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Here is the intro to Eco-Glamorous: A Fail-Proof Guide to Ditching Toxic Beauty Products, Protecting Your Health and Greening Your Beauty Routine, by the gorgeous Sherrell Dorsey:
I’m that girl that gets ridiculously excited about a trip to the farmer’s market and fervently tweets photos on the abundance of affordable organic items I find during my weekly trips to Trader Joe’s. On the off chance I forget my reusable shopping bag I toss on my shades and go incognito feeling as though I just committed a sin against the planet. If I could recycle everything (and believe me when I say that I’ve tried), I would. Composting has become my new pastime alongside discovering one-of-a-kind items from a consignment or thrift store. And to top it all off, I’d rather mix up a batch of beauty products at home using ingredients I can easily pronounce than struggle with beauty counter trivia.
I read this and though, “This is a girl after my own heart. Where does she live? We should be friends. Shoot, she lives in Seattle. Oh well.”
I quick perusal–and it is quick, if it were printed this would be more of a pamphlet than book–proves her e-book to be a quick and easy course on greening your beauty routine. It includes:
- A list of chemicals to avoid
- A list of brands you can trust, which is extremely helpful, if not comprehensive. (Though, to be fair, listing every single natural product out there would probably be a Sisyphian task.)
- A few beauty product recipes
- A short list of beauty items you didn’t know you could recycle
- References and organizations that can give you more information
- Eco-beauty retailers
- Blogs and apps
Sherrell’s book is by no means encyclopedic. (I do wish she had spent less space on the intro and bio, and more space on useable tips.) But while Sherrell’s blog is specifically targeted to “brown” girls, it would be a mistake to pass this little guide over–everything in here could be used by anyone, from the newbie to a seasoned gal like myself. It’s more than worth the low price.
Grab a copy from these places:
Certain things make green life worth living. Here’s what I’m loving this week and want to share with every single person in my life:
About maybe a year and a half ago, suddenly, there was argan oil.
It started showing up in product roundups of celeb favorites, and now it’s in all these random products from various mainstream companies–it’s like the acai of beauty products, except without the weird pyramid scheme.
You have proof that it works the first time you smooth it over your hair. It’s got an appealing, musky scent, and leaves your hair kick-ass shiny while fortifying it. Plus, if you get it from the right place, it’s organic and benefits female workers in Morocco. Do. not. get. knock-offs.
If you’re like me (or thousands of other New Yorkers), you enjoy a good mixed cocktail from the likes of Apotheke, Death & Company or PDT. Well, when I picked up A Perfume Organic to test at ABC Home, the rich, spicy scents actually reminded me of a hand-crafted cocktail from one of these establishments. I’m not saying I want to smell like alcohol … I’m just saying this USDA organic and vegan perfume smells delicious. If you’re not sure which scent to get, do like I did and buy a sampler first.
Tired of eating your quinoa salad style? Make it a little naughty by frying it up into crunchy quinoa patties. Damn, are these things good. And every time I reheat them for lunch, somebody (a coworker, a dog) follows be back to my desk to ask me what I’m eating because that smells so good. (Well, the dog just stared at me while I ate it. That would never happen with a quinoa salad.) I suggest being generous with the olive oil in the pan–the patties hold together better that way.
Find the recipe by Heidi Swanson at Epicurious
Don’t Go, by Justin Martin
This weekend I was supposed to meet up with friends on Saturday night. But because I got ready so slow and couldn’t find a cab (don’t hate me, there is no good way to get from 24th Street to Meatpacking) they were already inside Le Bain.
I really didn’t want to stand in line by myself. So I marched right up to the bouncers on the non-line side. They were in the middle of telling a pair of girls that they couldn’t get in if they weren’t on the list. “Hi, my party is already inside,” I said, and name-dropped a meaningless name. The bouncers exchanged a glance, took a look at my vintage 90s peekaboo dress and ushered me inside. “Sorry ladies,” one of them told the girls. “She’s on a list.”
There is never a list.
Anyway, this song played at some point during the night and I liked it. A lot.
