Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Founder, Romy and the Bunnies

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"Being pregnant was the best time of my life, because nothing could affect me. It was like a detox—I ate healthy, I slept a lot, and I didn’t drink. All of my hormones were at the perfect levels. I was super happy, and I really didn’t give a shit about work. Usually I’m so on top of work, but I was in a little cloud. But in August I thought, 'Okay, I need to go back to work and start making a living again.'

I wanted to find a way to merge my taste as an art and creative director with my new little obsessions: babies and motherhood and all of that. So I began working on my website, Romy and the Bunnies, which is named after my daughter, Romy. One of the categories on the website is “Interviews,” which feature moms and future moms because I wanted to get their beauty tips. I wanted to know what were they doing about stretch marks, what they were doing to get back in shape, and also how they managed their schedules with a baby, because most of them are working moms. I like to hear how they get the most out of being a mom.

So much of my body changed from being pregnant. My hair got so much longer from all of the multivitamins and pregnancy vitamins, like the New Chapter's Every Woman Vitamin I’ve been taking—it’s a lot of folic acid. I know a lot of moms cut their hair, but I just want to keep mine long. It’s impossible to blow-dry myself now, though, because it is so long and I don’t have the patience to get to the end. [Laughs] But there’s this little Japanese salon on 8th avenue and 21st street that will give me one for 40 dollars. My friend recommended it to me and it’s amazing. I go maybe once a week.

Blowouts, manicures, and massages are my little indulgences; I get them whenever I can. The chair massage during a manicure is a must, even if it’s only 10 minutes. The ones in the back, though, on the bed where you can get a proper massage, make all the difference. There’s one right down the street from me that’s really good. I like it because you don’t have to plan it or book in advance you can just walk in. It’s the same with the hairdresser.

I don’t really have a regular beauty routine now. For my face, the Clarisonic is one of the things I use that I know works. I love scrubbing my face and my body. My dad’s facialist in Paris told me to try Biologique Recherche’s exfoliator, P50. I don’t even know what it does, but I just follow whatever people tell me to do. I am also obsessed with the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I especially love its scent. I’ve been meaning to try her Boosted Facial Steam Sauna that I got at Organic Avenue.  It works like tea bags; you put them in hot water and then just steam your whole face.

If I have time, I will use the Eve Lom Rescue Mask. It’s supposed to re-moisturize your skin and give a little glow back. The Beauty Flash Balm from Clarins is amazing, too. It gives you a little lift. When I travel—and I try to travel the least amount possible—I use an SK-II Mask for the last hour of the flight to re-moisturize. That way, when I land, I can go right into a shoot and not look like shit.

For fine lines, I got the Palomar Lux 1540 laser. You plug it in, it becomes red, heats up, and you go over wrinkles... I really don’t know if it works. I’m so bad, sometimes I will just go on Sephora’s website and look at what’s new. [Laughs]

If I have any irritation, I alternate between La Mer’s The Concentrate and Lancôme’s Genefique serum. Actually, crazy story, but once I was making soup and I burned my chest and I put La Mer Concentrate on it and all of my scars went away. It was amazing, so I like that a lot. When I remember, after washing my face, I put on Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, which is Vitamin C. I used to use the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum, but I think it has self-tanner in it or something and I hate the smell of self-tanner.

To moisturize, I use Creme de la Mer on my face, and when I run out of that, I use Chanel Sublimage. Rebekah McCabe at Chanel told me that, though it’s a big indulgence, she will even use it on her feet as a foot cream.  In the evening, if I don’t have much time, I'll just use the Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream. I love the smell of roses.

I forget to use eye cream all the time—I’m really bad at that. When I do, I like the Lancôme Genefique Yeux Light-Pearl. Giorgio Armani Crema Nera is really nice, too. It helps lift—a makeup artist told me to use it after a flight. It really brightens your whole face.

Moisturizer is the base for my makeup, because I like a glowy, dewy, shiny look—I’d never use powder—so I always start with cream. Then, I put on concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, or, if I have time and I’m going out, I’ll use Armani Maestro, a mixture of #2 and #6.5, and I only use one or two drops. When it comes to putting color on my face, like blush, I’m less experimental. As you grow up, you figure out what looks better on you, and as much as I love to play with color, it’s just so much easier to play it safe. For an everyday look, I use Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel as blush, or the Summer 2013 Bronzing Palette that a makeup artist from Armani gave to me—I love Armani makeup. It’s nice because it has another secret compartment underneath with an eye-shadow palette. Today, I used Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in #11 as a blush because it gives a shine that I like.

