BEAUTIFUL BUYS

The people who make these balms, serums and shampoos do amazing things for the planet and all its residents.

You want beauty products that work, of course. Other factors the sweeten the pot: formulas without harmful ingredients (because, duh); a sustainable manufacturing process, to lighten the beauty footprint; and brands that support inspiring initiatives. We found nine companies that help you look great and feel warm and fuzzy.

1. WHEN YOU BUY BURT’S BEES, YOU HELP…
GIVE BACK TO FRONTLINE WORKERS

When it comes to conservation, the makers of that little yellow tube are busy bees: They’ve reached an average of over 99 perscen natural origin for all their products; they responsibly source shea butter from West Africa – improving the livelihood of more than 14,000 women there; and they planted more than 15 million (with a b!) wildflower seeds to help restore the bee population. When Covid-19 hit, the ocmpnany donated $1.5 million in grants and products to frontline workers. We’re here for soothed lips and full hearts.

Shop Burt’s Bees products here.

2. WHEN YOU BUY KINSHIP, YOU HELP
CUT DOWN ON OCEAN-WASTE PLASTIC

We appreciate that this skin-care line uses plant-based ingredients and probities to enhance our completion. But we truly love then brand’s packaging, or lack thereof. There’s no cardboard box, no little wind of plastic film. The simple bottles for the Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream Moisturizer ($24), Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads ($24 for 45), and Mint Mud Deep Pore Detox Mask ($23; love kinship.com) are made from plastic finished out of the Java Sea and rivers in Indonesia. Use your phones camera to scan the QR code on the bottle and see where exactly the plastic came from.

Shop their products here.

3. WHEN YOU BUY THE RIGHT TO SHOWER, YOU HELP…
PROVIDE SHOWERS TO PEOPLE WITHOUT HOMES

The colorful soaps and sulfate-free shower gels with names like hope, Joy and Strength (from $6) gives you all the feels – even beyond nourished skin. This Unilever brandlet devotes 30 percent of proceeds to nonprofit organizations that operate mobile shower units for unhoused people in the United States. To date, almost 30,000 residents of all’s Angeles, Dallas, the Bay Area, North Carolina and New York have been granted access to one of the most basic human needs – a shower.

Shop their products here.

4. WHEN YOU BUY FIRST AID BEAUTY, YOU HELP…
OFFER STUDENT DBT RELIEF FOR COLLEGE GRADS

Founder Lilli Gordon created this sensitive-skin-friendly collection after suffering from dryness and eczema. The deem-tested basics, like Pharma BHA Acne Spot Treatment Gel ($26), help solve such sin problems as mask. Even more stressful than chin zits? Student debt. Last year, the Fab Aid initiative ran a contest and paid off almost $1.3 million in student loans for 24 lucky women. Better yet: They’re doing it again this year.

Shop their products here.

5. WHEN YOU BUY TATCHA,
YOU HELP EDUCATE GIRLS

Green tea, rice and seaweed are the foundation of very product in this less-is-more skin line. Each product serves as a self-care ritual: The Dewy Skin Cream ($68) plumps pruner skin; the Violet-C Radiance Mask ($68) impacts a glow. Founder Victoria Tsai’s passion – the Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program- is the real hero. Through Room to Read, a portion of each sale helps fund girls’ education in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka,Tanzania and Vietnam. I’m six years, the beans has paid for more than 5 million days of schooling.

Shop their products here.

6. WHEN YOU BUY ‘RAHUA,’ YOU HELP
PROTECT THE RAIN FOREST

Shampoo is only on your hair for a minute, but Arabia’s impact lasts way after your rinse. Refillable bottles cut down on plastic waste, while every bottle sold helps preserve one acre of the Amazon rain forest yearly, totalling 100,000 acres so far. Not to mention, the Classic Shampoo ($34) leaves hair gleaming.

Shop their products here.

7. WHEN YOU BUY CLARINS, YOU HELP
IMPROVE HEALTH AND HYGIENE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

This French brand has earned legions of devotees, thanks in part to the splurge-worthy Double Serum (from $90). And the company’s efforts to beyond skin care: Partnering with the nonprofit Jardins du Monde, Clarins provides clean drinking water and creates medicinal-plant pharmacies in Madagascar and Burkina Faso.

Shop their products here.

