Hey bitches! A couple semesters ago I got the opportunity to write a story for my journalism class and I’m finally going to share it with you guys! Please let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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            Thank you guys for reading. I hope you gained some useful information and this helped you a little in your journey to being more active in knowing what ingredients you are using in your skincare routine/household.  I attached this as a document for printing out or downloading in case you wanted to have keep it on hand for when you’re shopping. Let me know what you think in the comments!

PDF: TheDirtyDozen:Redefined

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

 

Works Cited:  

https://davidsuzuki.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/dirty-dozen-cosmetics-ingredients-backgrounder.pdf

https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=159&tid=29

https://www.yogiapproved.com/health-wellness/avoid-these-12-toxic-chemicals-lurking-in-your-beauty-products/

https://www.omandthecityblog.com/all/a-complete-guide-to-clean-beauty-3-tips-for-how-to-transition/

 

 

           In my last post, I go into detail about my conversion to organic skincare. This decision doesn’t extends to makeup as well. I felt it was only right that if I was going to do this then I needed to go all in. As I mentioned in my last post, I did get rid of everything that had any kind of bad chemicals or toxins in it. While doing research on organic products, I stumbled upon a huge list from crueltyfreekitty.com that breaks down all the brands that aren’t cruelty-free. Would it surprise you to know that a large majority of brands that we use in not only makeup but even everyday cleaning supplies test their products on animals. Here’s a link to another list of non-makeup brands that aren’t cruelty-free from Vegan Rabbit.  In this post, I just wanted to showcase some of my favorite cruelty-free brands in makeup,  where to find them, and how to check if a new brand your trying is cruelty-free.

  1.  Wet n’ Wild – This is one of my favorite brands even before I decided to go completely cruelty-free. They have really good makeup that’s not expensive. You can typically find them at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and online.

         

(Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKfymqg5EuE)(http://www.mybeautyfavs.com/beauty/2017/11/16/sneak-peek-2018-wet-n-wild-product-launches-megaglo-halo-highlighters-cushion-highlightercontour-glitter-singles-and-more )

  1. NYX – This is another brand that’s relatively not expensive and still has super high quality makeup. They have stores in 42 locations in California, Florida (where I’m at), Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, NY, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and online.

       

(Picture:https://www.bustle.com/p/you-can-now-find-nyx-cosmetics-products-at-this-drugstore-52500) (http://www.bisousnatasha.com/nyx-cosmetics-giveaway/ )

  1. Milani – This is another drugstore makeup brand that I adore. They have the best eyeshadow palettes for cheap and it’s a great alternative from better known palettes like Maybelline and Covergirl who aren’t cruelty-free.

           

(Picture: https://www.dollywoodboutique.co.uk/blog/dollywood-boutique-milani-cosmetics/) (https://www.vampyvarnish.com/2017/07/milani-makeup-summer-2017/)

  1. Flower Beauty – Drew Barrymore’s “brainchild that was born of her straightforward philosophy that woman everywhere deserve the best quality products at an affordable price.” This brand is pretty new in the beauty world but it’s made a hell of an impact. I love their hydrating and long-lasting setting spray!   

       

(Picture:https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/flower-beauty-coming-ulta-might-200958263.html  https://hollywoodlife.com/2013/01/21/drew-barrymore-flower-makeup-cosmetics-line-walmart-tips/ )

  1. e.l.f – This is a brand that most makeup gurus aren’t that vocal about because it’s really inexpensive! That can be a turn off for people because they might think it’s not great quality but that’s not true! It’s amazing quality and so affordable that if you can’t afford this then you shouldn’t be buying makeup bitch!

     

 

(Picture: https://www.allure.com/story/elf-cosmetics-40-percent-off-sale-on-vaults   http://www.utahsweetsavings.com/huge-elf-cosmetics-sale-makeup-1-free-4piece-gift-set-offer/)

  1. Physician Formula – This brand is famous for it’s bronzer but what many don’t know is it’s foundation is actually top notch stuff. I have the Healthy Foundation in the shade MC1. It’s my go-to everyday foundation and also inexpensive.

