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I remember sitting across from my physician many years ago in my twenties and he said to me “do you work with chemicals?” I said “no!” My boyfriend at the time said, “yes you do?!” The Dr. said, “what’s your occupation?” I said I’m a makeup artist! He wrote down on his clipboard ..WORKS WITH CHEMICALS. It was the very first time as a young girl I even thought about makeup as containing chemicals. Back then it wasn’t really a discussion like it is today. But it hit me like a bolt of lightning.
Today’s consumer is much savvier and twice as demanding when it comes to knowledge of ingredients within products and expecting efficacy especially in beauty. On a whole, the beauty industry is virtually unregulated. Let’s say… Loosely regulated.
The average woman can apply over 500 chemicals a day before she leaves for work! Let that sink in.
I will leave this link below for those who wish to read a short page from the FDA’s actual website regarding cosmetics. It’s quite scary considering whatever we put on our bodies in the form of deodorant, lotions, perfumes, makeup, serums, hair products eventually get absorbed into your largest organ which is your skin and then travels through our bodies.
The FDA does not require any pre-market testing or approval before you purchase your beauty products off the shelves. In the US, many of the ingredients in the products on our shelves here have been banned in many other countries around the world like Europe because the scientific studies have shown that they could be linked to reproductive harm, neurotoxicity, and cancer!
CERTIFIED ORGANIC– A certified organic product must be between 95-100% chemical-free ingredients.
NATURAL PRODUCTS-a natural product usually is 50-70% chemical free.
So just take a second here, and read the above two sentences again slowly and take it in. The words that stick with me are “chemical free” So looking at this, to me says that either option is a head start and a good bet that the cosmetics that have not been certified as natural or organic. I have had so many conversations with people saying to me that something has to get you in the end and where do you draw the line? I will say- so if I go and now pour a small shooter glass of a known carcinogenic product and asked you to consume it would you? It’s funny when something makes you look pretty, is a pretty color, smells nice or tastes nice…Cannot possibly harm us? We choose to turn a blind eye.
So who is looking after our health and safety? Clearly, there are many professionals that advise us to use caution and purchase wisely when it comes to our beauty routines. Ingredients in our beauty cabinet and bathrooms contain certain ingredients are known to be endocrine disruptors, irritants even carcinogenic. So why are we still buying them? For those who may be pregnant reading this, this is super important you take note and reassess your beauty routine while a baby is on board.
Thank goodness some smart, caring entrepreneurs have our backs when it comes to beauty. There are so many eco-chic safe products that look good, smell good, work great and are safe for us to use. Below are some of my tried and true favorites. It’s time to go Au Naturel.
Whether you choose to do organic or all natural beauty, one of my favorite places to shop for safe products is The Detox Market. They have tons of products and are very picky about what goes into them.
It’s always an exciting time for brides-to-be! Not only are you constantly gazing at that gorgeous ring on your finger, but you doing lots and lots of planning for the big day…and celebrating! There are bridal showers to attend, a bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner! So, what are you to wear to all these fabulous occasions?
We have launched a new line of super cute outfits perfect all your wedding affairs! Choosing outifts we kept two things in mind: comfort and style!
Comfort is key! Whether you are mingling with guests or having a night on the town with your girls, you want to be comfy in what you are wearing. And you definitely want to stay on fashion trend while being sweet and adorable at the same time! Because many pictures will be taken!
Here are a few of our favs!
Rompers are super fashionable and scales high on the comfort scale!
Or how about a little shortie dress?
Swing in and let a professional bridal consultant not only style you for your wedding day, but for all your bridal celebrations as well!
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The weather may be heating up this spring, but that hasn’t stopped Sorella Vita from introducing a new color story all about icy pastel blues and purples. These cool colors are paired with updated sweetheart necklines made of silky chiffon fabrics, which give the gowns a distinctly modern style that will make even your most discerning, style-conscious friends happy.
In universally flattering shades of blue and lavender, Sorella Vita’s gowns are designed with the modern ‘maid in mind. Super easy to mix-and-match – not only in silhouette but with colors too – these bridesmaid dresses are fun and on-trend.
One of our favorite dresses from Sorella Vita is style 9094. With an amazing peek-a-book triangle back, this gown screams cool girl. The micro straps make this dress feel a little beachy, a little boho and totally modern. A sexy V-neckline in the front mirrors the triangle cutout in the back.
We also love how Sorella Vita is giving strapless looks a major comeback. Elegantly ruched tops outline modern sweetheart necklines, which give the gowns less of a traditional bridesmaids look and more of a fun party dress feeling — something modern bridesmaids will appreciate!
These new styles from Sorella Vita were made for the bridal party that brings the party! Fun and fresh, the color feels like a breath of fresh air, while the new silhouettes are modern and style-conscious. Perfect for the bride who wants a mix-and-match look, these gowns allow your bridesmaids to choose the silhouette they love in the colors of your choice! A win-win in our books.
When planning your upcoming wedding we know that every penny counts! Sticking to a budget can be tough as there are sometimes unexpected costs that catch us by surprise and so making savvy saving decisions throughout the year ahead can help your bottom line and still have you looking flawless on your big day. I mean we can’t put a price on beauty but we will smile so much brighter (AND WHITER knowing you look slick and chic on your wedding day without breaking the bank! The best thing about Drugstore beauty buys is that they always have sales like Buy 1 get 2nd one 50% off! So you buy more save more! Lol
I have so many more… however, I squeezed this list into a Top 10 (no particular order)