Exclusive: Karrueche Tran Let Us In On The Luxe Beauty Routine That Keeps Her Skin Flawless
In About Face, xoNecole gets the 411 on IGers who give us #skincaregoals on the daily. Here they break down their beauty routines on the inside and out, as well as the highly coveted products that grace their shelves and their skin.
"Smooth like honey" is an understatement to describe the naturally glowing skin of 32-year-old Los Angeles-based beauty Karrueche Tran. When the TNT series Claws actress isn't shooting an episode or kicking it with bae Victor Cruz, Karrueche is blessing the 'gram with her light-spirited nature and skincare routines.
In an exclusive interview with xoNecole, the starlet touched on her newfound relationship with all things skincare. "Over the past two years I've really started to focus and pay attention to skincare," she revealed. "I've definitely expanded and have been more open-minded about trying new products. Being on set for long hours in makeup made me realize I need to take extra care of my skin. Sometimes I would notice little breakouts and clogged pores. I've invested in purifying and detoxifying masks to help with that." When you hear the name Karrueche Tran, you think of a gorgeous model and talented actress with flawless skin. Lucky for us, Tran has decided to share her beauty secrets with us to cop her all-natural look.
Here's what she had to say:
My morning routine looks like...
"Wake up! I take a shower immediately, also brushing my teeth in the shower - I realized most people don't do this. After I've washed my face in the shower, I use a serum and a moisturizer. Right now, I'm loving the Dior Capture Totale serum and creme. Another great go-to for serum is the Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. Then, I use a jade roller which I keep in my mini fridge in my bathroom that I'm obsessed with. I put all my jade facial tools and face/under-eye masks in the fridge. It feels so refreshing in the AM and is a nice little wake-up.
"I get puffiness under my eyes so it's a great start to my day. I also love the Hyaluronic Acid Booster from Cosmedix. Highly recommended! I also recommend the Avène products, they're great and affordable!"
My evening routine looks like...
"I love a nice hot, steamy bath filled with eucalyptus and lavender while wearing a face mask and a glass of red. A nice glass of cab, preferably ARTEMIS by Stag's Leap.
"Always, always, always wash your face at night! Most definitely if you have makeup on but also even if you just wore moisturizer all day. Get that dirt and oil off your face. Also, make sure to continuously change your pillowcases. The excess oil from the hair and face can cause breakouts. After I've washed my face, I usually use a night oil or serum."
How my skincare routine switches up with the seasons...
"Weather definitely plays a major part in skincare. In the winter, my skin tends to get drier and tighter. In the summertime, it's a little more dewy. When I work in New Orleans, my face gets very oily because the weather is very humid. Even in New York sometimes, my face will feel drier regardless of the time of year because the water PH level is a little harsher.
"Whenever my skin is feeling dry, usually in the winter, I lean more towards ultra-moisturizing and hydrating products. Avène has great products for dry skin. I use their extremely rich compensating cream and their soothing moisture mask. It leaves your skin feeling so soft! The key is to use it in between other products that aren't as moisturizing so you don't clog your pores and cause breakouts."
My go-to makeup looks like...
"I like a natural makeup look - foundation, concealer, mascara, eyebrow pencil and lip gloss."
My approach to beauty from the inside-out...
"Doing things that make me happy - cooking, yoga, eating, working out, taking hot baths, meditating, and sound baths. When you take care of what's internal - your mind, body and soul - you will exude all that happiness and positive energy. But most importantly, do what makes you happy and fulfills you."
My travel must-haves...
"Depends on where I'm traveling to and what the climate is. I know to pack for drier/warmer weather or more dewy and humid. I usually just pack a variation of everything travel-size [because] 3-4 products is not enough! I need my Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, at least two different moisturizers, two masks (one clarifying and one moisturizing), lip balm, body cream, face wash (Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser or Tatcha Deep Cleanse), and body wash (preferably Sol de Janeiro shower gel [since] I never use hotel soap or lotion! It's too dry for my skin).
"If I'm going somewhere tropical, I definitely will pack jojoba oil and/or almond oil to tan, as well as sunscreen, and a travel-size hair mask/packet to protect from the water and sun. The jojoba oil can actually be used for the skin and the hair, so that's a great two-in-one. I also usually pack a few under-eye masks that I put in the hotel fridge to keep cool. I like to pack everything I think I might need for any circumstance just in case they don't have what I need available wherever I'm traveling to. I'm definitely an overpacker - better safe than sorry!"
What self-care looks like to me...
"Jade facial roller, steamer, yoga mat, Crest Whitestrips, face masks, eye patches and hair masks. Mint Skin face masks, Avene soothing moisture mask, Patchology under-eye masks, Cosmedix Bamboo Brightening Mask, Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask, ONA face and eye masks - I love them all equally!"
For more of Karrueche, follow her on Instagram.
