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April 29, 2014

natural beauty buff | tara pelletier, meow meow tweet

Besides the obvious cat lady connection, Meow Meow Tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier and I seem to have a lot in common.

Like most green beauty-loving people, this Brooklyn-based pixie-bob babe knows that it’s important to treat your insides as well as your outsides to keep your skin happy.

Tara Pelletier of Meow Meow Tweet

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

Her mention of natural remedies that aid both digestion and complexion issues piqued my interest, as it seems those of us with breakout-prone skin tend to have gut issues.

Her mention of random lip balms in every last pocket had me feeling a bit sheepish about my own lip balm addiction (she makes the damn stuff, what’s my excuse?).

She really had me, though, when she mentioned her sweaty-girl tendency and actually offered a solution for how to keep herself feeling fresh.

Time to add a face and body toner to my deskside collection!

see what's inside meow meow tweet co-founder Tara Pelletier's green beauty bag

{Photo by Danny Rico // Courtesy Meow Meow Tweet}

I could go on about how I also have what could be the beginnings of arthritis in my left knee and also carry around an idea book and iPhone, but perhaps that’s a silly conversation to have with Tara herself when I make it up to New York City again (get a peek at the MMT studio via my girl Marcella!).

But we can totally feel free to talk about that and Tara’s picks and more in the comments section.

As always, I’ve starred the products I also use and love.

Nettles

“I drink the tea and I take the tincture. It’s the only natural remedy I’ve found for my seasonal and cat allergies (yes, I said cat) and for the beginnings of what could be arthritis in my young but cranky right knee.”

*Dr. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

“I drink a tablespoon in warm water every other morning. This has greatly helped my digestion and my complexion.”

Anita’s Creamline Coconut Yogurt

“Sorry if you’re not in NYC as it’s only available here, but this vegan yogurt is seriously swoon-worthy. It’s thick and tangy like greek yogurt and made without added sugar.”

Anything from LayerXLayer

“We seriously have almost every style of bag they’ve ever made. Each one is crafted impeccably, sturdy, smartly designed and looks amazing.”

“I literally pulled what was in my Brimfield Bag by LayerXLayer. As you can see, I carry around a lot of unlabeled MMT stuff.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Geranium Basil Face + Body Tonic

“I use this to freshen up when I’m running around. It was a godsend on a recent long flight when I started getting that recycled-air, sticky-skin feeling. I sweat pretty easily, so it’s a good thing to have in my bag when I’m popping between business meetings on foot or on bicycle. I also use it every night after my shower and before moisturizing. I like the geranium basil because it’s complimentary to my combination, blemish-prone skin. (Jeff uses the bergamot vetiver and carries the same miniature size in his identical bag!)”

H. Wood Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation

“I have to admit, I carry this religiously and don’t really use it. When I do, it’s mainly as a concealer (I mix it with a little balm) if I’m going to have my picture taken and I look especially tired or sallow. Generally I don’t wear makeup.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Little Tin of Tea Tree Deodorant Cream

“This tiny little thimble of deo is something that I always have, especially in the summer for bike commutes and hot subway rides. I’ve also used it as a toothpaste in a pinch. Don’t be grossed out!”

Lurk TBPV1

“This is the only product that I use on a regular basis (besides sunscreen and toothpaste) that’s made by someone else. Anne (of Lurk) is a scent-smith, and I’m truly in love with this perfume. This winter, I would put it on my scarf so I could smell it while I was bustling around town. It smells of peppery candied flowers.”

*Random Meow Meow Tweet Lip Balms (two tangerine limes and a cinnamon mint)

“I have lip balms coming out of my ears. One of the benefits of making these things is that you end up with one in every pocket.”

*Badger Sunscreen Lotion

“A great, non-greasy, no-funny-stuff, sunscreen. I have tattoos and don’t like to get caught in a sunny situation without protection for them. I’ve kept my colors pretty vibrant over the years by being rigorous about the SPF. I also make my own sunscreen, but it’s not as travel friendly in a jar — I wear that one on my face.”

*Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm

One of our oldest recipes but newest launches. This is a vegan “tiger balm.” I use it on my hands, on my knee, as a headache soother and as a lip balm. It’s definitely one of my favorite recipes.”

*Idea Book

“This is where I jot down recipe ideas, write parts of songs, sketch or make random lists. It’s like a practical diary.”

*iPhone 5

“We’re being authentic right? Well, this thing comes with me everywhere and is a large part of my life. For better or worse.”

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  • http://naturallypaula.com/ Paula

    Well, I know what’s on my list next. Tara said headache soother (Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm) and I was like.. ME! As the chronic migraine gal goes and huddles in a corner. Really starting to love this brand more and more. Not just for cat ladies.

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Not just for cat ladies indeed! I like that she created the natural version of tiger balm … it worked well on my sore thighs, and I really liked that the scent wasn’t overbearing. Stimulating but not so in-your-face that you couldn’t bear to go to bed with it on! I hope it helps, lady xoxo

  • Mademoiselle nature

    Nice post! x

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thanks babe!

  • http://pleinvanity.com/ Kasey Michelle

    Loved this! It was so great to read more about Tara and her skincare picks. MMT is becoming a favorite brand of mine, not just for their amazing products but especially because of the cool people behind it! :)

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thank you! MMT is slowly taking the green beauty world by storm with its awesome packaging and stellar products. And you’re right, being cool and down to earth goes a long way. Loving this line! What do you use from MMT? I am in love with the deodorant (review to come) and lip balms (review to come).

  • http://smellslikeagreenspirit.blogspot.com lizthegreenspirit

    Awesome post! I love hearing more about the creators of all those little green gems like MMT. If only there was a retailer in Europe. Nettle tea is great, especially against anemia, as it’s high in iron. Tara shared some great tips and products, but now I’m super intrigued by this vegan coconut yogurt :D

    • http://www.kimberlyloc.com/ kimberlyloc

      Thank you! I hope you’ve checked out my “natural beauty buff” archives — I have some great green beauty leaders profiled!

      http://www.kimberlyloc.com/category/beauty/natural-beauty-buff/

      I’m also super intrigued by all of Tara’s health products … especially that yogurt! Gonna have to get my hands on that soon.

      Appreciate you stopping by! xoxo

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