My Essentials: Why I Went Totally Green with my Beauty Routine (& my everyday products)

A few months ago I posted an Instagram story featuring some of my everyday all-green beauty products with the note “our earth was designed for us to live off, so why wouldn’t it’s offerings be able to heal us?” Your response was massive. DM’s from the world over with support for this sentiment. I knew the green beauty movement was well under way but it was this virtual-correspondence that lead me to realize we are all seeking more information and inspiration when it comes to clean ingredient cosmetics. I hope this post can give you that.
The reality is it’s necessary — as overwhelming as it is to dissect ingredient labels (I love the app Healthy Living for doing the work for me), the research is in and we can no longer be slathering our sacred skin with mystery chemicals.
Thus, my year-long deep-dive into the best skincare, makeup, supplements, and haircare on the market with absolutely no toxic components, that really really do the trick.

My interest in clean beauty truly sprouted from my passion for herbs and plant medicine. I naturally turn to the pantry long before I ever turn to a Western Doc. and as I dug deeper into this world I found testimonial after testimonial of individuals who were able to ease up acne, take 20 years off their face without invasive surgery, and dissipate uneven scaring using only what Mother Nature offers. For example, aging is the process of your skin losing hydration over time and ingredients like live plant extracts not only have homeopathic and ayurvedic healing properties for ailments such as acne, scaring, sagging etc. but also contain all that lushness we love about plants in the first place. Think of a freshly bloomed rose — its petals are soft and plump, and self-protect against the sun! Let’s all have a little bit more of that in our lives. If you’ve been following the Vérité Woman journey for a while now you’ll know there’s nothing a healing hot cocoa, the world’s best homemade mask, and rose water can’t fix!

However, it wasn’t until recently that I traded in my Korean sheet masks and drug store mascara for a salt-of-the-earth toiletry bag — right down to my toothpaste! I know that this transition can be a costly one, so there’s no reason to bite off the whole gluten-free cookie at once. Ease into it. See what products speak to you. Little by little you’ll be bettering your skin saviors and minimizing your carbon footprint while you cleanse!

= products readers loved and bought through our suggestion!

De Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm
Until this cleansing balm came into my life, I wasn’t much of cleanser fan. They stripped my skin and left it feeling like I’d taken a squeegee to my pores. This replenishes moisture while diminishing dirt.

Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk
For those of you who love a good double cleanse system you can use this one before the above, or of course on its own. The lavender is super calming so it’s great after a summer day spent in the sun!

Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme
As you can tell, I’m a huge supporter of Miss Fender. Her line is pricey but seriously effective for my dry skin.

Tammy Fender Restorative Balm
Just more reasons to join the TF fan club.

One Love Organics Love + Charcoal Mask
Charcoal usually dries my skin out further, however, this mask is not only detoxifying and a pro at pulling out impurities, but it also leaves skin silky and plump.

One Love Organics Vitamin E Balm

I’m not messing around when I say this is one of the best products on the market. This is branded as an eye balm but it does so much more. Vitamin E has long been used to dissipate scaring (massage a little into a scar each day and over time it will diminish the scar tissue and heal the visible wound), thus you can only imagine what it can do for our faces. I apply this under my eyes and around my lips each night!

 

Kahina Moroccan Rose Water

A rose water fanatic’s dream come true

Le Prunier Plum Beauty Oil

 

This oil is the single product from Le Prunier and once you get your hands on it you’ll understand why they only need one star in this show. Through their research of plums (they own a NorCal plum farm) they were able to find regenerating properties, natural sun protection, and maximum hydration. Use on face, in hair, and on hands. It smells divine.

Suntegrity SPF 30

A natural SPF is hard to find but Suntegirty does the best.

Green Sprouts 5 Piece Muslin Face Cloths Made from Organic Cotton

 

Let me tell you a thing or two about washcloths: they breed bacteria and they absorb moisture that could be going into your skin! Reason enough not to use them. Instead, muslin face cloths don’t absorb as much hydration from your skin, and put in work to wipe off dirt and product!

 

Playa – Natural Endless Summer Spray (3.65 fl oz / 108 ml)

The entire Playa line is a dream as you will find out below. This Summer Spray does the work of a good sea salt spray without any of the damage.

