Did You Hear What Teen Vogue Said About My Skin?!

Did You Hear What Teen Vogue Said About My Skin?!

Last week I traveled back to my hometown of New York City and sat down with Teen Vogue to do a Facebook Live for #WellnessWednesday about my journey, work & of course – Genetix!

I openly shared about how my own skincare journey started in my mid-twenties, when I began facing painful, cystic acne. I quickly realized that not only did none of my dermatologist recommended products work, but that they contained high levels of toxins and fillers that further irritated my skin.

As a biologist, I knew that was a better, natural way to treat our skin issues. After experimenting at home, I found incredible natural remedies that worked not just to treat – but they worked to cure my skin problems – completely!

During the live Q&A Vera, the super chic Teen Vogue editor, kindly interrupted to point out one thing:

“For the record, her skin looks REALLY good!”
-TEEN VOGUE

Why thank you!

That’s because I meticulously select active ingredients that are organic, wildcrafted and pure. I don’t use any fillers, toxins or water in my products. Each ingredient is chosen and sourced with intention. These highly concentrated potions contain active ingredients that are selected for one reason only: because they work!

So if you’re familiar with us, you may not have been surprised at all!

Teen Vogue asked so many thoughtful questions and shared such great feedback about Genetix too! We’re seriously honored that they are on the forefront of green beauty and natural health. Be sure to check it out.

FACT: Our main ingredient MELATONIN is known as the “time keeping hormone” for its ability to stop and reverse the effects of aging. Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant, protecting your cellular DNA from free-radical damage and allowing your cells to communicate better. When applied topically, melatonin plays an important role in keeping your skin radiant, clear and balanced from the inside – out.

Sweet & Simple: Green Beauty Makeup Tutorial

Sweet & Simple: Green Beauty Makeup Tutorial

This is the year of minimalism – clean skin and a pop of color. So today I am going to show you how to achieve my favorite look of the year: sweet and simple. It gives dimension, style and youth. You can switch the colors up for a variety of amazing looks!

I get asked quite a lot about my everyday makeup routine so today I decided to share with you what I do on a daily basis. It’s simple and best of all, healthy for you. All makeup is organic, cruelty free and vegan.

SKIN PREP: Cellular Recovery Serum | Odacite Rose + Neroli Toner | Waxelene for moisturizer

HIGHLIGHTER: Bio Brightener Stick |  Magic Luminizer | Waxelene

BLUSH: Alto Matte Powder Blush

BRONZER: Bio Bronze Powder

EYES: W3ll People Bronzer (outer lid) |  Magic Luminizer (corner of eyes & brow) | Kjaer Weis Angelic Eyeshadow  (top/inner lid)

LIPS: Waxelene lip balm | Ilia multi-stick in At Last

FINISHING POWDER: RMS Beauty UnPowder | Alima Pure Contour Powder (around cheeks, nose, temples and under the chin)

Check out this nighttime glam makeup tutorial and be sure to read about the 5 new ways to use your beauty products.

5 New Ways To Use Your Beauty Products

5 New Ways To Use Your Beauty Products

Cleaner, greener beauty is going mainstream. 2017 may finally be “The Year of Green Beauty,” thanks to many more retail stores, women, millennial moms (and even guys!) getting more clear on their health and wellness. My beauty cabinets are stocked full of both tried-and-true brands as well as a handful of the hundreds of new clean beauty brands that emerged this year. It’s been amazing to watch the revolution grow! With so many products hitting the mainstream, and this being the season of minimalism, I thought I’d cut down on some of my products and give you five ways to use the natural beauty goods you already have in new and interesting ways. Read my suggestions below…

The highlighter you never knew you had…

Waxelene is a potent multi-tasking petroleum jelly alternative. It has hundreds of uses already as a moisturizer, diaper cream, healing balm, hair gel, anti-chafe, after-shave, body lotion and more. But did you know you can also use this product as a highlighter for your face? That’s right – after applying your makeup (or maybe in lieu of it!) add a dab of Waxelene to your favorite liquid highlighter for a beautiful sheen, or use on its own for a gorgeous glow. A little goes a long way and you’ll be dewey for hours!

Drink your dirt…

I adore face masks for banishing blemishes and lightening acne scars. But did you know you can benefit from drinking your mask as well? Add a teaspoon of an organic face mask like Odacite’s Skin Perfecting Masque to a glass of water. This purifying mask includes healing ingredients like Bentonite Clay, Papaya Enzymes and activated charcoal, which can detoxify the body from the inside, out! This helps gut health, stomach issues, skin, digestion and so much more. Be sure to check the ingredients before consuming, and check with your doctor before consuming if you take any medications.

