The Witch Whose Stiletto Manicures Take 8 Hours

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“My title is Bri Luna (@yungkundalini). I’m a Los Angeles native who now resides in Seattle, and being a witch IS my actual job. Some folks have misconceptions of what a witch is or what witches do—they’re both very intrigued, or frightened because of non secular convictions. However most simply have lots of questions: about astrology, tarot readings, and my enterprise. I’m the founder and inventive director of The Hoodwitch, which supplies on a regular basis magic for the trendy mystic. I’m additionally a soon-to-be-published creator. (Harper 2023!)

I don’t care if it sounds self-indulgent—self-worship is nice therapeutic magic. For me, magnificence is a ritual (and my favourite ritual at that). I discover no better pleasure than adorning my physique in fragrances, make-up, oils, and jewellery. My mom’s immaculate self-importance desk was my favourite altar. I liked taking a look at her attractive lipsticks and dousing my Barbie doll’s hair in her costly fragrance. And now, my work is all about autonomy and self-affirming magnificence ritual practices. I even designed and co-created my very own make-up assortment with Smashbox. I used to be additionally born beneath the signal of Taurus, which is dominated by Venus, the planet of artwork, magnificence, and sensuality. I take advantage of glamour as an act of resilience in a world that desires you to really feel responsible for loving and pampering your self. I’m devoted to honoring my bodily vessel, and which means I’m the pal who’s all the time going to encourage you to get that Botox, purchase the $5,000 boots, eat pasta in a brand new set of Egyptian cotton sheets, and take a bubble bathtub within the afternoon simply because.

I discover most of my magnificence inspiration from historical gods and goddesses, nature, horror films, and all of the weirdos of the world: Little Richard, Eartha Kitt, Divine, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Grace Jones, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Image Present, vampires, and different villains. I’m all for private transformation and reinventing your look as many instances because it takes to really feel like your most genuine self. For those who don’t have it naturally, purchase it. Who offers a shit what anybody else thinks? My true kind is an attractive demoness who loves taking naps—half succubus, half cozy. I solely put on black, and follow hyper-feminine appears with some tomboy components: skintight latex with outsized sweats, a classic coat and horny undergarments beneath, additional lengthy eyelashes and lengthy nails.

Magnificence might be actually linked to your religious and your emotional state, and I take advantage of make-up to set an intention. If I’m doing public talking, and I don’t actually really feel that assured, I’ll do one thing daring with my make-up. I wish to really feel that energy, and I would like folks to concentrate to what I’m saying. My eyes are my favourite characteristic, and I like to carry them out with lashes and a black cat eye. I’ve bought almost each black eyeliner ever made—waterproof, smudge-proof, all the things—and I child you not, the perfect is Moist n Wild’s H20 Proof Liquid Eyeliner. The wand is ideal, and the system has this actually fairly matte end. It dries superbly, after which you possibly can actually go swimming in it. Eyelashes are one other factor the place value doesn’t all the time imply high quality—on the finish of the day, Ardell strip lashes are the perfect. They {photograph} so superbly. I’ll get lash extensions for giant occasions or lengthy journeys, which implies I’ll have them for a pair months at a time a number of instances a yr. I’m obsessive about getting them crammed, as a result of I actually don’t just like the look after they begin to fall out.

I by no means go away the home with out doing my brows. I received actually good at drawing them on after I shaved them off in highschool—although surprisingly, they really grew again. More often than not I take advantage of MAC’s Forehead Styler Pencil in Stud and their powder in Espresso, and typically I am going to add Glossier Boy Forehead. If I’m operating errands and don’t wish to look drained, I put some Glossier Stretch Concealer beneath my eyes. I additionally like Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer—I take advantage of their Tan shade after I’m in LA, and Almond in Seattle. I mud on a bit of KVD Lock-It Setting Powder after, however as a result of I don’t wish to look too powdery, I spray a bit of rosewater spray from The Heritage Retailer, on the finish. I wish to hold it within the fridge.

