As a Glossier Rep, I am obsessed with nearly all of their products. They are truly everyday favorites, and I constantly find myself reaching for them. So, it only makes sense that most of my makeup looks feature quite a few Glossier goodies.

When I saw fellow Rep Amy Serrano post a face full of Glossier on Instagram earlier this month, it inspired me to dish my Glossier go-to’s for all my followers, too! To recreate my look, begin with your favorite primer and foundation, then follow the steps below. Always remember to finish with a trustworthy setting spray.

Thankfully, all of Glossier’s products are super easy to use, so this look is definitely a casual go-to when I am in a rush to get ready. It instantly makes me look healthy and awake–not over done.

And, as always, you can save 20 percent on your first Glossier purchase, plus enjoy free shipping every time you spend $30 when you shop through my link!

Products I used:

  • Balm Dotcom in Coconut, $12
  • Stretch Concealer in Medium, $18
  • Cloud Paint in Haze, $18
  • Boy Brow in Brown, $16
  • Haloscope in Moonstone, $22

Step 1: Apply Balm Dotcom to freshly exfoliated lips. I use a combo of equal parts petroleum jelly and granulated sugar to exfoliate my lips, then I rinse with warm water to wash the dead skin away. Pat dry.

Step 2: With the forefinger apply Stretch Concealer to any blemishes, redness or dark circles. Instead of rubbing it in, try tapping it into the skin for more coverage.

Step 3: Cloud Paint is extremely pigmented, so apply several small dots of Haze to the apples of the cheeks and gently tap until blended. Then, add more if a bolder look is desired.

Step 4: Starting in the middle of each brow, apply Boy Brow outwards, then use the applicator to brush the inner “sprouts” upwards.

Step 5: Gently apply Haloscope to the cheekbones and orbital bones around the eyes, as well as the brow bones and cupid’s bow. Tap the outer edges with the fingers to blend seamlessly.

Step 6: Comb and curl the eyelashes, then finish with 1-2 coats of your go-to mascara. Mine is Roller Lash by Benefit Cosmetics or Voluminous Miss Manga by L’Oréal.

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Often the object of criticism for environmental advocates and enthusiasts, a handful of fast fashion retailers launched green initiatives earlier this year.

Last month, Haute Mess reported that retail giant Target announced a sophisticated plan to revamp its stores and increase sales, which includes a series of goals to better the environment.

Target revealed a new forest products policy and goals, including having full visibility into the wood contained in or used to make products sold by Target or used in its operations; implementing policies, practices and tools that facilitate the management of raw materials throughout the supply chain and across operations, and actively supporting efforts that prevent the destruction of forests and other natural resources,” reports WWD.

“Last year, Target introduced its reliable sourcing aspirations, which included a commitment to sourcing wood from well-managed forests. The retailer pledged to source for Target’s own brands wood from well-managed and credibly certified forests, and whenever possible, from post-consumer recycled materials.”

WWD also reports that Target will implement its policies beginning in 2018, with “a goal to have six of Target’s owned brands fully compliant with the forest products policy by 2022.”

The first products the retail giant plans to revamp are those containing wood or paper-based materials, like tissues and paper towels, wrapping paper, furniture components and clothing, according to WWD. This includes brands such as Cat & Jack, Pillowfort, Threshold and Smith & Hawken.

“This policy comes after Target announced its commitments to responsible sourcing, which focuses on improving worker well-being, achieving net-positive manufacturing and deriving key raw materials from ethical and sustainable sources. The retailer in January announced a chemical policy,” WWD continues.

Kelly Caruso, president of Target Sourcing Services, tells WWD that the retailer also plans to “target the rayon used in apparel, which comes from viscose, a forest product.”

“We’ll be working on the brands’ packaging, too,” Caruso continues.

The new forest policy comes a couple years after the retail giant announced that palm oil, which is “used in its owned brand food, personal care and household cleaning products, will be fully traceable and sustainably sourced by 2018, or sooner, according to WWD.

