A Beauty Minute with Bogdana Ferguson

4 years ago by

Finding the right beauty regimen is somewhat boring to me. Unlike with fashion, I’m not hooked on skincare trends and makeup sensations. It hasn’t always been like that though. I used to be a panda girl (heavy black eye-makeup) in middle school. Gothic rock influence, no doubt. And a cat-eye-lady in high school. That was a trend, I guess.

Now, I just try to focus on buying non-toxic, preferably fairly derived and made products. I use the Healthy Living app to find products that fit my requirements.

Here is what I’ve found…



I wash my face with charcoal Meow Meow Tweet bar soap that I found at Package Free shop.

After a good wash, I splash some toner on. Literally splash. I hate using single-use cotton pads. So, I just pour some on my hands, smile, and throw it in my face–just like in the ads! Or, sometimes I’ll use toilet paper as a pad and tap-tap it on my face. I have the coolest TP at home, it’s called Who Gives A Crap and their packaging makes me chuckle every time. It’s made of fully recycled paper and the company gives 50% of their profit to a charity that helps build toilets.
I use MADARA Balancing Toner.

After a minute or two, I spray some MADARA Infinity Mist Probiotic Essence. I find that whenever I get blemishes, whether it’s from travel or nasty New York humidity, I go hard on probiotics externally and internally and I always notice results.

Next up, moisture. I use a mix of The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics and
Pycnogenol 5%. Hyaluronic acid captures and delivers moisture to skin cells, while Pycnogenol helps address breakouts.

I don’t really wear a lot of makeup, but when I do want my skin to have a bit of color, I blend
Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint into BIOSSANCE Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer (am I crazy for using two moisturizers?). This tint is the best product I’ve found in this category. It actually is translucent unlike some creams I’ve seen that feel more like a wrong color foundation.

Brows first. I wish I hadn’t lost my natural brows to the pluck. I started plucking them at 13, so by the time I realized my mistake, it was too late. I use ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Perfect Brow Pencil and then brush them up with Ere Perez Aloe Gel Lash & Brow Mascara.

Then, I use YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat All-Over Brightening Pen. I just got this one after almost two years of foundation/ concealer freedom, but I use it very scarcely.

Another fave of mine – Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk. Brows and Cloud Paint are definitely my biggest go-tos. And, Kjaer Weis Lengthening Mascara !

Done! It looks like a lot on paper, but this routine takes me no more than 15 minutes to apply.

I don’t revisit my face during the day, but I do use hand cream a lot. I’m actually trying out a new one by skinfix that hopefully will help me with hand eczema.

In the summer, I am also a heavy user of wet wipes. I take them to our shoots, keep some in the office, have a supply on-hand always.*
*I know, “doesn’t use cotton pads, but is ok with single-use wet wipes.” I’m eye-rolling at myself, honestly. If you’ve got a good tip for a sustainable way to fight summer’s sweaty armpits, neck, and boobs on the go, hit me up!

I follow my same exact skin care routine at night. Sometimes though, I like to treat myself to a scrub mask. Also, after shooting Sandra Chiu for the Gua Sha story, I am a big fan of the tool. I make sure to apply a lot of oil and massage all the tension out of my face while watching The Simpsons in bed. Et Voila!

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