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Interview: Margarita Virova
Photos: Alena Ermishina
“My grooming system is a pleasure
from everything that
i do think
and I feel"
About myself and work
About four years ago, I created a project on mindfulness. And this fall, I got used to the American educational platform and started slowly releasing online courses about living in harmony with myself. I am a journalist by education and before freelancing I tried myself in different spheres: on the Dozhd TV channel, in the fashion department of Harper's Bazaar, on the How to Green portal. In each of these projects, I gained invaluable experience, but at some point I realized that for self-realization I need the maximum amount of "air". I found myself in what I am doing now. For me, this is success.
Self-care with the help of cosmetics and procedures is more like an addition to psychological work for me. I don’t believe in "good genetics" just as I don’t believe in age - I believe in healthy self-esteem. My concern for myself is based on this: if, for example, your hair is falling out, the body certainly does not ask you to buy that expensive shampoo, because it does not know that shampoos exist at all. Rather, it can be a signal that you are often worried - this is what you really need to listen to. I rarely find fault with the compositions, but I always pay attention to the certificates and read the list of components if I come across a new brand.
I have three favorite self-care rituals. I like massages: body massage with a brush, face massage with a roller and guasha, oil massage for the whole body. I love taking a bath with coconut oil, Epsom salts and essential oils - in a dark bathroom with music! I always turn off the light so that my eyes can rest, and turn on my favorite salt lamp. I also do makeup for audiobooks or YouTube lectures. This is one of my new habits that satisfies my curiosity every morning.
I have very light skin, so it is easy to place accents on it. Previously, I did not even think about it and from cosmetics I only had a universal cream, an eyebrow pencil and a colorless lip balm. I only started replenishing my cosmetic bag a couple of years ago when I thought that makeup was just another ritual. I buy only what I need without fanaticism, and I do not rush to the cosmetics store to make sure about the composition and ethics.
I like to accentuate the cheekbones with a brown tint or add a gentle blush to the image, if, for example, I'm all in black. I usually close my eyes from below and do not use mascara. On the lips - either the same brown shade from the contouring palette as on the cheekbones, or a matte Lolita.
About an ethical lifestyle
My grooming system is all about the pleasure of everything I do, think and feel. So I take care of the peace of my soul, and this "big" ritual dissolves into details: meetings with loved ones, simple ethical habits (do not take takeaway coffee, refuse packages), charity and personal spiritual practice. I do not eat meat and dairy products, I have been practicing yoga and meditation for seven years. All of the above is an important part of my life, and all this brings me extremely joy. I would like every day of my life to become kinder, more fun and easier on the rise. Harmony is when what a person thinks, feels and says does not contradict each other. Such charm is immediately felt.
About accepting yourself
Sometimes it seems that I accept myself one hundred percent, but this, of course, is not so. I spent a considerable part of my life in an orthodontist's chair.The family laughed at the fact that I had a crack between my teeth, and for me as a child, ridicule was not equal to love and acceptance. I tried to correct the "flaw" until the new doctor at the session said to me: "Are you giving up what the universe has marked your peculiarity?" I was eight years old, and this question turned out to be a good impetus for complexes to start leaving my life.
Weight control and dieting were also a part of my life until I realized that there is nothing terrible about weight fluctuations. Now, when I don’t fit into jeans, I think: "Well, okay, I'll go buy new ones." The most difficult thing is to forget the word "disadvantages". Nobody will love you more or less because of the size markings on your pants.