The Cut: No. 3

The Cut: No. 3 | She Sweats Diamonds - Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo - Piazza San Marco - sustainable beauty - clean beauty brands - clean makeup - vegan eyeshadow

As we begin to enter my favorite season (to me, September marks the beginning of Fall no matter how hot it still is here in Dallas, ha!), we wrap up the first quarter of my sustainable living blog post series, The Cut.

Isn’t it crazy that three months have came and gone already?!

Once again, I’m SO excited to guide you on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle by continuing to introduce you to brands and products that are focused on our planet !

FASHION

Fashion is a large contributor to our landfills and pollution. To help our planet, here are some more great fashion brands you can purchase from and still do good.

Kayu
Kayu is a brand I discovered through an ad as I was scrolling through Facebook last week. I just love brands who support artisans. Not only are you getting ethical and beautifully hand-made products, you’re supporting artisans in other countries so they can provide for their families. Here’s their story and philosophy behind their brand.

You can shop collections from Kayu on Net-A-Porter, Shopbop, and The Outnet.

Stella McCartney
My first real, high-end bag was from Stella McCartney. My best friend had gifted me a snake print Fabella tote for my birthday seven years ago this October. It still remains a favorite in my closet and to know that this design house understands the impact fashion has on our planet makes me so happy!

Stella McCartney is a high-end sustainable designer. Did you hear me?! Because she’s been a vegetarian all her life, she is a cruelty-free designer and does not use fur or leather in her fashion lines.


BEAUTY

Since I’m a huge beauty lover, I’m super excited to bring you some clean beauty brands I recently found to experiment with. Feel free to play with beauty with me!

Nails Inc.
On the first issue of The Cut, I talked about finding a cruelty-free nail polish brand. Well, friends, Nails Inc. is another cruelty-free nail polish brand I found that I love! Give me all the pinky-nude colors, please!

I just ordered my first Nails Inc. bottle in the color Self-Care Sunday from the Sephora Beauty Insider sale (use code: SUMMERSAVE)!

Chantecaille
Chantecaille is a luxury beauty brand I discovered a few years back.

It wasn’t until recently that I started exploring their brand. And what do you know? They are very environmentally focused and are supporters of conversation! And if you’re looking for clean skincare products, their skincare line is free of Phthalates, Sulphate Detergents, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Palm Oil (which is huge!), Synthetic Colors, Synthetic Fragrances and GMOs.

Chantecaille is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. Check out their beautiful collections on past causes. I can’t get over how beautiful their products are and for such worthy causes!

You can shop Chantecaille at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bluemercury, Space NK, or their directly from website. And for my U.K. friends, they’re available at Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

The Ordinary
I’ve seen The Ordinary brand around, but it wasn’t until I found great reviews for their AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution that I decided to give them a chance. For under $10, I’m looking forward to seeing how it can help with my skin’s biggest issue: texture!

The Ordinary is cruelty-free, vegan, and does not test on animals. Check! Check! And check! If you want more information, check out the FAQ section on their website.


HOME

One of the biggest things I’m starting now before I buy a home in the future is to invest in items that are environmentally friendly. Here are my recent finds and don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing more eco-friendly household items as I find them!

Threshold
I’ve been on the hunt for a hamper for months. I’m a very indecisive person in general, so I’m serious when I say that my search has been long because I’ve been looking since Spring. I wanted one that was sturdy-ish, came with a lid, and not made from plastic. At first, I thought I wanted a hamper made of wicker. However, when I’d see them in person, the quality just wasn’t up to par…on any of them.

Lo and behold, on a random shopping trip, I came across this cute and collapsible blue floral soft-sided laundry hamper earlier this month and bought it right away! Not only is this cloth hamper cute, it’s on the sustainable side with a bamboo rim as well! Did I mention that it also has a matching laundry basket? Yeah, I might get it too because 1) it’s also collapsible and 2) I have to give “the chair” a break. You know, the catch-all chair everyone has in their home? Yeah, that one.

Apolis
You might have seen the Apolis brand around for the last few years. What I love most is that their Apolis market bag is reusable. When I go grocery shopping or hit up Target, I either use a paper bag or just carry everything to the car by hand. Hey, I have no shame in letting you see what I bought if it helps save the planet from one more plastic bag!

You can also get a market bag at Williams Sonoma for your trips to the farmer’s market on weekends! Or if you’ve been reusing shopping bags from Lululemon or Bluemercury (like me) to take your lunch to work, you ought to know they have a customized lunch bag as well! I personally love this detachable handle market bag in black.


BUSINESS

Believe it or not, you can run your business and become successful all while helping our planet. Check out these great companies doing great things!

EcoSet
I discovered EcoSet through an interview The Newsette team did with Zanna Roberts Rassi. EcoSet is an environmentally-focused service company. This LA-based company puts together events and productions all while reducing their carbon footprint! The resources they provide for their services are recycled and recirculated into the community as their focus is to avoid disposability.

What a way to change the way events, shoots, and productions are done! Of course, everything they do is sustainable and they’re owned by women.

Adam Apple
If you have a wedding coming up, consider Adam Apple, a sustainable confetti company. Yep. You heard me right! If you’re getting married or are celebrating an important event, instead of using rice, glitter or balloons, consider using biodegradable confetti. Adam Apple’s confetti is earth-friendly, meaning that they do not add any artificial colors or dyes. Two of their product lines are water soluble and safe for animals too!

I found this company through Victoria of Inthefrow. Have to give credit where credit is due!


INFORMATIVE ARTICLES/SOURCES

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

Book
I found Fashionopolis while browsing Amazon. If you’re a “real book” reader and love fashion, I recommend pre-ordering this book to understand the impact of the choices we make as consumers.

Digital Magazine
ELUXE Magazine is an online resource I discovered and might I say, I’m addicted! They focus on fashion, beauty, home decor, over lifestyle, and eco-travel. Yep, you can travel responsibly!

Just replace scrolling through Facebook for hours by scrolling through their magazine for hours, ha!

And that’s it for the first quarter of The Cut! I truly hope you’re loving this series because I’m thoroughly enjoying creating this kind of content to bring awareness for you.

So much so that I’ve created a few sustainable living boards on my Pinterest profile. I hope you’ll join me on that platform to get inspired to live a more Earth-friendly lifestyle!

What did you enjoy most from today’s post?

Feel free to let me know in the comments if there is anything else you’d like to see in this series!

Image taken by me. Eyeshadow shade is Piazza San Marco.

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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