The Cut: No. 5

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And just like that, we welcome November into our lives! Speaking of welcomes, we’re back to my monthly sustainable living blog post series, The Cut.

October flew by so fast and hard, I feel like pumpkins everywhere didn’t even have time to celebrate Halloween, haha!

Anyway, I’m happy to tell you that I’m continuing to find wonderful brands, products, and resources to help you live more sustainably! Without further ado, let’s get started!


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.


Who says sustainable fashion needs to give off that bohemian, Free People vibe if that’s not your style? In case you missed it, Net Sustain is a segment on Net-A-Porter’s website dedicated to sustainable yet luxury fashion! 

This portion of their site focuses on what you’re looking for: Locally Made, Craft & Community, Considered Materials, Considered Processes, and Reducing Waste. Hooray for environmentally-friendly, modern fashion!

Aurate New York

Aurate New York is a sustainable jewelry brand that cares all about quality, ethical sourcing, and environmental responsibility. I’m so happy to have found a modern jewelry brand that I would totally wear!

They are committed to using certifiably conflict-free diamonds and partner with suppliers who practice the highest levels of social, environmental and human rights responsibility. Modern jewelry style? Check! Sustainable practices? Check! Affordable? Double check! Sounds like a win in my book!


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!


This past summer, I received a giveaway package from Sona, one of my favorite beauty influencers. In it, she included a few pots of Colourpop eyeshadow. The pigment is amazing and so are the prices. In case you’re curious, their products range from $5.00-$23.00!

Are we surprised Colourpop is a cruelty-free makeup brand? I’m not. Their startup story was so fun to learn about and their success is incredible considering they launched in 2014!

Browsing their site, I personally like their Double Entendre Pressed Powder Shadow Palette and California Love Eyeshadow Palette because #NeutralsForTheWin!

You can purchase Colourpop products directly on their website or at Ulta.


One of my absolute favorite skincare brands is BeautyBio. I don’t remember when they first caught my eye, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that they’re in my life and that they’re here to stay to help me find my glow again.

I just got this Rose Quartz Radiance Set because when I learned their rose quartz is sustainably-sourced from their founder and CEO, Jamie O’Banion, I had to nab it! On top of that, they are cruelty-free as they do not test their products or ingredients on animals. Yay!

You can shop BeautyBio on their website or at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, QVC or Cult Beauty!


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!

West Elm

I’ve been a long time fan of West Elm. Not only to do they carry beautiful modern products for your home, their commitments are really about the well-being of others and our planet. They support artisan groups, participate in fair trade, sustainably source their materials, and educate their consumers. Check out this little diddy of an article from them: How to Create a Sustainable Home.

I also love that two of their 2020 commitments are: 1) all cotton in their bedding will be organic – 100% of it and 2) 50% of the wood they use for their products will be sustainably-sourced. How’s that for being an environmentally-friendly brand? Sidenote, if you ever get their catalogs in the mail, you’ll see little facts sprinkled throughout the pages too!

It seems like their sustainable goals keep getting better and better. And I love it when a company challenges themselves to grow and get better for people and our planet. It’s brands like West Elm that just make it easier for me as a consumer to live a more sustainable lifestyle without having to put much effort into it. I can only hope we get there sooner than later. I’m just thankful for companies like West Elm leading the way! I’ll share some items of their’s I have my eye on below!


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.

Waste Management

I stumbled across TerraCycle a few weeks ago and learned that they’re a waste management company who walks the talk. Their own offices are even made of upcycled waste! How cool is that?! I love that TerraCycle is providing a solution to waste reduction by offering easy-to-use recycling platforms. They’re also offering Loop, a sustainable shopping experience to help consumers move away from single-use packaging. I definitely plan on using Loop in the near future so watch this space!

They also have a directory of free recycling programs you can participate in to help our planet so check it out and let me know what you think! I plan on using the fabric care recycling program. Don’t be surprised if you recognize some brands you love. There are companies doing great things we don’t know about so that’s why I’m here, ha!

You can always contact TerraCycle and they’ll be glad to help you!

And that’s it for the this month’s The Cut!

Keep coming back to refer to these posts because I’m thoroughly enjoying finding amazing brands and products for you to live more sustainably.

If you have Instagram, I just cleaned up my highlights on my stories to better serve you on this topic. I hope to see you over on my Instagram so come say hi!

However, if you’re more into Pinterest, feel free to follow me over there because I just created some sustainable living boards. 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.

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, more mindful way of living.

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  • Laura Jane
    November 2, 2019

    Every year, I try to improve in living more sustainably. I’m also taking better notice of cruelty free beauty products. I haven’t tried BeautyBio before but it seems like a great brand for me to try. Lovely post 🙂

    Laura /

    • Huong
      November 4, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that, Laura! Personally, I know it’s hard to live sustainably 100% of the time, but to me, what matters is being aware of what’s happening based on our actions and just making the effort no matter how small our actions may be. If you want to try BeautyBio, I’d highly recommend you start with their Rose Quartz Facial Roller. I really think you’d be impressed with it! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts! I hope you come back soon! xo

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