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Getting That Clean Beauty Cat Eye: A Review of the 3 Best Non-Toxic Liquid Eyeliners

Getting That Clean Beauty Cat Eye: A Review of the 3 Best Non-Toxic Liquid Eyeliners

I do a cat eye. Always. Every day. Having tried all the other looks, four years ago I came to the conclusion that a firm black line that curves upward at the edge makes me look hot, and that’s all I need to know. Of course, it’s much easier to find a non-toxic pencil eyeliner than...
  • 11 Tips for Non-Toxic Wedding Makeup (Even With a Conventional Makeup Artist)

    11 Tips for Non-Toxic Wedding Makeup (Even With a Conventional Makeup Artist)

    What if you’re a clean beauty devotee, an adherent to the gospel of non-toxic makeup, but you want a professional to do your makeup on your wedding day? There aren’t many non-toxic makeup wedding artists out there, so chances are you might not be able to secure one for yourself, especially if you don’t live...
    Weekend Reading: The Debate Over Conscious Consumerism Rages On

    Weekend Reading: The Debate Over Conscious Consumerism Rages On

    Hi readers! I've had a crazy past couple of weeks. Here I am talking on Canadian radio about conscious consumerism! (Quick listen.) And here I am talking on a Dallas NPR show about conscious consumerism! (Long listen.) And a vlogger (who I know and respect!) did a response video to my article on conscious consumerism,...
    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...
    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...