Youngblood is a pop star with a dark side. Her latest video, Feel Alright quickly morphs from a pastel-coloured dream to a beauty-obsessed, glitterbomb nightmare. Woodlot caught up with the spellbinding Vancouver performer to chat about her "magical" body creams, onstage energy boosters, and how she stays (mostly) sane on tour.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Like a spaceship full of disco suits crashed into a dumpster.
Can you talk a little about your passion, and what led you to begin performing?
Passion is a crazy, powerful magic that leads people to do things that they never thought they would. Following your passion often seems like it will lead to regret, or something scary and outside of yourself. Just remember to never regret anything, because at that moment, it was exactly what you wanted.
"Just remember to never regret anything, because at that moment, it was exactly what you wanted."
I think my passion has always been putting a smile on people's faces. And there are times I will go to absolute lengths to do so. I've always expressed myself through writing and creating, so if the things I make for myself are able to put a smile on people's faces, then that's perfect. It's a combination of my passion and my expression of self—that to me is what Youngblood is, and why I love doing it.
Do you have a regular beauty routine?The most consistent thing about me is my inconsistencies, so the words "regular" and "routine" are hard for me to describe myself with, haha! I used to use Burt's Bee's gentle face wash, and moisturize with BioOil, which was my jam forever. Then my sister turned me on to Rodan + Field's, which is a little heavier on the pockets, but has been amazing for my skin! I also use East Witch body cream by local [Vancouver brand] We Do Hoodoo, which smells like Chai, and is blessed with a Hoodoo spell that makes me feel very magical every day.
Does your beauty routine change when you go on tour?I have made myself little travel-sized bottles of Bioderma face cleanser to wipe off my stage makeup (which is crucial), and I have mini R+F products that my sister has given me. I have pretty dry skin, so while on tour I end up drinking a ton of water, and moisturizing like crazy.
What products do you recommend for keeping your energy up?
In the past few years, I've noticed that drinking a lot of water, getting a good sleep, and eating good food actually has a huge effect on my energy levels. This feels like a no-brainer, but I really didn't take good care of myself until recently. As a vegetarian I'll sometimes take Iron and B12 supplements when I'm feeling low, and as an extrovert I get energy from being around people, so I'll try to force myself off the couch to go be with my friends.
What does wellness mean to you?
To me wellness is making sure both your body and your mind are feeling their best. It can be really easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out with the day-to-day, and wellness is making sure you're taking time to check in with yourself and reset.