TOP SHELF: Claudia Haavik


Claudia Haavik opens up to Pegasus Pages in this week’s Top Shelf on the importance of tweezers, her love for Asience and Cetaphil, and why she never wears perfume.




“For skincare, I actually have pretty bad skin. Well, I used to have really bad skin growing up and I always used to wonder why that was. I always thought that if I used more, it would be fine. More toner, more face-wash, more everything. It never worked. There were these times when I would forget my face-wash and I’d just use Cetaphil without moisturizer or anything. And now, I don’t use anything else. Sometimes, if I’m feeling fancy, I use the St Ives Apricot Scrub or I use the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic is literally amazing! I use the sensitive skin brush because I have sensitive skin and it’s just perfect. It gets everything out. Usually, Cetaphil is just fine. I don’t even need to moisturize. However, it gets quite dry in England so sometimes I use this mask – the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack. I got it from my mum – smart lady. It feels like a lotion to me. It just melts into your skin. I leave it on overnight, and then wash it off with Cetaphil when I wake up. It’s really moisturising. I’m also obsessed with Avene Eau Thermale. It’s perfect for flights because it just moistens your skin, which helps with the unavoidable feeling of dryness that comes from travelling.

One area I never stop moisturising is that around my eyes. Just because the skin around there is so thin and sensitive. Growing up, my mum would always insist that I had to moisturise around my eyes. So I use Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It has such a weird texture, but I love it. The thing about eye cream that I learnt the hard way is that you only need very little. Otherwise, you end up walking around for the whole day with luminous under-eye bags.

For make-up remover, I use the Bioderma Crealine. It’s so amazing. It just melts everything off your face. If I do, however, have more stubborn make-up on I use Shu Uemura cleansing oil. For me, I just feel that people shouldn’t be afraid of oils. Even if you have oily skin, just a tiny bit is good. Oils keep everything moisturized. Other than that, just never ever sleep with make-up on. You know, all the stuff my mum taught me. I listen to her. She’s a wise woman. [Laughs] 

With my make-up, I’m quite minimalist. I use Urban Decay’s ‘Half Baked’ eyeshadow. It’s from the Naked Palette. I actually gave my Naked Palette away because I figured that I didn’t need it anymore, as I only use Half Baked. And then I use Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner. It’s so dark, it stays on forever, and it’s so easy to apply. Excluding those, I don’t really wear eye make-up. Oh, I also use Shu Uemura eyelash curlers, which look like torture devices but are actually really great. I could never put on mascara without them because I have the straightest eyelashes. And I use the best mascara in the world. You can only get it in Sephora in the US. It’s the Bare Minerals Buxom mascara. It’s so perfect. I can’t imagine life without it. I hardly ever use foundation but if I do, I like Bare Minerals foundation. I can’t remember what it’s called. And things like bronzers or highlighters, I hardly ever use. Maybe if I have a massive event. But I just figure that we’re young, you know? Our skin is fine… For now. 


The Tweezerman Slant Tweezers. I need those because I have very thick eyebrows. Threading is really good as well – that’s the one thing that saved my eyebrows. I’ve been getting them done since I was about 10 years old. They are just too much for me. I cut my eyebrows, as well. If I don’t cut my eyebrows, I end up looking ridiculous. [Laughs] I feel Rada’s pain.

I’m very lucky with my hair. I think I inherited my dad’s Norwegian hair so it’s very low maintenance. I use Asience shampoo and conditioner. They have different types – for coloured hair, oily hair. I just use the regular one. I collect it. I carry it everywhere. I have two more bottles in my cabinet, and two more bottles in every apartment that we have. It’s perfect for everything. I also use Moroccan Oil. I just started using it. It’s amazing – it smells, and feels so good. I don’t use it everyday – only on special occasions. It makes your hair so perfect. I love it.


I don’t use perfume. Actually, I’ll tell you the reason why. I used to wear Nina by Nina Ricci. You know the really sweet-smelling, apple one? So, one day, I was sitting in a field with my friends – just hanging out. And then a wasp just stung me on the chin! Right one the chin! [Laughs] I just kept on thinking about how much I hated the wasp and the perfume. I was at a summer camp at the time, so I went to the Medical Centre to get it checked out, and the nurse goes, “It’s probably because you smell so good” – because I smelt like candy. I think from that day, I never wore perfume again. I’m also very sensitive to smells, so perfume can be a bit overwhelming. But I really love Johnson’s Baby Cologne because it’s what my mum wears when she’s not wearing perfume, so the smell makes me feel like I’m at home. And I love scented candles. I have two in my room – one smells of vanilla and the other is vanilla and sandalwood. You can get them really cheaply in candles. Diptyque candles are my favourite. They smell so good. You only have to burn them for a second – the whole room smells amazing and it’s never overpowering. My favourites are mint, rose, and fig. We have them in all our houses, so they all smell like home.”




– As told to Pegasus Pages.

Claudia Haavik photographed by Sosa Omorogbe in Cheltenham on 15th November, 2012.

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