'My name is Beth Peddle [@beeperpeddle]. I split my time between working with young children as a storyteller and book organizer— a 'kidbrarian'—and earning a Masters of Education in Literacy. I'm interested in how people gather knowledge and how learning is a social activity. In the words of my brilliant girlfriend, 'It's like the internet is in a 24/7, girls-only sleepover group chat.'
My most visceral beauty memory is seeing my sister use Noxzema. I just thought that was the coolest look—the pasty white cleanser with the pungent smell. She always pushed her hair back with a cotton headband and when she rinsed her face, water would just go everywhere like the commercials. Sometimes I will open a jar of Noxzema and inhale just to be zapped back to 1988.
Because I have to get up and out the door early, my routine is pretty streamlined. But I have a lot of products I'll rotate between. For cleansers, I switch between Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser, Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion, and Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. I love the muslin cloth application and find myself using that method with all my cleansers. And if I'm really red from drinking or something like that, I use the Avène but skip the water because it irritates my skin. I wish I were rich enough to have filtered water for all my tubs and sinks...
I'm a facial spray addict, which is kind of like having your own filtered water tap in a bottle. I use Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz for everyday, La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water when I'm feeling really red, and Caudalie Beauty Elixir for after work and before graduate classes to refresh myself. The Caudalie really lives up to its cult following—when I use it after a long day of work, I look like I just had a facial. I've recently added Glossier Soothing Face Mist. I don't know how it makes you glow, but it just does.
For moisturizers, I'm a slave to Lush Gorgeous because it contains lavender, which helps reduce redness. And I live at the beach so I'm always putting on sunscreen. I love Juice Beauty SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer in Sheer and La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Fluid. All together, it's a pretty comprehensive routine, but if I'm feeling lazy, I'll just use Bioderma, then coconut oil, and call it a day.
No matter what, I do a mask at least once a week. The Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Mask and Mario Badescu Flower & Tonic Mask both take away all redness. Ling Herbal Clay Clarifying Clay Mask works wonders on my Virginia Woolf nose and the Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Mask puts all that good moisture right back in. Also, ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville is incredible as a quick refresh.
I have lots of different foundations and change them based on the seasons. Bare Minerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Beige applied with a big powder blush for light coverage works well for me at the moment. Then I use RMS Living Luminizer for highlighting and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC4 under my eyes in the morning. When I go out, I'll use Lancome L'Extreme Lengthening Mascara, and MAC Lady Danger or MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Scarlett for a blue-ish red lip. Josie Maran Hydrating Lipstick in Playful Pink is also a favorite right now.
Because of my natural flush, I've never been a fan of blush. But since using Glossier Priming Moisturizer and Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium, I'm thrilled to report I can now use blush, albeit it sparingly! A fellow teacher asked me the other day what I was doing to my skin—the ultimate testament to Glossier's effectiveness.
I had a bad short hair experience because I wanted to look like Jean Seberg in Breathless. I ended up wearing a prominent frontal lobe cowlick and my sister now refers to that time as 'the lost years.' I've been letting it grow for five years now and in that time, it's become something of an obsession. I have three brushes now—the Aveda Wooden Paddle, the Tela Boar Bristle for shining, and The Wet Brush for detangling. Aveda's Blue Malva Conditioner helps brighten my blond, so I use that once every couple of weeks. I can actually feel my hair getting thicker—like, thick enough to break an elastic—with the Lush BIG Sea Salt Shampoo. If you like your hair after you've had a swim in the sea, then you must try this shampoo. It leaves your hair really clean, but with salty texture. I let my hair air dry or wear party buns. If I'm wearing buns overnight, I'll sleep on a silk scarf to prevent snagging and frizzing.
Whenever anyone visits they always say the same thing—'That bathroom!' One of my brother's favorite past times is to take a picture of my sink counter and then show it around saying 'I'm just looking for some hand soap!' which ironically I sometimes run out of. I'm just really into this idea of usefulness. I want my work to be useful and beauty should be useful. I love to find out if a product actually works because then I get to be the friend who fixes all your trauma-ramas, and I feel really good about that.”
—as told to ITG
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