It’s here: 31 days. 31 cities. 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we’re profiling an inspiring woman from across the world and asking her to share her beauty routine, products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don’t forget to check our Instagram for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Now, we have London-based Amy Lawrenson, Byrdie's UK's drop-dead-gorgeous editorial director who's sharing inspiring insight into the fearlessness of British beauty culture. Plus, find out which products she loves for creating off-duty hair that would make even the Olsens (her hair idols, by the way) green with envy.
Name: Amy Lawrenson
City and country of residence:
I've now lived in London for 12 years.
Your beauty icons:
The Olsens—because hair!
The skincare products you can’t live without:
Augustinus Bader The Cream ($265), Lumene Valo Glow Boost Essence ($25), Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask ($110), NYDG Luminizing Skin Essence ($105), iS Clinical Active Serum ($135), Vichy Idealia Peel ($37), or Sarah Chapman Skinesis Liquid Facial Resurfacer ($69).
The hair products you can’t live without:
I am SO low-maintenance when it comes to hair! I just wash and go. Right now I am loving Unite Tricky Lite Finishing Wax ($29), Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($46), and Original & Mineral Know Knott Detangling Conditioner ($30).
The makeup products you can’t live without:
What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty?
I think Brits are fearless when it comes to trying new trends, which I really admire. I also look to Scandinavian countries for skin inspiration. It’s all about that healthy glow.
The most popular beauty products and brands in your country right now:
The Ordinary is probably the most talked-about brand. People are obsessed with it. Skincare is crazy-popular right now. The consumer is far more knowledgeable and interested about actives (thanks to brands like The Ordinary). Vitamin C, retinol, any kind of acid—especially hyaluronic acids—are all really popular. Layering serums and using at-home peels are in right now too. Everyone wants clear, glowing, hyper-real skin in real life.
Favorite traditional beauty secret from your country:
If you’re in a bind, use clear polish to stop a ladder in your tights!
Where you buy beauty products:
Liberty has a wonderful beauty hall. Otherwise, I also love online shopping, and I buy from Cult Beauty, Space NK or Feelunique. And Boots, our version of your drugstore, is great for essentials and affordable makeup and skincare.
What does “healthy living” mean to you?
Balance! Trying to eat well, exercise, and meditate when I can but still living life, having fun, and eating chocolate.
How do you define/practice self-care?
Taking time to do things for yourself, away from a computer screen. Whether that means reading, knitting, meditating, or in my case hanging out with my kittens, Louis and Cedric. Also, I think it's so important not to be too hard on yourself. If you know you're trying your best at life, then you cant do better than that. So make sure to give yourself a break!
What's your favorite way to stay active, and why?
I haven't been to the gym in a while, but weightlifting (really heavy weights) is my favorite thing! When I'm lifting, I am just leaner and stronger. Plus, it's great for your metabolism, and you burn fat more efficiently. I love boxing for stress relief, too.
What's your favorite healthy meal?