Spotted: Apryl Mueller


"I love wearing neutral makeup: a little bit of Clinique High Impact Mascara, some blush, and then a colorful lip. I actually just bought a purple lip stain at Sephora—a Chubby Stick from Clinique in Voluptuous Violet. I love it—it’s moisturizing but it’s colorful; it’s perfect. I’d been looking for a really dark wine color, because I saw it in Teen Vogue and I absolutely fell in love with the look. But it’s so hard to find that shade, and when you’re on the street, you kind of have to tone it down a bit… But I wasn’t settling for this one! [Laughs] I tried it on thinking it would go on darker, but it’s actually almost a ‘natural’ purple. It’s wearable purple.

Makeup-wise, I avoid anything heavy because I have good skin in general, and I don’t like feeling weighed down. If I do use makeup, it’s all very light, natural-feeling things. One thing I always, always do is darken my eyebrows—I absolutely love how that looks on someone. I use a Sephora Brow Pencil that’s just a bit darker than my normal eyebrow color.

I don’t have any real problems with my skin, but I do use Lush Aqua Marina face wash with seaweed and aloe vera every day. I love Lush—it’s all natural, no-preservatives stuff. And I have a cream I bought in Korea this summer that uses snail goo—the goo that comes off of snails. It’s so weird, but it was so popular over there that I had to try it. Actually, I was walking down the street and saw this huge poster of models with snails and I was like, ‘What is this advertising???’ Of course I couldn’t read the writing, but I looked closely and it seemed like it was for a Sseal cream, so I went into a store and tried a sample. It was sooo nice, and I had to bring some home. My mom and I both love it. It goes on really smooth and feels rich, it has beautiful packaging, and it smells nice. It’s 60% nail slime—they call it ‘escargot cream.’ It’s super popular in Korea, and I think it’s catching on here.

I’m also obsessed with Bio-Oil, this really hydrating light-pink oil—but it doesn’t feel oily. It’s light and really soaks into your skin. I think it’s a combination of essential oils, like vitamin E, and it only costs, like, 10 dollars for a bottle. You can get it at the Vitamin Shoppe or a health-food store. I use it to get rid of redness, dark circles—you can use it on scars, too…cuticles, anything."

—as told to ITG

Apryl Mueller photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on September 17th, 2012. Apryl is wearing an Express top and necklace, and vintage hat from Tokyo. 

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  • Silvia

    What a natural beauty & such gorgeous skin, lucky her! Love that sheer shirt / jacket, too.

  • Jolanda van Wingerden

    So funny you placed this article today. I just ordered the chubby stick in voloptuous violet and I was worried it would not look good with my fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. Now I cannot wait to receive it... Great article!

  • beautyidealist

    Very cool. I tried the snail goo, but honestly if you look at the ingredients, they're listed pretty far down on even the highest end products which makes me think the moisturizing effect is really the traditional ingredients like emollients and humectants that are used in $5 jars of moisturizers sold in dept stores.

    I wanted to get some Bio Oil because it is just a bit over $10 and my skin seems to be doing great with oils. But then I saw the ingredients and it is not a "blend of essential oils" at all. Paraffinum is a petro by product known for clogging pores and causing premature aging; Parfum is another way of saying the product contains phthalates which are major hormone disruptors; Mineral Oil is the main ingredient which is a cheap, pore-clogging petrol derivative; PurCellin Oil is a synthetic byproduct extracted from duck glands so you're putting animal by-product on your face; and even the light pink color is artificial from a synthetic dye called CI26100 which is listed on EWG as a potential carcinogen which is classified as toxic to organs. Sorry to get Debbie Downer here, but it seems a lot of the time you really do get what you pay for. Spring for that bottle of Argan Oil instead which you can get at various price points from $14 at Whole Foods to $36 for Kahina, etc.

    • Jolanda van Wingerden

      I cannot reply to all of your ladies' comments regarding actual natural skin products, but I much say I loved to read the comments in this case even more than the interview. I was also one of the people who did not look up the ingredients of the products they used but trusted the lable. Well, not anymore. I still have a lot to learn, but I am always open to suggestions and I feel like this blog (and in particular the comments) has taught me more than my research on internet so far! So thank you party poopers ;).

  • VotreAmie

    neutral, natural and totally gorg!

  • Panglu Xiong

    glad to hear that she's not the only one using snail cream, i've been using mine for the past 3 years

  • Katherine Dodds

    Apryl: Lush is awesome, but they actually do use preservatives in a lot of their products, which is pretty much essential for stability. Methylparaben, mostly. Don't worry, though, just look up the ingredients :)
    Products that don't have preservatives can be great, but because they can expire, you should be particularly careful of the breakdown of ingredients like essential oils and fragrances: the molecules can break down and turn into something nasty. I won't get into the chemistry.

    Also, Bio-Oil isn't really a combinations of essential oils, it is mostly mineral oil. Which is alright, petroleum-based ingredients are hard to avoid in our lives and aren't as horrible as people think (well, in most of the ways we are told they are), but it's definitely not the best for your skin. You can buy sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, or sesame oil for much less than the price of Bio-Oil, actually! And oils like jojoba, rosehip and sea buckthorn (more expensive, however) have even better properties. Anyway, just fyi. I think Emily has talked about oils before ;)

    Her skin is so amazing, I think I'll have to check out that snail cream! I wonder what the other ingredients are... haha I can be such a party pooper. Not trying to suck the fun out of ITG!! I love it!

  • Prkrst

    I actually trie the escargot cream, and depending on what brand you get, you ofcourse get different % of the "snail goo" in the creams. I was also afraid of animal cruelty being involved here, but I researched some and generally no snails are killed or "tested upon", but it's kind of like a silkworm making silk philosophy. I guess some people would also have issues with that as well, but that's another story. It works! My face felt heavenly. I guess we're catching up to the trend here in the US.

    Other than that, her skin is gorgeous.