Discover the powerful products and tips this beauty expert and founder of the online magazine Beauty Guru NYC lives by

Portrait by Ashley Ecklund

Portrait by Ashley Ecklund

Morning routine:
The first thing I do when I wake up is squeeze a half lemon in a glass of water and drink up! I start my morning ritual by splashing tepid water on my face, and then I tone with a floral toner. Depending on how my skin is looking and what I did the night before, I may put on a mask—my two go-to masks are Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask and Chantecaille Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask. I mask while I check my emails, check Instagram, make a call…I like to call it multi-maksing. After that I apply a serum or oil—African Botanics Marula Face Oil or Dr. Colbert Illumino Face Oil are two of my faves—eye cream (I’m loving VenEffect eye cream) and daytime cream. I finish by applying an SPF: Coola is a favorite.

Overnight skin ritual:
If I have on makeup I will do a double cleanse. I start with an oil cleanser: African Botanics Marula Cleansing Oil. I then use Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash with the Clarisonic. If I’m not removing makeup (more often than not I like to let me skin go all-natural), I will just use either my oil cleansers or gel depending on the weather outside and how my skin is feeling. After my skin is properly cleansed, I tone, apply a rich serum or oil (I just started using Estelle and Thild Repairing Oil Complex and Recovery Night Cream and I really like it!), eye cream and night cream. I also never go to bed without applying hand cream. I’m obsessed with Kat Burki Hand Therapy and Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil!

Who cuts/colors your hair:
I get my hair done at Marie Robinson salon. I’ve been everywhere in NYC and that salon is simply the best—wonderful vibe and the most talented staff. For color I see either Marie Robinson or Danielle Viscuso and for cut, Frederique Carme.

Hair habit:
Well, I have a pixie, so it’s basically wash and go! I always apply an oil or cream to damp, toweled-dry hair. I love Purely Perfect Cleansing Crème and Foundation Crème. As it gets a little longer, I love treating myself to blowouts.

Favorite eye look:
Dark black mascara and nothing on the lid. I think a naked eye is so chic! The way I see it, if you have fabulous mascara and well-groomed brows you’re set! Better Than Sex by Too Faced creates the most dramatic look-at-me lashes. I’m also a fan of colored mascara on special occasions. I love the YSL purple mascara against my blue eyes. And I also love Eyeko Eye Do—I call it my everyday mascara. When I do wear a liner, I go with Kimiko eye pencil in Coffee.

Go-to lipstick:
Anything pink! If I had to choose one it would be Lipstick Queen Private Party. It’s the best shade of pink: great for day or night, and it lasts forever, without drying your lips!

Nail color of the moment:
Julep’s Malala! It’s my go-to shade, it’s my nude. Julep’s Oxygen top and bottom coat have helped my nails get stronger.

Signature scent:
That’s hard! I love fragrance and have a ton of but if I had to pick a signature scent, it would be MDCI Promesse de l’Aube. Osswald NYC is my go-to for scent shopping!

“Never without” product:
Joanna Vargas Exfoliating Mask! It’s my secret weapon and I cannot and will not live without it!

Secret to staying young and beautiful:
Eat right, exercise and sleep! I’m in bed my 10:30pm, no matter what! I eat lots of fruit and veggies; I have a Blue Print green juice every day; I don’t eat a lot of sugar. I drink tons of water. I never leave home without my pink BKR bottle. I feel and look better after I break a good sweat so I see my girl Gabi at Body By Simone twice a week to keep me on the track. After every workout I have a coconut water—Taste of Nirvana is my favorite. Oh, and laugh a lot and spend time with those who love you and want the best for you!

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