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My Clean Beauty Travel Bag + Favorite Travel-Sized Non-Toxic Toiletries

My Clean Beauty Travel Bag + Favorite Travel-Sized Non-Toxic Toiletries

I'm a proud ambassador for the clean beauty store Follain, which offers many of the brands in my travel kit! Enjoy 10% off your purchase through March 31 using the code FOLLAINFRIENDS. My travel bag used to suffer from Free Shit Syndrome. Everything in there, save for my razor, was something random that had been given to...
  • Upcoming NYC Sustainable Events, March 17th Edition

    Upcoming NYC Sustainable Events, March 17th Edition

    City Park Foraging Tours Weekends 11:45 am - 3:45 pm Because of the warm winter, many early season edibles are already around, such as daylily shoots, flowering hairy bittercress, lesser celandine, chickweed, curly dock and bitter dock, garlic mustard, rockweed, wild carrots, as well as common evening primrose. $20 suggested donation. Call Wildman Steve Brill...
    The Only Non-Toxic Makeup Artist in NYC That I Would Trust With My Wedding Makeup

    The Only Non-Toxic Makeup Artist in NYC That I Would Trust With My Wedding Makeup

    All photos by Lydia Hudgens  Yes, I want to look radiant and beautiful on my wedding day. I want my makeup to cover blemishes so perfect it's like they never happened. (#flawless) I want my skin to glow like I'm an angel descending from heaven. I want any under eye circles resulting from the welcome...
    There are Now 6 Eco-Friendly Nail Salons in NYC Where You Can Get a Non-Toxic Manicure

    There are Now 6 Eco-Friendly Nail Salons in NYC Where You Can Get a Non-Toxic Manicure

    If you didn't know from just owning a nose, conventional nail salons are incredibly toxic. The NYT Times details it here: “Big Job” employees are veterans, experts at sculpting false nails out of acrylic dust. It is the most lucrative salon job, yet many younger manicurists avoid it because of the specter of serious health...
    I Used to Douse My Hair in Chemicals. Now I Embrace My Natural Texture

    I Used to Douse My Hair in Chemicals. Now I Embrace My Natural Texture

    I was nine years old the first time I had my hair chemically relaxed. Out of curiosity, I experimented with weaves, wigs, braids and straw sets that mimicked my natural texture without having to give up my precious perm. Ironically, I was wearing my hair kinky when I landed my first network TV hosting jobs....
    Green Beauty Review: Love Goodly's Subscription Box Banished My Beauty Blahs

    Green Beauty Review: Love Goodly’s Subscription Box Banished My Beauty Blahs

    I've been underwhelmed by beauty boxes in the past, but when Love Goodly offered to send me a box of curated beauty, lifestyle, and wellness products by ethical and sustainable brands, I jumped at the chance. Over the holidays, I sampled the December/January box curated by actress Emily Deschanel, and I have to say, I...
    Review: Local and Organic Beauty by Captain Blankenship

    Review: Local and Organic Beauty by Captain Blankenship

    If I had to choose one place to get all my food from for the rest of my life, I would choose the Hudson Valley. Located north of New York City, this fertile area provides conscious foodies with a rich diversity of produce, cheese, dairy and alcohol. Not to mention romantic weekend getaways. Oh, and...
    Have I Told You How Much I Love Nordstrom?

    Have I Told You How Much I Love Nordstrom?

    When I heard that Nordstrom was dropping Ivanka Trump's cheaply made fashion line because of poor performance, I was gratified. Then, Trump tweeted out an insult at the department store, likely in the middle of an intelligence briefing, because priorities! Nordstrom's stock rose, of course. Because fuck that cheeto-dusted middle school bully. (Also, if you're...