In Praise Of The Skin-Care Routine

Skin Care

As told by the women behind Chillhouse, Y7 Yoga, and Small Girls PR

Hear us out: Skin-care routines should be classified as sacred rituals. Even if you’re not a self-identified "beauty guru," there’s nothing like spending a few minutes with yourself—and no distractions. And it’s a daily ritual, so no matter what unexpected twists and turns the rest of your day may hold, at least you’ve had one moment of calm—whether that be bright and early or right before you go to sleep. Skin-care routines are incredibly self-reflective, too: You’re literally looking at yourself in the mirror for a few minutes and focusing on… just, you. Nothing else. It’s a quiet moment to think about whatever.

We spoke with Mallory Blair, Sarah Levey, and Cyndi Ramirez—three women in the business of disrupting industries—who share our outlook. They use Clarisonic Mia Smart face brushes to ensure that, even if they only have a couple of minutes, their faces are getting the deepest clean possible. They make time for their routines in the morning, so that they start their day off with a clear face and mind; all three have incredibly packed schedules, and find that having one moment of relaxation before the start of their day can be vital in making sure they make the most out of the rest of it. 

As the CEO of Small Girls PR, Blair focuses on breaking out from the mainstream. Her company approaches PR in a unique way—by taking things straight to social media. She helps her clients make viral moments to ensure that the whole world is buzzing when they drop some news. And with a business centered around the whims of the internet, there’s no telling what she’s going to be doing on any given day. But one thing is certain: her morning skin-care ritual. She says, “It’s my me-time and when I can really decompress.” Plus, it's not a bad time to find some inspiration: “Actually, some of my best ideas [originate] when it’s just me and my moisturizer just hangin’ out,” she says of her own morning routine.

Levey, the founder of Y7 Yoga, notes that she’s lost without her morning refresh: “If I miss that, I feel a little scattered—I feel rushed, like I missed something.” That’s understandable, seeing as she created an enterprise surrounding the ritual of yoga—her life is grounded in routine. But her brand is constantly evolving—when it started out in 2013, Y7 was located in a tiny Williamsburg studio with yoga teachers hired from Craigslist, and it has since expanded into a bicoastal empire with nine locations and a clothing line collab with Year of Ours. Plus, Levey is working on a book about her work. With so many projects happening at once, it’s safe to bet that Levey doesn’t get that many moments to relax during the day, so the morning is her time, period.

Ramirez, the founder of Chillhouse, notes something similar about her morning routine. “A lot of times it really sets the tone for what I’m doing that day,” she says of her skin-care ritual. She knows what she’s talking about when it comes to self-care, tooChillhouse is a coffee house, nail spa, and massage center all wrapped up into one. “We want to be the millennial voice for what self-care is and should be,” she says of her company's mission. She's made a business based on helping others indulge in themselves, and her practice of self-care is making sure her morning sets the right vibe for the rest of the day.

No matter what your day entails, there's comfort in having at least one constant to rely on. And if it's something as simple as washing your face, then make the most of it by using your Clarisonic. Spending a couple of minutes to take care of yourself will definitely push your day in the right direction. 

Created and Produced by Jake Strasser
Directed and Produced by Jeff Pinilla
Directed and Produced by Matt Pourviseh
Edited by Jeff Pinilla
Produced by Astronada
Casting by Ali DiEmidio
Production Coordination by Nicole DeGregoris

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.