Beauty blog­ger Nicole Rodger

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - SH­ERYL NADLER

What does a person who tests beauty prod­ucts use daily?

WHEN NICOLE RODGER heads to the mall to shop for a new out­fit, more of­ten than not she’ll re­turn home with a bag­ful of beauty prod­ucts in­stead.

She ad­mits to be­ing a Sephora ad­dict. And she is so pas­sion­ate about proper skin care and cos­met­ics, she has de­voted a good chunk of her life to help­ing the rest of us nav­i­gate the dizzy­ing world of creams, po­tions, serums, sticks, high­lighters and con­tour­ing pow­ders on her life­style blog: Ni­coleRae.ca.

It all started sev­eral years ago, says Rodger, now 28 and a web de­signer at IMP, a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing agency in Burling­ton. Af­ter es­cap­ing her teen years un­blem­ished by acne, she found her­self fac­ing down what she refers to as “lit­tle face de­mons” in her early twen­ties — not quite acne, but def­i­nitely prob­lem­atic patches. So she be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with skin care prod­ucts, with makeup, and yes, with what she ate to try to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

“I am lac­tose in­tol­er­ant so when you put some­thing in your body, your skin re­acts to it,” says Rodger. “Any­thing you put in your body that does not react with your sys­tem well takes a toll on the in­side and the out­side.”

Rodger’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to dis­cover and share with oth­ers the key to clear skin led her to start a blog four years ago, which she now up­dates once or twice a week. It’s fo­cused on all things life­style-re­lated, in­clud­ing re­views of new beauty prod­ucts, the oc­ca­sional Out­fit Of The Day, and re­views of new cock­tail recipes thrown in for good mea­sure.

So what does a person who tests beauty prod­ucts choose to use on a daily ba­sis?

“On a nor­mal work­day, on a perfect day I do noth­ing — I just go with mois­tur­izer, serum, not in that or­der. The or­der would be cleanse, serum, mois­tur­izer, go about my day. No foun­da­tion, noth­ing, let my skin breathe. But if my face isn’t look­ing so well, it’s look­ing dull, if it’s hav­ing too many of those face de­mons, I’m go­ing to go with a foun­da­tion, con­cealer and some­times I get a lit­tle too car­ried away and I’ll do full eye makeup, put on lip­stick, re­gret putting on lip­stick, wipe it off, and out the door.”

For this fea­ture Rodger wears YSL All Hours Full Cov­er­age Matte Foun­da­tion mixed with Dr. Jart+ Black La­bel De­tox BB Beauty Balm, Tarte Shape Tape Con­cealer, Fenty Beauty by Ri­hanna Match Stix Matte Skin­stick in Am­ber, Tarte Ama­zo­nian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Paaarty, Laura Mercier Matte Ra­di­ance Baked Powder Com­pact High­light, Anas­ta­sia Bev­erly Hills Brow De­finer, Kat Von D Tat­too Liner in Trooper, and a com­bi­na­tion of eye­shad­ows from the Lo­rac Pro, Huda Beauty Mauve Ob­ses­sions, and Anas­ta­sia Bev­erly Hills Mod­ern Re­nais­sance pal­ettes.

