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Is Mercury Retrograde Really So Bad? A Vedic Astrologer on Seizing Opportunity & Staying Positive

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It all started with a book, and an unassuming one at that. Dog eared, missing its cover and filled with numbers, there was little obvious appeal to a 12-year-old girl. But it was that book — filled with symbols and planetary degrees — that would lead Alexia Neonakis to astrology, which she still practices today. Lexie, a NYU alum who lives in upstate New York with her family, is a NAMA-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. She creates Vedic charts in the Indian tradition to give people personal, practical advice on how to manage changes in their own energy and the world around them. On a typical day, she herself balances work and motherhood, doing her readings while her children are at school. Focusing on Jyotish, the “science of light,” Lexie’s passion is finding positivity for her clients in both exciting and challenging moments. With a 2018 holiday collection inspired by the stars, it seemed like the perfect time to sit down with Lexie for some tips on how to navigate this busy holiday season — plus a little something for each sign to keep in mind through the end of the year. Here, we ask the celebrated reader for some tips on beautifully navigating the end of 2018.

So, what exactly does ‘Mercury retrograde’ mean?
We’re currently in the middle of that infamous Mercury retrograde. It’s a time when the Earth passes Mercury as both orbit around the Sun, making Mercury look briefly like it’s moving in the opposite direction of its usual path. It’s also a time when everything from people to technology allegedly go haywire.

But according to Lexie, there’s no need to panic. “I know everybody freaks out when Mercury goes retrograde, sometimes for good reason, but I think of it as a moment to stop and pause and reflect and take two steps back. Double check: is the path I’m on an appropriate path to be on? And sometimes we will make shifts and changes — and that’s appropriate! Often times, too, retrograde brings up people, things, ideas, events from the past. And the way I look at it is: it’s just an opportunity to say thank you and move on, or get right with whatever might be off still. With the holidays coming up, and Mercury retrograde upon us, this is a great time to do things like purging and cleansing — and going through your stuff and donating! It’s a great time to donate to people, especially with this retrograde, because it’s sitting with Jupiter, which is connected to children. If there are parents who have a lot of things they don’t need any more for their kids, this is a good time to go through those bags and donate them.”
FYI, this period is going on until the middle of December.

People are super busy, and often anxious, right now. Any quick things you recommend to stay positive or get out of a bad day?
Sit and breathe
“Sometimes we just need to pause. Mercury retrograde is giving us an opportunity, reminding us, that sometimes what we need to do is just sit down, put our feet on the floor, put our hands on our belly and just close our eyes and breathe into the belly. Just let it fill up, and let it drop down.” You don’t need to lie down to do this (though that’s great for kids, according to Lexie). You can do this sitting up in your car — eyes open of course — or at your desk. “It might take a few minutes to let the junk you just dealt with, the uncomfortable interaction or whatever it was, to be cleared away,” she says.

When life gets hectic, go simple
“This is from an Ayurvedic perspective, and helpful with the chaos of the holidays. Life is about digestion — not just digesting what’s on your plate, but digesting what’s in your life, so when life gets hectic outside of your food, you make your food simple. So, think 1-bowl meals, think creamy vegetable soups — things that are grounding. No salads, no cold stuff, no ice. Keep it really simple, keep it warm, like hot water with lemon. These kinds of things are going to keep you nourished, and keep your digestive system from having to work too hard.”

Oil up!
Yes, you read that right. Lexie recommends applying oil before a shower, then sealing in that moisture with Shea Butter once you’re out. “This is a very Ayurvedic thing that we do all the time, and it helps create this level of support that’s immense. The word for oil in Sanskrit is Sneha, and Sneha also means love, so the idea of oil and love having the same word, and putting that on your body, it’s really about coating yourself in a layer of love, and sort of protection as you go into your day. I’ve had so many clients say that this alone is life changing.”

It’s almost 2019! What can each of us keep in mind over the next few weeks to end this year on a positive note?Aries
“Embrace your individuality, Aries, while continuing to appreciate others.”

Taurus
“Rise above and uphold your ideals around love, Taurus.”

