Because it is almost the weekend and that means a full face all day, I thought I would share with you this amazing beauty brand, Reina Rebelde. I got a chance to speak with Regina Merson, creator of the makeup line created and inspired by today’s Latina. Here is a little career insight from this girl boss.
How do you start your day?
I wake up at 6:30 am (yawn!) and the very first thing I do is get out of bed to give my 14-year-old Golden Retriever Maximus a generous back rub and about 15 besitos. OK, maybe it’s like 40 besitos. The love between me and this animal is the real deal. I check emails and news for anything urgent. Then I throw on sunscreen and a hat and head to my favorite coffee shop for an amazing almond milk latte and head to work out.
Nighttime beauty routine?
I take my makeup off with Garnier Micellar Water. Then I alternate between a retinol serum and a deep hydrating serum and tons of Aquaphor on the lips. In the winter, I put coconut oil all over my face and in the summer, I will use a lighter moisturizer if I feel like I need it. Then I take magnesium to help me sleep.
What’s in your makeup bag?
I carry a little milagro charm in the bottom of my makeup bag. I also carry the entire Reina Rebelde collection, Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Stromboli, Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Mood Light, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and tons of Q-tips for all my experiments gone wrong.
How do you practice self-care?
Emotionally – I try my very best to hang around people that have great energy and are working hard on living their most authentic life. I find the people you surround yourself with have a stronger impact on your life than you realize. I also take 4-5 hours a week of solo, unplugged time to read books on random, but interesting topics that keep my mind churning. I make time every week to see or talk to dear friends and family and connect with them. And I make time to do ridiculously silly things with friends as much as possible, it revitalizes me. Physically – I try my very best to sleep a minimum of 7 hours a night, and if my body needs more, when possible, I take it (unapologetically). My personality usually drives me to run a million miles a minute emotionally, mentally and physically, so I get run down easily. I used to fight it, but now I just surrender, my body knows what is best as I have learned. I work out several times a week, and I take one solo trip a year (to Mexico), where I completely unplug for 4-5 days.
What is the one thing that every “Reina” needs?
So hard to pick just one, but here is my top 3 things that every Reina Rebelde needs and/or needs to remember:
- To realize that there are no rules, and she does not need anyone’s permission to be who she wants be.
- The perfect shade of a go-to lipstick that will elevate her mood.
- Most importantly, to unapologetically be herself
Success is figuring out who and what makes you happy and fulfilled and pursuing that life.
Based in Dallas, Regina Merson is the founder and creator of Reina Rebelde, a makeup line inspired by and created for today’s Latinas, which celebrates the Latina collective, and their dualistic experience as Rebel Queens. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Dallas, Texas, Merson left a successful career as a bankruptcy attorney to launch Reina Rebelde, which ties her two loves—cosmetics and her Mexican heritage. A graduate of Yale University and The University of Chicago Law School, Merson is a proud Mexican immigrant carving out her own path in the beauty world.