Today I am bringing you the interview with gorgeous blogger Andrea from Organic Beauty Lover website. She works in a corporate world and travels a lot, yet she finds time to run her website about the green beauty. Not only that, but she recently created a Marketplace section on her website (coming soon) where you can sell or swap gently used green beauty goodies, how cool and thoughtful is that? (Update many weeks later - she also created OBL Club where you can get free natural and/or organic products to review, I highly suggest you check it out! See Andrea's Instagram feed for more info. I have it linked down below). We connected via Instagram and she is a real sweetheart, she will take time to answer your comments and questions, and that is rare and precious in a blogging world. And her travel pictures are to die for, giving you that wanderlust feeling! You will find her social media linked below. So, let's get into the interview:
💕 Tell us a bit more about yourself? Why did you start your blog/website?
Hi Green Life in Dublin readers! I'm Andrea and I'm excited for you to get to know a little bit more about me. After graduating I became interested in making healthier choices and I started with affordable organic skincare brands like Acure Organics. One thing lead to another, and I started trying out organic makeup products (as a skeptic at first) and falling in love with green beauty. I then started an Instablog to share this journey with others and I found a thriving and supportive community of green beauty aficionados on Instagram. I was very busy with work and life, and though I toyed with the idea of starting a blog, for the longest time I shied away from it because it seemed like too much effort. I'm so glad I did last year, because despite the work it demands, it has been so much more rewarding than I could have imagined.
💕 How has going natural and non toxic in your beauty regimen changed your overall health and beauty?
Going natural in my beauty regimen has made such a big impact on me in other ways, and I think the same has happened for many others. Diligently learning more about organic beauty, the beauty industry and toxins in our products has taught me to lead a more conscious lifestyle and I now I think about things that I used to never think about before like who and what missions am I supporting through my everyday purchasing decisions when it comes to clothes, food etc. I still have a long way to go in this area. Turning my beauty "routine" into a "ritual" has taught me to that taking care of myself is a form of self-love and it has steadily brought down the walls of self-hate that formed throughout my adolescent years. Green beauty has also introduced me to the world of holistic wellness that I'm increasingly fascinated by, particularly crystals and their healing properties, flower essences, essential oils & reiki.
💕 Three things that make you happy?
Most definitely traveling, dogsitting and summer.
💕 What people inspire you?
Courageous women, moms & working moms, and in general badass ladybosses.
💕 What are your three (or five) can't-live-without-it beauty products? Pic please!
I tried to imagine myself having to go on a camping trip and being allowed to bring 3 products only.
Sunscreen. I try to follow the 365 day rule, whether I'm indoors or outdoors, rain or shine. There are so many great natural options!
NU Evolution's Camouflage Cream. My dark circles have gotten to the point where I can't go out without concealer and this nontoxic one does an amazing job.
Ursa Major's Face Cleasing Wipes. If I'm wearing makeup, I always always always use a makeup remover wipe sometimes 2. I can't rely on just cleansers. Cleansing is the most important skincare step for me and I'll sometimes even triple cleanse at night followed by a detox mask to remove all impurities. None of the next steps matter if you haven't completely removed all traces of makeup, impurities, dirt and oil.
💕 What do you like and dislike about yourself?
I like that I'm an optimistic person who tries to look at the bright side of everything. One thing I don't like about myself is that I am not as outgoing & fearless as I wish I were.
💕 Your proudest achievement?
I'd say earning a half-ride scholarship so that I could afford to go to the university of my dreams.
💕 What are you currently reading?
Ever since I started working I honestly haven't had much time to read but I recently finished "Start with Why" and have been re-reading the book "Thrive" by Kamea Chayne.
💕 What food do you like to cook/eat?
I'm not much of a cook, but my favorite food at the moment is a Thai soup called Tom Yom. I order it at least a few times a week these days. I can't wait to eat real Thai food in Thailand in 2018!
💕 Your guilty pleasure?
💕 Your top tips for being healthy and happy?
Do more of what you love
Get moving & exercise
Eat well, travel often.
💕 What scents excite you?
💕 Favourite affirmation if you have one?
Whenever I'm feeling down about myself or I start fixating on something I don't like about myself I stop myself immediately and repeat "Your are beautiful" and those thoughts go away so I can focus on more important matters.
💕 What's your favourite beauty trend at the moment?
There are so many cool beauty trends at the moment. My favorites are
- super glossy lips
- long California girl-style textured waves
- unapologetically pink lipstick.
💕 Once an week for my health...meditation using guided videos.
Don't dwell on things that are out of your control and instead focus on the things that are.