My day in beauty with Michaela O’Shaughnessy: ‘This one product completely transformed my skin…’
14th Feb 2019
Michaela O’Shaughnessy is the social media manager for Teen Vogue, she works in the heart of New York City and she’s a really, really lovely person. I’m more than a little envious of the life of this Lady Bear, and more than a little interested in her beauty loves…
“I always start my morning with a splash of cold rose water straight out of my fridge, a little moisturiser that sinks in while I eat my breakfast and a lip balm. New York winters can be pretty harsh and one thing that always suffers is my lips. Thankfully I discovered Image Skincare’s Ormedic Lip Balm which has been a godsend,” says Michaela.
“My everyday make-up routine is pretty consistent, I don’t switch it up too often unless I’m trying out a new product or going somewhere fancy. Then when I get home, the first thing I do is remove my makeup using a Simple face wipe and then cleanse, tone and moisturise. About two or three times a week I’ll pamper myself with a sheet mask and recently I’ve been trying to schedule a facial every 3-4 months,” she continues.
Michaela’s skin picks:
Toner: Thayer’s Rose Petal Witch Hazel
Moisturiser: Glossier Priming Rich
Serum: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil
Eye cream: Pestle and Mortar Recover Eye Cream
Mask: LAPCOS Honey Mask
Hand cream: L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Exfoliant: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid
“I’m a huge lover of sheet masks. I store the LAPCOS Honey Masks in my fridge so they’re nice and cool when I put them on my face. I usually do them two nights a week and it’s my favorite form of “self-care.”
“I have one product that has completely transformed my skin. It’s Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid. It’s a liquid exfoliant with 2% BHA that I use every second night. I’ve been using it for well over a year now and find that it’s really made my skin clearer and brighter.”
Michaela’s skincare tip:
“Obviously number one would be to wear SPF every single day. Secondly, I’ve learned a lot about my skin since I started getting regular facials so if you can swing it, I would definitely try and schedule one every couple of months.”
Michaela’s make-up picks:
Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation
Primer: Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer
Mascara: Maybelline The Colossal Volume Express
Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. It stays on all day long
Palette/eyeshadow: Charlotte Tilbury’s Stars In Your Eyes Palette
Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Powder
Lipstick: Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink in Heroine
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo and Glossier Boy Brow
Highlighter: MAC Hyper Real Glow Highlighter Trio in Flash and Awe, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand
- Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink, €14.99
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, €27.50
- Glossier Boy Brow, €15
“I love a bright orangey-red lip and my go-to is Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink in Heroine. It stays put from morning to night when I literally need to scrub it off of my lips.”
“I naturally have very fair brows so I find darkening them a little really changes my face. I love to use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in medium to add some color and Glossier’s Boy Brow to set them in place.”
Michaela’s top make-up tip:
“Use a beauty sponge or a beauty blender to apply your makeup. I was very late to the game and only started using one a year ago but it’s been a complete game changer for how my foundation looks on my skin. I honestly don’t know how I survived without one before.”
Michaela’s hair picks:
Shampoo: Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Shampoo
Conditioner: Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Conditioner
Hairspray: L’Oreal Elnett Satin
Texture spray: Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray
Brushes: Mason Pearson
Tools: T3 Volumising Hot Rollers
“I loving throwing a couple of T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers in my hair after blow drying it. They heat up super quickly and give a lovely curl and volume after just 10 minutes in your hair.”
“About two years ago I started getting real bad flare ups of dandruff at times when I was stressed. I tried every product I could get my hands on but nothing worked until my friend gave me a bottle of Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Shampoo. It’s pretty pricey but I can’t go back to regular drugstore shampoo now that I’ve tried this.”
Michaela’s top hair tip:
“I always sleep with my hair in a soft scrunchie that doesn’t rip my hair out or cause breakages. It’s important to let your hair and scalp breathe at night.”
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