Updated Skin / Hair / Fitness

Friday, October 23, 2015




About two months ago, I left my job at the law firm to delve fully into modeling. I figure, my degree and office experience will be there, but I might never get the chance to do something like this again, so why not try! My skin & hair routines have both changed a lot since, so here's what I've learned.



Since doing so, I've taken notes like crazy on how everyone is taking care of their skin, hair, and what makeup artists are consistently using on me. When I first started modeling full time my agency had me running to ten or so castings per day in sweltering 90+ degree weather. I was in and out of the subway constantly, which just clogs your pores like you wouldn't believe. I realized my moisturizer was too heavy, so I switched to something lighter and have seen dramatic improvement (pores are smaller, no teeny bumps on my forehead, more even tone). Even in the cold, my skin feels dewy but not greasy. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is the perfect product. I use it after washing with Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. Neither of these are particularly natural, but I honestly feel like I need something a bit more extreme since living in such a grimy environment and wearing a whole lot of makeup for some jobs.

On shoots and backstage, I see the same products almost every time. You walk into work with a clean face/moisturized as you normally would. The makeup artist will cleanse your face with Bioderma on a cotton ball, which is super gentle and fresh. Then they'll massage in Embriolysse, a super rich, neutral smelling cream, which creates a perfect glowy, sheen texture that's perfect under makeup. These things are famously gentle, and work for almost everybody, though I haven't bought them for myself yet! I would still recommend everybody try.

Every week, I use hyaluronic acid sheet masks from the Japanese general store in my neighborhood. I can't read what brand they are, because it's in Japanese, but I know that No. 7 Sheet Masks or SKII Masks work just as well, if not better. They make your face fee a little numb, which I kind of think is neat, but they make it so your skin retains moisture far beyond typical capacity. You look super glowy and fresh for a few days or more. A lot of girls use these, and swear by them!


Supplements-wise, a lot of girls have similar theories on how to grow thick, shiny hair fast. My friend Renata Sozzi, who worked with me for Abercrombie and has great hair, told me she takes Viviscal, Biotin, and Folic Acid. Viviscal isn't vegan, so I don't take that, but I have been taking Biotin, Folic Acid, and a Prenatal Multivitamin (which people also suggest for strong hair and nails) and my hair has been growing in quite thick and shiny the past couple months. For physical care, I've been using Brilliant Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner, which are both drugstore finds I'm sure everyone has seen. The conditioner makes my hair so shiny and smells amazing. I'm not super picky about hair products, but I'm absolutely loving these lately.



During the busy season, everyone gets most of their exercise by walking 5 or so miles each day to get to castings. Now that fashion and market weeks are over in NYC, everybody seems to go back to the gym. I've been doing group exercise classes: about 3-4 days a week/a mix of plyometrics, weight exercises, cardio, and 1 30 minute class entirely dedicated to abs. I believe you get a lot more done when someone is there telling you what to do, and you can't give up because you tell yourself you can stop whenever you like. It's also quite amazing how working out lowers your stress levels and makes your skin look so much clearer and brighter. I'm hoping I can stick to going as often even when it's freezing cold outside... ;)

21 comments :

  1. So happy that you're courageous enough to go after what you want! Yes, if modeling feels like the right thing to do at this time in your life and you know you'd regret not giving it a try, then be firm and not listen to any naysayers online. You've always said that you were into fashion and you've been reading Vogue ever since high school so this is a natural progression of that passion! Plus you could always fall back on your degree should you ever have a change of heart in the future. Thanks for keeping us updated and sharing a piece of your world. Hope this career change brings you great happiness(this always comes first) and great success. Keep us posted, love!

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  2. that post is very interesting and useful:) i admire your decision, it is not easy to leave a safe job and move on to something more adventurous, as being a model! I love your attitude:) but to be honest, you shouldn't have problems with pursuing that carier, as you are one of the most beautiful girls I have ever seen! and shorter hair really works for you, when I saw you with longer hair you were pretty as well, but you look even better with shorter hair. amazing! thank you for this post, I found your blog today and I read a lot of what you have written already. good luck girl:)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you're liking things <3 xox

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I will definitely check out the masks and I'm coming into my mid twenties so I really appreciate the bit on supplements. This sounds like a great opportunity for you and you're a beautiful lady :) good luck and have fun!

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  4. hey, I was just wondering how tall are you?

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  5. Loved this post. You should consider doing videos maybe q&a, vlogs, or recipes of vegan dishes you make!

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  6. As the previous comments, congratulations! Thank you for keeping us updated. I love your photos on Instagram, your style inspires me a lot and you're so beautiful! I love korean skin products, they works very well in my skin. Definitely, I have to prove the Japanese sheet mask. xx Clem

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  7. This has been SUCH a helpful post! Thank you!
    Also I hope it's okay to ask, how did you get into modeling? After college I want to move to NYC to pursue something I can't do here in a small town, such as modeling, or acting (I love them both! :D) I would love to hear your advice on how to get into something like this, and where to meet the right people, and etc.
    Thanks for being you! Xo

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  8. Such great tips!
    My only concern is with the prenatals. Generally, prenatal vitamins carry twice the amount (sometimes more) than a normal folic acid supplement would as a higher intake of folic acid is important for brain and bone growth for baby, especially in the first trimester. In addition to higher folic acid levels, prenatals also contain higher doses of iron, calcium, and other vitamins that a non-pregnant woman doesn't need. There's been an increase in recent studies regarding the use of a prenatal over an extended period of time while not pregnant and a good portion of the results have concluded that the use over time can actually cause minor health problems (like B-12 deficiency or digestive issues) in the long-term.

    Up until recently I worked at a clinic where the doctors and the rest of the staff urged our female patients not to take prenatals if they weren't pregnant. They're not known to cause any major damage, but if anything you may not see a change at all and those pills are darn expensive!

    You've probably heard a lot of this and may not notice any negative effects yourself, but just a little advice from one girl to another! Love reading your posts; they always brighten my day!

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  9. This is super cool that you're sharing tips from makeup artists and models! Hope you share more in the future if you find any more great tips :)

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  10. really irritating when people call modeling "work"

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  11. your lips are way too big its kind ofgross

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  12. Nothing related to the blogpost, but i wonder what kind of jewelry you use and how you store them? <3

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  13. So glad you're posting again, I've missed your stuff. Congrats on your decision; you're already a natural. I don't normally read blogs but I have yours bookmarked because you come off so authentic and your posts reflect that. I find the more people become successful, the less they want to share tips or tricks or real opinions with people, but you don't shy away from it and freely discuss things. I love that. Just the fact that you use so much detail made me confident enough to try going vegan and I've been following your ideas. It's cliche to say, but please don't ever change! x

    ps. I noticed on your instagram you're wearing a dark grayish face mask in one picture with a friend- do you remember what it's called or where it's from? My biggest problem is definitely big pores.

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  14. post more! j'adore tout que vous écris

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  15. Okay so I'm scrolling through Abercrombie & Fitch looking for a new dress and there you are. You look incredible! Also I'm obsessed with sheet masks too, they're the best ❤

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  16. Ignore that anon.. You have some of the nicest lips! I'm so jealous!

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  17. is your skin type oily/combo?

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  18. Thanks for the post and great tips..even I also think that hard work is the most important aspect of getting success.. phenq appetite suppressant

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  19. So one must bear in mind not to use hard products that may take away all the gentleness & smoothness of skin whereby leaving behind flakiness. Hence it is always recommended not to use products after which your skin feels stretched & dehydrated. learn about how well it works

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