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Meet Our Birchblogger of the Month: Anisa Kamlani of Whisk and Heels

Our community of Birchbloggers is a vibrant bunch of beauty-loving ladies from all corners of the blogosphere. Stay tuned, as we’ll be featuring one Birchblogger each month to share her story on the Birchbox Magazine. This month, meet Anisa Kamlani, the baked goods aficionado behind Whisk and Heels.

What's the story behind Whisk and Heels?

I’ve always been a baker, but I wanted to incorporate my passion for makeup, skincare, and my attempts to dress like a grown woman into my blog as well. My favorite kitchen tool is a big balloon whisk and my goal in life (well, one of them) is to one day have a closet dedicated entirely to heels.

If you could only use one product every day, what product would it be?

This is such an unfair question! I’d have to go with my Clarisonic Mia 2. It’s the only product I use every day—I rely on it to keep my pores clear and happy.

What’s your personal beauty philosophy?

It comes from within. Cheesy? Maybe. But true. Be true to yourself, be good to other people, and it will radiate throughout. That said, if I am having a bad hair day, you can bet that I’m a little bit grumpy. I like to pick just one feature to spend most of my time on, whether it’s my hair, lips, cheeks, or eyes, and then leave everything else slightly undone and imperfect.

What are some of your daily must-read blogs?

I recently discovered Happily Grey and I’m so obsessed. (I hope she reads this and wants to be my friend!) Gal Meets Glam is another source of inspiration.Then there are my favorite Darlings: The Darling Detail and A Little Dash of Darling. Food-wise, Joy the Baker and Smitten Kitchen are my go-tos.

Our theme for April is Rainy Days. What are some of your favorite rainy day activities in San Francisco?

I take advantage by spending time working on my blog or going to yoga—when the weather is bad, classes are emptier and you get a lot more attention from the instructor!

Walk us through your daily beauty routine.

If I haven’t washed my hair, I dry shampoo my roots and blow-dry out any excess (I learned this from that one time Serge Normant made Katia’s hair enviably huge). I save flat ironing and curling for special occasions—I actually like my hair’s natural texture.

I give myself a quick morning facial with the Liz Earle Pure Muslin Cleanser Kit, then follow with my SuperGoop Daily Correct CC Cream. I set with a light dusting of loose translucent powder and a matte bronzer to contour my cheekbones. Then it’s just a quick smudge of liner, some Watts Up on my inner corners, a brief crimp with a lash curler, followed by two coats of mascara.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?

I was at a Birchbox x Benefit event in San Francisco and was pretty irked by a blemish that had (naturally) just popped up. When I pointed it out to the Benefit makeup artist, she lobbed on some moisturizer and told me that most people approach blemishes all wrong! We use so many products trying to dry them out that we end up irritating our skin even more, prolonging the healing process and causing even more redness. My skin heals so much quicker now, and my concealer covers those occasional bumps far better than before.

You love to blog about food and yummy recipes. What’s your secret to keeping your lipstick on between bites?

Like any good recipe, it’s all in the prep! Start by using with a gentle lip exfoliant like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish. (If you don’t have one, just gently rub your toothbrush along your lips to help loosen up any dry skin.) Follow with your favorite lip balm and let dry. Cover your lips with a thin coat of foundation and blot to remove any excess. Apply your first layer of lipstick, blot with a tissue, then pat a tiny amount of loose translucent powder all over your lips. And repeat!

What’s your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

Hands down, my Buttermilk Cupcake recipe. I worked on it for over a year until I got it just right. Hitting submit was one of the most satisfying feelings!

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