Happy Monday! I'm back with another installment of Beauty Journal, and this week we're talking to my sweet, smart, kind, generous and HILARIOUS friend, Ms. Jinnie Lee. She gives us the scoop on her favorite Asian products and more, so let's get to it.
Tell us about yourself!
Hi! My name is Jinnie and I’m a writer living in Brooklyn. I’ve written a ton of stuff on the internet. I also wrote a book about jewelry styling that’s coming out next year, which you can read like an old-timey person. I’m working on more video and film projects, which I’m excited about. 2016! I think it’s gonna be a good year (for me). I also co-run a literary site called STET with my friend Maura. It’s about emerging writers and books and it’s dope. It’s perfect for both old-timey people and internet junkies alike.
Were you into makeup while you were growing up?
I wore a lot of glitter body gel stuff growing up...like all over my face and body. I looked like a tween raver trash person. I also loved Lipsmackers, but those were tight.
When did you start wearing makeup or developing a skincare routine?
There’s only one makeup product I truly care about and it’s mascara. I got serious with it in high school. I grew up with not one but two lazy eyes, and when I was 15 I finally had surgery to fix them. It was super intense, like it involved getting stitches in my eyes. Anyway, when I woke up from the procedure, the doc had trimmed my eyelashes off! It was so fucked up, like imagine being a new freshman in high school and having no eyelashes and stitches in your eyeballs. So anyway, mascara. I started wearing it when I got my lashes back so that they’re always amped to the fucking max. It’s a magical makeup product.
I’m a late bloomer when it comes to skincare. I started paying more attention after working at Refinery29 and reading about it. Lucky for me I also have a skincare expert mom who looks great — she knows the good Asian and Korean products and she gives me stuff to try out.
What are your skincare and beauty priorities?
For skincare, my #1 priority is combating the dryness. I’m still looking for a good light moisturizer that also has a ton of SPF that isn’t thick and shiny that also doesn’t cost like $50 for a tiny poop smear of it. And my #1 beauty priority is...mascara!!!
What’s your daily skincare routine?
In the A.M. I rinse my face with plain water. Then I put on moisturizer and sunscreen that I mix together like a creamy cocktail. I use drugstore stuff — Pond’s Dry Skin Cream, nothing fancy. And Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, a little more fancy. All over the face. Can’t forget the neck (it’s very important).
The P.M. routine is no joke. I cleanse my face, remove makeup, sometimes exfoliate, and moisturize/spot-treatment. Sounds basic, right?? Okay just hold on. 1. Right now I’m using a whatever cleanser from Kiehl’s but what I’m REALLY stoked about next is Shiseido Perfect Whip that my mom gave me. It’s like washing your face with a foamy little cloud! 2. I use a whatever makeup remover — doesn’t matter to me what I use just as long as it gets all the mascara out. Sometimes coconut oil works just fine. 3. Okay, get ready. Two or three times a week, I exfoliate with this Japanese stuff that is honestly life-changing. Cure Natural Aqua Gel — look it up, buy one right now. You massage it onto a dry face and dead skin just peels off to reveal a fresh babyface. Trust me on this!!! 4. After that I use a Korean product called Mizon Snail Repair Cream if I’m feeling super dry. Snail mucus straight from the mother country! 5. If I’m in the middle of a break-out or I know a zit is coming (which is often), I’ll spot-treatment with Clearasil Adult Acne Treatment Cream, which is the most depressing name for a product. Then I cry and pray and sleep.
What’s your signature beauty look?
My everyday look is a disgusting amount of mascara, like right before it gets to tarantula-level. Both top and bottom lashes. My favorite is Benefit’s They're Real. It’s expensive for black gunk but it’s a cult fave for a reason. I usually mix mascaras too. The high-low mish-mash. I use a coat of Benefit, then a coat of Maybelline/Covergirl, then another coat of Benefit, and so on, until I get the desired lashed-out effect.
I don’t really have a separate evening look but if a red or plum lip goes with my outfit, I’ll swipe it on. Two good hues are Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery (careful applying this stuff...it stays on like a permanent marker) and Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Crush.
What’s your secret weapon?
I <3 getting my brows and upper lip threaded every few weeks. Such a cheap thrill if you live in NYC. I love when the lady gets all up in the hairs right by your nostrils and it makes you cry a little cus it’s such a painful sensation but you’re just like, whatever fuck yeah get rid of my mustache please.
Also, witch hazel which I like to spritz on my face in the middle of the day and wipe off with a Swissper. It’s always surprisingly dank with dirt, even by mid-afternoon.
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
My signature look is bangs, but funny enough I’m trying to grow them out in an effort to look more like a grown-ass woman. I keep my hair free of product, just cus I get overwhelmed and I don’t like taking showers to wash the stuff out. But when I DO wash my hair (every three days or so) I use a shampoo bar from Lush, the red one with the cinnamon stick. (Lourdes' note: It's called New! and it's also my favorite!!!) It’s cheap, lasts forever, and it’s the best.
Do you have any bad beauty habits?
I love to pop a zit and watch it erupt like a volcano.
If you have one, who or what is your beauty inspiration?
I’m inspired by Lauren Conrad’s perfect liquid liner cat-eye.
If you were stranded on a desert island with three products, what would they be?
Three tubes of Burt’s Bees lip balm.
How do you pamper yourself?
I throw my pile of fresh laundry straight from the dryer onto my bed and roll around in it until it’s not warm anymore.
And lastly, what’s the worst beauty trend you ever tried?
In 2010, I ombre'd my black hair into a dark green with Manic Panic. It wasn’t a terrible beauty trend and everyone was either sincere or sarcastic like “Oh cool, look at you, I could never pull that off, that is so cool or whatever” except my mom who was like “WTF why’d you do that to your hair” because the whole process totally fried my virgin hair and it was not fun growing it out. Imagine running your fingers through a head of straw and that’s what it felt like. Anyway, SO happy to be in my 30s now and over with that phase of my life where I felt the need to have people think I was like a punk or whatever.
Thank you, Jinnie! You're the best!