About halfway through my search for truth and meaning in life, I decided to make some bath bombs.

It was part of this phase I was going through, or maybe have gone through my entire life, when you realize no one does anything right so you'll just have to do it yourself. Most of the time this backfires on me, which is why now I pay my sister to do my taxes.

But seriously, why are you paying a Burger King's ransom on ping pong balls of Epsom salts, baking soda, and essential oils like some kind of fool? Wake up, people! And smell the patchouli!

Here’s all you need to know, and then some things you don’t need to know, about how to DIY the shit out of your bathtime.

Bath Bombs

Thanks to Lush and the rise of the middle class, the world has as many flavors of bath bombs as they do breakfast cereal. Some are just as edible! But the OG versions—that fizz and sizzle like the adult version of science fair volcanos (but in your tub! I’d probably be working at NASA right now* if science teachers had redirected this concept to bathtime), have baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, Epson salts, and essential oils. Pretty chill to make, as it turns out.

The simplest recipe I could find is:

8 oz. of baking soda
4 oz. of citric acid (for fizz—and I happened to have some from making hummus)
4 oz. of corn starch
4 oz. of Epsom salts
¾ tsp. of water
2 tsp. essential oil (I used a willy-nilly combo of sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, and bergamot)
1 tsp base oil like jojoba/almond

Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl, the liquids in another. Then combine them—best to do this with your hands because you can’t tell how wet it is by looking at it. It’s a grainy/soft/unusual texture. Some people add dyes, dried flowers or herbs, glitter, pipe cleaners, belly button lint, and actual Cheerios to garnish theirs, but I’m not churning these out for my Etsy factory, so no. Then you name your bath bomb something like “mermaid kisses," “postpartum healing,” or “unicorn farts.” All of those are very real. Mine was called “don't quit your day job.”

At this point, if you happen to own bath bomb molds, wow, that’s cool. But I’m not about to buy another thing I don’t need, so I shoved the mix into cupcake cups and let them sit overnight to set. I said this was going to be DIY. Some were too crumbly (I added too much water), so I used those as bath salts—still fizzed!

When plopped in the water, they made the bath cloudy and the perfume dispersed nicely. But if you’re using to bathing with straight-up oils, you miss that feeling of oil sticking to your skin and making it silky. And I realized it’s too much work to make the bombs for what you get out of it, which is nine seconds of sizzling amusement. If they fizzed the entire bath, I’d reconsider, but then again I’d probably have skin melting off my bones like Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Deal with Essential Oils

You’ve seen them on display at Whole Foods—there are hundreds of options. Where to start? The best way to pick them out is to go with your gut: Do you like woodsy, hippie scents? Get patchouli, sandalwood, cedarwood, bergamot, and vetiver. More of a citrus fiend? Get grapefruit, sweet orange, lemongrass, and maybe some black pepper or vetiver to tone those down a bit. Want those musky sexy music video scents? Vanilla, neroli, amber, musk, rose. Etcetera.

Strategy 2: Look at the notes on your favorite perfume or expensive dream bath stuff online and get those to (attempt to) recreate it.

(One note: Avoid peppermint! Minty oils, like eucalyptus and peppermint, have been known to burn my butt when they linger on the surface of the bath water. Highly unpleasant.)

Before I started this story, I used to sprinkle oils into the bath like a bored cocktail waitress. Then I learned it’s both safer for your skin (butt) AND you get supremely moisturized if you dilute the essential oil in jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or hell, even vegetable oil—then dump in bath.

Some other general oil things I’ll add here are that clary sage really stinks; citrus oils are potent AF so a single drop goes a looooong way; and once you mix four drops of jasmine absolut into cheap Trader Joe’s Citrus Body Wash, you can never take it back. Hope you like jasmine.