For my eyes, I think an eyelash curler makes me look much more awake, even when I haven't gotten much sleep. It's a really important tool for a mom to have. The MAC one works for me. Then, I use tons of mascara—that’s my favorite thing. I’m so bad applying it, but I do it anyways. The Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill mascara in #1 is the one that I’ve been using a lot lately, but I also love Voluminous from L’Oréal. When I’m done with the mascara, and there is almost nothing left on the brush, I use the wand to brush my eyebrows, as well. They are already quite dark, but I don’t find them intense enough, so I like to push it. I sometimes apply eyeliner—Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #1 Black—and smudge it with my fingers really quickly to give it a little lift, almost a cat eye. It’s all about giving a lift now. Sometimes if I'm going out, I 'll put on the Giorgio Armani Eye Shadow Palette with my fingers.

If I don’t have time for eye shadow, a great trick for a night out is to just do a red lip. I never use lip liner. Chanel used to make this amazing red called Rouge New York, but a makeup artist gave me this one by Max Factor called Ruby Tuesday. It’s kind of the perfect red—not too orange, not too blue, and not too shiny. It’s super hard to find a good red. Dior Addict Lipstick in #454 is also nice.

For perfume, I’ve been obsessed with Comptoir sud Pacifique Aqua Motu. I’ve been wearing it for, like, fifteen years now. I wear the Bonpoint baby fragrance, too. It smells so good. I don’t spray it on Romy, though. I like Baby Johnson's on her—I actually use that to moisturize sometimes. If it’s good for her, it’s good for me. I find that all of the scents from the products I have are too strong right now, so I just use the Bonpoint or the Comptoir sud Pacifique. The bottles are so pretty, too, so I keep them out.

I  love all of the Bonpoint products. I feel like their oils are more for adults than babies. I also love the Baby Johnson's Bedtime Bubble Bath. I used to use it even before being pregnant. That also smells amazing—I really go more for the scent than if a product works or not. I try to be back at home by five, so I can have time to give her dinner and a bath and put her to bed. I can go out later for dinner if I need to, but I always spend three hours with her in the evening and four hours in the morning.

What else do I share with Romy? Mustela’s Facial Cleansing Cloths are the best. They smell so nice, and when I travel, I only take a carry on, so I try to cut down on liquids, and these are a good substitute. Weleda’s Baby Calendula Face Cream is good for both of us, too. During the winter, her cheeks were kind of rough and it’s very hydrating. I get all of my Weleda products from Whole Foods. I used to use the Rodin Olio Lusso, but now I use her Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil and it makes us smell the same. I put it on after the shower or bath, when my skin isn’t completely dry yet.

When it’s just me in the shower, I exfoliate my body with Comptoir sud Pacifique Gentle Exfoliant. It smells kind of like the beach to me—I’m obsessed with it. And after I got pregnant, I started moisturizing with Natura Bisse Dermarepair Cream. It’s supposed to reconstruct your skin from stretching. I don’t really believe it—I don’t believe anything, but I’m a sucker for buying everything. I used a lot of the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula when I was pregnant, too. I love the smell of it and now so does Romy...but I feel like a lot of men hate it because it's so sweet.

I've been thinking if you work out in a slow, normal way without being crazy, it should take nine months to get your body back [after giving birth], just like it took nine months for your body to stretch. Of course, my body is not what it used to be, but the change was not that dramatic. During the first four or five months, your body produces special hormones to help get your body back to normal, plus breastfeeding helps to shrink your uterus. My stomach is actually better now than when it was before I was pregnant, shockingly, because I have been working out more. I go to Equinox and I’m obsessed with Barre Burn. It’s balle-based, and you do a lot of squats and stuff like that. It’s graceful, so it elongates your muscles. I need to have fun during the class—I hate running and I hate being on the treadmill.

One thing that I should have done more of was wear this postpartum belt from A Pea in the Pod that puts everything back in place. You make it really tight, kind of like a corset, to seal everything up, because even your organs have stretched. I got lazy with the belt because it was summer, I was hot, and you can kind of see the belt through your clothes. I wish I had done it more, but I ended up trading it for one of those Victoria’s Secret shapers, which is like a thong, so you don’t have visible panty lines. It wasn’t as strong as the other one, but that’s what I used more often. Recently, I’ve been using another belt called the SlenderTone. I featured it on the site. It contracts your abs, and wearing it for fifteen minutes is the equivalent of doing, like, two hundred crunches I think. I do it twice a day, but I just started, so I can’t tell you if it works yet."

—as told to ITG

Julia Restoin Roitfeld photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on March 30, 2013. Read Julia's first (pre-baby) Top Shelf here

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  • Mia

    Great top-shelf. She seems unpretentious and love how it doesn't look like she prepared her bathroom meticulously for the interview.

    • anita rivas

      She's really nice, helped me out with a little project a few months ago, love her!

  • CFH

    I enjoyed this post. But the moment this site becomes yet another mommy blog, I'm out. Don't let it happen, please!!

