BEAUTE FILES: @THEALIVALLEY
Although Ali prefers to keep her surname private there is no secrets with her instagram account @thealivalley which started as sharing pictures she liked and was inspired by and now has evolved into her own beauty content creation. Ali is 27 years old from Sydney, She works in magazines mainly across celebrity/entertainment and pop culture. And just like most of us she is obsessed with beauty.
TSB: WHAT IS YOUR SKIN TYPE?
A: I’m a sensitive-skinned lady and definitely on the dry side. I get super dry lips and hands so I always have roughly 5 lip balms with me at all times and I’m always on the hunt for a good overnight lip mask and the perfect handcream. My current faves are the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and the Rodin Crema Luxury Hand and Body Cream.
TSB: WHAT DOES YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
A: My morning routine is very simple. I almost never wash my face. Instead I just moisturize and put on sunscreen. If I’m feeling like it, I’ll put on makeup but lately I’ve been going sans makeup and it’s really very freeing!
TSB: WHAT IS YOUR NIGHT ROUTINE?
A: My night-time routine is all about cleansing, treating and hydrating. I swear by Bioderma Micellar Water. I use that first with cotton pads to take off my makeup. I use it until there’s no more colour on the cotton pad. Then I cleanse with Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser – it smells amazing and is natural and full of good stuff. I always double cleanse. I also love the Fresh Beauty Soy Cleanser. Some nights I’ll mask. Lately, I’m loving the Darphin Detox Mask and Fresh Beauty Rose Face Mask. Then I’ll either use a vitamin c serum – love Super Glow by Glossier, I just got a new one from Endota Spa that looks interesting. I also love anything with hyaluronic acid.
TSB: WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE PRODUCT YOU CANT LIVE WITHOUT?
A: This is far too difficult for a beauty junkie freak like me so I need a few. My Aesop Roll-On Deodorant – the one with vetiver. And Bioderma Micellar Water! I’m also obsessed with Glossier Stretch Concealer and my Rodin Olio Lusso Lipstick in arancia adore. It’s the perfect coral and smells incredible. I’m also mad for anything lilah b.
TSB: IF YOU WERE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WHAT 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU WOULD TAKE?
1. Obviously sunscreen! I love La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+. I wear it every day.
2. Then I’d take a great lipbalm – Tatcha one, or something by Fresh Beauty or my fave Rodin arancia adore.
3. Living Luminiser by RMS beauty – gotta have that highlight
4. Glossier Boy Brow in brown
5. Moisturiser – I like to keep it really simple with the QV Oil Free Face Moisturiser.
WHATS ON YOUR BEAUTY WISH LIST AT THE MOMENT?
Oh god – everything. I’m desperate to try Dr Barbara Sturm, Vintners Daughter, May Lindstrom, Summer Fridays (just put in an order from Cult Beauty for this bad boy), Jillian Dempsey lid tint and Rationale. I’ve also never tried Tata Harper’s skincare line but would love to. Also anything by Rodin is welcome in my life. And I’m also dying for Glossier lash slick – I need it, even though I never mascara – I’d make an exception for this Glossier creation.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO MAKE UP LOOK?
Dewy ‘lit from within’ skin – obviously achieved with a nice base – I love RMS Beauty Uncover Up, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser, natural brows – Glossier Boy Brow for life!, pops of highlighter on the high points of the face and eyelids – RMS Beauty Living Luminiser, and a touch of colour on the lips – using either Generation G by Glossier in like or zip, or RMS Beauty Lip2cheek in demure or smile. Oh and a little bit of bronzer for definition – I’m loving Lilah B Bronzer at the moment.
WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADVICE?
As Glossier says it best - skin first, make up second. Seriously. If you don’t take care of your skin or know what works for you (which is easier said than done) make up will never look as good. Plus, if your skin is glowing/taken care of, you won’t need much makeup, if any at all. Also – if you’re having persistent skin issues and feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun, find a great dermatologist. I did this and it changed my life. Other than that, stay hydrated and wear sunscreen always!
TSB: WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT?
TSB: WHO IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?
A: I really love/look up to heaps of female beauty company founders like Emily Weiss – creator of Glossier, Linda Rodin – creator of Rodin, Tata Harper – creator of Tata Harper, Rose Marie Swift – creator of RMS Beauty. These are all some of my favourite brands – I love what they are all individually creating and I find them all really inspiring. Plus, for the most part, these brands are either organic, clean or at the very least, full of good ingredients.
In terms of in the beauty Instagram/YouTube community industry I love Estee LaLonde, Allana Davison, The Anna Edit, @beaute.defile, @taraleydon, @ameliasays, @sortofobsessed, @katiejanehughes and @mariagiannetos – they’re my favourite people to watch/check in with every day.
Interview by Stevie Ford & all images via. @thealivalley