Weekend Itinerary: A Drugstore Spa Day

Duane Reade is Shangri-La for cheap gluttons like me. I find CVS’ lighting too harsh, and any Rite Aid will forever remind me of the Rite Aid in my hometown, which is a scary place to be after 7pm. Ricky’s is legendary, but doesn’t sell Utz chips or paper towels. My good friend Duane sells everything, is usually clean, and caters to all of my weird cravings 24 hours a day. What do you call a place that sells French drugstore products and Kit Kats on the same shelf? You call it paradise.

The other great thing about Duane Reade is that you can ball out in the cosmetics section for about thirty dollars. At the drugstore, peasants are kings. Just because I spent all my money on cabs and Juice Generation smoothies during Fashion Week doesn’t mean that I can’t treat myself like the Crown Prince of Brooklyn with a few strategic drugstore buys. Which makes it the perfect place to go once you’ve canceled all of your weekend plans in search of a little R&R. Less than $100 gets you a full-body spa day. Head, shoulders, knees, toes. Here’s the menu:

The DIY Facial: Yesterday you heard from Aida Bicaj, who is arguably one of the greatest facialists in New York City. But she’s uptown and I’m in Brooklyn… Luckily for you and me, drugstore masks are abundant and are usually really, really good. Take Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque, a beauty school favorite and excellent May Lindstrom switch hitter—it’s got a fresh scent, major clarifying power, and a satisfying, cartoonish key lime green color. I love to keep a mask on for as long as possible, but this one should stay on for 10 minutes, max.

And then, like the spoiled babe you are, you should follow with: Another mask. Specifically, L’Oreal’s Revitalift Intensive Overnight Mask. It was invented for slumber but for the purposes of this day, shall be used as a prolonged treatment mask. I asked my roommate if she would be interested in applying this to me, à la Bicaj. She politely declined. Revitalift has that “nice mask” smell (not for the scent adverse) but when applied lightly, leaves your skin a little bouncier afterwards. Blame those hyaluronic acids.

(Total for the DIY Facial: $29)

The Deep Pamper: If you live in New York or in a small apartment anywhere, the idea of taking a bath is either 1) luxurious, because you don’t have a bathtub or 2) unsavory, because no matter how much you clean it, it still seems kind of dirty? So if you have a bathtub, I urge you to overcome your fears and take one. Boom! That’s an indulgence you can have for free. Pour in some $8 Mayfair Body Wash Bubble Bath (scent rec: Sea Lily Jasmine) and you’re all set. And because this is a total body experience, eschew your usual conditioner for Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioning Treatment. There’s deep, and then there’s deeeeeep—if winter is ravaging your hair, this is the perfect antidote.

I’d also suggest a pair of Pedispa Exfoliating Foot Masks—the kind that you can feel working while you use them. Pedispa recommends an hour to 90 minutes of foot soaking, which means you get an hour-to-90-minute excuse to remain horizontal.

(Total for the Deep Pamper: $22)

The While You Watch Vanderpump Rules: Nothing goes better with schadenfreude than a lil at-home manicure. Begin with Sally’s Cuticle Remover and follow up with the 18K Gold Nail Hardener. It’s easily the best 18K gold product you’ll find at Duane Reade, for one. Flecks of gold mean a slightly shimmery, metallic clear polish (and it’s buildable if you’re looking for something more) that works as a treatment on it’s own or a topcoat over another polish. Do your toenails, too! And while you’re down there, Neutrogena Foot Cream is no-frills, but works wonders for calloused, cracked skin. It is the perfect remedy for the trench foot I acquired while trudging to shows through inclement weather this past week.

(Total for all of that: $19)

The Quick Fix: Maybe you don’t have all day to indulge. If you’re like me, your “free time” consists of the 30 minutes you’ve blocked off on Saturday in which you complete the tax forms you’ve been putting off. In that case, slap on Bioré Pore Strips and Earth Therapeutics Hydrogel Eye Gels to get the job done. The first is a cult classic cleanse. The second is, hands down, the best under eye treatment $9 can buy. That brings the grand total for the whole spa day to about $87, which might be something to consider if you’re debating shelling out for some SK-II sheet masks. Sometimes more is more.

—Brennan Kilbane

Photographed by Tom Newton.

Speaking of options, pick out a new matte lipstick while you’re there. And say hi to Duane for us.

