The Cut: No. 1

The Cut: No. 1 - Sustainable Living TIps | She Sweats Diamonds

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. —Robert Swan

This past Spring, I revealed to you one of my biggest passions in life: sustainable living. It was time to show you another facet of me and what I’ve been passionate about since I was a child.

Because many of you are ethical consumers, especially when it comes to beauty, I wanted to do my part to create more content around sustainable living.

After thinking about how to raise awareness on this topic, I decided to create a monthly blog post series called The Cut.

This series is called The Cut as I wanted it to tie back to my She Sweats Diamonds brand. To me, sustainable living is just one cut of your entire life. It is my hope that by doing this series, you will take steps to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle with me.

Am I saying that you should adopt this lifestyle in its entirety?

Yes and no. Yes, because we need to do what we can and it does start with us to voice what we want from brands. And no, because we can only do so much.

Let’s be real. Brands and companies need to be the leaders in sustainability to a point where we live the lifestyle without thinking about it as consumers.

In order to do that, we need to push brands to take the lead.

If companies want to be successful and still have a place to run their business, they’re going to have to listen to their customers sooner or later.

With that said, I will publish an article about my finds in various industries at the end of each month. My goal with this series is to share with you amazing companies that are focused on ethical living and business practices. Some may not have a written sustainable “mission” per se, but I still want to share their ideas that I feel contribute to eco-living.

For the first post in this series, I wanted to share four brands that I’m LOVING so let’s get started!



I discovered Safira jewelry on Tumblr just this week. After seeing this very summery vibe image of a woman wearing layered necklaces, I wanted to find the source to see if I could add some new pieces to my wishlist.

And what do you know, they’re a sustainable jewelry brand! Naturally, I created an account just to put a lot of pieces in my shopping cart, ha!

Trust me, they have a huge selection and if you love barely-there, dainty, and classic jewelry, they are it! Style and eco-friendly? Finally!


I came across SummerSalt through Lauren Gores recently and love what they do! SummerSalt makes swimwear out of recycled materials! And their swim line is super cute too! Their suits are tested in chlorinated water and are made with  UPF 50+ protection.

You can tell by browsing their website, they have done their homework and truly care about the well-being of their customers as well as the health of our environment.



Static Nails is a beauty brand focused on reusable pop-on nails. In high school, I used pop-on nails, but they damaged my nails so much that I hadn’t worn them since then. In college, I just started to paint my own nails as I couldn’t afford to get manicures.

Within this last year, I went to get my first, very much-needed manicure. As lovely an experience as it was, it’s not something I can see doing every few weeks since my nails grow very fast.

In comes Static Nails! They’re made here in the United States (woohoo!), are cruelty-free, vegan, non-toxic, and very modern.

I mean, check out these amazing manicures!

I just ordered their Liquid Glass Lacquer Perfect Nudes Palette and I cannot wait! I mean, neutral nail polish made in the U.S. for the win! This neutral kit will be reviewed so I’m very much looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you!


To continue to keep you informed and make better choices for our planet, here are some fascinating sources and/or articles I found regarding sustainable living.


Ethical Elephant is a fantastic blog dedicated to living a cruelty-free and vegan lifestyle. While my lifestyle is different, I love that they care to create content around sustainable fashion and beauty. The bonus? They have an extensive list of cruelty-free beauty brands from Sephora to drugstore to a complete vegan list. On top of that? They also have a list of brands that DO test on animals. All in one spot.

Now that you know this, please join me in sharing your voice to these companies to get them to change their business practices. Many of them are luxury brands I love and adore. And because I use their products, I also want to make it known that I will be sharing how I feel about their practices.

And that’s it for the first post of The Cut! I hope you enjoyed this post of my newest series!

What do you think of these brands? Please let me know in the comments if there is anything you’d like to see in this series!

Image via Static Nails

Note: Please note that there’s a website called The Cut that covers a ton of topics for women including fashion and beauty. My blog post series is in no relation to The Cut website as it only focuses on sustainable living.

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  • Eleonora
    June 28, 2019

    I am personally interested in adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Every day I try to choose the sustainable option of food, products and clothes, but I find it really hard to distinguish whether a brand can be defined sustainable or not, especially with big chains. Thank you for posting this article, it indeed helps me a lot! Also, not a lot of bloggers like to talk about this topic and I am glad you decided to bring up this issue and give new tips!
    xx Ele

    • Huong
      July 23, 2019

      I’m SO glad to hear that, Ele! It is hard. Part of me knows brands just slap labels on to keep up (have you noticed everything has a gluten-free label? I mean, duh. Even frozen veggies have them!). I’m very happy to hear that this article helps a lot. Stay tuned for more!

      Thanks SO much for stopping by. It means a lot to me! x

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