Photo by Laura Okita.
Interview by Tiffany Walton
Tiffany What are your favorite skincare products?
Jenny I have quite a few skincare products that I swear by.
- Glycolic Foaming Cleanser by Mario Badescu
Purifying Seaweed Cleanser by Face Stockholm
- Tea Tree Oil (has to be Organic and grown locally)
- Lavender Oil (purchased in France from an organic lavender field)
- Indian Healing Clay Aztec Secret
- Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist by Herbivore Botanicals
- La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water
- Aloe Vera gel (has to be Organic)
- Orchid Facial Oil by Herbivore Botanicals
- Rose Hip Oil (has to be Organic)
- Rose Oil by Botanical Boutique Apothecary
TW What is your skincare regimen? Day and Night?
JR My morning and evening skin care routines start the same way by exfoliating my face with Mario Badescu Glycolic and foaming cleanser or the Purifying Seaweed Cleanser by Face Stockholm if my skin is too dry. I also try to use a balancing toner to prevent or treat breakouts (currently trying out the Balancing Toner by Face Stockholm). At glance I am able to determine what are my skin needs and keep a few products on rotation.
After washing my face I spray it with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water or the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist by Herbivore Botanicals . Living in Los Angeles can be pretty damaging to your skin, so Thermal Spring Water is a type of mineral water that is pure and rich in mineral salts, iodine and CO2. It is known to have therapeutic properties for the skin. I also love the gentle scent of the Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist that I recently discovered by Herbivore Botanicals.
ACNE PRONE SKIN
I have had acne issues for most of my adult life and I have spent so much money on the so-called anti acne products that were supposed to prevent it from coming back and that never worked. I am considering trying out the Lapis facial oil by Herbivore Botanical that is supposed to be great for acne prone skins and they have fabulous reviews from happy customers. So far I have used two of their products and I am so fond of them. On a side note, I would like to add that I love their packaging (they use glass not plastic and this is rare still for most cosmetic brands).
Once my face is clean, I dry it with a clean towel and apply one of the replenishing oils listed above. Sometimes I feel like using Organic Rose Hip Oil or the Orchid Facial Oil by Herbivore Botanicals. I have used oils for my hair my whole life and last year I really started researching their benefits. I do a lot of aromatherapy these days, so it only made sense to include them as part of my skin care routine.
What I love about all the brands mentioned so far is that they are ethically made, cruelty free and made with natural ingredients. I think it is important to know what you buy and where it comes from. I take pride in not buying just whatever. I like to be responsible with my purchases and not put crap on my face.
TW Any national or regional beauty secrets from France?
JR I don’t know if they are national beauty secrets but I essentially like to leave my skin alone. If I don’t have a photoshoot scheduled or an appearance, then I decide to wear no make-up at all on my skin. I might wear red lips or the caramel lip gloss usually by Besame Cosmetics or Face Stockholm so that I don’t feel so naked. But overall something I have learnt is that it’s better to not wear any make-up. I find that especially true during the summer time, I break out even more if I wear something that will clog my pores.
For my under eye I use the Organic Rose Hip Oil or Botanical Boutique Apothecary those days. I was born with huge dark circles under my eyes and as I get older they get more and more prominent. I try to stay hydrated as much as I can and get plenty of sleep.
TW What improvements would you like to see in your skin, if any?
JR I would like to completely get rid of the blemishes and dark spots from breaking out and have no dark circles. But if that doesn’t happen, it’s not a big deal.
TW Any skincare tips from your mother or grandmother?
JR I lost my grandmother when I was really young so unfortunately all I can remember from her is her smile. And everyone knows I smile a lot.
From my mum I learnt the no make-up policy. I wasn’t a big fan at first, but now I do it every chance I get, and it feels so great. I don’t even feel self-conscious about it anymore because it just feels so great to wear nothing on my skin. My mum also told me that my grandfather would just put fresh water on his face daily and dry it.
TW Do you have challenges with your skin, ever had them, what are these challenges?
JR Yes of course. My biggest challenge is my hormonal acne. It sucks to be an adult and break out but that does happen to a lot of us. I do tend to wear less make-up on the daily basis to address the issue and I recently started eating a more probiotic diet. My dark circles are super challenging too, sometimes they are deep, sometimes they are more discrete. Nothing my LA Girl concealer in orange and honey tones can’t fix! As far as wrinkles, I’m pretty blessed as I have oily skin, so I have no wrinkles so far.
TW What’s your makeup regimen ?
JR I like to do a subtle everyday make-up look with a touch of glam, using the following products:
- LA Girl concealer in orange and honey for my dark circles .
- Eartth 1 “Luxury Concealing Foundation” by Iman; because that’s my exact skin tone. It took me my whole life to find the perfect shade and I don’t break out after using it.
- Beauty is Life Cosmetics “Bajana Powder ” to set my make-up as it is the perfect neutral powder for my skin tone.
- I avoid primer or setting sprays because they tend to make me breakout.
- Hollywood Eyeshadow by Beauty is Life Cosmetics as blush and eyeshadow as it is highly pigmented and makes my cheeks pop. A Stage make-up artist told me a decade ago that applying a little bit of red eye shadow in the crease of your eyes make them pop more and you instantly look more awake. Since then I have been stealing that trick!
- For my lips I am currently obsessed with n°33 by Face Stockholm, it is a good neutral with a slight touch of pink. My lips have a natural plum and pink undertones, so this lip gloss complements without adding too much.
- For my eyes I always use brown tones, but I also love the naked palette by LA girl or the one by Too Faced which I discovered a decade ago.
- Sometimes I love the bronze & gold eye shadows by Pat McGrath from her limited edition “Metalmorphosis” kit. This was one of the best investments ever for me, as the entire palette contains highly pigmented metallics . I love to add the bronze eyeshadow for that subtle golden shine to my eyes.
- I usually finish the look by drawing a cat eye with a dark liquid eyeliner by Beauty is Life Cosmetics, a bit of mascara and voila. Coral Silk robe by Juju Lingerie, Corset by Hips and Curves.
- Photo by Jason Kamimura Photography.
TW What do you appreciate about your skin? What about your skin makes you grateful?
JR I love my skin tone! I think it’s in a beautiful caramel shade and it has that natural glow. So, I would say I’m grateful for my skin tone and my skin type.
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