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Meet Sylwia Wiesenberg. An inner and outer health & beauty guru who is embarking on a mission to create skincare for your most overlooked body part: your butt. Sylwia was born in Poland, and has traveled and lived all over the world. She’s pursued many adventures and careers, and eventually landed in New York City. Sylwia’s fascination with butts came from her early days as a gymnast and an athlete. She experienced and saw the strength, power, and beauty of the booty. Sylwia knows the butt to be an incredible muscle, and has seen first hand that it can also be a motivator and an extension of personality and sensuality, which she thinks is pretty awesome. She believes every butt has its own individuality and uniqueness and should be celebrated, helping each and every body feel confident in their own skin.

Sylwia is also the founder of DOPE Naturally (a wellness product brand) and Tonique Fitness (a fitness brand).

What lead you to start BAWDY?

It was my passion for, and really my obsession with, butts and my overall love for the uniqueness in beauty and strength of a human body, that lead to the creation of BAWDY. That, and the fact that the beauty industry offered absolutely nothing for butt beauty other than offering anti- cellulite and anti-stretch marks creams that create insecurities in women, shaming them for apparently being imperfect. I believe beauty is about having fun and is is about celebrating individuality in a fun and unapologetic way. That is why I decided to launch BAWDY.

If you could explain BAWDY

BAWDY is unapologetic, individual, unique and always a leading edge clean beauty brand.

BAWDY is a way of being free, expressing yourself and your sexuality, loving your body and loving yourself. It provides the opportunity to be sensual, and give you g the opportunity to touch and feel yourself.

BAWDY also stands for responsibility, delivering the highest quality ingredients that are safe for you and Mother Earth. Later this year I will begin introducing advances in sustainability in both new product releases and packaging.

Do you strive to inspire others through BAWDY?

Of course, it is my goal! I want others to be unapologetically themselves. What matters in life is honesty, realness and raw, authentic beauty and BAWDY stands behind it. Beauty is supposed to make you feel good and smile because you do it for yourself not to please others.

What is your favorite part of working in the beauty industry? What is your least favorite?

There are so many favorite parts! I would say creating and developing. I view it like creating art. You engage with a certain medium and start creating the piece. I could create new products daily. One of my most favorite parts of this creation is working with ingredients. I love to cook, and to forage for ingredients daily at local farmers markets; always searching for the next unique find. It is the same with formulating new products.

I love when an idea pops into my head and then I search for the ingredients to make it possible. It is good platform to apply your creativity and see far can you go to fill the gap.

One thing that I dislike is old school beauty. it is something that drives me to work even harder; to change some of the narrow-minded, old established parts of the industry.

What is the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given you?

Create and never be afraid of your dreams and failures … there is absolutely nothing to lose in trying new things, and failure is a huge part of success.

What is your goal through BAWDY?

Provide more than just clean beauty, be a responsible brand that always delivers a fun experience to the customer – a brand that is already changing the beauty industry by allowing people to take care of other parts of their bodies. I now see other independent brands introducing butt beauty, but in a cautious way, almost afraid to discuss their own products – that it is taboo just to talk! I want to talk about it!

Eventually, I would like to use my success in BAWDY to seed others and help them to achieve their dreams.

What is your favorite indulgence?

Ice cream and lingerie

When it comes to your beauty routine, what is one item you can not live without?

Movement! My daily two hour session of TONIQUE, and of course my CBD butt balm…and to complete the look, a great red lipstick

Beyond BAWDY, are there any mantras or rituals that help ground you when things get overwhelming?

Tonique method ( my daily very long meditation! )

 

How do you like to wind down and make sure you’re taking care of yourself?

Stop looking at my phone – Tonique, surf and horseback riding…and sex; but not all at the same time hahah

In these challenging times, we could all use a little pick-me-up. Today, we bring you four easy ways to bring your spirit up and make your day better.

Set The Mood: Upbeat Playlist

These tunes are keeping our spirits up during lockdown and some of them have us dancing around our kitchen!

