Author: Cultivated Gazette

FāTH Is a Meditative Skincare Line That Will Have You Glowing: Conversation With Founder, Faith Appleton

Feel nature on your skin! Let’s face it – we all have a lot on our plate lately. Thinking about what might be lurking in your skincare products should not be on your to-do list. Taking a deep dive into the infinite market of botanical and clean skincare we continue to emerge with new favorites. If you asked me to name all the skincare brands I love, I would name FāTH high up on the list. FaTH is an example of a brand that thrives on transparency every step of the way. Their small batch, soil-to-skin process, beautiful packaging, and mindful range of products help insert romance into our every day lives. For far too long beauty and personal hygiene brands remained a mystery. Today consumers pay a lot more attention to brand philosophy, transparency, ingredient sources and carbon footprint. Not only that, we have all learned to pay closer attention to the back of the bottle. I applaud FaTH for using EU quality standards, and for making my skincare routine a lot less stressful. …

Black History Month: Talented Beauty Icons Everyone Should Know About

Much has changed since these inspiring women of color launched their careers. For instance, models used to be the “It Girls” of the fashion industry. Then came a flock of celebrities. They were the ones who sat in the front row and appeared on the covers of magazines. While that is still true today, bloggers and influencers leveled the playing field with careers of their own. No one knows for certain what the future holds, we do know that if it was not for these trailblazers, our world would look a lot more bland. Besides the fashion industry, women of color have contributed to many different aspects of the American and even European culture. Here is our list of women that everyone needs to know, pin to their mood boards, and admire. Naomi Sims is credited with being the first African-American supermodel and the first to sign with Wilhelmina Models. She was successful with many firsts, including being the first black model on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal and TIME Magazine. It was a …

Black History Month 2022: Healing and Soulful Self-Care With Tidal Streaming

There is no question that music speaks to the soul. Our bodies and minds react to different sounds, and when those sounds are positive or soothing we begin to heal. Harvard Medical School published a report that lists the benefits of music in a medical setting. According to their blog, “Healing through music“, music therapy eases discomfort during invasive procedures, restores lost speech in patients who suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury, decreases pain reception, helps improve memory and even physical coordination. Make music a part of your self-care routine. Let it gently guide to towards relaxation, inspiration and self-confidence. TIDAL streaming service is celebrating Black History Month with playlists like Soulful Self-Care, Black is Beautiful, Hip-Hop Workout and Black Girl Luxury. The global music and entertainment streaming service has dedicated its entire first week of Black History Month to content that encourages healthy living. Download the TIDAL app and start exploring with a Free Plan.

Beauty Files: Skincare Finds We Tried and Loved!

A Love Letter From Nature to Your Skin! When you find a special product, it deserves praise! We look to cultivate a routine that is natural, environmentally friendly, and effective. Our passion for skincare is deep. Whatever touches our skin has to make us feel like we just won the lottery. We tested, loved and deemed these products as one of the best in their category. They are worth your hard earned money. Visiting the Catskills we stumbled upon Nest, a Livingston Manor shop selling furniture, eclectic accessories, spiritual tools, clothing and more. As any beauty editor would, we gravitated towards the skincare. This beautiful shop helped us find one of our favorite facial oils from Dear Botanics. Dear Botanics Rose Glow Face Serum Quench and regenerate thirsty winter skin with one of the most potent ingredients – rose. The serum’s heavenly scent comes from a powerful mix of oils: organic golden jojoba, organic virgin rose hip seed oil, organic virgin seabuckthorn fruit oil, damask rose essential oil and organic rose geranium essential oil. This …

18 Best Skincare Products and Trends We Took With Us Into 2022

LESS IS MORE. The biggest, and most relatable, skincare trends of 2022 rolled over from 2021 – Skinimalism, At-Home Cryotherapy, Targeted and Personalized Skincare, and Natural (Realistic) Beauty. The focus is shifting to a gentler beauty routine, one that does not require a ten step skincare routine. Personalized and minimal skincare routines help us stay loyal to brands we truly love. At the end of the day, trends come and go, but we all have different skincare needs. Healthy skin should be the goal! In 2021 we tried a lot of skincare products. The brands that have a serious dedication to healthy skin and easy routine won us over. Here is what we took with us into 2022. FACIAL MASKS Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask Youth To The People Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial BALM CLEANSERS Aypa Raw Face Cleanser and Moisturizer with Copoazu Ipsum Best Skin Cleansing Oil Balm EYE CREAMS Sahajan Ayurvedic Eye Cream Kypris Rich Nighttime Eye Cream EXFOLIATORS Moon Juice Acid Potion BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz Tetrafoliant® 10% Peel Pads …

Beauty Discovery: Skincare Finds We Tried & Love Right Now

When shopping for skincare, the options are plentiful. At times it can feel like the market is overflowing with brands. Beauty discovery should not be complicated, which is why we test (someone has to do it), love and recommend brands for their effectiveness, toxic-free ingredients, transparency and innovation. Whether they are indie, luxury, spa, a household name or just starting out, we enjoy exploring the alluring world of skincare. Here is what we found this Autumn! Retinol Beginner VERSED Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum Retinol products can be tricky. Our advice – start with a gentle formula, apply retinol at night and use sunscreen during the day. If you happen to be a first time retinol user or have sensitive skin, this Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum is for you. We love a good retinol product, and VERSED passed our sensitivity test. It is gentle, yet effective, without being harsh on your skin. Best of all, it is affordable. They even added antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, which means you get the glow but not the redness. Sleep …

The Well Excels At Creating a Community of Self-Healing And Opens a Costa Rica Experience