Bath Oil Recipes I’m Digging Right Now

There are tons of recipes online you can play around with, I’d direct you to the extensive options from Aura Cacia, but most of them yield a big batch, and I want a new bath every time—again, I’m not selling them on Etsy alongside needlepoint throw pillows that say things like “wake up and smell the patchouli.” So my general single bath formula, based on advice from the folks at Aura Cacia, is three to five drops of essential oil per quarter-sized squirt of base oil. Sometimes I did six to eight drops with twice as much oil to use as body oil or to mix in with unscented lotion. Don’t worry about exact measurements here, the water of the tub dilutes it so much, it often smells much better and totally different than when you’ve first mixed them in oil. The easiest way to dive in is to mix just 2 scents at once, then start adding in more.

Using pure oils is downright luxurious, and never smells artificial, cheap, or candylike. The jojoba or whatever oil you used as a base will cling to your skin in the bath and the perfume will linger once you’re out. You’ll get addicted. But a word of warning: The more oils you combine at once…well, things can get very stinky, very fast.

If you want to smell like a billionaire lumberjack:
3 drops of both patchouli and Atlas cedarwood

My post-gym power bath:
3-4 parts patchouli, 1 drop grapefruit

Personal favorite: If you want to smell like you walked into Aveda and rolled around in the stockroom a bit (woodsy, expensive spa):
Equal parts Atlas cedarwood, vetiver, and bergamot

A sad but pretty damn close attempt to recreate Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser:
3 drops geranium, 2 bergamot, 1 sweet orange

My dude’s favorite, which I’d call “the camping department at Bergdorf’s”:
3 drops each of sandalwood and atlas cedarwood, plus 2 drops vetiver

For bedtime vibes and an attempt to recreate Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax, the holy grail of bath oils:
4 drops sandalwood, 1 drop Roman chamomile (can really have a bitter edge, don’t overdo it), 3 drops vetiver (and go ahead add lavender if you like it, I don’t)

For a Tom Ford Neroli Portofino wannabe minus the essence of sex:
4 drops neroli (which smells like the green stem of a flower more so than the petals, very nice), 3 cedarwood, 1 lemon

A creamy option for those who just can’t shake their addiction to vanilla anything:
4 drops cedarwood, 1-2 drops vanilla (beware: too much vanilla can smell like a clearance rack candle)

Happy vibes for sad people:
4 drops ylang ylang, 1 drop sweet orange

And there a million more I want to try! Even the sides of the bottles have recommendations for meditation (ha) or “women’s clarity” which crack me up as much as they intrigue.

Guys, I’m telling you, the more you play with essential oils, the more you’ll realize you’re never going to pay for expensive bath products again. But please pay your taxes.

*Are you kidding me, no. Plus they have almost no funds anymore.

—Alex Beggs

Photographed by the author.

Let's get wet: Emily Weiss waxes poetic on epsom salt baths over here. Or, if it's scents you're after, can we interest you in our five faves under $100?

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"I got into modeling after university. Otherwise I wouldn't have had a job, and my mom would have been like, 'What are you doing?' And as crazy as fashion is, if you don't take it too seriously, it gets easier and gets easy to say yes to jobs. Then you can delegate and do the things you want to do. I do like modeling—friends always ask me if I would've rather done something else. All of them traveled and experienced all this great stuff, and that's what fashion helped me to do, too. It helped me become myself.

Without modeling, I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't have this great apartment, and I'm very grateful for all of that. But when you're a model, it's hard to have a voice. Now I'm trying to do other things for myself. Alexandra [Nataf] from Unconditional magazine reached out to me through Instagram and I ended up shooting for them. That was when, as an artist, I realized I have a voice and it matters. It's a good feeling, to be a creator.

I stopped smoking in November, which has helped my skin. If you're in Paris, with a glass of wine, it's a very beautiful thing to smoke. But in October I was smoking a pack a day—my dad smoked, and he was like, 'You can't stop,' and I was like, 'Yes I can.' My sister came to visit after that, and she doesn't smoke, so I took off for the whole week. Then I just continued to not do it. I did have one cigarette, on New Year's, but I don't buy packs anymore. I can't start again. I've started taking two freeze-dried aloe vera pills a day, too. That's good if you're feeling stressed—apparently they're hormone-balancing. If I'm bloated, it calms everything down. Sometimes I skip them, because they don't taste good.

