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How To Buy & Sell Authenticated Pre-Owned Luxury Fashion

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New, trendy items come and go with every season. Maybe you find yourself eyeing on some exciting new releases from all your favorite brands, only to realize that your paycheck cannot cover your need for a new wardrobe-I feel you. So, how can you shop all time-classic designer fashion, along with a few vintage pieces that will last a lifetime? The simplest solution is to hold yourself back from buying brand new and venture into buying certain items pre-loved. Especially if you are looking for the best designer and luxury fashion brands to shop at a huge discount.

Since pretty much all of us spend a great amount of time inside, buying and selling pre-owned items has become second nature for most. Thankfully the secondhand clothing market is now rising and booming online. I constantly mention my passion for thrifting. Blame it on my thesis on the humanitarian and environmental impacts of fast fashion, or simply on my desire for buying preloved and retro goods-the outcome remains the same.
The Selling Community, founded in 2016, not only carries a big collection of authenticated items, they also help you sell your pre-loved styles as well. It's a win-win situation. With many new premium additions to their already wide selection, the only thing you have to do is start browsing. If you are a true street style enthusiast, you already know the satisfaction of adding styles with a vintage influence that are now trending in fashion to your collection. Yes, I know I brag about my vintage sportswear a bit too much on my Instagram - I apologize.
Browsing through the Selling Community app, you'll definitely find well-curated pieces for a way lesser price than you might do elsewhere. Note that buying and selling pre-loved has 0 commission. The only thing you are required to do is go through the membership verification program before joining the community. If you are in the market for a classic Balmain graphic tee or want to enhance your urban-style with a Givenchy hoodie, this is a great option for you. Bonus point: All transactions go through Paypal, which ensures the security of its users.
 

5 Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine In 2021

Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine
Not so fun, but a necessary fact to know, our skin is super absorbing - meaning we expose ourselves daily to more than 100 different chemicals. Sounds awful, I know! That's exactly why natural skincare and beauty products are rising at the moment. Most all-natural beauty brands are handmade, using only the best of the best ingredients while staying away from all the harmful chemicals we see in many established beauty brands.

Here, on KmeetsStyle we always focus on bringing attention to up and coming, independent brands and websites that offer the best formulas at a very affordable price. Why? The answer is pretty simple. Even though leading brands carry the title of popularity, nothing beats the excitement of receiving your beautifully packaged, order from a promising indie brand that goes under the radar for most. 

Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine

Despite the fact that many companies slap all kinds of buzzwords on their packaging, not all brands live up to their marketing standards. You should always take a careful look at the ingredients. With many scientific studies supporting the benefits of plant-based ingredients, focus your attention on ethical, sustainable plant-based formulas that don't test on animals or harm the environment in any way.

Luckily the demand for super effective, high-quality natural skincare is here to stay. That's why today I rounded up some of the best chemical-free products you should cop right now. They are good for your skin and the environment. Let's not forget the chic packaging that guarantees some insta-worthy flat lays. Every skincare & haircare gem below comes straight from The Natural Rose’s catalog, which is filled with only the best of the best formulas to help you reach a more sustainable and natural lifestyle.

AHOY LOVE Nourishing Cream Cleanser, $19
Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine
This Aloe infused nourishing cream will brighten and nourish your skin with its creamy formula. Especially if you have dry, mature skin the Seaweed Vitamins, antioxidant-rich Green Tea, and smoothing Hibiscus Extract will be a great addition to your skincare regime- day and night.



SIREN SILK Multi-Tasking Hydration Creme, $52
Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine

We cannot get enough of our hydration creams, especially if they offer deep moisturization throughout the day. Infused with medley of Sea Retinol, Superherbs, superfood antioxidants, and plumping omegas, this cream will rejuvenate your skin and fill the fine lines. What more can we ask?



SAMPHIRE Sea-Retinol Digital Serum, $49
Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine

This super-hydrating formula features Sea Samphire plant, the best alternative to retinol. It will also protect your skin from the harmful blue light emitted from electronic devices - which is something I desperately need. Best part? Sea Samphire works miracles on sensitive skin and it's pregnancy-friendly.



NCLA Lip Scrub - Pink Champagne, $16
Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine

Your new natural and vegan lip scrub obsession, made from beet sugar, cocoa butter, and agave nectar. Your lips will be brighter and smoother in no time.



SUNSTONE Hair Revive Elixir, $30
Natural Skin & Hair Products You Should Add To Your Everyday Routine
Just because I no longer have waist-length hair, it doesn't mean I am done with haircare treatments. This formula focuses on the revival of dull or damaged hair with the help of superfood nutrition. Bonus point: the fantastic smell of flowers & fruits.

