There were plenty of good tips in [Anja Rubik’s Top Shelf]( (like how liquid panthenol is good for burn victims *and* people who have had their hair fried by hot tools). There were somehow even more in her [Top Shelf After Dark]( (peanut butter is *the* anti-bloat, pre-event snack, apparently). Now she’s back with one more—a product recommendation. It’s simple, but it’s good. Read on:

“[Lord & Berry Ultimate Lip Liner]( in *Bare*. It’s a pinky brown that works perfectly with my lip color since I’m tan. I use it to overdraw my lip a little by the cupid’s bow and on the bottom, but you can’t even tell it’s there. And I smudge it so it doesn’t look like anything. It just enhances your lips but no one will know you’re wearing it. You’ll see the difference, though. Just…better!”

OK, cool, thanks Anja—purchasing immediately. Our future selfies thank you. Throwing in a side of that nail color, too. It’s [Burberry Nail Polish]( in *Ink Blue* and it is perfection.

(Also, a note: These photos are a part of a larger shoot with Anja, coming soon. Can’t tell you more than that. Get excited!)

*Anja Rubik photographed by Tom Newton.*

*Another good tip we got recently? [Nelsons Acne Treatment Gel]( will change your face for the better. Bible.*

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It was on a beach in the Barbados a few weeks ago where I discovered that a Dirty Banana is the most enjoyable (alcoholic) drink I’ve ever tasted. It’s the stuff that trips to tropical locales are made of—rum, fruit, chocolate, yes. Multiple yesses. And a few weeks later, it was at an apartment in Brooklyn where I realized that endless YouTube tutorials and plenty of Hershey’s syrup aside, I couldn’t come close to making it on my own.

I’ve heard rumors that things taste better on vacation than when you get back to reality. Luckily that is not that case with beauty products—the same SPF that works well in the Caribbean also does the job in New York. It’s a fair assumption, but to be sure, I used my week on the beach as an experiment for some new products that could suit my routine this summer…because when your job is in beauty, why never not be working? Reviews below:

[__Coola SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray__]( They say it’s unscented, but that is a lie. This stuff smells like coconuts! Or rather coconut flavor—of which I’m a fan. And hey, it comes in a can which is super convenient to spray every part of you thoroughly. Right off the bat, this sunscreen absorbs immediately into skin, and other places. I sprayed a bit in my hair in an attempt to prevent color fading. And hey, it comes in a convenient can with a sturdy, secure dispenser up top, so there’s no chance of accidentally covering the inside of your tote in SPF. People will want to borrow it—you’ve been warned.

[__Sisley Tinted Sunscreen Cream__]( I’ve never felt ready to head to the beach or pool after applying just one product. It’s not that I want to wear a ton of makeup, but if I use a sunscreen I’ll usually chase that with some light coverage tint or at least a spot concealer. This two-step approach comes from a history of hybrid products leaving me overly bronze or with a cast of weird residue. But this new guy from Sisley does everything you want and nothing you don’t. It gives you pretty comprehensive coverage without looking like a mask. After application, it feels like it bonds with your skin, leaving your complexion super smooth and even—and completely protected from the sun.

[__La Mer After Sun Enhancer__]( OK so you got the color you wanted, but not the dewiness you associate with “tropical getaway”? That’s what this new La Mer gel lotion is for. It’s got a light scent that’s something like Lemonheads, the self-tanner I used in high school (Jergens?), but with a sophisticated floral note. It cools down your body, while adding just a lick of warm highlighting sheen.

[__Giorgio Armani Maestro UV__]( This is labeled as a primer, but I used it on its own during off days when I didn’t want any color on my face—days when a good book and maybe a baseball cap were involved. It dispenses via a dropper and is creamy white at first. It left my face feeling moisturized and plump, not tight, like many primers do. And if I wanted to put on makeup, I’d be all ready. It has a slight scent, which doesn’t bother me—but what I do mind is the size of the dropper, since I want to slather my face in this as quickly as possible all summer long.