Healthy skin for you – and your best friend…

Just about everything that can help you can also help your dog or kitty, too! Add a scoop of organic coconut oil into their food at night to help keep their coat shiny. If they’re having skin or digestion issues, add a teaspoon of bentonite clay to your pooch’s water at dinner time. Break out the organic french green clay and make a mask if you spot any tumors or skin growths. Wrap the tumor or growth in a clay/water mixture, and watch as they diminish and then disappear. It may take a few weeks, but don’t give up! I’ve rid my older doggie of three or four tumors this way, when the vet had suggested surgery or a more aggressive form of treatment.

All over enhancement…

Genetix Organic Enhancement Oil is designed to be used on your chest and decolletage. But did you know this oil can be used to “enhance” and enlarge your lips and butt, too? Yep – just massage on at night for a near-instant plumping effect. The more you do it, the better your results! That’s one less squat you need to do and one less plumping lip product you need to buy. Voila!

Toner as perfume…

One of my favorite uses for toner is to double as a perfume. I use Lotus Wei’s Infinite Love as a mist for my face, but it also makes a wonderful, light scent to spray on before a meeting or coffee date. Find toners that don’t contain any jarring scents. I love scents like rose, neroli and orange. Spray your clothes, pulse points and hair – then watch as people around you take notice!

Originally shared on The New Potato.

Check out organic eye treatments that actually work then see my DIY Face Mask I shared with Forbes.

Nighttime Glam Organic Makeup Tutorial

Nighttime Glam Organic Makeup Tutorial

As we go on our quest to live healthier lives with organic food, cleaning products and toys for our children, our makeup drawers often get overlooked. But if you truly desire to live an all-natural life, even your beauty products need a makeover! Luckily, you can still achieve the same glamorous look for a date night you’re used to in less than 20 minutes – with products that work AND are healthy for you!

HIGHLIGHTER: Bio Brightener Stick  Magic Luminizer

BLUSH: Alto Matte Powder Blush

BRONZER: Bio Bronze Powder

EYES: Smoke and Mirrors Eye Palette | Luna Vegan EyelashesWaterproof Eye Pencil

I mix the last three colors on the left and apply to the top of my eyes with a vegan makeup brush. Then I apply a small layer of the second color under my eye lid for a pop with an angled brush (this works well if the color is orange, bronze or black).

LIPS: Gressa Lip Boost in Bare

FINISHING POWDER: RMS Beauty UnPowder | Alima Pure Contour Powder (around cheeks, nose, temples and under the chin)

Voila! 20 mins or less and you’re ready for your date!

xoxo,

Tara

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Say goodbye to bags, dark circles and tired eyes and hello to a fresh, gorgeous, youthful face!

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Genetix Cellular Recovery Serum – $45

A top choice for it’s high performance and value. If you need to fake a full night’s sleep, pat on this lightweight serum before bed! With patented anti-aging melatonin, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid and intense organic vitamins A, C, D & E, this pro-collagen amplifier to help you look like a well-rested version of yourself. Cellular Recovery super serum smooths and targets fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Use code STAYWEIRD for 25% off. Great for every skin type!

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OLO Vitamin E Eye Balm – $49

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You likely associate apple cider vinegar with the kitchen, but this natural wonder also deserves a spot on your vanity.

From a banishing breakouts to treating dandruff, here’s why ACV should be part of your beauty routine.

1. Skin in need of a serious pore-purging? For a DIY acne remedy, combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay. You can use this as a face mask or a spot treatment! ACV is a natural astringent, so it balances out sebum levels, making it particularly well suited for oily and acne-prone complexions. And bentonite clay draws out toxins and impurities. Don’t miss these blemish-busting face masks.

2. The human body—including the scalp—has a natural pH of between 4.5 and 5.5, which is fairly acidic. Conditions like dandruff, bacteria, and fungus occur when our scalp pH becomes too alkaline. One way to fight flakes? Mix together equal parts apple cider vinegar and distilled water. Massage the solution into your scalp and rinse thoroughly. Repeat once or twice a week. ACV’s antifungal abilities help fight dandruff, while its acidic properties restore natural pH levels.

3. A weekly apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil soak can help strengthen weak, brittle nails. Added bonus: ACV also helps remove yellow stains and prevent against infection.

Big thank you to Readers Digest for asking me to weigh in on this super food that’s so great for all your beauty needs!

{Read the rest of the article on Readers Digest HERE}