Best Eco-Friendly Watches To Style With All Your Outfits

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Ohh watches-the one accessory that never goes out of style no matter how hard our smartphones try to achieve that. They are still at the top of our wishlists, from trendy one-season styles to all-time classic, elegant designs, they are able to elevate even the simplest of outfits. Personally, I have quite a few different staple watches but, today It's all about how you can add some of the best everyday watches to your jewelry drawer-without having buyer's remorse over it.

I have never been a fan of bracelets but watches are an entirely different experience. The beauty of watches lies in their simple design. The one that perfectly fits around your wrist so you barely notice that you are wearing it. I get it, the internet is filled with an overwhelming amount of designs and prices but, how exactly do you pick high quality, durable watch that is not only pretty to look at but also ethically made.

You know me, always happy to call everything "unisex" just because I love menswear a bit too much. That's why today I will include some great picks for men and women that actually work perfectly as a Holiday gift for your friends and family. Scoop up my top favorite timepieces below just in time for Christmas-self gifting is also permitted.
Best eco-friendly vegan watches
DAN & MÉZ is a premium watch brand with eco-friendly straps, founded by Daniele Madonia and Clemens Kohlbacher. They use vegan leather to achieve the beautiful, timeless look of their collections while putting emphasis on the importance of making the whole fashion industry sustainable and ethical.
eco friendly sustainable watch brand


Their head-turning watches are handmade in Germany, in a great working environment for all parties involved. Every style features Pinatex, a type of artificial leather-based on recycled pineapple leaves and currently working on a few more alternatives such as mushroom, grapes/wine, and cork based leather. As an environmentally conscious company, their packaging is made of recycled materials. Their business has made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of positive environmental and social impact, which is exactly what the industry needs right now judging by the number of fast fashion brands that are popping up left and right.




Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020

Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020
What would we do without men in our lives? Fathers, brothers, cousins, best friends, and boyfriends, they are always here to cheer us up-each of them in their own way. Let's not forget all the hours we spend nagging at them. That's why today's Christmas gift ideas for him list is the ultimate way to thank them once again this Holiday season.

Finding the one gift your male friends and family members will actually use is pretty tricky. I don't know about you but, for me, it's all about the thrill of the hunt-and the surprised expression they get each time they tear open their carefully wrapped git (I am a pro).

Men seem to already own everything, from clothes and shoes to tech, gadgets, and many more in between. It's time to find something unique, well thought, AND useful. Maybe something most of them wouldn't go out to purchase themselves-sadly.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020

2021 is the year of change, which includes the way we perceive skincare as well. For decades having a trusted skincare routine, tailored to your own individual needs was fine, as long as you were a woman. Men used to stick to their all-time classic grooming routine. Putting effort into their appearance was fine, as long as they didn't care "too much" about it. Thankfully these highly unnecessary gender stereotypes are now broken. I should know! My 60 years old dad owns quite a few moisturizers and scrubs. 

Whether he is just now adopting a routine or live and die by his skincare regimen but still in the hunt to solve specific issues, there’s something on VITAMAN that will definitely get him excited.

Best Natural Face & Body Cleanser for Men | VITAMAN Australia
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020

The refreshing facial and body cleanser works to remove dirt and grime pores while leaving your skin smooth, clean, and clear without irritations and reactions. As with every VITAMAN product, the formula contains all-natural ingredients including organic White Tea Extract, Witch Hazel, Lemon Myrtle Oil.

Best Natural Face Scrub for Men | VITAMAN Australia
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020
This gentle face scrub can be applied to even the most sensitive complexions. Its natural formula consisted of finely crushed walnut shells and bamboo powder will help minimize breakouts, unclog pores, and keep blackheads at bay.

Best Natural Face Moisturiser for Men | VITAMAN Australia
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020
There is a reason this moisturizer has such a cult following. The quick-absorbing formula contains ingredients like Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Shea Butter, Kakadu Plum Extract that work miracles on any type of skin, especially dry. It’s lightweight but effective and the perfect day and night cream for everyday use.

The Ultimate Men's Skincare Gift Set
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020
This set includes 4 of the best skincare formulas of VITAMAN-and it's on sale for 6 more days. Best part? All products are chemical-free, with no parabens or mineral oils. Help him step up his body wash routine without breaking the bank, thank me later.

Premium Shaving Routine 
Christmas Gift Ideas For Him 2020
The perfect shaving gift set for barber quality shave contains 4 carefully curated products for men of every age.

