Style Bio: Emily


Emily is my roommate and best friend. We first met our freshman year of college and bonded over our amazing taste in music and rolling our eyes at art-major shenanigans. We lived together for our last two years of school and we've been living together for two years in Portland. She's one of the most intelligent and intuitive people I know and I've been really lucky to have her as a friend. Even though we live together and share a bathroom counter, I don't know much about the beauty products that she uses or her daily routine. This would seem less weird if you knew me and my tendency to forget other people's routines and schedules (dear friends, I'm sorry!). So I was really excited that she agreed to do this little feature so I could learn more about her beauty regime!

How did you first get into makeup?

Oh gosh. There's this incredible dramatic black and white photo of me in 8th grade in front of my bathroom mirror putting on mascara. I'm wearing one of those fake spiky hair ponytails and a black mesh top and I'm wearing WAY too much black liner. I think I started with makeup sometime between 7th and 8th grade of my own accord, mostly because I really wanted to be the cool "goth" girl (I went to art school) so that seemed like a good start. There was about 20% follow through on that. Anyway, in all honesty, my makeup didn't get any good until way late college. I feel like I just tried to figure it all out myself, which means I went through that terrible Dream Matte Mousse foundation phase. 

What's your beauty routine?

I have sensitive skin and super acne prone skin. It sucks. It's WAY better now, but I felt so embarrassed by my skin from age 15 through college. And still do at times. I know my skin isn't my identity but sometimes it's a real pain in the butt and it's so high maintenance and sensitive and whiny and...I try not to get mad at people who seem to have perfectly clear, smooth skin. Toward the end of college, I found out that I have quite a number of food sensitivities, most notably gluten. Eliminating gluten definitely helped reduce my acne. This also made me take a good look at what I was choosing to put in and on my body; basically, if I wouldn't want to eat it, I'd rather not put it on my skin!

Getting into natural beauty products and DIY stuff has actually made the whole process way more fun and interesting for me, so I appreciate that. Here's the main "crunchy granola" stuff I'm using currently:

Coconut oil to remove my makeup. It takes off everything and it's awesome.

Skincare products from Mountain Rose Herbs. Currently, I use a rose facial cleanser, wild rose toner, wild rose face oil (if needed), unrefined shea butter (at night) and finish with a tea tree jojoba facial serum. Wild rose is way stinkier than regular rose scent. I'm not sure how I feel about it and I may have overcommitted. 

Alima Pure makeup. This is a Portland makeup company focused on using 100% natural, eco-friendly ingredients. They have a HUGE range of foundation colors for every possible skin tone and it 0% irritates my skin, which is a big deal. I've tried many of their products, but I've found that their balancing primer, stain-matte foundation, and satin finishing powder work best for me and provide the best coverage. I recently switched to the Real Techniques makeup brushes. Super affordable and they work well. 

On the non "crunchy" spectrum: mascara, eyeshadow, liner, and eyebrow stuff. I've never had a problem with the good ol' Great Lash mascara. I don't really have an eyeliner preference as long as I can do a good cat eye! Currently, I'm using Soap & Glory's Archery brow pencil and setter. It makes my brows look bomb, which is very important. The eyeshadow is a sore subject for me right now; Alison gifted me the original Naked palette (after using up most of the Naked 2 palette, pictured) and SOME BUTTFACE smashed in my car window and stole a backpack which contained my makeup bag. They are the best eyeshadows and I'm still mad about it. 

In case you care, here's some other weird stuff I use:
Apple Cider Vinegar (ph balancing for skin and hair and a million things), French Green Clay (DIY clay facial and hair masks), and activated charcoal as a toothpaste (to remineralize and whiten, as counterintuitive as that sounds).

What's your most loved beauty product?

The best part of my skin care routine: Konjac sponges! I'm glad I get to type this because I still don't know how it's supposed to be pronounced. These were honestly an impulse purchase one day at a New Seasons and I will probably continue using konjac sponges as long as I have the motivation to take care of my face. They are plant stem cell-based sponges and they come in cute shapes and colors. I use mine twice a day with a very small amount of cleanser. They are affordable and super gentle; I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. Bonus: they've completely replaced the expensive facial scrubs I used to buy.

What hair products are your go-to's?

I'm in a weird transition with my hair. It used to be a pixie cut, and now I'm growing it out with no end goal in mind. I'm also trying out a holistic hair care routine, Morrocco Method. Basically, the goal is to "detox" and rebalance the ph levels and natural oil production of your hair. This means there's a hair detox process where things get kind of crappy before they get better. I'm smack in the middle so we will see how it goes!

I'm back to making my own dry shampoo: arrowroot powder mixed with cocoa powder since I have brown hair. It's a bit messy, but it works. Apparently, it did not work for one lady, whose dog wouldn't stop licking her hair after she used it.

How would you describe your style?

Ummmm, simple but sort of intentional and put together? I'm big into earthy and jewel tones. I would live in the colors of sage green, burnt orange, and mustard yellow if I could. I mostly wear black though out of habit. Patterns either aren't my friend, or I've just been too lazy to figure out how to wear they effectively. Honestly, I just don't like attention really, so I'm not the most adventurous dresser. I always wear earrings and my go-to look is usually some sort of tights/skirt/top.

Who are your style icons?

I really can't think of anyone. I also don't have a celebrity doppelganger, so maybe those two things are related.

What's your favorite piece of clothing you own?

It's not clothing, but I love the vintage Coach purse that Alison gave me in college. She found it for $8 at Goodwill. It's classy, over-the-shoulder, it coordinates with everything and it will last forever!

Do you have a fashion philosophy?

Fashion should not be stressful. Choosing what to wear and put on your body should not make you question your self-worth. If you buy something new, you must put it on IMMEDIATELY. No one else has to follow that last one, but I am notorious for doing that.

Bonus! A snoop around Emily's room

Thank you so much, Emily, for letting me into your space and teaching me a little bit about the products I see in our bathroom every day - I feel like I've learned something!

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  1. Hey! Thanks for loving our products so much. This is a fun post! We love it. -Nicole at Mountain Rose Herbs!