Lawren Briscoe, Attorney


"My name is Lawren Briscoe [@lawrenhb], I live in New York City and I work with Ralph Lauren on their employment practices. Prior to that, I was a practicing attorney and worked at several law firms. I'm always up for challenge—I recently started running, and ran my second half marathon a few weeks ago. I love the results. It's kind of like my beauty routine in that it's long and tedious but hopefully will pay off long-term, but that doesn't mean there isn't a ton of trial and error along the way.

I try to pay attention to my skin and what it needs and base what products I use on that, rather than having a set routine. On a 'normal' day, I will wash my face with water in the morning, unless I inadvertently slept in my which case I will remove my makeup with Bioderma Crealine H20 and then use Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser. Then I use Biologique Recherché Lotion P50, which I think is absolutely amazing. It stings a little, so I'll spritz some SK-II Facial Treatment Essence that I keep in a spray bottle to calm the feeling away. When I remember, I will follow up with By Terry Cellularose Brightening Serum. No matter what, I always use my two holy grail products—Sunday Riley Good Genes and Physicians Formula Laser Resurfacing Serum. Talk about glow.

If my skin is dry or irritated, I'll wash my face with an oil-based cleanser—I love DHC Deep Cleansing Oil or Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser. I follow that with Hadolabo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion, which is from Hong Kong, and Embroylisse.

I periodically get cystic acne and when that happens, I will use Panoxyl 10% Foaming Wash—a great CVS find. It's made with benzoyl peroxide and is really great at targeting painful breakouts. During the week, I regularly use a prescription Retinol followed by Strivectin cream, which is actually marketed for stretch marks but also works wonders on fine lines. On most nights I will also use the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion as well.

Regardless of my morning routine, one thing that I never ever go without is sunscreen—that's probably the most important product in my beauty arsenal. I typically use L’Oréal Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face. I really like it because it's so light and isn’t greasy.

On the weekend I take a break from my typical routine. After washing my face, will normally just use something to moisturize—either Sunday Riley Juno Oil or Biafine Emulsion, which I'm also using on a tattoo I'm in the process of having removed. That's also when I like to take time and use one of the hundreds of Asian sheet masks I bought from a beauty supply store in Hong Kong called Sasa. I don't know if they actually work, but the concept of a full face sheet mask intrigues me, so I go with it. I store them in the fridge so that they are nice and cold when I put them on. I would say my favorite one so far is probably by SK-II. In Hong Kong, SK-II was a lot cheaper than buying it the US so unfortunately once I run out of my stash, I probably won’t be restocking for a while.

Although I love makeup, I really only wear it on the weekends. My coworkers always joke that I look like a completely different person outside of work—I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not. I'm really a lipstick-and-blush kind of girl, I don’t get too fancy with the eye shadows—it’s either a dark smoky eye or a nude color. I really love the Urban Decay Naked 2 Pallete and 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Pervasion. Easy, and all the color options I need. I'll use any mascara, as long as it's as dark as possible. I am lucky to have pretty long lashes naturally so I don’t think it makes that much of a difference on me either way.

I also don’t really use foundation—I prefer tinted moisturizer or something that provides a very light coverage. For the past year, I've been using Giorgio Armani Maestro, which I absolutely love. I normally blend #7 and #8 to get the perfect match. I also like Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. If I need a bit more color, I will mix in a few drops of Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #7, 8, or 10. Concealer is always Clé de Peau in Honey.

Whenever I actually wear makeup, I always try to contour my cheeks—I say 'try' because my version of contouring is basically sucking in my cheeks and applying bronzer. The only product I use for this is Bahama Mama Bronzer. I found it at Duane Reade and it is by far the best bronzer I have ever used. I think the key to a half-way decent contour is the right brush—I use Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75. I will then do a little highlighter using Benefit High Beam. I don’t have many go-to colors, but love Nars and MAC blushes because they're so pigmented. I typically wear Nars, MAC, Bite Beauty, or Buxom lipsticks for the same reason.

I probably go a little overboard with my products. But if I have one beauty mantra, it's that less is never more!"

—as told to ITG

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.

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  • Vicki

    "Less is never more" LOVE LOVE LOVE! Fabulous Top Shelfie!

  • jellymo

    By god it's like a gold mine in that cabinet. I wonder if the prescription is tretinoin/retin-a?

  • Angelina Boutouridis

    Love it!

  • Divya

    This stash could put a celebrity's to shame! Does one actually need so much? Just curious!

    • Guest

      I'm not sure "need" is the operative word when it comes to beauty. We are, every one of us, on the long march toward the inevitable grave. If we choose to, we can all wrinkle, go grey, wither and die. Or we can have a bit of fun along the way and refuse to go gracefully into anyone's damn dark night.

      The lady makes her own money, and therefore, her own choices. Does one really need to question them? Just curious!

      • katie

        Need, want, whatever. To each her own, but... that picture with the shopping bags everywhere truly makes me want to puke.

        • jl

          Maybe they're christmas presents.

