Black Friday may have come too early this year before Thanksgiving, but some deals are still happening on Black Friday. It’s been two years since the pandemic, and last year was more of a struggle as the beginning of the virus leaving many people jobless, and this year, inflation with the increased price
Black Friday is the time for consumers to do some early Christmas shopping- at a bargain. The Friday after Thanksgiving this year will be on the 26th. Some retailers have started deals as early as the beginning of the month, usually lasting until the 29th. However, it is not a national holiday in the U.S but more of an event to help boost the economy. Retailers like Walmart and Target offer several Black Friday deals throughout November, avoiding the need for consumers to line up on the big day and closing their doors on Thanksgiving day.
Let me share a little history of how this annual event originated. According to history.com, Black Friday was associated with a 19th-century financial crisis. In 1869, two scheming Wall Street financiers purchased as much gold as possible to greedily increase the price for profit. Rather than getting the revenue they hoped to get, coincidentally, the gold market collapsed and took the stock market leaving millions of investors bankrupt on Friday, September 24.
The term “Black Friday” originated by the Philadelphia police in the early 1960s, when Philadelphian streets congested with pedestrians heading to the Army-Navy football game began looking for deals post-Thanksgiving, calling it “Black Friday.” Philly’s biggest department stores tried to separate themselves from the negative connotation calling it “Big Friday” instead. Business owners were in a struggle of their own after workers called in sick the Friday after Thanksgiving, sapping productivity and wreaking havoc on the economy.
Black Friday didn’t take on its new meaning to a more positive significance as America’s most popular holiday shopping day until the 1980s, as the day that stores sold so much merchandise that their annual revenue went from being “in the red” (loss) to “in the black” (profit) back when accounting records were kept by hand, in which red ink indicated a loss, and black ink a profit.
The idea of opening their doors at midnight or the early hours of Friday after Thanksgiving didn’t come to be until the 1990s, where consumers would camp out before opening hours.
Online shopping has made it more convenient to shop online for Black Friday deals and avoid waiting outside in the cold weather and large crowds. Consumers would consider staying online until the sales start. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 pushed consumers to do more online shopping than before. The preference for online shopping was amplified last year where in-store shopping on Thanksgiving Day was a tradition that had ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, inflation might be troublesome for some consumers to afford to buy during Black Friday.
According to CouponFollow.com, 186.4 million U.S. consumers shopped in-store and online from Thanksgiving to the following Monday (“Black Friday Weekend”) in 2020.
I found some fantastic deals in Ulta, like the it Cosmetics brushes for Ulta ($10), Sebastian travel-size Dark Oiland No. Breaker Leave-In Spray ($10), Dashing Diva nail gel palette for $5!!!. Although they might have been sold out online rapidly, I went from store to store to try to find them.
Nordstrom is offering Elemis Jumbo Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash-$98 Value for $45.50
While you may depend on your cup of joe for a daily caffeine boost, it is known that coffee has other benefits for skin with the help of its high antioxidants, which include phenols that can help fight free radicals that can lead to skin damage. Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits. The benefits may be internally once you drink a cup of coffee but you can also obtain skin benefits in beauty products like mask, scrub, or paste containing coffee grounds.
According to Healthline, here are some benefits coffee can do for your skin:
Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer
Whether you wear a whole latte makeup or not, you can enjoy these coffee themed makeup products on one hand while sipping a breakfast blend on the other.
As a first-generation Latina, I was taught to embrace and accept who I am and be proud of where I come from. Merriam-Webster defines heritage as the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation. It is what makes us all unique, having different heritages. Although a century ago, Hispanic/Latino culture may not have been celebrated or accepted the way it is now. Let’s go back in time for more history on how this event came to be. Hispanic Heritage Month was first introduced in June of 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown, who represented a heavy Hispanic population area. The celebration actually lasted for a week but later gained attention throughout the peak of the civil rights movement as well as growth awareness of the United States’ multicultural identities. On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, officially authorizing and requesting the president to issue annual proclamations declaring beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week to be observed with appropriate ceremonies and activities. President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week presidential proclamation the same day. In 1987 U.S. Representative Esteban E. Torres of California proposed expanding this observance to “properly observe and coordinate events and activities to celebrate Hispanic culture and achievement.” On September 14, 1989, President George H.W. Bush became the first president to declare the monthly period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Celebrating and honoring those who continue to impact the Hispanic community to show the value of their success and conquering the obstacles they faced to make a difference in the world today.
