… in the eye of the beholder. Or in this case the reader, and then things start to get really complicated. Because for me, every Top Shelf, The Face and After Dark on this site has a personal, often lumpy, connection. There are the interviews I read before working here – these are the ones that fell in love with me on this site. Then there are the ones I experienced first hand. From those I love, because I know what it costs to discuss it – the endless emails and the scheduling of tetris. Others I like because I learned a lot, or very simply, I really liked what they had to say.
The list of favorites I keep in my head is always changing. It really depends on what I need to move at any exact moment, whether it may be a matter of the time of the year, or that I just & # 39; s want to see. In the end, that's what I'm saying it depends. And yet, more than ever, I've been thinking of Top Shelves – I miss them! As I wrote a few weeks ago, we are going to leave the rest of our pre-quarantine shot, and we will resume our weekly cadence once it is safe. So in the meantime, I wanted to go to the memory lane. Well, my memory orbit, with the five Top Shelf interviews I always return to. These are my favorites – for today, at least:
The interview that started it all for me! The year was 2010 and my memory is blurry on how I ended up on the page, but somehow the upper plank of Eva Chen became my gateway to ITG. The interview was filled with all the affirmations of an excellent Top Shelf: confident recommendations, an airy relativity and a healthy mix of high / low product exclamations. Keep in mind that this is Eva Chen Teen Vogue Beauty director talks, so do I. really ate everything up. And a decade later, her beauty recommendations still keep up. She has an immaculate lifetime, Eva.
The quote that really spoke to me: “Chanel and Clé de Peau make cotton cushions. Yes, you can buy it from Duane Reade for ninety-nine cents, but do I want the Chanel units with the small CC logo? Yes. It feels like you are picking out your makeup with cashmere. It feels so happy and delicious. "
I love Iman. Many people talk about how Rihanna's Fenty was a watershed moment for beauty, but before Gloss Bomb and Pro Filt'r there were Iman and Iman Cosmetics. She does what she wants, says what she wants, and doesn't let me start her love story with David Bowie … maybe I'm crying. But what I enjoyed most about her 2012 The Face interview was the clear perspective of it all. And the relentless honesty, too. For example, she takes plastic surgery: & # 39; I'm against it. I can say that because I don't need it yet. & # 39; Iman had so many good notes to share that it made up not one, but two separate articles. The focus of the second interview was career, and she explained the origin of her cosmetic line: & # 39; The seed for Iman Cosmetics was planted in my head in 1975 on my first job for American Vogue… the makeup artist asked me if I bring my own foundation, because he has nothing for me. He continues to put something on me and when I look in the mirror I look gray. And you have to understand that our currency as models are our images – these are pictures. No one cares what you really look like, that's what you look like in the picture. & # 39; Then Iman went looking for foundation pigments and a makeup line was born.
The quote that really spoke to me: & # 39; I don't wear makeup unless I have a photo shoot. But of course I know how to tackle my own makeup – I'm actually better than many makeup artists, because makeup artists do a lot of people's faces, but I always do mine. & # 39;
Michelle Phan is what, thirty-thirty years old? But in internet vlogger years, she's more like a grandmother. At this point, she bit the vloggers who forgot the vloggers who inhabit the newest crop of vloggers today. All the roads that emerge lead back to Michelle Phan, and although she made a name for herself as a makeup witch, it was her Top Shelf skincare recommendations that really resonated with me. have spoken. It was a K-beauty palooza, filled with essences, tea mask and a liquid-to-foam cleanser. This is where I discovered the brand Cremolab, and also that a jelly body fog exists, and is a thing of beauty.
The quote that really spoke to me: "My esthetician does this nine-step process, starting with microdermabrasion with a diamond tip, lasers, and a light glycolic acid peel … It feels really intense, and the next day your skin goes 39; a little injured, but then it starts to heal. Next week it looks incredible. After seeing her, I don't have to use as many photo filters. That is my goal. I want, & # 39; Look, I want you to give my skin where I don't have to rely on filters all the time. & # 39; "
This is the woman who got a tampon holder in the White House in the White House … and got it. And yes, she did so while serving under President Obama as his deputy chief of staff. As if that wasn't enough to blow my socks off, here's a woman who also understands the value of a good face – she has a regular appointment at Rescue Spa and & # 39; a healthy offering of P50. For me, interviewing Alyssa is the perfect example of how beauty doesn’t have to trivialize. You can be smart, ambitious and thoughtful and still care about your skin – and it's OK to admit it! One value does not have to be removed from another.
The quote that really spoke to me: & # 39; I once joked that I was the Forrest Gump of politics because I was with Bernie in the 90's, before anyone knew who the fuck Bernie was, and then I worked for John Kerry, and then Barack Obama. I just always wanted to be with someone who was inspirational every day – I didn't wait to see who would win a presidency. Actually, I chose Obama because I never thought he would act as president; I never wanted to be so heartbreaking after Kerry again I thought he was the junior senator from the state of Illinois, by the name of Hussein. We are not coming for president any time soon. And then he did. & # 39;
Elaine's interview is a coffin for people with curly hair. In her top shelf there are four glorious paragraphs devoted to how she sustains her greater than life. That's what moved me to pull my own comb to the side and use it to disconnect the finger as Elaine does, and to admit to the idea that curly hair is a marathon and not a sprint (her routine lasts up to two hours). The rest of it feels a bit justifying to be completely honest. It turns out Elaine and I share many of the same products! Maybe I might not be so smart about looking at my hair. And dry shampoo for curly hair? Who would have thought?
The quote that really spoke to me: & # 39; For me, my hair was an extension of what was happening in me. As I grew professionally in my voice, my hair grew bigger and bigger. And Vernon was part of it. He told me that I should have iconic hair, that my hair is my calling card. He also taught me how to be gentle with my curls. I used to get frustrated earlier when I had to get my hair tangled, and he taught me how to do it with no products, no tools or nothing. You just do it with your fingers. It takes time and patience, but you don't lose hair. And not only does it weaken, it gives you incredible texture. It breaks the curls so you can get free. This is the antithesis of everything you have been taught as a curly girl, that is, to soak it in moisture, examine it, and then not touch it. & # 39;
But these are just my best choices – what's yours?
Photo via ITG.