The Toronto Writer With The Hair Tip For 'Mad Volume'


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"Hi! I'm Randi (@randibergman). I am a freelance writer, editor, and digital freak based in Toronto. I work in fashion, art, and pop culture, and I am obesssssssed with the 1990s. So much so that I started a nostalgia Instagram account for a time capsule I made in 1998 (@capsule98)—I'm working on an upcoming podcast about it. My style reflects that—I like to think [I dress like] a stripper in Miami in the '90s.

I ran digital at a fashion magazine for years and was inundated with new beauty products daily. Because fashion and culture was always more 'me' [than beauty], I would kind of just shrug off all the beauty stuff instead of really learning about it all. Now that I am doing my own thing, I have more time and space to dabble in it. For some reason, it's more interesting to me now that it's not as easily accessible.

To be honest, I am pretty over the top in the clothing department, so [my] beauty tends to be low key. There's a perfect Miuccia Prada quote to describe me, which goes something like, ‘She's the girl who spends so much time on her outfit that she forgets to do her hair.’ I don't like anything that takes too much work, but at the same time, serums and shit are appealing to me more now that I am in my early 30s. I got a custom Dr. Roebuck's serum that has myramaze and kharka extract which I use in the morning. At night, I've been trying Decléor's Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Serum. Legit, it was the first time I’ve ever googled a beauty process—I apply on three fingers, rub and dab it around my face while whispering sweet nothings in Franglais.

My [makeup] routine is pretty backwards. I usually apply mascara first and I am in love with Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes in Black Vinyl. I love huge lashes so I usually apply it a thousand times and then have to inevitably clean up all the mess with a Q-tip. If it's summer, I apply sunscreen. I haven't settled on my ideal face sunscreen, but it's either Dermalogica's Solar Defense or Vichy's Idéal Soleil. I've been super tanned and freckly all summer, so I'm trying this new thing where I only dab YSL Touche Eclat in certain places—under my nose, under my eyes, wherever I feel like on that day—and blending. Two new things since Glossier launched in Canada—I do a backward and forward swipe of Boy Brow in Brown, and then Haloscope in Topaz on my cheeks, my nose and above my brows. Lastly, I apply Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in Miranda May It's the PERFECT non-neutral but kinda neutral lip shade and its consistency is perfection.

I’ve neglected a lot of my go-to products this summer—Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer in Nude and Guerlain's TerraCotta Bronzing Powder in 03 Natural Brunettes. I also tend to favor a bold lip in the winter, so I usually go with Charlotte Tilbury again in Carina's Love or Red Carpet Red. I love pink too, and my ol' fave is Nars Schiap—it's a perfect matte-but-moist consistency. I could also write a whole book about lip balm. My favorite is always the standard Burt's Bees, but I also love Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm. Fond beauty memories include my very first Burt’s Bees tin—I saw it in Cosmo or somewhere and thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Some other things that I swear by that aren't exactly part of my beauty routine are Saje's Peppermint Halo—it's a roll-on of peppermint essential oil that saves me from my pretty standard pressure headaches. I've been trying to rely on it instead of taking pills and most of the time it really works! And Consonant's Hydraextreme Boosting Serum—it's a magic serum that helps moisturize really challenging spots, like those deep cuts you get at the side of your nail in the wintertime. The founder of the company developed it to help a friend who was going through chemotherapy and suffering from the side effects. And finally, even though I have a million perfumes, they are all feeling a little too intense lately. So I'll just spray Le Labo's Santal 33 into the air and walk into it.

I am blessed with easy hair, so I generally air dry with a spritz of either Bumble & bumble Thickening Spray or Surf Infusion and tease with a comb and hairspray. Right now I am using Redken Triple Take 32. And I obviously swear by Batiste Dry Shampoo. I spray a shitload of it onto my hair before bed on my second day of wash. That way when you wake up, all the white residue is gone and you've got mad volume! Still, I am mesmerized by how amazing my mom's hair was in the '70s. Hers was the result of sleeping with rollers. She always tells me to try it. One day.

Obviously, I spend a huge chunk of time watching TV and scrolling Insta. I’ve been way into the crazy abstract eye art that is coming up on Instagram lately. One of these days, I'll try it, à la @ruthiebarone or @claropsyche. The rest of my time I spend at the park or on a patio with my friends when it’s nice out. I love to do anything fierce or tacky. By this I mean have a dance party or a dumb fashion show with my friends and dream about how great life would be if I lived in Miami. I also love riding my bike around town and working out at least one a week with my favorite teacher on earth, @TheAmberJ. If you ever come to Toronto, go to her class! It is a religious experience."

—as told to ITG