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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...
  • Weekend Reading: the Health Department Doesn't Want You to Panic, but...

    Weekend Reading: the Health Department Doesn’t Want You to Panic, but…

    Hey readers, I’m in the Dominican Republic for the next five days, checking out its natural wonders. Follow along on Instagram! The two other founders of the Ethical Writers Coalition and I shared the why and how of our group, plus why ethical bloggers are so much better to work with! | Rank & File...
    8 Places to Get Eco-Friendly Bedding, Sheets, Linens, and Towels

    8 Places to Get Eco-Friendly Bedding, Sheets, Linens, and Towels

      What a difference good organic sheets make. Perhaps I shouldn’t tell you the best sheets, because I know you’re busy. And when you have really good sheets, they make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. Yes, I will blame my recent tendency to hit the snooze button on all the...
    Forget the Slogan T-Shirt: Feminism Is Educating Female Garment Workers

    Forget the Slogan T-Shirt: Feminism Is Educating Female Garment Workers

    The big problem with typical feminist statement tees is that many are made by young women in sweatshops, which completely undercuts the message. Still, what to do instead? Advocates for the rights and wages of female garment factory workers in Asia find themselves caught in a moral double bind. On the one hand, we don't...
    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...
    Weekend Reading: I'm Obsessed With Emma Watson's New Instagram Account

    Weekend Reading: I’m Obsessed With Emma Watson’s New Instagram Account

    Hi readers! What are you up to this weekend? I’ll be working this weekend trying to get as much done as possible before I head to the Dominican Republic for a week on Thursday. The tourism board there is eager to show off the island’s sustainable side on the North Coast. My fiancé and I actually...
    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....
    22 Must-Haves for Eco-Friendly Travel

    22 Must-Haves for Eco-Friendly Travel

    Planning your next trip? Here are some suggestions to make your travel more eco-friendly. Most of these are simple sustainable switches which allow you (and me) to adjust items we all eagerly engage with to a kinder, greener option which is better for you, the planet and her inhabitants, so we might enjoy your journey...