“When the retailer moves from raw materials to commodities such as beef and soy, it will look for ways to achieve zero net forestation.”

In 2012 Target also aimed to reduce the environmental impact of its production practices.

“Target piloted 10 best practices in three high-volume textile mills in China for a year. Realizing significant savings in water energy and materials, Target expanded the pilot to two additional Chinese cities in 2013 and is hoping for similarly positive results,” WWD writes.

Target’s forest products policy goal at a glance [source: A Bullseye View, Target’s official blog]

Swedish fast fashion giant H&M launched its Bring It On campaign in January 2017 as part of its Garment Collecting program, which began in 2013.

“Nothing is too torn, worn or used to get a second life. Not your lonely sock, your worn-out dress or your ripped sheet. Yet tons and tons of textiles—that could’ve been reused or recycled—are thrown away with household waste. Being one of the world’s largest fashion companies comes with great responsibility, and that’s why we launched our global garment collecting initiative in 2013. You bring your garments, we give them a new purpose. Together we can close the loop on fashion,” H&M’s website explains.

“We believe that clothes deserve better than to end up in landfills. So, for our newest conscious initiative we made two new designs in 500 unique pieces – entirely out of used denim. Because great fashion can be made from old clothes.”

Consumers can bring their unwanted garments to any H&M store to be repurposed.

“The garments collected that cannot be distributed as second-hand goods will either be converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths and upcycled items, or ground down and used in the construction or automotive industries as padding and insulation. Some garments get a new chance as textile fibers. They will be spun into yarn and used in the new H&M Conscious range,” the site continues.

“During the process, nothing goes to waste. The metals from buttons and zippers are also recycled. Even the dust is taken care of. It is pressed into cubes that goes to the paper industry as a co-product to cardboard. The very last remains of the collected garments are burned and turned into new energy.”

Garments part of the retailer’s Conscious range are denoted with a green label that reads “CONSCIOUS” on H&M’s website. The company insists it does not profit from any of the returned textiles.

“Revenue generated from collected items is donated to charity and invested in recycling innovation,” the website reads.

[source: H&M]

But, attorney and famed fast fashion critic Julie Zerbo, the voice behind The Fashion Law, argues that this is all a part of greenwashing: “the promotion of green-based environmental initiatives or images without the implementation of business practices that actually minimize environmental impact (or any of the other negative effects of fast fashion).”

“[Greenwashing often includes misleading customers about the actual benefits of a product or practice through misleading advertising and/or unsubstantiated claims. And swearing off the use of animal products.”

Last year, Nasty Gal, a web-based fast fashion retailer and notorious copycat, announced it would no longer continue to sell any items made with angora rabbit fur, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) “conducted an investigation of the angora wool industry, leading to allegations of harsh and inhumane conditions in which the rabbits used for angora are treated,” according to The Fashion Law.

“Much like H&M’s well publicized recycling efforts and its ‘Conscious’ Collection, and Zara’s new eco-friendly stores, such green efforts–including those involving animals–tend to come with downsides of their own, such as alternative motives, aimed at creating a pretty picture in the face of significant problems at the foundational level of such business models.”

Zerbo insists that fast fashion inherently has a negative environmental impact; eye-catching campaigns that claim to be environmentally conscious are really marketing strategies aimed at attracting consumers.

“Fast fashion is a dirty industry, second only to the oil industry, according to recent reports. In order to keep costs low, fast fashion suppliers and even the big-name retailers, themselves, operate in ethically questionable ways. As we have seen in a number of recent lawsuits, they fire pregnant employees to avoid paying health insurance costs (hey, Nasty Gal). They discriminate against transgender employees (hey, Forever 21). They target shoppers based on race (that’s you, H&M) and employees based on religion (and you, Zara),” The Fashion Law writes.

“Their suppliers routinely bypass important quality control and manufacturing health/safety standards because these practices are costly to implement and monitor and that would cut into their bottom line. Hence, the toxic chemicals in clothes, the frequent employee hospitalizations and the increasing number of fires and buildings collapsing.”

