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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet Beverly Fink

The Secret Diary of a Mindful Beauty

 
At the dawn of the supermodel there was Beverly Fink, make-up artist to the stars.
With a collective 40 years in TV, print and 36 magazine covers under her belt, Beverly is synonymous with the likes Cindy Crawford, Niki Taylor and Claudia Schiffer to name a few.

 
Her career reads like a fashion week fairytale, full of the glitz and glamour one would expect, but in 2010 after decades of working in the industry, Beverly was diagnosed with chronic autoimmune and inflammatory condition. She puts this down to her hectic work lifestyle and the effects of being exposed to excessive amounts of personal care products over the years.

 
Now at the tender age of 73 (and the looks of a woman 20 years younger) life is just beginning where Beverly has evolved into an educator of clean beauty, a consultant for the terminally ill and continues her work as green makeup artist to help women make better, healthier choices.

 
Introducing to you the formidable Beverly Fink….

 

What one word best describes you? 

I asked a dear dear friend to describe me in one word, she said “Inspiring” – I liked it and am going with it!

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human) 

Perfectionism; It’s my superhuman power because it drives me to continue to push, grow, expand … but it can double as my weakness too, because it causes me to have very high expectations, especially of myself and others. No one is Perfect!  So I do suffer with this

A moment that has defined you most in life? 

My renaissance as a person, through transitions in my personal life, health challenges, and new directions in my career, they have all lead me to reinventing myself and putting focus on helping others and myself.  Whether it be through spiritual quotes I’m feeling from my heart, expressing the importance of having a healthier lifestyle, meditation, a plant based diet and trying to stay strong.

Your go to feel good ritual? 

Sound bowl and gong healing Meditation with Luchi Estevez. The vibrational energy helps me mentally, physically and to be more centered in Love.

Your greatest passion? 

It was fashion at one time. I lived for it. However, now it’s extending love, positivity and smiles to people I meet everyday and a kind word that will brighten someone’s day. I get high on happiness.

Who do you admire most and why? 

Audrey Hepburn. I loved her movies as a teen especially Breakfast at Tiffany’s. She was very influential to me. To see how Audrey grew older gracefully, privately with her family away from the limelight. Not to mention being a Humanitarian, and an icon for style.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know 

I am confident and yet insecure … I am a blend of both.

What keeps you awake at night? 

Social media keeps me up way past my bedtime.

In the past you’ve said, ‘If I can save one woman from going through the health issues I’ve been through, it’s worth it’, and you now work with women who have breast cancer. Tell us more about this and the positive impact you’ve seen on these women? 

I work with  women with breast cancer, helping them feel beautiful and good about themselves by teaching and demonstrating makeup lessons and tips so they can make healthier choices with non toxic beauty. I also have life changing health issues so I must concentrate on myself to have some quality of life. It is a full time job now to take care of myself with many chronic illnesses, and trying to look the best I can.

You look incredible. A true testament to looking and feeling as good as you can every day. What’s working for you? 

Thank you! What works for me is alkaline water, great organic skincare, a plant-based diet,  lots of yummy serums to make my dry skin glow and rehydrate. Cleansing before bed no matter how tired I feel … and my mediations.

In your career heyday clean beauty didn’t exist. Are you seeing perceptions change and green beauty looks being increasingly curated on the catwalk? 

To be honest not as much on the catwalk because you need stronger pigmented makeup and there are only a handful that I know of that have color lines made for runway. But behind the scenes you are hearing of more and more runway models who are most conscious of what is being put on their skin and wanting healthier options. Clothes and makeup in general are getting more sustainable, but we still have a way to go!  The attention and intention is there and evolving.

Makeup artist, brand ambassador, green beauty advocate and now consultant for terminally ill women. What’s been your biggest transformation? 

Each of them of been equally transformative. All these colorful, moving and humbling chapters have left ever-lasting impressions into the blueprint of my life. Being a woman in the fashion and make-up industry back in the 80’s and 90’s was exhilarating, powerful and glamorous. But incredibly hard work. It was a very jet-set lifestyle one in which I got to experience major accomplishments in my profession and meet some of my favorite icons in fashion and photography, but there comes a time when you want more quality of life, not so much quantity. After taking time off to care for my mother, many changes happened in my life, a refocus of what was most important. I gained patience and inner strength.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. What’s been the biggest adventure you’ve been on or are yet do? 

I have wonderful memories of Europe. Something that stands out specifically is when my parents took me to the Canadian Rockies in my 30s and they said “someday you will thank us”, and I do now, even though I’m a city girl.  For my next adventure I would love a spiritual retreat.

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be? 

Marula oil! It works well with my dry sensitive skin and also helps with my inflammation. I also like my skin to be plump with a serious glow.

