About Beauty Disclosed Founders Lauren + Kim

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Beauty + Wellness Through a Curated Lens

Beauty Disclosed was born with the goal of simplifying the beauty search. By disclosing knowledge and inspiration, we’re here to offer simple and thoughtful ways to live a more beautiful life. Why us, you ask? Through our combined passion and unique industry experience, we’ve come to view beauty and wellness as one in the same. Thus, we’ve created Beauty Disclosed as your one-stop destination for a behind-the-scenes look into the latest and greatest in wellness AND beauty.  Through a carefully curated lens, we’ll bring you the most sought-after treatments + experiences, best places, and most helpful tips + tricks to help you to become your most beautiful self.

When it comes to beauty + wellness there are more options than ever before. While increased choices provide variety, the ever-growing and evolving beauty + wellness ecosystems make decisions more confusing, overwhelming and time-consuming. Beauty Disclosed is here to help surface what you need to know. Through honesty, transparency, and expert intel, we’ll encourage you to feel confident, inspired, educated and informed.

Whether you’re searching for the most effective skincare, latest in health and wellness, best makeup, most unique fitness classes, or all of the above, we have you covered. We’ve found incredible products and beautiful people who created them. We’ve found places and ways to relax + recharge and treatments to, literally, bring back your glow.

Through Beauty Disclosed, we hope to inspire the feeling of confidence in your own skin and encourage you to embrace the idea that beauty isn’t singular. We are all multi-faceted beings, with a depth, creativity, and uniqueness, that individually we each possess.

Thank you for commenting, liking, and sharing your journey. We believe that there is power in knowledge, inspiration in one another, magic in vulnerability, and freedom in wanderlust. We’re so excited to ignite a community of like-minded individuals to join in our curiosity for the latest and greatest in wellness + beauty. We’re honored to get to know each of you. So, embrace your beauty, continue to grow, and come together in the quest for all things beautiful. We’re so glad you’re here and WELCOME to Beauty Disclosed!

Lauren Finizio

Hi my beauties! I’m Lauren, and I am beyond excited to have you here with us on Beauty Disclosed. As we share with you our journeys toward all things beautiful, it’s only appropriate to first share with you a little about the sources. So here we go! I am Lauren Finizio (now Haughton), and I am newly married living in DUMBO, Brooklyn with my sweet, supportive, very cute beauty-loving husband, Tom (and new white lab fur-baby, Sophia). I was born and raised in bright, warm, sunshiney Orlando, Florida, and despite the humidity, I still live for that Florida breeze. I attended the University of Florida and then moved to New York City for a job at Cosmopolitan Magazine. After 5 years at Cosmo, I spent time at Hearst Digital working with major beauty companies at Cosmo, Elle, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Marie Claire. in 2017 I joined the Condé Nast Beauty Team leading beauty partnerships for our largest beauty clients across our most iconic brands- Glamour, VOGUE, and Allure, to name a few. Everyday brings something new and I am loving it- talk about a daily dose of innovation and inspiration! Beauty is in my DNA, and my love of beauty began at an early age…

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One of my favorite memories is dressing up in my mom’s clothes, jewelry, and MAKEUP. To this day, I travel with my Henry Bendel’s hat-box full of makeup (I like options?). Outside of makeup/skincare,  I love the energy brought on by a good sweat. I take 10+ vitamins each morning before applying my winged eyeliner. I turn on my oil diffuser after completing my (ever-changing)  nightly skincare routine. Moral of this story? Like many of us, I have an unwavering passion for beauty AND wellness. It’s difficult to think of one without the other as all of these things make up my definition of beauty. Beauty begins and radiates from the inside out, and a great facial can literally bring back your glow. Beauty is not exclusive to how you look, or wellness to how you feel. There are undeniable synergies, and beauty to be found in all of these things– from Cosmetic to Self-Care. We simply need to be ready to receive it and open to exploration along the way. At Beauty Disclosed, our goal is to form meaningful connections, inspiring each other through our shared adventures and experiences. We hope Beauty Disclosed is a place for you to feel empowered, energized, and excited as your personal journey continues to evolve.

Kim Van Woesik

Hi beauties! It is with much excitement, gratitude, and humility that I welcome you to Beauty Disclosed! My name is Kim Van Woesik, and I am so excited you’ve stopped by to take a peek into our journey toward all things beautiful. Let’s start from the beginning! While I was born in Mesa, Arizona, I grew up in and still consider myself a Texas girl at heart. My Mom, Dad, and two brothers still reside in Texas, and while I now have my own home built with my boyfriend of 5 years in Manhattan, I still consider wherever they are “home.” I miss them legit, everyday! In 2011, I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance. That summer, I moved to New York City to dance for the nation’s premiere Latino contemporary ballet company, Ballet Hispanico. In 2016, after feeling the need to turn the page of my life as a professional dancer, I was very lucky to organically transition into the boutique fitness world as an instructor for SLT (Strengthen Lengthen Tone).

