I'm introducing a new, hopefully semi-regular feature here at BeautyEditor.ca called "Babe in the Biz"—and I couldn't be more thrilled that Kristen Ma is our inaugural beauty babe to kick things off!
A bit of background: if you're anything like moi, you're a bit of a voyeur (no, not in that way, silly!) about other people's grooming routines. I LOVE hearing about what insidery types are using, doing and recommending when it comes to beauty. And I hope you do too! That's why I'm opening things up for a few of my favourite beauty gals around town—and beyond—to share with us what they know. And you never know, I might toss a few guys into the mix as well.
Now... let me introduce Kristen!
Beauty Insider Credentials
[Ed's note: Kristen also writes a beauty blog, Holistic Vanity, which is a must-read if you're interested in holistic beauty.]
Top Five Beauty Products 1. I do not go anywhere without my Pure + Simple Organic Rosehip Face Oil. It's amazingly restorative and excellent for sun damage. 2. Jane Iredale Black Plus Cream Eye Shadow. It is great for smoky eyes without making you look powdery. I also use a tiny amount on a brush to fill in my brows, because nothing is more important than great eyebrows. 3. My only unnatural indulgence is Kiss Me Mascara. I am so no-fuss that the easy removal of this mascara is a must-have. 4. Pure + Simple Flawless Complexion. This is a sheer liquid mineral foundation. It evens out your skin tone and gives you a great dewy finish. 5. Of course, a good natural sun block. I currently use the Anti-Aging SPF 30 by Pure + Simple. Sun is the most damaging thing for our skin—an SPF should be an essential for everyone.
Beauty Bargain Accessory items like exfoliants, which are not on your skin for long. Or just use something in your kitchen like baking soda.
First Fragrance My mother was always into natural beauty, so even the first fragrance I wore had to be pure. It was an organic, oil-based roll-on that was a blend of rose and citrus essential oils.
Current Fragrance I use an organic perfume from a French line called Maedy's. Unlike other natural perfumes, even the base is made from organic plant-derived alcohol. I have a few, but my favorite is the Vetiver (I love citrusy smells).
Weird Beauty Habit LOL—I actually used Shatavari Ghee on my chest at night for bust firming. It's clarified butter that has been infused with rejuvenating Ayurvedic herbs. It really works—and while it's embarrassing to admit it—I swear by the stuff. You just have to get over smelling like a snack bar at the movie theatre.
Beauty Pet Peeve I cringe when I see unkempt eye brows.
Best Beauty Secret Use facial oils. Forget what you may think about oils making you break out or [look] greasy. If you get a good quality vegetable oil, your skin will thank you. I even found that our Pure + Simple Pure Skin Face Oil clears up your complexion and regulates overactive sebaceous glands.
Beauty Career Advice Make sure you take time to ground, relax and restore your body despite how much you want to accomplish. You can't promote a concept of beauty when you're running yourself ragged. Plus, you risk burning out. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Make sure you check out Pure + Simple if you're in the Toronto area (or visit it online), along with Kristen's book and blog! And let me know what you thought of this inaugural "Babe in the Biz" feature! Anyone else you'd like to see featured (or questions you want me to ask)?