There's a spa I go to in Portugal called Vilalara, which is where I met my dermatologist Bianca. I do a detox there, which involves a liquid diet for the first three days. They give you soup, it's nothing too crazy. But it's a beautiful retreat, right by the beach. They have yoga, meditation, all that. I do love massages, too. The best massage I ever had was in LA for a hundred bucks. I hugged her afterwards, I loved it. Usually, I do very deep tissue to work out all the knots. In Germany we have something called Dorn massage, where they put you on a machine, and the man or woman goes along your spine, pressing the little bones. If I have half a day off, I always book a massage.

I always have this… Do you know Tiger Balm? I use it if I have a cold—you put it on your chest or breathe it in and it's nice. Or on your muscles if they're tight, because it's warming. Propolis Nasenbalsam is everything. It’s saving my life all the time if I have a cold, but also if my nose is generally red and dry. Or if my mouth is dry. Even if I have a pimple, I’ll put it on and it’ll help. Or if I put under the eyes because I don’t put too much cream there. It's amazing—and it's only, like, two euro.

This Scar Repair Magic is the best thing ever. That's why I didn't do Fashion Week two years ago—I fell off a cliff while hiking and my bone was coming out of my skin. It left a scar, so I would use Scar Repair every day. It really works.

My hair was dyed blond for a shoot with 032c. Andreas Kurkowitz did it, who works with Eugene [Souleiman]. It’s so much fun right now, but I won’t keep it forever, because it is damaging. They did it in one day—we finished at 11 or 12 at night. The first time it burned, and I was like, ‘Fuck, I’m never going to do this again.’ The Art Director on set brought me silver shampoo, but I'm not washing it all the time, though…

L’Oréal Shine Blonde is good—I also have the Clariol Shimmer Lights Conditioner. I put that in for twenty minutes like a mask before I wash my hair and then I wash it off. Then sometimes I’ll use it again as a conditioner. My shower curtain turned purple at one point. It looks good with the skin right now because I’m a bit tan, but when it’s very white it looks nice. My natural hair is a dark brown. Back then I just to keep it moisturized, and now I only use product if it's really dry. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer really helps too, actually. It gives a bit of shine and it feels like nutrition for the hair.

The brand I use the most, becauase I know it's not going to give me oily skin or pimples, is Dr. Hauschka. My grandmother used to say, 'If there are too many ingredients, you shouldn't use it.' I tend mostly toward natural skincare. So I wash in the morning with water, and then I use the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream in the morning. I don't trust many products, but I love Isabel from Advanced Skincare—she gave me the Osmosis Pur Activating Mist. Occasionally I'll use this Elevase Moisture Booster, which is also from Isabel. Sometimes I use oil to thin my makeup. I used a homemade one from Germany that I can't remember, but I think it has argan in it. Right now I'm using the Aesop Fabulous Face Oil and mixing it with my Armani High Precision Retouch Concealer.

The Luminous Silk Foundation is the only foundation I use. It’s very thin. I never thought I'd be one of those girls using highlighter all over her face, but I use a little of the Glossier Haloscope. I love this Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow in Gold Blitz, it's beautiful and it stays. I think it always goes with your eyes. In the evening I'll use a small brush with a brown eyeshadow and do a line, always blending it. Earthy tones—never cold, always warm. It's nice for my skin and also for my blue eyes. Lipsticks are always a dark red like Chanel Rouge Coco Etienne or YSL Rouge Couture Les Mats Rouge Rock. The YSL one is my favorite because it stays. But even if it doesn't, if it comes off on a drink or something, it's nice. Too much can look crazy. MAC Amplified Blankety is my natural color. It just makes my lips look a little fuller.

I think sometimes blush can be a little bit aggressive, but Chanel Les Beiges Bronzer is great for a bit of color. I would only use it on my cheekbones or eyes—I've spent a long time figuring out what I'm was comfortable with. Estée Lauder Alluring is another good color. I have to use powder because my skin isn't super matte, but it has to be light. I don’t like too shiny, I don’t get the glossy look. Like, ‘Are you sweating?’"