Since this is a blog about beauty, I will be sharing the development of the Beautyblender and highlights of its founder and CEO, Rea Ann Silva, a Latina veteran makeup-artist-turned-businesswoman who demonstrated the struggles women of color endured to make their mark in the world of beauty. The iconic pink egg-shaped Beautyblender sponge has become popular among makeup professionals and makeup enthusiasts no matter their background, a brand sold globally, winning 10 Allure Best of Beauty Awards and projected to do $215 million in retail sales this year alone. It began when the hand-cut, egg-shaped sponges were invented while working as a television makeup artist in the early 2000s to help give her clients a perfect complexion, becoming an expertise in working with women of color. Brushes wouldn’t work because they caused streaks, and powder products didn’t mix well with liquid makeup. She started by taking standard triangular wedges and cutting the edges off to give them a round shape. She experimented with various shapes and sizes, but nothing worked as seamlessly as the egg shape. From that moment, actors began “stealing’ the sponges during set; she then realized the attention it had gained from that small creation. “I thought, well, there must be a retail possibility for this product,” she said in Know Your Value, an MSNBC empowering community helping women to grow their career. After the little egg-shaped sponge, it inspired her to create a beauty startup named Beautyblender, forming an LLC in 2003. However, it wasn’t until ten years later when the company went nationwide in Sephora where sales skyrocketed. The Los Angeles native didn’t plan to pursue a career in makeup artistry. Her mind was drawn to fashion illustration, enrolling as a student at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, ”I wanted to become a designer until I realized that my favorite part of my fashion studies by far was sketching,” she told Spotlyte. Soon, she saw herself in a tough situation after an unexpected breakup and becoming a single parent. After leaving school to make ends meet, with “no job, no money and no skills,” she began working as a perfume seller at a local department store, later transitioning to the cosmetics counter which opened up a new direction for her life as a makeup artist. Being a Latina in the predominantly white beauty industry also had its up and down, Silva experienced discrimination due to her ethnic background where directors refused to work with her. By the early 2000s, her makeup artistry challenge began while working for the UPN series “Girlfriends” where actors were under high-def. “Suddenly, in HD, you were able to see every pore, you were able to see every bump. You saw everything on the skin, as opposed to film, where you blast a lot of light and you, you know, you wear 5,000 pounds of makeup” said Silva. Airbrushing was the most natural way to correct makeup but to avoid the hassle of carrying the entire airbrush compressor, she needed to find an alternative way to be able to touch up makeup hence, the Beautyblender was born.
Working with people of color allowed her to gain more awareness in emphasizing diversity in the industry. Actors and actresses of color have expressed that makeup artists and stylists hired in the industry have no idea how to work with different hair textures and skin colors. “I am Mexican, Portuguese, Spanish, and Irish. My children are black. My career has been centered around women of color, and I became known in Hollywood, and really around the world, as one of the first makeup artists that really understood ethnic skins, learned how to really match those skins, be creative in ways to create the colors that just didn’t exist. I’ve been in the union for over 20 years, so there weren’t people that really specialized in those areas, whether it’s hair, whether it’s makeup, and I’m happy to say that I think there’s a little more diversity happening now, so it’s good, yeah,” said Silva in an interview with Business Insider.
The release of Bounce Foundation and other makeup products
Due to the Beautyblender’s massive success, it enabled Silva to launch her own foundation line in 2018, Bounce. The line initially released 32 shades, now comes in 40 shades, far more than the limited shades offered for people of color back from when she worked as a makeup artist two decades ago.
“The biggest fail for makeup applications for many years is that there weren’t enough shades for women of color to actually look natural with makeup on, so you had to learn to become like a mixologist,” Silva said. She remembered blending lipsticks and blushes into the foundation to get the right undertones, and even heard stories of makeup artists using shoe polish to darken shades. “They would all be from light to a little bit darker, not really going into other ethnicities, the Latin colors, or African American colors or Asian colors,” she recalled.
In April 2020, Silva was one of eight women featured in a new Smithsonian, National Museum of American History exhibit called The Only One in the Room, to celebrate female game-changers in different industries like manufacturing, finance, marketing, and beauty in a time when women were prohibited from taking leadership roles within companies and relegated them to positions with low status and little decision-making power.
Today, she has a variety of makeup products and sponge cleaners available as well as different sized blender sponges proudly Made in the USA.
Silva credits her Hispanic heritage with giving her an eye for color while acknowledging her own work ethic “I always try to do the most and not the least….Being Latina, we are a very colorful people. We are not afraid of color. We embrace color. And we celebrate color,” says Silva. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 but Silva says her family honors their heritage every day.
“I live and breathe beauty, but when I look at my life, it’s more than just the industry and my business.”
