Back in my early blogging days, I used to answer blog surveys that would circle the healthy living blog community. I haven’t seen those surveys in quite some time (blogging has changed, don’t you think?) but I was reading this beauty Q&A article and thought, this would be a fun beauty interview to answer on my blog!
If you had to leave the house in five minutes, what beauty products would you use?
Okay, so this is assuming my skincare (and sunscreen) was already applied (since I apply those products as soon as I get out of the shower). So if I have five minutes to get my makeup on and leave the house, this is what I would do super quickly:
- Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer and Kosas Concealer combine as my shortcut to not needing foundation.
- Clinique Touch Base For Eyes (it’s a primer but can be worn without eye shadow)
- Glossier Colorslide Liner
- Tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner (for the bottom inner rim of the eye)
- Glossier Lash Slick
- Glossier Cloud Paint
On days when you’re not working or you’re just staying in, what does your skin routine look like both morning and night?
My skin routine is the same if I leave the house or not! Read more about the clean skincare products I use both day and night in this post.
If we looked in your bath or shower right now, what would we find? Do you have any prized bodycare obsessions?
You will also find:
Also, I recently bought these exfoliating gloves which I really like to use at least once a week.
What’s one thing about your beauty routine that would surprise people?
I’m secretly (or maybe not so secretly) obsessed with coconut oil. Coconut oil is the best moisturizer for the body. It’s so underrated, cheap, and natural! I find coconut oil keeps my hands and especially my cuticles so hydrated and taken care of that my manicure and nail polish always look so fresh. My manicures require very little work because I literally have no cuticles to cut.
Do you have any “guilty pleasure” beauty practices or products?
My guilty beauty pleasure product is likely my Mason Pearson hairbrush. It’s not cheap and only goes up in price over the years BUT it’s worth it. I’ve been using a Mason Pearson hairbrush since I’m a little girl. If you take care of your Mason Pearson hairbrush, it will last you at least twenty years, even longer.
Truth: I clean my Mason Pearson hairbrush more than I clean anything else in the house.
Wellness and beauty are so intertwined—do you have any wellness practices or favorite supplements that help give you a boost both mentally and physically?
I’m not big on supplements. Eat your antioxidants. There’s truth to the statement, you are what you eat. Load up on nutrient-dense foods, put the focus on fruits and vegetables, and you will see a difference in how you look and feel.
And obviously, drink more water than any other beverage. Thankfully I’ve never liked the taste of soda so I’ve never had more than on sip in my life and I”m not a regular drinker of alcohol. Drinking alcohol regularly, while it may be fun, does age your skin (and drain you from feeling your best).
What about beauty trends? Is there anything you don’t buy into?
I do not buy beauty products recommended by random bloggers who jump on the brand simply because they make money off what they shill. I’m not a fan of Beauty Counter, even if maybe there’s something clean and quality about it, mainly because too many bloggers who clearly know nothing about beauty and skincare are selling it just to make some money.
Okay, here’s the biggest question of the interview. You walk into Sephora and can take anything—what’s in your cart?
SKINCARE. Skincare is the most important beauty product category so that’s where you load up first! Your makeup will not look good on your face if you aren’t taking care of your skin, no matter which makeup brand you choose. The more focus you put on taking care of your skin, the less makeup you will ever need.
Here’s my recent Sephora order from the Holiday Savings Event.
What’s your Unfiltered beauty philosophy in seven words or less?
Don’t sleep or exercise with makeup on.