Meet Ashley and Sarah, the masterminds behind the Rival & Queen podcast. We chatted with these two boss ladies about their experience with Bend Beauty, what creating a beautiful life means to them and how they’re recognizing International Women’s Day this year.

How did you find Bend Beauty products, and what has your experience been like since you’ve been on them?

Ashley: I have used Bend Beauty products for years. Vicky Mina gifted me a bottle once after she raved about the benefits, but it really wasn’t until Brooke came on our podcast to educate us further on the benefits that I incorporated into my daily routine. I saw a big difference after consistent use of the Renew + Protect capsules. In the past when I had used them, I didn’t use them for long enough. You can’t expect change after a few weeks, you need to stick with it to see the results. It’s all about being healthy from the inside out!

I love water, but let’s face it, sometimes it can be a bit boring. I am obsessed with the strawberry flavoured Bend Collagen powder. I look forward to drinking it everyday. It tastes so good but is also so good for me.

Sarah: I am all about low maintenance skincare. Ashley knows that & thankfully introduced me to Bend to start caring for my skin and giving it some extra love! Bend Collagen and Renew + Protect softgels are my investment in my skin’s future. I notice such a difference in my skin, especially in the winter months with Marine Collagen + Co-Factors. The winter loves to bring out tiny little wrinkles on my face and make my skin look dull. Thankfully using Bend, my skin stays bright, clear and keeps the harshness of winter off my face. Plus, Renew + Protect softgels keep me protected from the sun year-round. I’ve been known to forget my sunscreen on occasion so I love that my skin is still protected even if I forget to do it myself!

What does creating a beautiful life mean to you?

Ashley: Creating a beautiful life means living a life with love, kindness, an open mind and heart.

Sarah: A beautiful life is all about being able to appreciate where you are, what you’re doing and the skin you’re in! I believe it starts with loving and taking care of yourself, so you can find the beauty in your day-to-day life. 

This year’s International Women’s Day Theme is #ChooseToChallenge. What are you challenging this year in the context of International Women’s Day?

Ashley: It’s been a hard year for everyone, but particularly a difficult year for women. We were so lucky to be able to continue creating and putting our podcast out there during the entire pandemic, which was an outlet that Sarah and I are grateful for. It was also a way we could use our voice and give others the platform as well and have tough conversations about different things going on in the world. We, along with our fellow female podcasters, want to celebrate what we have accomplished in the past year and celebrate those around us. Today is a good reminder that we do have a lot to celebrate but we do have a lot of work to still do. #ChooseToChallenge is about continuing today and everyday to challenge gender bias and inequality, and both women and men collectively can create an inclusive world together.

Sarah: We’re taking part in International Women’s Day this year by collaborating with a group of female podcasters to celebrate together and share each other’s voices. #ChooseToChallenge is all about challenging gender bias and inequality. We are so grateful that podcasting gives us, as women, a platform to share our voices and our perspective on topics we may not get to share otherwise. We also believe there is so much value in learning about others and their lived experiences. Ashley and I make a conscious effort on Rival & Queen to bring on a variety of guests who have different expertise, perspective, backgrounds and experiences from us, so we can learn from them and help them share their gifts and talents.

It’s time for you to nourish the skin you’re in. Start your Bend Beauty experience today.