Gorillaz Fictional Band Member Drops Sick Playlist

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Mostly, Facebook is just a great way for me to waste a lot of time, but every once in a while, I find a real diamond in the rough of my news feed. This week, that diamond came in the form of an article from Bullet about Gorillaz fictional bandmember and lead guitarist, Noodle’s newest project: a playlist on SoundCloud. To be honest, I had forgotten about the Gorillaz until I saw this article. I was so excited to learn that the Gorillaz have a new album coming out, and they’ve been doing super random, cool promotional stuff, like giving each band member their own origin stories. The newest thing that’s been released in the ramp-up to their new album is this playlist I mentioned on SoundCloud, and it is everything my feminist dreams are made of.

Noodle has released a funky, fantastic, and feminist playlist to hype you up and get you moving. I have listened to the 28 minute long playlist at least 5 times since I found it a couple days ago. Every voice you hear is female and that is pretty damn cool when they’re rapping about riding low and singing about not giving a fuck. Noodle’s playlist is a fabulous reminder that being a girl is powerful!

Plus, like 26 minutes in, she hits me with the Tardis! Girl, you’re awesome. Thanks for the tunes 🙂

Ok, now I gtg find these backstories… Who is Noodle?

Listen to 私 Noodle❗️ by Gorillaz #np on #SoundCloud

Free & Cheap Yoga in Louisville **Updated 7/18/17**

I love Yoga. I love going to yoga class, more than practicing at home, because being in the space, surrounded by like-minded yogis, seems to really help me center myself into my practice more than I can when surrounded by the distractions of home. That being said, I do not have a yogi’s bank account. Yoga classes in Louisville can range from $20-25 a class, a luxury I simply cannot afford for an hour of stress relief and exercise. I have compiled a list of free and cheap or donation based classes for myself, and I have been asked about the list a couple of times now. So, I thought I would share it with all of you lovely people. Many of these classes are called “Karma Classes,” which is a great practice many yoga studios follow, where they offer a donation based or “pay what you can” class. I encourage you to please donate something, if you can, in order to keep these classes around. I categorized the classes by DAY to make your life easier.

Your Welcome!

Sunday

  • The Inner Warrior @ 1760 Frankfort Avenue has a FREE class from 5:30-6:30. They have a Karma Jar out for donations, though, and it goes toward their Karma Drive which help keep homeless Louisvillians warm  this winter. **You must register on their website before class.
  • 502 Power Yoga has Yoga for Recovery from 2:00-3:30 pm. This is a donation based class. This class ties in the 12-Step program, for those of you who may be struggling with addiction.

 

Monday

  • St. Paul’s Church at 2000 Douglas Blvd in the highlands has a yoga class for $5 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • Shelby Park Community Center has a free community yoga class from 6-7 pm on Monday nights.
  • There is a $5 yoga class at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Mondays at 6pm. During warm weather this is outside, and I honestly don’t know if they move it indoors to the community area for the winter. If anyone does know, please comment and share!
  • Wanna enjoy some hops with your bend? Flat 12 Brewery hosts a donation-based yoga class at their brewery every Monday at 7:00pm. They are located in Jeffersonville at 130 West Riverside Drive. There is a $5 suggested donation, and $1 off your pints!

 

Tuesday

  • There is a yoga class on Louisville Waterfront Park from 7-8pm now until September 12th. It costs $5.
  • There is a class at 6:00 pm at the Fern Creek Community Center for $7 on Tuesdays.
  • From 4:30-5:45 Yoga East offers a $5 community class at their St. Matthews Studio at 115 Wiltshire Avenue, 40207.

 

Wednesday

  • E. P. Tom Sawyer Park has a yoga class at 6 pm on Wednesdays for $5. Like the Monday class, I’m not sure if it’s been moved inside because of the winter.
  • St. Paul’s Church at 2000 Douglas Blvd in the highlands has a yoga class for $5 from 5:30-6:30 pm.
  • The Inner Warrior @ 1760 Frankfort Avenue has a FREE class from 7:30-8:30. They have a Karma Jar out for donations, though, and it goes toward their Karma Drive which help keep homeless Louisvillians warm  this winter. **You must register before class on their website HERE
  • Across the water, at the Jeffersonville Riverstage, you can catch a yoga class from 10:30-11:00am hosted by Inner Spring Yoga. Its FREE!
  • Yoga East has a community class from 4:30-5:45pm for $5. It is at their St. Matthews studio. They also have a $5 Gentle Yoga class at their Highlands Studio from 11:00-12:15.

