Beauty and the “Big Green Purse”

Jen Hill:

Bringing back an eco-principled beauty post this Throwback Thursday!!

Originally posted on Mythbuster Beauty:

Tuesday April 22nd has been designated as Earth Day for 2008. Thousands of individuals and organizations will be taking action to a make positive, healing impact on our world.

This past January, I was able to meet a fascinating and extremely smart woman named Diane MacEachern. Diane MacEachern is the author of, Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.” Her book discusses the fact that women make the majority of all purchases, and by their purchasing choices, can make a significant difference in what is being manufactured and protecting our environment.

The Big Green Purse Shopping Principles:

1) Buy less.
2) Read the label.
3) Support sustainable standards.
4) Look for third-party verification.
5) Choose fewer ingredients.
6) Pick less packaging.
7) Buy local.

Diane asks women to take a $1,000 green spending challenge; shifting the money we already…

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October 30, 2014 at 6:31 am Leave a comment

Question your personal beauty regimen.

While some may view me as a bit extreme, I really don’t feel that way. I still think I have a long way to go when it comes to natural, healthy living, and do my best. Looking at things honestly and challenging our current beliefs is where I think real progress is made.

Then and Now: so… what changed?

My work and personal interests have led me to seek natural, alternative solutions for my health and beauty concerns. For a few years, I was hired as the Marketing Editor for a top online skin care and cosmetic retailer. While I enjoyed this work and had a passion for the industry, I became a bit jaded. Often times I felt like the copy I directed and also personally wrote misrepresented how I actually felt.

As much as we all know this, the simple fact is, the main objective of any online retailer, good or bad, is to get you to click onto the “buy now” button.

So, I have some simple homework for you. Ask yourself these questions about your personal beauty regimen:

  1. How’s it working for you? Are the products you use serving the purpose you bought them for?
  2. Do you know that these products are safe for your short and long-term health?
  3. Ideally, what is your biggest beauty challenge, and what would be the ideal solution if it existed?

Share away!

Jen <3

October 27, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Then and Now: so… what changed?

So… a new mantra of mine is, “it’s progression, not perfection.”

Here is a list of some of the changes that have directly/indirectly affected my beauty regimen:

  • I became a vegetarian.
  • I stopped drinking diet soda.
  • I went back to work full-time.
  • I started working out regularly at a public gym, and eventually earned my certification to become a Pilates instructor.
  • I bought myself a bicycle.
  • I stopped using conventional mass-market underarm deodorants.
  • I stopped watching t.v.

and most importantly…

Because of these changes (just a start), stopped focusing so much on makeup, skin and hair care, and spent more time on natural, healthy living!

Jen <3


October 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm 1 comment

Back at It!

Together, let’s simplify the process by identifying what we love and what we don’t.

Continue Reading October 23, 2014 at 8:27 am 6 comments

FGW: Who you callin’ Shady?

I recently had a spur of the moment trip to join my Daddy-O for a few days. With 5 days of travel and 3 different hotels, I wanted my makeup kit to be portable but diverse. I needed something for transit, for the moment when I jumped into his arms, for a touristy walk through the art district, and for fabulous evenings out to dinner. How could I possibly fit everything all those looks required into one little train case? If only there was something compact that contained a plethora of flattering shades….

Ask, and you shall receive. Only days previous I had opened a box containing theBalm’s Shady Lady Eyeshadow Palette(Limited Edition, Sephora only). I’d heard good things and I was headed out on an adventure anyways, so I just tossed it in my case along with a few brushes and hit the road. I guess I figured that if it didn’t work I could always use the excuse to hunt down a cosmetics counter and buy something new. It turns out that no hunting was necessary.

The palette case has a magnetic lid, a generous sized mirror, and is fairly sturdy. It survived being bashed about by baggage handlers, me, and later, my 15 month old daughter (a moment of silence please for the half a pan of Easy Wheezie which ended up embedded in her nails and my couch cushions). It’s smaller than a standard CD case so it can be easily tucked between folded clothes or jammed into the corner of your train case. Not that I would ever do such a thing.

There are 9 colors in this collection, ranging from light to very dark and covering every major color family. The 3 darkest colors are perfect for use as liners as well so you needn’t pack anything more than an extra brush. The color combinations are limited only by your imagination and I found that even the most seemingly insane combination were lovely. On a whim I used Curvy Cami(Plum shimmer with gold flecks) partnered with All about Alex(olive shimmer) and I loved the results. You only need to rub your fingertips across the pans of color to realize why these shadows are described as velvety. They apply smooth and clean, with no clumpy, chalky texture. They glide across your eyelid and stay quite well without feeling heavy in the slightest. I generally use a shadow base, but theBalm’s shadows stay well without one.

I think the thing that most impresses me about this set is the value. With nine shades for only $38 it averages to just under four and a quarter for each shade. There’s no way you’ll find a shadow of this quality for that kind of money anywhere else. This set has great potential for people who want to try several new shades without the expense of buying a bunch of singles. However, I think its true value is for the woman who wants variety and quality but can’t afford to lay down the cash this usually requires. I found that this palette offers something for every occasion, from a picnic at the park to an evening on the town, and something for every mood, from soft and playful to sultry and divine. This was a well thought out color collection of a fantastic eye shadow packaged in a convenient way. For the price and the quality I simply have no choice but to rate it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

October 22, 2008 at 1:46 am Leave a comment

Total Beauty Total Cure Baby Quasar PowerPack Giveaway

As you are probably aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The economy is tight and might make it difficult to donate, so why not enter and learn a fact along the way about breast cancer that you may not have known? In order to promote breast cancer awareness, Total Beauty has organized the Total Cure initiative. Over 50 beauty blogs have been partnering with several different beauty brands to provide giveaways throughout the month of October to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Mythbuster Beauty along with Baby Quasar are enthusiastic to be part of this initiative. In search for a cure and to promote BCA, for today only you can enter here to get a chance to win a Baby Quasar PowerPack!

What it is: The Baby Quasar PowerPack (which is both the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue) are Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices.

The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths that can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue delivers only blue light and kills the bacteria that causes acne. Both devices have been favorably reviewed and are probably the most coveted photo rejuvenation items on the planet!!!

To read my very positive review of the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue, you can follow this link to: Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue.

These two “babies” have a total retail value of $749!

So how do you enter? Just enter your name, email address, and one of the facts about breast cancer found on the Total Cure Myspace and Facebook pages in the box below. But HURRY…this contest will be open for 24 HOURS ONLY!

Giveaway Rules:

The contest will end at 3:00 AM EST on Saturday October 18th. I will draw THREE winners at random and they will be notified by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond to my email notification that they have won and if they do not respond an alternate will be drawn. The winners will be announced by Monday, October 20th.

October 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Beauty Bloggers and Brands Unite for a Cure to Breast Cancer


In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Total Beauty blog community is hosting an initiative that integrates breast cancer awareness, fundraising to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF) and daily beauty giveaways to engage women in the quest for the cure. These giveaways run for only 24 hours so hurry and enter!!!

Breast cancer, your days are numbered… (more…)

October 16, 2008 at 6:00 am 1 comment

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Jen Hill

Jen Hill

beauty buster a;-)

Yes, I have been described as a social butterfly. Those strong, beautiful wings can really take you places!

What sets me off? Seeking out emerging trends in the marketplace and finding clever ways to fill it.

I enjoy playing with my daughters and dear friends, cooking/baking something yummy and laughing, More often than not, you can find me outdoors without shoes, andmost likely with my hands in the dirt!

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