Feature: Anneliese Wells

I am so excited to share this month’s Feature with you guys! I met Anneliese through Instagram, and through chatting for this feature, I realized how much we resonate. Even though we have never met in person, I can tell you that she is authentic, passionate about what she believes in, and truly a beautiful individual, inside and out. She is an outstanding example of the amazing people that are out there in this wellness world, working hard to bring about a cleaner, more toxin-free world, and showing us exactly how to do so in our daily living.  She works with Beautycounter, and below she shares some of her favorite products, and how she uses them as well. You can find Anneliese on Instagram @yourcorewellness. Scroll down to read more about Anneliese!

Introduce yourself, and tell us about who you are, and what it is that you do.

I’m a newly single mom.  While it’s challenging-the transition has been mostly peaceful.  It’s definitely given me a new perspective on time and priorities.  The “What do you do?” question always throws me for a loop.  I’ve always worn many hats and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon.  I am currently in love with my work as a consultant for Beautycounter.  Helping someone find their glow and reduce their toxic load gives me a high.  I think fitness is starting to creep back in and I’m having fun exploring that idea.  I love meeting new people.  I love going to the farmers market.  I find a bit of zen in weeding the garden and making a menu for the week.  I must be what they call an introverted extrovert.   Somehow, I can spend all day alone and totally happy and if I am on vacation with a big group, after a day or so, I need to take a walk or just put myself in a corner with a magazine for an hour but on the other hand I’m the last one on standing on the dance floor convincing the DJ to play one more song and have no problem speaking in front of a group when I talk about a subject I’m passionate about.

 

What was the spark that made you want to switch to a more natural, sustainable, and healthy lifestyle?

I don’t know exactly what started my questioning of the “status quo.” I remember in college I kept asking the dining hall staff to donate the leftovers to a shelter.  I majored in Psych and was just shy of a minor in Sociology.  I loved learning about the law and how we function as a society.  After college I took a class on corporate ethics and wove the Kyoto Protocol into the final paper. I also contemplated getting a Masters in Public Health but I just couldn’t see, at the time,  how I could infuse my values into an institutionalized profession.  So, I stuck to working for non-profits and just kept my eyes open for the next thing.

When Food Inc. came out in the theater that changed everything for me.  It confirmed my new way of living and it’s been an ongoing process ever since.  I guess part of it must be because I am a libra.  I think things should be fair.  Part of being fair is taking into consideration those who are affected by your decisions, like the planet, children and future generations.

 

Tell us about Beautycounter, how did you get involved, and why do you love it?

Beautycounter is the perfect job for me.  It weaves together the law, social advocacy, health advocacy and environmentalism.  I get to have an impact in all of these areas and there is never a dull day at “the office”. There is always a conversation to be had and a new angle to explore.

Before motherhood, I was the girlfriend whose house you gathered at before the club so you could get your outfit on point and your hair and makeup done.  When my friends started getting married I was the in-house makeup artist or the fixer when they came back with 80’s prom hair.  Don’t misunderstand, my style has always been very natural and I’m still a fan of the less is more look.  But I enjoy enhancing what I’ve got to work with and Beautycounter let’s me tap into that side of me again.

As a single mom, being able to use work as an excuse for “girl time” has been a gift.  I don’t normally get time off to just kick back but when I get invited to a girls night in or other woman focused event to present Beautycounter, I have so much fun and usually leave with a new friend or two.

I wouldn’t have signed up with Beautycounter if they were not mission driven.  Like I said, I was working in non-profits and I just can’t get fired up to sell for the sake of selling and collecting a paycheck. There has to be a bigger picture.  I also would not have signed up if I didn’t love the products.  Since I’m the go-to girl in my circle for health and beauty advice, my friends expect to be given a legit recommendation of something that has passed the “Anneliese test”

 

We wanna know! What are you fave Beautycounter products?

My favorite, has totally changed my skin, won’t ever give it up product is the Cleansing Balm.  I have been guilty of not washing my face at night.  I KNOW. Cardinal Sin.  I don’t know what it is.  I just hate the splashing of the water all down my elbows nonsense.  The balm has changed my attitude towards nighttime cleansing and I actually look forward to the massage followed by warm towel routine that I have created.  It’s so very gentle on the eyes and the boost in circulation even has me waking up with a rosy glow.  I never thought I would pay more than ten dollars for a cleanser, but here I am loving the heck out of what some may dismiss as a luxury item, but this staple lasts for months and months.

