ShopLatinx Pin

Shop Latinx Wishlist!

So I was originally going to blog about prison labor and companies to avoid, but since writing my Beauty Bakerie post, I’ve been reminded that there’s no ethical consumption under capitalism (hard to trace every factor of a product) and trickle-down economics don’t work. Furthermore, the companies benefiting from what’s being called slavery are the usual suspects like Walmart which may be difficult for poor people to boycott. Some say such protests are more about optics and energies should be put towards laws. 

TBH, I’m not sure about that given money’s influence in politics. Regardless, with tremendous racial wealth inequality and the recent pardon of noted goblin Arpaio, who was not only repeatedly found guilty of racially profiling Latinos but also ran abusive jails and quit investigating sex crimes (amongst many other things), I think we throw some support to the community! Here are some things I’m pinning and adding to my wishlist!

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Cultura Corazon

How cute are these prickly pear earrings? You can find them and a variety of jewelry and pins at Cultura Corazon which features icons like Frida Kahlo.

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Oh Comadre

It’s a bit refreshing when a shop specializes in one thing, and for Oh Comadre, that thing is the most special soy candles you’ve ever seen. Scent names include: ChurroMi Nuvio, Hot Chisme, and La Novela. I really hope she restocks Rainbow & Unicorn!

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mudShop Naturals

Did you think I could window shop without looking at some mud masks? mudShop Naturals offers a handful of sophisticated body products like scrubs, salts, and balms. I find this mask interesting because it has matcha tea, but they also have Hemp Seed Facial Serum. Apparently it’s good for anti-aging!

 

 

Mercado El Catrin

El Catrin probably has the widest mercado in this post with products ranging from jewelry and apparel to balloons! They have really cute little pins/buttons for only $1, and soap that’s supposed to smell like chocolate… omg…

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Hija de tu Madre

Hija is definitely more of a boutique with amazing sequined denim jackets that run about $80 (they have a really cool rooster one that makes me wish I was a kid!). But they do have more affordable items and are currently having a crop top and purse sale! Check out this watermelon bag!

All of these were found via the Instagram account @ShopLatinx which features small businesses owned by Latinx of all gender identities (hence the “x” rather than Latino/Latina). They’ve since expanded to a website!

I would definitely recommend a follow. And if you do prioritize legislation, check out how to defend youth and families from deportation.

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LA Colors & Nabi Concealers Review

LA Colors Nabi concealers
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I feel like I’d been seeing the brand that I usually get my concealer from, NYC, disappearing from the shelves, so I started looking for some other affordable ones. Browsing Walmart’s website, I found L.A. Colors and Nabi concealers, both brands offering a wide range of shades.

Although they have many colors, it was kind of hard to to find swatches. However, since they are more affordable, I was able to give a few items a try including for color correcting and contouring methods.

LA Colors CoverUP! sticks

cover up! concealer stick

I bought L.A. Colors CoverUP! sticks in Glow and Green. Green is obviously to color correct any redness. These actually contain more product than the N.Y.C. concealer sticks, but they’re skinnier and more prone to break. They’re certainly not totally natural (they do have bees wax and coconut oil), but no ingredients score particularly high on EWG.

When applying, the product kind of feels like it’s rattling around, so that’s why it can break. Fortunately, my Glow stick broke right at the base, so it’s been staying in the stick. 😅 I say fortunately because as you might not see in my pic, it really matches my tone! Unfortunately, the Green just seemed to give a white cast.

Nabi All in One

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Nabi Beige and Sand

I haven’t been much into highlighting and contouring– I have two products from e.l.f., but that’s about it– so that’s why I decided to try out Nabi’s concealer. These claim to be an “all in one” item to “correct, contour, conceal, highlight, and etc…” Yes, it actually says “etc.” I guess it’s believable for something be both a highlighter and contour but anything else… let’s not get crazy!!

These Nabi concealers are made with a brush built in of which I’m not really a fan. They also have a bit of baby powder smell. There is methylparaben and propylparaben, but the former only scores an EWG 4 whereas the latter scores a 7.

I don’t know if all websites have the same color images, but if you’re interested in the Nabi concealers, I’d take them with a grain of salt. Beige actually looks lighter than it appears online but works well as a highlighter. Online, Sand looks more like a peach shade that I could use to correct dark circles, but it’s actually for much tanner skin tones, possibly with orange or red undertones.

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LA Colors Glow, Nabi Beige, LA Colors Green, Nabi Sand

I’m still new to discerning undertones, so take my analysis with a grain of salt too! I think this may actually be my first purchase taking them into account, so I’m quite pleased with the Glow purchase. However, I wouldn’t buy it again because oddly enough, it’s now 4x as much as it was when I bought it! It’s still only $4 so it may not be a problem for you, and other shades are still under $2.

But I’ve seen people talking about LA Girls concealer which look like they have brushes like Nabi and can be cheaper than $4, so I would probably try one of those first. Just for reference, I think that I’m either a MAC NC20, although I haven’t tried them or been matched by anyone.

Are you a fan or drug store concealers? Or is the splurge worth it? Sorry I was gone for 2 weeks. We had guests!

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Summer Nail Colors

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When I published my Spring Nails post, I was actually going to write 3 of them– we see how that turned out! Since some of the colors overlap, I reworked them to give summer nail color ideas from my (and mom’s) polish collection. This time, I’m a little more realistic about how much I’ll post. 😅

Let’s Talk & Purple Pizzazz Frost

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These two purples were pretty similar, so I just included them both. I don’t know if the NYC shade, “Purple Pizzazz Frost,” is old, but for some reason, when I put on the first coat, it was almost like a different lighter plum color. Unfortunately, I’m not a master magician nail painter, so it does take another layer to be even and oddly, a darker color. The Sinful Colors shade is called “Let’s Talk” and is a chrome purple.

Blue Eyed Gal, Mango Madness, Gold Medal

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Don’t feel like you have to wear your polish in the experimental way that I was trying to show off the colors! I’ve heard that copper was supposed to be the shade of the season, but gold and orange are the closest I had. Specifically, elf’s orange “Mango Madness” and Sinful Colors’s “Gold Medal.” I feel like Rimmel’s “Blue Eyed Gal” clashes with my warm undertones, but I love the way it looks with the gold.

Perhaps another red or yellow would’ve made this collection shout “summer” more, but I like the tropical sense from the blue and orange and balance from the purples. I don’t usually go for the hot colors, so I’m glad I tried the orange (even though I don’t think mangoes are this color!).

What have been your summer nail colors?

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