As someone who has ventured more and more into natural skincare within the past year, I have wanted to go to events that allowed me to learn more about the products and brands. I follow the brands I love, and also follow small shops/stores, in the tri-state area, that have events frequently. Usually, most events are during the week, and at random hours, so I have had a very hard time making them. Coincidentally, 2 brands I truly love and use daily, had events the same day and on a Sunday. I automatically RSVP'ed and invited some friends.
Thankfully, one of my friends is a genius when it comes to navigating in the city, so she guided us through the subway, streets, and eateries, in return, got some awesome skincare items. I'm going to share with you the 2 events we went to, the food we ate, and the goodies we obtained.
We first started our city date by stopping at by Chloe. Sadly, I just found out that the amazing and lovely Chloe, behind the brand, is no longer with the company. It's such a sad and unfortunate thing, but I'm so thankful I got to experience it before it was tainted. I've been a fan of Chloe's since she was on Cupcake Wars. As someone who was obsessed with the show, I remember watching her episode before I was even vegan. She has made such an amazing brand and name for herself, and it's so great that she is making vegan so easy to come by. I will be following her and her career, wherever it may go.
With all that said, I won't be sharing exactly what I got, because I won't be supporting the company anymore. I love Chloe and all that she has done and continues to do, so I recommend following her social media account.
After our first stop, we headed to the Apoterra Skincare event at Brooklyn Groove. It was my first time at the store, and I was excited to meet Dominique after featuring her and the brand last summer. If you missed my Meet The Maker post, I linked it. I got my friends to try some of the products, and I got my beloved Neroli toner, as I am out, and it's my go to for that time of the month.
There were so many goodies at the store, and I highly recommend checking it out. There were complimentary wine and snacks, and I got to chit chat with Dominique. She answered all my friend's questions in regards to skincare, gave her recommendations and guided her with a new skincare routine. She was so lovely in person and I'm so ecstatic I got to meet her. That's the beauty of these small events, you get a one on one with the makers.
Because we didn't want to head home too late, we decided to do an early dinner. My friend had mentioned this place called Champs Diner, earlier in the day, so we headed there. Oh my goodness, this place was amazing, and I can't wait to go back. Due to my wheat allergy, most of the time I can't eat anything seitan, so I knew that was a no go. What they did do, was make sure gluten free things were labelled, which makes my life so much easier. Remember, this place is 100% vegan! And it was heaven.
I got a fresh juice called, Gold Strike, which included; pineapple, orange, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper. It was spectacular. For my entree, I got the gluten free Belgium waffle. This was probably the best Belgium waffle I have ever had in my life, and the whip cream was so delicious. Just look at it, LOOK AT IT!
Finally, we headed to Credo Beauty for our facials with Osea Malibu. You should all know by now, that this is one of my favorite skincare brands, and I swear by their Ocean Cleanser. I kept telling my friends all about them on a daily, so to have them at the event with me, only helped them further understand. They both got facials before me, and as I watched them, I saw them slowly convert. MUAHAHAHA! I also had the pleasure of meeting Sean, the global educator for Osea Malibu.
The facial was amazing. As someone who uses the products on a daily, it was interesting to see how they went about using them. They recommended using the Ocean Cleanser with the Ocean Cleansing Mudd, for a deeper, but sensitive wash. I had never thought about that. They used the Ocean Cleanser with the Ocean Cleansing Mudd, followed by a spritz of the Sea Minerals Mist, and then proceeded with the Red Algae mask. I've tried the Red Algae mask, during that time of the month, because it really is perfect for those annoying break outs. Hot towel cleansed it all off, and I was spritz again, and then Blemish Balm was added to my face. To finish it off, I received a lovely hand massage.
So there you have it, my city adventure. My recommendation is to follow your favorite accounts and see when they are having events. Both of these were free to attend, just needed to RSVP to the Credo Beauty one. I know that unless you are in certain areas like NYC and CA, things like this don't happen often, but find indie brands that have events, yoga studios that have makers, and even flea markets that allow makers to share their products. Absolutely venture out.
Lastly, if I haven't said it enough, both of these brands are well loved by me. I also love helping and recommending products depending on your skin. Please feel free to DM me or email me, if you need/want help. I have added affiliate links to Osea Malibu and Credo Beauty. Using my links helps me, and I appreciate it. This post is not sponsored, but maybe I'll get Jenefer Palmer to be on my Meet The Maker one day!