Kim Van Woesik

Since the early age of three when I began dancing, I quickly learned the importance of taking care of your instrument (my mind, body, and spirit). From learning to fuel my body with proper nutrients, to the “at home” self-care of getting massages and rolling out, to developing a deep regard for the importance of finding constant inspiration, solitude, and peace, I gained an understanding of ways to shine from within. In my experience as a performer, I learned you can’t pour from an empty cup. To nurture myself from within was the only way I could generously share my talent with the world from the stage. While no longer a dancer, I strive to continue living my life with the same care of mind, body, and spirit. In sharing our exploration for all things that serve our growth toward inner and outer beauty, my hope is for you to feel connected to and moved by Beauty Disclosed. No matter where you’re from, or where you are on your journey toward inner and outer beauty, it is our mission to create a trustworthy place you can confide in,  join in on, and celebrate all on their quest for self-improvement, through Beauty Disclosed.

Kim Van Woesik and Lauren Finizio About Us SLT

Frequently Asked Questions

How did you meet?

Both: We became instant best friends when we first met through our best friend Jackie who grew up with Kim’s boyfriend, Tobias. We quickly connected over our love of working out, dancing, laughing and our deep love and value for family and friendship. They say that with age, you get wiser about who you choose as friends and for us we quickly became family.

Favorite healthy go-to spot?

LFH: For sit down, Spring Natural on Kenmare. For take-away, Sweetgreen (especially the Spicy Cashew Dressing!)

KVW: Ruby’s Cafe on Mulberry, but my boyfriend could eat Sweetgreen everyday! Take-Away: Westville’s Kale Salad + Salmon

Favorite Bar?

Both: We are always searching for the next best rooftop. Currently, we love to admire our gorgeous city from the rooftop of the Public Hotel! Also check out the 1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park for amazing views of the city and Lady Liberty.

Best Pizza?

LFH: Rubirosa Arugula with Balsamic Glaze. Add Cheese + Sauce. It’s Gluten-Free + Thin Crust. Get the Rubirosa + Arugula salad to start- SO DELISH! Call ahead early for a res! My mom always says “Can’t you just order the #1?” NOPE!

KVW: Not going to lie, Domino’s is a go-to for us and always so quick to deliver! I know we live in the city with some of the best pizza spots, but Domino’s never disappoints! Pizza toppings: Pepperoni, Jalapenos, Bacon and Pineapple. When we’re feelin’ “fancy” we love to go to our neighborhood spot, Adrienne’s on Stone St!!

Go-to Sushi?

LFH: It’s a tie between Nobu Downtown + Koi in the Bryant Park Hotel. Make sure to order the Spicy Tuna Naruto, Yellowtail + Jalapeno, Crispy Rice, and hand roll!

KVW: Nobu Downtown! The Jalapeno Yellowtail is my absolute fave!

NY Culture?

LFH: So, something different- Sleep No More or Queen of the Night. Such a fun out-of-the-box experience. Think Burlesque + Shakespeare + Murder Mystery live show. A bit of choose your own adventure!

KVW: I love going to see dance companies perform at the Joyce Theater (it’s such an intimate space) and going to see broadway shows! My favorite broadway show I’ve seen thus far is Hamilton! What an inspiring way to showcase history!

Background?

LFH: The blonde hair may throw you off but my Dad is first-generation Italian. My Mom has Scottish and German on her side. Side note, my Step-Dad is Canadian. It’s amazing to get to celebrate such different cultures and traditions!

KVW: One of the first questions people always ask when they first me, “What are you?” My Mom is Mexican and my Dad is Dutch-Indonesian! Quite a mix, but I’m proud of where I come from! I like to think they’ve given me the best of both worlds 🙂

AM/PM skin care routines?

LFH: Cleanse, Tone, Exfoliate, Serum, Moisturizer, Oil for night and Sunscreen for day. I alternate methods of exfoliation (i.e. low level chemical glycolic/lactic acid or retinol) every other day. I use a mask 2-3 times per week and my latest obsession, is my Clarisonic Uplift (or Jade Roller) for Facial Massage, as many times a day as possible. (Oh! And my Ice Roller to de-puff after a big night out!).

KVW: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Under eye serum/cream, Oil (for daytime/nighttime), Moisturizer (for daytime/nighttime). I love to exfoliate 1 time a week with an enzyme vs. a scrub. I (and oftentimes boyfriend) try to do a facemask 2-3 times a week! We currently love alternating between clay masks and sheet masks.