Her out­fit con­sists of her main­stay black skinny jeans (these are from Amer­i­can Ea­gle Out­fit­ters), an olive Aerie cold­shoul­der cable knit sweater and a camo jacket from Stradi­var­ius. A con­fessed home­body, Rodger ac­ces­sorizes with a cherry gar­nish pin from Stay Home Club, a COACH X Selena Gomez Col­lec­tion wrist­let and Moroc­can cro­chet style shoes in “Nat­u­ral” from Toms. Most eye-catch­ing piece: It’s a pleated skirt but it al­ter­nates be­tween gold and a slate blue sil­ver, so when the light hits it, it def­i­nitely gives off some shim­mery vibes. It’s metal­lic-y … I bought it from a store in Toronto called Zumel & Co. Quirki­est wardrobe item: I have this … cardi­gan with a hood on it but it’s ac­tu­ally from the ’70s. It was gifted to my mom in the ’70s and she passed it on to me and I ac­tu­ally saw Mila Ku­nis wear­ing it on an in­ter­view for “That ’70s Show.” It’s a mish­mash of pat­terns: it’s like a bur­gundy, burnt or­ange, then there are some green bits thrown in. Wardrobe must-have: Black skinny jeans. All day, ev­ery day. I usu­ally get mine at Amer­i­can Ea­gle Ou­fit­ters and they usu­ally have deals on all the time so I take ad­van­tage when I can. Best pur­chase: This cam­ou­flage jacket. Be­cause my hap­pi­ness when I ac­tu­ally had it in my hand and owned it, I don’t think quite matches any­thing else. I was in Italy and I saw this in a store (Stradi­var­ius) that is not in North Amer­ica and they did not have it in my size and I was crushed. But I saw it on their web­site and found a lo­ca­tor and knew a friend was vis­it­ing some­where in the UK where they also had the store, and I asked my friend to pick it up and bring it back from the UK and she did. Re­grets buy­ing: Too many band T-shirts from con­certs … I like to com­mem­o­rate go­ing to a con­cert and I feel like it’s a phys­i­cal piece of ev­i­dence. I have way too many. Loves to shop at: Lately I try not to do on­line shop­ping so much; I like to see things in person, try them on. Be­cause I’ve had a lot of un­for­tu­nate events when I buy things on­line and they do not fit me and it costs way too much to re­turn them, so I’m stuck with them. Lately I’ve been go­ing to this place on Locke Street called Kitsu …

Yes and Sephora … there’s a web­site out of Toronto that sells Korean skin care and I will buy skin care prod­ucts on­line from them. They’re called TakeGoodCare.ca. Rid­ding her closet of: Ill-fit­ting clothes and things I have not worn in over a year to make room for, hope­fully, new items. Old (sum­mer) dresses that I bought that re­ally don’t do any­thing for me … I have one dress that I will never get rid of. It’s just a black, noth­ing-spe­cial dress, but it has a cat print all over it of cat faces. Peo­ple call it my Miss Friz­zle dress, from “Magic School Bus” … that dress is very me; sum­mer dresses not so much. Splurges on: Clearly, makeup. Makeup, skin care, Toms … I have at least three pair of Toms in ro­ta­tion all the time … a lot of shoes will hurt my feet ... but Toms will al­ways work for me. Beauty item she can’t live with­out: Lip balm. I would say lip prod­ucts in gen­eral — I have a box, or pos­si­bly boxes, of lip­sticks, lip stains, liq­uid lip­sticks, that I don’t use that much any­more. I used to wear lip­stick on a daily ba­sis but over the past half a year, only lip balms … mint lip balm, clear or (one that) has a small tint to it for days when you want to dress it up a bit.

PHO­TOS BY SH­ERYL NADLER, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

“I’m con­stantly try­ing new things. So I try to stick to a rou­tine that works for my skin with­out try­ing to dis­rupt it too much, be­cause when you try some­thing new it could break out your skin in­stantly,” says beauty blog­ger Nicole Rodger. Here she wears black skinny jeans from Amer­i­can Ea­gle Out­fit­ters with an olive cold-shoul­der cable knit sweater from Aerie un­der a camo jacket from Stradi­var­ius.

Rodger’s white Moroc­can cro­chet shoes are from Toms. “I’m not a shoe person — I’m ei­ther wear­ing Toms, Adi­das or that one pair of black heels,” she says.

Rodger ac­ces­sorizes her camo jacket from Stradi­var­ius with a cherry gar­nish pin from Stay Home Club.

Rodger sports a COACH X Selena Gomez Col­lec­tion wrist­let.

SH­ERYL NADLER, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Beauty blog­ger Nicole Rodger looks for out­fits that are chic, classy and com­fort­able.

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