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BHAs: The Key To Conquering Oily Skin

I often find myself staring at very caustic, dangerous, and sometimes bizarre materials wondering, “Is this the thing that’ll clear up my skin?” Like, maybe all I need to do to get rid of my oversized pores is take some sandpaper from Home Depot to my entire face twice a day. Or maybe a Tide To Go pen would actually be the best acne spot treatment. (OK obviously not. Very obviously.) But these are just absent thoughts I have every once in a while. Truth be told, I’m a bit of a risk-averse skincare user. I figured anything with the word “acid” in it would leave me red-faced and horrified like Samantha Jones after her chemical peel on Sex and the City. Stick with the devil you know, the saying goes. And I’ve become closely acquainted with my oily, acne-prone skin.

However, I changed my tune after using Paula’s Choice’s BHA Skin Perfecting Liquid—I can’t even begin to tell you how many comments called it out as life changing (maybe you’re one of them…). So I gave into Paula. And damn does that stuff work. More on that in a minute.

First, the homework bit: BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid. The most common BHA is Salicylic Acid, typically used for treating acne. BHAs are good for exfoliating—getting rid of dead skin and allowing new skin to grow—and correcting dark spots, photo-damage, and improving the skin’s texture. All of those things are good, but acid sounds bad. Should I be scared for any reason? I called my favorite dermatologists of all dermatologists, Dr. Pat Wexler, to elaborate:

“AHAs and BHAs are organic acids, so they can be found naturally occurring in nature,” she said. “BHAs are found in willow bark—salicylic acid is by far the most commonly used BHA for acne. The reason why BHAs are so effective is because they’re oil-soluble—so they can actually penetrate the pore to exfoliate, whereas AHAs can only exfoliate superficially.”

Figuring that out was my epiphany. Here, at last, was my Tide To Go pen for my skin cells, cleaning them up and making them like new.

The one little thing with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting Liquid is it’s a little complicated. It’s not a toner, it’s not a serum, it’s not moisturizer—it’s pure BHA and the texture of it is a little greasy. Probably tolerable for most people and easy enough to fit into any skincare routine, but before I sold my soul to one brand, I wanted to explore my own product path.

I started, of course, with a cleanser. Dr. Wexler had warned me that cleansers with BHAs aren’t the most effective treatment in the world—they’re not on your skin long enough to make much impact. But dammit if Renée Rouleau’s AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel isn’t one of the best things ever. It’s super frothy, smells lemony, has teeny gentle jojoba beads and is changing my skin. I’ve been using it 2x a day and taking my time morning and night to kind of massage it in. Since it’s not on your face for very long, the double exfoliation (physical and chemical) isn’t too much. From there I’ve started using Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar at night (as it is winter and I’m not so against moisturizer as I might normally be) and Mizon’s AHA/BHA Toner during the day.

For masks, I’ve been playing around with Herbivore’s Blue Tansy Mask. It’s very gentle and relaxing to use with a high concentration of AHA/BHAs—plus a very short, very ‘all natural,’ ‘organic’-vibe ingredient list for those who care about such things. It’s definitely worth trying.

Overall, my feelings about BHAs, and acids in general, can be summed up much better by the Renée Rouleau herself. (I talked to her about this story on the phone for an hour because she was just so charming and wonderful.) Her take is this:

“I’m more of a tried-and-true product person rather than just jumping off with the latest and greatest ingredient because I want to see how it pans out. I feel like it’s not authentic to jump on a buzz ingredient that’s not doing that much, so I wait it out and test it on myself and my clients. But AHAs and BHAs have been around for so long—they came out in the early ’90s and here we are in 2016. There’s a reason they’ve been in products for 25 years.”

That’s good enough logic for me.

—Tom Newton

Photographed by the author.

For more ITG editors and the exfoliants they love, read Emily Ferber’s take on the best peels for sensitive skin. For oily skin woes, see Alicia Yoon’s be-all, end-all Korean product guide.

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Grace Abbott, Digital & Social Strategist, B/C

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.

“My name is Grace Abbott [@agraceabbott] and I live in St. Louis, Missouri—although I’m from the East Coast, so this is still hard to wrap my head around. I work as a Digital and Social Strategist at a design and consulting firm called B/C. We have a small, stealthy team—all women!—who help businesses grow by working design-thinking into their business models, like websites, branding, and strategy. One day I’m researching about gift-giving trends, and another I’m learning about sustainable aquaculture. It’s always something new.

