Modeliste Mode Around The Home: Laila Swann
Self-Care #STAYATHOME Virtual Getaway
How do you spend the first thirty minutes of your day?
I’m an early riser so I brush my teeth of course lol and wash my face. I do some form of Meditation as it is a key of my morning mantra. I like to use the Calm app. Oh and check my emails, yea I always check my emails.
What is your everyday skincare routine?
I call it CTM (cleanse tone moisturize) and I live by this religiously I swear. My go-to products are: The Rice polish classic cleanser by Tatcha, dark spot toner by Ole Henriksen and Ole Henriksen C-Rush brightening cream.
What have you been doing to incorporate “self-care” into your time at home?
Meditation has been a key part, these pamper sessions, which include movie nights with face masks, movie days with more face masks, future planning and daily workouts. Wow, that’s actually a lot of reflection. I am feeling tired listening to myself lol!
Where do you get your beauty products?
Sephora is my go-to, Cult beauty, Look Fantastic, Boots and Superdrug as they are easy and they have a lot of products between them. I like shopping online in these places mentioned also.
How often do you try new products?
I usually try new products on a weekly basis if I can.
What qualities do you look for in skincare?
Good question, besides the product actually doing what it says it does lol, I love products which contain vitamin C as they leave your skin glowing and of course cruelty-free is a must.
What are three beauty products you cannot live without?
Benefit cosmetics precisely my brow pencil, Ole Henriksen truth serum and my Givenchy concealer.
Give us a 5 minute skincare/makeup strategy for your next Zoom meeting or date.
Ok you ready for this! Lol! First, the most important part to this is a good moisturizer, this will leave your skin hydrated and glowing. Second, we will need an eyebrow pencil, fluffy brows are currently on trend so even if your eyebrows aren’t on fleek they will still be on trend. Next, concealer is a must! Apply some of this under your eyes on your chin and onto any blemishes you may have. I love lip balm just because… how much time do I have left, If you have a bit left then a bronzer makes all the difference.
What are your tips and tricks to keeping healthy, clear skin?
Water! make sure you are keeping hydrated, try to refrain from touching your face as your hands have so much bacteria, I would say.
Do you have any other beauty hacks you can share with us?
This is not a hack, but if you haven’t got coconut oil, you need it. You can use it for your hair, skin and even removing makeup.
Can you share a recipe with us that you enjoy making at home?
Oh for sure It will have to be apple crumble. My partner and I love making apple crumble.
4-5 Brambly Cooking Apples
60g Caster Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon (or to your taste) I also use a cinnamon stick
2.5 fl of Water
You can also add Cinnamon for extra taste
“And as the French say ‘voila’ you have a masterpiece’
What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
Lounge wear LOL .
Who are your top three favorite designers?
Alexander McQueen because of the mindset thinking out the box, Virgil Aboloh for the branding genius I mean I have never wanted to buy an Evian bottle so much until I saw the “off white” one and Christian Dior “saddle bags”.
What are three staple pieces in your closet you cannot live without?
Adidas leggings, an oversized hoodie (my pastel blue Givenchy one) and a crop top.
What advice do you have for keeping organized while staying busy?
Get yourself a boyfriend haha only joking..Kinda. My agenda is my life literally, without it I wouldn’t know what day it is, I treated myself to the Louis Vuitton large agenda and I use it more than my bags.
Are you working on any exciting projects this year?
Actually yes! I have a makeup collaboration with a reputable brand this month, as well launching two new brands that I can’t wait for you guys to see. I will also add I have launched my own hair and stylish wig company called “Wow Is That Your Hair” (@wowisthatyour hair, on instagram),
One more collaboration which has been an ongoing partnership with 777 Jewellers (@777Jewellers on Instagram).
They are a high end luxury jewellery store in the heart of Hatton garden, which you can find on “Farfetch” and “Browns fashion” website. I will be launching my own diamond grills and a few more products really soon, so different but I wanted to see how I can mix beauty and luxury diamonds together, as they are both two of a girl’s best friends lol.
Where do you live and what do you enjoy spending most of your time doing?
I live in between London UK and Dubai, I love spending my time travelling, learning about new things and cultures.
How did you start your career as an influencer?
I started my platform through documenting my weight loss, my thing was if I put it out to the world then I have to stick to it, it then linked into me posting more about fashion and beauty during this time I started a YouTube Channel with my brother and sister where we would upload daily vlogs, the channel now has over a million subscribers.
How do you develop inspiration and ideas for the great content you create?
I get a lot of inspiration from Instagram. I love finding new accounts which I find inspiring or relatable.
How do you stay up to date with new fashion trends and beauty hacks?
I would say finding new accounts again, as well as receiving PR packages so I am always up to date with upcoming trends.