—as told to ITG

Larissa Hofmann photographed by Tom Newton at her home in Brooklyn on January 21, 2017.

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Have you noticed lately that expensive relaxation has become chic? I'm talking about the recent influx of different boutique spa experiences focused almost exclusively on doing nothing and feeling great—obscure healing exercises, tony meditation centers, technological advancements in stillness, all with Swarovski-diamond encrusted price tags. It's all part of the self-care Renaissance, maybe, or we're living in a post-recession world or something, I don't know. What I do know is, in 2017, the price to chill out can be an extremely high one.

The cost for me to relax is about $15—the collective MSRP of a bottle of Crosby red wine and Zootopia rented for 24 hours on Apple TV. It works just as well as anything. But I wonder aloud to myself, sometimes, wine glass in hand and vintage Mac laptop perched on my bed: "Is there a better way to relax than this?" After three weeks of falling asleep in various Manhattan-based massage beds, beanbags, and one pool, I'm delighted to say: There is! I'm a changed man. Can you tell by the tone in which I'm typing?

My experiences were recorded in a little Shinola journal I bought a week ago out of peer pressure. I loved this assignment for two reasons: one, it combined my loves of doing nothing and spending money at the same time, and two; it got me back into journaling! My life was improved before I even began.

Is relaxing in New York worth the extremely prohibitive cost? Let's find out:

Floatation Therapy

Imagine floating naked in a small pool—but you don't really know it's a pool, because the water is room temperature so you can barely feel it, and it's so dark that you can't distinguish the room from what you see when your eyes are closed. You don't even know you're in room—you could be in an ocean. Wait, where are you? How is it so quiet two blocks from Grand Central Station? Are you going to be here forever? Is it even possible to imagine being bathed in nothingness? Such is the somewhat horrifying, somewhat blissful sensation of flotation therapy.

For a little over a hundred bucks, you too can lay in the ether of Chill Space NYC for an hour. It is unlike anything I have ever done before, and the experience is almost indescribable, so I apologize for any blind spots in this review. By reducing all external stimuli, floatation therapy allows you to be seized by a meditative state. After a few initial wandering thoughts—mine were all dinner-related—you truly don't think about anything. Give yourself over to the float and allow yourself to truly, deeply, sincerely relax.

One hour, however, is far too long. Because when your mind comes back to the stratosphere, you realize your body is still in outer space. You wonder, having picked the last available appointment for flotation therapy, if the staff has forgotten about you and gone home—forever. You accept Chill Space NYC as your final resting place. Where else in New York can you come face to face with your mortality for a thrifty $100?

Infrared Sauna

There is a lot of thought surrounding the infrared sauna experience: infrared rays penetrate the skin, heating your body much more effectively than a steam sauna would, and the whole experience is thought to be purifying and detoxifying. It is also really boring if you don't have a waterproof book or a podcast to listen to, which I didn't. I lay in the fetal position for 40 minutes, unable to convert my anxiety into perspiration, but Claire and Emily loved it. Let them tell you about it!


Never underestimate the tranquility of having 50-some needles placed tenderly into your flesh by an Eastern medicine practitioner. This was one of the best things I did, and maybe the only thing on this list I will continue to do on the regular. It all starts with a man named Paul Kempisty—I just call him Paul because I love him so much.

Paul practices accupuncture, aromatherapy, and reiki out of an extremely zen office above the Chipotle on Spring Street. Upon walking in, you are immediately greeted by an enormous water fixture. If that doesn't scream "tranquility" but also "$$$" I simply don't know what does.

For introductory sessions, Paul starts with an interview that's akin to talk therapy. His voice, a hybrid accent between Polish and Australian that sounds like whipped cream, lulls you into sharing all of your physical and mental secrets. Then, he sticks some needles in you.