If you could only wear one makeup product what would it be?

LFH: In standard fashion, I talked my way out of this one by saying I would get eyelash extensions or tint and then have my one product be a foundation or CC Cream (with SPF)

KVW: Mascara!

What’s your secret to glowing skin?

LFH: Masks, Hydrating Serums + Oils, a good chemical exfoliant. Also lots of nutrient rich fruits and veggies!

KVW: Drinking a ton of water and giving your skin a break from wearing any makeup at least once a week. Let that beautiful skin breathe!

What was your first makeup item?

LFH: A MAC eyeshadow quad palette and Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick (still love today!)

KVW: Until I was about 14, I was only allowed to wear a little eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick for my shows/recitals. When I was finally allowed to wear makeup to school Mascara and Lipgloss were my first items.

What’s your favorite place to shop for beauty?

LFH: Sephora. I like to go alone because everyone is always ready to leave before me! I tend to shop onAmazon for my wellness needs (though my husband is still shocked by the number of deliveries!)

KVW: I find myself wandering into Sephora at least once a week, so bad for my wallet but my skin loves it! I also love Amazon for convenience.

Favorite Workout?

LFH: Triple Tie! SLT (with Kim, of course, it really is my favorite way to strengthen, lengthen, and tone), Soul-Cycle (in full transparency I am Mantas Only, I love the pace, music, and total high you get from EVERY SINGLE CLASS), or Y7 (heated, hip-hop, power yoga that boasts a serious sweat!). I try for each 1-2 times per week! As they say, #DetoxToRetox!

KVW: SLT, duh! I try and do this 5 times a week, depending on my schedule sometimes I can only squeeze 4 in there! SoulCycle at least once a week (Lauren introduced us to Mantas and his Saturday am class is my favorite way to get those good-vibes going to start the weekend right!) To make sure my workout regiment/body is well balanced, I try and incorporate Y7 yoga at least 2 times a week, its my happy place to flow to sick beats while getting in a killer sweat! Of course when I’m missing it, I’ll throw a ballet class in there every now and then <3

Favorite Snack?

LFH: Gluten-Free pretzels or really any kind of veggie or fruit. I’m also currently obsessed with any kind of veggie fried rice with coconut aminos!

KVW: Goldfish, but when I’m trying to be healthier its a green apple with cinnamon and Justin’s Honey Almond Butter!

What’s your motivation for working out?

LFH: It’s always bikini season somewhere! Kidding (kind of)! I never used to workout the way I do now (more regimented and into classes) I think because I’ve found what works for me- strength training through Pilates, mindfulness and energy through Yoga, and Cardio through Soul Cycle. Group classes and certain instructors also really motivate me. I now CRAVE the high and the energy I get from working out and actually need it to be able to be the “best me” in work,  relationships, and beyond.

KVW: I’ve always seen my body as my instrument or tool. To take care of my body is to take care of my craft. I workout because I’m healthy, capable, and able, and for that I am always grateful and never want to take it for granted.

How do you unwind from a long or tough day?

LFH: A good sweat, preferably Yoga at Y7 or Yoga Vida if my day has been particularly challenging. OR snuggling with my fur baby, Sophia!

KVW: A face mask fixes everything right?! I wish! But I do find that practicing a little self care does help me to unwind and relax. I also always turn on my Aroma 360 to set a zen environment.

What’s your #1 tip for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle?

LFH: Find what makes you happy, at any given point, on any given day. Know that it can change. Work everyday to find the good. Live in and appreciate the moment you’re in NOW. If it’s good, be present and let yourself enjoy it, and if it’s not, know that this too shall pass. Something I work on everyday!

KVW: Focus on the positive, accept the things that you cannot change, and have the courage to dream so big it humbles you.

What’s your go-to quick and easy meal to cook at home?

LFH: I am one of those people that LOVES vegetables (almost any kind!) and I’ve been gluten free for over 3 years. Typically, I’ll do 2 kinds of veggie sides (loving no-rice fried rice and a big spinach salad) and quick sautéed shrimp in coconut oil with these red pepper flakes or simple baked wild salmon (with dijon glaze or lemon + olive oil).

KVW: I love cooking baked chicken breast in the oven along with roasting broccoli, cauliflower, and kale (all drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper) in the oven. So easy to prep and minimal clean-up. A win all around for me!

Where we've gone together?

Our first trip together was to Greece 2015! We did a week-long tour through Mykonos, Ios, and Santorini. If you are taking the trip, let us know and we’ll send you our full itinerary. You must spend a day at Nammos in Mykonos. Hands down, the HAPPIEST PLACE on earth! Since then, we’ve traveled across the world-. Australia, Bali, Mexico, Vegas, Miami, Tahoe, Key West, Montauk and more! We hear often that “we roll deep” and go on some insane adventures. We’re so thankful to have such great friends who share our passion and desire to experience every corner of the world together.  Next stop? Croatia, Italy, and Ibiza Summer 2018! Stay tuned and visit Beauty Away to join in on our adventures!

