Mi-Me is a handmade bath & body company based in Miami, FL. Founded by friends Gil Chrispin & Liz Auguste, Mi-Me came about as a result of their desire to create affordable, luxurious bath and body products made with natural ingredients you can actually pronounce. Their love, friendship, and passion go into every product they create. Incredible thought is put into every ingredient and every single product is lovingly made by hand. Learn more about this dynamic duo below.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 (beauty & wellness) products could you not live without? (You have food and water)
If either of us were stranded on a desert island, there about 23 products we could not live without, but narrowing it down to 3 has been so much fun and so tough, but here we go. 1) A drum, yes really a drum, of our Tomato Seed Facial Regenerating Serum because it is one of the most amazing products ever. You can use it on any part of your body, it cures any skin issues, dryness, rashes, breakouts and anything else a deserted island might try to throw your skin’s way. 2) Several gallons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar because it the epitome of multi-purpose. You can use it to tone your skin, you can drink it for loads of health benefits, it’s a gem on bug bites, and makes a great hair rinse. 3) About 1/3 of a drum of our Avocado Butter, not only can it be used literally from head to toe to for all things skin and hair, a teensy bit goes a loooonnnnnggggg way and it also has a low uva/uvb rating which will helps provide some protection from the sun’s rays, which will surely be trying to kill our skin and hair softly.
What is your morning beauty routine? Evening?
Liz (AM): Ideally, I like to start my morning with a 15 minute hatha yoga flow. It gets my blood pumping and warms up my joints and muscles for the day. Then I use my dry brush to loosen dead skin and to get my blood pumping even more. I love that I tingle all over when I’m done! I usually use pure almond oil and the oil cleansing method to cleanse my face. When I’m feeling extra fancy, I will use our Tomato Seed Regenerating Facial Serum as my cleanser. If my face is puffy or if I am feeling a little sick, I will incorporate a couple of short rounds of lymphatic drainage massage. I cleanse the oil off with a microfiber washcloth and hot water, brush my teeth, then will jump in the shower. Once I’m out of the shower, I mist my face with one of our facial toners, usually our Everlasting Facial Toner. Two pumps of the sprayer would be suffice, but what the heck, I give myself 5 to 7 spritzes. I will apply our Tomato Seed Regenerating Facial Serum and some type of Mi-Me body oil or butter from head to toe. Seeing this, all written out, makes me seem crazy about my self care as my long suffering, younger sister says I am. :)
What 3 tips or tricks can you share for feeling and looking your best?
We believe looking and feeling your best starts with your mindset, and for us that begins and ends with self care. We try to incorporate a bit of self care into every aspect of our lives by taking time out in the morning to engage in a daily beauty regimen that leaves us feeling refreshed and loved. We also like to use time around lunch to disconnect from all things electronic, be alone with our thoughts and get some fresh air which helps mentally prepare us for the second quarter of our day. Lastly, we look for the joy in every situation. Joy radiates from the inside out and we’ve found that you attract the best things in life when you can find joy in the best and worst of life’s daily grind.
What’s your favorite part about running Mi-Me?
Running a small business is the best type of madness! Our favorite part of the crazy is when someone tells us that the product worked just as we said it would. Their love and excitement about a product gives us all the feels, reinvigorates our passion for running Mi-Me, and mirrors the love and passion we put into each product. The other favorite part about running Mi-Me is the ability to create these amazing concoctions that allow people to take our product and use it in so many other ways than we intended, in turn teaching us so much and allowing Mi-Me to really take on a life of its own.
Of the products you make, which is your favorite?
Liz: Tangerine Lip Butter, hands down! I am OBSESSED with lips! I want to keep mine, his, hers, yours, and the world’s lips moist and juicy. So creating a near perfect lip butter is one our greatest accomplishments. When people try it for the first time and rub their lips together they make a small moan, I call it the Mi-Me Moan, because the lip butter feels so good and hydrating on the lips.
Gil: My favorite of all time is the Tomato Seed Regenerating Serum. It is my ultimate skin savior, there’s not a thing it can’t do. I just can’t get enough of it. So much so that sometimes I get really greedy and use it to hydrate my masks, use it as an oil cleanser, use it on my lips, and hide it from my mom, because she’s always scouring my bathroom for loose bottles of it (mom if you’re reading this, please just ask).
What do you do to stay active and why?
Gil: Four times a week I go to the Dungeon and needless to say I am not slaying dragons, but it sure as heck feels like it. We’re talking about pure insanity and madness: flipping tractor tires, 100’s of burpees, timed push ups, squats, crunches, lunges, planks for 4-5 minutes. I only last about 90 seconds before the belly flop, but I get back up and keep dying, yes dying, not trying. Ladder drills, running miles, weight training, typing this has me exhausted, so I’ll stop now. I made the commitment to myself last year January 4th and I’ve been at it ever since. I keep going back because I love the way I feel mentally, physically, and psychologically. It has allowed me to really tap into my best self in every aspect of my life and I look forward to more near death experiences by way of the dungeon.
What’s the hardest or most important life lesson you’ve learned?
The most important life lesson I’ve learned is knowing when to tap into your long and short term memory and focusing on achieving a healthy balance between the two. I try to have a short term memory when it comes to adverse situations and making mistakes. When it happens, I attempt to remedy the situation and move on. Dwelling on it and letting it linger in my mind only serves to disrupt the rest of my day, in turn causing me to make even more mistakes on an even bigger scale. I use my long term memory as a resource to help guide me. I need to be able to tap into past experiences, victories, and losses, to propel me forward and provide me with the knowledge and wisdom to make informed decisions.