We absolutely adore Cynthia, a person we really love and admire. Cynthia aka @cynthialions has been running her blog since 2014, sharing her insight about the best beauty products, especially for oily combination skin. We’re obsessed with the Essentials List she’s created!! She’s also a YSL Beauty Ambassador and part of the Versed Skin Team. Check out her profile feature below to learn more about Cynthia’s journey with skincare and makeup, as well as what beauty really means to her!
Q: Why are you passionate about skincare and makeup? What sparked your interest in creating your blog and reviewing beauty products?
Cynthia: “I have acne-prone skin. When I was younger I thought that it would only last during my teenage years. As I entered my twenties, I realized my skin was oilier than ever and that the acne was not going anywhere. I fell in love with skincare and makeup through YouTube. This opened my eyes to a whole new world and I felt connected to people who all shared the same passion as me. I started to blog because I wanted to share my own journey and that’s where it all began.”
Q: How have your skincare and makeup routines changed throughout different stages of your life (from college to your 20’s to after becoming a mom)? How have you adapted to skin changes over the years and navigated finding the right products to adjust?
Cynthia: “My skincare routine was non-existent back in college and I’m pretty sure I only wore liquid liner and mascara up until my early twenties. My skin has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Looking back, my skin was amazing while I was on birth control or while I was pregnant, but after having two kids recently, my skin changed again and I am currently dealing with some hormonal acne. I’m a lot more gentle with my skincare now. I still have bad habits (I have a Dr. Pepper addiction...) but my skincare routine is a lot more consistent and nourishing.”
Q: What does the word “beauty” mean to you? Have you ever felt pressured to follow certain beauty standards? If so, how have you been able to overcome those standards and create your own version of beauty?
Cynthia: “Beauty to me is being comfortable in your own skin. It means feeling good, happy, confident, being kind and accepting of others. Of course I have felt pressured to follow certain beauty standards. Being Chinese, I grew up having a love/hate relationship with my tan skin, but learning to love your imperfections (hello pores and hyperpigmentation!) and feeling comfortable and confident in our own skin is all a part of life’s beautiful journey.”
Q: If you could represent yourself as a certain type of product (primer, concealer, eyeliner, lipstick, etc.), what would it be and why?
Cynthia: “At this point in my life, I would pick concealer, because as a mom of 2, I am becoming more and more private and focusing more of my energy on my life at home. My family is what makes me happiest so I want to protect that!”
Photography by Cynthia