Instablogger Maggie Xie on Her Beauty Secrets and Wardrobe Obsessions

1.Where were you born? Qing Dao, China. I moved to Canada when I was in elementary school.

2.You know you’re from Qing Dao when? You love sauerkraut, because the city was colonized by Germany for while. They make beer there too.

3.What do you do and why do you do it? I blog on Instagram because I’ve always loved fashion. It started when I was at a job that I wasn’t happy in so I looked for a hobby to focus on and find happiness. Then I realized that it was what I’ve always wanted to do but I was just holding myself back. Don’t hold yourself back!

4. Do you have a life mantra/philosophy? Currently I’ve been living by “persistence”. I was watching The Founder, about the guy who franchised McDonald’s. The main character isn’t too likeable but he never gave up and that’s how he found success – it doesn’t matter who you are, it matters if you’re putting the work in.5.Is there a particular wardrobe item with which you’re currently obsessed? Coats and jackets. I live in Canada so winter is very long. I can wear the same t-shirt under 3 different jackets and change up my style for the winter! I just got this vintage powdered blue smoking jacket.

6.Tell us about your skincare routine. I cleanse my face every night no matter what. It’s so important to let your face breathe at night. I can’t live without my Vichy Normaderm Night Detox! It’s great for inflammation and minimizing pores – it works overnight and I’ve been using it for 8 years now.

7.What’s your skin type/concern and do you have any special tips? I have an oily T-Zone and am acne-prone, which is the worst! I’ve been taking evening primrose oil supplements and that’s supposed to regulate my hormones for acne. I’ve just started but I’ve read it really helps. I have stopped drinking my coffee with anything in it – it tastes awful but really helps control my sugar intake!
8.Some of your beauty faves? My favourite product for my skin is the Clinique 1-2-3 oily skin combo. My T-zone is so oily but the 3 step works like a charm. Even just the toner or the moisturizer. My favourite K- Beauty product is the Dr. Jart + Water Replenishment Mask! I’ve been meaning to try the Bright Lover Rubber mask too.  Lastly, my favourite foundation is the Diorskin BB creme. It’s light and doesn’t clog my pores. It also lasts forever and has crazy coverage. Then I use the Benefit Boi-ing industrial concealer. Covers anything and lasts my whole work day.

9.Are there any beauty mistakes you’ve made in the past? Drawing my eyebrows way too dark. When I first started filling in my eyebrows I got way too carried away.

10.What do you always carry in your handbag? A lipstick close to my lip colour. It’s natural, matches any outfit and always adds some colour so I don’t look tired, which is great if I’m in a rush. You can also dab some to your cheeks for some extra colour on-the-go.11.You’re hosting a dinner party (no expenses spared) – where do you have it and who do you invite? If I was having a dinner party, it would be at Alinea in Chicago. They have a crazy 22 course meal that I’d love to take all my family and friends. If I had all the money in the world, I’d invite anyone who couldn’t afford a meal like Ai Weiwei and his Fairytale project.

12.What’s one thing you’ve planned for the future?  I’m going to go back to Paris soon. I lived there for a while and went to the École des Beaux Arts à Paris. It was probably the best part of my life so far. I miss it everyday.

Check out Maggie’s instagram @coevalpeople for more outfit inspo 😉 If you’d like to read more beauty tips and secrets from real women, sign up to the YB email list in the sidebar (desktop) or at the bottom of this page (mobile).







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