—Claire Knebl

*Your face is covered, but what about your hands? Here are a slew of [hand creams that have SPF in them](*

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*The [#ITGTopShelfie series]( puts the focus on the lives and beauty routines of Into The Gloss’s lovely, accomplished, and loyal community of readers. Show us your own Top Shelfie on Instagram—tag us [@intothegloss](, and include the hashtag [#ITGTopShelfie](*

“I’m Kimmy Scotti [[@kimmyscotti](] and I live in New York. I’m an entrepreneur—I just started [Monthly Gift](, which is a femme-care subscription service. I’m also a partner at a venture capital firm called 8 Partners. I spend all day meeting amazing founders, hearing their ideas, and then selecting the companies that best fit our thesis to invest in and help grow their companies. Entrepreneurs are great—they get to solve big problems, and I get to help them make it happen.

My job is not 9 to 5, it’s eyes open to eyes shut. I’m on the road between New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for more than half the year, which is tough. So my beauty routine is all about practicality. I start by washing my hair with [Oribe Shampoo]( and [Conditioner for Brilliance and Shine]( I’ll also spray in [Oribe Volumista]( and if I’m not in a rush, I let it air dry. Otherwise I blowdry it upside down with a [Paul Mitchell Neuro Hairdryer](Paul Mitchell Neuro Hairdryer), finishing with [Oribe Superfine Hairspray](Oribe Superfine Hairspray). I love the way Oribe products look in my bathroom, and the little luxuries about the bottles—like the seal that makes them feel like products for goddesses. And they smell so good, you barely have to wear perfume. Before I get dressed, I’ll apply [Victorine’s Body Oil]( in Sex. It has a super warm scent to it that I’m crazy about. It’s not as strong as a fragrance, but people are always telling me how great it smells—and I think because the name is kind of salacious, I giggle every time.

I like to wash my face with [Tata Harper Refreshing Cleanser]( in the shower, and every other day I’ll exfoliate with the [Regenerating Cleanser]( I really like the texture of the exfoliant—it’s super fine and it makes my skin feel squeaky clean. After I shower, I mix [Herbivore Lapis Oil]( mixed with a drop of [Odacite Radiance Effect Serum Concentrate]( and [Naturopathica Aloe Replenishing Gel Mask]( all over my face and décolletage. I catch little bits of the Lapis scent all day long. Then I layer on [Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 30]( My latest discovery is this [Image Skincare ORMEDiC Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex]( It smells melon-y and gives your lips a little extra pout.

For coverage, I use [Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation]( in *23*—applied with an [Artis Elite Oval 10 Brush]( It gives you a really even complexion, refines pores and basically makes your skin look perfect while still being lightweight and staying put. Then I brush [Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15]( on my t-zone with the [Nars Kabuki Brush]( For blush, I love [Nars Pierre Hardy Blush](Nars Pierre Hardy Blush) in *Boys Don’t Cry*—I use the same kabuki brush for blush, which I’m sure is a no-no but I’m usually in a rush. I use my finger to put [Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow](Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Velvet Eyeshadow) in *Melody* on my eyelids, and then if I’m feeling like I want a little something extra, I use my fingers to apply the [Tom Ford Eye Color Quad]( in *Nude Dip*, adding a little of the rosy nude to my lids and the gold to my brow bone.

At 30, I’ve learned that if commit to getting your brows and lashes done, you can just get up in the morning and go. Find someone who understands what you are going for with your brows and will stick with you through thick and thin—my brow guy is Matt from [Spruce and Bond]( in New York. And I get my permanent false lashes done monthly at [Bling Lash]( on 23rd Street in New York.

