By Olivia & Kaela
Welcome back to our new-ish Beauty series, From Where I Stand!
Sabrina is my long-time bestie. We've been attached at the hip since the 9th grade. She's taught me so much about life. Sabrina is currently a French Studies student at York University and is proficient in both French and Italian (!). Sabrina loves vintage photography and is a total sweetheart. She's currently planning lots of trips in her head... she wants to visit Cape Town, New Zealand, Chile, and Russia. Sabrina is excited to be heading to France this summer for school, with a stop over in Italy before hand.
Her beauty and style have always been so admirable to me. Today, she shares with us her 3-product beauty routine, her relationship with her Chinese-Italian heritage, and her stance on body hair...
Do you wear makeup?
I do. Usually I just put primer on, and some brow gel to make sure they aren't a mess. Then I put blush on my eyelids. I don't want to look oily. The Smashbox primer is very useful. Mine is the dark spot correcting one. It's oil free.
Wait - did you say you put blush on your eyelids?
Yep. Johnny Depp's daughter told me to.
Do you have a skincare routine?
For my body... well, I should probably put lotion on after I take a shower. But I usually just put Glysomed on my hands and elbows, and my knees when I wear shorts.
For my face... Shoppers has discontinued my face wash and moisturizer, so I've started using Clinique - their face wash and gel moisturizer for type 3. It works.
Can you tell us about your relationship with your hair?
It's one that I cultivated at an older age. When I was a kid, it was really long, one length, combed out until it was frizzy and put in a low ponytail at the nape of my neck till I was 13.
Before I started the 9th grade, I decided to get bangs. Which is the worst thing you can do when you have curly hair! I just had to straighten my hair all the time, or comb it back, or have it tied up all the time till it grew out.
Then, I cut it all off and gave it away to charity, and realized, "Huh! Short hair! I like this!" So, for the next few years, I was growing it all out, cutting it off, and donated it a more couple times.
Then, last May, I cut it very, very short. That was interesting. I just wanted to see what it was like. I loved it. But it was such a pain to keep up. So, I think keeping it at one length at my chin is my ideal hair length.
Your curls are gorgeous. Do you put any products in your hair?
I don't wash it too often - every two or three days. And when I don't need to go anywhere, I put Biosilk in my hair. It nourishes my hair and smells really good.
Between washes, if it gets really oily, and I don't want to wash my hair, I'll use dry shampoo. It's very convenient. Lately, I've been using this Living Proof one.
We love your nails. How often do you get them done?
For as long as I can remember, I've been biting my nails. I was just tired of having bleeding little stubs that hurt all the time. So, I started painting my nails, every week. Then I realized, I don't really have time to paint my nails every week!
Before I went to Italy last year, I got bio gel done as per my mother's suggestion. Then I just kept doing it. Every three weeks, I get a new coat done.
My nails are extremely long! I didn't realize how hard it would be to type.
Can you tell us a little bit about your heritage - being half-Chinese and half-Italian and how that's affected your relationship with beauty?
Honestly, sometimes I still struggle with it and my self-appreciation. Only because I was never really one to get praise on stuff like that when I was a kid from my parents. Mostly, I grew up with my friends encouraging me and giving me positive vibes. My heritage didn't really play a part in my beauty then. But now, it really plays a part in my cultural experiences and opinions.
Let's talk body hair. What's your stance?
I grew up being told that I shouldn't have it - it shouldn't be there and I should just get rid of it. My mom is Asian, and she doesn't have very much hair to deal with in the first place.
But for the past five years, I've been getting tired of constantly shaving everything. The last time I shaved my legs was for prom. I try and hold off shaving under my arms for as long as possible. I shave it off for my boyfriend sometimes because he doesn't like it. It's just something I do for him.
That's really interesting. I don't think a lot of women would admit that.
I mean, I still shave under my arms if I have to go to a special occasion or something.
And your beautiful brows?
Thank you. I don't do anything to them. Sometimes, I'll bleach the extra hairs under them and between them, but I really don't do much. Same thing with my upper lip.
Do you feel beautiful on your own without needing your boyfriend's validation? Or are you in a place where you feel like you need a person to remind you?
It comes and it goes. You have those days where I don't want to go outside, or anyone to look at me. And then, he's there, comforting me and supporting me and giving me validation. But, for the most part, I found I've learnt to give myself my own validation. It's just nice to hear it from someone else.
Do you a signature scent?
Do you have a philosophy on life?
I don't think so. I'm just trying to find something that I'm passionate about because I've realized that if I don't have any determination, I really won't do anything. Or everything I do towards something, won't be my best. And I don't want to feel like I'm just biding for something.
When do you feel most beautiful?
Definitely not when I wake up! In the spring. When it's sunny, but I'm not directly in the sun. I feel great.
Do you have any beauty or fashion inspiration?
Not really. I just choose things that I like. But I do have people that I see and I like what they're wearing or how they're wearing it. I really love Diletta Bonaiuti's style.
Do you have a favourite clothing brand?
Wilfred. I came across Anna Collins on Tumblr. She's from Toronto. Someone asked her what her favourite brand is, and she said Wilfred. She said she can't afford to shop there, so she shops vintage instead.
I'm the same way. I try to afford it. I love the brand. I won't buy as much as I would if I were buying cheap clothing, but I buy things that I can wear everyday, and no one will really notice. Quality over quantity.
Plus, I don't like doing laundry, and most of these clothes are dry clean only!
Thank you Sabrina!