 

Thursday

  • There is a community class at the Family Health Center at 834 E Broadway from 6:00-7:15pm. It is $1. This class is hosted by the Kentucky Yoga Initiative. They have a whole schedule of community classes. You should check that out HERE.

Friday

  • Yoga East has $5 Chair Yoga class from 10:30-11:45am. Chair Yoga is great for seniors and yogis who are in a wheelchair.

 

Saturday

  • 11am-12pm at Tim Faulkner Art Gallery there is a donation based yoga class. This is sponsored by the Kentucky Yoga Initiative and it is my personal favorite yoga class.
  • Yoga on Baxter has a $5 community class on Saturdays from noon to 1 pm.
  • From 10-11am at the Jeffersonville Riverstage there is a free yoga class hosted by Inner Spring Yoga. I love that this class is outside, but hopefully early enough to beat the heat, plus nice and breezy by the river.

 

This is, by no means, a complete and comprehensive list of affordable yoga options in Louisville. I would love to keep adding to this list, so if you have anything to add, please comment!! Also, if you’re looking for a yoga buddy, don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Namaste,

Rach

(Un)Popular: An Analysis of Mean Girls in the Real World

I wasn’t very popular in high school. I never quite understood what it took to be popular. I cared too much about everything: my grades, my family, what people thought of me… I thought being cool meant not caring and as hard as I tried I couldn’t do that. The weirdest thing happened when I started college, though. I became popular. People wanted me to eat lunch with them. I had classmates fighting over who would be in my group. It’s like the things that made you popular in high school don’t really matter anymore and your peers start to see the more important attributes, like intelligence and humor. I wish I could go back to  my high school self, to all the drama freaks and the nerdy girls hiding in the library during lunchtime and tell them, IT GETS BETTER!!

So I am interested in what it is that makes girls popular. I’ve analyzed Mean Girls, a movie that is all about popular girls and one girl’s rise to the top of the high school food chain. Specifically, I would like to point of the behaviors and characteristics that seem to be closely tied with popularity. After this, I will attempt to make some inferences about these behaviors and how they affect the dynamics of their relationships, and how that reflects both negatively and positively on teenage girls. 

Mean Girls, written by comedian Tina Fey, is all about Cady, an African transfer student, learning the ins and outs of high school and “Girl World.” On her first day in an American high school she meets Janice and Damian, who give her a run down of the different cliques, the cool and the not cool. On her second day she meets the Plastics, Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith, and their “Queen Bee” Regina George. She is asked to join the Plastics, supposedly because she’s “like, really pretty” and told the rules, “On wednesdays we wear pink.” But when Cady falls for Regina’s ex boyfriend the tables are turned and she is sucked into an all out “Girl World War”. Throughout the movie Fey has brilliantly illustrated what it means to be popular through Cady’s transformation from Wannabe to Queen Bee.

Mean Girls does a great job of pointing out how terrible high school is. I mean, seriously, high school is the hardest part of life for many of us, including myself. One of the reasons I believe high school is so hard is that the strangest characteristics make you popular. I have catalogued several of these characteristics, directly observed in the behavior of the Plastics, and organized them into positive and negative attributes depending on their affects on the person and the people around them.

The positive characteristics are a much smaller list so I will start with them. First of all, being a popular girl, especially THE popular girl, the Queen Bee, takes great leadership skills. Take Regina, while she is an “evil dictator” she possesses great leadership skills. She successfully organizes the Plastics in a dance number (jingle bell rock) and her “loyal followers” indeed follow her almost blindly. According to MissRepresentation.org on 21% of girls believe they have what it takes to be a leader. Is society instilling the idea in our young girls that in order to be a successful leader you must also be mean and manipulative? Is leadership in young girls considered a negative thing along with the other attribute they must have to be the leader of the pack in high school? These are questions I can’t answer easily, but instead should be considered by all of us. According to The Representation Project,  9/10 girls have not given up on the idea of being a leader. There is still hope, but we must foster safe and welcoming places where girls can love each other without comparing or competing.

 Regina also possesses great problem solving skills, even if she does use them for evil purposes. An example of this occurs when she puts herself in the Burn Book to blame the other girls. That was a mean and hateful thing to do, but seriously smart. If Regina, and other girls like her were to channel that cunning into good means the entire world could be a little brighter. Being popular also makes you a trendsetter. When Cady cuts holes in Regina’s shirt where her breasts are Regina proudly wears it, and soon everyone has holes in their shirts. Regina was unafraid to try something new because she was popular, but this is a skill all young girls should learn.

