Top lifestyle blogger Ria Michelle on her favorite Miami facial, mani, blowout and more

Ria Michelle has earned her place among Miami's top influencers and lifestyle bloggers. Photograph by Genesis Bonilla @genstreetstyle.
Ria Michelle has earned her place among Miami's top influencers and lifestyle bloggers. Photograph by Genesis Bonilla @genstreetstyle.

Ria Michelle (@riamichelle), 31, belongs in the Cool Girl Hall of Fame. As a teen, she taught herself how to code and wrote an online diary that drew fans from around the world. Later, she parlayed a modeling career into a spin as a fashion stylist. And today she’s one of Miami’s top lifestyle bloggers, getting to travel the world and post pristine pictures of her always-on-trend adventures.

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“What my followers like best is a full-length, focused outfit post,” said Michelle, who moonlights as a personal image consultant. “But there’s always a new realm to explore. I just signed a contract with Carvel, so I’ll be an ice-cream ambassador for the rest of the year. I’m always doing something new.”

Here are six of Ria Michelle’s ultimate beauty secrets:

1. Fantastic Facial at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

“Dermaplaning is the best facial I’ve had in a really long time. I saw results right away. Even my boyfriend was like, ‘You look 12 years old. Can I have one of those?’”

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Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

2. Private Rihanna Dance Parties 

“I need to get into the gym. I just can’t do it. So for an hour a day I simply put on music and dance. I have some pop and cool UK hip-hop, and Rihanna’s always in the mix.”

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3. Starskin’s 7-Second Morning Mask

“Masks are so relaxing and great for self-care. I use these after a flight or just watching Netflix in bed. The serum in the pads feels really nourishing and leaves me glowing.”

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Starskin for that afterglow look.

4. Manicures at Miami’s Vanity Projects

“I love, love this place. I keep a folder of nail-art inspiration — photos, patterns and colors — for each appointment. Either Rose or Leslie brings my vision to life and suggests ideas to make it even better.”

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Vanity Projects. Zachary Balber

5. Get a Head Start at Hair Are Us

“My hair lives to ruin my life. My solution: Blowouts, braids, or a long, luxurious sew-in weave that I don’t have to think about. This shop has an awesome selection. It focuses on women of color, but everyone goes there.” 

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Hair Are Us: for everyone.

6. Fenty Beauty’s Kilowatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife

“Amazing for making skin look more radiant. It’s super-pigmented, so I just sweep a tiny bit on my cheekbones or the tip of my nose. There are more low-key shades than Trophy Wife, but I bought the most extravagant!” 

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Fenty Beauty.

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