INTERVIEW WITH A VAMP…(I MEAN, “NATURAL”)

[ 5 ] May 31, 2012 |

So, here’s the thing.  Bloggin’ is freaking awesome.  Not only do I get to hemorrhage my thoughts and views and weirdness onto innocent strangers, but I also get to meet some truly talented artists, entrepreneurs, and all around kick-ass people.  Cue, Anatomy Naturals (the company that produces the all-time best facial cleanser this face has ever used!)

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Recently, I had an AWESOME opportunity to hook up with Kelly Green for a super-duper fun interview/chit-chat.  Kelly is the insanely talented and totally cool woman behind the Anatomy Naturals brand.  Obviously, she’s not a “vampire” as the title of this blog post insinuates.  Come on people…I mean, vampires only live in Transylvania and Forks, Washington (holla Twilight fans!).

In all honesty, I just couldn’t resist the whole “Interview with a vampire” thing as the title, since this is the first official interview I’ve ever done in my life and I needed it to actually sound “official”.  Oh, and also since Kelly has some pretty mind-blowing altered art that kinda-sorta fits the title. What’s that mean?

Well, before our official interview, I had to get all Barbara-Waltersy and do some diggin’.  One of the coolest things I found was that the designs on all of the Anatomy Naturals products are Kelly Green originals.  And, I’m telling you, that the talent doesn’t stop at her off-the-hoooook skin care products and packaging.  Her personal art is thought-provoking, engaging, unique, naughty, raw and cutting edge, but more on that later. Above all, I realized that we were kindred spirits and couldn’t wait to hear more about how this emerging product line was born.

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to gush about her fab products, her deliciously macabre personal art, an off the chain limited time gift certificate offer, and your chance to win an amazing prize package put together by Anatomy Naturals and yours truly.  Hope you enjoy it and show a lil’ love and support to one, super cool chick, her art and her growing brand. Ready, set, go.

 You might remember my first post about Anatomy Naturals a couple of months ago in my “It’s Time  for a Super-Sized List of Awesome Beauty Stuff” 5-list.  Well, two really cool things happened:

(NUMBA 1)

My hubby saw that I wanted to try the Anatomy Naturals Facial Cleanser, and ordered it for my birthday.  Yeah, I hit the jackpot with that guy.

(NUMBA 2)

Almost simultaneously, I received an email from Kelly, thanking me for featuring her in my blog!

As an extension of the written “thank you” she wanted to send me a free bottle of the cleanser.  Um, how cool is that?  Long story, short (and after a small internal melt-down from the hub, who was dealing with like, the third gift I was receiving in duplicate this year) he connected with Kelly and as a result of their master plan, I not only got to try the facial cleanser, but Kelly sent me a package filled with even more samples to try!  Weeeeeeeeeeee!

Gentle Facial Cleanser: I already mentioned that the facial cleanser is literally the best I’ve ever used.  I’m not lying.  Nor did Kelly send me a box full of Ben Franklins to say that (although I likely wouldn’t have turned that down if I’m bein’ honest).  Seriously, though…it really is that good.  I have Rosacea and if you know anything about Rosacea you know that it is nearly impossible to find products that don’t make you look like someone took a blow torch to your skin.  Well, I found it.  It smells great, feels great and does not dry out my insanely desert like skin.  I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and have noticed an incredible difference in the look and feel of my face – No more dryness, and reduced redness.  I almost can’t believe it myself.  I’ve spent YEARS trying to find something, ANYTHING that would help me.  Finally, thanks to Anatomy Naturals, I did.  No seriously, I’m prepared to stalk them until I’m dead.  And, then I’ll probably haunt them (find yours:  here for $24 bucks)

The rest of the package included the samples below, all of which were just as first-rate as the cleanser.  Oh, and when you get a package from Anatomy Naturals, you feel like you are getting a gift from a friend.  Presentation means a ton to me and what you see in the pics is truly whatcha get:

My other fave was the Tangerine & Grapefruit Body Scrub – the grapefruity/citrus aroma is intoxicating.  So intoxicating, I nearly passed out in the shower and came out slurring my words.  Bonus:  My skin was silky smooth afterwards.  Like butta.

(find yours:  here for $26 bucks)

 

 

The Anti-Aging Eye Serum is equally out of this universe.  Use a dab of this at night and you’ll look like a newborn when you wake up.  I did.  I had to double check to make sure I still had boobs.

(find yours:  here for $28 bucks)

 

 

 

The Healing Hydration Hand Cream works good for other body parts too (heels, elbows and even cheeks!)  It has the texture of a salve which makes it a true stand out to other hydrating creams.  I loved it so much I slept with mine the first night.  It almost broke up my marriage, but it was totally worth it (just kiddin’ love….or, am I?).

(find yours:  here for $26 bucks)

 

I haven’t tried the Botanical Facial Toner yet (she sent that too), but am on that like white on rice (find yours:  here for $28 bucks).  I also have the Honey Lemon face polish on my radar too, which can be found here with the rest of this sensational line of products.

Yeah, I did too.  Here’s what I found out:

So, what made you develop this awesome skincare line?  I was drawn to developing Anatomy Naturals as a result of my grandmother’s use of Aloe, Vitamin E & Honey as part of her home remedies while I was growing up.  I was fascinated by it and always carried that with me.  When I asked her what her favorite home remedy is, she replied with one word – “Aloe”.  Thanks Grandma!

