EK Bare Beauty

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Piyalli! Today I am excited to share EK Bare Beauty with ya'll! I am always on a quest to find zero waste make up but sometimes I can come to a dead end because price can be an issue. Quality makeup ain't cheap, so when I found EK Bare Beauty I was hooked! Stunning, quality, zero waste and accessible! Now that is something to get hype about!



I was SO thrilled to try the zero waste mascara! I have always been super picky about mascara, it was either too clunky, too flakey, or too damn expensive. But ya'll. I was so pleased with this product! It comes in the cutest little tin container that when finished with I can totally refill with other goodies. I had to get used to the fact that it was in a little container like this since I have only ever used a regular non zero waste packaging for it but sooo worth it. It has such a soft and natural feel that I absolutely love. Perfect for that "No makeup "makeup look.


Here are the ingredients:
  • Agave, for voluminous lashes
  • Castor Seed Oil, to nourish the eyelashes and promote growth
  • Activated charcoal, for color.
  • Bentonite Clay, for thickness.
  • Aloe Vera, for its anti-fungal properties. She uses her own Aloe Vera from plants she grows!
  • Vegan Wax for its slightly waterproof quality. 
  • Shea Butter, for nourishing quality and a smooth application

I also had the pleasure of trying the lip and cheek tint collection which was divine. Giving a subtle yet hella cute vibe. They are very soft and super blendable as well. And they come all nice and cozy in cardboard packaging! Yaay!



ROSE + CINNAMON
Infused with Rose Wax, Organic Rose Petals, and Alkanet Root give this Lip Tint its beautiful rosy color. Infused with organic cinnamon sticks for a delightful warming scent. Matte finish.

HIBISCUS + CLOVE
Infused with organic clove, organic rose petals, and ground hibiscus flowers for a deep red, ruby tinted color. Matte Finish.

RED CLAY + MANGO
Infused with Carrot Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Alkanet Root for nourishing qualities. Infused with cardamom for a warming scent. Matte Finish.

Here is Emily, the shop owner with some words:

I just started EK Bare Beauty about three months ago and I have loved every minute of the journey so far! I have always been into all-natural makeup but started to research a lot more about zero waste and realized the most waste I was creating was my beauty waste. When I started looking into and practicing Zero Waste, I was looking for makeup swaps but didn’t find very many options for anything at all. The few options I found were expensive and unaffordable. I founded EK Bare Beauty as a way for everyone to access beautiful, everyday, sustainable makeup! ✨

Check out EK Bare Beauty Here
Piyalli! Today I am excited to share EK Bare Beauty with ya'll! I am always on a quest to find zero waste make up but sometimes I can come to a dead end because price can be an issue. Quality makeup ain't cheap, so when I found EK Bare Beauty I was hooked! Stunning, quality, zero waste and accessible! Now that is something to get hype about!



I was SO thrilled to try the zero waste mascara! I have always been super picky about mascara, it was either too clunky, too flakey, or too damn expensive. But ya'll. I was so pleased with this product! It comes in the cutest little tin container that when finished with I can totally refill with other goodies. I had to get used to the fact that it was in a little container like this since I have only ever used a regular non zero waste packaging for it but sooo worth it. It has such a soft and natural feel that I absolutely love. Perfect for that "No makeup "makeup look.


Here are the ingredients:
  • Agave, for voluminous lashes
  • Castor Seed Oil, to nourish the eyelashes and promote growth
  • Activated charcoal, for color.
  • Bentonite Clay, for thickness.
  • Aloe Vera, for its anti-fungal properties. She uses her own Aloe Vera from plants she grows!
  • Vegan Wax for its slightly waterproof quality. 
  • Shea Butter, for nourishing quality and a smooth application

I also had the pleasure of trying the lip and cheek tint collection which was divine. Giving a subtle yet hella cute vibe. They are very soft and super blendable as well. And they come all nice and cozy in cardboard packaging! Yaay!



ROSE + CINNAMON
Infused with Rose Wax, Organic Rose Petals, and Alkanet Root give this Lip Tint its beautiful rosy color. Infused with organic cinnamon sticks for a delightful warming scent. Matte finish.

HIBISCUS + CLOVE
Infused with organic clove, organic rose petals, and ground hibiscus flowers for a deep red, ruby tinted color. Matte Finish.