Acupuncture is based on manipulating and releasing the energy flow of the body—which, if you're skeptical, sounds a little crazy, until you try it. I'm somebody who suffers from pretty moderate anxiety (I'm a writer! It's endearing!), which manifests itself both physically and mentally, and acupuncture treats it both ways. This looks like: several pins in the foot, which send signals to the brain to please relax and a few on my chest to stop overthinking this one meaningless encounter, while others placed around my body direct the flow of energy to restore balance. If your body is a temple, you've got to get spiritual. Acupuncture works. I bid adieu to Paul's water fixture feeling 10x more rejuvenated than after any massage. I miss him (his voice) tenderly, but I'm absolutely going back.

Sound Bathing

At the apex of yoga and meditation, there is sound bathing—available almost everywhere incense is sold. Basically, you do some quick and easy movements, and then a professional gives you a pillow and blanket and tucks you in for some ambient chiming. (The sound in which you are bathing.) The idea is to be present, so if you fall asleep, somebody will come up and gently tousle you awake. I thought it was a fine way to spend an hour, but I also think a nap at home is a fine way to spend an hour. I went with Emily Ferber and tried to reach her for comment:
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Boutique Meditation

Meditation, a heightened state of being, can be hard to get to–just like it can be hard to fall asleep—but everyone theoretically can do it. It should be impossible to be bad at meditation, but trust me: I am really, really bad at meditation.

Inscape in Flatiron, a meditation center with a .life URL, does its best to accommodate people like me by doing absolutely everything short of sedation to ensure a relaxing experience. The music in the gift shop is ambient and all-consuming. The Dome, where my class was, is like a moistureless womb. They give you blankets, beanbags, and a voice recording of a friendly and beautiful-sounding Australian goddess to guide the process. I had every potential to relax, and I fucked it up wherever possible.

I sat on one of the custom meditation beanbags at the start of Mindfulness 33 (the number is how many minutes long the class is) and tried to make myself comfortable. The waiflike fairy woman who checked me in came over to me and handed me two cylindrical cushions, in case I needed "extra support," but I didn't know what they were for and nobody else was using them! As a result, my technique could be best described as "criss-cross applesauce; freeform." My legs were vaguely tangled before me, as if to say to the room, "We're relaxed! We're loose! Can't you tell? Everything is fine!!!!"

After 60 seconds of total womblike silence, the recording started, and I jumped an inch from my beanbag it was so startling. I spent the rest of my 33 minutes trying to follow descriptions of arm movements that included placing my elbows in front of me "like the bow of a ship" and timing my breathing to an unnatural pace. Every three minutes, my beanbag would slip one centimeter forward, bracing itself under my emotional weight. The silence portion was my favorite part—focusing on breathing, with a voiceover occasionally (abruptly, terrifyingly) asking us to drop our worries like a light rain into the lake of our awareness. Watch them ripple across your consciousness, and try to keep your beanbag still as possible.

"Us" refers to: two young heterosexual couples, a mother daughter duo having the time of their lives, a woman who's definitely done this before, and a handsome mysterious drifter named Brennan Kilbane. Mostly everyone seemed to enjoy themselves—I did not talk to them afterwards, but everybody spoke in hushed, enlightened tones. Probably all good meditators.

—Brennan Kilbane

Photographed by the author.

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The #ITGTopShelfie interview series focuses on the beauty routines of Into The Gloss' lovely, accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Submit your own on Instagram—post your Top Shelfie (tag us @intothegloss!) and include the hashtag #ITGTopShelfie for a chance to be featured on ITG.

"I'm Tammi Ireland (@tammi_ireland). I'm a publicist at strategic communications and engagement agency DEC PR. I used to be a journalist, and made the move to PR about five years ago. I'm studying psychology and sexology in the evenings as a side project, and I really love applying what I'm learning to my work in PR. I've previously worked in fashion public relations, where there was a lot more pressure to look a certain way. I'm an Australian size 14, which I was acutely aware of during my time in fashion PR—and that definitely gave me a negative view of beauty in particular. Now that I'm in a positive environment, I approach personal beauty differently…less makeup, for starters. And I wear my hair up more, because I work better when it's out of my face.

