What kind of car do you drive? I have a Mini Countryman. They’re so good on gas mileage and need hardly any maintenance. And it actually works great with my two year old, she has her own sunroof! It’s really fun and I just like being a little different
Favorite place in the world: I do love the Carribbean – especially Bonaire, Diver’s Paradise. Everyone has heard about Aruba, but no one ever hears about Bonaire. That’s really the draw that you can go there and you don’t have a ton of extra tourism.
Coffee of choice: Black anything, but it has to be a real coffee – not Folgers or something. I typically like the House Blend or Breakfast Blend at Starbucks. Right now I’m loving Caribou Coffee’s Mahogany.
Describe to me your current regimen. Products you use products you avoid. Products you can’t live without. I love hair products – I love shampoos, conditioners, just trying different things. My hair is probably the thing I focus on the most. Aveda Phomollient is what I’m using now.
For skincare, I always use a cleanser in the shower; I have a nice foamy cleanser that I use. My biggest fear is skin cancer right now especially because I love being outside so much. I always need to just make myself do it. (Editor’s Note: Always wear your Advanced Protection SPF 30, ladies!)
I’ve always gone by less is more, but I always have mascara – I never leave the house without it. My favorite right now is Clinique High Lengths. It’s easy to take off and it’s not heavy; I don’t like heavy. I’m really bad at night, but I don’t really wear makeup! I’ll get a blemish here and there – there’s not a woman in this world that can’t. (Editor’s Note: Perfect situation for Spot Extractor.) I’m so lucky that I don’t have to highlight my hair, it kind of highlights itself. I’ve never had to color my hair or anything. (Editor’s Note: Lucky!)
How has your beauty regimen changed from when you were in college to now?
A TON. It’s not just beauty, it’s just how you view – let me put it this way: I remember being in high school and college. I always felt so dependent on others and what was around me. That was my idea of beauty – that I had to fit this model and wear certain things, and that is what made me beautiful. But it’s realizing that it’s truly finding it within yourself first. Otherwise it’s like you’re putting on a false skin. You have to really feel it to be 100 percent. So now, I think that finding ways internally – things that make you feel beautiful – comes from within.
How has having gone through pregnancy changed your regimen?
My body has just changed so much. I feel like my skin is drier now. I’ve never had to focus on that before. Otherwise, I haven’t really made any MAJOR changes. If anything I’ve had to add more things! I’ve just always lived by the less is more mentality.
And how does that guide you as a new mother and the way you raise your daughter?
Someone sent me a book for my daughter – Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. But you know, they have bad hair days just like us – which is funny because as kids you think of princesses being perfect every day, and the reality is that there is a lot of external things that happen that you don’t feel beautiful every day. At the end of the book, the little girl says, mom do princesses seem at all like me? And the mom says look inside yourself and see. As a mother of a girl, and a first time mom, I’m really trying to help her focus on being beautiful all around and not just her looks. I think everyone strives for that, but you get mixed up. The goal in life is so different in all aspects of life – your health needs to be there and if you do things that are unhealthy it’s going to show on your skin.
What is the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
I couldn’t believe how much I neglected water before I was pregnant. The human body is around 70 percent water and if you’re not replenishing that, how are you going to expect your skin to stay in good shape and keep everything balanced? I said to my doctor, I want to make sure I don’t have a lot of swelling and be able to work until the day I deliver. I did! Because I literally drank ten gallons of water every day.
What would you say your “Beauty Mantra” is?
Beauty is kind of more of an emotion than a physical thing right now. Just feeling gratification from my work and each patient I see – knowing you’ve made a positive impact on them. Doing good is all it takes to feel good about yourself.
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