8. WHEN YOU BUY EVERIST,
YOU HELP CONSERVE WATER

Turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth helps save water, but if you want to do more, consider waterless beauty products, like the new Shampoo Concentrate ($24; helloeverist.com) from the zero-waste line Everist. The ingredients are plant-based, and the package is recyclable, travel-friendly 100-milliliter aluminium tube that’s a third the size of a typical shampoo bottle (yet lasts as long). What does all that ass up to? A product that requires less packaging and carbon to ship. Just wet hair and hands and rub to lather. The they-thought-of-everything detail: Everest includes a cotton bag that holds 10 caps and emails you a shipping label so you can easily send the caps back to be recycled.

Shop their products here.

9. WHEN YOU BUY JONES ROAD, YOU HELP SUPPORT MAKEUP ARTISTS

Makeup mogul Bobbie Brown sold her namesake company in 2016 and is back with Jones Road, a line of multitasking products packed with good-for-you ingratiates. The Cool Gloss ($22) looks nice on lips and cheeks; the Sparkle Wash Shadow ($24; jonesroadbeauty.com) doubles as a high-lighter. If you’ve pared down your makeup during the pandemic, this line will give you a no-frills, five minute fresh face. what also make me swoon: Brown’s work to help creatives in the beauty industry during the Covid-19 crisis. Through the nonprofit Support Creatives, she mentors makeup artists, host training sessions around the world, and has provided scholarships so beauty pros can update their credentials.

Shop their products here.

If you have any other favorite (chemical and harm free) options in your daily makeup routine, please drop them in the comments below! I would love to chat!

XO,

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GIFTS FOR THE HOSTESS

While our holiday parties look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you should show up empty-handed. For those of you attending a socially distanced gathering or dreadfully attending a festive Zoom session, I have carefully picked out a handful of gifts that are better than booze (almost). Click through for thoughtful kitchen wares, chic home goods and other options that are bound to make your hostess smile.

After the Pinterest guide, you will find the links to each of the products. Most gift ideas are around $24-$35 and under, because I really wanted to keep everything reasonably priced and perfect for any budget.

When I was on the hunt to find these amazing gift options, I went with brands and products that I know and love. If it’s something that I personally don’t have, I was sure to do my research to make that I’m only recommending the best of the best!

1 // Stemless Wine Glasses 2 // Bottle Opener 3 // Kitchen Towel 4 // Cocktail Barware Set 5 // Candle 6 // Marble Serving Tray 7 // Faux Fur Blanket 8 // Wine & Reusable Wine bag 9 // Marble & Wood Coasters 10 // Floral Vase 11 // Teapot with Infuser 12 // Moleskin Journal 13 // Velvet Jewelry Box 14 // Succulent Plant Pots

Keep in mind that your hostess gift doesn’t have to be anything that breaks the bank. Have fun picking out a gift and be thoughtful. Remember that it can be something big or little and as long as it comes from heart, you are set!

What are some of your favorite items in this guide?! Do you have any others you’d recommend? Let’s chat in the comments! If you end up purchasing something, I’d love to know!

Stay classy and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do…

XO,

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WEEKLY WISHLIST: SPRING EDITION

Who is ready for the spring and more warm weather? I know I am! We could all use a little more time outside and more Vitamin D in our lives. With that being said, I put together a list of the essentials in what you would need on a sunny, Spring day for a picnic or out on the town. If you are thinking about investing any of these items, make sure to save these posts for when you need ideas of any kind: gifts for others or as a way to treat yourself.

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All of the pieces on this wishlist are linked according to number to make it easier in case anything sparks your interest. There are other items I’ve listed that aren’t pictured above, so make sure to check out each number. I hope these items channel your inner Reece Witherspoon, Elle Woods or Martha Stewart, so get to shopping and update that wardrobe of yours!

As y’all can see, I had major wicker vibes going on this week. I’ve always been a fan of all things wicker, but my love has definitely grown here recently.

With that being said, pick out a new dress, slap on some nail polish, grab your picnic basket and get to enjoying the beautiful weather, all socially distanced of course. I, personally, am ready to get experience the beauty of the western North Carolina mountains and the fresh air!

XO,

What are your favorite “spring time” essentials, including clothes, bags, shoes etc? What are you looking forward to in the upcoming months?

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