Playa – Natural Everyday Shampoo

Of all the products I’ve switched over to the greener side, shampoo has been the hardest transition. Playa leaves my hair bouncy and lush, even with an air dry.

Playa – Natural Supernatural Conditioner

Pro tip: leave it in extra long as a hair mask!

Playa – Natural Ritual Hair Oil

This hair oil is delicious and creates soft, lustrous tresses. Also, the color is divine, like liquid gold.

Karma Organic beauty natural Soybean Lavender Nail Polish Remover Nontoxic & Vegan 

Nail products are some of the grossest when it comes to chemicals and finding anything the least bit natural is a needle in a haystack situation. This polish remover not only does the job, but also leaves nails super hydrated instead of dry and brittle.

 

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc SPF 30 Natural Continuous Fragrance Free Sunscreen Spray

A chemical-free, spray on, clear SPF you say? It exists.

Agent Nateur Deodorant Agent No 3 Unisex, 1.7 oz., Large

Deodorant is a bitch whether it’s drugstore grade or all-naturaaal. Agent Nateur goes on like those smooth, creamy sticks we grew up on without any of the cancer-causing chemicals. It’s the only deodorant I’ll use.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Sun Touched

A cream blush goes a long way for a sun-kissed look.

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

Since almost my entire makeup regime is cream based, this melts right in! I use Kjaer Weis’ foundation as an undereye or blemish concealer as needed. Pro tip: mix it with an oil to sheer it out or breath new life into it mid-day.

RMS Living Luminizer

 

It speaks for itself.

RMS Lip Shine in Honest and Moment

 

These two shades are my daily saviors for romancing chronically dry lips.

Aloe Gel Lash & Brow Mascara

Just a quick swoosh of this across your brows and you’re a 90s’ supermodel. Or at least close to it.

Kosas Lipstick in Stardust

Kosas kills it on the lipstick front. They use a lot less wax in their ingredients than most so it’s long-wearing without cracking!

Kosas Color + Light: Pressed in Papaya 1972

As I said I’m strictly a cream person when it comes to my face makeup but I make an exception for this apricot hued blush and highlighter duo. Who doesn’t love a two-in-one?

Goop GoopGlow

I fell for the hype, and the hype was legit.

David’s Toothpaste

When I think of clean toothpastes I think of gross, sticky pastes that smell like licorice. David’s is a delicious mint flavor and leaves your pearly whites as you like them — whiter and fresh!

High Strength Propolis (Alcohol-Free)

This is my secret weapon, one I gained from my time on a honey farm in France. It’s the best, all-natural spot treatment out there and heals blemishes by killing the bacteria that forms them without leaving a flaky dry patch in its place. Secondarily, it can be used as a weapon against on-coming colds, herpes, and infected cuts.

Addictive Wellness Elixir Blends – CARAMEL Sugar-Free Superherb Drink Mix Box

Let’s end on a sweet note. Addictive Wellness did us good with their elixir blends. A cup overflowing with good-for-you herbs is what you can expect from the three flavors they offer (caramel is my favorite).

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It’s World Oceans Day — 5 Easy Ways You can Give Back to Big Blue!

The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet’s surface and hosts more than 90% of Earth’s water. She’s mighty & playful, yet she has seductive powers that casts trance like spells upon us. Most who are graced with her presence succumb to her never-ending sway.
There is a notorious understanding that we often hurt the ones we love most – taking them for granted as we know they will always be there. This phenomena goes beyond human to human and seeps into our relationship with Mother Nature.
Right now, there is an island of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that was last measured in March to be about 1.6 million square kilometers in size. To put it into perspective, this is more than three times the size of France.
Today is #worldoceansday and we have one favor to ask you; before you purchase anything that involves single-use plastic, remind yourself of the likely hood of where it will end up. Whether it be in a landfill or in the ocean, its inability to decompose is detrimental to Mother Earth. Remind yourself that the power is in your hands. On this World Oceans Day in celebration, we are slipping into our bikinis and headed to the coastline. Before we dive in, we wanted to share a list of crazy easy, super practical ways we can conserve Big Blue every day — even if you don’t live near its shores.

