Called to Action—How the LA Corps is Stepping Up for It's Community During The COVID-19 PandemicMeet the Los Angeles Corps and discover their mission to support the environment and their community.
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! During this time of staying home, staying safe, and slowing the spread of the coronavirus, life has changed a lot. It's scary and daunting and uncertain—and thankfully, the silver lining to all this is we have each other. In times of need, it's our community that we turn to for support. Strong communities are the cornerstone of our humanity, being there for one another so that we can get through whatever, together. It's also times like these where groups like the Los Angeles Conservation Corps step up for their communities in ways most people aren't aware of. In the spirit of Earth Week here on Cherie and talking about practices that bring us a breath of fresh air, learning about groups like LA Corps that actively preserve and maintain our fresh air is incredibly important. I spoke with Jeremy Minter of LA Corps to learn more about their mission and how they're helping the community during these trying times. What is LA Corps north star? Your mission and values that drive you?"Our main mission is to provide job skills and income to young people through conservation efforts. LA Corps works with youth between the ages of 14-17 and young adults 18-24. We help provide them with job skills training and look to give these young people on-the-job experience while providing them an income to help with their day to day life. We do this by conducting environmental projects around the city like tree planting, graffiti abatement, alley and street clean-ups, trail maintenance, wildfire prevention, and more. Through these efforts, young people are building skills that help them join the workforce in the future while providing essential services to the conservation of our local environment." What have you been working to support the community during COVID-19?"Recently for the Corona Virus pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom gave a call to action to conservation corps across the state to act as a sort of 'first responder' to our communities. So lately, we've been helping to provide essentials to our communities. For example, we recently partnered with Baby to Baby packaging diapers, cleaning supplies, and so forth, helping to distribute these goods to neighborhoods in need. We are also working closely with food banks to help support them with facility operations as they need during this time. We're also continuing to do our day in and day out maintenance of the city."How has the corps day to day changed with COVID-19?Keeping everyone safe is our first priority. We are adhering to all ordinances to protect our Corpsmembers and staff while trying to impress upon our young people that the work they are doing right now is so important to the community. They are part of something bigger than any of us and we value their commitment and their dedication. We are honored to be able to help out on the emergency response missions and continuing to work on some of our regular projects that help maintain community health and safetyAre corps members volunteers?The Corps offers young people paid work experience. A lot of our corps members come from challenging situations, so we support them with support services, training and education, professional development opportunities, and more.Why are conservation corps' important for the community and the environment?"We are important to the community because we are an organization that uplifts and empowers our people. We look to give opportunities to young people who may have been overlooked in the past or may need that second chance. With us, they get that chance, and they get the opportunity to look at their community in a different way, in a light of service. We're important to the environment because we do the work that needs to be done. Our corps is such an amazing group of hardworking people, and they're out there planting trees, maintaining trails, cutting concrete—this is tough work! We are maintaining the beauty of our city while mitigating pollution through tree planting and preventing potential wildfires by trimming shrubs. These are important things for both the safety of the community and the wellbeing of the environment. It's amazing to see the way our corps members' work directly benefits the communities they live in and serve."Why is it important for people to preserve the environment?"As people, it's important to be knowledgeable of the environment because we want this to be something to last for generations. We're already finding out that ice caps are melting at abnormal rates, climate change is happening, and that we're even losing natural resources and even some natural landscapes. If we thought they were important to us, we would take care of them for ourselves and future generations. Our corps members step in, so we can do this type of work and advocate for the earth. The earth can't talk and tell us directly to stop harming it, so organizations like us are here to step in the gap and say these things are important for us all, and we do what we can to protect it. We as a community and society should take care of the environment bc it's not just for us, but it's for who is next."What are some ways we can help supplement your work?"First, have a good knowledge of what's going on. You don't have to be a scientist and know everything, but to have an understanding of what's happening to the earth gives you a better idea of what you can do. After that, I think it's little acts that build into bigger impacts. From recycling at home, taking public transportation, and so forth. It's also great to get in contact with your local officials and council members to voice that the environment is important to you and that they should push legislation that supports this. Lastly, donate to organizations you feel are doing a good job in conserving our environment. Take the time to vet the organizations to see if they are doing impactful work in the community."How do people get involved with LA Corps ?- Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LACorps. - Participate in volunteer events - Partner with us through your work or organization!