      

 

(Picture: https://mybeautybunny.com/new-cruelty-free-products-from-physicians-formula/ http://thefemininefiles.com/2018/03/06/new-physicians-formula-makeup-the-healthy-foundation/)

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Now I’ll move on to more high end brands. This is of course a classic in the beauty world. I love their eyeshadow and highlighter formulas! They have a large range of liquid lipsticks as well that pretty much set the standard for what’s a good liquid lip.

      

 

(Picture:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNgGV5KC_S8   https://flashmode.org/beauty/make-up/best-ideas-for-makeup-tutorials-foundation-sticks-by-anastasia-beverly-hills-luxury-beauty-amzn-to2hzfa13-l-2/)

  1. Too Faced – This brand as well as the next one have had some controversy on whether or not they are really cruelty-free. The brands themselves are cruelty-free but their “parent companies” or owners of the brand (usually a big corporation) are NOT cruelty-free. This can get a little confusing so I will be doing another post on this. Other than that, I love Too Faced! They have incredible eyeshadow palettes and their themes are always super fun.

      

 

(Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhKSLXvS2B8  http://www.eightyquartier.com/estee-lauder-buys-too-faced-cosmetics/)

  1. Tarte – This brand has one of the best concealers in the game and it’s of course full coverage. You can literally wear it and nothing else and it’s like you have a full face on! They also have in my opinion, the best blush books. I love a good collection of blushes instead of individuals. It also saves you a lot of money.  

        

 

(Picture:  http://vivaglammagazine.com/omg-tarte-cosmetics-is-giving-away-a-lifetime-of-free-makeup/    http://www.freestufffinder.com/20-off-tarte-cosmetics-free-sample-free-shipping/ )  

  1. Morphe –  This brand has everyone else beat when it comes to a lot of eyeshadow colors for a good price. Not to mention a brush range that is unparalleled. I’m especially excited for the new Jaclyn Hill collection!

 

        

 

(Picture: https://www.revelist.com/bloggers/jaclyn-hill-morphe/7987   http://www.teapartybeauty.com/2016/01/battle-of-the-makeup-brush-brands-ft-crown-brush-zoeva-morphe.html/)

         These brands are all amazing and I love every single one of them for different reasons but the most important is that they’ve dedicated their time to making formulas and testing them by NOT USING ANIMALS. It’s crazy to me that if these brands can be successful without animal testing then why aren’t other brands hopping on this motherfucking train? Greed? Money? International markets? I don’t know but it’s clearly possible to make it happen. I only encourage you all to take a minute and think about making the switch. With all these amazing brands in place it’s not as difficult as it seems.

 

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

A few months ago, I barreled into this journey throwing caution to the wind and forever altering my mindset when it comes to clean beauty products. This is still an ongoing adventure I’m having, I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying new organic + natural skincare. I can’t wait to share with you guys everything I’ve learned!

Let’s backtrack, so I’m not sure how much you’re going to know about organic skincare going into this so let me just breakdown what I mean by that. To me, organic means it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or toxins like sulfates, silicones, parabens, phthalates, DEA/TEA, etc. that can have lasting effects on your skin/hair/nails. I’ll explain what all of those are in detail in another post.

I don’t think that you have to give up everything because there are SO many alternatives that are better for you and work just as well as products that are weighed down by bad chemicals. It’s not by any means an easy switch and I’m talking from experience. When I first started it was really because I was somewhat upset at ingredient labels I couldn’t understand. I decided the best course of action was to rid my vanity of every bad product I owned… ALL AT ONCE.

I know what you’re thinking. “Darcy! You’re an idiot.” Yes, yes I am. I was just so swept up in this “omg organic skincare is gonna change my life blah blah blah” thing that I had going on in my head. It was until I saw the results that I realized I probably should’ve slowed down. That’s actually my first word of advice: Try one product at a time! Work your way through the stuff you own and replace them one at a time.