 
Thanks for brightening our day Beverly. Mission accomplished!

 
Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team

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The Mindful Beauty Series: Meet Sammie Colletta Kolk

The Secret Diary of a Mindful Beauty

Can you believe it? It’s been a year since we officially stepped into the clean beauty spotlight. Where has the time gone? Hands down, and hey, why not hands up too, it’s been a joy sharing with you our love of all things skincare, wellness and the science behind this. Thanks for sticking around when we got nerdy!

On our ventures, we’ve met some pretty incredible individuals who are climbing new horizons making a better world. How awesome is that? Women and men following their own path, connecting new dots and leaving little nuggets of wisdom along the way.

So we couldn’t keep it a secret any longer. We just had to share with you (because sharing is caring) our chronicles of these adventurers. Each is an insight into little catalysts for change or simply the contentment of knowing who you are and expressing gratitude for the small things in life.

So without further ado, meet our first Mindful Beauty, Sammie Colletta Kolk, aka clean beauty blogger hullosam. She’s a self confessed obessessive when it comes to skincare (um, we can relate) and will be no stranger to all you lovers of all things green out there. A few of her favourite things include: her family, the beach, a good lipstick, spin class and all things musical – a girl after our own heart.

Here’s what Sammie had to say…

 

What one word best describes you? 

Passionate

What’s your superpower? And your weakness? (because we’re all human) 

Superpower: Organizing and communicating. Weakness: Stressing over the little things.

A moment that’s defined you most in life? 

Realizing what my passions are and just going for them, even when it was nerve-wracking and scary! I love what I do!

Your go to feel good ritual? 

Crafting up a warm matcha latte or other warm tonics. I love getting all of the ingredients/adaptogens and nut-milk warmed up and ready. It’s relaxing and rewarding – and yummy!

Your greatest passion? 

Makeup application, sharing tips and tricks and having fun with makeup looks!

Who do you admire most and why? 

My sweet mother. She is just an incredible human being. So much to learn from her. Love you mum!

Tell us something about yourself not many people know (shhhh, we can keep a secret!) 

I loathe traffic and especially during rain/rush hour. I can be quite aggressive on the road lol.

What keeps you awake at night? 

Listing the things I need to do that I forgot to do…sometimes getting up and writing them down helps. But sometimes I’m so tired and don’t want to, yet still think of them haha!

You’ve been dubbed the friendliest influencer on Instagram. What puts a smile on your face? 

I love reading encouraging DM’s and random e-mails from followers who have tried a product I’ve recommended and love it, or just simply want to say something kind. It truly makes my day. Also, most IG stories from any one of my family members make me smile.

You’re known for keeping things real. What keeps you most grounded? 

Just knowing what’d I’d want from someone else who I look up to – realness, authenticity, integrity and an honest passion for what they do. Being with family keeps me grounded, and honestly, just being with people at events and connecting with them is grounding and so refreshing!

While blessed with many charming features. Your hair! Talk us through the pink, um and any toxin free tips for maintaining? 

Oh man, this was one process that wasn’t super clean haha. I find that I need some sort of (extra) outlet for my craziness and creativity and I also believe in balance. My hair was one of those things that (as long as no bleach or crazy insane chemicals touched my scalp) I chose to have fun with! I use goodDYEyoung semi-permanent hair dye and it’s amazing. It is vegan/cruelty-free, has some nourishing oils in it and isn’t scented with crazy fragrance – just some beautiful bergamot oil! It isn’t “green” by any standards but it’s a bit cleaner than some!

Nanny, musician, make up artist and green beauty blogger. What’s been your biggest transformation? 

I’d say becoming a wife, actually. Not expected, right? 😉 Well, I had to learn how to really share my space, my life, everything. I’ve learned more about myself as a wife to my husband than many other (intense or transformational) things I’ve experienced down the road. I’m still transforming and learning. It’s a really good thing though.

We like to think of ourselves as explorers and love to discover the unknown. What’s been the biggest adventure you’ve been on or are yet do? 

I think going to Banff was one of the biggest adventures as far as outdoorsy-ness goes for me lol! I’m not an outdoors person unless I’m at the beach or walking around a beautiful big city like NYC or Paris somewhere to shop. But, I was really surprised at how much I adored Banff and it’s crisp fresh mountain air! We hiked a bit and just explored and it was amazing!

If you were a Luxe Botanics botanical, which one would you be? 

Probably Camu Camu Berry Extract because I love berries…haha but in all honesty, I think the fact that it’s been a nutritious food source for Amazonian Indians, it’s high in antioxidants and more – it appeals to me!

 

Thank you Sammie. You’re a truly Mindful Beauty!

Want to hear more? Find out what Sammie thought about our Kigelia line here.

 

Naturally yours,

The Luxe Botanics Team


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