The list of negative attributes are much longer. The Plastics are caught in their own web of peer pressure and manipulation. As Gretchen Wieners so eloquently points out, “You wouldn’t buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you.” Cady learns quickly that in high school your friends opinions of you are the most important. How will young girls ever learn that their own opinion should be of the highest regard if they are so concerned with their friends’ opinions? This raises many issues in my mind. It is known that our young girls are suffering an epidemic of low self esteem. Clinical Depression in girls is double that of boys. I want to suggest that these facts are very closely related to peer pressure and the fact that in high school your friends are your biggest critics.

Another attribute that seems common with popular girls is they mustn’t have a good relationship with their parents. My parents were very loving and supportive my entire life. Family time was key and missing it meant no friend time. Regina, on the other hand, treats her mother like crap, while her mother tries so hard to be the “cool mom.” She uses her parents as a way to get what she wants and manipulates them as much as much as she does the other plastics. Cady’s transformation into Queen Bee shows her relationship with her parents deteriorating. On the first day of school they hug and kiss and take pictures, but by Spring she is ditching their family time in favor of a house party and a cute boy. A great relationship with your parents when you’re in high school may be unfeasible to some of us, but a healthy relationship with them is vital. Young girls need adults they can confide and trust in.     

Oh, if I could tell high school girls how little these boys matter. No offense, men, but in high school, you are really the last thing girls should worry about, and yet it seems you’re the only thing we can think about!!! A great example of this is when Cady lies about being bad at math, her best subject, to get the attention of Aaron, Regina’s ex-boyfriend. Perhaps it’s because every popular girl has her own personal man candy. The only thing important about the chosen man candy is his looks, and possibly his inclusion in the football team. We send girls’ messages their entire life, but never so strongly as when they are in high school. One message that is very clear is your partner defines you.

A really obvious characteristic of being popular, which, unfortunately, transcends age in many ways, is good looks. As Janice points out in Mean Girls,  when planning Regina’s downfall, one her most important allies is her “hot bod.” Janice and Cady even devise a devious plan to feed Regina protein bars that help her gain weight. From an age much younger than high school we tell young girls that their looks define them. Through agencies like cheerleading, pageants, and princess parties we drive home ideas about femininity and physical appearance. We forget to tell girls how smart they are, how creative, or how tough, and instead shower them with compliments about how cuuuute and how pretty that dress. Is it any wonder that 53% of 13-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies.  By age 17 that number is 78%. Our society has built a direct connection between the success of a woman and how good looking she is.

 Popularity in high school means feared rather than well liked. In the beginning of the movie, when the “wannabes” talk about Regina George, they speak with a sense of awe and admiration, but they say terrible things. One girls even says, breathlessly, “One time, she punched me in the face. It was awesome.” There’s a certain sense of fear when talking about or to Regina. But not one of those girls says anything positive about Regina. Throughout the movie, one theme made abundantly clear is that to be popular has nothing to do with being well-liked, which brings me back to the question, Has society inextricably tied these attributes together, being feared and bitchy in order to be a successful woman?

After taking stock of several good and bad characteristics of high school popularity i would like to go back and look at them a bit closer. What do they have in common? What does this mean for girls as they are pushed into young adulthood? The thing I fear the most is that these girls have no clue how to be good, true friends. According to Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, studies show we are more confidant and are able to learn and accomplishment more in small groups. We, as successful women, need other successful women for support, comfort, and friendship. But the plastics have no idea how to be any of those things for each other. They constantly backstab, manipulate, and undercut each other. I fear that as the new generation reaches adulthood they will be isolated from each other, with no lifelines to help them step up to success. 

My second fear has already come true, it happened to me, and it continues to get worse every day. Girls hate themselves. We pick apart our bodies and our choices, we undermine our own prerogative and we don’t trust our own opinions. Self esteem hits rock bottom in high school for many adolescent girls, and there is very little reprieve in college or the working world. It’s no surprise to me that depression in women has doubled since 1970. We are constantly, from birth, being told to question ourselves, being told our worth is defined by our beauty, something that ebbs and flows, for most of us, over a lifetime. It is no wonder women make up such small percentages of leadership roles. It is no wonder women still make $0.63 for every dollar earned by men. Our whole lives we’re told we’re not worth it. By society, and as a teenager, by each other! 