  • tanya

    love her. so frank, so beautiful, she seems like a great mom. and great top shelf i want everything she owns

  • Restless Blonde

    Great Top Shelf! She is so...human in everything, even while talking about pregnancy. I like that! I like her style!

    http://restlessblonde.blogspot.com/

  • Mia

    Also can I add, it's become beyond draining to read criticism after criticism for who you feature or the content you decide to post up each day. Emily you and your team do a wonderful job. It's been great to read up on people behind the scenes that would probably never be featured above a celeb in a magazine feature. I really don't care whether it's models you feature, french people, socialites, mua's or the lady next door. I'm sure you've worked hard to get to this point and you can never make everyone 100% happy. xxx

    • Myrna

      I think is great that ITG does not moderate out criticism, it shows respect to the readers and confidence in the blog's contents. It is also fun to read; I rarely bother with the comments from other blogs I follow, which always seem to be suspiciously 100% complimentary, but I always read the comments here and I often feel the debate adds enormously to the posts.

    • Genevieve

      I don't really think it counts as "beyond draining" to read one-paragraph critical commends on a blog. Maybe you need a nap? Seriously, I think the ability for readers to give their input is one of the most valuable things about online media. That is what makes it social and democratic, even a little collaborative, rather than one-sided like conventional media. And I can't speak for the Into the Gloss staff, but if I were a creator/writer of a site like this I'd love having the insight of my readers about what they appreciate, what they love, what they might like to see that's different...This kind of input can be constructive and inspiring. It's so much better to have (and be part of) an audience that is engaged, passionate, intelligent and, yes, critical, than one that's just passive about the content they are consuming.

      And I enjoyed seeing the perspective of a new mother here, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld seems lovely. I have spoken up before about my wish to see a variety of Top Shelves, and I think it's interesting to read about the unique beauty-related challenges and benefits of childbearing and motherhood.

  • mlle p

    What a fab bathroom and also that great bar cart for makeup - I am envious!

  • NeenaJ

    Gorgeous and chic... made even more so by how gracefully she has transitioned to motherhood. Just one suggestion: lose the J&J - it's full of harmful chemicals (hello, formaldehyde).

  • NeenaJ

    My doctor once told me to switch to a gentler shampoo & recommended J&J baby shampoo. I ranted, "Do you know what's in that stuff?!?" He just trusted that they made a safe product, like a lot of people do. Not so much.

  • Michelle

    Would love to try some of the SK-II products...

    • renaphuah

      so try the SKII mask, I was skeptical, but it changed my life. Keeps moisture in your skin, foundation last longer and heals acnes 10x faster. x

      • http://LuxeLifeAspirations.blogspot.ie/ Michelle

        Oh that sounds ah-mazing! Will definitely look in to it :)

  • Shannah

    "I don’t really believe it—I don’t believe anything, but I’m a sucker for buying everything" hahaha this encapsulates my beauty philosophy perfectly! I'll try anything if it smells good or comes in pretty packaging.

  • KatrinaSchenfield

    Ditto with Neena! You may want to swap our your kid's cleansers for Dr. Bronner's and her moisturizers for some simple plant and fruit oils like jojoba, olive oil, etc. Making a few of these simple swaps will help cut down on the toxins and harsh chemicals for your kid.

  • dana

    I love reading these top shelf features. I feel like this is a big part of the reason why I started reading blogs instead of buying mags ... I am much more curious to read about women like Julia than yet another article on a carefully manufactured Hollywood actress or pop star. When will Vogue et al pick up on that? Give us real, cool women!! Also, J&J baby shampoo is only good for cleaning makeup brushes. Would never use that on my kids.

  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    She is so beautiful, and her baby so cute! Love that you go into the homes of so many of these people.

    Elizabeth

  • janet

    Another fabulous top shelf, thank you! How long did it really take her do her makeup?
    I believe that's the same bathroom layout I had in LT and I'm a little wistful. Such a great building and beautiful pool. Sigh....

  • Kandi

    Why can't she be honest about her indulgences? People should be able to freely discuss their routines without judgement. I know I am interested. ITG does a pretty good job of interviewing all different kinds of people, not just the richies.

  • Clover_Annie

    LOVE the idea of the bar cart to organize cosmetics. Wish I had the room for that! Very interesting top shelf, though I wish there were more older women with very oily skin, so I could see what types of creams they use.

  • Lana

    It drives me nuts when people constantly talk about how bad they are at this. and that. and the way they do it. STOP. You sound like a confused teenager.

  • anita rivas

    Love the cart loaded with products, very inspirational.

  • Lisa

    Thank you so much for this article. I loved her first Top shelf and I love seeing how her regime has changed since becoming a mother. Many products I use are from reading her first top shelf. Its great to see she still uses products that I can afford.

