Alexa Sloan has been working at Google for nearly five years (!). She lives in the San Fransisco Bay Area with her husband, Steve, where you can often find them cooking Italian food and drinking great wine. Today, she shares the (kinda gross) skin care ingredient she swears by for softer skin, the dry shampoo she uses 'til there's not a spritz left, and the best wines under $20.
What's your morning skin care routine?
I wash my face in the morning with cold water, no product, then apply Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, followed by COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream. My cousin turned me onto using facial products with snail secretion, also called snail slime, as it's said to help prevent and eliminate wrinkles and dark spots. It sounds gross, but think of it as a really thick lotion. I've been using it for about eight months and have seen an improvement in my skin and its softness.
What makeup do you wear daily?
I start with Too Faced Hangover Cure Primer, followed by BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer. I then apply whichever shade of brown, shimmer or gold Mac eyeshadow I want to wear for the day and use a combination of dark brown Nars powder eyeshadow and a pencil for eyeliner. I finish my eyes with Benefit They're Real! Mascara. Once my eyes are done, I'll start applying my face makeup. For work, or casual days, I'll use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. For days when I'm going to a client meeting or out, I'll wear Cover Fx Natural Finish Foundation. After my foundation is set, I'll apply Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer, Sephora Highlighter, Mac Powder Blush and finish the look off with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. For lips, I use either Chapstick, Mac Lipstick or Too Faced Lip Injection lip gloss.
What's your go-to hairstyle?
Down with big volume, messy waves and curls.
Do you have any favorite haircare products that help you get that style?
On days when I wash my hair, I use a combination of Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioning Masque, or Joico K-Pak Shampoo and Conditioner. The Mythic Oil conditioning masque leaves my hair feeling like silk. On days when I don't wash my hair, I'll use Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo to keep it looking fresh and voluminous.
When I curl my hair or wave it, I'll use Living Proof Hairspray and either a curling wand or curling iron. If I straighten my hair, I use only a small amount of MoroccanOil at the tips to give it shine.
Do you have a DIY treatment you love?
I absolutely love painting my nails and toes and have become quite the DIY manicurist. For anyone who has ever lived with me, they've learned to live with the smell of nail polish as I always have it out. When I don't have my nails professionally done, I enjoy giving myself a full pedicure using a mix of light, dark and bright colors from Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel line and Essie. My favorite top coat to use for fast dry and shine is Essie Good to Go.
What's the last product you used 'til there was nothing left?
You're recently married (congratulations!). What was the inspiration behind your wedding day look? How did you want to look and feel that day?
Thank you! The look I was going for on my wedding day was glowing and sexy, but I still wanted to feel like myself. I Pinterest-ed heavily to get inspiration, and used photos from Jess Southern's wedding (she's Jessie James Decker's makeup artist) and Kristin Cavallari to describe the makeup and hair look I was going for. I did several trials leading up to the wedding with my hair and makeup team to ensure I felt confident and comfortable with my look. My top recommendation to any bride is to pay the extra money for trials with your hair and makeup team — it helped me stay very relaxed on the wedding day as I knew I was in the best hands possible.
For makeup, the amazing Jaime Danielian from JMichelle Beauty helped me get the perfect bridal glow and played up my eyes with brown and gold tones. For hair, Jessi Seisa from Le Reve Salon styled my hair down, with curls, some tease and tons of volume. I have never felt more beautiful in my life than on my wedding day (thanks to the professionals), and the look came together to exceed my expectations.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do at Google?
I've been at Google for almost five years and have been on several different sales teams within the advertising organization. Over the last year, I've served as the Mobile Apps Lead for the world's largest shopping advertisers. I help advertisers leverage their apps to grow their business, drive customer loyalty and engagement. My team consists of 12 people and we sit in locations across the Americas including New York, San Francisco, Chicago and São Paulo. We each support around 10+ clients and spend our workdays doing a mix of in-person client meetings (and the travel that comes with it), client calls, internal product learnings and prep for upcoming client engagements.
What's it like working at Google?
