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Makeup Maven

Aug/05/2023 / by Team Seema

Famous for her color theory videos, Monica Ravichandran is making waves in the beauty world as a Sephora Squad influencer

In March 2020, Monica Ravichandran made her first makeup look on her instagram account because she couldn’t go to Paris to follow her original plans to study abroad. “I was super depressed and sad and lonely,” she wrote to her 223,000 followers explaining her origin story. That year, she also applied for the Sephora Squad—an elite group of influencers from diverse communities that receive a yearlong, paid partnership with beauty superbrand Sephora.

That year, she wasn’t selected, but in 2023, she received more than 2000 testimonials from her followers, which earned her a spot on the coveted list this year. Monica has already made an impact with her TikTok videos, which spurred the summer’s breakout purple lipstick trend for brown skin, and she continues to make content based on color theory and what compliments different skin tones best. 

“Super excited for the upcoming year,” she wrote in her post thanking her fans. “And thank you guys so much for all the love and support.” 

Follow Monica: 

TikTok: @makeupbymonicaa

Instagram: @glow_bymonica

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Coming Clean 

5 Cleansers for sweaty summer skin

The heat of the summer months can leave us all with a little excess sweat. To banish shine and grime, we reach for one of these green-friendly cleansers to wash off for a fresh-faced start. 

Tatcha Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser

Based on the practice of Japanese women repurposing milky rice water, this cleanser uses rice powder and Okinawa red algae to provide essential vitamins to the skin—providing essential  moisture alongside its gentle clarifying cleansing. $40, tatcha.com

Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Refillable Cleanser

This cleanser feels like a green drink for your face, combining antioxidant rich kale, spinach, and green tea for powerful cooling effects. Plus, we love the fresh garden scent. 

KORA Organics Turmeric Glow Foaming Cleanser

With its fresh peppermint and palo santo scent, this cleanser is our shower staple to wake up energized and refreshed. Turmeric provides the daily dose of antioxidants while aloe vera keeps skin soothed and hydrated. 

alpyn beauty Juneberry & Collagen Hydrating Cold Cream Cleanser

If you’re looking for a little exfoliation, this cream cleanser comes with environmentally friendly jojoba beads to buff away dead skin, while wild juneberry harvested from Jackson Hole, Wyoming offers softening nutrients. 

Pratima Herbal Cleanser 

With a formula built for each dosha (including Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), this herbal dry blend can be mixed with water to provide skin-specific nutrients for skin healing and exfoliation.  Only pure Ayurvedic herbs, roots and flower extracts are used in each formula. $29, pratimaskincare.com

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Grown-Up Backpacks

Three adorable options for the back-to-school season

No longer just for kids, backpacks can be a fashionable and vertistle carry-all alternative to the typical tote or purse. Whether we’re on the road or hitting the office, we love these three shoulder-friendly bags for their roomy pockets and cool colors. 

TUMI Marigot Backpack

Though the price tag may be high, the quality materials here are well worth the splurge. Made from canvas and real Italian leather, this backpack also comes with a luggage loop for your carry-on, making it a perfect go-to travel option. $750, tumi.com

Rebecca Minkoff Jumbo Julian Backpack 

We love the super unique front-zip closure on this modern reimagining of the classic silhouette. With luxe leather and eye-catching hardware, this bag easily goes from work to play, and any occasion in-between. $428, rebeccaminkoff.com

CALPAK Kaya Laptop Backpack

Coming in more than 10 bold colors (including this gorgeous Barbie-ready pink), the Kaya bag helps stowaway any laptop in luxury. We love the detailing on the edges and fun square style that also slips on to any carry-on bag.  $138, calpaktravel.com

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Papering The Planet

How one South Asian artist is bringing old traditions new life

Combining global styles with the traditions of her ancestral Madhubani region, artist Nayana Jha brings a colorful mix of imagery to a wide variety of paper goods, each featuring her own original designs. From stunning wrapping paper to cards to notebooks, this is one of our favorite go-to shops for beautiful gifts. nayanadesignstudio.com