Monthly Resource Collection May 2021

My newest obsession (aside from quitting coffee- which is going amazing by the way) is learning about how beauty, health, and wellness spaces have been colonized and therefore systematically made inaccessible to many people because of varying identities. I’ve been seriously studying this topic because it inherently intersects with just about every “ism.”

As a beauty professional (but also just as a human committed to social change) I believe it is so important I make the effort to understand how beauty, health and wellness practices have been stolen and appropriated from different cultures and religions, but also how these sectors of business have been whitewashed and healing has been constructed as a privilege for the few. These practices have very real and dangerous ripple effects on the mental and physical health of our society, affecting some much more than others.

Currently I feel like I’m constructing my own college semester (or several semesters) consisting of books, podcasts, webinars, documentaries, and articles created by BIPOC, people of various body sizes and shapes, disabled folks, and LGBTQIAA+ folks to try to learn from those who have not been placed conveniently in the front and center of the behemoth which is our current beauty, health and wellness industrial complex.

I’ve been on my fitness, health and wellness journey for years, focusing on the physical components. As I transition into a me that still loves moving my body, but is much more focused at this time on working on my mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness I think it is imperative to seek out a wide range of perspectives as teachers. People who specifically consider and recognize intersectionality and social systems as inextricably entwined with our healing and wellness. Individually, and as a collective. Healers who understand the implications these systems have on physical bodies.

If you were to look at my home library, I’d like to think the diversity of voices there is great. But when I started looking at the wellness / self improvement section of my collection, the majority are written by cisgender, non-disabled, White women, with some cisgender, non-disabled White men sprinkled in there. I didn’t have ONE book on business, self improvement, fitness or veganism written by a Mexican (my other half). What a disgrace.

Instead of feeling disempowered or guilty, I instantly saw a huge blind spot in my learning and turned it into an opportunity for change and growth, that hopefully I can share with you. There are so many more amazing authors, teachers, badass fitness instructors, vegans, and holistic health practitioners that want to share their gifts with us. Unfortunately, it takes more than diversifying our social media accounts to find many of them. It takes effort. Research. Time and energy. It takes paying them for their services if you are able. Until one day when finding a Latina business coach with a emphasis on holistic wellness from an intersectional perspective becomes as easy as finding a White woman on social media, eager to help you lose weight.

These are the resources I found particularly enlightening this month, but there are many more coming.

Books:

The Body Is Not An Apology, Sonya Renee Taylor

Every. One. With. A. Body: READ THIS BOOK! I received it with my monthly subscription to http://www.feministbookclub.com and oh my, did it deliver. Taylor posits that in order to dismantle systems of oppression we must learn to practice “radical self-love.” This is different than self-acceptance, confidence, or even self esteem, which she argues are not “scalable,” but restricted to the individual. When we work to unlearn and dismantle the systems that have taught us not to love our own bodies this will translate into empathy for bodies different than our own, and ultimately help to create a world where hate and terrorism against bodies will no longer be acceptable or common practice.

When we speak of the ills of the world – violence, poverty, injustice – we are not speaking conceptually; we are talking about things that happen to bodies… Racism, sexism, ableism, homo-and transphobia, ageism, fatphobia are algorithms created by humans’ struggle to make peace with the body. A radical self-love world is a world free from the systems of oppression that make it difficult and sometimes deadly to live in our bodies.”

Check out Sonya Taylor: https://www.sonyareneetaylor.com

Vibrate Higher Daily, Lalah Delia

Lalah Delia is a “spiritual writer, wellness educator, and certified spiritual practitioner.” She is such a light in the world and I am so glad I am learning from her! This book is an overview of her concept of “vibrating higher daily” which is essentially a way of existing in the world in a positive and enlightened way that draws you closer to your purpose, the collective, and the “divine” in order to use your gifts to create a better world.

Lalah Delia also teaches amazing webinars on everything from energy cleansing to divine timing. I signed up for her monthly subscription at https://www.vibratehigherdaily.com and I have been extremely happy with the amount and quality of content available for the $22 / month. I highly recommend!