How did you learn to make everything?  It seems like you need to be a master chef or scientist or something…Actually, I am completely self-trained.  I did a lot of research online and read a lot of books!  FYI, all of the products from the Anatomy Naturals line are 100% natural.  These “gourmet” skin care products are “handmade in small batches using only pure, simple, and nourishing ingredients”.  They are free of synthetic ingredients, chemicals, parabens, artificial preservatives, colors and fragrances.  And, they are gluten-free, vegetarian and cruelty free – Perfection (read more here).

Do you make it in your kitchen?  It must take forever to make all of this stuff! (laughs)  I have a designated room in the house.  The scrubs take the longest as they have to set and “marinate” before packing and shipping.  I bet her house smells scrump-dittley-umptious!

Any new products you’re getting ready to try? Maybe a mens line that would include shaving oils and after shaves.  I also have a newer product that I made specifically for woman, called “Slip”.  It’s a soothing feminine lube and moisture cream made with a slippery blend of organic coconut oil, aloe vera butter, olive oil, organic sunflower oil and vitamin E (find it:  here).

Bananas or Peaches?  Peaches! Don’t ask. I’m weird.

So, what’s the deal, right? Well, if you follow my blog, you know I’m in serious love with subscription boxes of all kinds (read about that here, here and here).  Well, how stoked do you think I was to hear that Anatomy Naturals has been asked to be in not one, but TWO subscription boxes, putting these wicket-ossum products in the hands of over 8,000 households nationwide.  Sounds phenomenal right?  Well, it is.  But, it is no small undertaking (or expense).  So, Kelly created a fantastic Win-Win Promotional Opportunity for peeps like you and I, and here’s the skinny:

For a limited time, you pay $50 for a $70 gift certificate and $100 for a $150 gift certificate!  I mean, that’s like a bazillion bottles of cleanser, serum, scrubs, and what not, at a gigundo discount – Just enough to experience these magical products and help a fellow sista’ grow her dream.   As I mentioned, this is an exclusive, limited time opportunity.  All gift certificate purchases must be purchased by June 30th, 2012 so hurry up and don’t miss out!  Check out the full deets here and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter while you are there:)

Oh, and make sure you check in next week, for the announcement of our awesome giveaway – Kelly and I are putting together a prize package valued at over $150 for one (1) lucky winner.  It’s gonna be legit.

No need to panic, it’s right here! When you have a spare moment, check out The Kelly Green Gallery to see more of her provocative pieces. Now, on to the finale’ of my Barbara-Walters-ing:

So, what’s the obsession with human anatomy? I always wanted to be a surgeon, but I didn’t really want to go to medical school. So, I worked my butt off in art school instead.  While at school, I ended up taking an anatomy class and found it fascinating.

What do the birds in your pieces represent? I really don’t like birds.  Actually, they are kind of creepy.  I am drawn to vintage bird illustrations though.  The drawings are fascinating and the birds are usually very expressive.

Some of your stuff seems a bit naughty…what inspires you? I’m totally inspired by my “photographic first love” Joel-Peter Witkin.  When I first saw his work my head blew up.  I loved the idea that the subject matter could be pushed that far and still be so beautiful.  Being a photographer, I like the form of the naked human body – clothing dates people.  It’s not as raw. When I asked Kelly how she would describe her art to a blind person, she said she would describe it as a “Morbidly Naughty Feast”.  I couldn’t agree more!  I bet that a lot of aspiring artist’s heads “blow up” just looking at her stuff.  I love the way things come full circle in life.

Fishnets or Knee Highs? I love both!

If you won a bazillion dollars in the lotto, what would you do with all of that money?  Give it to me? She laughed, uncomfortably.  No.  I would not give it to you. (what???)  I’d move to the beach or plan the greatest beach vacation ever.  I’m an “ocean person”.  I think I was a mermaid in my past life. I mean, I was serious.  I kinda thought that since we were new besties that she would give it to me…but I guess mermaids don’t share with awesome bloggers. Wah.  

And, that was that.

Kelly loves Lana Del Rey, Florence & the Machine (me too!), Counting Crows (me too!) and Tori Amos (me too!).  When she’s not busy raising her boys,  and making everyone’s faces, bodies, babies and lady parts better with Anatomy Naturals, you can find her watchin’ American Horror Story or Best Ink (and for the next million days, making lots of product samples for those 8,000+ households).  I encourage you to stalk her at all of the below (and don’t forget to check back next week to enter our awesome giveaway!)  Tootles!

 

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  1. Jessica Poston says:

    Really looking forward to the giveaway! I also have rosacea, and it’s such a pain to find products I can actually use!

    • Jenny says:

      Thanks Jessica! I totally relate on the Rosacea thing. It’s really hard to find good stuff, and EVERYONE is different. I’m not sure what the difference with the Anatomy Naturals Gentle Cleanser is – probably that it’s totally natural and there isn’t anything funky added? Either way, It’s great. You should totally give it a shot!

      Good luck with the Giveaway! Check back next week for the deets for entry. Happy Friday!

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