My hair is my constant battle. If I could change one thing about myself, I'd love the ability to roll out of bed and not have to do anything to my hair before heading to work. In reality, I double-shampoo my very thick, curly hair with Tresemmé Perfectly Undone Shampoo before conditioning ends only with L'Oréal Elvive Anti-Breakage Repairing Conditioner. While that’s sitting in my hair, I take care of the rest of my body–shaving my legs and exfoliating–until I rinse it out with cold water. After pat-drying my hair with a towel, I’ll run some Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Hair Beautifier into my lengths. My friend recommended this to me and it’s one of those products I’ve stayed loyal to. I’ll blow dry and then straighten my hair with a GHD before running one pump of Seven Wonders Argan Oil through my ends for straight hair.

If I’m tired I’ll pull my hair up to get through the day. If I’m feeling great, the cheeks get an extra swipe of blush and I’ll do a fresh at-home manicure. I’m inspired by girls with similar aesthetics to mine–dark features, fair skin, brown-almost-black hair. Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Phoebe Tonkin, and Nicole Trunfio all feature pretty high on the list, though it’s the real girls I find on my late-night Instagram scrolls who I keep coming back to. I’ll mix Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium with either Clinique Even Better Foundation in Ivory for a little coverage or Bobbi Brown Even Finish Foundation in Warm Beige for deeper, longer-lasting coverage and apply it to my face and neck with my fingers. It looks best around lunchtime, after the product has had time to settle into my skin.

I use a flat blush brush to apply Nars Orgasm in colder months to give a bit of a flushed-cheek look, or MAC Margin when it’s warmer for a bronzy look, taking the blush across my cheekbones and up to my temples. I read somewhere that going that high is more natural a look and it works for me. Using Estée Lauder Artists Eye Pencil in Soft Smudge Black—which is the best eyeliner for drawing on your waterline—I line my top eyelid from the middle to the end. This creates a ‘winged eyeliner’-type look on my eyes, without the effort required to make both lines perfectly even. On super special occasions such as birthdays or weddings I always turn to Dolce and Gabbana runway models. Soft makeup with a defined winged eye—Clinique Brush-On Cream Eyeliner in True Black—black clothes, soft messy hair peppered with flowers or trinkets… Every look from those shows is a dream.

For my skin, prevention is just as good as a cure. Drink water, always. Avoid alcohol where you can. Sleep, always. My skin is pretty good on most days, however since having the Mirena IUD inserted about four months ago I’ve been struggling with hormonal breakouts on my chin. As soon as I see one start to come up, I dab some Mario Badescu Drying Lotion on the spot and it’s gone by the next day. That stuff is liquid gold.

The scent of my skincare can really affect my mood. I can’t wash my face with Sukin Cream Cleanser in the evening for example, because the botanical scent reminds me of morning. I pack Sukin’s Hydrating Mist Toner in my bag for use after every shower or to cool down at my desk at work. It’s all-natural and smells really fresh—the act of spritzing it on kind of closes one chapter of my routine and opens the next.

I always apply Clinique All About Eyes Eye Cream under my eyes after the mist and before makeup. This is the lightest formula of eye cream I’ve found and a little goes a very long way. Plus it makes me feel like I’m doing something good for the European bags and discoloring I have—even if it is just a placebo. Lastly, skin’s not done without fragrance. Carven, Narciso Rodriguez For Her, and Commodity's Cocktail Kit are currently on rotation."

—as told to ITG

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“We just made this pajama set—I just got it today so I had to wear it. Of course, it’s pajamas, but you can also wear it out. A lot of what I design is like that…comfortable, elegant, easy to wear during the day and into night. And then you can sleep in it! Because running a company is exhausting! [Laughs] So I don’t really go out as much as I used to, but when I do, I spend a good amount of time getting ready. Mostly because I enjoy it so much and at the end of the day, I’m just a little girl who likes to play dress up. It’s more about the ritual and the process then the ultimate result. I often will end up wearing the first thing I tried on. I think something that’s definitely shifted over the last couple of years is comfort being at the forefront of the look. Like, I’m very careful about wearing comfortable shoes. Jumpsuits are really easy for me to wear when I go out because it’s kind of like a whole outfit in one and you can have a bit more fun with the beauty aspect.