RED CLAY + MANGO
Infused with Carrot Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Alkanet Root for nourishing qualities. Infused with cardamom for a warming scent. Matte Finish.

Here is Emily, the shop owner with some words:

I just started EK Bare Beauty about three months ago and I have loved every minute of the journey so far! I have always been into all-natural makeup but started to research a lot more about zero waste and realized the most waste I was creating was my beauty waste. When I started looking into and practicing Zero Waste, I was looking for makeup swaps but didn’t find very many options for anything at all. The few options I found were expensive and unaffordable. I founded EK Bare Beauty as a way for everyone to access beautiful, everyday, sustainable makeup! ✨

Check out EK Bare Beauty Here

Valentine's Day Gifts || Couples Online Spanish Lessons

Hola! So as some of y'all know I am teaching Conversational Spanish Online! And I am so excited to sign up some new fresh faces for the month of February.



Hola! So as some of y'all know I am teaching Conversational Spanish Online! And I am so excited to sign up some new fresh faces for the month of February.




BaggioArdonDesign || An Obsession of Culture For You, Through Art and Design

Monday, January 28, 2019
Good mornin ya'll y buenos dias. I am so excited to share a Central American artist with ya'll today. I have interviewed Baggio Ardo from BaggioArdonDesign and am thrilled to share his beautiful work.

I found his page on Instagram and absolutly feel in love. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride when I saw his work. It enbodied so much of my love for my culture.  Please check out his shop here for more amazing art work.



Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Baggio Ardon, a graphic designer by trade and illustrator by design. Everything I draw is reflective of my obsession with culture and heritage, with roots running deep into the hearts of Mexico and El Salvador. 
Few things, I've found, inspire artists more than the persistence of hate and bigotry. And with what our nation faces currently, I insist on showing the world the beauty of my countries and my people as a gay Latino. The main goal of my work, however, is intended to educate and empower. I want to be able to teach and inspire through my illustrations, to help broaden the perspective of what it means to be "Latinx". 



When did you know you wanted to "become" an artist?
I'm not sure I ever really decided to become a creative by any means. It was something I just, always did. As far as I can remember, and even before that, I was always making something. I will say that I hadn't figured out my voice and creative identity until mid-way through college when I fully came to embrace my roots and culture. That's when things really began to blossom. 



What inspires you the most?
I'm inspired by the work of a few of my favorite artists and by my cultures. Fernando Llort, El Salvador's National Artist, dictated my use of geometry and color. Fernando saw beauty in his country above the war and poverty, the very same beauty I see still. Etré, Father of Art Nouveau and queer illustrator, inspired my desire to tell stories in a dramatic and colorful fashion. Erté epitomized fashion, extravagance, and class – a standard I want to elevate the subjects of my own work too. Classical Maya vase paintings and the murals of Bonampak are also heavy influencers. Classical Maya art is regarded as equal to the art of the Ancient Greeks and I fully intend to draw on their use of geometry, color, and composition to continue improving my craft. 



How do you think art impacts our world today?
If all my work ever did was help someone see the beauty that I see from my two countries, I'll be happy. Mexico and El Salvador, along with the rest of Latin America, holds an incredible bounty of truly amazing people and cultures. Too many people have only been exposed to or only speak of poverty, drug cartels, and gang violence. I hope my work contributes to changing the conversion from Latin America's hardships to Latin America's extravagance and empowerment.


Who is your favorite artist?
1. Fernando Llort
2. Erté
3. J.C. Leyendecker


What are your goals for 2019? 
I have a creative goal and a career goal, both dependant on one another: 

1. I'd love to really push my work further in terms of detail, creativity, and storytelling. I've been exposed to so many fantastic artists with so much talent and support and I can't help but feel I could be there too. With hard work, dedication, and a consistent drive to educate and empower my peers, I think I can make it. 


2. This is the year I attempt to fully support myself as a freelance designer and artist. I feel like a crazy person and the entire world has so far told me it's an ill-advised idea, but if I really push myself I'm confident I can make it work. I'm striving to prove any person wrong whoever told me there isn't an audience for my work, that my work was too "Hispanic", or that I need to settle on a job I'll hate. Fingers crossed.  



Good mornin ya'll y buenos dias. I am so excited to share a Central American artist with ya'll today. I have interviewed Baggio Ardo from BaggioArdonDesign and am thrilled to share his beautiful work.

