Hey guys! In today’s episode of Stalking The Beauty Cabinets Of Women We Love, we set our sights on YouTube sensation, Rachel Nguyen. If you’ve been doing yourself a disservice by not tuning into her channel/blog, That’s Chic, cancel your plans for the day—you have lots of catching up to do.
The stunner knows a thing or two about enhancing her natural good looks, and has graciously created a multitude of tutorials to help you do the same. When she’s not preparing our faces for summer or giving us haute tips on packing healthy summer picnics, you’ll catch her whipping up heavenly hi-lo outfits over on her blog, or very stylishly traipsing around the globe. You’ll also catch her hanging inside her beautiful home (pictured above), answering our questions on fragrance oils, diet, and her in-flight routine below. Thanks, Rachel!
How did you get into blogging?
I started blogging when I was in high school. With really strict parents, I didn’t have a whole lot of outlet options. Let’s just say the Internet was a different place ten years ago. Now I have a YouTube channel, which I started because I got too far into blogging to stop. I was also a bit turned off the influencer industry at around the same time, which was becoming rapidly vapid and superficial. I just wanted to create moods and stories, which is what made blogging so special to begin with. Thus, the birth of my YouTube channel.
You must get to try a crazy amount of products. How do you choose which ones to trial?
So. Many. The brands I haven’t heard of but look to have good ingredients are the ones I usually can’t wait to unpackage and test.
When did you start making YouTube videos?
When my friends who had YouTube channels told me to. It wasn’t until posting my first video that I was like, “Okay. This is so much damn work. I’m gonna quit my job and see where it goes.”
Tell us about your daily beauty routine.
I often do the 10-step Korean skincare regime, but mostly only do 6-8 steps in the AM or PM depending on my mood and what my skin needs. It sounds a little counterproductive, but when I’m feeling lazy I do most of my routine in the shower, which sometimes adds up to two showers a day. This includes brushing my teeth (with Davids toothpaste). I thought everyone did this, but apparently some people think it’s weird. I like to wash with Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser because it’s so easy and feels good on the skin. I’ll follow with the rest of my skincare: toner, La Mer’s The Treatment Lotion, serum, Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream, Kate Somerville’s Dilo Oil treatment, and Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment with SPF 30. It’s the same at night, except I double cleanse and don’t use SPF.
What do you do on a Sunday morning?
My perfect Sunday would involve brunch plans and a walk around some sort of market, because I am a basic Angelino. I also love a bath—Susanne Kaufmann makes the best bath products and has a killer (and expensive) mask that’s like religion for your face.
Do you have a go-to “going out” makeup look?
Playing up one asset on my face—either eyes or lips. Lately I’ve been into naked eyes and a nice, questionably natural, bold lip.
Is there an in-flight skincare routine you stick to when travelling?
Floss if I can, run over my face with some micellar water, and finish with a gooood cream to soak in. I like the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. I also try to remember to bring sheet masks.
Are diet and exercise important to you?
Super important! I’ve been eating a really strict paleo diet the past few weeks, and it’s been life-changing. I’ve been telling all my friends to try out Whole 30. As for exercise, I prefer to do things outside such as surfing and running, but I do thrive in a great boxing class.
What do you do to relax?
Literally get off the Internet and do something active. Lately that’s meant putting on a wetsuit and getting into the water.
Who are the women you look up to?
It’s hard to name names, but loads of ladies in my life. I try to surround myself with visual people and strong personalities because we challenge each other. Having friends around to look up to is far more impactful than admiring someone from afar.
Do you wear fragrance?
I loveee perfume. I try a bit of everything. I’m mostly into perfume oils, and have locked in a scent from Riddle Oil that’s like your skin but better. It’s great on its own, but also so intoxicating when layered under a few favorites: Le Labo’s Fleur D’Oranger 27, Diptyque’s Eau Mage, Atelier Cologne’s Santal Carmin.
Words, Madeleine Woon. Photography, Dana Boulos.