Ailish and her gorgeous and super informative beauty blog- The Glow Getter, is one of the worlds best natural beauty bloggers. I was thrilled to have a chat to her about why she started on this journey and her best healthy beauty tips!
Tell us about The Glow Getter and how did it all start for you?
I started The Glow Getter because I had just discovered natural and organic skincare when I was at a point in my life where my skin was awful and I had tried literally everything else under the sun to clear it up. I found a brand in the UK called Pai Skincare and within two weeks my skin had transformed. I was blown away.
So I decided to start blogging about it because I loved beauty and makeup and decided to talk about my adventures in the natural and organic world. Three years down the line and I now focus on it full time and have expanded into health and wellness as well because it doesn’t really matter how many lovely products you put on your face, if you’re not looking after yourself holistically, you’re not going to glow.
I launched in January The Glow Life which is a six week, online course which teaches you all about what to eat, what to think, how to move, what to use and what to do. I wanted to put all my knowledge and expertise into something where people could get transformations and live the life they really wanted and literally glow inside and out. So far, it’s been going really well and everyone has loved it. I’ve also launched a personal coaching package with it too as some people wanted that one-to-one contact as well and I’m loving it.
So it’s all evolving rather naturally but isn’t that the best way?!
How does your business reflect your own personal beliefs about natural beauty?
What you see on my blog, on my YouTube channel and in my course is everything that I believe and do. You can’t talk about natural beauty, health and well-being and not follow it yourself. Well, I couldn’t anyway. I believe 100% that if you look after yourself in a holistic way and see life as an adventure, then you will always get to where you want to go eventually.
How do you see beauty and wellness intersecting?
I’m seeing it more and more at the moment which I absolutely love because you can’t really separate the two. Take for example hormonal acne, it’s something I’ve been dealing with for the last 9 months after I came off the pill and the main way I’ve had to tackle it is through food, supplements, managing stress levels and then products. It’s been a long old process but I’m finally starting to get there. It’s so important to look at your overall lifestyle and see beauty and wellness as this intertwined thing.
What does conscious beauty and natural beauty mean to you?
Conscious beauty to me means a couple of things. Firstly, a type of beauty that comes from a place of self love. We can be so hard on ourselves as women, in particular myself when things aren’t 100% the way we want them to be immediately. It takes practice to love yourself, be more gentle with yourself and have patience. If you can truly love yourself now, whilst being a work in progress then I think that’s part of conscious beauty. It also leads to being a ‘natural beauty’ because confidence is the key to glowing inside and out.
Conscious beauty can also mean looking at the ethics of a company and product that you use as well. More and more companies are jumping on the ‘natural’ bandwagon because they can see decent profit margins which is good and bad. If you can find a brand and company (like yours!) that truly cares about the ethics, morals and environment then that will always win for me.
What does your typical day look like?
It starts off at 6am where my alarm will go off and I’ll throw on some gym clothes and head for a workout. Then I’ll come back, shower, meditate, write in my journal and planner for the day and watch something motivational on YouTube. Tony Robbins is my hero. I’ll then normally have some calls with brands and PR companies, work on some of my projects that I’ve got going on and do some filming for YouTube.
I try and get out for a lunchtime walk as there is some beautiful countryside near me and in the afternoon carry on with my project work. I’ll try and finish around 7 or 8pm as otherwise I won’t be able to get to sleep due to all the blue light that comes from my laptop!
I’ll see family or friends in the evening but most of the time I’ll chill with either a book or movie. My favourite thing is to go to the cinema and get lost in an amazing film. You just can’t beat the cinema!
What are your top tips for staying well and healthy yourself?
Get yourself a morning routine. Your rituals define what life you lead and if you can master something like your morning routine then it sets your body and your mind up for the day.
Drink ALL of the water too. I have never seen myself age so quickly before than when I’m dehydrated. I’m 35 this year and need all of the plumping products I can get my hands on. Water is number one on that list.
Use natural products and have some makeup free days. Especially if your skin is prone to acne. Also limit the sugar too. Boring I know but I’m a sugar fiend and whenever I reduce it, I notice a massive change in my body.
Outside of the natural, conscious beauty world, what are some other interests that make you tick?
I’m a huge supporter of a non-for-profit called Made For Life in the UK which gives holistic beauty treatments to cancer patients. It’s a charity I wanted to set up myself but when I found them I was so excited that I could just be a huge supporter so I’m starting to do some work with them to help spread the word. That sort of work fills up my cup so much and I absolutely love it.
Other interests include being awful at yoga but practising, self development and scoping out new beaches. By the sea is where I’m most happy.
What beauty items currently can’t you live without?
Skin Owl skincare products. I’ve not seen a product work so quickly and effectively on my hormonal acne, EVER. The matcha cleansing bar, beauty whip mask and geranium drops are insane.
That and a great mascara - Inika vegan long lash mascara and Eye of Horus are my two favourites.
What advice do you have for people who want to embrace natural/conscious beauty but might not know how to start?
Watch my ‘Green Beauty Starter Kit’ video on YouTube. It has all the products that I love in it and doesn’t give you thousands of options so you become overwhelmed and then don’t swap anything.
Also, start with one product and then replace once you’ve run out. You don’t need to throw everything out straight away (unless you want to) and take your time. Start with a body wash and then toothpaste and then keep building from there.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given over the course of your career?
In business it can be such a roller coaster where one minute everything is great and two hours later you’re feeling awful so the advice that really resonates with me is about mindset and motivation by Tony Robbins. “Motivation is like bathing. It doesn’t last which is why you have to do it everyday”. This means you need to keep feeding your mind with positive motivational things and connecting with your why so you know where you’re going. It’s something that keeps reminding me to feed my mind so I push through when things aren’t going the way I want them to.
Where do you see yourself and your business headed in the next few years?
I am focusing on growing my audience, giving them amazing, valuable content for free over the next year so then I can help more and more people live happier and healthier lives on their own terms. I see the business becoming more lifestyle related too because I love the holistic side of beauty so much. I also see myself helping more and more with the non for profit I mentioned earlier and growing into the best version of myself.
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