• Beauty,  green,  holidays

    Color your hair, save the rainforest during the #PurpleForThePlanet campaign

    Color your hair, save the rainforest during the #PurpleForThePlanet campaign
    (photo by Christopher Alvarenga via Unsplash)

    If you’ve been following me for awhile then you know I’ve been slowly trying to green up my life. From buying less toxic products to finding new ways to reduce my trash output, I know that small changes add up to a big impact on the earth.

    As part of the month-long emphasis on Earth Day, I was excited to share some details about oVertone and their #PurpleForThePlanet campaign! First, a little about the company. oVertone is a hair color company with a twist: they offer vegan coloring conditioners that let you get wild colors in a way that’s healthier for your hair and for nature. No more extreme bleaching or faded color—just soft, shiny color, from pastels to vibrant hues. And no more animal testing or harsh chemicals! (Which are just as terrible for the planet as they are for you!)

    For Earth Day (April 22), oVertone is kicking it up a notch by partnering with Sambazon and the Rainforest Trust to save a piece of the Amazon rainforest. Here’s how it works: for each purple hair selfie posted and tagged #purplefortheplanet, Sambazon will purchase five acres of Amazon rainforest to be protected through the Rainforest Trust. Last year’s campaign protected 126,270 acres. That’s a lot of selfies!

    The campaign runs from April 22nd (Earth Day) through May 22nd (World Biodiversity Day). And all you have to do to participate is color your hair purple and upload a selfie! I know you guys are uploading selfies anyway, so you’re halfway there already!

    Since we’re talking about Earth Day and beauty products, I also wanted to highlight a few of the ways you can green up your beauty routine to be a little kinder to the planet. Obviously, my favorite way to start is by switching to products that eliminate animal testing and harsh chemicals. Brands like oVertone give you options for getting your beauty fix minus all the negativity! But there are a few other smaller ways you can make your beauty routine more earth-friendly, too:

    • Recycle your packaging—cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, etc. Don’t just throw it in the bathroom trash bin!
    • Find ways to recycle what’s not accepted curbside in your town. Some beauty companies offer recycling programs for their packaging. And if you have old mascara wands, you can send them to Wands for Wildlife, where they’re used to clean up baby animals!
    • If you shop online, try to place larger orders at a time so you get more items per box. There’s nothing I hate more than ordering an item and getting it in a giant box full of wasted packing material.
    • Find ways to repurpose what you buy and don’t love, versus tossing it. Some items pull double duty—you can reuse a hair conditioner as shaving cream or mix bronzer into too-light foundation. Just-opened items like perfume could be passed on to a friend.

    What are you favorite ways to green up your beauty routine? How are you celebrating Earth Day? If you’re rocking purple hair, let me know—I’d love to see a pic!

  • Beauty,  face care,  money,  shopping,  skin care,  Ulta

    How I scored a $400+ Ulta haul for $0.34

    Today I’m finally going over the details of my massive January Ulta haul! I posted about this on my Instagram stories but it just took me a while to put down all the details of what I bought, how much it cost vs. what I paid, and how I regularly bring home these giant boxes of beauty goodies for a fraction of their retail value. (This is not sponsored by Ulta, BTW, I’m just spilling the beans because I love shopping there so much!)

    Okay, so for photo reference, here’s everything I got. The value of this Ulta haul: $400+. The grand total I paid? thirty-four cents. If you’re thinking, “THERE’S NO WAY”, read on, and I’ll show you how I did it.

    Ulta Haul January 2019

  • bath products,  Beauty,  Christmas,  cruelty-free,  eye makeup,  face care,  gifts,  green,  holidays,  Julep,  lip color,  nail polish,  Zoya

    Christmas 2018 cruelty-free beauty gift guide

    I promised a cruelty-free beauty gift guide, and here it is…my favorite beauty gift sets for Christmas 2018! I’ve sorted this gift guide into four categories: stocking stuffers, save ($10+), spend ($20+), and splurge ($30-$50). There’s a good mix of skin care, color cosmetics, and more. And most importantly: everything is easy to order online from Ulta or Sephora (the two major beauty retailers here in the U.S.), with the exception of the Essence and Julep boxes in the “splurge” section, which can be ordered through those brands’ websites. In other words, you won’t need to jump through multiple checkouts or even change out of your pajamas to order enough gifts to cover everyone on your list.

    Scroll through to see all my picks, and click on any of the pictures to view them full screen. Elbow-deep in Christmas shopping? You might also want to check out my bookish gift guide, gifts for guys under $50, cozy gifts for almost anyone, and last-minute gifts you can shop online or at the drugstore!

  • Beauty,  eye makeup,  product review,  vegetarian

    Review: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

    Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara (review and pics!)

    Guys! I finally tried that $5 false lash effect mascara that the inter-webs was going crazy over. You’ve probably seen the posts going around about the Redditor who found a $5 drugstore mascara that offers false lash-like volume and drama. It sounds too good to be true, but considering that it’s only the price of a pumpkin spice latte, and considering I’m a huge sucker for good mascara, I had to pick up a tube and try it! Read on for my thoughts and before & after pics!

  • Beauty,  giveaway,  Halloween,  holidays,  nail art,  nail polish

    Halloween nail giveaway!

    Halloween nail goodiesHappy hump day everybody! I’m excited for Halloween being just around the corner, so I wanted to share a flash giveaway with you guys. This will only be open through Saturday, so get your entries in now! One reader will get the Halloween nail goodies pictured above, with polish, stickers, and glue-on nails to choose from to complete your Halloween look. U.S. readers only. Good luck!

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