Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The Rise of Eco-Friendly Beauty: A Green Revolution


The growing echo for sustainable practices has birthed a profound revolution within many industries, and beauty is no exception.

The rise of eco-friendly beauty epitomizes the green revolution, transforming not only how products are formulated but also how we perceive beauty.

This article sheds light on various facets of this evolution, delving into why these advancements are critical and how you can join this movement towards a more mindful and respectful relationship with our planet.

Exploring the Green in Beauty


"Sustainable", "organic", "natural"- these eco buzzwords now grace beauty shelves across the world. But what truly defines an eco-friendly beauty product? Several factors determine if a product is genuinely 'green'.

This includes sourcing and formulating with organic, vegan, biodegradable ingredients that cause negligible harm to ecosystems upon disposal. Additionally, brands that prioritize minimalistic packaging or use recycled, recyclable materials offer another dimension to sustainable beauty.

Green cosmetics not only contribute less towards polluting natural resources but also often abstain from harsh chemicals commonly associated with traditional cosmetics. Notably, however, certification for eco-beauty varies worldwide - it's crucial for consumers to delve beyond superficial branding claims.

Brighter Complexions and a Brighter Future


Why should you opt for green beauty products? Beyond avoiding skin irritants present in many conventional products, choosing eco-friendly cosmetics means indirectly advocating for reduced pollution and carbon footprints. Industrial processes involved in creating makeup and skincare inherently require energy consumption.

Thus contributing to greenhouse emissions. By supporting brands conscious about their manufacturing processes - such as relying on renewable energy sources or offsetting carbon emissions - we as consumers can demand better environmental practices within the industry.

From Tube to Landfills: A Hard-hitting Reality


Conventional beauty products don't just potentially harm us during their use - they continue to wield a deleterious impact long after. Discarded conventional makeup packaging often finds its way into landfills or oceans, contributing to plastic pollution and subsequently reaching various wildlife forms.

Certain sunscreens, when washed off in the sea, can hurt coral reefs. Complex sanitary products take years to decompose. Sustainable counterparts, on the other hand, often come in biodegradable or recyclable packaging and contain materials that won't harm ecosystems upon washing off or disposal.

Brands Reimagining Beauty


Several pioneering brands are redefining how we envision beauty by placing environmental consciousness at the forefront of their missions. Brands such as RMS Beauty, Love Beauty and Planet, etc., provide products that stem from ethical sourcing practices, recyclable materials, and bio-safe ingredients. They're demonstrating that caring for both your skin and the planet is indeed possible.

Separating the Green from the Greenwashed


Unfortunately, 'greenwashing'—a deceptive marketing strategy where brands claim to be environmentally friendly without wholly embodying sustainable practices—pervades the beauty industry. Scrutinizing ingredient lists, understanding labels such as cruelty-free vs vegan vs organic, checking for credible eco-certificates.

All this helps distinguish genuinely green brands from those merely donning the green mask. In an age where information is accessible and transparency highly valued, equipping ourselves with such knowledge becomes crucial in becoming mindful consumers.


Demystifying Eco-Certifications

Numerous eco-labels and certifications adorn cosmetic packaging, often leading to confusion among consumers. Some of the reliable ones include EcoCert, USDA Organic and Rainforest Alliance.

These certifications consider factors like responsible sourcing of ingredients, manufacturing practices, packaging, and disposal, thereby providing assurance to consumers about the product's green claims. However, regulations can differ from region to region - it's essential to understand what each certification implies in your country.

Sustainable Beauty and Your Wallet


There's a general conception that eco-friendly products are more expensive than their mainstream counterparts. While in some cases this might be true due to higher quality ingredients or sustainable production methods, being mindful about beauty purchases doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank.

Many affordable brands cater to eco-conscious consumers while maintaining competitive pricing. Furthermore, adopting a minimalist beauty routine or opting for refillable products can also contribute towards financial savings in the long run.

