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"Hi! My name is Lanya Olmsted (@lanyzzz). I live in New York City and am a user experience designer at a digital agency called Code and Theory. As a designer, I think a lot about packaging, first-time user experiences, and marketing materials that surround beauty products. That’s in addition to how well they work for my skin. I put a lot of value into self-care because I work long days, so over the weekends, I make relaxation a priority. I’ll go to SoulCycle, get my nails done, or my eyebrows threaded, take a walk in Central Park. On the weekdays, before I go to bed, I always make sure to have 20-30 minutes of no electronics to do my nighttime skin ritual, stretch, and set-up my diffuser.
I started experimenting with beauty when I was in college. I definitely had some blue sparkle eyeliner and overdrawn eyebrow days, but my current beauty approach is such that I do not want to invest solely in makeup, or only in skincare. I want to make sure I have quality products in every category. This means that I usually have only one type of each product at a time. I have one cleanser, one toner, one serum, one mascara...you get the picture. I like to use each product until the bottle is completely empty. It helps me not to waste anything. I also am working on exhibiting skin-positive behavior. I think that it is easy for us to covet someone else’s look. I am of the belief that our differences are what make us the most beautiful. So instead of stressing about how oily my skin is, blotting and reapplying pressed powder 20-times a day, instead, I’ll try to think, ‘How can I treat this pimple in a healthy way?”
In the mornings I cleanse with Sanitas Sensitive Skin Cleanser, tone with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence—I feel like this product gives me a clean slate, whether I am putting on makeup afterwards or my heavy moisturizers in the evening—and moisturize with Revision Hydrating Serum. At night I’ll cleanse again, tone again, and throw on Skin Inc My Daily Dose of Vitamins. I’ll add Sanitas Essential Eye Essence and the Shiseido Ibuki Beauty Sleeping Mask to lock it all in.
Once a week I’ll do a peel. I enjoy putting on a mask that actually feels like something is happening to my skin. That happens when I use the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial because it is a blend of acids that work together to even out your skin tone without too much sensitization. My skin literally feels like a babyface afterwards. I did recently learn that it is not good to use those oh-so-satisfying pore cleansing strips. They can actually make your pores larger! The best way to remove excess sebum from your pores is through a clay mask. My favorites are GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask and Innisfree Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask. And once a month, I’ll get a brightening facial at Silver Mirror Facial Bar in NYC.
I love a red lip. I have tried a lot of different brands and products, and this Stila Stay All Day lipstick actually does last all day. The shade I love is Fiery—it's a deep red. Then, since I don’t use foundation, I am pretty picky about a primer. I need my primer to be mattifying and blurring, yet hydrating. This Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer has a pink tint, a great bottle design, and was created by the queen herself—Rihanna.
I’m inspired a lot by other women—Issa Rae, Chinae Alexandar, Elaine Welteroth, and Elodie Yung. They're all so beautiful and real. I love women who wear lots of makeup, but also by women who rock that no-makeup-makeup look. Because honestly, I am willing to try anything in beauty. It really just depends on the day."
—as told to ITG