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Sep. 2
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!In the past, the chemicals within my nail polishes were the least of my worries when getting a mani/pedi or doing one on myself. Nail time has always been my relaxation period to decompress, take care of myself, and forget about the stress of the world. Because of this, I didn’t think twice about what my nail polishes were actually made out of. I had grown comfortable in my familiar products and doubted any actual damage that they could cause since I had used them for so long. But then I realized that self care has to begin with products and their brand values. How can I possibly make myself better if what’s being put onto my body is dangerous and perpetuates unethical practices? On a pursuit to dedicate myself to healthier self care, I did research. I found out that many popular nail brands test on animals or use them to color and dye products. I also discovered that the ingredients within many of my traditional nail polishes consist of toxic chemicals which doctors say can dry into nails and skin. Some of these ingredients included toluene which is believed to cause nervous system impairment, xylene which when inhaled can cause depression, camphor that can cause headaches and nausea, and more. Yikes. That’s where “10-free” nail polishes stepped in to save the day. “10-free” is a description for products that don’t include ten harmful ingredients that are oftentimes found within typical beauty products. Luckily, more and more brands are becoming aware of this and are taking the pledge to not use certain toxic chemicals. I’ve pulled together six independent nail brands that are making “10-free” polishes so good that you’ll never want to go back to your regular toxic products. Sundays
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Created by Amy Ling Lin in New York with the ideology that no one should ever have to sacrifice health for beauty, sundays nail polishes have created a wide variety of long-lasting colors without all of the toxicity. Fattys Soap Co. Heather Rai is the owner of Fattys Soap Co. on Etsy who makes nail polishes with crazy cool colors and textures to try. Reigning from Wisconsin, Rae’s 10-free styles are sure to have you completely obsessed and never turning back. Orosa BeautyOrosa beauty is actually 14-free from harmful ingredients and they call their list of toxins that they’re staying away from the “nope” list. Orosa’s line of colors are bright and poppy at affordable prices that you’ll absolutely adore.JLLacquer
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JLLacquer nail polishes are light and have a glassy and shiny finish to them. Polishes are made ethically by hand so that you know exactly what’s going on with your products. Colors are super classy and have rave reviews from customers.Aila CosmeticsAila Cosmetics was founded by a cancer survivor who searched for products that didn’t have to sacrifice health for beauty and function. Polishes are designed to not only give you stunningly gorgeous colored nails but also strong and healthy ones underneath too. Côte
No. 4, côte, cherie
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Côte products are some of the cleanest in the world and have humble beginnings with their founders Mary Lennon and Leah Yari. The brand’s standards are fixated on safety and quality through an array of different products to choose from. Whichever products you may choose to try out, consider prioritizing your self care and make sure to stan these amazing brands who are making a difference!
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Empty Bottle! 7 weeks after using The Ordinary ✨
Empty Bottle! 7 weeks after using The Ordinary ✨
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Mood booster lipsticks part 2
Mood booster lipsticks part 2
This color is beyond beautiful it’s such a great moody and elegant look. I like to wear this in the evenings when I go out to dinner or for a date night with my husband, this color will last me all day long and night I worse this exact lipstick on my wedding day and it lasted me all day no touch ups it looked great in the pictures it dint wash my skin out. I found my colors with the dark tones I thought they would wash out my skin because my skin is so light but it doesn’t and that’s why I love these colors so much The texture is also super smooth and drys quick My lips can get pretty dry in the winter but this lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips it feels hydrating
Mood Moosting Fall Lippies w/ lip swatches!
Mood Moosting Fall Lippies w/ lip swatches!
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DermDoctor Hand-Selected Skincare Routine 🔲 5 winners will be selected to receive the entire skincare routine below 🔲 Here's how to enter: 1. Follow me here (dermdoctor) 2. Comment any skincare question for our Instagram Live on 9/28 @ 9AM PST (IG: @doctorly) 🔲 Giveaway Prize: CeraVe - Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser I absolutely love this product and use it every single day. As someone with combination skin, it's not overly drying but you still feel clean after using it. It also doubles as a make-up or sunscreen remover. You can use this as the first step in your morning and evening routine. VICHY - LiftActiv Specialist Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoules Vichy really did it with this one. This contains 10% L-ascorbic acid, the best-studied form of vitamin C. It also contains hyaluronic acid and peptides. It serves as an amazing anti-oxidant and will brighten the skin and build collagen over time. Use this in the AM after cleansing. elta md SKINCARE - UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 You all know this is one of my favorite products of all time. It goes on without a white cast and contains niacinamide, which is amazing for acne and rosacea-prone skin. CeraVe - Retinol Face Serum Retinoids are the cornerstone of my skincare routine. They have anti-aging and anti-acne benefits. They fade dark spots and improve skin texture. This product by ceraVe is a perfect starter retinoid because it contains an encapsulated form of retinoid and licorice, which helps to calm down inflammation and fade hyperpigmentation. Use this at night after cleansing. Avoid this if pregnant or breastfeeding! SUNDAY RILEY - Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment This is one of the best exfoliants on the market. It contains lactic acid, one of the most gentle and effective alpha-hydroxy acids you can use in your skincare routine. It also contains licorice, which helps to fade dark spots and calm redness. This is best used 1-2x a week at night. Avoid using it on the same nights as your retinol. This product does contain lemongrass oil, which can cause irritation or allergy in a very small group of people (<1%). Always make sure to patch test. LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Ultra Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin This is a gentle, non-greasy moisturizer that's great for all skin types. The bottle is hermetically sealed to prevent air from getting it, which allows the moisturize to be produced with no preservatives. It's also fragrance-free. One of the best moisturizers money can buy if you have sensitive skin. This can be used twice a day. Giveaway Rules: Ends 9/28/2020 at 11:59 PM PST. Shipping within the USA and Canada only. Giveaway winners will be picked by cherie. #CheriePartner
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