Going into this I wanted to basically revamp my whole skin care routine, but instead of trying little by little I switched immediately thinking my skin will bounce back like it’s nothing. HA!  I have combo skin to begin with, my T-zone is relatively oily, some dry patches around my nose and on my chin, and very mild acne. I don’t have a real problem with breakouts except for the occasional hormone burst because of my period.

I had a particularly bad breakout after my period recently and I didn’t understand why my diehard Aveeno cleanser wasn’t working? Was it the hormones? Was it what I was eating? I did some research. I came across this article from Allure magazine and it changed my perspective on using salicylic acid. This was of course a key ingredient in my Aveeno cleanser. The article just pointed out that my acne could also be caused by a yeast bacteria and that those types of exfoliants (salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide) can “hide the problem but it won’t treat it.”

This is where I started my journey with organic skincare and started purchasing things. Which is another piece of advice: Do your research! It’s clarifying and it helps you save money by not falling into the trap of buying the most expensive shit. Going organic doesn’t need to break the bank.

I started looking for alternatives and stumbled upon organic skincare. I thought that by getting rid of all these chemicals that in the long run my skin would be healthier. Now there’s a good and a bad side to almost everything I’ve tried. I started using the Acure Brilliantly Brightening Gel Cleanser at first but thought it wasn’t enough so I immediately switched again to the Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser which made my skin more dry around my chin and nose and created a breakout. I’ll insert some pictures down below so you can see because I always want to be honest about what the process is really like.

    

Then, I switched back to the Acure cleanser and have been using it ever since but it still hasn’t really prevented any breakouts. It’s only been about 2 months so I’ll keep you updated on that!  

  

 

For my toner I switched from Mario Badescu Rose Water to Thayer’s Witch Hazel in Rose Petal and then I just bought the Cucumber scent as it was recommend by a friend. It’s definitely the better choice. It also comes in Lavender, Coconut Water, Lemon, Unscented, Medicated, and Original. It’s helped keep the areas of my face that aren’t super dry looking refreshed and as a plus it cleans off any makeup I might’ve missed when cleansing.

  

My favorite: moisturizer! This one is a combo situation, because I have dry and oily skin, I decided I need 2 moisturizers. For my oily skin, I’m using Avalon Organics Oil-Free Vitamin C Moisturizer which incidentally doesn’t work on my dry skin but is great everywhere else and for my dry patches I’m using Weleda Skin Food (This shit is fucking amazing!) It’s thick, creamy, gives me a glowy finish and has helped clear up my dry patches pretty quickly. I’m probably gonna order a lifetime supply if I can get my hands on one!

   

Another cream I’m using is homemade and it’s more of a night cream to put on before bed. It’s a mixture of Shea Butter, Argan Oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil. Here’s the link to the recipe. For the day time, specifically if I’m going outside I’ve finally incorporated a sunscreen (yeah I wasn’t doing that before) and it’s helped so much! Yay for no possible future skin cancer! 

   

Masks + exfoliators:

As a small step before cleansing I actually use a automatic cleansing brush like this one here. It helps a lot with softening my skin up before I do anything else and can act as a good exfoliate.

I think my favorite kind of ‘masks’ are sugar scrubs because they are essentially 2 in one, exfoliate + a mask. Depending on the ingredients you can switch it up to help it target different problems.

Here are links to some of my favorites:

That’s it for this post! I’m going to to continuing working on using more organic products that aren’t super expensive and letting you guys know about the results. I also haven’t yet dabbled in organic/cruelty-free makeup but I’ll be doing a post on that soon. Please let me know any more recommendations in the comments!

 

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

 

Hollywood Starlet Makeup Tutorial

Hey bitches, so I uploaded this a while ago but I completely forgot to post about it on here I was only posting about it on my social media (which if you wanna follow me, all my social media is linked in the About Me/Contact page of my blog). But here it is, my second video on Youtube. I wanted to do something different from a typical makeup tutorial and I was inspired by the sunglasses I’ll be wearing in the video. Let me know what you think and if you wanna see more of this kind of stuff.  I’ve been so EXTREMELY BUSY that I haven’t had time to do another one yet but it is coming. I’ll let you guys know when! Thanks so much for watching and I hope you guys like it.

