B.A.B.E. OF THE MONTH: ALINA LEPAK
Every month, we're spotlighting a Badass Beauty Expert (B.A.B.E.) and picking their brain on all things beauty, wellness, and channeling your inner baddie. We hope these interviews will serve as a platform for raw and vulnerable discussion—and inspire you to step out of your makeup and skincare comfort zones.

Alina is an Emotional Intelligence Educator and Content Creator.

@YouTheCEO

Define yourself in three words.

Intelligent. Sensitive. Passionate.

What are three things you can't live without? (Beauty products can be included, but they don't have to be!)

What prompted you to make the switch to safe makeup brands? After watching a documentary called Toxic Beauty, I was introduced to the harsh reality of what was being placed in our makeup and skincare products: ingredients like parabens and phthalates, that are deemed "safe" in small doses but can end up becoming our silent killers 10 years down the line. The negative effects range from cancers to fertility problems. This documentary really provoked me to question, are the products that I use daily safe? When I checked my skincare and makeup products I was stunned to find that 50 percent of what I owned had one or more of these questionable ingredients. As a result, I started my research process and made the bold choice to kickstart my transition. 

What are your safe makeup and skincare favorites? Jojoba oil, beeswax lip balm, coffee/sugar scrub.

What advice would you give for finding safe cosmetics? Start by examining the products you use most frequently and make efforts to switch them first. Before purchasing a product make sure to check out the ingredients from credible sources like EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to learn more about how it impacts your body and general health.

What do you think makes someone a badass? A badass, in my eyes, is someone who takes responsibility over their own life. It’s someone who has the courage to look into their own past and takes measures to heal from things that they weren’t responsible for. It’s someone who takes active measures to create an impact with their gifts and talents. It’s someone who’s not fearless but courageous; meaning that they feel afraid but take the next step anyway.

How did you find your inner badass? I found my inner badass by learning these five hard truths:

What's the last song you listened to?

Real Love Baby by Father John Misty.

Quick! You have five minutes to get ready to go out. What do you do with your makeup?

Just like that, I’m OUT the door!

May 27, 2020

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