Hi. I’m Jacqueline Staph Jones. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. I want to make smarter decisions about which makeup and skincare products I use.
Growing up, my dentist father was passionate about bringing much-needed dental care to disadvantaged people. My family spent summer vacations in places like Indonesia and Belize working in mobile dental clinics. I served as my dad’s assistant, gaining a fresh perspective on first world privilege.
Inspired by my father, I later majored in International Development at UCLA, with my primary interest being health issues affecting women in developing countries. I studied the staggering lack of resources that women around the world contend with. No clean water. Political disenfranchisement. A lack of basic health services. The things that I take for granted are a daily struggle for women elsewhere.
But what struck me is that women in the United States are barraged with an entirely different set of obstacles. Cancer, obesity, asthma and allergies… we have diseases of affluence. We have anything and everything at our fingertips. And it’s hurting us.
All that we possess–our choices, our relative wealth, our access–is working against us. Or at the very least, it’s compromising our wellness potential.
I am passionate about the issues that affect women’s health. And since all journeys start with one small step, I’ve decided to change things in my own home and on my own bathroom counter.
This site chronicles that journey.
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What I’m Using
I love each of these products so much. There’s other ones that I’m testing, or ones I use sporadically, but these are the absolute winners that I keep coming back to every single day:
To moisturize during the day, I use the True Botanicals Pure Radiance Oil RENEW. At night I use the Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, sometimes with the Deep Repair Serum from Kristina Holey + Marie Veronique layered underneath.
I wear zinc oxide sunscreen every day, no matter what. I’m on my second bottle of Ursa Major’s Daily Defense Lotion SPF 18. My skin is prone to hyperpigmentation, and this stuff has given me better results than other sunscreens with significantly higher SPFs.
For specialty skin treatments, I really love Frankincense to heal acne spots and fade old scars. And I’m prone to dry lips, but ever since I’ve been using the Nipple Balm from Zoe Organics, my lips never flake anymore.
With makeup, I’m currently testing several new products, but the ones I use daily are the Lily Lolo Foundation (in Warm Honey), the Kosas Lipstick in Royal which has a rich semi-matte color that I’m obsessed with, and the twist-up Precision Eye Pencil from Juice Beauty in a warm brown shade.
(updated May 2017)