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Korean skincare and makeup has become so popular over the past few months! At first, I was super skeptical to jump on the bandwagon; I had never heard of–let alone used–any of the Korean brands I saw all over blogs, YouTube and other social media platforms. But, a video by fellow Glossier rep Amy Serrano definitely piqued my interest earlier this month. I completely fell in love with two things she showed: Holika Holika’s Pig Nose and TONYMOLY’s Water Bar.

When I explored a local Korean beauty shop, I also picked up several other products I discovered on my own. Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm in Joy to You, as well as collagen and hyaluronic sheet masks from Etude House, officially joined my beauty stash.

Poppy & Daisy on Fayette Street in Morgantown, West Virginia

Pig Nose: Pig Nose by Holika Holika is a 3-step series of pore-cleaning strips, like the ones by Biore. This 3-step system, however, allows for a much deeper clean and more effective blackhead removal than its Biore counterpart. Then, it soothes skin afterwards–a step Biore completely lacks. $3, Peach & Lily

Coloring Tint Balm: While Morgantown’s Poppy & Daisy stocks plenty of TONYMOLY, I could not find the one product I had on my mind: the Water Bar lip tint. Serrano raved about this nourishing, long-lasting lip stain in her aforementioned video, and it sounded right up my alley. As I continue to search for a good deal on this product online, I picked up Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm, a similar product. I got the color Joy To You, a bright reddish-orange hue perfect for spring and summertime.

The color isn’t as bold or harsh as a traditional lipstick or a liquid lipstick, but it is definitely enough to turn heads. This formula wears like a moisturizing balm (as the name suggests) with a fresh, blotted lipstick look–without the tricky, time-consuming blotting. I love wearing Joy To You with soft whites and frilly, feminine blouses (a huge trend this season). But because this tinted balm gives you that just-ate-a-popsicle look, it honestly wears well with just about anything. Missha’s Coloring Tint Balm is a comfortable and practical warm-weather alternative to lipstick. $11, Missha

Etude House sheet masks: If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know I am a total face mask junkie! Mud masks, sheet masks–I love them all! Sheet masks are huge in the Korean skincare realm, so of course I had to pick up a couple on my trip to Poppy & Daisy. While there were so many great options, I chose Etude House’s collagen mask and hyaluronic acid mask.

Collagen has unparalleled anti-aging benefits. Not only does it improve elasticity, it hydrates skin, plumping it up and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. This protein also strengthens skin, allowing it to better retain moisture long after the mask is gone.

Hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is intensely moisturizing. It is perfect for replenishing skin after a long flight or a night of drinking. Overall, you really cannot beat the convenience of these easy-to-use sheet masks. $1.30 each, Etude House

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[source: La Revêche]

Swimsuits are my guilty pleasure! There are so many fun styles out there, and only about four months to wear all of them where I live. But, that doesn’t stop me from experimenting with both new and old styles every year. Last year I was all about floral prints and neon colors; while I still love those suits, I am eager to add a few new pieces into the mix this year.

Pool and beach weather are rapidly approaching here on the East Coast; plus, I plan on visiting a friend in Los Angeles sometime in the next few months. So, I’ve gradually started shopping for swimsuits–not to mention, as temperatures rise I am definitely guilty of obsessing over my favorite swimwear designers via social media. Lately, I cannot get enough Minimale Animale.

Kaja by La Revêche: This suit’s simplicity and timelessness is nothing like I’ve ever seen in swimwear before. Putting it on instantly feels like I’ve transported to a small beach town on the Mediterranean where I can read good books and sip San Pellegrino all summer long. Even though that is certainly not the case, this bikini is a dream–and fits like one, too. The ruffles add a delicate touch to an otherwise minimalist swimsuit, white the off-the-shoulder style minimizes tan lines and draws attention to the collar bones. Of course, the muted color palette ensures a couple things: 1) that this suit will never go out of style and, 2) it will match anything and everything. When the sun sets, I will be able to throw a pair of vintage denim cut-offs over this bikini for a serious model-off-duty vibe.