This marks the second post in my green street style series, where I show how I mix eco-friendly items in with conventional items for complete style. Tell me what you think in the comments!
Kayu sustainable bamboo sunglasses, vintage love knot earrings (my grandmother’s), Korres non-toxic red lipstick, gold chain necklace of forgotten origin, 60′s vintage spring jacket from Angela’s Vintage.
Gold nail overlays from Sally Hansen (not non-toxic–sorry).
Red striped shirt from a boutique on Fire Island.
Photo credit: Trevor Wilson
You are about to be jealous in t-minus 3…2…1….
I’m in London!!
Yup! I hopped a flight (carbon offset at a price of $22.66, naturally) to the old continent to visit my dear friend D. in Paris–of the going away party and recycled champagne glasses—and I’m on layover in the land of bad food, class divide, mean tabloids and royalty obsession.
The first thing I saw disembarking my flight? A hunky British dude making direct eye contact. I think I like it here.
D. is living the dream in Paris. On the one hand, I don’t like that my best friend is thousand of miles away. On the other hand, now I have an excuse to go to mother f’n Paris! (She keeps trying to get me to move there, but how could I leave NYC behind?
After we tear it up in the city of lights for a week, we’ll be back in London for a weekend. I’ve spent a whole summer in Paris before, but as the Audrey Hepburn character Sabrina said, “Paris is always a good idea.” But I’ve never been to London. “We must go,” I emailed D. emphatically. “It’s a huge hole in my experience that needs filling.”
So please, if you have recommendations, comment below or tweet them my way! I’ve already gotten a short list of museums, plus un-missable street food and competing recos for the best place to get high tea. (National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, Bosphorus Kebabs, The Ritz or Dukes Hotel, respectively).
Also, what does a modern green girl pack for her adventure in world travel? It’s all revealed:
From top left: iPhone charger, compact faux crocodile wallet, John Masters Organics lip balm, Korres non-toxic lipstick in coral, Sigg water bottle (empty for security), apartment keys (stripped of superfluities), laptop charger, Clean Hippie blog business cards and card holder, ChicoBag reusable bag, birth control, handkerchiefs from the Brooklyn Flea (2), pen, sleep mask, iPhone in Anicase endangered species cover, headphones, passport (!), flight reservation, sunglasses gotten for free from advertising partner at work with logo rubbed off with soy nail polish remover (couldn’t find my Kayu sunglasses—darn!). Not pictured: Zebra striped travel pillow made with post-consumer recycled content, laptop, magazines (coming up).
What to Wear for an Overnight Flight
Clearly, the goal is to get as close as to pajamas as possible without looking like a typical American ass. I chose my Degree Six top in soft organic cotton, organic Deborah Lindquist leggings, and a stack of Green Sewn vintage sari bracelets. You can’t see them, but on my feet are fuzzy socks—a Christmas present from my dear sister.
Mags Go Green for Earth Day
I have been busy unsubscribing from catalogues left and right, but I just can’t give up on my print editions of magazines. After all, they don’t put everything on line. And many magazines I get through my work. Piles of magazines have been eating my apartment like kudzu, but flights are a fabulous time to catch up.
Check out this bundle that has probably given me permanent back problems from hauling them to work and then through the subway system to the airport. (No black car for this lady.)
I absolutely loved diving into the April editions, since magazines from inStyle to Self are doing their darndest to pay lip service to Earth day with lots and lots of toxin-free and eco-friendly products—some old friends, some new to me. I also love that InStyle is educating consumers about one of my favorite websites, Skin Deep.
On my to try list: aluminum-free Weleda citrus deodorant, Yes to Tomatoes acne spot stick, USDA-certified organic essential oils by Tsi-La, Mali Organics Koke’e organics sugar body polish, DairyFace Eye Caramba Nourishing Facial Refresher, Butter London non-toxic nail polish, Dairy Kai vegetable base skylight candle, Bracketron’s Mushroom Green Zero wall charger, (all rated high by inStyle) and NY-based Anjolie Ayurveda moisturizers and soaps (thanks Oprah mag!). I even found some goodies in the ads: non-toxic Zoya nail polish and EOS lip balm (the ones you’ve no doubt seen in those little egg-shaped containers).
