The following is from a talk show transcription and has been edited for clarity and content.

 

 

Nikki Hunter is an award winning makeup artist and service provider whose 20 years in the beauty industry comprised her health physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Her own journey to discovering wellness exposed the dark side of the beauty business and forced her to become a beauty industry refugee. Loved that and inspired her to create a new shopping culture rich in transparency ethics and education.

Nikki is now the owner and lead educator at the green vanity Holistic Beauty Lounge which is right here in Cologne a British Columbia retail store that teaches us to question our perspective of beauty while teaching us to embrace our inner minimalist. I love that too. Live healthily and the power of our purchasing choices.

The first experience when you walk in as I’m not good enough. And then someone approaches you and immediately comes at you with what’s wrong with you because they have a solution to fix it.

 

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Green Vanity is about what happens when we peel back the layers of what what we’re thinking when we’re going to a store to buy beauty products. We all do those things for that big buzzy world right now which is self-care.

Yet when we get in there we’re bombarded by images of unachievable beauty and people. We can’t help but think–OK I’m not good enough.

 

…you spent too much money and you didn’t even leave with what you wanted.

 

The first experience when you walk in as I’m not good enough. And then someone approaches you and immediately comes at you with what’s wrong with you because they have a solution to fix it.

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You feel even worse by the time you leave the store. You left with too many things. You’re shame spiraling because you spent too much money and you didn’t even leave with what you wanted.

Then you just feel worse and then you go home take it and shove it in the box of shame underneath the sink in the bathroom. And we’re all doing it. But no one’s talking about it.

The box of shame which, I mean, it’s not funny, but it’s funny because we put it there–three, four, five years later–we’re still looking at it. And by that point it’s like fully expired. It has no value at all.

But since we spent money and we have these emotions attached to it we’re still frickin hanging onto it. And so every time we look under the sink we feel all these bad feelings, we need to totally undo that.

 

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Green Vanity has the boxes to take cosmetics plastics so we can still recycle anything that doesn’t fit down the municipal recycling.

We can take all the weird things like your compact and lipstick tubes and mascara things and weird pumps and things like that and they lovingly turn them into more useful things in a recycled way.

One of the services we provide is Detox Your Vanity and you can actually bring your box of shame in and have a private appointment and we will create a two to three year sustainability plan to help you transition out of it and let go of it in a way that is healthy for you emotionally and something that the planet can take on.

 

 

It’s a shame, for some people that box was a four or five hundred dollar investment under the sink.

And they still didn’t get that beauty ritual.

Listen to the whole show on Transformation Talk Radio!