It's incredible. The company itself has an impressive culture, which is built on the people they hire, and the company's mission and values. From the leadership down, there's a sense of camaraderie at Google aimed at finding solutions to the world's biggest problems — traffic, healthcare, internet access, you name it. As a Googler, you have to learn to embrace change and never get too comfortable with the status quo. It's expected you go above and beyond to exceed your personal and team goals, which lends itself to a challenging yet rewarding environment.
Aside from culture, my other favorite thing about Google are the perks. From gym classes (free barre, spin, Pilates), swimming pools, free food, dog-friendly spaces, massages, laundry, haircuts, passport services... there's pretty much everything you can ever imagine right on campus.
How do you destress after a long day?
I put as much focus on destressing before work as I do after. I workout four times a week in the mornings, including a spin class at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. It helps me jumpstart my day, body and mindset. Morning workouts have the added value of giving me more time to relax and unwind after work. When I get home from work, I love to cook, watch some Bravo, and catch up with my husband over a glass of wine.
You're quite the wine connoisseur! Do you have any current favorites to recommend?
I love wine, and tend to gravitate towards oaky, buttery chardonnays and fuller bodied reds from Napa Valley. My all time favorite chardonnays are Rombauer, Cakebread and Hall. These beauties cost $40+/bottle, so during the week if I just want a glass or two, I'll have La Crema Chardonnay, William Hill or Butter Chardonnay. These wines taste great and are under $20/bottle.
For reds, I love Duckhorn, Heitz Cellar, Stags Leap and Regusci. These delicious wines range in the $60+/bottle side, so when I want a great glass of red without the price tag I'll buy a bottle of Foxglove, Decoy (a sister brand of Duckhorn) or Cannonball.
What's your evening skincare routine?
I take my makeup off with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes every night. I rotate my nightly face washing routine between my Clarisonic, Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser, and SpaRX. I'll then repeat my morning moisturizing routine and apply Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, followed by COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream.
What's one thing you do every day that makes you feel great?
Exercising and cooking keep me sane and balanced. Admittedly, this wasn't always the case. The first few years after I graduated from UCLA, I was doing a four hour commute every day from my apartment in San Francisco to Google's office in Mountain View. I felt I had no time to exercise and once I'd get home from work, I'd be too tired to cook anything. This lead to pizza and pasta being the two major food groups in my diet and an overall unhealthy lifestyle.
Three years ago, I made the move down to the peninsula to be closer to work and live with Steve. This transition allowed me to make exercise and eating well top priorities. I started taking workout classes to hold me accountable and now attend barre class Monday and Wednesday and spin class Tuesday and Thursday. I'll then either go for a walk, lift weights or run on Friday and on the weekend.
As for cooking, when Steve and I started dating, I couldn't make anything. I accidentally lit our barbecue and backyard on fire when I was first learning, and on multiple occasions I served him undercooked chicken. Now that I cook close to five times a week, the raw chicken days are well behind me and I consider myself a pretty good cook. It's a hobby that has the added benefit of helping me maintain a healthy lifestyle and add creativity into my day after work.
How would you describe your approach to beauty?
My approach to beauty is a balance between investing in my happiness and health, and putting the extra effort in to be the best version of myself. I enjoy wearing makeup and doing my hair to accentuate my features and give me confidence, but I avoid making the "getting ready" process seem like a chore. I don't wear makeup to the gym, or out if I'm running quick errands, so when I get fully ready for a day or night out, it feels refreshing and fun. I firmly believe in beauty treatments that are focused on enhancing, rather than detracting, from my natural features.
When do you feel most comfortable in your own skin?
I'm most comfortable and confident when I've had time to style my hair, apply makeup, and put on a cute outfit for a day or night on the town with Steve and friends.
Be sure to follow Alexa on Instagram and check back next week for the latest installment of 52 Faces, a weekly series that spotlights an inspiring woman's beauty routine. Last week, Tatiana Calderón, a Colombian racing driver who recently joined the Sauber F1 Team as a development driver, talked about what it's like being a woman in a male-dominated sport and shared the sage advice she'd give to her younger self.