Because this suit is so simple, it is also super versatile. Beach-y waves, oversized sunglasses and statement earrings not only dress it up, they personalize it, too. Even though weather is warm and humid, this bikini totally makes layering during the summertime possible. Everything from thick headbands to floppy hats to flowing maxi skirts will accent this swimsuit perfectly. No longer available, La Revêche

[source: Triangl]

Elisa by Triangl: Velvet swimsuits are totally new to me this year; I’ve never owned one before! The Italian velvet range by Triangl swimwear is so, so beautiful–especially in this jewel-toned midnight blue color that will look killer with a tan. This suit’s shape is super unique, too; the skinny straps (which are adjustable, btw!), low-cut neckline and cheeky bottoms balance the thick fabric and keep it sexy.

This has to be the most comfortable bikinis I’ve ever owned. And because it’s Triangl, I know it is topnotch quality. It won’t ever stretch or fade despite years of sun, surf and chlorine. $89, Triangl

Bella Body one piece by Nina Rosa: I stumbled upon this ultra-femme swimsuit while browsing Poshmark, and it is my best find on the app to date. I am definitely a sucker for handmade pieces (as well as swimsuits!) so the Bella Body one-piece was pretty much a n0-brainer for me–I fell in love with it almost immediately!

This suit is low-cut and the back is completely open, so it maintains a sultry poolside vibe despite the feminine floral embellishments. Plus, its cheeky cut couldn’t be more flattering. I cannot wait for weather to warm up so I can show off this one piece by the pool and on the beach. $50, Poshmark user ninaroserusso

The High Mirage Brief by Minimale Animale [source: Minimale Animale]

High-leg bikini bottoms: These have been everywhere this season, and I am most definitely on the bandwagon! High-leg bikini bottoms are super sexy–not to mention, a great alternative to tanga and cheeky bottoms. A solid pair is casual and comfortable, yet still puts an old-school spin on any bikini top.

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Friday, April 14 marked Coachella’s 2017 kickoff. With Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar headlining, more than 100,000 guests are expected to be in attendance after the Indio City Council voted to raise the cap from 99,000 to 126,000 last year, according to The Desert Sun.

The music and arts festival, which launched in 1999, seems to be filled with guests more interested in advertising and self-promotion than, well, music and the arts. While Empire Polo Club, the event’s venue, is technically in Indio, California, many well-known attendees refer to the location as Palm Springs, a nearby resort town about 2 hours outside Los Angeles by car. Every year it seems the entire West Coast (and half the East Coast) makes its way to Palm Springs for the 3-day-long affair.

Shea Marie and Jess Mair at a party sponsored by Revolve on the first day of Coachella 2017 [source: Instagram user @revolve]

A-list celebs like Emily Ratajkowski made their big Coachella debut this year, along with bloggers and YouTubers like Chiara Ferragni and Lauren Elizabeth. Of course, social media starlets like Hailey Baldwin and Kylie Jenner hinted at their attendance via Instagram, too.

Additionally, several big-name brands headed to Palm Springs for the first festival of the season. Revolve, a web-based retailer, enlisted the help of It girls like Olivia Culpo and Devon Lee Carlson to promote its brand with the hashtag #RevolveFestival. Carlson, along with her younger sister Sydney, also starred on the Snapchat account of online boutique Dolls Kill on Friday, the 14th. Later, the duo attended Galore magazine‘s party together. The sisters Carlson rose to fame after launching Wildflower, a brand of iPhone cases with a fan base that includes Miley Cyrus and Bella Hadid.

YouTube sensations Christine Sydelko and Elijiah Daniel used their humor to rep the popular app Grindr, while model Cait Barker and pals promoted Pretty Little Thing‘s joint party with Paper magazine. Other models in attendance included ARSENIC regular Kylie Rae and Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Grace Mejia.

