Indie Makeup Brand Spotlight Week 1

By: Dr. Stephanie “Steff” Garcia

I have been waiting weeks to do this blog! Back in July I decided I wanted to spotlight indie makeup brands on my social media platforms. It’s taken me longer than I anticipated to get this initiative together, but I’m so happy to finally be here sharing with you all! 

I want to say a special THANK YOU to Ariel and Adley, the founders of Motivate The Earth, an Instagram account and YouTube channel that focuses on indie makeup brands. These young, Latina women have inspired me to buy more beauty products from independently owned beauty companies. They consistently feature new beauty brands, products, demos and reviews on their social media accounts. Check them out, links are below! 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdS9iSVrSUJbhcQ98Z7iGaw

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/motivatetheearth/

This indie makeup blog will extend over the next two-three weeks. I should have corresponding videos posted over the next couple weeks as well. Hopefully you all will be inspired to purchase from more independently owned brands not just in beauty, but for everyday products too. Small businesses need our support now more than ever! 

Glamlite Cosmetics

Glamlite was founded by Gisselle Hernandez, a Dominican immigrant whose passion for pizza was parlayed into the creation of Glamlite Cosmetics. Glamlite Cosmetics launched with the Pizza Palette, an 18 pan eyeshadow palette that looks exactly like a pizza would. I’ve had this palette in my stash for a while and it is so much fun to work with. The packaging and quality of Glamlite is incredible! They really pay attention to all the fine details and give their customers an almost edible foodie experience through makeup. Check out more from Glamlite at the link below and also check out some of my YouTube videos featuring Glamlite Cosmetics.

https://glamlite.com/

Loca Lashes Co.

This Latina owned beauty brand out of California began with lashes; and lots of them! Today the brand has expanded their product offering to include eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks, brow products, and more. About a month ago I purchased the Loca Lashes Co. Conchas Locas Palette and what a beauty it is! I have already filmed a look using this unique palette and that will be on my Youtube channel later this week.  Below are some photos I took of the Conchas Locas palette. If you would like to support this up-and-coming indie makeup brand, you can do so by shopping at the link below.

https://localashesco.com/

Killer Queens Cosmetics

Another Latina owned beauty brand, Killer Queens Cosmetics was founded by Kristen Lopez, who aspired to create a brand that focused on unique colors, formulas, and makeup that truly tells a story. This cruelty-free, vegan friendly beauty brand contains eyeshadow palettes, loose pigments, lashes, and more. I’ve had the opportunity to purchase a few items from Killer Queens Cosmetics and I must say the Neon Loose Pigment Stacks are definitely my favorite! I’ll be uploading a video to my YouTube channel very soon using some of my Killer Queen Cosmetics products, stay tuned!

https://www.killerqueenscosmetics.com/

Must Have Facial Masks for Your Skincare Routine

By: Dr. Stephanie A. Garcia

Facial masks have many benefits no matter what skin type or concerns you have. I frequently use various types of facial masks sometimes in the morning, but most often in the evening to improve the appearance of my skin. Today, I’ll be sharing my current, ride or die favorites that are in my skincare stash.

Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask, $68

This is a beautiful mask not just in its benefits but in its application as well. The Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask has been a staple in my skincare routine for the last three years. This is a great mask to use in the morning, if you have time. It provides many anti-aging properties such as giving a brightening effect, reducing the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone, and diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. My skin always looks so radiant and hydrated after using this facial mask. I use a small paddle brush to apply and leave on for 20 minutes. I typically use this mask once a week. 

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, $26

This mask has been in my stash for many years, at least ten if memory serves me correctly. I use this beauty once a week, always at night time. This mask works to draw out impurities along with dirt and gunk that gets trapped in pores. I apply this using a paddle brush and primarily focus it on my cheeks and t-zone where I have larger, visible pores. I am a normal-to-oily skin type, and this little mask is a must have that helps keep my skin clear and balanced. 

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask, $49

One of my favorite things to use is an overnight sleeping mask. The one I really love at the moment is the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask. Anything with retinol is going to be of great benefit to everyone! Retinol is an amazing ingredient that helps to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, and also works to exfoliate the skin. I tend to just use retinol at night and go with Vitamin-C in the morning. I apply this mask after using all my nighttime skincare products. It is a thick cream, but that’s what you want because it needs to last the duration of the night. This can be used every night, but I limit it to twice a week. 