Podcasts:

Shine Brighter Together Podcast with Monique Melton
Season 3, Episode 29: “Do Better w Rachel Ricketts”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shine-brighter-together/id1464945623?i=1000518800938

Latino USA
5/21/21: “Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/latino-usa/id79681317?i=1000522634422

No Meat Athlete Radio
5/13/21: “NMA Chats: On Being a Vegan Activist in the Black Community with Jasmine C. Leyva”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-meat-athlete-radio/id476196931?i=1000521580114

Get Loved Up with Koya Webb
Season 2, Episode 47: “11 Rituals to Raise Your Vibration”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/get-loved-up-with-koya-webb/id1455677259?i=1000470869132

Black Girl in Om Podcast
12/17/29 59. #55. “Creating Space To Expand: A Live Conversation with Rachel Cargle”

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/black-girl-in-om/id1117951237?i=1000459859296

Real Food Reads Podcast
Episode 22: “Decolonize Your Diet: Luz Calvo and Catriona R. Esquibel

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/real-food-media/id1215522970?i=1000414763700

Movies:

Seaspiracy

This documentary focuses on the environmental impact of fishing, but also touches on the human rights violations perpetuated by a highly unregulated global industry.

My Top 10 FAVORITE VEGAN Makeup Products

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These are truly my personal favorites that I use almost daily. I’ve worked hard over the years to curate a specific collection of brands at Two Beauties Skin + Makeup (the business I own) that I actually use and stand behind. I recommend these as a licensed esthetician with a vested interest in your skin health, as an experienced makeup artist that understands ease of application and wearability should be a given, and as a vegan who loves seeing the cosmetic industry step up to help our world become a kinder place!

1) GloSkinBeauty Moisturizing Tint SPF 30 / $48 (My Shade: Light)

This is my go-to product for a luminous, even tone. Moisturizing tint is excellent on its own (best way to even skin tone with a formula sheer enough to not be disturbed by a mask) or used as an oil-free primer for a more full coverage foundation.
Plus, it has SPF that is comfortable to wear!

2) UOMA Stay Woke Concealer / $25 (My Shade: Fair Lady T2)

Stay Woke is a concealer that’s full coverage, won’t crease up, and that is easy to blend out to any level you desire. I wear this under everything from my tinted SPF to a full coverage foundation. It also comes with an easy to apply applicator and is available in a great shade range. **Best applied with UOMA Big Head Dual Density Sponge**

3) GloSkinBeauty Satin Cream Foundation / $52 (My Shade: Natural Fair)

This foundation is unparalleled as far as ingredient standards, coverage, and camera-quality formula. I’ve been using this foundation in my professional kit for over a decade and nothing holds up better while still looking like skin. This is also my go-to for nights out or work events when I want a full coverage, flawless look. I can’t wait until we can dress up and go out again! **Best applied with UOMA Big Head Dual Density Sponge or GloSkinBeauty or SIGMA Flat Top Kabuki Brush.**

4) SIGMA Beauty Sculpt Highlight & Contour Palette / $49

I use this palette every single day I wear makeup. If I want a slight touch of bronze and a light highlight on those no-makeup, makeup days, or a camera-ready sculpted look, this palette has everything I need in one convenient product. I will also wear these shades as eyeshadows.

5) GloSkinBeauty Blush $32 (My favorite shade is Papaya.)

This blush blends out flawlessly, and each shade can be worn sheer, or fully vibrant. It also does not wear off throughout the day.

6) UOMA Drama Bomb Extreme Volume Mascara / $19.50

Finding a vegan mascara that also gives your lashes some serious volume and length is tough. This mascara has answered all my prayers, and is water resistant, NOT water proof, making it easier to remove without worrying about smudging throughout the day. **Best Practice: Use over GloSkinBeauty Lash Thickener & Conditioner for even more volume and lashes that won’t budge.**

7) GloSkinBeauty Brow Collection / $50 (My Shade: Brown)

This little kit comes with everything you need to give your brows that beautifully sculpted look… almost. You get two brow powders, a setting wax, an under brow highlight, and all your tools! It’s an excellent value and I love that I can just throw this pouch in my makeup bag so my brow kit is easy to find. However, I do think that it’s missing a brow gel… so I’ve included my favorite one below!