I got into design because growing up, I was obsessed with beautiful things, but I wasn’t sure how that would turn into a career. Luckily the internet took over the world, so I went to college for graphic design. Before that I was a competition dancer. At an early age I was really good at putting stage makeup, including glueing rhinestones on the inner and outer corners of my eyes. Bless. I also liked to play mixologist with all of my mom’s expensive creams…my interest in beauty has been a lifelong thing.

My philosophy is pretty simple in that I try to moisturize as much as possible, and for makeup, I go pretty natural. I like to use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer and then I apply concealer to the places that need it with my Beautyblender. I haven’t found the perfect concealer yet, but I am back and forth between the Jouer Age-Repairing Concealer in Porcelain and the Laneige Cushion Concealer in Bright Cover—I love Korean beauty products because they’re usually water-based and go on a little more natural-looking. For bronzer I like the Stila Stay All Day Bronzer in Medium. I’ve come to terms with being a pale person, so bronzer is a good thing to embrace. I like to use a creme blush, and the Jouer Poppy Tint is my favorite right now, and I like the Make Up For Ever Cream Blushes too. I fill in my brows with the Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil, which I’ve had for years. For eyes, I curl my eyelashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and apply a healthy amount of the Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in It Black. I’ve tried a lot of mascaras and this one is definitely the MVP. If I’m going out and feeling really crazy, sometimes I’ll use the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and give myself a subtle smoky eye.

I’m always experimenting with new skincare products, especially face washes. My skin is pretty dry but I like to was my face twice a day, so Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser came out right in time. I use it with the Foreo Luna Mini, which vibrates, and it makes my face feel extra clean without over-exfoliating. After that, I smother my face with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which soaks in pretty fast and leaves me smooth and not oily. It’s also a great lip balm, and works better than anything I’ve found for chapped lips. If I ever need a more intense moisturizer, I like to sleep with the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask on, and I wash it off in the morning.

When I want to exfoliate, I like the Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask—it has probiotics in it and only has to be left on for about five minutes, so it’s great for the days when you don’t have time to commit to masking. I do it about once a week. Plus Korean sheet masks from The Face Shop and Leadersthe Illuminating one is the best. Now, I want to get into more serums. I’m dying to try the Drunk Elephant TLC Night Serum. The Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is on my list as well—I’ve heard great things.

In my hair, I love the Acure Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner. I read about them on ITG, and they’re so moisturizing and make my hair air dry really nicely. Plus, they’re cheap at Target. For days when I’m feeling fancier, I use the Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo and Conditioner…they smell really nice and remind me of someone very close to me.

To unwind, I’ll take a bath. I’m all about epsom salts and I like putting in a drop of tea tree oil, too, because epsom salts are good for pretty much everything, and I’ve found the oil helps prevent ingrown hairs, which I struggle with. I like to light candles in the bath and my favorite right now is the Imogene + Willie Apothia Candle that I bought in Nashville—my new favorite city. It’s the prettiest candle I’ve ever seen and smells like…actually, not sure how to explain it, but the smell is indescribably good and is worth the splurge. As far as my beauty routines, that’s about it. I feel that people are usually pretty beautiful just the way they are—everything else should just highlight that.”

—as told to ITG

More reader advice: Chiara Mottironi believes in letting your skin breathe, Renee Ogaki goes all in on brow products, and Cici Hernandez discovers the perfect shade of red lipstick in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Sheet Mask Snow Day

If I may edit David Dudley’s already much-quoted blurb in the Times from last week, it should probably read, “A snowstorm rewards the well-moisturized and punishes those who haven’t been methodically stocking up on sheet masks, which is only one of the many reasons it’s the best natural disaster there is.” While the rest of the world was waiting in line at the Union Square Trader Joe’s for almond butter, I stopped at the much more conveniently located Space NK in Nolita because, yes, easy alternative protein is important—but when faced with a 48-hour snowstorm-enforced house arrest, it’s important to think about all facets of life. (Whole Foods is on my way home too, and they had plenty of almond butter left, so I did spend the weekend well-moisturized and well-fed.)