As is tradition for a new season, I usually do one big haul from a couple of different places to update my wardrobe. Now, I’m not really an online shopper because I abso-fucking-lutely hate returning things. I normally do all my shopping in stores where I can try things on and get a real feel for the way things fit me. I created this guide of where I get the things I need for the best deal because ya girl is not a fan of paying full price. I like discounts. Small discounts, big discounts, medium sized discounts. I like discounts of all shapes and sizes.

That being said I usually shop at the places I’m going to spend the least amount of money first a.k.a thrift stores. Thrift stores are my shit! Here in the Orlando area there’s two franchises of thrift stores called Plato’s Closet + Style Encore. They have people sell their old stuff to them and then flip it for profit. Which is advantageous for a gal like me because that means I get name brand items that I only have to pay a fraction of the original price for.

The other place I love to go to get discounted clothes is Goodwill. Goodwill can sometimes get a bad rep for being dirty or disorganized but that’s bullshit. I’ve been to several different Goodwill’s, some that look like Walmart after Black Friday and some that look like Target first thing in the morning. It’s a 50/50 street you’re walking down but no matter what Goodwill store you go into you’ll ALWAYS find good clothes and good deals.

Finally the only other place I shop frequently that is in my price range and has an abundance of cute shit is Target. I would live in Target if the zombie apocalypse came and everything was deserted. Their clearance section for clothes usually changes from time to time but it mostly stays at 30% off which is not bad. I’ve found a lot of good items here for practically thrift store prices.

There are some specifics for each store that I think anyone who’s going to these places should know ahead of time.

If you can, always check social media of these stores before going there. Plato’s Closet will usually have posted on either Instagram or Facebook about any deals they might be having or even better if you are signed up for their text-messages (because you’re a hard-core Plato’s goer like myself) then they’ll tell you when their sales begin and end.

1.Check with someone when you get to the store or call ahead about what sales are happening. Places like Goodwill will occasionally announce store wide during certain hours of the day when certain items are on sale. Instead of dilly-dallying around for 5 hours, just ask someone before hand if they have sales and when they are going to be.

2. Positive note: I used to work in a thrift store so I know what the fuck I’m talking about when I say that regardless of the sales going on, you’re going to get that bang for your buck. Don’t fret (seriously don’t be THAT fucking customer) if there aren’t sales because the prices are normally really low in Plato’s/Style Encore and Goodwill no matter what.

3. Know the sales system ahead of time. If there are sales but they work a certain way as it does with most stores not just thrift stores. Make sure that you know how it works. Maybe it’s only stuff that’s got a colored tag, clearance tag, or no tag just a vague sign. You can walk in and ask or ask over the phone what kind of sales system they have.

Some common questions:

Do you need to buy a certain amount of items to get some free?

Do you need to have a membership in order to participate?

Do you need to be signed up for rewards to participate?

What is the percentage off? For how long?

Do you need to spend a certain amount to get this percentage off?

Do you have ongoing discounts all year long?

Do you have a rewards system? How does it work?

Do you have coupons available? How do they work?

Now onto the heavier stuff, if you’re looking for let’s say items like some simple blue jean shorts ($3.49) or a classic Calvin Klein blue jean skirt ($10) like the ones pictured below you should head to Plato’s Closet or Goodwill. Keep in mind, a lot of the Plato’s Closet have more in stock in smaller sizes when in comes to bottoms. Goodwill on the other hand has more in stock in the bigger sizes when it comes to bottoms. Both at affordable prices.

Here in Florida spring weather is just as much as beach weather as summer weather is. So, if you’re looking for beach attire without breaking the bank then head to Target. I found this super cute swimsuit for around $20 coupled with a sale they had been having that day. It’s important to remember you might not always get the same deals always. You have to consciously look for them.

Since it’s hotter now, I like to stock up on flowy/open dresses/rompers for those days when I can’t be bothered to really dress myself.  This soft cotton t-shirt dress with a criss-cross back is from Plato’s ($10). Plus, as a bonus it has pockets!