I found his page on Instagram and absolutly feel in love. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride when I saw his work. It enbodied so much of my love for my culture.  Please check out his shop here for more amazing art work.



Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Baggio Ardon, a graphic designer by trade and illustrator by design. Everything I draw is reflective of my obsession with culture and heritage, with roots running deep into the hearts of Mexico and El Salvador. 
Few things, I've found, inspire artists more than the persistence of hate and bigotry. And with what our nation faces currently, I insist on showing the world the beauty of my countries and my people as a gay Latino. The main goal of my work, however, is intended to educate and empower. I want to be able to teach and inspire through my illustrations, to help broaden the perspective of what it means to be "Latinx". 



When did you know you wanted to "become" an artist?
I'm not sure I ever really decided to become a creative by any means. It was something I just, always did. As far as I can remember, and even before that, I was always making something. I will say that I hadn't figured out my voice and creative identity until mid-way through college when I fully came to embrace my roots and culture. That's when things really began to blossom. 



What inspires you the most?
I'm inspired by the work of a few of my favorite artists and by my cultures. Fernando Llort, El Salvador's National Artist, dictated my use of geometry and color. Fernando saw beauty in his country above the war and poverty, the very same beauty I see still. Etré, Father of Art Nouveau and queer illustrator, inspired my desire to tell stories in a dramatic and colorful fashion. Erté epitomized fashion, extravagance, and class – a standard I want to elevate the subjects of my own work too. Classical Maya vase paintings and the murals of Bonampak are also heavy influencers. Classical Maya art is regarded as equal to the art of the Ancient Greeks and I fully intend to draw on their use of geometry, color, and composition to continue improving my craft. 



How do you think art impacts our world today?
If all my work ever did was help someone see the beauty that I see from my two countries, I'll be happy. Mexico and El Salvador, along with the rest of Latin America, holds an incredible bounty of truly amazing people and cultures. Too many people have only been exposed to or only speak of poverty, drug cartels, and gang violence. I hope my work contributes to changing the conversion from Latin America's hardships to Latin America's extravagance and empowerment.


Who is your favorite artist?
1. Fernando Llort
2. Erté
3. J.C. Leyendecker


What are your goals for 2019? 
I have a creative goal and a career goal, both dependant on one another: 

1. I'd love to really push my work further in terms of detail, creativity, and storytelling. I've been exposed to so many fantastic artists with so much talent and support and I can't help but feel I could be there too. With hard work, dedication, and a consistent drive to educate and empower my peers, I think I can make it. 


2. This is the year I attempt to fully support myself as a freelance designer and artist. I feel like a crazy person and the entire world has so far told me it's an ill-advised idea, but if I really push myself I'm confident I can make it work. I'm striving to prove any person wrong whoever told me there isn't an audience for my work, that my work was too "Hispanic", or that I need to settle on a job I'll hate. Fingers crossed.  




Bail Project

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


        Cualli Tlaneci ya'll. This morning I was so in awe and inspired by 
Robin Steinberg and her work in creating BailProject.org It is an incredible organization that helps provide bail for thousands of folks around the country. 

I want to share some excerpts from their page because I really believe that this project needs more awareness. 


The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need,
reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.


Today, in America, two people charged with exactly the same thing will experience radically different legal systems based on the size of their bank account and the color of their skin. We’re on a mission to change this. We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will scale its immediate relief efforts to dozens of high-need jurisdictions and secure freedom for tens of thousands of people, while demonstrating that our approach offers an effective alternative to unaffordable cash bail.



        Cualli Tlaneci ya'll. This morning I was so in awe and inspired by 
Robin Steinberg and her work in creating BailProject.org It is an incredible organization that helps provide bail for thousands of folks around the country. 

I want to share some excerpts from their page because I really believe that this project needs more awareness. 


The Bail Project is a national nonprofit organization that pays bail for people in need,
reuniting families and restoring the presumption of innocence.


Today, in America, two people charged with exactly the same thing will experience radically different legal systems based on the size of their bank account and the color of their skin. We’re on a mission to change this. We believe that paying bail for someone in need is an act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty. Over the next five years, The Bail Project will scale its immediate relief efforts to dozens of high-need jurisdictions and secure freedom for tens of thousands of people, while demonstrating that our approach offers an effective alternative to unaffordable cash bail.


@jenriverabell