Holistic Approaches To Sustainability


Sustainability isn’t confined just to formulations and packaging - it extends to every aspect of a brand’s operations like energy usage, waste management, employee welfare etc.

Brands championing this holistic view are amplifying their positive impact on the environment manifold. For instance, Lush Cosmetics follows ethical buying practices to source raw materials while ensuring fair pay for farmers where they source from.

A Glimpse Beyond The Vanity Mirror


It's noteworthy that environmental care isn't relegated to just our grooming rituals; it reverberates into numerous industries around us - from food we consume to fuel we use for transportation or power generation which is safely stored in equipment like chemical diesel storage tanks (link). Considering these larger connections enhances our understanding of how individual actions play a part in a wider 'green revolution.'

Becoming A Part of The Green Beauty Movement


Transforming your beauty routine to align with the green revolution can seem challenging initially, but each step, no matter how small, significantly amplifies cumulative efforts towards a greener planet.

You could begin by reducing water usage, opting for solid bars over liquid soaps/shampoos or minimizing single-use applicators. Supporting brands that follow conscious practices or recycling empty bottles also contribute towards this positive change.

Conclusion:


The rise of eco-friendly beauty marks an important stride towards acknowledging and rectifying the environmental footprint of our daily routines. Progression in this field is about more than simply creating gentler skincare - it's a dedication to achieving an equilibrium with the environment we coexist with, echoed in many other industries.

Fostering conscious consumerism lays the cornerstone for a sustainable future where beauty complements environmental guardianship rather than undermines it. After all, real beauty must indeed be more than skin deep.





             

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sephora Birthday Gift 2024 | Kosas Lip and Brow Set In Unbuttoned with Swatches


Every year, Sephora offers a selection of deluxe samples that you can get for free during your birthday month! You can select one item per year and you must be a Beauty Insider which is free to sign up.

I shared my pick this year of the Kosas Set on my Insta and wanted to share here, too. 

This year, there are four choices:
  • Kosas Lip and Brow set
  • Moroccan oil Hair set
  • Youth To The People skincare set
  • 250 points
  • Charlotte Tilbury set for VIB and up
I found it a tough choice this year. I would have chosen the Charlotte Tilbury gift but you have to be a Sephora VIB or above, which I am not. And, since I already have the Moroccan Oil hair oil and I didn't have high hopes for their shampoo and conditioner, and the fact that I already have so much skincare, I decided on the Kosas Set. I looked for swatches online of the Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned but could not find one, so I figured I'd put it "out there" for others to see.


Kosas

Lip & Brow Birthday Set


- Wet Lip Oil Plumping Treatment Gloss in shade Unbuttoned (Soft Warm Blush): A hybrid lip treatment and gloss packed with hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate and visibly plump, without the sting, in a bestselling, soft, warm blush shade. 0.06 oz / 2 mL

- Air Brow Clear + Clean Lifting Treatment Eyebrow Gel with Lamination Effect: A clear brow gel boosted by hair-care actives that lifts and sets brows in place while supporting fuller, healthier-looking brows. 0.06 oz / 1.77 g

Kosas Lip Oil in Unbuttoned and Kosas Air Brow in clear


The Kosas Lip Oil is what I was most interested in. The shade Unbuttoned is described as a Warm Blush Shade. I find it more peachy and would describe it as a warm nude shade.


The Lip Oil comes with a typical doe foot applicator in a tube typical for a lipgloss. I found it very easy to apply and the colour is quite sheer but adds a hint of colour to my pale lips. It's not sticky nor too oily, so it doesn't slip around on my lips. It adds a hint of colour plus hydration to my lips for a healthy and youthful look. The nude shade goes with any look and should suit many skin tones, although will probably look clear on more pigmented and darker lips. The lasting time is average, but even after the colour wears off, my lips still feel more hydrated than before the application.


The clear Brow Gel works well to groom my wild brows and hold them in place. It dries down but doesn't flake off. It claims to have a lamination effect which I have not noticed. In general, I prefer a tinted brow gel but clear ones are great to have on hand for no makeup days as I still like my brows to appear groomed.

