As beauty enthusiasts, we pride ourselves in discovering the most cutting-edge beauty products before the rest of the
fanatical in-the-know herd, but one blogger always keeps us on our toes. Aimee Blaut, the photog-slash-blogger of The Formula, travels the world with her Canon — and the newest global beauty must-haves she finds.
Jetting to runway shows in Paris and Milan, while splitting her "at-home" time between Stockholm and New York City, this gorgeous minimalist snaps inspirational runway looks, unearths the rarest product finds, and interviews the top echelon of the beauty industry. From chatting with Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of Caudalie to Victoria's Secret Angel Lindsay Ellingson, Blaut is chockfull of kickass beauty secrets that we had to know.
We caught the jet-setter in between flights and asked her a million questions — or just the important ones. Read on to get the traveling beauty routine she's perfected among other tips that make this blogger très fab. It's like mining for gold.
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Photographed by Märta Thisner
You went from studying science at Sarah Lawrence College, to working in the art world, to starting The Formula. How did you develop all of these different passions?
"I have always loved science and been fascinated by how things work. I found molecular biology to be particularly captivating. However, after two brief stints working in research labs, I realized that I wasn't nearly patient enough to hack a career in biology research.
"Art was my other passion, so it was obvious that I would pursue a career there. Though I studied painting in school, I find that taking pictures fulfills my creative itch. And, interviews with beauty experts also remind me a lot of the art world, in how these makeup artists and brand founders are inspired and in the way they express themselves with beauty."
In her Stockholm apartment.
You fly back and forth between Stockholm, New York, and all the beauty capitals of the world. What are your traveling skin care must-haves?
"I always have three beauty products in my carry-on. The first is Dr. Zelens Z Recovery Intensive Repair Balm
. It's designed for people whose skin is constantly assaulted by the dry air on airplanes. I use a heavy helping of this balm throughout my flights. The second is David Mallett Hair Serum
. I love all of David's products and his salon is so lovely…I wish I had an apartment that looked as nice. And finally, I love the sweet scent of Diptyque Eau Rose Roll-On Parfum
— and it fits perfectly in my carry-on."
What are the products you use after landing?
"If I was seated next to a screaming baby and couldn't catch a wink, Eve Lom Rescue Mask
gives me the appearance of being well-rested. I also always make sure to pack my Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser With Orange Extract
, which makes washing my face and removing makeup a one-step process. I die for this product — it's especially great in the winter since it's so hydrating.
"Then I use MAC Strobe Cream
as a base to perk up my tired-looking skin. At night, I use Clarins Double Serum. It's my new, go-to serum. I put it on before bed so the serum can get to work while I sleep. It leaves my skin super-soft and glowy. Finally, my suitcase is never without Darphin Aromatic Purifying Balm
aka Magic In A Jar. I don't know what the people at the Darphin Institute put in there, but it is the best spot treatment I've ever used."
If you could only use one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser With Orange Extract, because it is so multi-functional it feels like I'm cheating."
What's your go-to outfit?
"I can always rely on my staples: a pair of black pants from Rag and Bone, an Equipment shirt, and a sweater from Weekday. I am really into the new baseball caps from Acne, and they work great when I'm in a rush to hide my bed hair. Then, I just need to throw on my Max Mara boots and I'm out the door."
Who are some of your beauty icons?
"Alex Box and Val Garland are crazy talented. I love how they approach beauty in such a creative way. I can always spot one of their shows or stories."
You interview the most elite beauty experts in the industry. What are some of the best tips you've learned through the years?
"I've learned so much. Some of the tips that have stuck with me are:
Don't take steaming hot baths.
Splash on your toner the way men apply aftershave.
Brush out your brows with hairspray to keep them in place.
Use honey as a great face mask.
Pat on product, never rub it in.
Place your elbow on the table to help keep your eyeliner straight.
Drink hibiscus water if you need to shed a few pounds.
Always, always wash your face before bed (no really, always)."
You travel the world trying the best beauty products. What are your top three beauty finds that you think they should start selling in the U.S. asap?
"H&M just launched its new premier line, & Other Stories in Europe, which also has a complete range of beauty products. The brand teamed up with Byredo Parfum's founder Ben Gorham to create custom fragrances and body care products that are all beautifully packaged. I'm personally addicted to its Face Contour Cream. The amount of great products at affordable prices is incredible. I just hope they start shipping to my friends stateside!
"I also love Labello, because it has the best lip balm and comes in fun fruity flavors, though I must admit I'm a sucker for the original. And Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara is basically the best mascara I have ever tried. My friend who brought me a tube told me that it is the best-selling mascara in Japan. I can understand why — it attaches fibers to the ends of your lashes to add volume, thickness, and length. The only downside is that it takes forever to remove."
What do you love most about beauty?
"It's playful and transformative, and I love all the colors."
We're always looking for the most cutting-edge skin solves out there. What are the skin miracle workers you swear by?
"Bioderma Crealine AR Anti-Redness Cream is really hard to find in the States, which is crazy since Americans love it. It's an amazing makeup remover that works on all skin types. Avibon Retinol Palmitate Pommade: the legendary French anti-aging cream keeps wrinkles at bay and gives you perfect skin even in the thick of a Swedish winter. Your first application can be a bit scary, since the texture seems greasy like an ointment, but trust me — you'll wake up a believer.
"Transderma's oil-free vitamin serums are a favorite of mine, particularly their Vitamin A Serum. It has retinol in it, so it's perfect to throw on before bed. Codage serums give you an instant glow and come in the cutest names for each season (Fall in Love and Oh My Cold are my favorites). And, the organic Swedish skin care line Estelle & Thild has great cleansers and face masks."