Thanks for taking on this interview! Let’s start off with a self introduction.
Hello everyone! I’d like to first thank Vivian for this opportunity, and I hope that I can learn more about everyone else too! I’m Layna (a Singaporean) and I blog over at beautybeyondtwenty.com!
I’m almost reaching my mid-20s (oily T-zone, normal U-zone), so I started researching more about skincare and makeup that suits my skin. I love K-beauty products and basically Korean dramas and songs in general. I’ve also recently graduated from University and had a graduation trip to Japan and Korea too, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
When did you first start blogging about beauty?
I started blogging at the end of May 2018. That’s really recent, isn’t it? I contemplated on starting this since 3 years ago and I finally gathered the courage to start my beauty and lifestyle blog, albeit anonymously. And I’m enjoying every single step of it!
Could you share your first experience with makeup?
My first experience with makeup was probably when I was 17? My skin started getting bad and all I thought of was to find a high coverage foundation to hide all those flaws of mine, It gave me a sense of relief whenever I had my Revlon Colorstay Foundation on my face, but once it was removed, I felt ugly. I didn’t have much basic knowledge of the most basic foundation – skincare, which was probably why it wasn’t a very positive experience for me.
Now I know my skin so much better, I make sure that the makeup and skincare I use is better suited for my skin!
What are some of your favourite brands?
I don’t really have a favourite because not every product of a brand suits me but if I’d have to choose from my favourites in my stash, it’d be CNP Laboratory, Innisfree, Pyunkang Yul, Peripera and Nature Republic (skincare/makeup).
Choose one: skincare or makeup?
I have to say that, in the past, it was makeup for me. It was the only thing that ‘protected’ me and helped me bring out a little confidence.
Now it’s skincare, skincare, skincare! Ever since I took Accutane (or Roaccutane), I realised I had to change something about my skincare routine as well. From then on, I took much better care of my skin and although, it’s not yet the best form, I’m working it out slowly.
Check out my Accutane Journey & Tips!
Name one product that you would repurchase for the rest of your life.
Ah this is a tough one! I’d say The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% because it helped so much with my acne hyperpigmentation and scars.
I recently did a review on this showing my before and after photo:
What is one piece of advice you would give to readers who are just starting out in their skincare or makeup journey?
Start simple! When I got serious in my skincare journey, I used one product. An alcohol-free toner as my skincare. Since I didn’t use a moisturiser, I layered the toner. I slowly added steps that I needed, such as exfoliation or extra moisture. I didn’t do more than necessary. My skin behaved really well and was so smooth.
If you’re interested, I was using this particular toner – Review | TonyMoly Black Tea London Classic Toner
Similarly to makeup, don’t go and get everything that can be applied on your face unless you know what you prefer. Eyeliners didn’t suit my eyes well because one side is more hooded than the other, so I only made use of my brow pencil to do the ends! I don’t do much eye makeup as well, so I didn’t get many eye palettes.
These questions were very interesting and fun and I hope you got to know me much better! 🙂
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