A reusable water bottle is your best accessory:
Not only are we a nation chronically dehydrated, but we also have the terrible habit of using plastic water bottles and discarding them without realizing the impact. Only 7% of the millions of water bottles manufactured a day are recycled and turned into new bottles.

Sippin’ on Stainless Steel:
Trade in your plastic to-go straw, or worse those flimsy recycled cardboard ones that disintegrate in your cold brew (anyone else hate those?) and invest in these reusable stainless steel straws. They minimize waste and wash easily!

Be the Clean-Up Crew:
Every time we head to the beach we make sure to have our If You Care compostable garbage bags and reusable gloves and just pick up micro-trash as we go. You’re not only giving a little love to the ocean’s edges, but you’re getting a nice beach walk in while you do it!

Get Clean:
Toxic products we use in our everyday life — the most harmful can be found under our kitchen sinks — get back into our water sources and into our oceans. These can be detrimental to the animal and plant life living within. Until we stop using these products it’s a never-ending cycle! Below we’ve linked some of our favorite green cleaning products for your reference.

Consume, but Check-in:
in conclusion, it comes down to consumer choice so anytime you go to buy something check in and ask yourself about the longevity and toxicity of the product. What is its life cycle? Is the packaging going to end up in a landfill and/or ocean? If it’s not biodegradable or properly recyclable — the answer is probably yes.

 

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Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides

Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusive
It’s important that our beauty products, cleaning products, even sex products are an extension of our very beliefs. Quality materials, purposeful branding, and a strong message of inclusivity are at the top of our list. Good design is pretty high up there too. That’s why Maude is a no-brainer as the sex-positive line of products that are gracing our bedsides (yes, that’s on our bedsides, we aren’t tucking these pretty things way) and simplifying our sex lives.
Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusive Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusiveTimes are bringing about a new kind of consumer, the kind that’s woke about the production and life-span of their purchases. They want a sense of intimacy from their most personal products — as they should. Eva Goicochea, co-founder of Maude says “The state of sexual health is changing. No longer are there just the big incumbents to look to for sexual wellness products. There is a crop of newer companies, including Maude, that are committed to providing better products and experiences for the consumer and it feels like just that idea—the idea of having a choice in where and whom you buy from—is so refreshing, and long overdue. We’re really excited about the change. In fact, while our launch tagline was ‘a better morning is coming’ and yes, we meant it in that way, we also were saying a new day is here—finally!

You must be wondering what kind of new-wave intimacies Maude can provide from the checkout cart straight to your bedroom. It’s more than just lubricant — although there’s that too, organic or silicone. Maude makes shopping easy with pre-made sets of all your favorite accessories: the powerful personal massager (a beautiful silicone body with the shape of a water droplet) matched with the ultra-thin condoms. Or a pairing of personal lubricant and those easy-open condoms. Each kit feels like it’s mirroring your very needs. With sleek packaging and quiet design, Maude makes sex products feel less raunchy than the prior offerings and much more relatable. Nothing is screaming gender labels, and there’s no punny marketing that only seems to include (or exclude) a certain type of fetish.
Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusiveWhen asked how Maude hopes to change the conversation about sexual health for the better Goicochea says “As a gender-inclusive company and one that examines sex in a broader way—think history, culture, science, art—we are committed to creating product and a platform that makes people feel comfortable in exploring and talking about sex outside of the typical clinical and taboo ways.

Maude, you’re speaking our language. Get $5 off your first kit here.

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My Essentials: Answers to the Questions You Ask Most!

 

My Essentials: Answers to the Questions You Ask Most! Bioderma, How to cure jet lag, essentials, skincare, natural beauty, the best eyelash curler, the best beauty tools, meyers cleaning products, natural cleaning products, herbs for women, benefits of goth, benefits of ashwagandha, aquaphor, my reading list, books that changed my life, self help, self care, ayurveda, The Ordinary, chemical peel, affordable skincare.So many of you wonderful women reach out to me on a daily basis to ask for suggestions on all topics we love here at Vérité Woman. It truly makes my day — there’s something about being known as your go-to girl that warms my heart. Most of all you ask me about products I live for, herbs that sustain me, and tools that get me through modern life juggling being a vocal feminist/ self-care advocate/ business owner.
To streamline my suggestions, and because I love a good list, I wanted a place where you could come and easily find all the essentials I’m living for right now. Categorized, purposeful, reasonable. – Michaela d’Artois
= products readers loved and bought through our suggestion!