Urban wellness sanctuaries for stressed out New Yorkers are still too few and far between. We are adding THE WELL to our list of New York’s favorite places to unwind, and visit for a healthy lunch or a healing massage. The WELL on East 15th Street opened in 2019. We can all agree that the world and needs of the wellness community have changed since then. Surviving the pandemic and a brief closure, the THE WELL reopened in April with a new agenda – reaching a wider audience. Membership is no longer required and the brand evolved to meet client’s medical and fitness needs, casting a bigger net of inclusivity. This wellness space has a full-service spa, a robust medical practice, a Rest & Recovery Lounge, three yoga, fitness and meditation studios and a co-ed thermal suite. If you find yourself in need of a special experience for you and your loved ones, THE WELL has created ‘After Hours at THE WELL’. The four-hour wellness retreat allows you to enjoy the space privately in the …

NYC’s Immersive Van Gogh is Back: It will have you floating on air and doing yoga

The much-talked about Original Immersive Van Gogh experience is back by popular demand. In case you missed it the first time, make sure to book yourself a ticket for December stat. New York’s Immersive Van Gogh installation will go on for all of December and end on January 2nd. What makes this exhibit worth visiting? The Dutch master we know and love has always been celebrated and loved for his moving work and complex mind, but the creators of Immersive Van Gogh bring you even closer to feeling what Van Gogh might have felt while painting. From beginning to end it is a rollercoaster of Van Gogh’s brilliance, beauty and madness. Upon entering you will see cutting-edge interactive elements created by David Korins. The designer Massimiliano Siccardi, along with soundtrack creator Luca Longobardi, pioneered immersive digital art experiences in France. The venue, Pier 36 (299 South St.), allows for 600,000 cubic feet of stunning projections. You will feel yourself moving with the flow of the music and be inspired by the largeness of each detail. The vastness of …

Get Blessed With Benedetta: Talking With Skincare Founder, Julia Faller

In an industry known for its fickle attitude, the year 2021 has decidedly remained to be the one year we all seek skinimalism. Benedetta’s founder, Julia Faller, has been loyal to the less is more philosophy since the 80s. Calling the founder and president of Benedetta, Julia Faller, a pioneer in the clean beauty industry would be an understatement. What makes one a pioneer? If we had to define such a person it would be someone who questions the norm and goes against the grain, pushing aside fear of scrutiny and failure. As a licensed esthetician and clinician in the 80’s and 90’s, Julia found herself questioning the cosmetic and skincare industries. When no laboratory or even botanical suppliers, were willing to accommodate her wish for petro-chemical free ingredients she decided to do it on her own. She accomplished this by going directly to the source of ingredients and marrying science with the natural world. Today, the brand continues its trailblazing quest with transparency and conscious beauty. Benedetta is Farm-Sourced®, organic, vegan and cruelty-free. This …

Witches, Psychics, Shamans and Mystics You Should be Following On Instagram Right Now

Forget everything you think you know about witches, psychics or shamans. Society, films and even the media, have brainwashed us to fear the unknown, but social platforms are slowly changing the way we view spirituality and old religions though individual stories. It might surprise you to know that people accused of being a witch were simply herbalists, healers and midwives. Today’s witches feel no need to hide, although some still choose to keep their practice private, making connecting with a likeminded coven a breeze. Instagram is one of the best places to highlight your work through photography and videos, network, and even get tips on becoming a witch or shaman yourself. When seeking a shaman or psychic nothing compares to one-on-one meetings, but social media allows us to cast a wider net. Whatever type of spiritual fulfillment or answers you seek, these Instagram accounts happily provide. We highlight accounts that help us get inspired, celebrate our differences and teach us to keep an open mind. We present our list of Witches, Psychics, Shamans and Mystics …

Celebrating National Lipstick Day: Cheer Up Your Lips With These Brands

The ritual of humans coloring their lips has been around for thousands of years. Lip colors, their source, and the vessels they came in have changed throughout the years – thankfully in 2021 we have the option of transparency on ingredients and even design. Considering we ingest some of the lip color throughout the day, that is a very good thing. Lipstick is not going anyplace, in fact it the one stable product which sells no matter the economy. Even if you love lipstick due to mask wearing we have had to do without. Let’s change that today and put on a bright color to cheer up your day. Here Are Our All Time Favorite Clean Brands For Lipsticks That Stick Out In the Crowd. La Bouche Rouge Refillable Lipstick, Elsa Hosk x La bouche rouge collection Aveda Feed My Lips Collection of lipsticks, pencils and liquid color balms W3LL PEOPLE Optimist Lipstick, Brave Kjaer Weis Lipstick Glossier Ultra Lip hydrating shine + color Kosas Weightless Lipstick Rituel de Fille Devil’s Claw, Bright Red rms beauty …

How To Cool Off This Summer: Take a Cold Plunge In Style And Beat The Heat

It’s a heat wave! No matter how you choose to celebrate the longer hours of summer, do it with the right tools in hand. Presenting ways to stay cool and safe this summer. At-Home Cold Plunge Don’t have access to a pool? On a particular hot day, cool down with a cold bath. Yes, a cold bath is a real way to bring the temperature down, improve circulation, relieve depression, and improve deep breathing. If you are afraid to take the plunge, cold showers are a great way to help you ease into a cold bath. When it’s truly hot and humid, you likely won’t mind getting in. Limit your time until you cool down, physically and mentally. The trick to tolerating a cold shower or bath is to take deep breaths, with slow exhales. If that still seems like too much for you, try the contrast shower. First shower as normal, then at the end switch between cool and warm, 20 seconds each. End your shower with cool. This therapeutic shower will improve your …