Two years ago I met Christina Ly. We became instant online friends and then real-life close friends. Xtina—as I like to call her—is a college graduate with an inquisitive mind and a kind soul who's a kid at heart. She's excited about life and that's what I love about her. As you read about her beauty secrets you'll see that even though her skin may sometimes resemble a pubescent teen, she's got a positive attitude about her skincare and beauty regime.
"I do the basic three steps: cleanse, tone, and moisturize! I have to be careful about what I use because I have extremely sensitive skin. If I use anything that my skin doesn't like, I end up looking as red as a tomato. I'm currently using Arsainte Eco-Therapy (Korean brand facial products) and it's been great!"
"The one product I can't live without is my eyeliner! I've been using MakeUp Forever's Aqua Liner in black and so far, it's been fabulous. It doesn't smear and stays on for hours."
"I use MAC Mineralize Foundation because I like to use something that's in-between liquid and powder foundation. I then use Mineralize Skinfinish to set the foundation. For my cheeks, I use Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Score which is a golden peach/pink, perfect to use all year around! Lastly, for my eyes I use MakeUp Forever Aqua Liner, MAC Fluid Line/EyeKo Graffiti Pen and Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume."
"I absolutely love facial masks! They come in a variety for all faces types. It's so relaxing and if anything, more affordable than going to the spa."
"My bed time routine is the same as the morning with the occasional face mask or spot treatment. The most important thing to me is to remove all makeup before I sleep. Even if I get lazy, I'll use a towelette—it's a MUST!"
"I wash my hair with shampoo every other day to keep it from drying out. Since I like touching my hair up with a curling iron, I always put a heat protectant and leave in conditioner when I can. I like my Matrix Vavoom Gold Heat Iron-In Control and Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Split End Protector. They both smell so lovely!"
"I wish I could say my skin is flawless but I don't. I honestly feel like a teenager going through puberty still (seriously) because some days my skin is wonderful and other days skin breaks out. I try drink a lot of water to flush out impurities and of course, to stay hydrated. Also, I found that exercising (BIKRAM YOGA!) is amazing for my skin!"
"A beauty no-no is caking up ANYTHING-from eyeliner to foundation. Less is more! Makeup should enhance one's beauty."
"I was lucky enough to tour Teen Vogue and stopped by the beauty closet where I was given Avril Lavigne's Forbidden Rose. The perfume comes in a gorgeous bottle and the liquid is a pretty purple hue. I'm not into heavy scents and this is light enough to wear all the time. It's by far my favorite!"