Mei Yan is a petite, pink-hair vlogger from Los Angeles who is even sweeter in real life than she appears on her incredibly wholesome instagram feed. She got her start on YouTube at the age of 15 making how-to videos about makeup, skincare, hair-coloring and style, and has since opened up about her struggle with mental health and depression. She's open and honest about her life off-screen and her relationship with social media—often chatting about topics like these while testing out products and applying a flawless face of makeup. We spent an evening with Mei last month while she was visiting NYC to catch up about everything from the challenges of being a Chinese-American beauty blogger to her fascination with the color pink. Read our interview with Mei and shop her favorite grails, below.

Photography by Bao Ngo.