RMS Beauty Luminizer Highlighter, Living, 0.17 Ounce

If RMS established a cult, I would join willingly. Need I say more?

Agent Nateur Deodorant Agent No 3 Unisex, 1.7 oz., Large

I put in the leg work to find the perfect all-natural deoderant (I quite literally tried them all) and finally my efforts paid off. Agent Nateur is a female-owned brand that betters your everyday through luxurious green products. The deoderant has that very user-friendly drug store brand twist packaging, and smooth application only it won’t suffocate your body with cancer-causing elements.

Odacité | Mo+P Very Dry Skin Facial Serum Concentrate | Moringa & Petitgrain | Extremely Dry Skin | 0.17 oz
Odacité | Po+R Hydration Facial Serum Concentrate | Pomegranate & Rose Geranium | Skin Hydration For Improved Texture | 0.17 ozOdacité’s facial serum concentrates are truly powerful stuff. Each jar is a formulation of a few heavy hitting plant extracts that work wonders for very specific skin ailments. They were crafted to act like boosters with your existing products, so instead of using them alone, cocktail them in with products you love! The above two are used alternated in my routine to consistently deliver that glow and lasting hydration. One drop mixed in with my favorite moisturizer before bed is all I need.

Tammy Fender Epi-Peel,1.7 ozCheaper than a facial, just as effective and contains totally clean ingredients. I use this twice a week to keep my skin tight, clear of build up, and luxuriously smooth.

Nightingale Toning Peeling Pads Daily 50pcs
A small daily dose of a chemical exfoliant and toner in a cotton pad. Great for prepping your skin to glow.

Hair Serum Dry Hair Treatment – Best Frizzy Hair Serum for Damaged Hair – Remilia Hair Care Capsules Keratin Silk Pro-Vit B5 -GMO-Paraben-Sulfate Free for All Hair Types (30 Capsules)
Aside from wash, rinse, repeat, condition this is the only hair product I use. It leaves my hair shiny without weighing it down like many other oils. I started using Remilia Cosmo Capsules a few months ago and the number of comments I get about my hair daily is insane.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12% 30ml

I speak highly of all The Ordinary products but this one is apart of my daily morning regime and has worked wonders. Read my full review here.

KYPRIS – 100% Natural / Vegan Pot of Shade: Heliotropic Sunscreen (SPF 30, .91 oz / 27 ml)
SPF is so incredibly important and it’s taken me years to find one I like. Kypris does it right and does it without any gross ingredients.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask 2.7oz/80ml
I live for an overnight mask (I do not live for waking up & finding dog hairs stuck to it) and this one is breaking the web right now, so it must be legit right? I say so.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Cleansing Water and Makeup Remover Solution for Face and Eyes – 16.7 fl. oz.
I’ve talked about this stuff a lot and I will continue… when I travel a lot my shoulders tend to want to break out — a daily swipe up Bioderma Micellar Cleansing Water on your face, neck, chest, and back (wherever you might suffer a breakout) does the trick. It’s sort of like a cleanser and toner in one!

SKINUA | 12 Packs of Natural ANTI-AGING Mask Sheets | Natural Aloe, Snail, Collagen, Pearl | Adenosine, Peptide components for GLOWING, HEALTHY, AGELESS skin | K-BEAUTY Product
This one’s from my Korean Beauty Vault. I’m just super into the weird ingredients like the snail, pearl, and caviar. 

The Ordinary Peeling Solution 30ml AHA 30% + BHA 2%


A few months ago a skincare professional suggested I start using a chemical peel. I’m such a fan of exfoliating products but needed to get deeper. The Ordinary was in my budget, and was well-received — so far I love it!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 30 ml

 

Hyaluronic Acid is my new favorite buzzy ingredient. As someone with super dry skin, this helps me maintain hydration all day. Read my full review here. 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo 1.8 oz
The only dry shampoo I’ve ever loved and it feels like I’ve tried them all.