Apr. 22, 2020
cystic acne progress
cystic acne is a journey like no other. It’s unpredictable and frustrating. But, you have to celebrate small wins whenever possible. almost 2 weeks ago, I woke up with my cheek severely inflammed having sprouted a ton of cysts seemingly overnight. big, red, painful ones. unfortunately, my cystic acne is very much hormone, stress, and diet driven which makes it hard to manage at times. today, I can finally appreciate that I was successful in bringing the inflammation down. eight days may seem like a long time but in the world of cystic acne, that’s huge progress! It looks and feels so much more comfortable. if you use tretinoin, stick with it! I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel and while no day is perfect when you’re prone to cystic acne, it does get better. feel free to ask me all your cystic acne questions!
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My well-loved drugstore makeup essentials
These are the drugstore makeup picks I ACTUALLY use! Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Tarte Shapetape Concealer. Even the latest launches from Rare Beauty have me swooning. But drugstore makeup holds a special place in my heart. Walking through the aisles of Target or CVS gets me giddy. Quite honestly, I count those trips as my therapy sessions. Plus, these are the places were I started getting essentials to experiment with when I was younger! My favorite brands to score from are no doubt Pixi, NYX, Essence Cosmetics, Sonia Kashuk, Maybelline and Covergirl. They’re just my go-to’s! They’re the brands constantly putting out dupes for cult favorites. Everything in this picture, I use on a daily basis. I’ve been going through Maybelline Lifter Glosses like they’re going out of style. I actually was responsible for my local Target running out of stock once...oops. Another new essential that’s crawled its way into my everyday routine is the Covergirl Cooling Glow Stick. It’s part of their new Clean Fresh line and I use it on my WHOLE face. Top tip: try it under your eyes over your concealer 👀 I’m still in search for the perfect drugstore CC cream, does anyone have any good recommendations?
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are pore bubbling masks worth it? 🧼🛁💬
since COVID has started, I know many people are on new (or refining old) skincare journeys and I’ve recently been experiencing some dryness/dehydrating as the winter rolls around, which also aggravates my already oily skin. I’ve worked in the beauty industry for a while and also was formerly an esthetician, so I can get picky with skincare and ingredients. ‼️for reference, my skin type is: combo (oily/dehydrated), formerly acneic, hyperpigmentation prone, and sensitive 🔬I’ve used Dr. Jart in the past and love that it’s a Korean, science-backed brand so I was stoked to try this Porecting Solution Mask! this mask promises fresh, clear glowing skin that deeply cleanses and purifies pores. the mask contains charcoal and saponine, which creates the bubbling effect you see in the above photo. this product does not contain sulfates, paragons, are phthalates. 🛁when I first took it out of its package, I thought there were *two* masks per package instead of one, but if you read the instructions, there’s actually a “mask film” on the actual mask itself that you’re supposed to remove, so make sure to do that! the actual mask is thick and full of product while the mask film is thinner and lighter in color. the directions also give you a tip to massage the mask to release the bubbling/foaming effect - I did this mask with my mom at the same time in separate rooms and she totally didn’t read the instructions so her mask didn’t bubble at all, so I would suggest to definitely massage the mask. 💬I left it on for 20 minutes and it continued to bubble about 5-10 minutes in, then stopped bubbling. you can hear the bubbles pop as the mask sits on your face, which is kinda weird but cool. the mask didn’t slip off AT ALL which is also a huge, even when I put a sweatshirt on over my head. after taking it off, the serum took about another 10 minutes to soak into my skin and my face felt super smooth and my pores looked tighter and more clean. I have a few sebaceous filaments on my nose that I sometimes pick at and as I was rubbing the serum into my skin, I saw that some of the sebaceous filaments on my nose were sloughing off (which is gross, but speaks to how well the product worked)! overall, I would definitely recommend and use this again! if you have oily skin or otherwise clogged pores, sebaceous filaments, blackheads, etc. I would suggest this for you. even if you have dry/normal skin, this would be a good option since my skin didn’t feel dried out at all afterward, even in my dry spell now, and felt rather hydrated and plump. five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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