Chit Chat with Arna Alayne

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A professional violinist and beauty enthusiast, Arna Alayne started her involvement in the online beauty community in 2013 after being inspired by beauty content from early YouTube content creators. With her interest and passion in makeup and beauty, Arna went ahead and created her very own channel and the rest is history! 

With the holidays coming up, Arna always makes sure that her skin, as well as her body, stay hydrated, and that she stays away from heavily scented products that could irritate her skin. Read on to find out her skin care tips and hear what she has planned this year to give back to the community: 

What inspired you to start creating beauty content?

I’ve always loved makeup and beauty, having been a dancer in my early years where red lipstick and false lashes were the norm. But I mainly got involved in the online beauty community back in 2013 when I stumbled across a few beauty videos on YouTube by OG creators, such as Elle Fowler and Shaaanxo! I was fascinated by the videos and decided I would love to create my own, so I started a channel as a side hobby!

What are some of your favorite K-Beauty brands?

I adore Etude House’s Soon Jung skin care line so much, as it’s fragrance-free and has really effective, simple and non-reactive ingredients. And I also really love Purito, especially their newly-released unfragranced Centella sunscreen! As for makeup, the Aritaum Cushion Cheek Colours have won my heart in 2019, and I’m also a big fan of Etude House’s brow products!!

Do you have any skin care tips for keeping skin stress-free throughout the holiday season?

Stick to hydrating, fragrance-free products, and drink water in between alcoholic beverages! Fragrance and essential oils in skin care can be irritating for some people, and can cause stress to the skin, so I avoid them in my skin care. I have a normal-oily skin type than can get a little dehydrated at times so I love anything that contains a lot of humectants, such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid, to keep my skin bouncy and youthful! PRO TIP: Apply a hydrating serum on damp skin before moisturiser!

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?

The food! I love all the Christmas baking and candy, and opening my chocolate advent calendar every day! I think food is the most wonderful thing to bring people together, and taste can capture very special memories!

I also love this time of year to give back to those in need, which is why I run an annual series called The Arna Awards on my YouTube channel every year in December – in fact, it’s happening right now! It’s a celebration of my favorite beauty products from the year AND raises money for an amazing charity from my home town that is close to my heart. It’s called Hope for the Children NZ. They help to provide counselling for New Zealand children who are suffering from anxiety!

What are you most excited about the new year? Any exciting 2020 projects?

I’ve got a few secret projects that I can’t quite share yet, BUT I am super excited for 2020 and what the new decade will bring! 

Images: @arnaalayne

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