Of course, when I say “To try,” I do’t mean “Run out and immediately buy everything.” I just mean it’s on my radar if I happen to find myself in need of body polish. Truly being green means being judicious about purchases, yo.
Stay tuned for lots of lovely pictures! I have my big fancy Canon D7, my little canon for nights out and of course Instagram on my iPhone. Meanwhile, enjoy one of my favorite songs about Paris. (Hopefully we will make it to club Showcase! I had to cull my going out options down from three sequined dresses to one.)
Gotta run! My gate just got posted for Pearee.
You use organic shampoo and conditioner, dab non-toxic eye shadow on your lids and sip organic gin and tonics at your favorite farm-to-table café.
Well, don’t overlook your hair.
When I first moved to NYC, I got a recommendation for a Soho salon from a friend. My hairstylist has been nothing but great. But when Brian Wallis of the new-ish Soho Organics Salon emailed me offering a review haircut, how could I say no?
So on a warm Saturday I hopped on my bike and rode down through the West Village to the salon. Inside it’s exposed brick, three chairs, two hair-washing sinks, a front desk and a little table with organic teas.
With just the three stylists doing everything at this little nook of a salon, it feels friendly and not at all intimidating. When you walk in, your stylist is just as likely to be at the front desk to greet you or on the phone taking an appointment as fussing over a client’s hair.
Once Brian got me settled into a chair, we discussed what I wanted. I had been considering straight-across, blunt bangs for some time, but my current stylist had gently discouraged me over and over again. I’m sure Brian was nervous about my request (the risk of a blogger freaking out about bangs-gone-wrong–even if she asked for them–is a very real one) but I assured him it’s what I wanted. Bangs don’t take long to grow out, anyway. So he started to work, while telling me more about the philosophy of the salon.
“We’re green by default because we’re concerned with health,” he said. Just like in a nail salon, what’s good for the clients is better for the stylists. They are breathing in that stuff all day, you see.
Soho Organics’ Story
For Brian Wallis, who has had a lifelong interest in health, it was only natural for him to take a job at the original go-to organic salon by John Masters.
“Most hair stylists laugh at organic salons. It seems like a gimmick. But literally from the first time I walked in, it was so relaxed, so chill, no drama, no craziness.”
And the salon wasn’t just for hippies–Brian estimates 70 to 80 percent of the John Masters clients were pregnant or had started coming when they were pregnant. Other were cancer survivors or had other health issues that made them seek out a cleaner option.
And then Masters, ostensibly wanting to give his product line his full attention, gave six months notice to the stylists before he closed the salon. Brian and two other stylists, Jen Parker and Rod Rayson, scrambled to put together their own venture, pouring their savings into it. When they opened, almost all of their clients followed. “They didn’t have much choice,” Brian says.
(That has changed, as some other former John Masters stylists have recently opened a salon called Hale in Tribeca. It’s so new there are no reviews out yet on how nice it is.)
Some salons use some organic products on request, but for the picky customer, that’s just not enough because you are still inhaling the chemicals from other treatments. (Lesson: Don’t even frequent a salon that does hair straightening.) At my salon, I’ve asked about parabens, and received the answer that they are being phased out.
At Soho Organics, all the shampoos, conditioners and even products like argon oil are John Masters, naturally. The hair color is by Organic Color Systems, which is free of ammonia and ammonia-like substances and odor-free.
Brian warned me off of so-called “ammonia-free” hair dye products offered by some salons. The trick is that they replace ammonia with another chemical that doesn’t have the same power, upping the levels to match the potency of ammonia. “I had a woman who came in who was going to get her hair done at a salon that was ammonia-free. But her eyes were watering and her scalp was burning.”
I can’t personally attest to what this special hair dye is like, since I keep things natural. But a client of SO’s told me via email that her hair is super shiny after the treatment. “People stop me to comment, in fact,” she said. Brian says that it’s like your hair has never been treated.
