The #ITGTopShelfie interview sequence focuses on the sweetness routines of Into The Gloss’ beautiful, achieved, and constant group of readers. Submit your individual on Instagram—put up your Prime Shelfie (tag us @intothegloss!) and embody the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie for an opportunity to be featured on ITG.
“Hello! My title is Shanika Hillocks (@shanikahillocks)—I’m thrilled to be sharing my #ITGTopShelfie. I’m the in home Influencer Advertising Supervisor at E. & J. Gallo Vineyard, and likewise a contract author and content material creator. At Gallo, I present strategic counsel to a few of the largest wine manufacturers within the US. I’m accountable for stewarding influencer advertising technique, which suggests I guarantee our campaigns are culturally-relevant, equitable, consumer-centric, and ladder again to the manufacturers’ advertising aims. Some days, which means holding inventive brainstorms with my colleagues and company companions. Different days it’s growing an built-in plan for a brand new innovation coming into the portfolio. Alcohol manufacturers have to contemplate authorized and compliance, so these issues typically take extra time than customary. I additionally spend a good period of time within the NYC hospitality scene exploring ideas, cultivating relationships (with cooks, beverage administrators, and sommeliers), and staying up on trade traits. All of that helps me come to the desk with thought-provoking concepts distinctive to my expertise. Being a sponge, sharpening my enterprise acumen, and holding house for the nice pressure that occurs with sensible folks within the room does not get outdated—I’ve been doing this for over seven years.
Video calls have all the time been part of my work life as a result of most of my colleagues are on the west coast. However I reside within the historic Sugar Hill district of Harlem. Outstanding African-People like Duke Ellington and W.E.B. DuBois lived right here in the course of the Harlem Renaissance, so it has a very wealthy historical past. One other factor I really like about my neighborhood is that I do know all my neighbors. It’s simple to get downtown by way of practice, or out of the town once I’m craving bucolic vibes.
I used to be raised by my grandparents, and am always impressed by the ability of intergenerational relationships and the knowledge from our elders. My grandma is 81 years outdated and has probably the most superb pores and skin. Her routine is easy and constant: Noxzema, Pond’s Chilly Cream, Vaseline. Regardless that she was proof that much less is extra, I used to really feel so overwhelmed by the quantity of skincare merchandise available on the market and examined new issues always. I believed that manufacturers marketed as pure have been greatest as a result of that’s what aligned with my life-style—not essentially the case! Final yr in quarantine, I turned dedicated to enlisting a Black dermatologist to assist me with my routine. And now, Dr. Rose Ingleton is the key weapon in my magnificence arsenal. I’m so grateful for her, and I observe her suggestions to a T. She helped me pare down my merchandise and built-in prescriptions light sufficient for my delicate pores and skin. I additionally see her each six weeks or so for a delicate chemical peel to fade my hyperpigmentation. I’m out and in in quarter-hour, and might go proper again to the workplace afterwards.
Within the morning, I rinse my face with cool water and observe with Neostrata Oily Pores and skin Answer. That’s my daytime exfoliant. After that, I add Skinceuticals Phloretin CF to assist brighten any darkish spots. My cheekbones are certainly one of my favourite options, and to maintain them wanting sculpted I do at-home microcurrent remedies with my Nuface most mornings. They’ve a pair completely different ionized activators (Aqua and Silk) to make use of with the machine, and I’ll select one relying on my pores and skin’s wants and go to city with my Trinity machine. As soon as I’m completed, I apply ‘my glow’: a number of drops of Supernal’s Cosmic Oil sealed in with SPF, both Supergoop On a regular basis SPF 50 or Glossier’s Invisible Protect.
Through the week, I hold my face video-ready: a groomed forehead, a cream blush, and lip oil does the trick. Eyebrows are an important factor to border my face, so I begin there with make-up. I exploit Benefit’s Forehead 1980 in Brown to maintain my eyebrows in place and add a little bit of quantity—I truthfully stan that complete line. I then pencil my brows in with my favourite drugstore product, Maybelline’s Forehead Extremely Slim Defining Eyebrow Pencil in Deep Brown. I’ve been utilizing this pencil for years. I like it as a result of it has a spoolie on the finish, and since it’s so small and lovable (!!). After eyebrows, I seize Benefit’s Perfecting Complexion Stick in Amber and use it as a concealer to even out my pores and skin. I apply a bit bit beneath my eyes, round my mouth and on my cheeks. I then end with Ami Colé’s Pores and skin-Enhancing Tint in Deep 2. That is by far one of the lovely manufacturers for Black pores and skin I’ve ever used. It’s hydrating, my pores and skin can breathe, and after software, my pores and skin is the principle character of my on a regular basis look. As soon as that’s set, I apply Benefit’s Flush Balm in Deep Berry to my cheeks. I lately began carrying mascara once more, and my go-to is Ami Colé’s Lash-Amplifying method. It’s a deep, inky black that provides size with out flaking and appears freshly utilized (with no bizarre forged or dryness) all day. To complete, I seize Benefit’s Shade Slick lip oil in Taupe. It’s shiny with out being sticky and the precise colour of my pure lips, one other favourite function of mine.
I’m extremely sensorial and intention to set off every of my senses throughout unwind time. At 8:30PM on weeknights, my Echo Dot performs a night meditation playlist that tells me it’s time to get off my laptop computer, make some tea, and placed on pajamas. I attain for Bodha’s incense in Floor, which has notes of cedarwood and a little bit of ash, to assist me recenter and focus. Subsequent, I cleanse with CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser and provides myself a full facial therapeutic massage. It simply takes a couple of minutes, however as I wash the day away, it feels a bit like a metaphor—I zone out and actually take note of myself. As soon as every week, I steam my face whereas cleaning. I bought this steamer, which was advisable by my aesthetician Shani Hillian, and I appreciated that it’s compact sufficient to take a seat on a small self-importance. After I steam, I would take it a step additional with Drunk Elephant’s TLC Babyfacial or Skinfix’s Enzyme Exfoliating Pads. However extra typically, I’ll go straight to Dr. Ingleton’s Complexion Boosting Serum after cleaning. I deal with my pores and skin with a prescription retinoid known as Akleif, then moisturize with a La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Extremely Moisturizing Cream. And after doing my complete routine, I take CBD sublingually earlier than heading to mattress.”
—as instructed to ITG
Pictures by way of the creator