Lisa Libbey lives in New York City with her husband and two year old daughter. She is Vice President, Group Account Director at Campbell Ewald Advertising. We met through mutual friends in 2009 while attending a Professional Bull Riding show at Madison Square Garden. She was my Maid of Honor in 2014 and I don’t know what I would do without her. I laugh at all of her IG stories and we text nearly everyday.
1. What is your skin type?
I would have classified my skin as “oily” for YEARS, but as I have grown older and gone through the hormonal shifts of pregnancy it’s becoming more and more “combination/sensitive.” But, my oily t-zone persists.
2. How do you balance work and motherhood while also taking time for yourself?
Oh gosh, I don’t even know, somehow things just work themselves out. When my daughter goes to bed in the evening I do try and prioritize skin care so I have a nighttime routine I go through even if I am exhausted, and a few days a week I’ll do some extra treatments like exfoliate, or do masks, take care of my cuticles while watching TV etc. I find if you take just a few extra minutes every evening you can maintain a beauty regimen that’s manageable and works. When I skip this, or get lazy, it really shows. Right now, my everyday evening routine is as follows – I try to keep things pretty clean and natural across the board, but I’m not insane about it (especially if something works):
- 1. Remove makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H20 – oh how I love this gentle yet SUPER effective micelar water. I’ve never used anything so gentle and effective that literally gets rid of ALL my makeup. Bioderma Sensibio H20
- 2. Cleanse – I love this stuff. I used to think I had to use a really soapy cleanser to get my face clean, but I have been proven wrong! This cleanses, is gentle, and still manages to remove any remaining makeup without drying skin out. Naturopathica Chamomile Cleansing Milk
- 3. Tone – I feel like I can be a little lazy with this since I have essentially already cleansed twice (see above) so I use a refreshing spritz of Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, herbs and rose water. It smells great and it’s CHEAP. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Rosewater
- 4. Serum I use this AHA/BHA treatment every other night. It’s good for sloughing off old skin, and rejuvenating, plus it gives you a little glow. Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Resurfacing Night Serum. On off nights, I use the same Vitamin C serum I use every morning. One Love Organics Vitamin C Serum. This stuff is super nourishing and feels great going on. Also, one thing I have learned, DON’T BE AFRAID OF OIL. I used to run from oils with oilier skin, but I have really found they do not create extra congestion or oiliness and help nourish aging skin.
- 5. Eye cream – I have been blessed with very few eye wrinkles (praise be! though not true of my forehead), so I like to use something gentle yet nourishing. I also have sensitive eyes that are easily irritated. Right now I am really loving this product (also a bargain, and who doesn’t love some hyaluronic acid). Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
- 6. Finally, I moisturize. I have been using this product off-and-on for about 2 years now. I really like it. I find it nourishing, and calming (which I need with rosier skin) and I like the clean ingredients. In the summer, I’ll probably go for something a bit lighter. Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream
This whole process takes a total of like 6 minutes! On nights where I throw a mask on, these are my favorites right now, and so easy to do while watching TV. Once a week at most: Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari BabyfacialWhenever you’re feeling a bit parched, great for sensitive skin: Alchimie Forever Kantic Brightening Moisture MaskFor detoxing: Farmacy Bright On Vitamin C Mask with Echinacea
Also, I love to get facials periodically at HeyDay. If you’re in New York City or LA, they have a bunch of locations. It’s very reasonably priced, they have treatments ranging from 30-75 minutes and it’s super effective. I used to spend $225+ dollars on a facial and it’s not at all necessary!
3. What product has been in your beauty arsenal the longest?
Probably Vitamin C and retinol – two things I think every person should use daily. Vitamin C is gentle enough for everyday use, and really helps moisturize and with dark spots and discoloration – even if you don’t suffer from this, it’s great to incorporate preventatively. I’ve never spoken to a derm or aesthetician who doesn’t endorse Vitamin C. Right now, I am using One Love Organics Vitamin C serum. I also love retinol or retinol-alternatives such as an AHA. For sensitive skin, a more gentle AHA is probably better, but these products are amazing for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. I started using an rx retinol in high school for hormonal acne, but as I get older and my skin is more sensitive I like an AHA every other night (or if you can build up to every night). Right now, I am using Farmacy’s Honeymoon Glow Resurfacing Night Serum.
4. I imagine mornings are hectic for you with a sweet, active toddler. What is the most important step in your morning beauty routines?
I don’t always wash my hair, but I always go through my skincare routine!! Cleanse, toner, vitamin C serum, eye cream and moisturize. Can do it in 5 minutes or less.
5. What has been your biggest beauty mis-hap?
Oof, I got acrylic nails my senior year in college because a lot of girls at University of Florida rocked that look. It was NOT for me – I kept them on for 2 weeks and it took a month or so to get my nails healthy again. Another mishap I could never imagine today is frequenting tanning beds in the early 2000s. My motto was literally “if you can’t tone it, tan it.” I can’t believe I did that to my skin, and that I thought it was a good look!!