Before I start this article, let it be known, I have my fair share of vices. And just because I’m making more of an effort to use organic skincare and beauty, does not mean that I don’t indulge in things that aren’t as pure.
That being said, making the switch was a small but important step to me. But, I couldn’t have done it alone and without the guidance of my good friend, Becky Wadell from Take Care Shop. I’m writing this post, one, because I love Becky and support her small but mighty business as often as I can. And two, because I want you all to know that organic beauty can be sooo approachable. I promise, it’s not scary, or super duper expensive. But, like most things that are just better the pricetag might be a little higher than the $9 chemical filled drugstore cover-up you’ve been using since 6th grade. But, it’s time to grow up, and really start thinking about the ways you can just well, do better!
Tomorrow, November 16th, before the craziness of the holidays really begins, join them for our Annual Fall Fete where we celebrate all things cozy + well. Take Care Founder Becky Waddell will be hosting an evening of sampling, sipping and shopping with our wonderful community. Sign up for it HERE
The evening will feature:
-Sample bag gift with purchase, featuring some of our favorite products!
-Local sips from Cultured Kombucha and snacks
-Holiday hair styling with the team from Sense DC
-Lipstick bar - to help you find your perfect fall lip color!
Okay back to the post. Becky and the team at TKS have this awesome way of getting you started with their Makeup Bag Makeover and also amazing consultations. This was incredibly helpful for me because I had a lot of questions about beauty and FDA regulations (the truth might scare you into organic beauty honestly, in a good way) and how much product I should be using.
Some key takeaways I learned from my consult with Becky:
I was being too stingy with my skincare products. I was under the wrong impression that less is more. And while this is sometimes true with other things, Becky encouraged me to really USE my products up! They won’t work if you don't use them! Right?
You really have to ask to get the right answers. It’s nearly impossible to just search on the internet to find the right oil cleanser or serum for you. I’ll say it again, GO TO TKS and chat with them! They will lead you in the right direction.
Organic beauty doesn’t have to mean light beauty. If you still want a dramatic effect like a bold lash or a pigmented lip, organic products can totally achieve this.
Okay so now for my favorite products (spoiler, I have a lot)
Maya Chia Seed Highlighter - Ooooooh heaven is a place on earth! This is my FAVORITE beauty product of the year. I’m serious. And if you follow my stories on instagram, you know this is 100% true. I also posted this insta today if you want an example of this dreamy highlight. I use the shade After Hours.
RMS Lip2Cheek - I love easy. This lip and cheek formula is smooth and easy for both.
I use the mask pretty liberally, once a week and really pile it on (see below hehe!)
From TKS Why We Love:
This emulsion melts onto the skin and has excellent sensorial properties. It targets a range of skin functions, while expanding the potential benefits obtained from botanical ingredients.
Incorporates the science of phyto-peptides and plasmas rich in Botanical Cell Factors, including Green Carrot, Arabian Cotton and Pomegranate.
Adapts to circadian rhythms, acting as a protective shield during the day and enhancing the skin’s natural repair & restore functions at night.
Hydration release adapts to the skin’s needs and the moisture levels in the environment.
Kari Gran Lip Whip - I started using Kari Gran YEARS ago and didn’t even realize it was organic. I love the light feel and the peppermint smell.
Varnish Lane Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil - I use this stuff every night. My good friend Lauren, owner of Varnish Lane in DC has worked tirelessly to create this formula and let me tell you, it has don’t wonderful things for my nails and cuticles. Use THIS CODE for a 20% discount off your first visit to Varnish Lane
Vitruvi Essential Oil - I got a diffuser, which I’m in love with. See here for it’s trippy, beautiful glow. And, I obviously needed an organic essential oil to put in it. I snagged a bottle of this Vitruvi oil and have loved falling asleep to the calm scent at night.
According to TKS they are 100% pure with absolutely no fillers, diluting oils, synthetic fragrances or unnatural components of any kind. They’re also tested on 3 different occasions for purity and potency.
Truthfully, I could go on and on about how much I love my friendship with Becky and the wonderful experiences I always have at Take Care Shop, OR you could stop by tomorrow from 5-7pm at the shop at 1338 Wisconsin Ave NW and see for yourself. Don’t live in DC? No problem, you can shop using my link here or by shooting Becky a message on Instagram @takecareshopdc. She’s INCREDIBLY responsive and always there to help!
PS this is my skin post-consult with Becky. HELLO GLOW!
See you tomorrow!