  • Alexandra

    Please, please, please could you a top shelf on Yolandi Visser? She's amazing and interesting and gorgeously alienesque!
    Plus, I loved this!

    • IntoTheGloss

      Um, YES! Yolandi for the win. Have been trying to track her down. Let's start a petition! XE

  • Myrna

    I don't know why ITG is a forum for debate. Ask Emily Weiss: as you say, it is her website. I guess they delete all manner of spam and abuse any given day; if they don't moderate criticism out, it must be because they don't want to. Kudos to them.
    I hope they don't heed your criticism and ITG's comments stay plural. It makes the blog much more vibrant and interesting.

  • http://fancylauren.blogspot.com/ Lauren Ashley

    so fresh faced!

  • H.W.

    Some people save their money for the things they want. I do the same. What, just because I'm in a lower income bracket I can't have nice things?

  • Caitlin

    This was a great Top Shelf. She actually uses a few of my favorite products like the Tata Harper cleanser and Chanel soleil de tan!

    caitlinconfidential.com

  • Ligea

    Usually I love the top shelf, however this post I found quite annoying. I feel like the entire emphasis was on her baby and motherhood. Sorry, just not feeling enraptured by seeing that cheap ass Palmer's Coco Butter in the cabinet. Also, I wouldn't broadcast using Chanel cream on my feet, but that's just me.

    • Lisa

      She doesnt actually say that she uses it on her feet

  • Manila Beauty Insider

    So ITG inspired me to make my own beauty blog. Great post, really.

    http://www.manilabeautyinsider.com

  • Lou

    I don't have a problem being honest about their indulgences, or people who work hard having nice things. I appreciate that ITG interviews a multitude of people for their articles and really like that. I work to earn money and enjoy treating myself when I can.

    The point I was making was that a lot of these people don't think about their lifestyle or privileges as indulgences or treats..they are 'must-haves'. To me personally, that comes off as a little ignorant about what is the norm for others, and that they don't fully acknowledge that massages and manicures are genuine luxuries.

    -Still love itg don't get me wrong on that point. It's just for me there comes an extent where I falter in loving reading the high-end routines and reading/buying into that lifestyle because of the lack of realism.

  • tbh

    When you're putting something out there and earning money from advertising, you have to let yourself open for criticism. If she was the only one reading her blog (like a diary) it would be different.

  • http://www.jacquelinefonte.com/ Jacqueline Fonte

    With all of the hooplah over whether or not women are leaning in or backing out early, it's nice to read about a woman who IS trying to have it all and has combined her foray into motherhood with her experience as a creative director.

    I'm not that enthusiastic about most of the products she uses, but I am totally enthusiastic about those framed butterflies on her wall. And OMG, I DIE for quality rose-scented products, so I will have to check out the Weleda's.

    • Miss Y.

      Weleda rules with each and every single product I used, they're great!

  • Tyler

    Creme de La Mer is crap. So is Chanel. She should switch to Natura Bisse EVERYTHING.

  • chantelle

    She is such a simple girl. I love it!

  • Miss Y.

    I use the baby calendula cream for myself too, especially in winter as a night treatment. It's great! I really like this topshelf, her routine sounds relatively relaxed and she obviously knows what works for her.

  • Elisa

    I've been a superfan of Julia for so many years, but this interview kind of disappointed me. She doesn't seem as down to earth as she once was which is kind of upsetting (I'm sorry alternating between creme de la mer and chanel (ON YOUR FEET?) just doesn't seem attainable for most, let alone new mothers)

    but I love the fact that into the gloss re-interviewed her! I would love to get another peak back into some of my favorite topshelfs, to see what has stayed what they've updated and what new products they're into. I would loveeeeee to see daphne hezard again <3 as always though this site is perfection

  • Feefee

    I suspect all the Giorgia Armani makeup that she owns are PR samples

  • Nina R.

    People! She never said she uses Creme de la Mer on her feet! She said that "Rebekah McCabe at Chanel told me that, though it’s a big indulgence, she will even use it on her feet as a foot cream." Please read carefully if you are going to criticize! Speaking of which - how is ITG going to continue to get awesome people to do these interviews if you are all going to be such haters?!? Stop being so mean! Julia is terrific and so is anyone else who would be so kind as to open their bathroom to all of us!

  • ame

    Oh I loved this one! I like how down to earth she is.

  • Rachael

    Creme De La Mer is overpriced (though well-formulated) but the mineral oil is not a problem. Mineral oil is a very neutral well-tolerated base suited to skincare and supports the skin's moisture barrier

  • moonlaff

    In Manhattan getting blowouts is standard procedure. You can get them for as little as $20. Manicures are likewise a cheap, cheerful indulgence.

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