2021 Is The Perfect Time To Switch Over To Vegan Skincare - Here's How

Vegan, Cruelty-free Holiday gift ideas for your best friend
Before I came across the Vegan movement almost 4 years ago, I never gave much thought to the ingredients in my favorite skincare products. Not once did I take a minute to consider whether the chemicals and ingredients were harmful to my body, let alone the planet or animals. It was all about how I looked wearing- I know, pretty selfish.

As soon as I started reading about the tremendous impact my top skincare choices had on animals, I was in shock! Suddenly none of my favorite makeup, skincare, and hair care products were appealing to me. That quickly made me start researching, eager to find some vegan skincare alternatives that didn't encourage the exploitation of animals - not to mention the health and environmental consequences. 

Vegan, Cruelty-free Holiday gift ideas for your best friend

Despite the progress we have made so far, there are still plenty of brands that continue to test on animals, no matter the backlash. Luckily in Europe animal testing was banned in 2013, this sadly isn't the case for the US and China. Contrary to popular belief, all natural-cruelty free brands don't come with a big price tag. In fact, some of your all-time favorite skincare and makeup brands may already be vegan, without raising the price of their products.

Ahead you can find some very affordable vegan skincare products that have never been tested on animals.

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Vegan Haircare

vegan-cruelty free skincare from Europe
The first thing I switched out was shampoo. Even though I had my ultimate favorite brand, I was using for nearly two years at that point, it was time for a change. I scoured the internet to find an affordable alternative- preferably without the overwhelming aroma. I needed something that could restore my hair's natural shine. The FRESH shampoo features an innovative, environmentally friendly foam pump that utilizes the free space in the upper area of the bottle to multiply the volume with air. That can actually help you reduce your water consumption by 20%.


Skincare

vegan-cruelty free skincare from Europe


If you have acne-prone skin, you already know the importance of scrubbing. Our skin is always in need of a high-quality scrub to remove the dead cells and accelerate the renewal. By improving your face's blood circulation, you actively help your scars to heal a lot quicker. 

vegan-cruelty free skincare for acne

Hyaluronic acid can not only moisturize your skin but also retain the elasticity. FRESH overnight face treatment is your vegan-friendly solution to reduce the depth of wrinkles while boosting the production of collagen and elastin. And lately, I became obsessed with the idea of using natural oils or shea butter for moisturizing purposes. 

2021 Holiday Gift Set

vegan-cruelty free beauty gifts for Christmas

Now with 2021 just around the corner, I couldn't miss the chance to include the best Christmas gift for your skincare-obsessed friend. The FRESH wash care set ( under 80€) includes 5 of the best formulas FRESH has to offer. The gift set includes the body wash, shampoo, deodorant, tooth oil and stay fresh. As I weaned myself off of products containing harsh chemicals, this is the perfect time for some serious self-gifting.

This Japanese Skincare Brand Uses Ancient Natural Ingredients To Make You Glow

This Japanese Skincare Brand Uses Ancient Natural Ingredients To Make You Glow

What is the first thing that instantly comes to your mind when you hear the word Japan? I bet it's the delicious food, killer street styles, some of your all-time favorite anime, AND flawless, clear skin. Japanese beauty is deeply rooted in skincare, that's why baby soft skin and bright, clear complexions are at the top of everyone's beauty goals list. Truth be told, I could definitely use a few pore cleaning and moisturizing products to battle the cold days of winter.


Over the last few years, Japanese products have certainly influenced Western skincare- because they actually work. Most of us swear by our high maintenance daily skincare regimes, but j-beauty is based on how to achieve flawless skin with the least amount of products. For those of us who constantly try to avoid all and any harmful ingredients and chemicals that might cause irritations and inflammation to our skin, Japanese skincare offers the right balance between ancient natural ingredients and cutting-edge biotechnology. From fragrance-free high-quality soap sets to fermented rice bran extract serums, check out some all-time favorite J-beauty products ahead.


This Japanese Skincare Brand Uses Ancient Natural Ingredients To Make You Glow


Edobio is a brand you might have never heard of before but, trust me, you will definitely hear a lot in the future. They utilize techniques that have been effective for hundreds of years, giving us full transparency for the ingredients they use and the process behind each of their products. Edobio offers plant-based formulas with no preservatives and harsh chemicals. And in true Asian beauty fashion, their packaging is the cutest and deserves to be displayed in your bathroom.