Something I’m always using is my Ice Roller. It de-puffs and just wakes you up. It’s like having my own cryo-facial. Then I’m also obsessed with Korean sheet masks. My favorite one is the black J.One Jelly sheet mask—you put that on for half an hour, and then you do the step two mask which is the serum. They now sell it separately so it’s like a primer for a glow-y situation. I use that every time I go out. It lets your skin hold the makeup without feeling cakey. You end up looking really fresh and hydrated and dewy.

After a sheet mask, I like to do a lip mask. Everyone in LA is getting their lips done, so it’s hard not to want to plump them up a little. I have one called SOS My Lip Patch that works, and there’s also Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch by Tonymoly that I’ll use. It helps keep my lips hydrated, which makes them look fuller. My favorite lip stain is called Dear Darling Tint and it’s also Korean. Just a little of it gives this nice, natural color, and I’ll use the Glamglow Plumprageous Lip Treatment on top of it because it’s the only one I’ve tried that doesn’t get too glossy. It’s pretty matte, so the finish is super natural.

For foundation, I use the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. Then I use this Terracotta spray from Guerlain and I’ve been using that for 10 years. All my friends make so much fun of me because it makes a lot of noise when you shake it up. They hear that sound and they know I’m doing my makeup. It’s really amazing for contouring lightly—but if I’m going for a little bit more, I’ll use the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette on top of it. The spray is, I think, a very chill version of contouring. You don’t have to have such a defined line it’s kind of just a little shadow. My blush is the Tarte Cheek and Stain Blush Stick. I have olive skin, so I usually pick a coral or darker shade because light pink doesn’t look that natural on me. For blemishes, I use this thing called the Everything Pencil you can pick up at a beauty supply store. It’s a little stick that works on spots or under my eyes. First I’ll use the 3Lab Eye Cream to depuff and then do the Everything Pencil on top of that.

On my eyes, I use the Stila Liquid Eyeliner in Black every day. It’s always a cat eye, but sometimes it’s a little less exaggerated and close to the lash line. My favorite mascara was discontinued, I think, because I can’t find it anywhere. It’s Too Faced Lash Injection and it makes these little tubes around your lashes that come off so easily, but also don’t run while you’re wearing it. If you can get your hands on it, definitely get it.

There’s this exfoliator called the Cure—it’s for your face, but I use it on my neck and chest right before I shower if I’m going out. It makes the whole area really shiny and nice. I’m a little too nervous to use it on my face though, because it’s pretty intense. Instead, I just use the Biologique products. I do the Lotion P50 every day and the Masque Vivant with baking soda once a week. It’s really strong and can dry you out, so I’m really conscious to moisturize afterwards. Either the Masque VIP 02 or Biomagic Masque work for me. If I’m feeling really dirty, I use the Microdermabrasion Scrub from DermE—I love how many little grains are in it. And if I feel like my skin is really needing some cleaning I’ll use the CosRX Blackhead Liquid. That stuff is also very intense but really works. You have to leave it on for twenty minutes before you put anything on underneath it. And that one I just use very sporadically if I feel like I’m breaking out on my chin or something.

My favorite fragrance is the Le Labo Baie Rose 26, which is their special Chicago scent. It’s impossible to find because there’s not actually a Le Labo in Chicago–you have to call the Barneys there and convince them to send it to you. Once a year, they sell it at all the Le Labo stores and I’ll get it in LA. If you buy the right bottle, you can refill it during the year, which is a great secret I didn’t know until recently. I use it both during the day and at night—you just need one spray because it’s strong, and you’re good to go.”

—as told to ITG

Sarah Staudinger photographed by Emily Knecht at her home in Los Angeles on January 27, 2017.

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