PURE Shea Butter by Buena Skin | Organic, Raw, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed – Great To UseAlone or DIY Body Butters, Lotions, Soaps, Eczema & Stretch Mark Products, From Ghana – 8 oz
As aforementioned I have dry skin. It’s the worst. I live in a desert. I go through this shae butter like it’s a box of girl scout cookies.

Molivera Organics Bentonite Clay for Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Skin and Hair, 16 oz.
This mask is a great way to pull toxins from your skin, hair, and body. Mix the Bentonite powder with apple cider vinegar (don’t use any metal tools to mix, it will affect the mask) and spread generously over face and neck, leave until dry and rinse in warm water. This mask can begin to burn and heat the skin beneath — this is all a part of the process of bringing blood flow to skin’s surface to give it fresh oxygen and circulation. All good things, trust.

Herbivore Botanicals – Citrine Body Oil (4 oz)
I just love the smell of this body oil so much. 

Castor Oil (2oz) USDA Certified Organic, 100% Pure, Cold Pressed, Hexane Free by Kate Blanc. Stimulate Growth for Eyelashes, Eyebrows, Hair. Lash Growth Serum. Brow Treatment. FREE Mascara Starter Kit
I recently got turned on to castor oil packs to detox my digestive system and help with truly painful cramps. Castor oil goes so much further though — it’s a great nutritional product for aiding in the growth and health of your hair and nails. 

Skin Owl – Organic Eye+ (Nourishing + Youth Stimulating Eye Concentrate)
Skin Owl is such a great brand and I use their eye concentrate nightly to deliver that hydration and minimize fine lines.

Banyan Botanicals Sesame Oil, Certified Organic, 16 oz – Pure, Unrefined – The Most Traditional of All Oils Used in Ayurveda, Good for Vata and Kapha
I bring this Ayurvedic oil with me whenever I go for a massage. The smell calms me and the herbs heal from the inside out. They can also use it on my face, hair, everywhere. If I’m not able to treat myself, I’ll give myself a 15-minute oil massage before hopping in the shower. It promotes circulation and balance.

Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter – Dry Hair, 13.5 fl. oz.
Before this shampoo, I had never found one I was monogamous to, but I think this might be the one.

Klorane Mask with Mango Butter – For Dry Hair, 5.07 fl. oz.
My colored hair loves this nourishing treatment!

Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Advanced Therapy Skin Protectant 14 Ounce
Do I need to say it again? I have crazy dry skin. Aquaphor is a heal-all for freshly shaved legs, chapped lips, and sun-kissed skin.

Derma Roller for Personal Use -By Golden Touch Luxury Skincare Collection

The number of readers who have told me they bought this derma roller from my suggestion — I could have an empire by now!

Beauty Bar 24k Golden Pulse Facial Massager, T-Shape Electric Sign Face Massage Tools for Sensitive Skin Face Pull Tight Firming Lift

Ditto to the derma roller, this facial massager is my go-to for lymphatic face treatments. Readers have loved this product, so do I — so will you!

Corkcicle Canteen Classic Collection-Water Bottle & Thermos-Triple Insulated Shatterproof Stainless Steel, 25 oz, Gloss Pink
I’m trying my very best to drink my daily dose of water — this cute water bottle makes it easy!

For Pro Premium Stitched Round Cotton, 600 Count
For taking off my makeup, nail polish, or pressing rose water/toner into my skin — I buy these in bulk.

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler – Award Winning – With Satin Bag & Refill Pads – No Pinching, Just Dramatically Curled Eyelashes & Lash Line in Seconds. Get Gorgeous Eye Lashes Now!I don’t use many makeup products or tools, but I love a good full lash look.

Supracor Spa Bath Mitt Body Exfoliator Face Antibacterial Scrub Sponge (Purple)
I’m big into exfoliation for a myriad of reasons (circulation, a natural glow, lymphatic drainage) and trust me when I say I’ve tried every exfoliating glove under the sun. This one’s the best. You heard it here first folks.

