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"My name is Lauren Belfoy (@LaurenBelfoy) and I live in Washington state. I'm a freelance hockey writer. I've written for NHL.com and EA Sports, a hockey magazine called The Fourth Period, but I do some other writing as well—including what you'll find on my Twitter. I've also grown my own cannabis for personal use with a medical license for about five summers now, along with a bunch of other herbs for oils and teas. I grow all my plants organically, in real dirt, under the real sun. There's something kind of magical about having that connection with something you consume and enjoy, something you nurtured. This season, I'm going to try my hand at making a topical oil with cannabis trimmings and homegrown calendula and chamomile. It's actually funny—most of the people who follow me on Twitter and Instagram have no idea I live a secret double life as an armchair beauty editor. But beauty has been something I've been into since forever.
I would say that my product philosophy is to 'keep it simple,' but I'm no Dove-bar-only girl. I love beauty products... It all excites me. I think the most important thing is finding out what works for you specifically. I'm not Gwenyth Paltrow but my skin and general well-being seems to respond better to a more natural routine. I also think that's very Pacific Northwest, you know, being granola without trying to be granola. I pick up tips from everywhere, but weirdly, some of my best advice came from hockey player friends. One guy I know has 'home and away' Clarisonics, and another taught me that deodorant washes out way better with shampoo. I credit my introduction to coconut oil as a body moisturizer to a guy who played in Minnesota and said it was the only thing that worked during the cold, dry season there. These things have stuck with me.
Most days, my look is just dabbing some Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium under my eyes and filling in my brows with Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in 6, topping it off with Glossier Boy Brow in Black, and curling my eyelashes. Sometimes I like to add a little color to my cheeks with Benetint, or a sweep of bronzer like Chanel Les Beiges Marinière or RMS Buriti. That's the idea—clean skin and defined brows. I love lipstick even though I end up going with something that looks like my lips 99% of the time. Right now I'm loving the Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, which has an unreal formula and is so comfortable. I'm worried I won't want to wear another lipstick ever again.
I've gone back and forth with mascara. I don't use it most of the time because nothing feels or looks as makeup-y as mascara to me, but mostly it's a pain in the ass to wash off. However, It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Mascara Primer changed me. It's like no mascara-mascara, giving you a nice little line while still looking like your own lashes, and it doesn't smudge. My lashes are dark and long but not thick, so sometimes they need that little lift. If I want to amp up the eye look for evening, Benefit's They're Real! Mascara can't be beat. I haven't used eyeshadow in ages, but instead, I like to smudge in some Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner in Espresso around my eye and lid. It's pricey for an eyeliner but it's just the best, and it lasts me a long time.
I put a lot of effort into my skincare so I won't have to cover much up later. I'm always switching around cleansers—right now I'm using Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser in the morning, and I might actually buy it again! After that I use Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner on a cotton pad and then pat on Farmacy Invincible Serum and Farmacy Eye Dew on my eyes, followed by the Farmacy Rise 'N Shine Day Cream. My SPF is the EltaMD UV Clear. In the evening I use Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to remove any makeup, which I love because it takes everything off really well. I'll follow that up with the Pixi cleanser or Boscia's Detoxifying Black Cleanser with my Clarisonic if I'm in the shower. Before bed, I'll tap in some Verso Super Eye Serum because I don't like to go to sleep with heavy stuff on my eyes. On top of that, I'll use this Fawn Lily Tea Tree Juniper Serum from Mountain Rose Herbs, or this super basic MSM Cream by At Last Naturals that I read about on ITG, it was like eight bucks and I almost feel like it's kind of a secret, it's so good.
For a treatment once a week I use Sunday Riley Good Genes. I'm always skeptical about overly expensive products, but this one is worth the money—instant results. When I get a zit or two—or 10—I use Nelson's Pure and Clear Acne Gel, which I also read about on ITG. Once a month, though, I'll shave my face with one of those Japanese face razors. I've been using them forever and only recently found out it's an actual spa thing called dermaplaning. It's a game changer. Follow it with a sheet mask for a full-on spa experience.
As much effort as I put into my skincare, my hair is the opposite. It's wash-and-go, no brush necessary. This is not sexy, but Clear Scalp and Hair Shampoo and Conditioner are the only things that keep my head from getting itchy, and I have to wash my hair every other day or it gets greasy. I rarely style it because it looks the same no matter what. And styling products don't work for me. I haven't met a sea salt spray that doesn't make me look like the girl crawling out of the well in The Ring. I just sleep with it wet and spray some Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray in it the next day for some volume.
My health routines are as follows... I don't diet or deny myself anything, but I do drink loads of tea every day. I'm a huge believer in the health benefits of tea. I get my loose teas and herbs from Mountain Rose and make a few pots a day of whatever I'm feeling like—green tea always, spearmint for acne, dandelion root for hangovers, the list goes on. I also don't work out, and I abhor the idea of gyms. I'm very good about body moisturizing but I'm completely guilty of neglecting my hands and nails. I'm always using my hands for stuff, so there's no point in manicure upkeep. I keep them short and paint them with Dior Nail Glow, which is a good cheat for instantly nice looking nails. I pretty much DIY everything—I even self-wax. If it involves an appointment, I'm out."
—as told to ITG
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