Favorite place we've traveled to?

LFH: Our honeymoon to Thailand was UNREAL (check out Chiang Rai and Koh Yao Noi), I LOVED Australia (+ The Whitsunday Islands), Bali is somewhere I would like to return, and we both love a quick trip to Montauk, Napa, Tulum and Miami!

KVW: The most romantic vacations my boyfriend and I have had, have been to Mexico. If traveling to Cancun, check out Nizuc. If traveling to Cabo, stay at The Cape Hotel and for THE most romantic dinner EVER, make a rez at El Farallon! You won’t regret it!

What are some things you never travel without?

LFH: SO MANY THINGS. I will be totally honest here, I do not travel light despite trying. Packing cubes, May Lindstrom Blue Lagoon (best in-air hydration), Goop Balls in the Air Vitamins (fight inflammation + boost immunity), de Mamial Altitude Oil (instant refresh for stale plane air), Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peel (to exfoliate/clean post-plane), Silk Sleep Mask, and Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Face Oil (post-plane hydration)

KVW: J Travel Pillow, Evian Mineral Water Facial Spray, and Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

What places are on your travel bucket list?

LFH: Is it obvious why we travel together?! Maldives, South Africa + Seychelles, and New Zealand.

KVW: South Africa, Maldives, and Egypt.

Favorite account for travel inspiration?

Both: Aggie Lal’s blog + Instagram @travel_inhershoes! We love following her for the most beautiful travel inspo!

What's your favorite hotel?

LFH: Tie between the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle and Six Senses Yao Noi.

KVW: The Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Italy. Literally heaven on earth!

Favorite Cocktail?

Both: Titos, water, lemon (and by “lemon” we mean multiple)

Our Other Halves?

LFH: Tommy, my husband and best-friend is the total calm to my storm. He has the biggest heart and brings a sense of strength, lightheartedness, and laughter to my everyday (and is the best Daddy to our fur baby, Sophia). Tommy (along with my Mom) is always my biggest fan, and is supportive of, and finds the joy in, every crazy adventure we share. He is my person, my love and my heart.

KVW: Tobias, my boyfriend of 6 years, is my biggest supporter. He’s my rock and bestfriend. Until meeting him, I had never met anyone who loved as hard or dreamed as big as I did. No matter my reservations or doubts, he has always inspired me to follow my heart and stay true to who I am.

Guilty TV Pleasures?

Both: Keeping Up with the Kardashians and This Is Us (if you can even classify this as a guilty pleasure!)

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

LFH: Something that immediately drew me to Kim is her love to love. Having a huge heart typically brings huge emotions, yet Kim has a unique ability to stay calm, cool, and collected. I’m so proud to have her as a partner for Beauty Disclosed.

KVW: I admire Lauren’s tenacity to never take “no” for answer and her commitment to giving everything she does 110%! She’s one of the most driven babes I know and I couldn’t be happier to have her as my partner in our mission to bringing you all things beautiful, through Beauty Disclosed!

Something that most people don't really know about you?

LFH: I grew up wanting to be an Actress, which my not surprise people, but the fact that I was in drama may! Oh, and one of my biggest regrets is not continuing to learn a foreign language. I did by the Rosetta Stone, so will keep you posted on how that goes!

KVW: Before I ever dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, I always wanted to be a pediatrician. I’m obsessed with kids! Thank God for my two little nephews! Hope to have a big family of my own one day:)

What’s a mantra you live by?

LFH: You’re never given a dream, without also being given the power to make it come true. And on my harder days something my mom always says “You are stronger than you feel, smarter than you think, and braver than you believe”.

KVW: Always do the right thing and help others every chance you get. Take time to appreciate the beauty in the simple and small things. Never take any experience for granted. Love hard always.

Let's Create Something Beautiful

At Beauty Disclosed, we love to collaborate with brands who are also striving to help women on their journey to living their most beautiful lives. We are always looking to develop unique and authentic partnerships with brands that align with the mission of Beauty Disclosed. There are many ways we can collaborate including, but not limited to…

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  • Brand Development: Interested in doing a joint campaign? For select brands, we are open to co-creation and brand development opportunities where we can help grow each other’s brands through cross promotion
  • Guest Blogger Partnerships: At Beauty Disclosed, we are always inspired by the talent and passion of other bloggers. We have identified specific areas on site and on social where we love to feature other like-minded influencers who share our love for beauty, wellness, and all things beautiful.
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