Name: Bernadette Pascua
Day Job: Fashion Illustrator and voice behind Decade Diary
Current Location: Brooklyn
I can’t live without: I am big on scents—they just make cleaning more pleasurable. I love Meyers Clean Day products in the geranium scent, it reminds me of my favorite geranium bath wash from Aesop. Baies candles from Diptyque, the Baies scent also comes in a palette parfum to hang in your closet. Common Good’s Dish soap is refillable and essential oil scented. Savon de Marseille Hand wash in rose and Aesop’s Resurrection Hand wash smells so good, it makes me happy just to wash my hands after I clean. For cleaning, I love Swifter Dusters and Microfiber cloths. The cloths are washable so they are less wasteful and clean better than paper towels. I keep all of my cleaning supplies in one container with a handle so I can just carry the kit into each room and have everything at hand.
I’m a little obsessive about: Notebooks. I have designated notebooks for everything, from to do lists to movies I want to watch. I write every little random thing down.
On the slob to neat-freak scale, I’m an: 8. Because that’s just life when it’s still a little rough around the edges and I just lose points automatically because of the state my drawing desks are in sometimes.
My beauty routine generally takes: 15 minutes each morning. Since I work from home, I don’t have to go too crazy and I don’t hit the gym until late afternoon so after that is when I freshen up for dinner and take a longer time with my beauty routine. On Sunday nights, I like to do a little bit of a longer beauty ritual with facial masks and that sort of thing to get myself ready for the week.
The makeup I can’t live without is: mascara. It instantly changes your look, I’ve been using the same one for years, YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils.
To keep things orderly in my medicine cabinet: I like to keep the entire sink minimal and clutter-free so a lot goes into my medicine cabinet. I like to group things together by the kinds of products and then use old jars and cups to help organize it even more inside.
Everyday I carry a few: pencils and a small Postalco notepad so I can quickly jot down things I see that I’d like to remember.
I can’t stand finding____in the bottom of my bag: Usually it’s the opposite with me, I’m happy when I find something at the bottom of my bag because it’s usually a favorite lipstick I thought I’d lost.
I keep my clothes orderly by: arranging them by style and then color. Keeping a chair next to my closet also helps, when I’m in a rush, instead of throwing clothes on the floor or the bed I put everything on the chair. Then at the end of the day I put them away back where I had originally placed them in my closet.
Photo: Lianna Tarantin
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