When I’m getting ready for an event or dinner meeting, I usually only have time to add makeup instead of starting all over. I reapply my [YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils]( in *Black* with a heavier hand, and line my bottom lid with [Chanel Kohl Eyeliner]( in *Noir*. For evening, I always finish with [Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick]( in *Raven*, which literally stays all night long. I’ve worn it at board meetings and at Burning Man, and I don’t have to reapply. My mother is a red lipstick girl, and I think she’s always inspired me to wear a bold lip. My other go-to’s are [Chanel Rouge Allure](Chanel Rouge Coco) *Passion* and Tom Ford *Narcotic Rouge* [ed note: discontinued, but [*Flamingo*]( is a similar pinky-red]. I just don’t really feel like I’m wearing makeup until I have red lipstick on!

A big part of my getting ready is where I get ready. I was looking for a vanity a couple of years ago when I finally found the perfect one—a pink solid marble vanity with rounded edges and a huge hanging mirror. So I called the seller and found out it’d belonged to Mae West at one point. I make sure that I sit down and do my hair and makeup at that vanity every day…It’s my most treasured possession.”

—as told to ITG

*Discover more of the [#ITGTopShelfie](, including the beauty routines of lawyer [Alexandra Pakzad](, PR Director [Taj Alwan](, and Digital Manager [Renee Ogaki](

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*What was once a tiny and mighty beauty blog called Into The Gloss has become a bona fide NYC startup: [Glossier](!/), with a ragtag team of 35+ jogging up and down the stairwell of our Soho office building, spread out across three floors. Why are we here? We’re creating a new kind of beauty company from the ground up—one that acknowledges the hopes, dreams, and desires of women today, and gives them the tools (both digitally and physically) to take ownership over their beauty routines. Who are we? Well, a lot of us began like you: as readers. And we’d like for you to get to know us a little better—what we each do, where we come from, and what we’re excited about. Meet Alex and Anthony:*

__How do you build good-looking, efficient code?__

__Alex Amyot, Back-End Engineer [left]__: “We’re building machines, but humans are working with them, so simplicity has to be in the design. Somebody else has to be able to look at it and understand it. I like code to be as simple as possible, so when you look at it, it tells you a story—it’s not just code. It’s a language.”

__Anthony Gonzales, Front-End Engineer [right]__: “Programming is essentially writing. You’re dealing with syntax, you want it to be legible… It’s very much in between an art and a science. You’re translating an idea or an opinion into an actual project, so something I do is set standards on some of those opinions and say, ‘This is probably not a good idea, this is probably a better idea…’ Good code is about communication—conversations with your team members, asking as many questions as possible, and then writing something readable and accessible.”

__Alex Amyot__
*Where are you from?*
Montreal, Canada

*What do you do at Glossier?*
My official title is Back-End Engineer. Basically, I’m working on what’s ‘behind the scenes’ on and It can be as simple as supporting a new shipping method on, or dealing with the site’s interface.

*What’s on your desk?*
Post-Its, a notebook, sharpies, lip balm, and a few Larabars

*Favorite Glossier product?*
[The Moisturizing Moon Mask](!/products/moisturizing-moon-mask). This works best in a bath, with the newspaper. You can also top that with a whisky, but never in the morning.

*What emoji best represents you?*
🐳… It’s long story.

*Usual Seamless order?*
What’s Seamless? This probably shows that I’m not yet a New Yorker, but we don’t really do food delivery at home. I live with a trained chef who cooks pretty much everyday. And it’s always amazing.

*Current favorite song:*
Hit ‘Select Artist,’ then ‘Beatles,’ then ‘Random Play.’ While dancing with my two kids, Éléonore and Henri.

*What was your best idea ever?*
Visiting New York for the first time with some friends, more than 10 years ago. We had an amazing time, and I fell in love—twice. With the city and with my wife.

__Anthony Gonzales__
*Where are you from?*
Auburn, CA. Skip the In-N-Out and go straight to Taco Tree.

*What do you do at Glossier?*
I’m a Senior Front-End Engineer. I work with the back-end devs and the designers to make sure that new features on the site look fantastic across all devices. I love finding solutions and creating unique experiences.