Something has to change. Several things have to change. But in relation to my current topic i have a solution. I would love to see more movies depicting healthy female relationships. Whip IT! is a great example a group of strong females who can also support each other without having to compete with each other. Sisterhood of The Travelling Pants is another great example. We need to make more films and TV shows about how to be a good friend, not how to be a Queen Bee. We need to start admiring and honoring good qualities, such as loyalty, kindness, perseverance, and critical thinking and stop putting beauty and material objects on a pedestal.


 Works Cited:    

Mean Girls. Mark Waters. Perfs. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried.  Paramount Pictures, 2004. DVD.

Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. First edition. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Cause and Effect. Digital image. Miss Representation. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

“The Representation Project.” The Representation Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

Zucchini Bread

When my sister and I were young, my Mom worked hard to pass on her few domestic skills to us. I remember her teaching me how to make french toast, how to take a blood stain out of a favorite pair of pants, how to sew a button onto a new blouse. One of my favorite memories, though, is making zucchini bread.

I can remember every step of the process, from the garden my parents tended in our spacious backyard every summer, to the warm, sweet smelling loaf. If you’re from Kentucky, you know, the first Saturday of May is the Derby, the second Saturday of May is for planting. Every year, without fail, my Dad tilled the deep brown earth into perfect, symmetrical lines. Then my mom, and some years my sister and I, would walk along the rows and put these adorable baby starter plants into indentations carved by our thumbs.

Every morning of our summer break, before the heat and humidity of Kentucky summers made it miserable to do anything, we would grab a wicker basket and gather the red tomatoes, plump and firm in our hands, the yellow squash, just as pretty as the blooms they were born from, and of course, the zucchini. I’ve often wondered if it was just our soil, or a Kentucky thing, but the zucchini grew the best. Within weeks we had deep green, gorgeous zucchini, as big as your forearm.

When you have pounds and pounds of zucchini sitting around, you have to get creative to get rid of it. People don’t realize how versatile zucchini is, either. You can fry it, bake it, grill it. It can be sweet, spicy or savory. It can give you different textures depending on how you treat it, but it always tastes good. I can remember our kitchen counters, and eventually table, too, having stacks of multicolored vegetables, a cornucopia kitchen. We had to get creative in reclaiming our space.

By August, we were all tired of zucchini. People stopped accepting our gourds as gifts and held their hands up in surrender. No more zucchini! That’s when the baking would begin. I’ll be honest, Mom and Dad did the bulk of the work when it came to the garden, but when it came to the baking, Allison and I stepped up. Mom would announce, usually on a day when  we were stuck inside by rain or sweltering heat, that we would be making zucchini bread. My mom is not known for her cooking. She will freely admit that. But she makes a mean zucchini bread, and luckily, she passed that recipe on.

On these Zucchini days, we would pull every loaf pan in our house out and line them up in an anticipatory row, the aluminum disposable ones sitting next to the glass and the blue cornflower patterned ones that make me think of ancestry and heritage and recipes passed down for generations. The goal here was to make an assembly line, efficiently filling, baking, and pulling the loaves from counter to oven and back up to counter.

The real bulk of the work, though, came from peeling and grating zucchini. Allison and I would sit at the kitchen table, one of us with a trash can in between our knees, peeling zucchini and revealing its soft, white-green insides. The other sister would balance a big bowl on her lap and grate zucchini into it until our hands ached and our fingers were shiny and red. Mom would play the same albums that stand as a soundtrack of my childhood, The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Dido, and Van Morrison.

Once we had grated our weight in zucchini, mom would supervise the measuring and mixing. My mother, who claims to be terrible at math, taught me how to add and convert fractions as she explained why we should make a double or triple batch to speed up the baking process. Filling our assorted loaf pans with thick, cream batter and sliding them long-ways into the oven was always deeply satisfying. The smell that filled our entire house was warmth and cinnamon and melted brown sugar. Everyone’s mouth was watering on the whole block by the time the first batch was done. The first couple loaves never even made it to the cooling rack, as we all burnt our fingertips and tongues on the soft, sweet, spongy bread.

What I remember most about zucchini bread, though, is giving it away. After it had cooled and been covered in plastic wrap and, sometimes, tied with a bow, Allison and I were instructed to go to our neighbors and give them bread. I remember one neighbor, an elderly, widowed woman, was always so happy to see us. We would also walk in and sit with her for a little while. Through these visits, and many more instances in my life, my Mom taught me to be kind to everyone. Zucchini bread taught me to put love and care into baking. It taught me to have and show gratitude when cooking, because it is an opportunity to feed yourself, your loved ones, and your soul.

