Inside a Latinx Sustainability Blogger's Beauty Routine, Andrea



Hi, my name is Andrea! My parents were born in Uruguay before coming to the United States in pursuit of a better life for their growing family. Eventually, they both ended up in NYC, and then there were five of us! Growing up, my parents had a difficult time learning English and they wanted to make sure my siblings and I didn't forget the native language- we ended up going to a Spanish speaking school on the weekends for a couple of years.


Career

After high school, I did the usual thing and went to college. I finished up my associate's degree at Queens Borough Community College and currently, I work in administration at an orthopedic hospital in the Upper East Side. I've been working there for the last seven years and it helps pay the bills, but I don't see myself there much longer. 


When I was younger, I wanted to become a makeup artist because the power of makeup was so intriguing to me. Not to mention, I was always stealing my mother's makeup- so you can say that the beauty industry had a major impact on me growing up. I think that the beauty industry has been taken to a whole new level- it's grown so much at least from my perspective that it gets overwhelming. In my younger years, I would purchase various brands and cosmetics without really looking into their environmental impact. Now, when I'm buying any type of skincare or beauty product, I try meeting the following criteria:

  • Do I need it? 

  • Is this brand cruelty-free?

  • Are they vegan?

  • Do they use natural and organic ingredients?

  • Do they source their ingredients sustainably and ethically?

  • Does this come in sustainable packaging?

Sustainability, to me, doesn't mean one size fits all. And what I mean by that is that it’s different for everyone. But to me, it merely means to respect nature. To put systems that work with nature and not against it.



Skincare Routine

I like keeping my routine quick and straightforward. I start my routine with cold water on my face to help wake me up and then I lightly clean my face with charcoal facial soap. Lately, I've been applying a toner (rosewater & witch hazel) to my t-zone to help balance my skins’ PH and control the amount of oil. Next, I apply Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum, and to finish it off, I love using Yay for Earth face moisturizer- a little goes a long way.

My nighttime routine is pretty much the same unless I wear makeup that day. I start with using my homemade makeup remover, a reusable cotton round, and some water to remove any makeup.





Elate Cosmetics Mascara

Natural & Organic | Natural & organic ingredients

Best For | Everyone

Brand Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, made in Canada

Packaging | Bamboo, plastic tube

Price Range | $28

SHOP ELATE COSMETIC






Elate Cosmetics Mascara

Natural & Organic | Natural & organic ingredients

Best For | Everyone

Brand Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, made in Canada

Packaging | Bamboo, plastic tube

Price Range | $12.50- $78


SHOP YAY FOR THE EARTH





Makeup Routine

I used to put on a whole face of makeup when I would compete for the indoor track team in high school- Now I barely wear any. On the occasions that I do wear makeup, I keep it light and as natural-looking as possible. I usually go with bare minerals as my foundation to cover up any acne scars or spots. Lately, I've been using Zao concealer to cover my dark circles or for any touch-ups, and it gets the job done. I top off the look with some good ole mascara, and I've been using Elate mascara. There you have it- and I call that the “I gotta look decent in public glow up routine.”


Elate Cosmetics Mascara

Natural & Organic | Natural & organic ingredients

Best For | Everyone

Brand Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, made in Canada

Packaging | Bamboo, plastic tube

Price Range | $28

SHOP ELATE COSMETIC




-As told to LWB

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