In The Bag: Mili of @sharmtoaster

What started as a simple search for the perfect sunscreen turned into a full-on skin-care obsession for Sharmili Rakhit, a.k.a. @sharmtoaster. During her epic SPF quest, she stumbled upon the Asian beauty subreddit and was instantly hooked. Inspired by this online community sharing their passion for new ingredients and products, she started her journey into beauty blogging. With a background in photography, Sharmili was able to translate that hobby into some visually stunning skin-care content for her Instagram account, where she tries out the latest trends and products for her over 35,000 followers. Read on to see what’s in Mili’s beauty bag and get an inside look at her daily skin care routine!

Can you take us through your beauty bag?

My beauty bag is a mix of everyday products that I might reach for throughout the day. On the skincare front I like keeping an extra tube of sunscreen and a mini cleanser, at the moment it’s Purito’s centella sunscreen and Glow Recipe’s Blueberry Bounce Cleanser. A mist is also a must-have for bringing life back to my skin after it’s been sucked dry from the heat being blasted—I like Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Mist cause it’s ultra-fine and doesn’t disturb my makeup. Other things in my bag? Hair ties, hand cream, and half a dozen lip products.

Describe your daily beauty routine to us!

Usually, my daily routines are done hazardously. I keep my cleansers and masks in the bathroom, and everything else in my bedroom so I’m usually running back and forth between the two rooms when I’m doing my routine. In the mornings, I brush my teeth, eat breakfast, and catch up on messages while applying my skincare in-between.

How has your beauty routine evolved through the years?

My routine has changed A LOT since I was a teen. I’ve learned to be gentle and hydrate my skin rather than aggressively using all the acne treatments possible. Oh, and I wear sunscreen every day!

What beauty tip do you wish you knew earlier?

I really wish I knew about double cleansing earlier. If you have never double cleansed before, it’s the process of using an oil-based cleanser first and then following it up with a traditional cleanser. It helps melt off makeup, sunscreen, and the grime of the day effectively and gently. Properly cleansing my skin without stripping it off moisture helped get my acne under control.