Emerald Carroll


“I recently purged a lot of my old cosmetics and products. Like, eye shadow I haven’t used in five years, for example. We’re in New York—there’s not a lot of room! So I’m very streamlined these days. My skin is dry. I’ve been told it’s combination but I think it’s just dry. [Laughs] I use Coconut Oil on my face—just pure, organic coconut oil that you buy in a giant tub from Whole Foods. It’s the most amazing moisturizer ever, there are no preservatives or chemicals, and it’s about $10. My skin sucks it right up. I decant the oil into little plastic jars from Muji and throw them in my purse. You can use it on your whole body and also your lips…I cook with it too!

I love NARS lip pencils in Damned, which I have on now, and Dragon Girl, Cruella and Red Square. I like it because it stays put; regular lipstick tends to slide all over. Stila liquid eyeliner is great—really easy to apply. For every day I like Benetint for my lips and cheeks, and Bare Minerals powder concealer—but you have to buy their ‘concealer’ brush to apply it or it doesn’t work well. There’s something about that brush that’s amazing. It’s an unbeatable combination; it covers so well and totally blends with your skin tone. I think Chanel has the most unique nail polish colors, and Essie has great reds. My mom recently gave me shampoo and conditioner from Leonor Greyl—I don’t know where she got it but it’s really good. Unfortunately it’s also really expensive so I’ll alternate between that and Kiehl’s or EO from Whole Foods. The upstairs beauty department at Whole Foods on Houston Street is my spot. I get Alba tuberose body wash there too—it smells insanely good. And Skin Trip lotion, which I’ve been using since high school. When I first brought it home my mom was like, ‘I used this when I was a teenage hippie.’

My hair color is natural. I don’t wash it that much, maybe 2 or 3 times a week, and use Oscar Blandi dry shampoo in between. Sometimes I’ll use Moroccan Oil, and L’Oreal Elnett hairspray—smells like a Granny but it’s not sticky and it literally brushes right out. I like perfumes by Fresh—they’re not too heavy and I can mix them: Pomegranate Anise and the Hesperides are my current favorites. Other standbys are Bach Flower Cream, it’s a European thing for skin repair, and Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream. Oh and I decant a lot of my beauty products into Muji containers—it’s probably my favorite store. I don’t like all those bottles; I like the clean look. It also allows me to buy things in bulk, which saves money. I don’t switch products that often…I’m a pretty loyal customer.”

—as told to ITG

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  • Suzanne

    Love her & her picks! Keep up the great work. :)

  • Jenna

    Emerald rocks red lips so well and has such smart beauty fixes. Love her!

  • Hilary Wise

    the TOP SHELF is my favorite type of post here. This one is no exception—I loved it!!
    Thanks for making my day, Emerald (and Emily!)

  • Angelica

    Love how she downsized to a streamline but still super chic routine. Love the Top Shelf articles too! Emily your blog is the best!

  • lauren

    Her product choices are amazing! Totally agree with the coconut oil advice. Love the blog :)

  • http://thinmoonsugar.blogspot.com/ c*

    I love this section. Always enjoy reading about other people's beauty secrets!


  • amelia

    this section is amazing! such great product (and organisation, for that matter) ideas! this blog really is the best!

  • Melissa K.

    Loved this post. I love how Emerald has a natural and simple approach to things but still is very trendy. Coconut oil as a body oil is the BEST! Totally changes the way my dry skin feels in the winter.

  • http://unpretentiousbouquetofparentheses.blogspot.com Camille

    This is my favourite post so far, thank you Emily! I really enjoy how Miss Carroll uses a small, but very effective amount of products and how she incorporates a lot of organic ones too, fantastic! Also, she really makes me want to try that pencil in Damned, what a gorgeous colour! x

  • http://eastinthewest.blogspot.com Eileen

    This is a GREAT blog. I particularly enjoy the Top Shelf and the Face posts. Thanks for the interesting features!

  • Karla

    I am addicted to this blog but I have a feeling it is going to make me poor. I have already been out to buy 2 nars lip pencils and I am seriously considering investing in some Leonor Greyl Products! Love how chic she has managed to make her basic storage look.

  • http://searchingforflostre.tumblr.com CEH

    That is some very amazing red hair. love the lip pencil- got advice from my v chic cousin who told me to buy it and obsessed ever since.

  • http://lipstickandzines.wordpress.com/ M

    I just found out about your blog (better late than never, right?). It’s amazing what you’re doing here! This particular post inspires me to properly organize my beauty products. Keep it up! x

  • Catherine

    Emerald's practical chic approach to beauty and life was just the push I needed to do a serious "spring cleaning". Oh and that hair, I may actually bring her pic to my next color appointment.

  • mimi

    beautiful! this is one of my favourites.
    i love benetint as well, its a daily must have. i also must check out this coconut oil, it sounds amazing and by the look of emerald's glowing skin it really must do the trick!

  • Lily

    oh my gosh...she is so beautiful!!! totally jealous. I love her streamlined routine as well. She too inspired me to clean out my makeup and hair stuff.

  • Michelle

    I love her organization set up! Where does she get her trays and acrylic containers? I made a Muji order after reading this Top Shelf to decant my skincare products.

    Love The Top Shelf!

  • Amy

    Fresh has discontinued Pomegranate Anise! I have used it every day for about 8 years and I am in a total panic that they will not bring it back!

  • Chrissy

    I just noticed an ad for coconut oil to moisturize your skin in either Vouge or In Style! I'm definitely curious to try it now. Thanks for the tip! Also, Elnett is the best hairspray EVER! So glad they have it in the states now! I have never found a hairspray that holds the way it does, then brushes right out except this one.


Essie Nail Polish
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Benefit Benetint
bareMinerals Broad Spectrum Multi-Tasking Face SPF
bareMinerals 'Maximum Coverage' Concealer Brush
Leonor Greyl PARIS
Leonor Greyl Shampooing au Miel
Oscar Blandi
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo 2.5 oz
L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray
Fresh 'Hesperides Grapefruit' Eau de Parfum 0.33 oz
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream, Scented