Tomorrow: The Glossier Showroom Hosts Paintbox

Have you stopped by the Glossier Summer Fridays Showroom yet? If not, you're in luck—the best is yet to come.

That best being Paintbox gel manicures, free with your Glossier purchase. Pick from a curated selection of nail designs (mainly Glossier pink, but other options, too) and start the weekend with nails that won't chip, even if you wanted them to. Incentives are a beautiful thing, aren't they?

We'll be here starting at 11am. See you then.

Photo by Nadine Head-Gordon.

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La Mer Illuminating Eye Gel

I do not trust eye cream. This is mostly because I tend to overzealously apply moisturizers in general (usually to minimal consequence). But when I overzealously apply eye cream, boy are there consequences—really annoying consequences like milia. So I try my best to stay away despite the large, dark craters I colloquially refer to as my eyes and the dark shadows they cast.

Eye gel, on the other hand, is fair game. It's got to be something about the consistency—not as heavy, not as many (or any) consequences. So right after a good roll with the Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, I lightly sweep on the tiniest little pump of La Mer's Illuminating Eye Gel. To me, it feels a bit like a hybrid. The texture is just hydrating enough without being too greasy for daytime, but it brightens me up the way a good Champagne eyeshadow might—without actually having to use an eyeshadow. That said, it is also an excellent primer for any sort of adornment you're looking to add to your lid. So what is that, three products in one? There's something about that Miracle Broth, man. Always does the trick.

—Emily Ferber

Photographed by Tom Newton. Tell your eye bags to f#@% off with these products.

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A Love Letter To The Gel Manicure

Dear Gels,

It’s me—but I guess you figured that because you’re helping me type this. You were always so sharp and yet so round.

[Clears throat] I’m writing this because I don’t feel like I’ve been able to fully express the well of feelings I’ve developed for you over the last eight blissful months. I just think it’s time you know how much you mean to me, and believe me, being vulnerable like this is hard for me, too. Almost as hard as your glossy, lacquered exterior, but I digress…

You see, long before you, before “the ring,” and before all the oohs and ahhhs and questions surrounding wedding planning, the life of my nails was a sad and unexceptional one, a humdrum tale of snaggy edges stained in all kinds of questionable colors. And the shape? I was supposed to shape them? I didn’t know.

I didn’t know.

And then a friend introduced us, and suddenly my world was brilliant. Shiny, smooth, and colorful, you were—like Dorothy arriving in Oz. And now I don’t want to go back to black and white. I can’t. I just thought you should know you changed me forever.

Prior to this “thing” between us, I didn’t know what I was missing. I wanted clean, bare, buff nails like the Olsen twins or Carrie Bradshaw, but (and I know I don’t have to tell you this) I don’t have the hands for that. Slight fingers and small nail beds, I have not. You allowed me to put my best, albeit manly, fingers forward. But at what cost? I should have just let you be—admired from afar.

Because there were issues. Before you get upset, you know we’ve had our fair share. Is it because we’re too connected? Too strong? I don’t know, but you’ve hurt me, and I know I’ve hurt you, too. You weakened me, peeled away at my being, and I became almost unrecognizable—like a shell of my former self. But just when I was losing hope, we took that two-month break and came back stronger than ever, almost like the beginning. However, I now realize it could never be “us” in the beginning because the scars still haven’t healed.

It pains me when I think about it, all the harmful things I hold dear—smoking, drinking, foie gras, and now YOU. But let me tell you something if it’s the only thing you listen to: Even if I knew the nitty-gritty back then, I’d do it all again. You were worth it—are worth it.

You can’t be my main squeeze forever, and you know why. But if it’s a small consolation, let me offer affairs—weddings, vacations, and random Sundays because, damn it, I just want to be with you. Like the odd cigarette or duck-fat/french-fry binge, we will have to choose our time together carefully. Maybe that makes it more special. Maybe that makes us, well, us.

I’ll continue seeing you until the wedding, so it’s not goodbye, but it is time we start being realistic about what this is and has been and where it is going. It has been greater than I ever imagined. And although the scars will take months—maybe years—to heal, I don’t regret it. Not for one slick, chip-free second.

xxJesse

—Jesse Dickenson

Photo by Emily Weiss. Sad to see them go, love to watch them leave: How To Remove a Gel Manicure at home.

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Oily Skin? Try Gel Cream

Pro-tip: Oily faces need moisturizer, too. But if regular, oil-based face creams aren't working so hot, switch to gel. It's water-based (and often chock full of hyaluronic acid—something your body needs anyway!), so there's no way it can clog pores. Additional qualities that are good: quick absorption, cooling effects, and some additional plump pre-makeup application. It's a win-win-win. Thank us later. (But before that, share your favorites below. Currently playing at ITG—the Nars Skin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer.)

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Instant Pain Relief In A Jar

Chances are, you didn’t recently spend time free-climbing the sheer face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, but maybe you’re feeling the residual burn from some new springtime workout regimen you've got yourself on and need to soothe those weary limbs. In which case, may I recommend Mineral Ice?

Never far from my rotator cuff during high school swim-team days, Mineral Ice is—and has always been—a bright blue, pleasingly goopy, and cheaper alternative to Biofreeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief Gel. Once the mentholated gel absorbs into skin, a cooling, analgesic effect spreads over the ache in question, leaving you both soothed and smelling a little like Grandpa—small sacrifice for near-instant muscle relief.

The formula is greaseless and, when used properly, should not stain your clothes. Still, you might want to avoid white or let it dry before you dress—which you’ll need to do as the ice-like qualities are evident in more than just its name.

Best of all, Mineral Ice features the best throwback label, featuring a graph-paper grid and mountaintop—a timely kind of '90s-style pictogram for that timeless equation…you know the one: No pain = no gain.

—Lauren Maas

Photographed by Ben Jurgensen.

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