I take advantage of all kinds of skincare, from high-end to handmade, however I do attempt to follow merchandise which are cruelty-free, even when which means spending more cash. I don’t ever use coconut oil on my face. Ever! If I do, I get such unhealthy zits. And I don’t care how sleepy, drunk, or drained I’m, I’ve to clean my face at evening. I’m very choosy about make-up remover, and love utilizing natural grapeseed oil to soften it away. My grandmother swore by it. After that I simply use a mild cleanser, as a result of I don’t wish to strip my pores and skin’s pure oils. Considered one of my favorites is from a small, natural, Latina-founded model known as Brujita Skincare. The Santa Limpia Facial Scrub is creamy and whipped, made with palo santo and maca root to cleanse the negativity out of your day. It’s additionally antibacterial and has vitamin C in it.

I get a micropeel facial from my dermatologist as soon as each 4 months or so. It’s a model of microdermabrasion that additionally contains an acid peel, and it makes my pores and skin look wonderful. I additionally love vampire facials, clearly. If I’m exfoliating alone, I take advantage of Sunday Riley Good Genes after I’m in LA. It offers me what I want in heat, humid climate, however the lactic acid is simply too tough for Seattle. As a substitute, I hold a humidifier in my bed room and use the Herbivore Botanicals Pineapple + Gemstone Masks masks sometimes. It’s the neatest thing ever. Irrespective of how a lot I journey, these things makes my pores and skin appear to be magic. I’ll additionally masks with the Aztec Secret Therapeutic Clay Masks, which I partly love as a result of it makes me really feel like I’m doing one thing historical, blended with apple cider vinegar. And if my pores and skin is problematic, I’ll make a masks out of natural Manuka honey or spot deal with with Mario Badescu Drying Lotion.

I’ve 5 million lotions, potions, oils, and perfumes. Folks all the time inform me I scent good and ask what I’m sporting, however… I don’t share my actual perfume mixtures. I wish to hold some issues a secret! I will inform you that I really like perfumes from Byredo, Creed, and Le Labo. I am obsessive about the Le Labo Rose 31 bathe gel. I all the time carry Frederic Malle hand cream in my bag, and love their travel-size perfumes too. The Heritage Retailer makes a physique oil known as Aura Glow, which I really like. And, together with my deodorant, I additionally put on a bit of patchouli oil mix from an area retailer known as The Vajra in my armpits. Their costs vary, relying on the scale of the bottle and the mix—a few of the important oils are actually uncommon, like a Moroccan rose oil that’s nearly $70. My pal Sarah used to work there, and she or he’d make me customized blends relying on my temper. All I’d must say was ‘I’m feeling down,’ and she or he’d say, ‘OK, you then want one thing citrusy, and one thing to floor you’ and whip up one thing unimaginable. I swear she is sort of a fairy.

Once I’ve been warmth styling my hair quite a bit, I take advantage of the Kérastase Nutritive Shampoo and Conditioner. Their deep conditioning masks is nice too. If I’m sporting my hair naturally curly, I’ll twist it up, moist, with natural coconut oil. Typically I’ll add a bit of Kérastase Sérum Oléo Calm down Hair Oil. When my hair is blown out and straightened, I really like including seaside waves with a curling wand and Kérastase shine spray. Once I’m someplace tropical, I completely must have Moroccanoil Hairspray. And Drybar makes a unbelievable dry shampoo.

My nails really feel like a real extension of myself. Nails have been traditionally used to point out energy—goddesses adorned their fingers and arms, and lengthy nails have all the time been related to vampires, witches, and even aristocrats. That’s what I’m tapping into with my stiletto nails. My nail designs are all the time very effectively thought out, which is a enjoyable approach to categorical myself and my moods creatively. I’ve labored with the identical nail artist, Peka Grayson of Impekable Nails, for 5 years now. She’s among the finest within the recreation! I see Peka each three weeks, and since her designs are so intricate they will take as much as eight hours. (We normally find yourself ordering Uber Eats!) Since we spend lots of time collectively, it’s vital that we actually vibe and join—she’s additionally a Black girl and a enterprise proprietor.

To calm down, I like to drink wine and bathe in virgins’ blood. A few of my favourite actions embrace gathering uncommon, out of print magnificence and esoteric books, indulging in jewellery and fragrances, intercourse, magic, psychedelics, and consuming lavish meals alone. I hate the gymnasium, and I don’t like folks watching me work out, however I do like operating. Some folks go for lengthy runs on the seaside; I am going for lengthy morning runs within the cemetery. The ghosts can watch me.”

—as advised to ITG

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