For someone who spends her lunch hour lurking around beauty shops and returns to work with swatched arms, the Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) is my literal heaven. Having stumbled upon it last year through a co-worker’s suggestion, I made sure to attend this year’s as well.
We can and SHOULD break ourselves free from these systems, from these learned ideals of beauty, by listening to both our own bodies and the techniques and remedies our ancestors used to nurture themselves long before the sterilization of beauty and pharmaceuticals were imposed by outsiders.
Having good skin that doesn’t need to be filtered with VSCO, Instagram, FaceTune, or whatever other enhancing apps that exist, is something a lot of us desire. Not to say we don’t love these apps or filters, but that not-so-humble filterless brag on social media about “minding your business and drinking water” to maintain your healthy skin is goals for many of us desiring perfect skin.
A few weeks ago, I came across a custom botanic perfume making workshop hosted by Aba Love Apothecary. The workshop involved making your own perfumes using essential oils extracted from plants. As an individual who enjoys perfumes, the selling point was using non-synthetic fragrances to develop my own, personal fragrance.
Personal wellness is more than just a fad, it is a lifestyle. Particularly concerning anything “natural”, from foods to skincare cosmetics, we are becoming more aware of how everyday consumptions affect our overall wellness. We’ve seen splurge of green juice bars that complement boutique gyms. Food delivery services make it easier for us to have chia seeds and avocado-anything with almost every meal.
I was fortunate enough to attend Writing + Yoga on behalf of SpokenBlackGirl.com. Considering the mentally and emotionally taxing world we are currently living in, I actively search for any source of relief, and as an avid lover of both restorative writing and yoga, I was beyond excited to be able to attend.
As the end of summer nears, many of us may find ourselves in need of a reset. Luckily for me, Sisterhued, a digital collective that connects women of color and brands, held a wellness retreat at the Evens Hotel in the heart of downtown Brooklyn.