Go ahead and ask your stylists about the ingredients in any product. Brian reeled off a laundry list of acronyms for me. “It contains a little MEA and no TEA, and doesn’t contain propelyne glycol. There’s a 4% cap on PPDs in Europe, but in America we cap it at 7%. It’s .4 to .7% here. You can’t have completely PPD free permanent color. It’s PTD free.”
Translation: We took out all the bad crap we possibly could. And we are super friggin’ knowledgeable.
Soho Organics also offers a treatment called Keragreen. “We call it a smoothing system or a defrizzer. It’s truly formaldyhyde free. Once you’ve gotten the treatment done, you just take a flat brush and hair dryer and run it through your hair and it’s straight. But if you just let your hair air dry, it is still the natural texture of your hair, just without frizz.”
It sounds like just the thing for beautiful summer hair.
When Brian finished with a blow dry of my hair, I was tentatively pleased. It’s always hard to see your look completely change. (“Is this too hipster?”) But in the last week I’ve grown to be absolutely in love with the bangs! I’ve morphed from a preppy girl to something a little edgier. It suits my mood and style much better, I think.
I’m a convert. The stylists are passionate and knowledgeable about the ingredients in their products and treatments. And they are damn good at what they do!
Hot tip: Brian tisked my use of clarifying shampoo from my usual salon. “It’s just extra strong shampoo.” But I need to get rid of the buildup in my super thick hair! He recommends apple cider vinegar instead. Mix 1 part vinegar with 8 parts water, and douse your head with it. “It removes build up, is antibacterial, balances the PH and seals the ends,” he told me. Noted.
First appointments are at 11 AM, and last appointments at 6:30 PM. Prices range from $65 for a blow dry, to $105-125 for a haircut, hair color starting at $100, and Keragreen from $350 to $550.
Occupy Wall Street has moved into Union Square, which is right in my ‘hood. Perhaps I should go join them, because right now I would fit right in!
There’s this certain blog I really like. They send out daily emails on sustainable living, meditation techniques, ingredients you should try to include in your diet and more things that are totally up my semi-Buddhist, health-crazy, eco-friendly alley.
BUT, they totally led me astray last night.
A few month back they sent out an email with the recipe for a hair mask that was supposed to be amazing for dry hair:
1 ripe avocado, 1 tablespoon of honey (raw is ideal) and 2 tablespoons of olive oil
My hair isn’t that dry at all, but hey, it couldn’t hurt, right? Famous last (internally spoken) words.
I bought an overripe avocado, and last night before I took a shower to go out, mashed it with honey and olive oil. I decided to put it in my hair while I was naked, because this mixture looked so disgusting I didn’t want it dripping all over whatever I was wearing. So there I was in the kitchen–nude–rubbing a sickly green goo in my hair. “Ewwwww, I am never doing this again,” I said aloud to myself.
(Yes, I am one of those crazy people who live by themselves.)
It felt and looked disgusting. Then, per the instructions, I wrapped my hair in a hot towel and hung out on Pinterest for twenty minutes while I waited.
When I got in the shower, I doused my hair with clarifying shampoo, worked it all through my hair, and rinsed. Hmmm, still a little slimy-feeling. I doused my hair with normal shampoo and worked it through the ends. And then did clarifying shampoo one more time. That oughta do it. Perhaps I’ll skip the conditioner.
I got out of the shower and called my friend B. and told her I just needed to blow dry my hair and run and get a manicure for my grody nails, then would be ready.
So I started blow drying my hair. I was lost in thought for a while (I’ve blow dried my hair so many times in my life I can do it completely on autopilot), and then sort of snapped out of it to realize the section I had been aiming my hair dryer at for five minutes was still “wet.”
I jumped back in the shower, flipped my head over, and doused my head with apple cider vinegar, which is supposed to be good for really cleansing and stripping your hair. Then I worked clarifying shampoo through again, this time from the bottom up.
I got out and blow dried my hair, section by section, hoping beyond hope that the top sections would be mildly better than the bottom ones.
