All that Glitters: the Inconvenient Truth About Your Makeup

*Me, age 14, see below for details   Most shimmery and sparkly makeup contains an ingredient called mica, a natural mineral sourced from the earth. It is also used in electronics industry as an insulator. The problem with this beautiful, natural ingredient? Child labor. Roughly 60% of all the mica harvested world-wide comes from India where there are few laws protecting the children who often … Continue reading All that Glitters: the Inconvenient Truth About Your Makeup

LXMI

  Something I am working to do more of; actively seek out companies who have sustainable sourcing and strong ethical practices. Those requirements intersect in LXMI (pronounced LUXE-ME). The entire line is built around the prized ingredient, nilotica (NILE-oh-TEE-CA). It’s an incredibly rare form of shea butter that grows near the Nile Valley with a composition of 25% higher essential fatty acids than shea butter … Continue reading LXMI

Tiila Abbit: Founder/Creator of Aether Beauty

I arrive at Ritual Coffee in the trendy Mission District of San Francisco. Tiila (pronounced Tyla) walks in and warmly offers a hand and a smile. I am instantly taken aback by her cool girl swagger – she is everything you’d picture the creator of Aether Beauty to be. Tall, perfectly tousled hair, and a gorgeous swath of cool toned brick-colored eyeshadow framing her eyes. … Continue reading Tiila Abbit: Founder/Creator of Aether Beauty