8) UOMA Brow Fro Blow Out Gel / $22 (My Shade: 005)

This brow gel is highly pigmented and sets hairs in place all day. I use this sparingly, in conjunction with my brow kit (or on its own if I’m in a hurry!) for the perfect brows.

9) SIGMA Lip Care Trio *COMING SOON* / $39

I literally got this kit three days ago and I’m OBSESSED!! I will bring it to Two Beauties very soon. It’s the perfect lip set for current mask-wearing times where lipstick and liquid lips can be difficult to wear. It comes with an ulta-hydrating lip mask, balm (one shade), and topper gloss (also one shade) with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and jojoba oil. This way we can focus on keeping our natural lips looking and feeling fabulous.

10) COOLA Makeup Setting Spray Organic SPF 30 / $36

Okay… here’s the thing. I think we’ve all looked at our sunscreen tube in confusion as we mull over how to reapply every 80 minutes with a full face of makeup on. Or at least I have! I want to protect my skin and keep my makeup in tact all day. That shouldn’t be too much to ask! And then I found this product. I can now reapply my sunscreen throughout the day using an easy, refreshing SPF 30 makeup setting spray. Specifically formulated to dry down matte, it won’t make you feel dry but will also not disturb your makeup. I use it every day. Full face, or almost bare, it works amazingly! This is a can’t live without, especially once we’re all poolside again!

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My Favorite Vegan Hair Products!

Because of my 5 Year Veganniversary on March second I’ve decided each post for this month will be vegan themed!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite vegan / cruelty free hair care products. Everything I’ve pictured below is in my regular daily or weekly rotation, and has been used for at least a year to test the results and effectiveness. I’m very particular about the products I use on my hair, but my transition into using only vegan products was easy, and my hair is healthier than ever! I hope you’ll try some of these options when shopping in the future. These are not only excellent-quality products, but they come from companies I support who share similar values in regards to animal welfare and the health of the planet. And, you have the option to shop them all locally if you are in Humboldt County!

Shampoo / Conditioner:

I have mild to moderate eczema on my scalp. I color treat my hair every six weeks, and I like my hair to stay long, thick, and as soft as possible while keeping my color in tact. I wash my hair once a week and use heat on it (blow dry / flat iron) a few times a month. The Maria Nila Heal shampoo and conditioner are the best I have ever used. Hands down. No contest. My scalp is much less dry and irritated, and my hair grows extremely fast now. I’ve been growing it out for years and after only one year of using these products my hair grew so much I had to cut four inches off last month because it had gotten TOO long. I recommend this for anyone who has dandruff, dry scalp, eczema, or who simply loves having soft healthy hair that grows quickly!

I do want to mention that Maria Nila makes several lines for all different hair types and concerns. I’d encourage you to look at several or ask your hair professional before choosing the one best for you. However, if you have scalp and hair growth issues, this line would most likely be the best selection for you.

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

Masks:

I use these masks each time I wash my hair. Since I have bleached hair, I actually mix 1/2 Silver mask with 1/2 Heal mask, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse. This helps my scalp, softens my hair, and neutralizes yellow tones.

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

Styling Products:

For right after I towel dry:

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

For when I want beach-y waves without using heat:

Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

For when I need big volume at the root:

Tousle Finishing Spray
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

I couldn’t find detailed descriptions of the Pulp Riot products I use. I get them from my hairstylist / local salon and they are also 100% vegan and cruelty free. I’m obsessed with their styling products and find that they work extremely well and smell amazing!

For when I need to set any style in place without my hair feeling sticky or “crunchy:”

Flexible Hold Hairspray
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

For all the time. I use this to finish any look including straight or wavy hairstyles. It makes my hair look shiny, healthy, and does not compromise the longevity of my style.

Hair Serum
Shop Local: https://m.facebook.com/Trimmedpinnedhairstudio/

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For my non-local folks to shop:

https://www.lovelyskin.com/c/pulp-riot

https://marianila.com/us/

My current hair, for reference:

Photo, Style, Cut, Color by Tanishia Cole at Trimmed & Pinned Hair Studio, Eureka CA

To get to know my hairstylist and the professional products she uses: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thereallifeveganwife.com/2019/06/08/women-in-business-series-tanishia-boswell-co-owner-trimmed-pinned-hair-studio/amp/