52 Faces: Kelly Thwaits

by Megan Beauchamp

Kelly Thwaits is a university recruiter for Facebook. She's down to earth, absolutely hilarious and a huge fan of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (more on that later). Today, she talks about her beauty routine, including the affordable body scrub she's been using for over ten years (!), the beauty indulgence she doesn't feel at all guilty treating herself to, and the workout that helps her unwind after a long day.

What's your daily skin care routine?

I rinse my face with Cetaphil in the a.m., put on SK-II Facial Treatment Essence followed by belif the True Cream Moisture Bomb, and finish with EltaMD Tinted Sunscreen SPF 40. At night, I wash with H2V Regenerate Cleanser by Burke Williams (it gets my skin SO clean!) and use a retinol to help prevent wrinkles. Right now, I'm using Skin Medica Age Defense Retinol Complex. Then, I top that off with an H2V night cream called Quench.

Throughout the work day, I like to spritz my face with Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist to rehydrate. Some of my coworkers thought it was weird at first, but now (after they smelled it) they usually like a little spritz, too.

What makeup do you usually wear?

In the last few years (basically since I stopped working with my boyfriend and don't need to try so hard at work anymore wink), I have gotten pretty low key about makeup at work. If I'm putting on anything, it's my BB Cream by Smashbox. I also have eyelash extensions which help a TON because I don't have to wear any eye makeup (warning: once you get them, you'll be 100% addicted). When I'm going out, I like Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide as foundation, NARS blush/bronzer duo in Orgasm/Laguna, and a smoky eye. For eyes, I use Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette (love that you can choose your colors) and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil liner. I usually use a nude gloss for a natural lip.

How do you style your hair most days?

I'm pretty au natural during the week and let it air dry while running to my shuttle from San Francisco down to work in the South Bay. My job encourages you to be your authentic self and my authentic self doesn't have much time in the a.m. to style my hair. When I'm going out, I'll curl it with a 1 inch curling iron — I grew up in Georgia and love big hair with lots of volume. :)

Are there any haircare products you swear by?

I worked in a hair salon as a receptionist all through high school and learned the art of the round brush blowout, so I love my round brush (it's nothing special, but it works!). I also love Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray because it gives some grip and hold to my hair when I'm styling it.

How do you dress up your look for a special occasion?

I know it's excessive, but I love to wear false strip lashes on top of my eyelash extensions. Sephora has a great selection. I usually go a little darker on my eyes, and I love bronzer and looking tan!

Do you have any beauty indulgences?

I have a membership at Burke Williams which includes a monthly facial, so I'm pretty religious about going once a month, getting an amazing facial, and spending some time at their spa. It's so relaxing and an investment in myself that I have no guilt about whatsoever. When I'm at home and want to do a mask, I'll put on GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment mask and sleep in it (or put it on before a flight!).

What's the last product you used 'til there was nothing left?

It's a little embarrassing, but I have used the same body scrub as an exfoliator since I was in 7th grade — Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Sugar Scrub. It makes your skin SO soft!! It's a total mess in the shower, but I'm addicted.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do at Facebook?

I'm a university recruiter, and my job is to travel to university campuses to find talented engineering students who are interested in joining Facebook and helping us achieve our mission of making the world more open and connected. My job involves a lot of travel, meeting students, guiding them through the interview process, and planning fun events that further our brand on campuses.

What's it like working at Facebook?

Facebook is the most incredible place to work — it's open, fast-paced, flexible, and it's 100% focused on the impact of your work rather than the time spent in the office. I'm eternally grateful for the awesome environment and the way they value their employees. (P.S. we're hiring!)

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

I like to work out. I have ClassPass and there are tons of different studios in the area I live, so I'll usually try out a hot yoga, barre, or pole dancing class (I've been pole dancing for 4+ years!). I'm also attempting to become a better cook this year, so trying something new in the kitchen is fun for me, too. There's also nothing better than getting together with my girlfriends and catching up over wine and good food in my neighborhood.

What are you currently reading?

I'm re-reading the Stieg Larson Millennium Trilogy (a.k.a. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series), and in general love anything "missing girl"-related: "In a Dark, Dark Wood," "The Girl on the Train," "Gone Girl," etc.

What are you watching these days?

I have been re-watching "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" from the beginning — I am a die-hard Benson/Stabler fan. I also just finished "The OA" on Netflix and still have SO MANY QUESTIONS.

What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great?

I love to plan, so starting the morning with coffee at my apartment and going through my agenda and my to-do lists just makes me feel like I'm ready to start the day. I love having an agenda that I can write in so I can cross things off my list.

When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?

After a facial and fresh set of lashes.

How would you describe your approach to beauty?

Pretty natural and low-key on the day-to-day, glam when I'm out, and with a lot of indulgences that I hope pay off in my later years (lots of sleep, facials, and expensive products!!).

Be sure to follow Kelly on Instagram, and check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights a real woman's beauty routine. Last week, fashion blogger Catherine Grace O'Connell talked with us about surviving a life-threatening battle with Lyme disease, using health-conscious beauty brands and inspiring advice she'd give her younger self.

About the Author

Megan Beauchamp is a lifestyle editor at eHow. Her writing has appeared on Bustle, The Kind, Brit+Co., and BUST, among others.