Shop Karrueche's Beauty Favorites:
Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster
Avene Soothing Radiance Mask
Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser
The Deep Cleanse Exfoliating Cleanser
Featured image courtesy of Karrueche Tran
Three Influencers Show Off Their 2022 Holiday Hair Looks Using Their SheaMoisture Faves
This post is in partnership with SheaMoisture.
For Black women, there’s one compliment that will boost our confidence like none other: “Come through hair!” You know the vibe! Walking into a room with folks acknowledging that your hair is laid for the gawds, and the effort that it took to get it there, is a top five feeling. And with the holiday season just weeks away, you’ll be hearing that quite often. Between Thanksgiving gatherings with the family, Friendsgiving, company parties, and Christmas get-togethers, the opportunities to let your hair show up and show out aren’t too far away.
Apart from the holiday stuntin’, the end-of-year slow down is also the perfect opportunity to reevaluate the year your hair has had. Whether you kept it cute with protective braids, went big with blowouts, or let loose with textured twist-outs, this is the perfect time to give your hair the gift of TLC - tender lovin’ curls. Like the weather, our hair goes through seasons and has different needs depending on what we’ve put it through. Perhaps the transition into fall/winter has left your curls a bit parched and in need of some serious hydration. Or maybe your strands could use some restorative conditioning after taking it down from a convenient protective style. No matter what category you fall into, SheaMoisture has hundreds of ways that you can clean, treat and refresh your hair for a healthy shine that will bring you into the new year right. Bring your curls back to life with the nourishing and fragrant Coconut & Hibiscus line. Boosted with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, neem oil, carrot oil, and shea butter, this line is the antidote to reviving thirsty, dehydrated hair. Even better - with SheaMoisture’s custom quiz, you can get a hair analysis that will lead you to the right products for your hair needs. Say hello to sleek edges, and moisturized, stronger strands.
In need of a little hair-spiration? We got you covered! xoNecole and SheaMoisture have teamed up with three natural hair influencers to debut their holiday hair looks. Meet Ambrosia Malbrough, Jasmin Moses, and Daye Covington - beauty bawses who’ve created some incredible holiday looks that are stylish and easy to achieve. They also gave us the scoop on the SheaMoisture products they’re loving right now, as well as their 2023 hair goals.
Read on for more:
Daye Covington Kicks Her Twist Out Up A Notch With A Voluminous Updo
“I wanted to create a style that was super cute but also easy to pull together, so I went with a puff and tendril combo! It's a style that can be done on freshly washed curls or one that can be done on old hair. [It’s perfect for] when we're short for time but want to add a little razzle-dazzle to our hair before a special occasion. It's very versatile!”
“My favorite Shea Moisture product hand's down is the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie! That is definitely a #TeamNaturalHair staple. Coconut is one of the ingredients that my hair favors. I also find that medium/light creams absorb best in my hair, so it's no surprise that I get amazing definition and moisture when I use the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I love it for twist-outs, braid-outs, and rod set styles. Any product that can give me versatility when it comes to styling plus added moisture, that's what a staple is for me!”
“I would love to dye my hair back to blue! It was my favorite hair color, but unfortunately, my 9-5 now prohibits unnatural hair colors. I'm pushing it with this dark plum color, but I look forward to the day where I can transition into a new stage of life and go back to blue. In the meantime, I'm focusing on length retention. I've been doing well for 2022 and have had no major cuts so I'm hoping to stay consistent with my routine in 2023.”
Follow Daye on Instagram @dayelasoul
Ambrosia Malbrough Made Magic With Poppin’ And Defined Finger Coils
“[Finger coils] is a style that I don’t do often, it takes much more time than my usual wash and go. But that extra time put in makes it extra special and so worth it. The results are beautiful. It’s a style that offers many days of wear, too!”
“[Earlier this year] I did my 4th big chop. This time around hit different as a mom of two. I don’t always have the extra time on my hands to put into my hair, so the short ‘do has been convenient. I’ve realized that not all wash days are created equal even if I use the same products. However, my 4c coils are loving the products I'm using now”
“Since I’ve been having my hair dyed, I’m looking forward to trying Shea Moisture’s new Mongongo and Jojoba Oils High Porosity Moisture Replenish Hair Masque. I am currently growing my hair out and plan on having fun with more highlights and a new shape - possibly a shag cut in 2023!”
Follow Ambrosia on Instagram at @brosiaaa
Jasmin Moses Shows The Secrets To Her Jaw-Dropping Curly Ponytail
“I love doing a sleek ponytail with my baby hairs laid to a T! It helps so my hair isn't in the way when I am cooking and running errands, but it's still snatched to provoke anyone in the room to stop me to say 'girllll your hair is laid!'. I like to add a little razzle dazzle by adding my cute, naturally curly ponytail extensions. It elevates the look perfectly for the holidays.”
“It took me from my freshman year of college to now, almost seven whole years, to know what works for my hair. I love protective styles like wigs and braids because my hair thrives when I don't mess with it. When I leave my hair alone, it grows the best, so I love taking off my wig when I get home, oiling my scalp and putting my bonnet on for bed! When I do wear my natural hair out, what helps me maintain the health of my hair is to get in a rhythm with my hair. [I do] my wash days on Sunday, wear it in a wash n’ go all week, and repeat the next Sunday.”