Moon Juice – 100% Organic Raw Cacao Powder / Antioxidant Superfood (5.2 oz)
My nightly ritual consists deligently of an adaptogen hot chocolate. The warmth and sweetness is like a lullaby for my brain before bed. Through all of the cacao powders I have tried, Moon Juice brings it home. The cacao flavor is rich and holds properties that allow our bodies to decompress and destress for a good nights’ sleep.

NutraBlast Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories – 30 Count, 600mg – 100% Pure Made in USA – Boric Life Intimate Health Support
All womne’s lady-bits are tempermental so I figure when we find a produt that works, we share it with the tribe. Boric acid is a natural way to fight against BV and pesky imbalances in your vagina. This suppository goes in at night and allows you to wake up with less discomfort even killing all traces of bacteria all together! 

Bragg USDA Gluten Free Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, With the Mother 16 ounces
Every girl should have a bottle of Baggs in their cabinet.

Marine Collagen Powder Peptides – Blueberry Flavor (30 stick packs) – 100% Organic – Anti Aging – Hyaluronic Acid – Youth + Love
When I’m really on my game, I remember to drink Youth+ Love’s Marine Collagen Powder in my water. These promote collagen production in your skin and muscles — the fountain of youth? Worth a try! Plus, they taste pretty damn good.

Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract™ Candida Cleanse and Digestion Formula102 — 200 Vegetarian Capsules
It seems every aspect of modern life can cause candida in our bodies. To ensure my candida level is in check, I take these natural capsules.

High Strength Propolis Alcohol-Free 1 oz
I learned this from the French so you know it’s good: if you feel a cold coming on, a drop of propolis will set it right.

UpNature Wild Oregano Oil 4 OZ – 100% Pure and Natural, Undiluted and Unfiltered, GMO-Free, Premium Quality
Oregano oil is my cure all — pimples, infected cuts, sore throat, you name it. Tastes absolutely repulsive but it works.

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee Mix Pack of 2 – Lion’s Mane and Chaga & Cordyceps and Chaga


started drinking these a few weeks back and loved the taste (not everyone agrees with me on the flavor palette) and how it made me feel. Yes, it’s coffee but it’s mixed with all kinds of amazing fungi like chaga that work wonders on your system and skin.

GoMacro Macrobar Organic Vegan Protein Bar, Mocha Chocolate Chip, 2.3 Ounce
I keep this in my purse for when I get hangry.

Yamamotoyama Genmai-cha Green Tea with Roasted Rice 16 Count Tea Bags Aluminum Sealed (3 Pack)
I drink green tea all day long: it flushes your system, is amazing for your skin, and this one tastes like popcorn!

NOW Melatonin 5 mg,180 Veg Capsules
When traveling through time zones, I always make sure to have my melatonin close by. It really helps kick jet lag.

*A few years ago I realized I was combating daily effects of anxiety. In a personal decision to find a natural solution and stay away from prescription drugs I have found some herbal ways to deal (yes, all the herbal ways). Below are a few that help immensely on the daily!
Organic Ashwagandha Root Powder 1200mg – 120 Veggie Capsules – Ashwagandha Supplement Certified Organic – Black Pepper Extract For Increased Absorption
I take ashwagandha daily as a natural remedy for my anxiety and bouts of low energy. This herb boosts your mood and concentration! 

Gotu Kola 450mg Now Foods 100 Caps
This daily herb is a good trade in for that mid-day latte. Gotu has similar impacts as a cup of coffee without the anxious aftermath.

Rescue Remedy Dropper 20ml
Another natural anxiety weapon that I have found truly works.


The Prophet (A Borzoi Book)

The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul

The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

P.F. Candle Co. Teakwood & Tobacco 3.5 oz. Scented Soy Candle with Match Bottle
This P.F. Candle is my all-time favorite. The smell is masculine and exotic making my home extra cozy.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Kitchen Basics Set, Lavender, 3 ct: Dish Soap (16 fl oz), Hand Soap (12.5 fl oz), Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner (16 fl oz)
For all things housekeeping.

URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Essential Oil Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode,Waterless Auto Shut-off and 7 Color LED Lights Changing
I love my essential oil diffuser for setting the mood at home whether it’s time to get down to business, or prepping for a night of deep sleep.

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Self-Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos

Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos.

Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos, now on VERITE WOMAN, Self Portrait, Photographer, Photography, Woman, Model, Fujifilm, VSCO Cam, photo editing, artist, creative, how to take a selfie, feminism, self love, how to love yourself, how to have self confidence, Instagram.
Words and photography by Michaela d’Artois.

We live in a selfie nation. Did you know that there’s a tactic of taking a photo called a fake selfie? In which someone else holds the camera for you but you extend your arm out as if it is, in fact, a momentary shot that you conjured yourself (with a go-go gadget arm length no less). Our fascination with this self-curated phenomenon seems endless. Yet self-portraiture gets a bad rep. It is easily seen as vapid to spend hours on the floor of your apartment, self-timer mode in full effect, being creative director to your own limbs. However, in a journey with the self as subject, I have found it to be one of the most liberating forms of creativity and expression I have yet to face as an artist. I would go as far to say that it has connected me deeper with who I am as a woman, and allowed me to fall in love the woman in the photos.

I have long been mystified by why we seek muses outside of ourselves. We’re told to look at yourself too long, or to focus on your own-ness is an illness of narcissism, yet narcissism is actually a mental state derived from fear of lacking.
Think of the most impactful female artists who have used themselves as the canvas for their work: Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Lois Mailou Jones, and my personal favorite Ana Mandieta. All of these women saw the most important study was themselves. If more people looked inward for inspiration rather than outward to those #LifeGoals, #BodyGoals, #CoupleGoals we swipe through daily, we would have more women living and breathing their truths.
Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos, now on VERITE WOMAN, Self Portrait, Photographer, Photography, Woman, Model, Fujifilm, VSCO Cam, photo editing, artist, creative, how to take a selfie, feminism, self love, how to love yourself, how to have self confidence, Instagram.I hold the belief that when someone photographs you, they take a little part of you with each image captured. Their eye is requesting you to fit inside their vision, whether they mean to impose or not and once the still is shot you have very little control where that image will go, how the conversation around it will be formatted. When those photos go “live”, thousands, maybe millions of eyes take what they want from the photo. Whether the female gaze, male gaze or other gaze sees it, they are free to digest and judge it as they wish. If the thousands of years of art history prior to the life of Instagram tells us anything,
the female has always been a part of art’s context, however, she has had very little say on how she is portrayed and then viewed. We can never stop creepers from creeping, or subjects being objectified but we can structure the way She as Subject is being used.

Self Portraiture as Power: How I fell in Love with the Woman in the Photos, now on VERITE WOMAN, Self Portrait, Photographer, Photography, Woman, Model, Fujifilm, VSCO Cam, photo editing, artist, creative, how to take a selfie, feminism, self love, how to love yourself, how to have self confidence, Instagram.

Fast forward a year into my journey, almost all the content I create is self-portraiture, and this project of documenting myself has been liberating, to say the least. With uninhibited freedom of working in solitude I am unaffected by the time it takes me to “get the shot” and the fearless to express my truest self. When I click through the photos I have taken, I see a woman comfortable in her body, in her space, in her sexuality — she is not trying to fit into someone else’s vision, or appease someone else’s gaze but she commands her own. I found myself falling in love with this woman’s vulnerability, she’s unrestrained, enjoying the flaws that make her real. I love the way the light catches the tiny sprinkling of hairs on her upper thighs, the way the soles of her feet are always dusty from running around her L.A. studio. I love the way that on any given day she could embody a million different women while still staying true to her self. I love that I am in control of how I am being portrayed, and it isn’t at the expense or direction of anyone else. I am so much more than my physical self, and through the photos, I create I can tell that story in a two-dimensional format.

As anything else, the more familiar we become with a subject, the more normalized it becomes to us. Through the act of photographing myself, I was liberated to get to know who I am and see myself objectively. It made me more comfortable in my skin. It made me more comfortable to see that from an outside perspective those little things that bug you about your surface “self” were really not apparent at all.
In the art of self-portraiture, we don’t all need to be Cindy Sherman’s. Part of the craft is self-discovery, and in a world where publishing just means sharing I realized these photos don’t have to go anywhere if I don’t want them to — they are first and foremost for me and no one else.

It’s the study of self.

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