Remember my post on curly hair a few weeks back? Well, I thought it was time we got to know each other better, seeing as I've joined the team as a brand new Beauty Editor contributor. Yay!
So a few quick deets: I'm 21 years old; a fourth-year journalism student; currently interning at the Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010... and I'd describe myself as a former tomboy... turned aspiring beauty writer.
Let's get to know each other with a fun Q&A!
How would you describe your look?
I would describe my look as natural, for sure. Most days I just use Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’ Express mascara, Clinique’s All About Eyes concealer to cover my dark circles, M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined for a subtle glow and a lip moisturizer (read: Vaseline) for good measure. Depending on my mood or if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll throw on some lipstick for a pop of color.
Who are your beauty icons?
Ashley Olsen, Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Lisa Bonet—I wouldn’t exactly call them my beauty icons, but I definitely look to them for beauty inspiration. They’re all very natural but they have this glow about them that I like. It’s like an effortless beauty.
What makes you feel beautiful?
I’m going to say confidence and all that inner beauty jazz because feeling beautiful is just that—a feeling—and if you feel it, then it radiates. But I also think just feeling put together and having a good hair/makeup/outfit day really helps as well! Usually when you feel good is when you’ll get the most compliments, and really… who doesn’t feel good after being complimented?
How do you take care of your skin?
I use Aveeno’s Fresh Essentials Pore Purifying Facial Wash to wash away the day’s makeup and dirt build-up and then Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion afterwards to moisturize. Drinking a lot of water and actually getting enough sleep (6-8 hours for me) also helps keep my skin looking purdy healthy.
What products are in your handbag right now?
I currently have a couple of matte lipsticks–NARS Tonkin (very neutral, but a pretty, everyday shade) and Volga (a berry, OMG-look-at-ma-lips colour)–in addition to a tube of Vaseline and some hand cream. Oh, and there’s also some Visine eye drops (to relieve red eyes after staring at a screen all day), some floss and Advil!
What's worth splurging on? What should you save on?
If I know anything though, you should probably save your money on mascara. I feel like this is such a textbook beauty answer, but I don’t think the price of a mascara necessarily equates to better quality and working power. (Editor's note: Agreed!) I think it’s really all in the application of it and the eyelash curler you use that can make (or break?) your eyelashes.
What was your first fragrance? And what’s your current one?
Daisy by Marc Jacobs was my first, but I’m currently single (read: in the process of looking for a new one, lulz). It’s so hard for me to find one I like, only because I get headaches after spraying and smelling different perfumes after 15 minutes. BUT! I am leaning towards purchasing Gucci’s Flora... what do ya’ll think? I’m no perfume expert by any means, but it smells pretty enough. Suggestions?
What's the weirdest thing you've done in the name of beauty?
Hmm… it’s definitely a tie between the time I Nair’d off all my arm hair in high school and this time my friend and I decided that soaking our hair in lemon juice and sitting out in the sun for three hours trying to lighten it was a good idea (this was a couple of years ago, mind you). I’m sure there are a lot of weirder things I’ve done in the name of beauty, but they are obviously so embarrassing that my mind has managed to successfully repress those memories.
Have you had any major beauty fails?
Getting straight, across-the-forehead bangs—and cutting them myself—was probably the biggest beauty fail ever. I was jaded by the fact that I was having a good hair day, so I thought, “Hey, why not? My hair looks good today, let’s cut my bangs.” Sure enough, they looked okay UNTIL I showered the next day. That’s when the reality of having unruly, wavy-curly hair set in. The worst part of that experience was how I handled it. For some reason, I thought that straightening my bangs and leaving the rest of my hair curly was a good idea. I don’t know who told me that styling my hair like that was okay, but rest assured, I do not think we are friends anymore.
What's your biggest beauty pet peeve?
Those super long, acrylic nails with the designs on them!!! I can’t. That is all.
What beauty trend do you wish would go away NOW?
This is kind of similar to the answer above, but a friend of mine was actually telling me about this duck-feet nail trend going on right now which is pretty much the exact opposite of what dagger nails look like. Google it. Seriously. (Editor's note: Okay, I'm going to save you the trouble. Here they are:)
If I could save even one soul from this train wreck of a nail trend, I think the beauty world would be a better place.
If you could revive a beauty trend, which would it be?
Super skinny eyebrows.
Kidding. I can’t really think of any specific beauty trends I’d like to revive… perhaps the low-slung, fishtail braid if I had to choose one off the top of my head, though. Those definitely had a moment a year or two ago and I loved doing them!
What is your best beauty tip?
Wrapping your hair in a cotton T-shirt after a shower instead of a towel, which I wrote about here. Best tip I’ve ever been given and will continue to share!
If you could invent a beauty product, what would it be?
A product that actually works in permanently getting rid of eye bags/dark circles/puffiness so you wouldn’t have to worry about using concealer. It would be nice to not hear the words “you look tired" (even after a good 8-10 hour sleep) ever again.
If you had to take three beauty products with you on a desert island, which would they be?
2. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express mascara
3. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Have you tried any of my favourite beauty products?
Were you aware of this offensive duck feet nail trend? OMGOMGOMG.
What topic(s) would you like me write about in a future post?