Keep scrolling to see the other birthday gift offerings from Sephora for 2024.




All in all, I am happy with my choice this year of the Kosas Lip and Brow Set.

Note that offerings in the USA may be different than the ones here in Canada.

You can get the free Birthday gift on Sephora.com but you must spend a minimum of $25 to get it online. If you pick up your free gift in a Sephora store, no purchase is necessary.




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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year 2024


We want to wish all of our readers a very Happy New Year! May 2024 bring you and your loved ones health, happiness, and prosperity ✨️ πŸ™

See you in 2024! πŸ₯‚ 



Saturday, December 30, 2023

Choosing the Perfect Paint Finish: A Guide to Enhance Your Home

Choosing the perfect paint finish can transform your living space, creating the ideal aesthetic and mood. This guide aims to help you navigate through the myriad of paint finishes available, from matte to glossy, so you can make an informed choice that best suits your style and the function of each room. 

Whether renovating your entire house or updating a single room, understanding the different paint finishes and their unique characteristics is the first step towards creating a home that reflects your personality and taste. 

Matte Finish

Matte finish is the most common choice for interior walls. It has a non-reflective surface that helps hide any imperfections on the wall and gives a smooth, elegant look. This makes it perfect for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. 

The absence of shine also creates a cozy atmosphere in these spaces, making them warm and inviting. However, there may be better options for high-traffic areas as they can be difficult to clean and maintain.

Eggshell Finish

The eggshell finish is slightly more reflective than matte but has a low sheen. This makes it a great compromise between matte and satin finishes. It's durable and easy to clean, making it suitable for hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. 

The slight shine also adds depth to the color, giving a sophisticated look to your walls. A painting company in your area can help you achieve this. 

Satin Finish

The satin finish has a soft, velvety sheen that adds a touch of luxury to any room. It's more durable than matte or eggshell finishes and is easy to clean, making it ideal for high-traffic areas such as hallways, kitchens, and bathrooms. The subtle sheen also reflects light, making the room appear brighter.

Semi-Gloss Finish

Semi-gloss is a highly reflective finish that adds a modern touch to any room. It has a shiny surface that can make colors appear more vibrant and glossy. This makes it perfect for highlighting architectural details or creating an accent wall. However, it's not recommended for large areas as it can be overwhelming and show imperfections more easily.

Gloss Finish

Gloss finish is the shiniest and most reflective of all paint finishes. It creates a sleek, modern look that can make any room feel bigger and brighter. This makes it great for small spaces or rooms with low natural light. However, it's not recommended for walls as it can be too overwhelming and show every little imperfection.

Choosing the Right Finish

When choosing a paint finish, consider both the aesthetic and practical aspects. The function of the room should also play a role in your decision-making process. For example, high-traffic areas like hallways and kitchens may benefit from a more durable finish like eggshell or satin. At the same time, bedrooms and living rooms may be better suited for a softer matte finish. 

It's also important to consider the lighting in each room. Natural light can make glossy finishes appear even shinier, so if you have a lot of natural light in your home, opting for a less reflective finish may be best.

How to Prepare Your Room for Painting

Preparation, Tools, and Cleaning

Proper preparation is crucial to achieving a professional-looking paint job. First, clear the room or cover your furniture and floors with drop cloths to protect them from paint splatters. Remove all fixtures, outlet covers, and switch plates. 

Then, clean the walls using a mild detergent solution and let them dry completely. Any holes or cracks should be filled with a suitable filler, sanded smooth, and cleaned of dust.

The right tools make a significant difference in the quality of your paint job. For most interior painting projects, you'll need a paint roller for the large, flat areas and a set of brushes for detail work and cutting around the edges. 

A paint tray is essential for holding your paint, and a roller extension pole will make reaching tall walls or ceilings much easier.