They weren’t. My hair felt great. It looked like I hadn’t washed it in two weeks. Yup, I looked like an Occupy protester. I mean, when I blow dried my bangs with an round brush and then pulled the brush away, my bangs stood straight out from my head!!!
In a panic, I ran out to Sephora and bought dry shampoo and sprayed it all over my hair, which improved it mildly. When B. arrived, I explained my mishap, and that I had shampooed my hair three times. She stared at me, carefully choosing her words before saying, “Oh, wow, I mean, it’s not terrible, but it doesn’t look like you washed it four times …”
We discussed further, and decided that you should only use this mask if you have really, really curly coarse hair.
I’m sure B. was mildly embarrased to be seen out with me, but the night turned out OK. After a lovely dinner with wine at Terroir (get the wild boar sausage, it’s an explosion of flavors in your mouth), we headed to Ace Hotel and picked ourselves up a couple of vampire squids. Oops, I mean very nice guys who work at Goldman Sachs.
Here’s a track that is great for evoking that feeling of going out hard in NYC:
Oh, and I should point out that sequined dress I’m wearing is from Beacon’s Closet. I love thrifting!
Hot tip: Bedlam on the LES, where we went next, is great when you want to dance like you’re back in a fraternity basement. The tunes bring me back to my softmore year of high school (Name that tune: “Lady in the street but a FREAK IN THE BED!”), and it really was a good time.
Anyway, I’m headed out to brunch in BK, and my friend J. is just going to have to deal with the fact that I look like a crack head, because I’m not trying to wash my hair again this morning.
UPDATE: I mixed together some baking soda and water into a paste and applied. My hair now looks beautiful and shiny. Success!
Whenever I need a classy clutch, this is my go-to. It’s eco-friendly, and purchasing one means a donation is made towards buying backpacks and school supplies for children in Cambodia. It comes with a chain too, in case you’re tired of carrying it/don’t trust your drunk self not to leave it on the open bar while you dart after a cute boy.
The Sway Purses
This NYC-based company makes my other go-to purse when I want something more casual and edgy. It’s made from reclaimed leather, and the cross-body strap means you can dance crazily. It’s roomy enough for a wallet, phone, keys and even a pair of fold up flats.
I put every cute thing I find on Pinterest. And when I say cute, I mean it. I don’t put up anything that is eco-friendly but ugly (of which there is a lot).
I can’t blog about everything, so if you’re in the market for a new dress or a DIY project, you can find what you need by following my pins. I put a special emphasis on NYC-based companies.
tarte Eye Makeup
I had given up on finding effective non-toxic eyeliner and resigned myself to Cover Girl … until I found Tarte’s little pot and brush for the best cat eyes ever. Combined with this tutorial, I’m looking pretty fierce. And then I discovered the Amazonian clay mascara, and was roundly hooked. You can find it at Sephora and Henri Bendel.
For breakfast, on slices of empire apples from the farmers-market, with a drizzle of Brooklyn-rooftop honey.
This post on non-toxic makeup originally appeared at LearnVest.com, where I work as an editorial assistant and community manager.
At LearnVest, we believe in investing in your health. Eating right, getting the necessary checkups and taking time for yourself all pay dividends down the road.
But sometimes the information out there about what’s actually good for you can be confusing. Take beauty products, for example: We’ve all heard of “green” cosmetics. But is it worth shelling out more for organic lipstick? What’s all the fuss about parabens? And could the makeup you wear every day actually be hurting you at the same time it’s beautifying you?
Today we tackle green and toxin-free makeup—to help you get to the bottom line about natural and organic beauty.
The Pink Ribbon Conundrum
It’s a timely topic—October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and major cosmetics companies are rolling out products branded with pink ribbons, even as it’s becoming clear that certain ingredients in products we use every day may increase our risk of developing breast cancer.
According to the Environmental Working Group, “Nearly 90 percent of the 10,500 ingredients the FDA has determined are used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA or any other publicly accountable institution.” Many of these ingredients, which are known carcinogens, have been linked to breast cancer. Further complicating matters, the United States currently has no system in place to regulate potentially toxic ingredients in cosmetics, although a bill has just been introduced. (More on that below.)
