21 Fashion Brands You Should Know About This Earth Day

By nature, fashion is not exactly “good” for the planet. With the constant environmental and ethical challenges the industry continues to face, it’s safe to say there’s a lot of work to be done when it comes to sustainability. But at a time when people seem to (finally!) be realizing how important it is to lessen their carbon foot print, it can definitely be difficult to weed out brands that are true change-makers from ones that are simply green-washers. So, in honor of Earth Day, we’re spotlighting a few labels that are actually doing their part.

As much as we love a good fashion-fashion steal, it’s time we start paying attention to where the pieces we wear come from, and to be a bit more mindful about the companies we choose to shop from and support. Don’t know where to start? The equally cool and conscious brands ahead will have you adding many-a pieces to your virtual shopping cart and feeling guilt-free.

Where Mountains Meet
Everyone needs a few solid, crisp wardrobe staples, and Where Mountains Meet is just as stylish as it is socially and environmentally conscious. Original prints and textiles are hand-loomed by artisans in remote communities including Varanasi, Guatemala, Bolivia, and more, while its denim is American-made all the way down to the organic cotton that’s been harvested and dyed right here in the States. While its textiles and fabrics originate from different areas of the world, the full collection is then locally produced in New York’s Garment District.

Big news: Sustainable luxury brand Maiyet just launched eco-friendly sunglasses, just in time for Earth Day. The capsule consists of three styles, retailing for $195, and is available on www.maiyet.com as well as at its New York flagship store in Soho. The shades are constructed of a unique, high-quality, 100% biodegradable frame, which cuts down on waste and promotes sustainability.

Back Beat Rags
This California-based, skate-inspired label makes affordable basics out of low-impact GOTS-certified organic cotton, recycled hemp, and tencel. And speaking from experience, they’re all buttery soft. Talk about a win-win.

H&M Conscious Collection
You probably think of H&M for fast-fashion first, but have you checked out its offering of pieces made from more sustainable materials, like organic cotton? Scope out the brand’s Conscious Exclusive line, which is eco-friendly, trend-forward fashion at a bit of a higher price point.

We know, this brand so on-trend you can hardly …read more

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Exactly How You Should Spend Your Tax Refund This Weekend

Tax season is officially over, which means it’s time to irresponsibly spend your refund on everything you’ve wanted to buy all year. Just in case you haven’t brainstormed a concrete plan, Sephora is here with its Beauty Insider Spring Bonus sale to help you spend all that extra cash.

Starting today, Sephora is offering loyalty members special discounts on everything (minus The Ordinary). That means 15% off the purchase for Rouge, VIB, and Insider members alike. So, if you’ve had a running wish list of products in your head, the time to get ’em is now through April 23. Better hurry, because we bet that Summer Fridays face mask and Fenty Beauty glitter puff will sell out any minute now.

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When you’re on a budget, you settle for the generic lip balm at the drugstore. But if you have the extra cash for a balm that makes you feel — and look — rich, you splurge. Thanks to this juicy formula’s shea butter, vitamin E, coconut water, and jojoba oil blend, you’re left with softer, brighter lips in just one swipe.

Yves Saint Laurent, $32, available at Sephora

Hydrating mists are nice when you’re hungover or tired at your desk, but they don’t always leave your makeup in pristine condition. A wet spray will do that to you. But this lightweight, blurring powder offers up the cooling effect of a watery mist, just without actually messing with your look.

Becca, $38, available at Sephora

Sometimes dry shampoo just doesn’t cut it. When you want to add body and lift to a limp style, opt for a texturizing foam that leaves your style looking fresh longer.

Ouai, $28, available at Sephora

Not every eye cream is worth holy grail status, but this vitamin C-rich formula is. Your undereye bags may not entirely disappear after smoothing this on, but at least those circles will feel a bit brighter and way more hydrated before tapping on concealer.

Drunk Elephant, $64, available at Sephora

Although this face-smoothing salve looks more like vanity decor than an actual primer, the velvety, thick, putty-like balm melts into your skin like it was always meant to be there. By the time it fully soaks in, you’ll achieve the kind of complexion …read more

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New Music To Know This Week: Lykke Li Makes A Comeback, Becky G Owns The World

Lykke Li “deep end”

I think I learned more about Lykke Li’s life from one mention in Rolling Stone’s profile of Harry Styles last year than I have ever known about her, outside of what she records for her albums. She is a hardcore Artist with a capital A. And it would be irrelevant that she’s partnered with super producer Jeff Bhasker (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Jay Z, Kanye West, seriously the list goes on, and we could do this all day) or that they have a baby together, except that he produced one of the two new songs she dropped this week. If you think he took her in a more commercial direction, reader, then I suggest you go listen to the track (he did not; it would be impossible to push Li down any path she doesn’t intent to tread). If anything, it sounds seamlessly like Li’s work. And that is why I recommend “deep end” to you this week. On it she collaborates with Rostam (late of Vampire Weekend), and it is one of the few times in her catalog when I’ve heard the influence of someone outside of herself seep in. I feel Rostam in the vocal phrasings on the chorus particularly, the electronic drum line that rides near the top of the track, and in the keyboard bit that travels up the scale to punctuate the chorus. The rest is pure Li. Knowing both of their work, it’s jarring to feel the fingerprints of another on a track by an artist who I’ve always regarded as being a loner. I like it, though. They’re a good match.

Priscilla Renea “Gentle Hands/Heavenly”

Hey, who is your favorite Black female country artist? If you’re having a hard time coming up with one because country music has generally been unwelcoming to minorities, and exceptionally so to Black people (and Black women moreso than anyone), well take a listen to Renea. Country music is already infusing a lot of the elements of hip-hop (don’t get me started on hick hop) that Renea plays with, they’re just doing it more ham-fistedly. In Renea’s track, I hear a reverence for the blues (that stop down on each brush of the guitar where the player taps the body of the instrument with their knuckles is one of the elements I’m talking about …read more

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