Last but not least, tank tops! You really can’t have enough when these temperatures get to be too much. I have an assortment of regular plain ones in some signature colors to more dressy type tanks as well. A couple of these are from Target and the rest Plato’s.

Thanks for reading and I hope you guys liked this. Let me know in the comments what you thought and if you wanna see more of this kind of post.

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica

Recently (a.k.a every spare moment I have) I’ve been scouring the Interwebs for new pieces that I think scream me and others that are kind of out of my comfort zone. Like the great and wise as fuck Rihanna said in her recent Vogue makeup tutorial “And my vibe for summer is more is more.” To showcase these pieces that I’ve spotted “around town” I’ve curated a list and of course it involves pictures and graphics because who would I be if I didn’t include them?

A dumb bitch that’s who.

The Infamous Baker’s Boy Hat

Not only is this hat classic as fuck but it’s come back in a big way. Unlike the classic beret, a Baker’s Boy hat has a hood so it’s a lot more versatile than a beret which is more of just a small cover for your head that looks cute. This hood means you can actually wear it during spring + summer to shield your eyes from the sun while looking ridiculously adorable. Peep below a collage of my inspiration.

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @offcial_cat, @chrisellelim, @nanda_schwarz

2. Socks With Heels (not with sandals!)

I know what you’re thinking? I’m delusional if I think this is somehow cool now. I get it, it’s not for everyone. I think the concept is good in time of cold weather when you don’t want to sacrifice the look for boots. I honestly think that this gets a bad rep for being tacky but with the right outfit it can work for you. Here’s some inspiration to showcase some looks where I think this style really works.

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @everyblondeneedsabrunette, @rachelteetyler, @nessymagic

3. Acrylic/Resin Statement Earrings

Now you know I’m hopelessly devoted to my gold jewelry. I think it complements me well and always looks good with any outfit. I’ve been peeping this acrylic/resin earrings trend for a while now and I’m starting to get a girl boner for them. It’s crazy! To show you what I mean here’s a collage of my inspo and the reason I’m probably gonna max out my credit card buying 100 pairs of these beauties.

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @lucywilliams02, @official_cat, @lucywilliams02

4. Chunky Sneakers a.k.a Dad Sneakers

This is honestly probably the last trend I would try. Mostly because I feel like there’s only a handful of outfit ideas that I could pull off with sneakers like this and because where the fuck would I go wearing those? There like “Dad shoes” but they’ve been trending like something you would wear to an underground rave or an illegal street race. I don’t get it but I also don’t make the rules. Here’s some inspo that begs the question if it’s really tacky or really genius?

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @platform, @platform, @evachen212

5. Wide Leg Pants and a Crop Top

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @lucywilliams02, @jnelv, @jnelv

Remember when everyone was obsessing over skinny jeans. It makes me laugh thinking about when I use to hear people say skinny jeans never go out of style. LOL. I think they forget that they were invented in the 80’s then everyone lost interest in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Then it was straight leg and wide leg pants for days. Now wide leg pants are back and better than ever. One of the main reasons they’re back in style is because paired with a crop top you could double as Janet Jackson circa 1995 MTV awards. Issa look.

(Picture: https://www.thecut.com/2017/08/teyana-taylor-vmas-janet-jackson.html)

6. Cut Sweatshirt/Hoodie showing a Unique/Plain Bra

Instagrams from Top to Bottom Left to Bottom Right: @annemarie, @annemarie, @noahcyrus

I’ve been watching this pop up here and there with a lot of music artists and this style has kind of a stigma around it. There’s a clear idea here that this isn’t for everyone, not that it’s right or even relevant but it’s there. Personally, I don’t give 3 fucks what anyone thinks. If I want to walk around in a sweatshirt that’s definitely not keeping me warm and showcase a nice bra that isn’t falling apart on me I can damn well do it. Aside from a possible public indecency charge, this is a good look. It’s creative, full of possibilities, and definitely a spring/summer staple. You can even interchange the ‘sweatshirt’ for a mesh option.

Thank you for reading! Hope you liked this and let me know what you think in the comments.

xoxo Darcy Mae Modica