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Interview: Monica Chang @monichang

Interview: Monica Chang @monichang

Monica is the sweet, stylish creative behind one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @monichang. When not snapping photos for her beautiful feed, Monica works on the editorial team at FabFitFun where she shares her love for fashion and beauty. We recently caught up with Monica to talk about one of our mutual lovesskincare! Read on to learn Monica’s top skincare tip for acne-prone skin, plus her favorite Ohlolly products!

Monica Chang

SKIN & SELF-CARE  

Hi Monica! First, would you tell us your skin type and skin concerns?

Oily skin for days. It’s both a blessing and a curse. My skin is mostly never dry, but it does make me very acne-prone.  

What first sparked your interest in K-beauty?

I think just reading about it on all of my favorite sites and being Korean myself sparked my interest. K-beauty skincare and beauty is also so innovative...how can you not be interested?! ;)

What’s your current skincare routine?

I use a salicylic acne treatment on problem areas to prevent future breakouts, a vitamin C serum to help with brightening and scarring, and my trusty Kate Somerville Glow Moisturizer for dewy skin. Oh, and eye cream and sunscreen of course!

Shop our favorite anti-acne cleanser:
Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

Shop our favorite eye creams:
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
Cosrx Honey Ceramide Eye Cream

What has K-beauty taught you about your skin?  

It’s taught me to be extremely intentional with the products I use and that one product does not fix all. I’ve also learned so much about different products in general from toners to serums and exfoliators. It’s been so fun to discover new, innovative products!

Monica Ohlolly Favorites

Speaking of products, can you share some of your favorite Ohlolly products and why?

I love the Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch, Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion, and the Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner. The pimple patches instantly flatten out any blemishes, the cushion compact is amazing as an undereye concealer, and the toner is so soothing and refreshing. 

Pink Wall Monica Chang - Ohlolly Interview

Top skincare tip?

Always, always moisturize and use sunscreen. I can’t emphasize that enough. Also, I don’t think exfoliators are praised enough -- I love ‘em and think it helped transform my skin so much.

Shop our top exfoliators:
Huxley Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask
Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel
A'Pieu Aqua Peeling Cotton Swab

What’s the one product you never leave the house without?  

I can never leave the house without hand lotion. I wash my hands a lot and they’re constantly dry.  

Shop our favorite hand creams:
Pyunkang Yul A Therapy Hand Cream
Huxley Velvet Touch Hand Cream

What’s your favorite way to de-stress?

I love blasting my favorite music with the windows down while I’m driving. It’s so relaxing. Other than that, I love a good bath with sudsy bath bombs.

STYLE & IG

Let's talk about your beautiful IG account. Where do you find inspiration?

Whether it’s scrolling through my favorite Instagram accounts or exploring different areas of L.A., I find inspiration everywhere. Also, I’m always inspired and impressed by my friendsthey’re all so creative :)

Style & IG Monica Change - Ohlolly Interview

We love your style! What are some of favorite places to shop?

Thank you so much! I mostly buy my clothes from Madewell, Free People, and Reformation. My secret? The sale section is my BFF ;) And I look for pieces that I know I can style into multiple outfits. 

Monica Chang Blue Bottle - Ohlolly Interview

In addition to skincare and fashion, we know you love coffee. What’s your favorite LA coffee spot?

I’m obsessed with Blue Bottle Coffee. I know it’s not exclusive to LA, but their almond milk is really somethin’ else and it gives their coffee such a yummy, nutty taste. Other than that, my go-to is Alfred Coffee because it’s right next to my work!

How do find balance between social media life & “real" life?

Whenever I’m with friends and family, I make an effort to not look at my phone so I can give them my full undivided attention. But, of course, I’ll whip out my phone to snap a pic for the ‘gram ;)

Can you share some of your favorite IG accounts?

I loooove @jordanrisa  @songofstyle  @sincerelyjules  @jacimariesmith  @thesaltyblonde — they’re all super stylish and you can tell how chill and easygoing they are just by looking at their feeds.

Thanks for sharing Monica!

Follow Monica on Instagram @monichang and shop this story below:

Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
Cosrx Honey Ceramide Eye Cream
Huxley Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask
Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel
A'Pieu Aqua Peeling Cotton Swab
Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner
Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch
Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion
Pyunkang Yul A Therapy Hand Cream
Huxley Velvet Touch Hand Cream

Images: Courtesy of @monichang