Sunday, December 4, 2016

Natural Beauties Series - meet Andie The Green Queen

Hello Lovelies,


Welcome back! And if you are new here, welcome 💕💕💕






Today I want you to meet someone special - gorgeous Andie from the Andie The Green Queen Youtube channel and her blog. I have watched her videos for years and I just adore her. And don't get me started on her hair - gorgeous! Amazing! Dreamy! I am talking about both her and her hair by the way, haha. She is battling some serious health conditions but she is not letting it to get to her or slow hew down, and as someone with autoimmune disease myself, I have so much respect for her! And she went on and got me hooked on Earthwise Beauty products, I feel addiction coming up, but this is another post for another time. If you haven't check her out, you need to, she has a wealth of information on green beauty products both on her Youtube channel and her blog. So go on, go to subscribe to her channel here, say hello from me while you are there,  and then come back to read the interview with her. 




💕 Tell us a bit more about yourself? Why did you start your blog/website and Youtube channel?

Hello, I am Andie from TheGreenQueen. I am a plant based enthusiast. I started my Youtube channel and blog in order to distract myself from my chronic illnesses. Find me on Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/andiethegreenqueen & my blog: www.andiethegreenqueen.weebly.com) At the same time that I was trying to figure out what why my body was attacking me, I made the switch to non-toxic products. It was kind of a no brainer! I also wanted to share with others, and it’s been such a fun journey in doing so.

💕 How has going natural and non toxic in your beauty regimen changed your overall health and beauty?

Going green has changed my life in so many ways. I feel extremely grateful to be on the path I am now. One thing that I really got out of green beauty is the ritual of self care. Before switching to nontoxic products I had never really exfoliated, dry brushed, used facial steams, and so on. My skincare regimen was blah, and I didn’t even use a moisturizer. I have extremely dry skin, so you can imagine how happy my skin is now. Shout out to Ferns & Moss and Magical Babassu from Earthwise Beauty.

💕 Three things that make you happy?

Three things that make me happy are flowers, the moon, and cats!

💕 What is the best advice you've been given?

The best advice I’ve ever been given is to question everything. I’ve had that mindset since I was very young. I’ve always been a non-conformist haha.

💕 What people inspire you?

People who are care free really inspire me!

💕 What are your three (or five) can't-live-without-it beauty products? Pic please!

It was hard to narrow it down to five, but I did it. In the picture is: Uma Hair Oil, Earthwise Beauty Magical Babassu oil, Ferns & Moss oil, George’s Aloe Spray, and Leahlani Bless Balm.



 

💕 What do you like and dislike about yourself?

I like that I can talk and get along with people of all walks of life. I dislike that I am very anxious, I am working on it though! ;) Flower essences and mindfulness!


💕 What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Be Here Now by Ram Dass and The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda. By the time you read this, I will probably already be done 3 more books haha.

💕 What food do you like to cook/eat?

Well, my favorite food in general is mashed potatoes. But I love to eat lots of green vegetables, potatoes, and squash.

💕 Your guilty pleasure?

The only one I can really think of is singing 90s boy band songs with my cousin every time we get together. Lol, but doesn’t everyone do that?

💕 Your top tips for being healthy and happy?

Drink lots of water and make sure you’re getting electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that you need. If you’re able to go outside and enjoy nature, that would be my top tip for staying happy and healthy. Meditating is also a top priority for me.
💕 What scents excite you?

I am a huge fan of patchouli. I don’t think that’ll surprise anyone that knows me. I also really love earthy, musky scents, such as vetiver, frankincense, myrrh, rock rose, and black pepper!

💕 What is your mantra in life?

Always take time to smell the flowers. (I once was at Salvation Army second hand store and I found this sign that had that saying on it, and I swear nothing has ever resonated with me more than that. It was the best $0.69 I ever spent.)

💕 What's your favourite beauty trend at the moment?

I am kind of obsessed with that dewy runway model look that also looks effortless. If you follow Sheristroh on Instagram, which you should be if you aren’t, then you know what I am talking about. That woman is a genius! Also no makeup makeup looks is where it’s at!



💕 3 resources every girl needs..

Blogs. I love blogs that focus on a variety of subjects. My favorites are Green Life in Dublin (obviously), GurlGoneGreen (she also has a podcast which I love), Laura’s Natural Life, Teri Miyahira- she’s been featuring guest bloggers too and it’s been awesome! There’s also Organic Olivia, who is basically my number one. I also really love reading the Free People blog as it focuses on a whole variety of things.

Another resource that every girl needs is books of course. There is Eating Pretty, Skin Cleanse, No More Dirty Looks, and so on. A lot of these books have helped a lot of women change their ways and adopt a green lifestyle.

The last obvious resource to all of us more “advanced” green ladies is EWG Skin deep or something like the Think Dirty App. On Environmental Working Group Skin Deep you can enter products into the search engine to see how “clean” they are, or are not. You can also enter your own report where you just put the ingredients into the database and they measure it being from a 0 to 10, meaning that it goes from clean to dirty! Of course, you can’t just go by these, but do your research when you do one of these and figure out for yourself what is good for your body. We all have different views on the spectrum of green.

💕 Once a week for my health…

I take a walk in the woods. I stare at trees for hours, listen to birds singing, splash around in water, lay in piles of ferns, and more. I think meditating in the woods and being still is the most profound way to relax.

💕 Crazy health idea that actually works?

Drinking ginger and garlic. I cut up tiny pieces and drink both of them raw with some water in the morning. I attribute not being sick for 2 years to this idea. Although I just got sick a couple weeks ago, so now I am back to my ginger/garlic ritual.

💕 What do you do to de-stress?

To de-stress, like I said above, I go into the woods. Nothing makes me more calm and grateful then nature. The other way I de-stress is by writing.I love writing poems.





Thanks for reading this, and thanks to Renata for having me here! Love and light xoxo


All the love, Andie :)




Hope you all enjoyed the interview with gorgeous Andie! That's it for now :)


Lots of Love,
Renata.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this angel with your readers. Befriending her was a gift I received this year that will last forever. I overcame crippling anxiety to reach out to Andie in order to connect in person. We felt a mutual kindred spirit thing for each other through social media. I took the leap one day and put my panic aside and made a new lifelong friend I feel the same human connection to you but with with thousands of miles and an ocean between us, I don't think my panic disorder is the only thing I need to overcome lol. Great to visit you here

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    1. Many thanks for reading my dear Linda! And I had no idea you suffer from anxiety, you seem so confident on camera.. Life is full of surprises! And here is one more - I wanted to ask you would you do me the honor and be the next Natural Beauty? xoxo

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