After painting, cleaning up properly will ensure your tools are ready for future projects. Brushes and rollers should be cleaned immediately after use. If you use water-based paint, warm water, and a little soap will suffice. 

You'll need to use a paint thinner for cleaning for oil-based paints. Always rinse your tools thoroughly and let them dry before storing them. Dispose of any leftover paint according to your local regulations.

Remember, taking the time to prepare properly and using the right tools will make your painting project more efficient and provide you with a finish you can be proud of.

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect paint finish for your home is all about finding a balance between aesthetics and practicality. Consider the function of each room, lighting, and your style when making your decision.

And remember to prepare properly and use the right tools for a professional-looking finish. With this guide, you'll be well on your way to creating a beautiful and inviting living space that reflects your unique personality.




a collab with Groovy Hues

Friday, December 29, 2023

The Best Product For Dry, Damaged, Brittle Hair | Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength Fortifying Conditioner


I'm a hair product junkie! Having such difficult hair my entire life has led me down the road of trying out endless hair products, always looking for the next best thing.

Over the last couple of years, my hair has become even worse. It is now very fragile and brittle. With some grey hairs coming in and the texture seemed to change after getting covid in 2022 (not to mention extreme hair loss).

I recently stumbled upon Carol's Daughter Goddess Strength fortifying conditioner for weak, breakage prone hair, so I just had to try it. This products key ingredient is castor oil, which is known to make hair healthier and even aid in hair growth. 

I decided to start out with just the conditioner as I still have about 5000 bottles of shampoo to finish and I figured the conditioner would be a better gage of its efficacy.

 
Product Claims:
  • MOISTURIZING CONDITIONER FOR CURLY HAIR: Helps target weak hair, restoring intense moisture and strengthening hair so each strand is stronger from root to tip; Can act as a hair detangler so there’s less breakage and curls can keep its length
  • FOR WEAK, BREAKAGE-PRONE HAIR: Our paraben free deep conditioner for dry damaged hair, blended with Castor Oil, Black Cumin Seed & Ginger to support the strength of curls as they grow; Delivers 15x stronger hair & 94% less breakage in one use
  • COILY, CURLY, WAVY HAIR PRODUCTS: Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength created for natural hair and 4C, 4B, 4A, 3C, 3B, 3A, 2C, 2B curl types; Complete the routine: Curly Hair Shampoo, Leave in Cream & Hair Oil to improve manageability and frizz control

After the first use, my rough, frizzy and brittle hair felt like a completely different head of hair after blow drying it. My hair became smooth and soft, I couldn't stop touching it! My hair was much more hydrated and didn't feel as fragile and brittle. I did find that I couldn't go as long without washing it after the first use. I went 2 days without washing vs. 3. After my hair got used to the product, I am back to shampooing every 3 days now.

This product really lives up to its claims. It's my favorite hair product now and I'm definitely going to add the shampoo to my routine and I'm hoping my results will be even better. 

You can use the conditioner as a mask or regular conditioner.  I honestly could get rid of all my other conditioners and just use this one and feel my hair will be far healthier in the long run.

At only $11.99, you just can't go wrong! Purchased on Amazon.



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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Perfect Blend: Combining Privacy and Transparency with Glass Walls

Have you ever been in a room with glass walls while still feeling comfortable and secure? It can be difficult to find the perfect balance between transparency and privacy, especially when designing a workspace. Glass walls are becoming increasingly popular for offices, considering their benefit of natural lighting as well as their modern look.

In addition to these practical advantages, businesses have started using glass walls for another purpose: achieving both security and openness in one space. Combining privacy and transparency is possible with the right design choices — let's explore how you can have your version of this 'perfect blend.'

Getting the Best of Both Worlds with Glass Walls

To achieve both privacy and transparency through glass walls, one option is the use of smart glasses. Smart glass technology allows the transparency of the glass to be controlled by a switch, depending on the need of the moment. It can transform from being transparent to opaque, thus offering privacy when required while maintaining a sense of openness.