It turned into sort of a challenge, seeing just how many sheet masks I could accomplish during two days on the couch without a) freaking out my skin or b) freaking out my roommate. The best laid plans start with a sacrifice, so I tossed a prized SK-II Facial Treatment Mask her way as a peace offering. She seemed satisfied, so we turned on Ina Garten’s Back To Basics—the BEST thing on Netflix right now—and got to work.

With a project like this, you want to start slow, and give yourself a nice base moisturization to work with. Mess with the crazy ingredients later. Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask doesn’t make too many big promises or claims and that’s what I like about it. Instead, it’s all about comfort, and it does this two ways. The first is to make the mask out of extremely thin hydrogel; the second is to make it two pieces that you can fit together and overlap at will on your face. It’s also not too saturated, which makes for an easy, clean wearing experience.

Similarly there’s Ariul 7 Days Mask in Bamboo Water. It’s part of a Korean line purposefully designed to look like a daily newspaper, so that you’ll remember to use a sheet mask every day. It’s tencel, which made me feel better about the possibility that I might stock up on these—throwing 365 face-shaped pieces of tencel is apparently better than throwing away 365 pieces of anything else. (Reformation agrees.) It’s refreshing and it smells nice and sometimes a mask doesn’t need to be much more than that.

By Saturday night, I found myself needing something a little more party-party, y’know? Something to take the place of going out on the town (ha). Thank God there’s The Extremely Fancy One: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24K Gold Intense Wrinkle Sheet Mask. It not only drips GOLD, but it leaves your face just a tinge sparkly. Can’t say I noticed its effects on wrinkles—maybe because I was so distracted by the sparkles. My roommate looked over at me in the process and gave a one word review: “Juicy!”

In one day, we’d gone through three bottles of wine, so Sunday morning was a bit rough. There’s always a hangover mask, or the more recently released DHC Medicated Q Pack Sheet. Once unfolded, it looks a bit like Shrek—a comparison not aided by the fact that it’s yellow-ish green in tint. (Of course, this is not to be confused with the actual Shrek sheet mask, something that came into the office last year but for dignity’s sake, I opted not to try.) The “ears” attached into my hairline, which wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but hey—maybe the coQ10 antioxidant formula is good for my roots, too. It was certainly good enough to revive dehydrated-by-alcohol-and-radiator skin in 10 minutes or less.

To stave off too much snacking, I brought out the Patchology Flashpatch Lip Gels on Sunday afternoon. They’re a sort of physical lip balm—a mouth-shaped hydrogel patch that dangles from your lips as long as you have the patience to keep it on. There’s a little hole in the middle, but you definitely shouldn’t try and stick food through it. It also tastes not great, so it’s good if you want your couch potato-mates to keep quiet as you try and figure out what Nicolas Hoult is shouting through Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s streaming on HBOGo so you can stop pretending that you’ve seen it and actually join the movement.

By Sunday night it was clear I would have to venture out into the world again soon, so I brought out the heavy hitter: Colbert MD Illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask. Dr. David Colbert, in addition to running New York Dermatology Group, has a really gorgeous line of skincare products that look not clinical or doctor-y at all. The latest addition to the ColbertMD line is this mask that makeup artist Frankie Boyd says he likes to “spoil” his clients with. Good enough for me! It’s the sort of mask where the packaging even suggests that you are going to sparkle like all that new snow on the ground before it gets slushy. And the results were good enough to get me over the Sunday Scaries hump and out to work the next morning. No small feat.

—Emily Ferber

Photographed by Tom Newton.

More sheet mask suggestions from Team Glossier can be found here. Also worth considering: facial steaming.

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Emily Ferber, Editor, Glossier

“When I was interviewing for this job, I actually lied about living in New York. I had just graduated, was still living in Chicago, and there was this rumor going around the journalism school that that companies like Condé Nast and Hearst wouldn’t hire you unless you could prove residency in New York. Apparently that’s completely not the case, but I believed it, so every time someone interviewed me on the phone and asked where I lived, I would say, ‘Oh, I’m visiting my family right now, but I can come next week!’ I’d fly to New York and stay with my aunt and pretend to live here. I was back and forth every two weeks for months—I used up all my miles and my parents’ miles. Then when I found out I got the job, it was a Thursday. I told them I’d start the next Tuesday. I was so green that I didn’t realize you could tell them that you’d start in two weeks or whatever. I thought they’d give the job away. [Laughs]

