Tell us about yourself and provide some background!
I’ve always loved writing and suppose it has stemmed from my love for reading. I love the creativity, imagination and storytelling angle that comes from both.
Studying both English Literature and then Fashion Journalism has then fuelled my experiences and roles over the years is many eye-opening and challenging ways but have come to find a home in beauty.
As a writer and creator, I want to change the narrative with my work, I want to create pieces that bring all people and backgrounds to the table without being labelled as just a 'black beauty writer', I am a writer regardless of race and refuse to be pigeonholed.
What does beauty/skincare mean to you?
Well, my first love is skincare, dealing with acne and severe pigmentation growing up meant that I was and still am hyper-aware of my skin’s needs and appearance. As my skin has transitioned through, it has meant that I am constantly searching for products to treat and cater to my skin.
Skincare to me is about nourishment, treatment and enhancement, when my skin looks its best, I feel on top of the world.
I am a proud skincare enthusiast and I love discovering new brands, ingredients and formulations that work and that I can tell people about.
What’s your favourite topic to write about and why?
That’s a very difficult question, can I mention three?
I love makeup for its creativity so when it comes to writing about it, I am immediately inspired, and no two articles are the same. I would also have to include skincare simply because it’s my personal passion subject and then fragrance, who doesn’t love to get lost in whimsical notes and evoking memories.
How has the conversation around beauty changed recently?
The conversation has definitely shifted ever since COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter Movement have been brought to the world table.
Covid-19 forced the world to stop and it created a different set of paradigms that explored wellness and an independent approach to beauty.
Black Lives Matter was and still is a shifting narrative that is shaking up all industries, for beauty I believe it is educating the masses on black talent, brands and the profitable black pound.
I look back and think that these matters were needed in, the world needed to be shaken and stirred into accountability and change.
With different skin types and conditions, how can you best embrace the skin you have?
It’s all about confidence, building your self-esteem and owning what you have. Regardless of your skin type and condition, nothing and no one can tell you anything if you have the confidence to own what you have.
My skin confidence came from not wearing makeup every day and dealing with my scars, breaks and pigmentation but I embrace them, work with it and own it.
What are skincare must-haves for the changing weather?
What are your favourite ways to recharge internally and restore the skin externally?
To recharge internally, I love working out. I train around 5 or 6 times a week, depending. It’s my medicine before my day starts and helps me to recharge both mentally and physically for the day.
Restoring my skin externally, I swear by chemical exfoliation and Retinol, the two (never together) work to recharge and reignite my complexion before applying a soothing overnight mask or oil.
How do selfcare and skincare overlap?
In my opinion, it’s actually difficult to separate the two, especially if you enjoy the rituals that skincare can offer, from facials and massages to lymphatic drainage. If you supplement breathing techniques into your routine, you are creating a coveted selfcare routine.
Who/What has been inspiring your beauty interests?
I can spend a copious amount of time scrolling through Instagram and discovering new feeds, but I am inspired by Mandy Madden Kelly, her skin is what dreams are made of and her feed equally so!
I also adore Stella Simona; her shots are super inspiring. Let’s just say my saved folder on Instagram is overflowing with inspiration.
Are there any trends you’re looking forward to trying in 2020?
There are certainly a few, Microbiome Skincare, the idea that skincare is shifting towards a hyper-personalised approach will mean we can acutely tackle concerns from pigmentation to rosacea.
I look forward to the expanded conversation between beauty and mental health, vegan beauty and CBD as they have all gained momentum and I don’t believe will be slowing down anytime soon.
For makeup, transparent and dewy skin, for me, it’s what I crave year on year.
To find out more about Nateisha follow her on IG (@nateishascott). Join us on IG to continue the conversation with Nateisha on August 25 at 7 PM (BST).
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