Privacy in the Workplace

While open-concept offices have become more popular, there is still a need for private spaces. Meetings, discussions, and phone calls are some examples of situations that require privacy. With smart glass technology, these spaces can be created within an open workspace without compromising on natural lighting or aesthetics.

Moreover, adjustable transparency offers employees the freedom to choose between privacy or openness while working. This autonomy can increase productivity and motivation, as employees can create a workspace that best suits their needs.

Transparency for Trust

Transparency is crucial for building trust in the workplace. It promotes open communication and collaboration among team members. With glass walls, there is a sense of transparency between different departments or teams, promoting visibility and accountability.

Furthermore, transparent workspaces offer a sense of equality, as everyone is able to see each other's work and progress. This can foster a positive working environment and encourage teamwork.

Enhancing Natural Lighting

Glass walls in office spaces allow natural light to permeate the room, reducing the need for constant artificial lighting. This creates a more comfortable working environment and contributes to energy efficiency. Natural light has been associated with improved mood, reducing the risk of eye strain, and promoting overall well-being among employees.

Building an Aesthetic Environment

Transparent glass walls contribute to creating a visually appealing and contemporary workspace. They add a sense of sophistication and modernity to the office design, making it aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, the ability to see through walls can make spaces seem larger and more open, eliminating the feeling of being boxed in.

Versatility and Customization

Glass walls enable a high degree of customization. The addition of decals, logos, or frosting can add a unique touch to the office space, reflecting the company's brand and culture. Thus, glass walls not only serve the functional needs of privacy and transparency but also offer creative possibilities to make workspaces more personalized and engaging.

How to Implement Glass Walls into Your Interior

Integrating glass walls into your interiors demands thoughtful planning and design to maximize their benefits of privacy, transparency, natural lighting, aesthetics, and customization. Here are some suggestions on how to effectively implement them in your workspace.

Consider the Layout

Start by assessing the layout of your office space. Identify areas that would benefit from increased natural light or visibility. Similarly, note down spaces where privacy might be essential. This will help you determine where to position the glass walls most effectively.

Choose the Right Type of Glass

Not all glass is created equal. For areas requiring more privacy, consider using frosted or tinted glass. For meeting rooms or collaborative spaces where transparency is valued, opt for clear glass. Using the right type of glass according to the needs of the space can enhance functionality while preserving aesthetics.

Use Smart Glass Technology

Smart glass is a great option for spaces that require both privacy and transparency at different times. It allows you to switch between transparent and opaque with the touch of a button, providing flexibility and convenience.

Incorporate Branding

Customize your glass walls with your company's branding. This can be done through decals, logos, or frosting. It adds a personal touch to your workspace and can reinforce the identity and culture of your company.

Work with Professionals

Consider hiring professionals for the installation of your glass walls. They have the experience and knowledge to ensure that the walls are installed correctly and safely, ensuring maximum benefits from your investment. A reliable glass installation company can also offer advice on the best type of glass and design for your specific needs.

In Conclusion

Glass walls offer a perfect blend of privacy and transparency, making them an ideal choice for modern workspaces. They not only enhance natural lighting and aesthetics but also promote trust, collaboration, and versatility in the workplace. With the right planning and design choices, you can incorporate glass walls into your interiors to create a functional, visually appealing, and personalized workspace for employees.




a collab with Gatsby Glass

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas 2023


I want to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas πŸŽ… πŸŽ„  

However you spend it, I hope you find time to have some fun, enjoy some good food, spend time with the ones you love, or just take the time to relax and maybe reflect on this past year. 

I know I'm already thinking, just a little, about a few changes I want to make in the new year like cutting out sugar again. 

As for me, I can't wait to relax and watch some movies and TV shows after all of the hustle and bustle of the season is over. 

Whatever you do, make sure to take some time for yourself with a little self-care.  I know I'll be treating myself to some much needed face masking, which I've been neglecting for so long now. I hope you can also carve out some time to do something for yourself. 


MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!


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