Farmacy Honey Potion, $38 

The Farmacy Honey Potion mask is a unique formula that warms as you work into a lather. After it warms and turns white, leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off to reveal glowing, healthy looking skin. This unique mask targets fine lines, dryness, and loss of firmness. I have been so happy with this little beauty, as I have been with all my other Farmacy skincare products. This has a clean, very short ingredient list as well. 

Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches, $18

Don’t forget about your eyes, they need lots of love too! I enjoy using the Good Molecules Caffeine Energizing Hydrogel Eye Patches whenever I wake up with tired eyes. If you battle with dark circles, puffiness, or just didn’t get a good night’s sleep, you’ll want these little gems in your stash! I keep mine in my Cooluli Mini Refrigerator and boy do they feel good when I apply them! Leave these eye patches on for 10 minutes to reveal hydrated, wide-awake eyes. 

Pixie Cut Must Haves | Five Products and Tools to Add to Your Stash Today

By: Dr. Stephanie “Steff” Garcia

Short hair is fun, easy, and sexy! Styling it should be a no brainer too! For the last couple months, I’ve enjoyed styling my new pixie using a few key products and tools. I do want to mention that if you have color treated hair, you’ll want to use products that help to enhance that color and protect it. Here are a few of my “must have” pixie cut items.

Heat Protector 

Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean it’s immune to damage. In fact, shorter hair often amplifies damage, split ends, and dryness more so than long hair. I’ve been loving the Living Proof Restore Instant Protection spray ($28), because I can spay it on my damp or dry hair. This product has a pleasant scent and a little goes a long way. I like this product because it also provides UV protection, meaning it protects my hair from sun damage. 

Leave-In Conditioner 

All hair needs hydration, no matter what the length and type. I’ve enjoyed using the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner ($20) for at least a year now. This product contains no sulfates, silicones, or parabens. It DOES contain Argan oil, Coconut oil, and Rosehip oil to nourish and hydrate. I use this product on clean, towel-dried hair. It does not cause oiliness nor does it weigh my hair down. I use this product in conjunction with a platinum blonde color protecting spray and it works just fine. A leave-in conditioner is crucial for those of you who regularly color treat your hair or expose it to heat styling. 

Wax/Pomade

No pixie cut would be complete without an amazing wax, pomade, and/or paste. I have two that I am going to share with you. These have been my go-to styling gems for the past couple months, and I would be lost without them. Other than hairspray, these are the only styling products I use. 

First up is the KENRA Platinum Texturizing Taffy ($22). I bought this first because of its lavender color (which is good for platinum hair), and second for its claims. This was my first KENRA experience but it’s definitely not going to be my last! This taffy allows me to easily slick down the sides of my hair and spike up the top. It’s sticky, but in a good way. 

The second product I’ve been loving is the Aquage Transforming Paste Lite ($24). This product adds the perfect amount of texture to my hair to give it a soft, piecey look. If you have fine hair, this is the product for you! It also works well on medium to longer length hair. 

Hairspray

Hairspray is a must for working with short hair. Sometimes you just need those tiny pieces to lay in place or the spikes to stay up! I have one hairspray that I use on almost a daily basis and that’s the Sexy Hair Texture High Tide Hairspray ($19.95). This provides a medium hold, but gives my hair a beachy type of look (especially when it was longer). It also adds body and volume to my fine hair. I’ve used this hairspray for over a year now and I couldn’t be happier with it! 

Mini Flat Iron

I’ve had the same mini flat iron for the last six to seven years and while I haven’t used it daily that entire time, I have been using it a lot more now that I have this pixie cut. The BabylissPro Mini Straightening Iron, $34.99, has ½ inch titanium/ceramic plates and comes with a travel pouch. This is the PERFECT size for any pixie do. I use a heat protectant glove just to be able to maneuver the iron more easily through my hair. Mini flat irons are great for any short haircut and of course bangs. You can even use it to curl hair as well. This mini BabylissPRO heats up pretty quick too.