I started reading Into The Gloss back when Emily started it and was already getting a lot of press. But it was never for the beauty, really. I was always more curious about people’s careers and connections and personal habits. At that point, I had some makeup, but I didn’t really know how to use more than pressed powder and mascara. I remember my mom taking me to the Prescriptives counter when I was 13 and I thought they made me look like a baby hooker. It was too much—pink lips, pink cheeks, pink lids. Makeup didn’t make much sense to me as a kid—that wasn’t how I was going to express myself. Whereas when I was starting my career, it became something I was interested in. Buying yourself a fragrance when you get your first job, or taking a bath with Laura Mercier honey because you’re stressed, can really put you in charge of your space when you feel like you’re not in charge of anything else. In your early 20s, I think it’s really easy to feel like everything is spinning out of control, and I have to remind myself that I’m actually doing OK. A bath usually helps.

When I first got this job, I was using everything. I was sitting in an office full of products and just got really, really excited. And then I broke out really badly. I was using five different cleansers and five different moisturizers because I could…bad idea. Avène Antirougeurs Dermo-Cleansing Milk saved my skin and I will be loyal to it until I die. Any time I need to rebalance my skin, I massage it dry and then wipe it off with a cotton pad soaked in Sisley’s Botanical Floral Toner. If I’m wearing more serious makeup, I use Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser because it dissolves my mascara really well.

Before I moisturize, I spray my face with whatever mist I’m working through—right now it’s Pai Lotus and Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic—because I don’t like to put lotion on dry skin. In the morning I use Glossier Priming Moisturizer because it helps reduce any residual redness and isn’t too heavy under makeup. And then I’ve started using eye cream only in the morning. Aida Bicaj told me that if you do it at night, it’ll make your eyes puffy when you wake up. So after Priming Moisturizer, I tap Kat Burki’s Rosehip Intense Recovery Eye Serum on with my middle fingers. It’s the only eye cream I’ve found that doesn’t give me milia.

At night, I use oils. Pai’s Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil is really good for skin that’s on the verge of a breakout, so I’ll use it a few times a week. But my absolute favorite is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum because, after I use it, I feel like I wake up with a new complexion. It tones and evens and softens. In the dead of winter, I like May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon because it’s heavy duty. On my forehead, I tend to layer something extra, like Sunday Riley Bionic Anti-Aging Cream. I’m very conscious of getting wrinkles up there.

For zits, I use Aesop Control because it’s sticky and really stays in place. My dermatologist recommended a retinol, but the prescription one I have has benzoyl peroxide and bleaches my pillows. Instead, I have a travel size of Sunday Riley Good Genes that I use between my eyebrows because I’m convinced it’ll keep me from getting cystic bumps there. When it comes to exfoliation, I just believe in really rough washcloths.

I like a mask that I don’t have to wash off—washing off is so messy. I desperately love La Mer’s Intensive Revitalizing Mask—I use a generous quarter-size and massage it in for like three minutes, until it’s all gone. Also, Fresh’s Black Tea line is so good. They have a mask called the Instant Perfecting Mask and it’s a very accurate product name. You leave it on for five to 10 minutes, wipe it off with a damp cloth, and you’re golden. After I work out, I like putting honey on my face because it’s antibacterial, so I have this Honey and Coconut Mask that the Earth Tu Face girls made for me. It does exfoliate a little, and it tastes really delicious.

Alicia Yoon told me about Rose By Dr. Dream Powder Essence, which is the coolest product I’ve ever seen in my entire life. It comes in these four little capsules and you tap it out onto your hand…it looks a little like cocaine or something. And then when you rub it in, it turns into water immediately. She mixes it with her cushion compact, so I’ve been trying that, too.

When I try to put myself together in a very manicured way, something always goes wrong and I end up looking messier than if I had just gone for a natural look. For everyday, I use the Lancôme Cushion Compact in Ivoire C. It’s super sheer, but the coverage is insane to the point where I don’t need concealer with it. I use my fingers and put it on my red areas around my cheeks, nose and eyes and on any spots on my forehead. After that, I like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick—I use Apricot, which is discontinued, but Bronze is pretty close. I apply it with this Sonia Kashuk Duo-Fiber Brush over my cheekbones and between my eye and my brow, and up and down my forehead. I never don’t get compliments when I wear that.

