-aging line. This line is infused with Anogeissus tree bark extract, which delivers extraordinary results. Anogeissus is a sacred tree that is native to the Republic of Ghana. Years of research have shown that the use of Anogeissus extract boosts the skins natural production of fibrillin as well as protects collagen. I have noticed visible repair of  my saggy under eye after religiously using Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Spend $40 on the Origins website and get a FREE FULL-SIZE eye cream. Spend a little more and they’ll plant a tree!! It is never too early to prepare for the aging process. And I feel SO much better about it, knowing that I am nourishing my skin with plant-based products.

Tarte

This is one of my FAVORITE cosmetic lines. They take pride in being eco-chic. Tarte products are cruelty-free and naturally derived from plant extracts, minerals, and essential oils. These ‘high-performance naturals’ are made with skinvigorating ingredients  like Amazonian clay, acai berry extract, and maracuja, among other amazing ingredients. I am truly impressed by this brand as it is environmentally conscious as well as devoted to long-lasting cosmetic formulas. I was a Tarte believer after buying Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer. YES, WATERPROOF BRONZER. Once you go matte, you never go back. There is no shimmer in this bronzer which was key for me, as shimmer can make my oily self look like the tin-man. Tarte supports co-ops in the Rainforest who work toward reducing environmental waste while developing sustainable products. Tarte also believes Amazonian clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient. It balances the skin while removing surface oil (thank you!) and improves texture. My favorite way to apply any face makeup is with The Buffer, airbrush finish brush. It is made from sustainably harvested bamboo. It was a magical day when I found this brush. It is durable and makes my skin look flawless whether I am applying a dry powder or a liquid foundation. It is important to keep this brush clean (and all other brushes). It feels brand new every time I wash it. Isn’t it wonderful that things can last for a long time when you simply take care of them?

Check out these awesome brands, if you have not already! Who knew you could actually be making a difference during your beauty routine?

 

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Metrosexuals: OUT, Bearded Bastards: IN

Remember when dudes who were meticulous about their appearance were called ‘metrosexual’? According to Merriam-Webster, a metrosexual is “a usually urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes.” This term was first used in 1994, which was a horrendous time for male fashion and maybe just fashion in general. Cher Horowitz said it best, ” It looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”  20 years ago, looking like a slouch was the trend. Everyone was sagging their ripped jeans. I feel like the word has some kind of negative-ish conotation. I bet some bully coined the term ‘metrosexual’ while hating a dude who was looking pretty fresh. That’s just my guess.

I’ve always thought the word was silly. Then I realized I might hate this word because all of my male friends are metrosexual!!! JUST KIDDING. Ok, so I happen to live in an urban area where hetero males actually give a shit about what they look like. Can’t we all agree that a man who cares about his well-being and appearance is attractive? These days salons offer specific services for men and they have an ARRAY of beauty products to chose from, specifically made just for them. Dudes deserve to enjoy the same luxuries that we ladies do. /endrant

My BFF Adam works in the beauty industry and always has the best insider info on new products. (My secret is out!!) Adam also has a luxurious beard that I begged him to grow out for my wedding. He didn’t, but he had a five o’clock shadow and looked amazing.  In the past couple of years, beards have experienced a revival. Generally viewed as a sign of rebellion or laziness, these days most can agree that beards are hot right now. Anyhow, Adam recently started using beard oil from The Bearded Bastard. This is a line of handmade products dedicated to FACIAL HAIR. Mountain men everywhere are rejoicing.  Made with essential oils and other natural ingredients, a few drops of beard oil is meant to condition and make beards feel soft and luscious. The Bearded Bastard also carries beard combs, pomades, clays, and other products that will help you maintain that beard!


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For my good pal Chip’s birthday, my h-band and I gifted him some Bearded Bastard goods. Uppercut Featherweight Pomade is a lightweight wax with a medium hold. Easy to comb, easy to get out and lemony scented! He says it is the best pomade he has every used! For $20-$30, you can get 1oz of beard oil of your choice OR they offer sample sizes for $5. Smelling the oils was the most fun part about giving Chip his gift.

Woodsman Smells like  “a sexy pencil sharpener” Obviously, a super woodsy oil with heavy notes of sandalwood and pine needle.

Morocco– Smells like “a Cinnamon Roll Yankee Candle” Scented with amber & coffee (and other essentials), this smells like an exotic latte.

Opium Den– Smells like “sweet forest floor”, my personal favorite! Slighty smoky and sweet with tobacco and vanilla notes.

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Shout to my bearded dragon babies. Treat that special bear in your life right. Check out The Bearded Bastard for all beard necessities!