Buy Local Fair Roundup

Last Sunday was the 4th Annual Buy Local Fair here in Louisville, KY. This is a big event where local businesses set up booths in one of our beautiful parks and Louisvillians flock to get coupons, drink bourbon and discover cool things to do in our hometown.  Any chance I get to learn about my awesome city, I take! I was so excited to explore the fair and find some neat things to do this summer.
I am terrible about taking pictures when I’m out having fun, but I did collect a lot of literature, so I just wanted to share with you a couple of places I discovered that are really neat in Louisville right now. There were what seemed like hundreds of businesses, from restaurants and boutiques, to wineries and yoga studios and hometown tour companies. The possibilities really are endless in Possibility City. I am only going to cover 6 places that I’m really interested in, but I’d love to hear about your favorite “hometown tourist” spots here in Louisville.

1. Louisville Salt Caves

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The Louisville Salt Cave is something I’ve been interested in for a while. They carted in 5 tons of 250 million year old Himalayan Salt and a halogenerator to create a pure air environment that is allergen free and saturated in negative ions, which increase your serotonin levels, making you happy! Additionally, salt therapy, or “halotherapy” helps with a plethora of health issues, including respiratory issues, dermatological issues, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, and more. This one is definitely on my list to check out soon.

2. 502 Power Yoga

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I have been wanting to join a yoga studio for a while now, but there are so many different types I didn’t know what to choose. I saw a lot of studios at the fair, but 502 Power Yoga  stood out to me. They are the only studio in the state that teaches the Baptiste Method, and I love how they talk about yoga as a lifestyle, and community. On their website it says their goal is “to empower people to transform their bodies, minds, lives, and communities one breath and one pose at a time.” That sounds like something I want to be a part of. They have a new student introductory package of unlimited classes for 40 days for 40$ and that’s really freakin’ good. My first class is this Saturday! So look for an update on this cool new studio.

3. Tattoo Charlies

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To be honest, I didn’t just discover Tattoo Charlies. I’ve been a fan for a long time, and I actually have two gorgeous tattoos from them, and my sister has one. They have amazingly talented artists who really work with you to create the perfect image. This goes for the Tattoo Charlies on Dixie Hwy, too! Also, they have vegan ink, and that’s really neat.

4. University of Louisville Art Scene

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We all know University of Louisville  is a great place to get an education, but this summer I want you to remember that UofL also has loads of different activities and exhibits to entertain you, some at very little to no cost. While I was at the Buy Local fair I got several pamphlets from UofL. One was for one of their current art exhibitions, called Summer Breaks: Labor, Leisure, Lust… Y’all know how much I love art and alliteration! That’s going in until August 5th, I’m definitely gonna check it out. The Hite Art Institute at UofL actually has 6 art galleries they maintain. That’s an entire day worth of culture and entertainment! Additionally, they have enough art on the campus itself, there’s a tour revolved around it. Its called the Art Walk.

5. Louisville Vegan Jerky Company

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Ok, to be honest, I didn’t see the Louisville Vegan Jerky Co. at the Buy Local Fair, I saw them at the Flea Off Market, which is another fun local event we have. But I reallllly wanted to share this awesome product with you. It is gluten-free,  non-gmo certified, soy based jerky and it is seriously yummy. Plus, they have a Jerky of the Month Club, where you can subscribe to get 3 bags of jerky delivered to your door for 20$ a month. PLUS, 1$ of each month goes to an animal sanctuary that needs funding.  So many pluses!

6. PlayThink Movement and FlowArts Festival

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The 5th annual PlayThink Festival is going down June 15-19 this year in Berea, Ky, about two hours from Louisville. It includes a lot of really cool things to do, learn ,watch, and buy. Though I won’t be able to attend this festival,  it looks like it would be perfect for my hippie self, and anyone who considers themselves a hippie or a free spirit. It looks like tickets are selling out fast, though, so I would hurry over to their website and get one if you’re interested.

 

This is only a tiny taste of what Louisville has to offer. I tried to showcase a variety of things to entertain you this summer, but trust me there is SOOO much more Louisville has to offer, so keep checking my blog throughout the summer for more fun things to do in Possibility City! And as always, I would love to hear about your favorite spots in The Ville!

