Evelynn Escobar-Thomas on The Connection of Nature and WellnessMeet Evelynn—a purveyor of wellness through nature and founder of LA's Hike Clerb.
Though Cherie is a beauty app for beauty lovers, we also truly believe in our responsibility to stand for important causes. We're celebrating Earth Day all week here at Cherie with our sustainability awareness campaign called "A Breath of Fresh Air". This week, we'll be sharing different ways we can be, and provide, a breath of fresh air to ourselves and the earth. Think doing small activities like walking or biking instead of driving, or purchasing from brands that give back to the earth. After all, everything begins with us! Note from the author: In celebration of Earth Week, Cherie is talking a lot about what we can do to give back to the earth. While our duty to take care of the earth is an obvious one (it's our home!) I also wanted to share some ways that the earth gives back to us in unexpected ways; vis a vis nature, wellness, and mental clarity. Nature does so much more for us than we realize! I spoke with Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, founder of Hike Clerb, an outdoor hiking group for women of color, on why it's so important to include nature in your wellness plan. On Starting Hike Clerb"Hike Clerb started as an answer to how we could get more women, and especially women of color, out into nature. It was started to make the outdoors accessible to everyone, because nature belongs to us all. Growing up, I wasn't much of an outdoorsy person—it just wasn't something my family did together. Once I moved to LA as an adult, I started hiking a lot because of my proximity to trails. I realized that when I would go out into nature, I was often the darkest-skinned person on the trail—and if I was the darkest person on the trail, then that meant there was a huge population of people not outdoors. I go hiking all the time and really enjoy it as a form of exercise and wellness, but the trails were never diverse, yet nature belongs to us all... so where were all the people that looked like me? I started Hike Clerb for women of color to experience nature and find whatever that means for them, because nature has been so healing for me. It also exists to represent that ANYONE who wants to enjoy the outdoors can; you don't have to be in REI, or have all these clothes. You can enjoy it as you are."On Nature as a Tool for Healing"Nature has been a huge catalyst to me in my healing. Matter and energy are so different in nature's wonders and you can honestly feel it. There's a reason why people go out of their way to visit places like the Grand Canyon; it's of course a feat of nature, but whether people realize it or not, there's good energy being absorbed. Nature has really been a foundation for me to explore myself, learn about me, and provide clarity of mind. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I turn to nature to reset. Being able to bring other people into this journey has been amazing."
Apr. 20, 2020
On Your Wellbeing and Nature"Nature is an essential part of anyones wellness plan. With my hiking group, making nature accessible for women to get out there is the main goal so that they can add it to their own wellness plans. Being in nature is the primal state of human beings, so it's essential to carve out time to return to that original state. For those who might not think being in nature or taking care of our earth is important, know that seeing is believing. Experiencing is believing. I took my mom on a road trip last summer to Zion Canyon, and as someone who previously didn't see nature as something healing, after my mom experienced the energy around Zion Canyon, she understood how nature really can positively impact you. If you don't know why the earth is important, go out there and see it for yourself. If you can take the time to see what nature has to offer on all scales; from the geometry of a leaf to the vastness of the ocean, you'll see just why nature is so important."On Choices That Sustain You and the Earth"Little things like cutting down single use plastic and eating a primarily plant-based diet are a couple of things I do to be more eco-friendly. It's also important for me to choose beauty products that are made sustainably and have clean formulas. Choosing wisely, though small, really makes a difference on your impact on the earth's carbon emissions, because every choice is a vote in what you believe in."The Earth is For Everyone "Getting out into nature doesn't have to be grand trips; nature is all around you. Go to the beach if you're on the coast, a forest if you 're in a woodsy area, a park if you're in a city... nature exists everywhere for you to enjoy and take care of."Follow Evelynn on Instagram @evemeetswest and learn more about Hike Clerb on www.hikeclerb.com.
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Drunk Elephant- The Littles 🐘
I won this cute little kit in a raffle & I couldn’t be more thankful! I have always wanted to try these products but never wanted to spend the money on all of them incase I didn’t like them! Inside this kit are the following products: DRUNK ELEPHANT - Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser Deluxe Sample DRUNK ELEPHANT - B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Protini Polypeptide Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - C-Firma Vitamin C Day Serum DRUNK ELEPHANT - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil DRUNK ELEPHANT - Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 That’s literally a whole skincare routine! So far I started out my day with one of Drunk Elephants infamous “Face Smoothies” I washed my face with Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser & then combined C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, & Protini Polypeptide Cream together on my mixing trey with a disposable skincare spatula! I applied it all over my face & neck. Once that absorbed, I applied Umbra Tinte Daily Defense SPF 30 over my face & neck & was done! I love how the kit comes with steps to walk you through different routines you can use in the morning or at night! I will do a follow up review after I have used all the products for a few weeks! But so far, my skin feels & looks great! I have been breaking out lately & haven’t felt the best about my skin so I really needed this pick me up!! Thank you for reading! You guys are the best!! ❤️ @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Black Owned Makeup Look
So I decided to use the products I pictured in my first photo (minus my highlight shade and lipstick) I used the #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Palette[products]#[FiveStars] for my entire eye look. I definitely enjoyed these products. My only advice is to shake the UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation before use (because it can come out watery) but the coverage is absolutely flawless. I was shocked with the consistency the coverage I got. What’s your favorite black owned brands? (I do not own right to the song)
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
A Journey of Self 🌹
I figured Black History Month was as good as any opportunity to talk about my self finding. Growing up in a small yet old family, I always had questions about my roots and family history. I also struggled with self conscious doubts about my appearance. Why is my nose this big? Why is my hair this curly? Why am I taller than average? These weighed heavy on my mind growing up because honestly, sticking out sucked. So, I finally dove deep into my family’s origin and decided to do an Ancestry DNA analysis. I immersed myself with every corner of the site. I only got the chance to finish my maternal grandmas side of the family tree, but even that has plenty of gaps. Yet, when I received my DNA results I was stoked. Then I realized, I don’t know much about any of these places. So I dug even deeper. I have a little journal of things I’ve learned and want to know, but this was quite the experience. It was heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. I highly recommend for every race and background to do this DNA Test. The best part of this was scrolling through photos of the people of the respected countries I was DNA matched to. I swear I saw a girl who looked like me, but everyone else thinks I’m tripping lol. In the end, I’m satisfied with my results and findings. Relatively speaking, this way of self discovery has been the most effective.
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
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