Gemini
“Keep your connections simple, Gemini, always flowing from the heart.”

Cancer
“Self-care is paramount and deeply supportive, Cancer.”

Leo
“Allow time for dreaming, Leo. Action then easily follows.”

Virgo
“Create space for your intuition, Virgo, as it informs all choices.”

Libra
“Real joy is rooted in growth, Libra.”

Scorpio
“Shower others with positivity. This is your strength now, Scorpio.”

Sagittarius
“Stay steady, Archer. Consistency in your efforts is key.”

Capricorn
“Lift up and turn your lens towards the horizon, Capricorn.”

Aquarius
“Nothing is more healing than taking action, Aquarius.”

Pisces
“See through the veil, Pisces; that’s where the truth resides.”

Learn more about Alexia Neonakis and Vedic astrology.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Shalom Blac Falls in Love with the ORIGINAL

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Can we talk about Shalom Nchom for a minute? If you’re not familiar, we’ll catch you up: a survivor of extensive burns as a child — and the devastating bullying that followed — she is now a vlogger with nearly a million YouTube followers who tune in to watch her inspiring and playful Shalom Blac tutorials. Shalom had always favored liquid foundations — until we sent her our cult-favorite ORIGINAL Loose Powder Foundation. She tried it for the first time on camera and let’s just say, the results are truly powderful. Take a peek:

Watch Shalom’s full powder makeup video for more mineral makeup magic, including our Mineral Veil Finishing Powder.

What Are You PRO? Talking Diversity with Arshia Moorjani

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Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Arshia Moorjani, a beauty influencer based in Fort Lee, NJ.


Arshia wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Teak 22 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan – Neutral 10

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Arshia Moorjani: I am PRO-DIVERSITY because growing up, I never had anyone who looked like me to look up to. I was obsessed with YouTube in my early teens, but never saw any South Asian women, so I decided to fill that void myself!

bareMinerals: How do you suggest others can act on a passion?

Arshia: Just do it! It sounds so simple and cliché but it’s true! We tend to hold ourselves back because we are so scared of just getting started… then work as hard as you can and the rest will follow!

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Arshia: Meditate, read and spend time on my skincare. Meditating has helped me realize that I am in control of my thoughts, reading has taught me such valuable lessons, and spending a little bit of time on my skincare is truly my “me time” which is so important. I am a firm believer that you can take care of others only when you truly take care of yourself first.

bareMinerals: On what occasions do you wear full coverage makeup? What makes performance wear makeup important to you?

Arshia: Because of my job, I wear full coverage makeup on a daily basis… between filming, meetings and shoots… my days usually start very early and end very late and I am constantly on the go. I need my makeup to be at its top performance at all times and need to ensure it lasts all day!

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

Arshia: Create an upside-down triangle under your eyes and bring the concealer back past your brows. Once blended, this gives your face a faux “lift.” Why doesn’t want that?

bareMinerals: What makes you feel confident?

Arshia: I feel the most confident when I am being my most authentic self. I have tried to be like others in the past, but realized very quickly that one one is out there quite like me, and I need to embrace myself exactly as I am.

What are you PRO? Talking Wellness with Jessica Franklin

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Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Jessica Franklin, a blogger and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY.


Jessica wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Cardamom 23 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan/Dark – Neutral 12

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Jessica Franklin: I’m PRO-WELLNESS because I’ve realized that there is so much value in taking care of my health. Without it, I cannot live up to my full potential and be effective in my career, with my family, and in any other areas of my life.

bareMinerals: How did you discover your passion for wellness?

Jessica: This has been a journey for the past 5 years or so. I’ve gone from working out once in a while and eating whatever I wanted (fast food, sugary drinks, etc.) to now working out 3-4 times a week and making healthier food choices. It’s not a diet for me, but a lifestyle. The more I do it and continue on this journey, the more I adopt better habits. I’m not perfect … but I’m always trying my best and to me, that’s what really matters.

bareMinerals: What makes you feel confident?

