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Allure Loves Green Indie Beauty (Including VEQUE)!

Green Beauty Innovations of 2019 Kiss My Brass Ranavat brightening serum Veque nail base coat Aster Lip Tint Oil

Via Allure It used to be that the term “green beauty” was a revolution unto itself. Boy, have times changed. In just a few years, green beauty has become its own norm and standard, seeing the launch of dedicated e-boutiques and brick-and-mortars; entire product lines designed by and for eco-conscious product lovers yearning for performance without compromise; and even designated, green-leaf-decked shelves at major retailers like Target and Sephora.

And with a new year upon us, we scoured the market to find the most innovative green beauty finds and developments out there, including turmeric-spiked skin care, zero-waste packaging, and brass-busting shampoo. These aren’t the usual suspects of oil-cleansing-instead-of-face-wash or dry-shampoo-in-lieu-of-an-everyday-lather. We tested and had our (fair-trade, eco-friendly) socks knocked off by these beautiful blends of science-backed, high-performance, and feel-good ethics

COURTESY OF BRAND6/76. Natural White BasecoatIt’s been a hack on YouTube by nail artists for a while, often employing regular white nail polish as a base coat to make a chosen color really pop. Veque decided nail enthusiasts of all ilks (and their tips) deserved better, so it released Ve Blanc, an entirely vegan, cruelty-free, ridge-filling nail-perfector without 10 harsh chemicals commonly found in polish. Ve Blanc leaves a smooth, nourished canvas for color-popping results and is also made in the USA and gives back to charity — basically a perfect 10.$20 (Shop Now)

An Indie Nail Polish that isn’t Just Polish

I met Audrey at Create & Cultivate Seattle, a magical event where my business was essentially made. We met for coffee, and then another and an other. And soon we decided to give a business partnership a whirl.

I soon learned that the polish and the stunning colors are just half of the story. Audrey is here because of the Vietnamese-American nail business – literally. Her parents are Vietnamese immigrants who escaped their war-torn country for a better life. With nothing. But the Chicago nail industry embraced them, taught them and they created a life. VEQUE is their legacy as told through their daughter, a woman who had all the opportunity in the world because of the salons we go to every week. Of course Audrey tells the story better, head over to her site for all the feels.

She owns VEQUE, a beautiful indie 9-free nail polish brand that I think everyone should love. Her care, concern and precision eeks from every lovely drop of every. single. color. And the brush…It’s nothing short of perfection. Really, people who know much more than I do say so, like celebrity manicurist, Elena Capo!

So, next time you’re in a J.Crew (it’s their selling polish!!), or just need to grab a color for a fresh manicure. Pick up a VEQUE color.

I’m not the only one who loves it, check out the recent press! 

Inspired Fall Style

Summer vacations are done and our wind down to fall is full throttle. Living in Seattle gives me so much inspiration for always on point fall style. Modern, simple, a little vintage and lots of layers. It’s all here for the taking.

store/Sold Out

boy brow | store/Glossier

husband shirt | store/Misha Nonoo

mai waterfall collar | store/Mackage

rosso by VEQUE 9-free (of course!) | store /VEQUE

mother jeans the looker | store/Nordstrom