From Possibility City,

Rachael

xo

The Arctic Scoop: A Review

I had a rough morning today. It’s been raining for a month straight and I just started my period. I’m hormonal, exhausted, and then ready for this weekend. After spending about an hour moping and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to head to work early, rather than continue the one-woman pity party I was currently throwing.

As I drove down Hurstebourne Lane I passed a shopping center with a gym and a bookstore and a purple fronted store called The Arctic Scoop. I had heard this name in passing and decided that ice cream would be the perfect comfort food for me on this rainy, yucky day.

The shop was open and warm, with murals on the walls and paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling. It smelled like cold, sweet, cream. There were friendly, hand drawn chalk board signs displaying the different options

for building your ice cream and cute little signs recommending combinations of flavors and mix ins.

I had never been to this shop before and I expected the normal set up: a counter with tubs of ice cream, a couple types of cones and maybe some yummy toppers. This was not the case at The Arctic Scoop. They are a nitrogen ice cream shop, which is, apparently, all the rage right now. I was instructed to pick a “base” from different milk products. I chose almond milk. I was tickled that they had so many non-dairy options when it came to bases. After the “base” I got to choose two flavors. I chose white chocolate and coconut.

For my “add-ins” I got to choose two. It was a difficult to choose from all the amazing choices, but I picked almonds and vanilla wafers. The attendant took all my ingredients and threw them in a metal bowl and swirled them around with a bunch of smoke and magic and created a milkshake.

I don’t honestly know the benefits of nitrogen made ice cream, if there are any, but I know that milkshake was the bomb dot com!!! Creamy and full of flavor and piled high with homemade whipped cream. Smooth and sweet and just what I needed.

Milkshakes are $5.99 for a nice size shake, I honestly don’t know how big it was. They also had ice cream cones, cups, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, banana splits, and other sweet stuff.

It seemed like the perfect place to take a date or bring the kids. I love the fact that it is open until 11 on the weekends. I would love to catch a late night scoop with my hubby one day soon.

 

ColourPop Cosmetics Review

I recently went vegetarian (again…) and I have also been thinking about other aspects of my life and how I can make them cruelty-free and animal friendly. Of course, this is really just an excuse for me to go shopping and buy more stuff, which isn’t sustainable at all… but I digress.

So a friend told me about ColourPop. She mentioned that they were cruelty free and best of all, for your first purchase you got 5$ off! This paid for the shipping when I ordered 3 items from their website.

The website was full of gorgeous, deep colors and a great selection in lip colors, the main cosmetic I was shopping for. I found the Ultra Matte Lip line to be full of rich, pretty colors. I picked out the deepest red I could find, called LAX. I love how each shade of Matte Lip featured a corresponding Lippie Pencil so you could order both and not worry so much about the colors not matching. I ordered the Lippie pencil in Creature.

I have bought and returned several lipsticks from different drugstores because I didn’t like the texture or it rubbed off too quickly. I did not have this problem with the Ultra Matte Lip or the Lippie pencil. The color was very rich and true to the color on the website. It last a really long time, too. After two hours of continuous talking at work my lips had only just started fading and the color was still really vibrant. I was really impressed with how good it looked after a couple hours and I only had to do a little touchup.

The only complaint I have on the Lippie Pencil is that it is plastic-covered and it requires a sharpener. I wish it was the kind that you twist to refill, instead of sharpening it because it is an odd size and doesn’t quite fit my sharpener.

I also bought the Super Shock Cheek Matte Powder in “Bon Voyage.” I just wanted a face powder that could give me even coverage and help my foundation to stay all day. I love that the powder is super matte and it is really soft, almost moist. I use a simple blush brush to apply to my whole face and the color matches really well and applies evenly. After two hours I did have to reapply, but my face wasn’t as shiny as it normally is.

Overall, I loved all the cosmetics I ordered from ColourPop and I LOOOVE that they are cruelty free! Compared to some of the big makeup names, ColourPop is really affordable, each piece was only eight dollars a piece and the coupon code paid for the shipping and handling. I will definitely be ordering more of the Ultra Matte Lip Colors and I would like to try their Cream Gel Liners, too!

I am trying to  live a more earth friendly life. I’m not giving up my lipstick, but I’m proud to buy cruelty-free cosmetics and other products. As I do so, I will  continue to review them. I would love to hear what products you swear by that come from cruelty-free, vegan, and earth conscious companies.

Positive Vibes

xo

Rachael