Geisha Ukiyoe Soap Set , 50% OFF

This Japanese Skincare Brand Uses Ancient Natural Ingredients To Make You Glow

This set consists of all 3 of the Ukiyoe soaps: Hana, Hane, and Neko. The use of developed BiProGE Lactic Acid Bacteria combined with natural ingredients such as Honey and Olive Fruit Oil will leave your skin feeling smooth and super moisturized. They also contain fermented rice bran extract, a well-known ingredient for skin cleansing and brightening used by Japanese women (and men) for years. Originally around 15 each-now for only 33, this is the perfect gift for yourself or to share with your best friend, she can thank you later.



If you love the Japanese culture as much as I do, check out the beautifully crafted soap dishes inside the gift sets.

This Japanese Skincare Brand Uses Ancient Natural Ingredients To Make You Glow


Why Clay Skincare is something you should invest in right now?

Clay Skincare - why and how to use

 The benefits of Mud masking have been known for ages, and we are all here for it. In recent years we can surely find quite a few ways to get our hands on some amazing natural products -if we are not lucky enough to pay a visit to the Dead Sea for a quick facial. Despite the many variations, the main incidents remain the same and clay skincare has become a big part of our daily skincare routine.

Clay is the key ingredient to many high-quality skincare products because it actually works. As you may have noticed you can find all kinds of different clays to profit from. From clay face masks to natural deodorants and soaps, the list can be overwhelming. Today we are going to focus on some lesser-known clay products you should definitely incorporate into your daily skincare routine, no matter your skin type.

Clay Skincare - why and how to use

Why Clay Skincare is so popular right now?

These miracle products are made from one of the many different types of clay depending on the end results we are looking for. They carry many benefits such as absorbing excess oil, managing dry skin, getting rid of toxins, and preventing acne breakouts. Pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads appear when your pores get clogged with dirt or oil. The nourishing minerals found inside clay can not only act as an amazing skin exfoliation tool, they can also travel deep into our pores to unclog them and get rid of excessive oil. Sounds awesome, right?

According to a recent study by Mohana Devi Subramaniam & In Ho Kim " Clays may have the ability to diminish the impact of mycotoxins through their binding properties". After all, we all remember Shailene Woodley raving about the benefits of ingesting clay as a part of a detoxification diet.

Clay minerals for the ultimate daily routine

Ancient Clay Liquid Soap Thieves Essential Oil , $15
Clay Skincare - why and how to use

A multipurpose 100% vegan liquid cleansing soap. This product contains Ionic clay minerals to feed your skin with nutrients, prevent inflammation, and absorb the excess oil. The powerful combination of Thrives & Clove essential oil, with Sea Butter, cinnamon, and eucalyptus (just to name a few) is the perfect antioxidant formula for daily use.

Ancient Clay Soap- Charcoal, $6,49
Clay Skincare - why and how to use

Adama Minerals has a whole line of clay soaps ( and handles) influenced with Pure Calcium Montmorillonite Clay. They include 57 traces of minerals to stimulate the renewal of your skin cells. The Sea Butter and coconut oils are known for their moisturizing properties. This clay-based formula will be a miracle for your face and body.

Black Cherry + Sweet Amber Deodorant Duo, $15
Clay Skincare - why and how to use

Natural deodorants are aluminum and paraben-free. They aim to target bacterial at their source while offering a long-lasting, fresh aroma throughout the day. This incredible formula contains Arrowroot, Clay minerals, and Vitamin E amongst other powerful ingredients. There is a huge variety of different scents to match every taste. All of Adama Mineral products are vegan and cruelty-free.

Deep Cleansing Scalp & Hair Scrub Pear Blossom with Sea Salt, $19,99
Clay Skincare - why and how to use
While many exfoliates use grains to achieve the best scrubbing results, this one uses Clay minerals and sea salt to do all the work for you. This formula works wonders in most skin types, aiming to heal, stimulate, and nourish the cells. The best way to protect and add shine to your hair all year long.

The Best Pool Float That Will Help You Step Up Your Instagram Feed Game. This Is How You Can Support Black-Owned Businesses In 2021

black owned brands inflatable pool

 If you are fortunate enough to have a pool or have unlimited access to one, you will know that having a summer gathering with your best mates is much more enjoyable in the water. You probably already know that pool parties require the right amount of space, delicious cocktails, trendy swimsuits, and of course, the cutest pool floats. You know exactly what I am talking about. The ones that not only manage to gain a ton of likes on Instagram but also help you relax and have fun in the water.

What if I told you that you can impress your friends (and neighbors!) and support the first black-owned pool inflatable startup at the same time? Keep on reading.