*Favorite Glossier product?*
[Milky Jelly Cleanser](!/products/milky-jelly-cleanser). Winter on the East Coast can be brutal, so I was stoked to find a product that doesn’t dry me out.

*What’s on your desk?*
A coffee cup from the Brimfield Antique Show. It says, “Salem: Home of the American Witch,” with a witch riding her broomstick. It caught my eye.

*What emoji best represents you?*

*Usual Seamless order?*
Indian food. It’s one of those things I don’t know how to cook. Tikka masala + aloo gobi + garlic naan = win.

*Current favorite song:*
I’ve been pretty stuck on [Machinedrum’s]( albums. I’ll pick his song “Infinite Us” as a go-to.

*What was your best idea ever?*
Binge watching every episode of *The X-Files* this winter before the new season came out.

—as told to ITG

*Say hello to Glossier’s VP of Engineering [Bryan Mahoney](—and get acquainted with the rest of the team [over here](*

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Clarifying shampoo doesn’t sound fun. It doesn’t promise enlivened bounce, dazzling shine, or a surge of hydration. It promises clean hair and scalp—and therein lies it’s value. I discovered this back in my dance recital years where “performance hair” meant multiple layers of [L.A Looks Hair Gel](, matted down with a boar bristle brush, spray painted with [Suave Hair Spray](, and finished off with a toothbrush on the baby hairs. Post-performance was decidedly less glamourous; looking like a human again required several shampooings using the basic, yet effective [Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo](

Now that the “go as long as possible without washing your hair” method is less trend and more just normal behavior, clarifying shampoo on the whole has leveled up. If you’re only washing your hair once or twice a week, you’re going to want clarifying shampoo’s ability to remove dirt, oil, and product build-up from your scalp and roots. It’ll keep your hair healthier—not to mention easier to style. If you’ve ever asked yourself, [“Has my shampoo stopped working?”]( you’re going to want try one of the shampoos listed below:

__The one that is the Gloffice favorite:__ [Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt]( was Sephora’s best-selling shampoo in France last year. Now, it’s well on its way to being their best-seller in America, too. We’d like to say that it’s because it’s stationed in the showers of most French [Top Shelves](, but it’s probably because of its gentle grit. The salt scrubs off buildup, while also tending to sensitive scalps. Bonus: The tub lasts for ages.

__The one that’s most fun to use:__ [Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo]( (the [conditioner pairing]( is excellent). This was first introduced to me a few months ago by [James Pecis]( He stopped by the office with a tiny sample can, asked us to put out our hands, and blasted us with the gray-black mousse. It foams up just like shaving cream, and contains ~volcanic ash powder~. Points for originality here.

__The one that smells like sweet, sweet youth:__ [Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider]( The bright green color and juicy green apple scent reminds me of Garnier Fructis, but a whole lot chicer. Recommended usage is once a week. A little goes a long way with this one, therefore expect it to be a happy mainstay in your shower for 6-12 months.

__The one that looks grown up:__ [Davines Solu]( Great, simple, utilitarian packaging. I used this guy after a night out wearing a super slick, shellacked high pony à la Balmain S/S ’16. The smell is whatever, but I can fully attest that there was not a single strand of hair on my head that felt crunchy or crusty after using.

__The one that I already mentioned:__ [Neutrogena Anti-Residue](( Under $10, and a product that does the job. Tried and true, ’nuff said.

__The one that makes your hair shiny__: [Moroccanoil Clarify]( You know how your hair feels terrific when you get an amazing shampooing at the salon? That soft, shiny, smooth effect is attainable with just one use of this shampoo. No conditioner needed, if you can believe it.

—Eva Alt

*Photographed by Tom Newton.*

*Into the Shower: The best-smelling gels for bathing are [right this way](*

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