With one in eight American women predicted to develop breast cancer over her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society, odds are the disease will impact someone you know. That’s why we believe it’s worth looking a little deeper into the products we use every day.
Let’s go take a peek in your makeup drawer, and find out what you need to know to go natural the LearnVest way: wisely and affordably.
The ABCs of Organic Beauty
1. Read the Label
Every makeup product has a list of ingredients, and there are a few red flags that should make you think twice about buying that mascara. Namely, ingredients like “phthalate,” “sulfate,” “paraben,” “triclosan” or “toluene,” listed as either a stand-alone ingredient, or as part of a longer-named ingredient, means you can be sure this product isn’t safe for your health, no matter how natural it claims to be. For more details on how to tell green from “greenwashing”—a phenomenon in which companies trump up their green claims with false labeling—read our post on the subject.
2. Look It Up
You don’t have to commit a list of suspect ingredients to memory. This is such a hot topic, there are two different websites where you can look up the ingredients in your favorite products and get a quick and dirty rating in the form of a single number. The Skin Deep database, by the Environmental Working Group, focuses on personal care items, while Good Guide rates just about every household product out there, and even has a smartphone version by the same name that lets you scan the barcodes of a product you’re considering right in the store aisle.
3. Support the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
As it stands now, the FDA has no power to evaluate or approve ingredients before they make it into the products you use every day, which is why carcinogenic and hazardous ingredients are in our mascaras, foundations and lipsticks, even in items that are supposed to support the fight against breast cancer (that’s called “pinkwashing”). If this bothers you, you can do something about it. A bill has been introduced to close some loopholes in how companies list their ingredients. To support its passage, go to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics website and learn more.
Know what’s never trendy? Being broke. Find out how to get great style without overspending with our Priceless Style Bootcamp
4. Find Trustworthy Brands You Like
Unfortunately, every single drugstore brand of makeup has at least one of the offending ingredients listed above in some or all of their products. You can look your favorite brand up in one of the websites mentioned above to find their safer offerings. Or you can save yourself time and stress by finding a quality brand of makeup that you love and trust with your health. (Find out other ways to take care of your skin; read this.)
Not all non-toxic makeup is created equal—or exactly like what you’re used to—so we took the time to test six toxin-free lines and reveal our pick for their product we think is most worth the investment. In other words, these picks for everything from lipstick to foundation aren’t just great for being safe, they’re just plain great.
In Europe, there are actually stricter regulations for which ingredients can go in your makeup. This German skin and makeup company has exported its high standards to the US with its line of organic, cruelty-free and vegan makeup products. It’s a relief to actual recognize the ingredients on the label!
Price Range: From $14.50 for eyeliner to $25 for mineral powder
Executive Editor Carrie Sloan says: “I’ve never worn organic makeup before, but the foundation smells pleasantly lemony and goes on light and natural, giving me great coverage with a dewy finish. I’m a convert!”
$22.50 at Lavera.com, or your local Whole Foods
After learning that your skin absorbs 60% of what’s placed on it, Karen Behnke, who was pregnant with her first child at the time, created Juice: A brand of makeup and skincare products that uses 98% USDA certified organic ingredients.
Price range: From $12 for eyeshadow to $35 for foundation
Editorial assistant Gabrielle Karol says: “I like the blush in organic fig. It’s a nice bronze color—not too rosy—and gives me a healthy glow!”
This line of makeup has an impressive colorwheel of rich hues for its lipsticks and eyeshadows, not surprising with founder Kristin Adams’ background in fine art and color theory. All Afterglow products are cruelty free, and there are even options for those of you who are vegans.
Price range: From $18 for the eyeshadows to $32 for the organic mineral foundation
Deputy Editor Allison Kade says: “I really like the under eye concealer. It blends well and is creamier than what most other regular brands offer.”
$29 at AfterglowCosmetics.com or at your local Whole Foods
The founder of Gabriel draws his inspiration for this natural and cruelty-free brand from memories of his grandmother concocting traditional remedies from the sea. His modern versions all involve those same healing ingredients … only created in consultation with biochemists.