 

 

 

Home Workouts: 

Elite trainers all over the world are motivating us to stay fit with great at-home workouts. Here are some of our favorites!

Unwind: 

  • It starts with the breath. ‘Inhale for four, exhale for four and don’t worry if you have some thoughts – just keep coming back to the breath.’ Lauren Wolk-Goldfaden
  • Take time before bed to unwind, pamper and recharge. Switch off your phone, slip on a pair of luxurious silk pajamas, light a relaxing candle and dive into that book you’ve been meaning to read for months.
  • Epsom Salt Baths – take 15 min for yourself and soak into a hot epsom salt bath to relax your muscles and calm your nerves.
  • Drink hot water with Lemon: It helps detoxify your body and it’s soothing at the same time.

At-Home Facial: 

This is the time to spend on YOU! Learn how to enhance and maximize your at-home regimen and view our virtual workshop, At-Home Beauty with GOLDFADEN MD!

You can watch the video, listen to the audio, and check out the complete product list in Holisticism’s Liminal Library.

Since we are not going to get our regular facials, our Doctor’s Scrub + Doctor’s Scrub Advanced are our go-to right now to keep our complexions glowing.

From growing up on a farm in Denmark to attending the prestigious Christian Chauveau School of Artistic Makeup, Kirsten Kjaer Weis worked around the world for some of the most renowned fashion magazines like Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire. As an in-demand makeup artist, Kirsten found that people were sacrificing the health of their skin by using irritating, synthetic makeup. The natural products, however, were not up to par in performance, and the luxury of the beauty experience was lost. Kirsten used her experience growing up in a natural environment and her knowledge of beauty to pursue uncharted territory in the industry, creating Kjaer Weis – a pioneer in organic, luxury beauty.

What lead you to start Kjaer Weis?

I had worked for many years as a make-up artist in Europe and the US and saw firsthand the issues the models I was working on had with their skin from the conventional brands I had in my kit and applied on them daily. Breakouts, dry skin, red eyes. I tried to find natural counterparts to replace the conventional products but they didn’t really exist at that point (early 2000), which became my aha moment, seeing the gap in the market. Combining the performance of conventional with the ingredients profile of all-natural and tie it in with luxury packaging.

If you could explain Kjaer Weis…

Enlightened Beauty. Certified Organic, High Performing. Sustainable Luxury.

Do you strive to inspire others through Kjaer Weis?

I hope to inspire other female entrepreneurs to go for their passion.

What is your favorite part of working in the beauty industry? What is your least favorite?

I love to create, having an idea for a beauty product and seeing it come to life is very satisfying and a lot of fun. I also love assisting women in feeling beautiful and good about themselves without the potential of compromising their health. My least favorite? I don’t really have anything specific, yet I am happy to be part of a new area that steps away from the narrow perception of beauty that has been the norm for so many years. It’s changing and I love seeing it becoming a lot more inclusive.

What is the best piece of advice that anyone has ever given you?

Joseph Campbell is one of my favorite writers. He has a well known and wise quote from one of his books; Follow your bliss. That had an impact on me.

What is your goal through Kjaer Weis?

My goal is to grow KW to a Global Brand, allowing women around the world to have access to high performing, non-toxic make-up. Growing it in size while staying true to the DNA. My goal is also to change the norm of what’s acceptable to put in beauty products, having non-toxic make-up be a natural expectation for the next generations. Similar to how we take it for granted and fully accept that smoking is not allowed inside anymore.

What is your favorite indulgence?

Time. Finding time to have a massage, facial, read, be with my family, spend time in nature.

When it comes to your beauty routine, what is one item you can not live without?

Our Beautiful Oil. I love it, my skin loves it, it truly is beautiful.

Beyond Kjaer Weis, are there any mantras or rituals that help ground you when things get overwhelming?

Yes absolutely. Stay calm. Meditate and find that place where our wisdom sit’s, our authentic power where knee jerk reactions can’t exist. It’s essential to make (big) decisions from that place.

How do you like to wind down and make sure you’re taking care of yourself?

I live between NY and CT in the woods. Spending time in nature and be quiet does that for me.