One of my least favorite questions to answer in the past five years has been “What do you do for a living?”
The reasons I dislike the question are many, and have evolved significantly over time, but I will share with you the two that bother me most lately.
One is that it’s just a long, awkward list. “I change lives and play dress up! I change lives as an online fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle coach, and play dress up as a model and makeup artist!” And then I ask what they do, and it’s often a one-word answer and I feel like I just gave a speech!
The other reason is because I am a model and a makeup artist, but 94.2% (not an actual calculation) of the time I am not wearing makeup, which makes me feel like people will look at me in disbelief and think I am am impostor – as though because I am not wearing makeup that given moment, it is impossible to tell that I am good looking, and that I know HOW to apply makeup. Absurd, right?
It was a “for fun” submission to Giuseppina Magazine, and we were published! I am excited to work with the same photographer on Tuesday of next week for another magazine submission!
Here’s the thing. I place a huge emphasis on natural products as much as I can – eating unprocessed foods, avoiding chemicals, eating organic foods, etc. I am also working on making my beauty products organic, because our skin is our biggest organ. I am having a really tough time, though, with makeup, because it seems really difficult to find makeup that performs as well the chemical-y kind, so I usually just try to “use makeup sparingly” on myself!
I want to be proud of my natural face, and do it without makeup.
I had already started giving in to this a bit – in my videos, I even stopped worrying so much about wearing makeup. But the quest goes on for the happy medium – finding products that work amazingly, AND go right along with my desire to only put healthy things in and on my body! It is a work in progress.
I have found one product that I am really excited about! It is Dirty Mouth Toothpowder from Primal Life Organics (and you can get $10 off a $25 purchase if you use this link)! Tommy was given a sample at Paleo FX, and I just had to have it! I am excited to try their other products sometime, too.
It has activated charcoal, which is something that I have heard a lot of buzz about in different beauty groups I am in. It whitens your teeth without chemicals! One of the things I love about it is that since it is a slightly coarse powder, I feel like it is polishing my teeth while it cleans them. And the fact that the activated charcoal kind is black makes brushing my teeth fun, because I think of this scene from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure:
In addition to that primal product that I am adding to my arsenal, there’s an ACTION you can take to reduce body fat, improve muscle recovery, and have shiny, healthy hair! Does that sound too good to be true? It’s not! And it is something I need to be better at! Check it out:
So yeah – RINSE your hair with water that’s as cold as you can take it! Either keep your whole body in the cold water stream, or if you aren’t up for the full cold plunge, just stick your head under the faucet!
What are your favorite sustainable, chemical-free beauty tips and products?