Price range: From $12 for the lip and eyeliner to $28 for the liquid foundation
Senior Editor Laura Shin says: “I love the lipstick. It goes on smoothly, feels nice, and the colors are amazing.”
$16.75 at GabrielCosmeticsInc.com or your local Whole Foods.
Alima Pure really does live up to its name with its ladylike line of mineral makeup. Its eyeshadows, which come in subtle, shimmery colors perfect for daytime, score a perfect 10 on GoodGuide—that’s practically unheard of.
Price range: From $11 for eyeshadows and eyeliners to $29 for the kitten makeup brush
LV Moms Editor Cheryl Lock says: “The satin matte powder foundation gave me more coverage than I would expect from something so lightweight. And the eco-friendly brush I applied it with is so soft.”
$22 at AlimaPure.com
You’ll find anything you could ever desire in this professional grade line of mineral makeup, from lip glosses to kits stocked with brushes and an array of eye colors. If you’re serious about your makeup routine, and not just dabbling in green, this is the brand for you.
Price range: From $11 for an eyeliner pencil to $52 for pressed base powder
Account Manager Corey Laffel says: “I never wear lip color, but I got so many compliments when I tried the red dual lip stain and gloss that it’s changed my mind. Plus it smells really nice.”
More From LearnVest
To find out how to buy safe, consciously and green in every aspect of your life, read our guide.
You’ve detoxified your makeup drawer, now detoxify your cleaning supply closet. Read this.
Photo credits: Top – jerine on Flickr; Headshots – Trevor Wilson
Manhattan Vintage Fashion Show & Sale
Friday, October 21, 1-8pm
Saturday, October 22, 11-6pm
This warehouse of beautiful vintage offerings from 94 purveyors near and far will blow you away. Block out your whole afternoon; this will take you a while.
Why? Reusing clothes is always eco-friendly. And so much more interesting!
125 West 18th St. (Btwn. 6th & 7th Aves.)
Pose for Pink Yoga Class
Sunday, October 23, 1:30-3pm
Join Pure instructor and Zobha Circle of Grace member, Kay Kay Clivio in a special open level class to benefit the Libby Ross Breast Cancer Foundation Pose for Pink Yoga Program.
Why? All attendees will receive a limited edition Zobha Breast Cancer tank, and all proceeds will benefit the expansion of the Libby Ross Pose for Pink Yoga program.
Sign up here.
Suggested donation of $40. (checks can be made payable to “The Libby Ross Foundation”).
203 East 86th St. (at 3rd Ave.)
James Corbett Studio Hair2Help’s Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 25, 7-10pm
Raise money for cancer spa days by sipping cocktails and mingling at one of the chicest sustainable salons in NYC.
Why? Exciting raffle prizes and silent auctions, plus donations are 100% tax deductible.
156 7th Avenue, Manhattan
Green Spaces’ Three-and-a-Half-Year Anniversary
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7-10pm
Gather with other NYC business leaders, emerging entrepreneurs, and friends of Green Spaces to toast and network. Enjoy Zach Fried Photography and partake in party games for entertainment.
Why: If you haven’t been here yet for a lovely green party, you will. Might as well get to know the space!
Free Nutrition Session
Wednesday, Oct 26th, 8- 9pm
The JCC has partnered with Deena Barselah, Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, C.H.C, to offer a new approach to overcoming common obstacles to healthy eating. These free conference calls will teach how you can feed your body to obtain optimum health.
Why? Halloween is coming, and this first call is about curbing sugar cravings. Perfect timing.
Just in case you need a refresher on the basics of living consciously: my latest “green” post over at personal finance site LearnVest.com:
Trends. They seduce us into buying a hot item, only to leave us a year later with an emptier wallet and a useless widget.
But there’s one trend we at LearnVest can get behind: conscious consumerism.
At its most basic level, buying consciously just means taking a couple of extra seconds to consider each purchase. It’s a way to buy healthier food, keep your home free of clutter and keep your budget intact…
Read the rest at LearnVest!