No one at Beatnic, a fast casual mini-chain formerly known as By Chloe, is trying to trick you into thinking that you’re eating meat by using ingredients labeled with “impossible” or “beyond.” The burger patties here are thick and dense, and they taste like well-seasoned, mashed lentils and peas—because that’s exactly what they’re made of. Order the guac burger with tortilla chips, corn salsa, and chunky guacamole that seems like it’s made minutes before it gets scooped in between your whole grain bun. This place also makes great sauces, like sweet beet ketchup, tangy chipotle aioli, and turmeric tahini dressing that comes with the breaded cauli poppers, which we prefer over the inadequately-crisped air baked fries. We suggest you come to Beatnic with a friend, and split a burger. The burgers are huge, and they’re a great deal at $10-$12 each.
For Pritika Swarup, beauty runs deep. Not only is it the center of her two jobs as a model and the founder of Prakti Beauty, but she also thinks of self-care as a beauty ritual, passed down through generations of the women in her family.
These rituals inspired her personal approach to skin care and her own products, which modernize traditional Indian formulas. “I believe in holistic beauty,” she tells Glamour. “My earliest memory of beauty is that beauty comes from within, so it can’t be addressed in just the physical sense. I think in the West we talk a lot about pimples and hyperpigmentation and all these things that obviously show on the outside. But it’s also important to address that inner spirituality and beauty. That’s what I learned from my mom.”
Swarup has practiced Ayurveda her entire life, and the philosophy that the mind, body, and spirit are all in alignment is the driving force for Prakti. When it comes to her own routine, Swarup can sum it up in three words: “Simple, clean, effective beauty. If I have more than six steps in my beauty routine, it’s too much,” she says. “I think that women nowadays have so much going on and they just really want products to be multifunctional. And so that’s really what I look for with my products.”
However, she is a beauty lover—and a brand owner—through and through, so she’s done her fair share of testing. “I’ve pretty much tried everything on the market, but I realized that my skin responds better to the purest, most effective products. All of the Prakti products are basically clean to the Credo standards and are all cruelty-free and vegan. That’s what I took from my personal preference in that area.” These values also apply to the products she uses from other brands. “I actually never go into Sephora,” says Swarup. “Before I actually bring a product into my routine, I do a lot of research. I want to understand about the company too: Is it women owned? Are they sustainable? What type of ingredients are they using?”
When it comes to what the products actually do, Swarup looks for something that can balance her combination skin without irritation. “My skin’s really sensitive, so I try to look at products that obviously aren’t going to leave my skin red or it’ll get red if I accidentally scratch my face. It’s just that sensitive. I also have concerns about sun damage and just environmental pollution—living in New York, it’s been something for me to think about.”
Above all, Swarup goes back to her core belief that products should make you feel good, inside and out. “I think that skin care should be this self-care ritual that’s a sensory experience that you’re very excited about. It’s not a chore. It’s time for yourself to take care of all of your needs. I really try to make that a priority and I do.”
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Winky Lux Uni-Brow Universal Eyebrow Pencil
“I typically lean toward a pencil with a spoolie on one end (to smooth my curly brow hairs) and an angled pencil on the other (to define and fill them in), so this one from Winky Lux is right up my alley. The first time I tried it, it went straight into my desk pencil holder, which is filled with my favorite lipsticks, lip liners, brow products… and also the occasional writing implement!” — Jessica Cruel, content director
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Ayurveda, a holistic approach to beauty and wellness, is something Pritika Swarup practiced her whole life. So, when she found a white space in the industry between Ayurvedic Indian brands and Western ones, she decided to bridge the gap—and on a global scale no less.
“Prakti takes Ayurvedic ingredients and Indian remedies and integrates them into modern, high performance products with luxurious textures,” Swarup explains. “We did not simply repackage traditional Indian and Ayurvedic ingredients in the way that they have been combined and used in the past, but instead created innovative hybrid formulas. The strong role both my cultures have played in Prakti has allowed Indian beauty to be available and accessible to all women.”
Prakti PritiPolish Instant Glow Exfoliator
“It reimagines rice, an enduring staple in homemade skincare remedies, into a modern, sensorial experience for skin and soul. I love how it adds a little magic to a morning or evening routine. Mixing just a few drops of water turns the white powder to a beautiful shade of amethyst. While all of the ingredients have been chosen for their skin benefits, the combination of rose damascena oil with vetiver root gives PritiPolish a delicate and refreshing aroma.”
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