-Rae Ann Silva
Did you know? September 15th was the chosen date to begin the celebratory week due to the Independence Day of five nations or as President Johnson would call, “Central American neighbors,”—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua whom declared their independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Coincidently, Mexico also declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. Chile also celebrates its independence from Spain on September 18, 1810, and Belize declared its independence from Great Britain on September 21, 1981.
The European Parliament just voted for an action plan to end animal testing, replacing them with efficient, human-relevant technologies. This is a win for the animals!!
The use of animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2009 but there were still 12 million animals bred and killed as test animals in 2017, mainly in scientific research.
“Parliament recognises that previous animal testing has contributed to research and medical advances, as well as safe vaccines including COVID-19 vaccines. MEPs understand that there are cases where animal experiments are still needed to gain scientific insights for certain diseases due to the current unavailability of non-animal methods,” as stated in press release.
You’ve probably been wondering why Marc Jacobs beauty is on sale for up to 50% off in all Sephora stores including JCPenny Sephora locations and marcjacobsbeauty.com. The first thing consumers assume is the makeup line is going out of business. But is it really? A Reddit user shared that according to a Sephora beauty advisor, MJ Beauty is closing its doors but will still have their fragrances available. This statement hasn’t been officially released by Marc Jacobs himself nor has it been shared throughout the company’s site or social media accounts. Notice their response in the FAQ’s section:
Kendo Holdings, Inc formerly known as Sephora Originals launched Marc Jacobs beauty in 2013. The Enamored Hi-Shine Lip lacquer won Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2015.
I went to Sephora and found a few products remaining in shelves. My favorite so far is the Accomplice Instant Blurring Beauty Powder, Brow Wow Duo Brow Powder Pencil and Tinted Gel + Pencil Refill, Accomplice Concealer & Touch-Up Stick and of course gotta have the Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust 740 Rust and Warmed with Starlet. The items are available at a local Sephora while supplies last, you can also find them in the MJBeauty website.
I contacted Marc Jacobs Beauty customer service about restocking out of stock items in their site and this was their response:
I’m wondering why they’re being so secretive about this, maybe MJ Beauty is updating their products and releasing a limit amount in their line only. Rumor has it that the line is going completely vegan and/or changing its packaging. Guess one way to find out is if we follow their updates. They already have new products listed on their site and Sephora. The harsh reality is that Marc Jacobs along with other fashion brands was very much impacted by covid-19. The company had to lay off roughly 60 employees beginning June of 2020 but that was for retail itself.
Whether the rumors are true or false, the prices are unbeatable and the good quality products are cruelty-free so get yours know while you can.
It’s July and the brand is promoting its Cherry Collection.
According to Zero Waste Week, more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced globally every year by the cosmetics industry, most of which are not recyclable contributing to loss of 18 million acres of forest annually. The personal care industry is worth $500 billion per year. Cosmetics packaging are produced, and mostly for one-time use. Empty containers are often too small for recycling, and mixed-material items end up going straight to a landfill even the ones you attempt to recycle. Makeup is arguably the most complicated category due to the mixed materials used in every product – for example, if your compact has a mirror, it is headed for landfill.
Put simply, just because your shampoo bottle is recyclable doesn’t mean it will be recycled. According to the recycling company TerraCycle, the global cosmetics industry produces 120bn units of packaging every year, and few are accepted by kerbside recycling programmes. “Many of the design technologies that make personal care and beauty products so squeezable, twistable, portable and generally easy to use render them difficult to recycle,” says its European head of communications, Stephen Clarke. “The more complex or costly the packaging, the harder it is to collect, separate and recycle. As a result, it makes it more economically viable to simply trash it than put forth the resources to recover it.”
What’s perhaps more frightening is that a lot of the plastic we use ends up in the ocean through litter, transport errors and through our sewer systems. In fact, the Ellen Macarthur Foundation estimates there’ll be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. At current estimates between 5.1 million and 13.9 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year.
In fact, UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) reports that plastic debris causes the death of more than 100,000 marine mammals and more than a million seabirds per year. Not to mention the microplastics that are ingested by fish that travel up the food chain to us. Ocean Conservancy working with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment has estimated that there is already over 165 million tons of plastic in the ocean.
Damages of Microplastic
Let me begin with the smallest beauty terror that harms our environment — microplastic. Microplastics are polluting oceans and harming wildlife—and your beauty products could be part of the problem. They comprise of plastic particles that are smaller than five millimeters in diameter, manufactured polyethylene plastic. In the form of a microbead or a plastic fiber, these particles are added as exfoliants in cleansers, cosmetics, and personal care products, such as toothpaste and soap.