“My 2023 hair goal is to get back to my 2021 hair length! Recently, a hairstyle damaged my hair causing me to lose 4 inches in length, which was not fun. So I’m working on getting [my hair] back to its original health and keep growing from there! I am also looking forward to trying the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie as a one-product wash n’ go! I hear such great things about it and I think it will give me hold while also keeping my hair lightweight and voluminous. I’m also excited about the Coconut & Hibiscus Defining Styling Gel and Edge Gel.”
Follow Jasmin on Instagram @slimreshae
Exclusive: Teyana Taylor And Director A.V Rockwell Explore Black Motherhood In New Film, 'A Thousand And One'
“This was a match made in denim and door-knocker heaven!” Actress Teyana Taylor jokingly said after letting out a laugh. She was referring to her relationship with the main character Inez De La Paz, in the film A Thousand and One, approaching theaters nationwide this Friday.
Set against the backdrop of 90s - early 2000s Harlem at the inception of gentrification, A Thousand and One chronicles the life of a 20-something-year-old mother of color raising her son. The film captures the realness and relatability of motherhood, family, and marriage. The movie stars multi-talented actress/entertainer Teyana Taylor, William Cartlett, Aaron Kingsley, Josiah Cross, Aven Courtney, and Terri Abney. It was executive produced by Lena Waithe and was written and directed by A.V. Rockwell.
This film was written through the lens of the often complicated relationship between mothers and sons. However, it isn't your typical movie about urban Black motherhood. No one gets shot, has a drug addiction, and if you ask me, Inez De La Paz (Teyana Taylor’s character) is a ‘shero’; she saves the day, or at least Terry’s life (her son).
This multilayered film touches on the challenges faced while establishing a life following a prison sentence, the flawed NYC foster care system, motherhood, marriage, love, the relationship between a father and son, and Black NYC neighborhoods at the onset of gentrification.
"There's a lot of pain in it, and in order to express pain, there has to be a love that comes with it. So I felt like the movie was a love letter to Black women but a heartbreak letter to New York City…. We contributed so much to the city and made it the special place that it is," said Rockwell. I asked myself, 'How do I reconcile the fact that this place that I love and that is home to me never loved me?'
Teyana Taylor and Aaron Kingsley Adetola.
Photo courtesy of Focus Feature Films
Both Rockwell and Taylor are New York natives, Rockwell is from Queens, and Taylor is from Harlem. The pair agreed they directly related to the lead character, Inez. During our conversation, Taylor explained how we could all connect with Inez. "Inez is within us from being judged or considered difficult for your strength, for your voice, for your tone, no matter how right you are, you're wrong because you're too loud… When you minimize yourself, it's an issue. You're not enough, and when you maximize yourself, it's too much," she said.
According to Rockwell, Taylor auditioned for the role and earned it fair and square, "Nobody can take away from the fact that she earned this role in all the right ways. I think it's great to have that cherry on top. The fact that she's a Harlem girl and that this is a movie about protecting her neighborhood not only what it means to us New Yorkers but what it means to black identity and history in general," she said. "Not only are we honoring Harlem, [but] she is [also] a part of that history that we are trying to protect. I'm really proud of that as well. This person who is a part of this historic neighborhood gets to be the one leading the torch of this role."
We all know Taylor as the uber-talented singer, dancer, actress, fashionista, entrepreneur, artist, wife, and mother. She seems to do it all so effortlessly, but Taylor described the role as therapeutic. It allowed her to put down that superwoman persona while filming on set. "The easy part about this role was that I'm already a mom, so I'm naturally nurturing… In some ways, Inez became very therapeutic for me because it was the only time that I could actually be weak and turn off my strength, and cry and let out all of the things I was battling," the "Rose in Harlem" singer revealed.
Director A.V. Rockwell
Photo courtesy of Focus Feature Films
After watching Taylor master the leading role of this complicated story, it's not absurd to think she may be awarded extensively for her portrayal of Inez. Taylor told me she's ready for everything to come but isn't looking to get too comfortable while soaking up the likely inflow of accolades, "I'm ready. I think it's everything that I prayed for. I think this is God saying ok, here you go… I'm blessed, and I'm grateful, and I just want to continue to just keep working hard and not get too comfortable. Stay hungry, stay the hustler that I am…this is really only just the beginning."
It's not every day we get to see a film with a Black woman starring in a leading role. Furthermore, it's not common to see a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize-winning movie directed by a Black woman. It's no secret that diversity in Hollywood is uncommon, and the aforementioned are all the more reasons we should visit theaters this Friday to see A Thousand and One.
Not only is this film amazing storytelling, but the production of this film helps to move the needle of diversifying Hollywood and creating spaces for Black women in the film industry forward.
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Feature image by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Focus Features