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I Feel Like Talking
Every once in awhile I become all sorts of nostalgic with all the feels and get all Chatty Cathy. So do yourself a solid and grab yourself a iced grande mochawhatchamacallit with two pumps of this or that (can you tell I’m a tea gal?) and sit back because it’s storytelling time. If you’re lucky, I may even grace this post with one of my blast from the past Spotify mix tapes a la 1990-something.
I think the first time I met Aimée was in Sister Mona’s freshman English class, or maybe it was home room. It was the dawn of the 90s and we were high school freshmen together at an all-girls prep school back in New Jersey. The world was about to be introduced to industrial-slash-alternative-slash-grunge movement, and even though we were more J. Crew than Contempo Casuals, looking back at old photos it’s safe to say we could’ve been considered preppy
posers trailblazers for the birth of grunge.
We sported kilts and argyles with messy top knots and Doc Marten Mary Janes on the daily, but the hardcore truth was, we had to. It was “The Academy” uniform. Sans the Docs of course, those were just cool. So prayers up to Sister Patricia because clearly we were the pioneers of the 90s renaissance our culture is currently experiencing. BTW, for what it’s worth, I *think* RIP is in order for our dear (cough, cough) principle. Then again, my sincere apologies if you’re still alive, well, and frolicking around Spring Lake Sister Pat, but I highly doubt you read JSF anyway, so I’m probably in the clear.
Full Circle: Ode to Aimée
Over the next four years Aimée and her older sister (who I am not kidding when I say was the definition of cool,) introduced me to bands like Jane’s Addiction, Fugazi, and The Pharcyde. Without them, I know I would be on that asinine NKOTB cruise, or front row at the Backstreet Boys reunion tour. Clearly their influence was a huge deal to someone like me who could’ve scored a lead role in Freaks and Geeks. They were just the epitome of cool, the trendsetters, the real deal. The coolest thing I ever owned during that awkward stage was a Beastie Boys t-shirt that read, “Aloha, Mr. Hand.”
As I sit here typing, digging deep, and trying to recall all of these random memories of high school, I realized Aimée was a much bigger influence on my life than it had ever occurred to me while it was actually happening. In every memory, I was always laughing around her. Not chuckling, we’re talking big hearty laughs that make you bend over in side pains. You know, the ones I’m talking about. The kind you accidentally snort loudly in the most inopportune times. Her style and taste in music only made her that much more awesome.
Then there was this one time a group of us girls “Lost Brenda” in Greenwich Village on our way to a James Taylor concert. (I’m pretty sure that was par for the course when you mix a bunch of naive girls with Sangria and Cafe Figaro in the old days.) This has absolutely nothing to do with my Beautycounter story whatsoever except I know some of the “guilty until proven innocent” gals will read this and that story always makes us laugh. Especially, Brenda.
Fast forward a year, and Aimée was also one of my traveling companions when I received my very first passport stamp on my high school trip to Europe. <— Coming from a travel writer, this is a pretty rad deal and monumental moment.
Reunited and It Feels So Good
Sharing these stories make me grateful for tools like Facebook that have kept us in touch whether it be the quick note, a “like” on each other’s photos, or keeping up with our latest escapades. Sometime in 2015, I remembered Aimée had signed on as a consultant with Beautycounter, and it was all the rage around L.A and the buzz was deafening. So it made perfect sense for me to ping Aimée with hopes that she could help me create a skin care routine for my 10-year old tween. Not only am I a fan of Beautycounter’s “The Never List,” but for as long as I’ve known her, Aimée skin always looked amazing so I knew once again as the blazing trendsetter, she was on to something and it was BIG.
I reached out to Aimée and she helped me pick the best products for our needs and before I knew it a box about 15 pounds heavy was at my front door. I think it contained one of everything since we all know I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to skin care and beauty blogging. We’re talking everything from my Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub which my daughter totally jacked! (She’s so grounded for life,) to soaps, moisturizers, mists, and my personal favorites: sunscreens. SPF in every shape in size!
Beautycounter: My Favorite Products
When the gals at ShiftCon approached me and asked if I’d like to participate in their new Love Sampling Program which features natural and organic products, I couldn’t wait to get started. I was eager to try and jump at the chance since this is the year our family is doing our best to consciously make the on-going shift to include more “free-from” products and more safer ingredients. I’m all about being the change I want to see in the world, and I’m starting at home with my family. But more importantly, this was a brand and the type of products I wanted to introduce to my readers thanks to Aimée and her passion and knowledge for Beautycounter.
Safer Skincare and Sunscreen
While I love Beautycounter across the board, it’s their skincare and sunscreen that made me a loyal believer. I keep the Protect All Over SPF30, Sunscreen Sticks for face and body, and Protect Lip Balm in both Kiddo’s swim bag, and in my glove compartment because you never know when you’ll need it. I also make sure I have Beautycounter shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in her bathroom.
I never leave home without my Peppermint Lip Conditioner and haven’t told anyone at home about it because it’s MINE all MINE. But to make up for being a stingy mom, I have stocked Kiddo’s skin care collection with the Nourishing Cream Cleanser and Charcoal Cleansing Bar for when her face gets more oily than usual. I still need to order her a moisturizer, but I keep forgetting. I’ll probably go with the Nourishing Day Cream.
fight over, I mean share the Rosewater Mist because it’s AWESOME.
The Jet-Set Travel Collection
Then Beautycounter sent me this amazing product in order to facilitate this post. And guess what, it’s called The Jet-Set. I mean c’mon, the Jet-Set? How could this not be a more perfect product for our blog? The travel collection comes in a fancy dancy gift box with TSA-approved travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand cream and charcoal face soap with adorable BeautyCounter pouch. LOVE. I’m a travel writer so it’s no secret I’m a sucker for TSA approved commodities. The best part? I already own this, so this Jet-Set Beautycounter set is headed into Kiddo’s suitcase for sleep away camp this summer since she’s a fan now also!
The only thing I would add to the bag is a few of the SPF sticks which I brought with us to Mexico last week and they were amazing.
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