The Experts

Kristen Arnett - Founding Editor-in-Chief
Kristen Arnett is a rare hybrid within the beauty industry, working an international makeup artist, beauty educator and brand consultant for over 15 years.

Shortly after receiving her business degree at University of Southern California, Kristen worked for a large cosmetics brand, collaborating on color product development. Years later, she quit corporate life to become a freelance makeup artist…and never looked back. 

Green isn’t just another shade in her palette nor is it a limiting factor in her work, but rather a defining one. As an artist Kristen delivers high-performance results using non-toxic makeup helping keep clients’ skin looking spectacular under any circumstance be it on runway shows, photo shoots or for live events, garnering praise from celebrities, top models and regular women alike.

As an expert she appears on television, writes beauty articles for several publications, speaks and trains people around the globe (in both English and Italian). Kristen has been featured as an expert in ELLE, Whole Living, Style.com, Town & Country Weddings, Parents, and DailyCandy. She has been a speaker on sustainable beauty for notable organizations such as the HBA Global Expo and Fashion Institute of Technology.

Though transformation through makeup was always her passion, at age 15 makeup became a necessity to hide acne; a skincare battle that would last a decade. Unsuccessful medical treatments led Kristen to seek other solutions, and to the ultimate discovery that natural skin care and healthy nutrition were her answers. Kristen credits May Lindstrom (scroll below to read about her) as the person who officially introduced her into the green beauty world, and since then has been a true devotee.

Based on her research, Kristen built a makeup kit and a beauty cabinet filled with cosmetics that work as hard as they play; that are nourishing for the body and better for the environment…and help keep skin clear!

A stickler for health, Kristen now focuses her talents and personal ethics on educating people about choosing the best in green beauty. View her portfolio at KristenArnett.com

 

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Joshua Barrett
An internationally renowned, celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist. He has also worked on the business side of the industry for several high-profile beauty brands. Along with his 20+ years of experience in beauty, Joshua brings with him a commitment to sharing a philosophy based on green beauty and wellness.  
 
From a young age Joshua’s natural ability to draw and paint was clear. While his good looks lured him to work in Milan, London and Paris as a model, he soon took up as an artist inside the world of fashion. Joshua began working his magic as a makeup and hair stylist worldwide. His focus on revealing each client’s unique beauty has made him a favorite among the celebrity and editorial elite.

His celebrity clientele includes: Demi Moore, Mariah Carey, Adriana Lima, Drew Barrymore, Julia Stiles, Kate Hudson, Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Ricky Martin and Sheryl Crow. His work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Allure, Glamour, In Style, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Prevention.   
See Joshua’s work here. 

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Rebecca Casciano
For the last decade, Rebecca has worked as a makeup artist and educator in the fashion, advertising and entertainment industries. An artist since childhood, Rebecca has a deep appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures. She enjoys working with makeup as a form of self-expression and celebration of our unique beauty.

While beginning her makeup career, Rebecca was struggling with persistent cystic acne. She was determined not to use harsh drugs she felt would only suppress the symptoms and not remedy the underlying cause. This led to an exploration of holistic healing that truly transformed her life. As Rebecca experienced the powerful effects of proper nutrition, herbs, detoxification and Eastern Medicine firsthand, she became a wholehearted advocate.

Realizing a genuine desire to share her journey and inspire healing in others, Rebecca is now a Certified Wellness Consultant through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She believes that sustainable beauty and health can be achieved through a balance of mind, body and spirit. Rebecca is enthusiastic about combining her passions to help women discover their inner and outer radiance.
Visit Rebecca’s Website

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May Lindstrom 
Raised into a loving family of body care practitioners, energy workers and environmentalists in the thoroughly green countryside of northern Minnesota, May’s roots are deep in the world of healing beauty.  Having spent most of the last decade in front of the camera as a model, she eagerly jumped full force behind the scenes, officially starting her practice as holistic beauty consultant and green makeup artist in 2009.

