My Opinion: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented® 2nd Skin Concealer (with before and after pictures)

I recently purchased the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented 2nd Skin Concealer and I love it. I have never owned a liquid concealer before (only powder concealers) and I love how blendable it is and natural that it looks. The product is vegan, cruelty free and fruit pigmented which is great. Here are before and after pictures of the concealer on me.

Before
After

Menstrual Cup: Pros and Cons

Recently, I began using a menstrual cup for environmental reasons and would definitely recommend it to others. I purchased the Sensitive Lena Menstrual Cup if you are curious. I purchased this cup in particular because it is made in California and the brand has a major focus on the environment. Here are a list of my honest pros and cons of using a menstrual cup.

Pros:

  • environmentally friendly (reuse don’t throw away like pads and tampons)
  • worry-free (can leave in for 12 hours at a time without leakage)
  • odor-free (menstruation blood doesn’t come in contact with the air when wearing)

Cons:

  • can be difficult to learn how to put in at first (I find the 7 fold the easiest menstrual cup fold for insertion)
  • need to be careful about cleanliness of the cup and your hands -> the cup goes inside of you so should be careful about cleaning
  • can leak -> if does not seal to the vaginal walls

Easy Ways to Limit Use of Single-Use Plastics

1. Use a reusable cup for coffee and tea

2. Use bar soaps, bar shampoos and bar conditioners

3. Use a reusable water bottle

4. Use a reusable bag when shopping

5. Use reusable produce bags for produce at the grocery store

6. Wrap gifts in newspaper

7. Use reusable utensils when out

8. Try to buy compostable/recyclable single-use products if single-use items are necessary

9. Think of ways to limit single-use plastic purchases when shopping

Why I Love Consignment Shops and You Should Too!

  1. Guilt-free shopping – when you purchase clothing at a consignment store you don’t have to worry about buying from and thus supporting a brand that is unethical and environmentally unsustainable. Also, purchasing secondhand clothing is eco-friendly because the clothing item isn’t new and didn’t have to damage the environment to be produced.
  2. Good prices- designer brands can cost upwards of 200 dollars and consignment designer clothing is only a fraction of that cost.
  3. Extremely fun- Similar to regular shopping, consignment shopping is lots of fun (if not more fun). No two clothing pieces are the same at a consignment shop so there is a tons of styles and variety to look at.
  4. Fashionable- Have you ever been to a store like Forever 21 or Nordstrom and not found anything that you liked? This dilemma is less likely at a consignment shop because since the clothes are secondhand, you know that someone liked the clothes enough to buy them previously.

4 Fashionable, Ethical, Sustainable and Well-Priced Clothing Brands for Women

When I first began looking for clothing brands that were ethical and sustainable yet were also fashionable, I had some difficulty. Many brands that I found were either on the way pricey side or were not my style. Here is a list of clothing brands that I have found that are fashionable and well-priced but also have good ethics and promote sustainability.

  1. Passion Lilie – has clothing that mostly ranges from $50-$100. Most clothing is for warmer weather and has chic prints.
  2. Thredup- large online consignment and thrift store with great prices.
  3. Threads 4 Thought- clothing mostly ranges from $20-$100. Great wardrobe basics.
  4. Pact- Most clothing is $30-$60. Great basic clothing.

A Basic Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Shopping

Whether we like it or not, our purchases as consumers matter. When we buy an item, we give our money and thus support to a company. For this reason, it is important to make informed decisions when making purchases and to buy from brands that promote being ethical and sustainable. Many companies out there in particular fashion brands are solely concerned with profits and in the process disregard their impact on animals, their workers and the environment. Here is a list of easy ways to shop ethically and sustainably:

1. Download the Good On You app – can search fashion companies and the app tells you how ethical and sustainable they are (can also search for specific clothing items and the app recommends brands).

2. Download the HowGood app- when grocery shopping can scan barcodes and the app tells you how ethical and sustainable items are (can also search for specific grocery items on the app).

3. Look for the Fair Trade logo on clothes and foods.

4. Buy from companies that produce items locally.

5. Buy organic.

6. Buy clothes from secondhand clothing stores ( thrift or consignment shops). My mom and I love consignment stores because they have cute designer brands at a fraction of the cost.

7. When shopping, bring reusable bags to put items in.

8. Buy cotton produce bags to put produce in when grocery shopping.