Jessica: As cliché as it may sound, I have learned that confidence starts from the inside first. Without that, it is impossible to feel confident. But of course I feel even more confident when I get dressed and do my hair and makeup. I love when my makeup looks flawless.

bareMinerals: In your life and line of work, what makes natural-looking makeup so important?

Jessica: When I wear makeup, it’s important that I still look like myself. I never want to feel like makeup is a crutch and that I need it to feel better. Instead, it compliments me. Since my job involves influencing other women to feel confident both inside and out, I want them to feel the same way when it comes to their makeup.

bareMinerals: How often do you wear full coverage makeup?

Jessica: I wear full coverage makeup about 4-5 times a week! I wear it to meetings, photoshoots, events and even meeting up with my friends! It makes me feel good, knowing my makeup looks great. I love that BAREPRO Liquid Foundation provides full coverage, but doesn’t feel or look heavy. It really looks like skin!

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

When applying concealer to your eyes, draw a triangle with your concealer rather than dotting or swiping it on. This guarantees a flawless application and it’s super easy!

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Jessica: 1. Set aside time for myself in the morning for reading, prayer and just alone time! 2. Work out. 3. Listen to my favorite songs and albums. Good music really puts me in a great mood and has such a positive effect on my day.

What do you stand for? Share what you’re PRO on Instagram, tagging #bareMinerals to join the conversation. 

What Are You PRO? Talking Self Love with Serein Wu

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Serein Wu for bareMinerals

Our BAREPRO makeup family is changing the beauty landscape with a simple proposition: skin-improving longwear. These formulas are everything we stand for: PRO-SKIN, PRO-PERFORMANCE and PRO-YOU, with great ingredients and lasting wear that keeps up with you all day long — so you can focus on what you stand for.

We asked three beauty influencers who love new BAREPRO 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer to share what they stand for — and why they love our high-performance, natural-looking makeup. Today, we’re talking with Serein Wu, a content creator based in Los Angeles, CA.


Serein wears BAREPRO Performance Wear Foundation in Silk 14 and BAREPRO Concealer in Tan – Neutral 10

bareMinerals: What are you PRO?

Serein Wu: I am PRO-SELF CARE and SELF LOVE. Self care is so important for our self esteem and confidence. Taking time to relax, take a bath, read a good book or apply makeup that makes you feel good can all improve your mental health and boost your confidence. When I look and feel my best I can deal with whatever life has to throw at me.

bareMinerals: What are three things you do for yourself every day?

Serein: I always take my time at night to do a full 3- to 5-step skincare routine. It helps me unwind and I truly enjoy my skincare time. I’m currently trying to complete a 12-week workout challenge, so I’ve scheduled an hour each day for me to be able to get my workouts in. Physical activity is so important to me — it helps with my stress and overall moods. Lastly, breakfast. With my schedule, meals can sometimes come at random times and be on the go, but breakfast is the one meal a day I sit down and enjoy, no matter what.

bareMinerals: In your life and line of work, what makes natural-looking makeup so important?

Serein: I want to motivate and inspire people to feel their best from the outside in. While there is nothing wrong with full-on glam, I don’t want people to feel like they have to have it to go out in the world. Natural-looking makeup is important to me because I want people to feel good, but not hide their skin. Freckles, scars and moles are part of what makes us unique.
For a while, being on social media made me feel very self-conscious. All the skin filters didn’t help either. It took me a while to remember what skin looks like and that it’s OK to want to minimize something or to even out your skin, but at the end of the day, it’s important to love who you are without all the fun beauty products.

bareMinerals: How often do you wear full coverage makeup?

Serein: I wear a little bit of makeup on most days, especially concealer and brows … sometimes I just want to pull out all the stops and do a full face … it really depends on my mood.

bareMinerals: What’s one concealer tip everyone should know?

Serein: Find a good concealer that matches your skin tone. It can act as a magic eraser in a pinch. Apply to uneven areas on your face, blend with your fingers or a brush. Set. Done! Full face, one product. I actually do this most days because It’s fast and looks really natural.

What do you stand for? Share what you’re PRO on Instagram, tagging #bareMinerals to join the conversation.