Hello, it’s me, India. After some deliberation I decided to make an Into the Gloss-inspired "top shelf" to introduce you to my daily routine. I say some deliberation because the number of products I use would be borderline concerning if I didn’t happen to own the store that sells them. I’ve tried every product I sell (it’s such a chore) and I can say that these are the ones that work best for me. I know, you’re probably going to read this and think “wow it takes a lot for her to look THIS mediocre” but hey, it’s all about how they make you feel on the inside, too, right?
Alright, let’s begin with body products. I use Marvis ginger mint toothpaste simply because I love all things ginger. That’s it. I use Agent Nateur deodorant because aluminum is bad for you and this one won’t hurt you! Plus, the bottle looks great in my medicine cabinet. In the shower I use Grown Alchemist’s body scrub and Strange Invisible’s Bergamot body wash. Post shower, I like to use Kypris’ Body Elixir. If I’m going out I’ll use Jao Brand’s Goe Oil on my body and in my hair because it smells so good.
I’m really terrible about my hair and I only just started actually putting some effort into styling it. When I say effort, let me be clear—I don’t own a hairbrush. This isn’t anything to be proud of, don’t get me wrong, but I’m trying. I try to wash my hair as infrequently as possible, usually around three times a week. On a regular day, I’ll use David Mallett’s Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. Once a week I’ll use Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Shampoo and Conditioner to dry my hair out and give it some beachy texture (also because the bottles are pretty and I need a reason to keep them in my shower). And then finally, usually on Sundays when I have some extra time, I use Christophe Robin’s Sea Salt Scrub in place of shampoo to remove any product build up from the week and I’ll follow with his Shade Variation Mask in ash brown because I hate warmth of all kinds.
Like I said, styling my hair is new territory for me. I don’t blow dry my hair because I usually wash it before bed, since, you know, I’m lazy. When it’s wet I’ll put a little David Mallett Hair Serum in the ends and leave it at that. When dry, I’ll run my T3 wand through the ends and then spray all of the Sachajuan Dark Volume Powder in the world on the roots, and then follow that with a generous dose of David Mallett’s Australian Salt Spray in it until my hair has enough grit and texture to feel like it can stand up on its own. Appealing, right?
Skincare is my jam. My skin is far from perfect because there are so many factors that go into having good skin, like drinking enough water and not getting too stressed out—things that I can struggle with at times. I also have dermatitis and my skin is wildly sensitive as a result. In the mornings I use some Joelle Ciocco Botanical Lotion as toner. I follow with Kypris Antioxidant Dew, Clearing Serum and Beauty Elixir II, which I mix all together on the back of my hand and apply in one go. I use Joelle Ciocco’s Eyelisse eye cream as well. This routine takes approximately ten seconds, which is great. In the evening, I cleanse my face with Joelle Ciocco’s Sensitive Cleansing Milk to get my makeup off and then again with her Secret Clear Foaming Cleanser. If I have a lot of makeup on, I’ll use Cosmetics 27’s Cleansing Balm instead, since it really gets in there and cleans out the pores. After that, I’ll use the Joelle toner and follow with Kypris’ Clearing Serum, Moonlight Catalyst and Beauty Elixir II. If I’m feeling luxurious, I’ll swap out the Beauty Elixir for Joelle Ciocco’s Precieux Cerat, because that sh*t is like gold. It gives you the best dewy, kind of orangey tanned glow. In terms of masks, I like both of Joelle’s masks that we sell (the Flower Mask and the Propolis Mask). I’ll do each one once a week when I feel like I need a little extra somethin’ somethin’. If I’m hungover (which is never, obviously), I’ll do Cosmetics 27’s Plasma Sheet Mask and I’ll rest easy knowing that as I wallow in my hungover misery, I’m providing my skin with some much needed moisture and attention.
One thing I’ve just started getting into is James Read’s Overnight Tan Face Mask. This works! Really well! I’m essentially the colour of an 8.5’’ x 11’’ sheet of plain old office printer paper, so in the summer, if I’m not up to getting a spray tan every thirty seconds—and who is, really— I’ll use this mask to build up a little bit of colour so I don’t look quite as sickly as usual.
Okay, finally: makeup. Despite being a makeup artist, my every day makeup routine is pretty minimal. Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe it’s really long. It seems short to me. I start with the pink-toned Vapour liquid primer and then I follow with their liquid foundation. I apply it with the flat Rouge Bunny Rouge foundation brush and then blend it with a damp Beauty Blender, as all people should. I then follow with Nars Creamy Concealer in usually one lighter shade and one darker (Vanilla and Custard, if you’re curious) and place it strategically around my face in attempt to both highlight the good parts and conceal the bad. This usually ends up covering my whole face. I then blend it out some more with a Beauty Blender. Then I will smudge on some Rituel de Fille Eye Soot in whatever colour I’m feeling that day—usually some kind of bronzey shade like Half-Light. I love RDF’s cream blushes in Lovesick and Desire. Right now I’m using Pat Mcgrath’s new highlighters in both shades, depending on what kind of tan I’m rocking (or not rocking). If I could only use one product for the rest of my life, it would be highlighter, ideally this one. I use Ecobrow in the shade Penelope to fill in my brows a little. Then I’ll throw on some Grown Alchemist Watermelon lip balm.
That’s all for now, team. This might seem like a lot. It is a lot. If someone texted me “hey India, let’s go camping right this second”, firstly, I would probably be like lol, no? But if I was feeling game, I could happily throw some [Marvis] toothpaste in a bag and be good to go au natural. However, if I had to find some kind of happy medium, my “desert island” products, if you will, these would be them:
- David Mallett Shampoo/Conditioner
- David Mallett Salt Spray
- Agent Nateur Deodorant
- Joelle Ciocco cleanser and toner
- Kypris Antioxidant Dew
- Rituel de Fille Eye Soot
- Ecobrow pomade
- Okay, I’ll stop now