Water filtering systems are not designed to sift elements smaller than five millimeters. Therefore, the particles contaminate water in oceans and end up being consumed by fish, birds, and marine animals. Microplastics also cause damage to humans and widely found in bottled waters which could potentially contribute to cancer risks once consumed. Non-biodegradable glitter also adds to the build-up of microplastics in our oceans. Glitter is still plastic and since it goes down the drain, scientists found it to be the highest concentration to of dangerous to sea life.
According to Jonathan Whitney, PhD, a researcher with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration on Pearl Harbor military base, microplastics are showing up in dead larval fish. He has discovered microbeads from beauty products in the bellies of dead larval fish.
“They’re outnumbering the fish we’re finding in some of these samples,” Dr. Whitney says. “It’s been shocking.” Whether or not it’s this last meal of plastic shards that kills the baby fish, we don’t yet know, but he and his team have learned one odd fact: fish gobble up blue plastic the most. “About 75% of the ones that we’re finding are blue, which is consistent with what other [researchers] are finding in other species,” he says. “We think that it’s because that’s what a lot of their prey look like.” Although the US was the first country to ban microbeads, followed by the UK, France, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, New Zealand, and many other countries, the marine science community is now left to determine the long-term damage of microbeads. A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering the ocean. There is a multitude of natural alternatives to microplastic such as:
Ground fruit kernels
What’s inside that package?
When you order beauty products online, it arrives wrapped in more plastic aside from bubble wrap inside box. In 1919, it was a $60 million industry in the U.S. By 1938, it became a $400 million. By the 1970s, it reached as a billion-dollar industry. The number and variety of products exploded—and along with the products came vast new amounts of packaging. The amount of plastic packaging on U.S. products (not just on personal care items) has increased by over 120 times since 1960—with almost waste piling up in landfills. The packaging industry for beauty and personal care products, which primarily reflects plastic packaging, makes up nearly $25 billion in sales.
Often beauty products will be packaged in swathes of cellophane, cardboard, tissue paper and boxes. Containers and packaging are used in the shipping, storage and protection of cosmetic products. They also provide sales and marketing benefits. Undoubtedly, packaging plays a huge part in the allure of a new beauty purchase.
Health and beauty products are meant to be eye-catching to make consumers want to buy it as to where the package is more pertinent than its ingredients. Brands often wrap, ship, and display products with unnecessary materials like paper, plastic, glitter, stickers, and bags all in the name of branding.
Decades ago, the beauty industry wasn’t a threat to the environment where products like glass shampoo bottles and refillable compacts were the norm, but it all changed mid-century when plastic manufacturing became widespread. Easy to produce, durable, and most importantly, cheap. In 1926, the Lever company (which would later become Unilever) kicked off an ad campaign outlining the damage “body odor” could do to one’s career and social prospects. The market for face creams, cosmetics, and other personal care products marketed to women increased in result of the rise of Hollywood movies and the invention of American glamour and beauty standards. During World War II, the U.S. government went so far as to declare lipstick a “wartime necessity,” a critical component of cultural life and morale-building. Soaps came in bar form. Perfumes, a symbol of luxury, were packaged in elaborate glass containers. Hair-care products were powders or pomades packaged in tins or jars.
Every year, 120 billion units of cosmetics packaging are produced, and mostly for one-time use. Empty containers are often too small for recycling, and mixed-material items end up going straight to a landfill. Meanwhile, many of the beauty products purchased often sit unused or outdated gathering dust and eventually ending up as trash—replaced with fresh new updated items from the store. Think about the purchases you make in
Ulta and Sephora to later return, because these items are considered “damaged” they go directly to trash to prevent dumpster divers in the resell of returned products. The products are destroyed and thrown in the trash to make it non sellable.
Humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics — and 91% of it hasn’t been recycled. What’s more, 70% of plastic waste is estimated to end up in the ocean or in landfills, where it takes over 400 years to decompose. This means that by 2050, there will be more pounds of plastic in the ocean than fish.
Disposable razors with multiple blades are no good, single-use razors are even worse.
Consumer giants like P&G* have begun testing out refillable products to help prevent the use of plastics by using pod-refill technology. Anitra Marsh, associate director of sustainability for P&G Beauty, said women in their 20s and 30s—may be more worried about the environmental impact of what they buy. The goal “is to have more products that are recyclable, reusable and refillable,” Marsh said.
Other brands like Humankind, are entirely focused on refillable products. The online brand only sells eco-friendly health and beauty items in recyclable packaging, including mouthwash tablets, refillable deodorant and shampoo bars.