The hard-partying gang that includes Jess Mair, Shea Marie and Caroline Vreeland were also eager to make their presence at Coachella known via their respective social media platforms.

Victoria’s Secret bombshells Alessandra Ambrosio, Martha Hunt, Josephine Skriver, Romee Strijd and Jasmine Tookes reunited in Palm Springs to promote their hashtag #VSangeloasis. Ambrosio, a VS veteran-turned-swimwear designer, gained a little extra recognition for her namesake brand Ale by Alessandra, sold at, you guessed it, Revolve. Sydney, the younger of the two Carlson sisters, actually sported a knit bikini by Ale on Friday, the 14th.

Rachel Zoe, famed fashion designer, businesswoman and writer behind The Zoe Report, hosted a party dubbed #ZOEasis on Saturday, April 15. Notable attendees like actress Kate Bosworth, supermodel Chanel Iman, blogger Danielle Bernstein (We Wore What) and Zoe herself took to Instagram to show off their looks from the second day of Coachella at Colony 29, a picturesque resort in Palm Springs.

Sydney Carlson in an Ale by Alessandra swimsuit, yellow bandana and blonde wig, captioned “#RevolveFestival” [source: Instagram user @sydneylcarlson]

Nonconformists coined the term, err, hashtag #nochella to mark their opposition to the hype that surrounds the pseudo-event, which Google defines as “an event arranged or brought about merely for the sake of the publicity it generates, especially one designed to appear spontaneous or unplanned.”

To any media savvy person, it is extremely apparent that these celebrities, starlets and brands use Coachella to network both in-person and through social media. Tiresome? Definitely. Unethical? In some cases. But, illegal? Not quite. In fact, the music and arts festival is known to take action against any person or entity that does illegally exploit its name or likeness for advertising/sales purposes.

A month before the festival began, on March 14, Coachella’s parent company Goldenvoice filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Urban Outfitters “for products sold and marketed under the Coachella name,” according to SPIN.

Urban Outfitters, in addition to its namesake stores, owns Free People, an upscale bohemian brand known for its festival-ready looks.

“The lawsuit alleges that Free People sold clothes specifically marketed using the word Coachella, which the festival owns as a trademark, including a ‘Bella Coachella’ line of clothes and a ‘Coachella Valley Tunic’ that has since been pulled off Free People’s website,” SPIN writes.

Furthermore, “the suit alleges that Coachella’s business selling its own branded apparel has suffered due to Free People’s use of the name, and also mentions exclusive contracts with H&M and Pandora jewelry to sell Coachella-licensed apparel.”

Free People and parent company Urban Outfitters, however, attempted to get around possible legal implications with the music and arts festival through “alleged use of  ‘Coachella’ in website URLs, metadata tags and paid Google keywords, so that products that aren’t specifically branded with the name of the festival would still turn up in searches for terms like ‘Coachella outfit.'”

“Incidentally, some parts of the suit read like Coachella is hoping that in addition to deciding the case in its favor, the judge will don his or her own fringe top and floppy hat and join them out in the desert next year,” SPIN reports.

“‘Coachella is about more than just music,’ one line [of the lawsuit] reads. ‘The festival’s venue also includes camping facilities for some 15,000 attendees (complete with a karaoke lounge and a general store), and an amazing selection of food and beverages from a wide range of restaurants. The festival also features an extensive art exhibit which includes many pieces of art (including sculpture and so-called ‘interactive’ art). The music, the food, the art and, of course, the fellowship of other attendees, taken together, makes Coachella more than just a concert to attend—it truly is an experience.’”

From the looks of this lawsuit, it seems Coachella itself has not only acknowledged, but embraced the changing scope of its famous festival. Judging by its promptness in filing lawsuits, Coachella is quick to call out companies illegally cashing in on its trademarked name and copycat-prone likeness.

Free People’s “Coachella Valley Tunic” [source: Pinterest]

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