I have lived my whole life close to the sea, cute pool floats were a must amongst us kids. Later on, we kept this tradition going ( yes, we still hunt down the most unique designs every spring and summer). Let's not forget that one time we decided to place an actual floating pool in our living room and almost ruined half of our furniture after a few not-so-careful attempts to have fun in it. The point is I am obsessed with these adorable floats and when it comes to pool parties - not during the pandemic of course- I am more than ready to recreate the best moments of my childhood with some unique inflatable floats.


black owned brands inflatable pool

Pool floats have been a huge Instagram trend for years, and they aren't going out of style any time soon. But we are not kids anymore. There are many more factors we should consider before making our decision. You all know how huge I am on sustainability, upcycling, and supporting small businesses. I highly encourage you to stock up on the Alma Ocean floats so you can rock this summer and still support the cultural-inspired styles made for you to tap into a new look and mood. I rounded up all the info for you.

Sustainability, Diversity & Creativity

Danielle Hodge, the founder of Alma Ocean, enjoys pool floats so much she decided to create her own. "I searched high and low, extensively, without success and couldn’t find any floats that appealed to my personal taste" she mentioned. "I wanted a product that spoke to my culture. I wanted to see and feel inspired by the inflatable designs, so I created my own!”. So in 2020, during the global pandemic, she decided to create her own line, aiming to inspire women -and men- of color to enjoy their time in the water and celebrate their culture at the same time. Sounds great, right? Well, there is more.

black owned brands inflatable pool

She offers upcycling services to transform your old products into one-of-a-kind accessories. You are not confident enough in the water? No prob, you can find many resources to help you enjoy your days at the ocean -or pool- in the safest way possible.

How can you support this black-owned business?

Danielle Hodge is crowdfunding with IFUNDWOMEN the entire month of November to raise funds before her launch in summer 2021. Let's all honor creativity and diversity- You can thank me later after you have the most trendy pool party of all times.

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?
In today's day and age, more and more people are becoming aware of the fashion industry's twisted and cruel reality. It's tough to know where fabrics and materials come from, and when you do, it's even harder to determine whether these materials are ethically obtained or not. 

Is there truly a way to shop sustainable, Eco-Friendly luxury wool? And if so, what is the best type of fabric to buy? Is there a yarn that can easily replace the soft and warm feeling cashmere offers? The short answer is yes.
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Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

Eco-friendly and ethical practices

I spent my last year of college researching the environmental and humanitarian impacts of fast fashion. I became obsessed with the best ways to determine whether a product is eco-friendly, ethically produced, and with the overall idea of living more sustainably. 

It may come as a surprise, but Alpaca wool is one of the most ethical products available on the luxury market. This eco-friendly and cruelty-free yarn, worn by Peruvians for centuries, leads to the rise of the thriving textile industry. It is now known worldwide as a more luxurious, warmer, and lighter alternative to Cashmere.
 
How is Alpaca wool obtained?

Alpacas, South American camellias, can move relatively freely in large enclosures in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. They are not killed so that the farmers receive their wool; they are carefully shorn to be released into the wild a few hours later. 

Alpaca wool does not need strong chemicals to be cleaned, which makes it an environmentally friendly fiber. It is also important to mention that alpacas are naturally available in 24 different colors, from all-black to white and an abundance of gray and brown tones. This variety of colors makes it easier for manufacturers to limit the process of dying.

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?

CashmereVS Alpaca wool

Cashmere became popular in the 1980s, and for many years it was considered one of the most luxurious wools on the market. Due to its strong but very soft and lightweight consistency, it quickly became popular amongst female and male luxury fashion enthusiasts alike and has been used by designers for decades. 

Its high popularity has led to some animal welfare, and environmental problems as the primary producers in China and Mongolia are forced to overgraze in the face of growing demand. Apart from the threat to the animals, the constant counterfeiting of cashmere products is also a cause for concern. 

Alpaca wool is a fantastic alternative to Cashmere, and some may even think it is the better choice for various reasons. One is that it is shinier than Cashmere, and pilling is not a real issue with Alpaca. 
Alpaca wool is hypoallergenic as it contains no lanolin, the perfect solution for those who are sensitive to wool.

Why Alpaca Is the Ultimate Eco-Friendly, Cruelty-Free Luxury Wool?
 
Supporting the indigenous communities 

Alpacas live freely in the Peruvian Andes, peacefully co-existing with thousands of indigenous communities. These families rely on breading as their primary source of income. 

Every year these communities come together to breed, shear and then turn the high-value fiber into luxurious yarn. 

The traditional way of life continues to this day, with many family farms supported by the Fair Trade movement.

By choosing Products from a Peruvian Alpaca Fashion line, you actively contribute to these small communities' prosperity and the continuation of their weaving traditions.

 


 
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