I used to be a lip balm addict.  Those giant tubes of cocoa butter were all over my house.  Now I just use the lip sheer.  It is creamy and long lasting and when it wears off it just fades to a stain instead of leaving a ring of color.  My favorite colors are Terra and Twig because you don’t need a mirror and it’s perfect for that “no makeup” look that I go for on days when I’m just doing school drop off and errands.

Insider Secret- I love the kids line… for me!  I use the entire kids set of Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash and the Baby Oil.  The hair care is perfect for my fine, straight hair and the price is so good on the baby oil.  I can even use it on my face.   #Foreverabargainshopper

 

In your own opinion, why is it so vital that we start making the switch to becoming more conscious consumers, and more aware of what we are actually putting into our bodies on a daily basis? 

Vital is the keyword in this question.  It’s a matter of health.  Our health.  Our children’s health and the health of the planet- which needs to be in good shape to support our children’s future families.  Our economy and political state is dependent on consumer feedback.  If we buy it they will make it.  We communicate with our dollars.  We vote with our dollars.  Europe and other countries have done much more to protect it’s citizens from environmental toxins.  It can be done.  We just need to make it clear that we are informed and prepared to make other choices if they don’t take what they do and the impact they have on our health seriously.

I work with some Doctors who won’t complete the diagnosis until the patient has taken a break from all personal care products.  The difference it can have on lab results and in turn the plan of care is huge.  Often times they find that the simple act of eliminating these environmental factors is enough to see symptom relief.  It’s such a simple thing to do for our health.  Like drinking water and eating our veggies.  Let’s not overcomplicate health.

The rate at which childhood diseases, cancer and other health issues have increased in the last 50 years cannot be explained away in any other way besides environmental impact.  I could go down a rabbit hole listing all of them but one statistic that really had an impact on me was this.  Over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into commerce since WWII.  The law does not require these chemicals to undergo testing before they hit the market.   It has become the consumer’s responsibility to deem the ingredient safe or not safe.

Someone once made this comment in regards to the lack of data and safety testing- Imagine you are sitting in a plane, getting ready to take off.  The pilot comes on and says, Welcome aboard.  The ground crew has completed 10 % of it’s safety check so we are going to go ahead and take off.  Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff.  Would you still take that flight?  That’s what we are asked to do everyday.

There is hope.  Some really big companies like Target and CVS are starting to take note and are creating guidelines for what ingredients can hold space on their shelves.

 

What do you love to do when you have free time? 

What do I do when I have free time?  Gosh, seems like I go down rabbit holes of research whenever I get some free time.  I take a break by binging on Suits- have a crush on both of the male main characters.  I really want to get back into Pilates- I was an instructor for 7 years and loved my buns.  I took a macrame class a couple weeks ago sponsored by a mom’s group.  That was nice to do something creative.  Mine came out a bit wonky but I tried!  I’m way overdue for a spa day and a night out shaking my booty at a club.  My “in the zone” activity is cooking.  I’m not a gourmet cook but I have fun making recipe mash-ups and challenging myself to use up what’s in the fridge.

 

Where can we find you if we want to get involved with Beautycounter, and buy some products? 

I’m hardly ever on Facebook.  It got too overwhelming for me.  I try to jump on once a week to not miss a message but my social media of choice is Instagram.  Stories is my favorite.  I’m not a planner or a photographer so I pop in there when the mood strikes and have fun with it.  If you want to hang with me there as I take a trip to milk the goats, cook with my son or update you on the latest health and beauty news, turn on notifications so I don’t feel guilty about not having a set schedule.  My Beautycounter site is here .  If we don’t have something for you I am more than happy to direct you elsewhere.  I want you to have products you love, even if I don’t sell it to you.  My team is collaborative, cooperative, supportive and laid-back.  Yes, we want to change the world,  but we’re going to do it in style.  We need more voices so if that’s your speed we’d love to have you join the movement.  If you’re just a cheerleader or occasional supporter we welcome that too.  There are so many ways to reach the finish line.

 

If you are interested in being featured here, hop over to the contact & collab tab above and send me a message, I would LOVE to talk!

xEm.

 

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Emily is an Aries, a health and wellness advocate, and an avid food lover. She is a certified Health Coach and the creative writer and photographer of Golden Wellness. She believes in balance, real food, self love, movement, and gratitude. She is all about creating a high vibin' life, getting outside, and inspiring others on this path.

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