Brian Bushell, a co-founder, said the company is “combating the global crisis of single-use plastic in all of our product categories.” The paper-pod refill system for its deodorant eliminates about 90% of single-use plastic associated with common deodorant dispensers, he said. “Consumers are craving ways to make more responsible choices,” he said. “Not only for themselves—but also for our planet.” Bushell said
Another aspect of health and beauty that causes damage to the environment is the marketing of new products. The fact that 80% of existing purchased products aren’t actively used but rather ignored over new ones through social media promotion has caused an environmental awareness.
Look for these ingredients on the back of the product:
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
The Future of Ecobeauty
Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s “New Plastics Economy” has been rallying businesses and governments behind this common vision of a circular economy for plastic. The vision is supported by three key actions: eliminate, innovate, circulate.
Companies have already pledge to make 100 percent of their packaging reusable, refillable, or compostable by 2025, and to source 50 percent of that packaging from recycled material. You will be surprised how easy it is to replace your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one but make sure the bristles are made of other material than nylon or other plastic, sheet masks with natural mud masks, and makeup remover cloths or composable Konjac sponges instead of single-use wipes
The Alliance to End Plastic Waste aims to accelerate waste management and scale new solutions to minimize and correctly manage plastic waste to move from a linear to a circular economy. They recommend to:
Consider the life cycle of your purchases and stop purchasing single-use plastic beauty items.
Choose products in reusable or recyclable packaging and take advantage of refill schemes and recycling initiatives.
Look out for labels such as Rainforest Alliance Certified, ECOCERT, and Fairtrade to make sure the ingredients are sustainably sourced too.
Take time to read the labels to avoid dangerous microplastic particles.
Replace short life cycle plastic items such as plastic shower sponges by a natural option like the plant-based loofah.
If you like to sparkle here and there, consider products that use synthetic mica, a sparkly but biodegradable alternative.
Some brands have made efforts to reduce single-use plastic packaging by switching to PCR (post-consumer recycled) material, or alternatives to plastics like aluminum bottles and recycled and recyclable plastic, including 20% marine plastics sourced through TerraCycle. The bottle is a slightly unappealing grey color as a result. By 2025, Unilever** will collect and process more plastic packaging than they sell, will reduce the use of virgin plastic by 50% and plastics will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
Consumers also have to be careful with which products are actually green since a brand might create a nature-inspired formulation of shampoo or body wash by simply adding a few drops of an organic or plant-based extract so it can be labeled as ‘natural’ or ‘botanical’ to the label. The product is designed in a way that’ll sell the “natural” message, when in reality it may end up in our environment the one these companies claim to care about.
Be aware that ingredients also cause damage to the environment. About 14,000 tons of sunscreen is collected in the world’s reefs each year caused by the chemical waste from the beauty industry that’s washed out to the ocean.
Join the #BreakFreeFromPlastic movement in sharing ideas and efforts to cut back on plastic.
*P&G Statement: Wedo not test our products on animals anywhere in the world unless required by law, and we are working hard to make animal testing of all consumer products obsolete. We are a proud supporter of #BeCrueltyFree and we’ve invested more than $420 million in developing non-animal testing methods and have advocated for their approval by policy makers around the world. Today, we use more than 50 non-animal alternatives, half of which were invented or co-invented by P&G. We will continue to work with partners like the Humane Society International and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to promote the development of new alternatives and advocate for their public use and adoption to eliminate animal testing.
**Unilever supports calls for a worldwide animal testing ban on cosmetics by 2023, and work with regulators, NGOs and suppliers across the world to increase the acceptance of non-animal approaches. Their long-term investment in non-animal safety science has enabled some of their brands to be certified by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as ‘PETA-approved’, including Dove, Suave, St Ives, Simple, Sunsilk, Zendium, The Good Stuff, Emerge, Love Beauty and Planet, Love Home and Planet & Cafuné.
Unilever Statement: We do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing. We use a wide range of non-animal approaches to evaluate the safety of our products for consumers, our workers and the environment. We also develop ‘next generation’ safety assessment approaches that do not rely on new animal data. Our scientists regularly participate in discussions with regulators and scientists in China to increase the use of non-animal approaches to safety. Across our wider product portfolio, some of the ingredients we use have to be tested by our suppliers to comply with legal and regulatory requirements in some markets; and some governments test certain products on animals as part of their regulations.
Some natural earth friendly products that will get you feeling good and clean while saving the planet by using the purest ingredients just in time for Earth Day on April 22, 2021. The best part of it all, they’re all cruelty-free!!!!
Vitacost.com carries a variety of natural skin care, cruelty-free beauty products and so much more. Today is day 1 of 5 Days of Beauty Deals, get these great deals at half price (plus an additional discount off retail price) while they last.