One thing that I have learned to do is use a cream blush. I have the Dinoplatz Cushy Blusher in Surf’s Up, which is really fun. You apply it with the sponge tip and it dries to velvet. That one is very light pink, so if I want something rosier, I use Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush in Petal. I like to put that on the apples of my cheeks and then I do a powder Guerlain Terracotta bronzer over that for a glow-from-within look. Then there’s Topshop Glow, but I use that mainly as a cream eyeshadow. I’m big on shimmer for the lids, so I’ll layer that with L’Oréal’s Infallible Silkissime Liner in Silver because it’s really blendable and soft.

I can only do a cat eye with a gel pot and a concealer brush. I really like the Nars Ubangi, which is actually blue, not black. To give the color more depth, I use Laura Mercier Kajal d’Orient Eyeliner under my gel as a kind of base. It’s much easier to use a brush over that because I have a line to follow. For mascara, I don’t care. I like Better Than Sex by Too Faced, or any drugstore brand with a big fluffy brush works. If I’m wearing glasses, I don’t wear any because it gets on my lenses. And Boy Brow every day. I never cared about putting anything into my brows before it, and now I can tell when I’m not wearing it and when I am. It has completely changed everything.

If I’m wearing red lipstick, it’s because I have a zit—the best distraction method. I really only wear true, bluish reds. Topshop Hazard is great for $12. Or there’s the investment red, Dior Rouge 742. Also, Charlotte Tilbury makes really incredible products and her Red Carpet Red is a favorite. It’s just a dream to use.

My hair is naturally very curly. When I moved to New York, I got my hair cut at Bumble and bumble and the hairstylist was like, ‘What do you want to do? Want me to do it curly?’ I had just broken up with a guy, and I was fine about it, but I was like, ‘You know what? Blow it out!’ I haven’t really worn it curly since because it was easier to manage and I looked less like Shirley Temple. I’ll get it blown out professionally once or twice a month at Drybar, but if I have to do it myself, I use Philip Kingsley Minimizer to help me manage my volume.

One thing people don’t talk about enough is shower caps. I love shower caps—good ones, not the hotel freebies. If I’m not washing my hair, I put it back in a big headband and put a cap over it so I don’t have to worry. When I do wash it, I use Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo because it helps my scalp deal with not washing it much. For conditioner, it’s Leonor Greyl’s Jasmine Mask. The only difference between a hair mask and a conditioner is that a hair mask is a better conditioner.

My three main styling products are Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil to defrizz, Milk by Garrett Markenson Reverie to coax a natural-looking wave out, and Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Styling Balm on my ends to make them piecey but not sticky. At night, I brush my hair for like 10 minutes with a boar bristle brush—it distributes the oil and by the time I wake up, my hair is noticeably less greasy.

After years of them not working, I gave up on body scrubs. To really exfoliate my legs, I do my own version of dry brushing with a towel instead of a brush—it really does work if you have scars and skin you want to turn over. Then I moisturize while I’m still wet with Kiehl’s Creme de Corps because I’m a sucker for their holiday packaging. That’s also when I put on perfume—I think it was Diddy who said it lasts longer when you apply it to wet skin. I’m in love with Bel Époq by Régime des Fleurs. It’s sweet and sophisticated, and I try not to use it too much because I never want to run out.

For a long time, I really only wore Sugar Daddy by Essie, but now I’ve gotten more into blues and cool colors—I wear my nails short and I think blue on short nails looks really cool. I like Tenoverten’s Austin a lot, or Chanel Vibrato. If it’s important to me to have perfect nails, I won’t do them without Smith & Cult’s Basis of Everything and Above It All. Not only will your manicure not chip for seven days, your manicure looks new for seven days. I actually never go out to get my nails done—the hand massage is nice, but I think that doing my own nails with friends is the best bonding activity. My roommate and I will do ours together. I’ve bonded over nails so many times.”

—as told to ITG

Emily Ferber photographed by Tom Newton in New York on January 11, 2015. Emily is wearing a Tabula Rasa sweater and Helmut Lang jeans.

Glossier’s Founder and CEO Emily Weiss shares the best Jennifer Connolly-inspired eyeliner in her Top Shelf. And get introduced to the rest of the Glossier team here.

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