Today on the blog, we’re thrilled to introduce Tatiana Pile, Editor at Glossy, who recently wrote about Lauryn’s morning and evening body care routines.
And like, brace yourself, because Tatiana is in the beauty business and here to share her best drugstore finds, the products she’d take to a desert island, and her non-negotiable wellness practice.
If you haven’t met Tatiana yet, she’s the very creative editor-in-chief of Glossy, a total foodie currently living in Mexico City. With that, let’s welcome Tatiana to the blog.
♡ IIntroduce yourself to The Skinny Confidential audience.
Tatiana Pile: Hello everyone! My name is Tatiana and I am an editor at Bright and passionate about beauty. Although I was originally based in Brooklyn, NY, I went to Mexico City in January and haven’t been back to New York since.
Exploring a new city has been an incredible experience, and I almost don’t want to go back to New York anymore. However, when I’m not exploring, you can usually find me aimlessly scrolling through TikTok, looking for the latest beauty trends and products that are gaining popularity. And when I’m not doing that, I usually try new restaurants and post them on my TikTok or Instagram, @ifihadaman.
♡ What’s the most unexpected beauty hack you’ve learned over the years?
PT: Working in beauty, you constantly learn about unsuspecting hacks every day. One that I liked was that you really don’t have to use a million products to have great skin or great hair!
The beauty of beauty is so specific to you and what works for me won’t necessarily work for someone else. I always tell people to start simple and see what basic products work for you. From there, feel free to add a treatment, mask or two, but keep in mind that your basic routine can be as simple as you want and it will still be effective.
♡ If you were stranded on a desert island, what beauty item would you bring?
PT: This one is a no-brainer, the only beauty item I should bring is a tinted moisturizer with SPF! I can’t be stuck on a desert island without sunscreen that also gives me glow. That way, whenever I’m finally saved, my skin will look flawless, and then maybe I’ll become a brand ambassador for the product! Lol.
♡ Can you entrust us with your wrinkle or die product for the skin, the body, the hair?
PT: I’ve had dry skin and ezcema my whole life so for my body I swear Amlactin. My dermatologist recommended it to me a few years ago, and it has helped dramatically even out my skin while keeping it hydrated and hydrated. I normally use Amlactin with a blend of body butters from my current favorite body care brand, Hanahana beauty. Both products together always leave my skin silky soft and smell like a bowl of fresh fruit.
When it comes to skincare, I have so many products that I consider my ROD but none would be effective without starting with a good face wash. For that, I love BeautyStat Universal Microbiome Barrier Balancing Cleanser. It contains all the key ingredients to leave your skin feeling clean and fresh without stripping away the good stuff.
I recently had a big cut and dyed my hair to reduce the time I have to spend on hair maintenance. That being said, my curls wouldn’t be as defined and vibrant as they are without Uncle Funky’s Curl Stimulator. This is the best curling gel I have ever used.
♡ What is the #1 product someone can find at their local pharmacy?
PT: Honestly, I tell everyone not to sleep on the beauty parapharmacy! So many luxury and mass brands are secretly the same quality at different prices. The only drugstore product I will ever recommend, I actually have two, would be NYX lip gloss And eyebrow pencils/lip pencils. It truly is a cult classic at an extremely affordable price.
♡ If someone has just gotten into skincare and is feeling overwhelmed, what 3 things should they start with?
PT: It’s hard to narrow it down to just 3 items, but here are my suggestions:
For those just starting out, one of the most important things to focus on is cleaning your face. A clean face is the foundation on which you will build your serums, moisturizers, etc. Once you have a cleanser that doesn’t feel like it’s stripping or drying your face, then you’re on your way. Right now I’m using Tula’s Cult Classic Purifying Face Washand I like it.
The second product I would suggest is a good moisturizer. Many people will suggest serums, acids, etc. that restore the skin barrier, but without a product specifically aimed at hydrating and hydrating your skin, it cannot seal the effectiveness of targeted skincare treatments.
Finally, I’ll be screaming this from the top of the mountains until I’m blue in the face, but you NEED SPF all year round!! Seriously, never skip this step! FPS is incredibly important. As a darker skinned black woman, I really like black girl sunscreen because it does not leave a white plaster and it is moisturizing. I also like very much Trader Joe’s Dupe Goop. It’s great as a makeup base when I want to do my makeup.
♡ What is the most effective beauty tool today?
PT: Honestly, there are so many beauty tools out there for so many different areas of concern, it’s extremely difficult to choose just one! My favorite beauty tool right now, though I’m not sure if it’s technically considered a beauty tool rather than a body care tool, is the dry brush. I really want to make sure my skin not only looks good, but feels great to the touch, so I’ve been brushing a ton dry lately.
In addition to dry brushing being a great exfoliating tool, there are also a few health benefits which make it an ideal item to have in your beauty tool kit. Dry brushing also acts as a detoxifier for your skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphatic circulation/drainage.
♡ Tell us about the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard in an interview.
PT: Funny enough, the “weirdest” thing I’ve heard lately is Lauryn telling me she tape her mouth shut the night. When she first shared this with me, I was so fascinated because I had never heard of anyone doing this before, but after hearing why she was doing it and doing my own research, I was also interested in testing it.
♡ Are there any wellness trends you’re loving right now?
PT: I recently did my very first cold plunge, and it literally and figuratively shook me up. I was terrified to experience it because who puts their body in cold water for fun? ! But it turned out to be such an interesting and challenging time. I felt like my body was zapped with new life and new energy. I’m pretty sure I’ll continue to do them at least once a month – it was amazing.
♡ What book, podcast or resource do you recommend?
PT: I challenge myself to read + support at least one black author per month this year. Unfortunately, black authors in the literary space rarely receive as much funding and opportunity, so I want to do my part by financially supporting and exposing as many amazing writers as possible. For the month of June, I actually just finished a book by Tia Williams aptly titled Seven days in June. It’s an amazing read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves messy love stories.
♡ Where can everyone find you? Pimp yourself!
x, The Skinny Confidential Team
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