Venturing into largely uncharted territory using a kit bursting with only all natural cosmetics, safe for both our skin and our planet, May is changing the face and challenging the standards for a healthier beauty.  She has a strong commitment to fusing environmental consciousness with an embrace of indulgence and play. Offering more than simply beautiful makeup, May’s philosophy gives her clients an opportunity to discover their own radiance and inner glow.

May divides her time between her home base of Los Angeles and wherever the inspirational winds take her. 
Visit May’s Website

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Caterina Marra-Vazquez
A licensed esthetician, as well as a certified medical esthetician who has worked on famous New York City faces for over 10 years. Her specialty lies in the way she blends holistic practices with advanced clinical approaches in order to attain the best results possible for her clients.  She holds her reikii certification as well as education in both ayurvedic medicine and aromatherapy.  Caterina teaches her clients and business partners the importance of achieving and maintaining healthy skin.

 

 

 

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Stef McDonald
Stef is a writer and editor who has loved beauty products since she was a kid playing with makeup samples from the Avon lady across the street. Her passion for green living developed from her sensitivity to personal care 

products and cosmetics. She worked for several years as an editor at Lucky magazine in New York – where she made regular visits to the beauty closet–but grew tired of developing hives from lotions and perfumes, getting blemished skin and red eyes from makeup, and having allergy attacks following visits to hair and nail salons. Stef later moved to Los Angeles and became editor of Greenopia.com.

She credits the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics with helping her discover that most beauty products irritated her because they contained toxic chemicals. Then she replaced every last item in her makeup bag and bathroom with non-toxic alternatives using the rating system from the Skin Deep website as her guide. Stef lives in Santa Monica, California and works as the managing director of programming at GOOD. Visit Stef’s Website

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Britta Plug
As an internationally trained, licensed esthetician and holistic health coach, Britta strives to see the full picture when it comes to skin and health. She believes beauty is generated from the inside out, and perfected from the outside in, by nurturing our skin with high quality, natural and non-toxic products.

Britta’s love affair with natural skin care began at a young age, when she discovered herbal medicine and European beauty traditions while living in Germany. She subsequently chose to embark upon a path of professional development in the esthetic sciences beginning with the Swiss based CIDESCO esthetics program. Britta has now been practicing and studying skin care in NYC for over 8 years.

Britta approaches her work with the utmost respect for the human body, as well as nature. Her passion lies in co-creating and supporting transformation and beauty for her clients, and encouraging authentic self care.

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Donna Sonkin
Donna grew up a chubby girl on Long Island.  With a passion for cooking at age 9, she looked forward each weekend’s cooking lesson with her grandmother. Eventually Donna lost weight when she discovered boys, leading to 7 years at fat camp and a tumultuous relationship with food.

Now Donna is a holistic health counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.  She studied leading wellness educators including Drs. Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra, and Joseph Mercola. Her “Get Thin for the Camera” program helps performers of all types get thin and healthy in an enjoyable way. Over the past 5 years her business has expanded to work with everyone from busy moms to high-powered executives.

Sonkin teaches her clients how to cook, shop and eat healthfully and make great exercise choices.  She is a strong believer in the concept of listening to your own body’s needs in order to live a happy, healthy life.
Visit Donna’s Website

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Laurisa Truemper 
As a certified holistic health coach and clean & green beauty guru, Laurisa specializes in individualized detoxification of diet, beauty cabinets and lifestyle for the busy and beauty conscious woman struggling with breakouts, dull complexions and premature aging finally have naturally radiant and youthful skin.

After spending eight years as a brand manager in the fashion industry, Laurisa Truemper took the big leap towards her passion for health and nutrition and founded Beyond Beautiful Skin. Laurisa received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

When it comes to beauty, Laurisa is just as passionate about educating clients regarding the importance of using natural products in regards to overall health. Visit Laurisa’s Website

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