        • Mady

          Haha, I know eh. It's totally cool if she owns those bags. People can spend money on whatever they want. But I'm embarrassed for her in that picture. Though possibly we're misinterpreting her intentions with that photo? I wouldn't be surprised if it were meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

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  • Eli

    Thrilled to see Hada Labo appear on ITG! Their lotions are the best thing and they pioneered the whole hyaluronic acid thing years ago. I restock each time I am back in Malaysia because it's triple the price in Sydney. Unfortunately, whole range they do for export (except for sensitive skin and suncare) is now made in China. Still works but find it less effective than the ones made in Japan.

    Apparently, Japanese expats think so too cos a friend told me the last time she went to visit family in Osaka, her friends asked her to help back haul whiskey, sake and Hada Labo lotion.

  • Helena

    An unabashed product junkie. Love it!

  • bella19

    I love seeing ITG do profiles on people who don't work in beauty/fashion/PR/media, and this is the second one with a lawyer in recent months. I'm also a lawyer, albeit a fairly recent grad, and I love seeing how other women in conservative corporate fields maintain their individuality and express their love for fashion and beauty, even though they can't always do it through their job. Definitely something to aspire to!

  • Jennifer Monforton

    She's got fabulous taste! Great read, as always :)

  • Colleen

    That fourth picture...just livin the dream right there!

  • keely

    Beautiful girl with an enviable life. I want to see some working class folks on ITG! The girls that haul at Zara and even find those prices steep. We take from our grocery budget to visit Sephora. We make $40k a year and work like dogs (how about someone who works in politics, perhaps?). Not hating, just looking for a bit of a different perspective.

    • Divya

      Back you on this Keely! isn't #ITGTopShelfie supposed to include more regular people? Its great that she has made so much for herself, but not everybody can afford to float on Celine bags, how about featuring them?

    • dee m cee

      i second keely's suggestion!

    • Genevieve

      I agree! I think these are reader-initiated, so I hope some gorgeous teachers/nurses/adminstrative assistants/housepainters/whoever else is out there looking beautiful on a budget and is reading this will put one together. (Mine would be way, way too boring.)

    • nooneputsbabyinthecorner

      LOL at 40k per year being "working class." I know what you mean, but maybe middle class would be more appropriate word choice.

    • ikillplants

      THIS. Love the series, love Lawren's #ITGTopShelfie. But I do believe that ITG needs a trip to the unfashionable outer boroughs (Queens represent!!!) and to Washington, DC. Hell, I'd go nuts for an #ITGTopShelfie from a beautiful lady who hails from the deep Midwest.

  • EmmaBoulware

    Amazing medicine cabinet!! I'm so jealous - in a friendly way! :)

  • Amy Mills

    She's so soooo gorgeous. I didn't get some attitude-shifting inspiration from reading this, but I do think that if I could trade my shelf(ves) with anyone, it'd be her. Like @jellymo:disqus said, that cabinet is definitely a gold mine.

  • Eliza

    So wish that Sunday Riley would reformulate Good Genes to be paraben-free! I want to use it soooo bad haha. And our "contouring" is the same.

  • LJIS

    I really like seeing a person who works hard to afford these expensive beauty products! Not sure how many of the 20-something subjects (who are not models) purchase high-end brands with careers as artists...

  • ALobas

    Lawren- can you help me pick out products?? Looks like you have great taste

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm all about the NARS TM too. I'll have to check out the PF serum and and Biafine!

  • spencer

    does she really use p50, sunday riley good genes and the laser resurfacing serum all in one night. p50 and sunday riley contain super strong acids and the serum has 2.5% glycolic acid in it. it's a surprise her face isn't peeling the next morning.

    • Layla Corcoran

      I've been using retina for years and have tried all but the P50. The others never made me peel.

      • jellymo

        To round out your comment, I have been using retin-a and have alternated with p50 with no additional peeling.

  • Bella

    Finally, a more is more girl! I love the picture with the shopping bags; it's so irreverent. I also use a prescription retinoid and sunscreen religiously, and we have similar foundation loves.

  • Guest

    As far as I am aware, Hada Labo is Japanese, not from Hong Kong?

  • Maggi

    I love how she knows her skin so well that she has different routines depending on how her skin is acting. She also has some great drugstore finds thrown into the mix. I will definitely be checking out the Physcisians Formula serum and that bronzer.

    My favorite top Shellie so far.

  • Duff

    I'm sorry, but if you don't require this to store your product collection, then you have a ways to go before you can earn the label "junkie". Just sayin'.

  • canonball

    Try Corporette, Capitol Hill Style, and The Classy Cubicle.

  • Actually,

    Late, but is geared toward the uber-conservative office. She usually has a suit of the day/week, with some trendier options than your standard black on black. Bonus: she lists out all the best sales going on in business wear regularly. She has a great list up for Labor Day right now. can also have some good ideas--it's business casual, but it's good for ideas.

    Both of them usually list pricing options and are aware that everyone has a different budget.

  • Kira Retana

    really cute pictures!!

  • jadewillowmilian

    Love TopShelfie! My favorite post from ITG.

  • mageeski

    Im all about those pictures at the beginning! Lets trade shopping habits!


  • GG

    My face would actually explode if I put that many products on it. Well chosen selection, however.

  • Musings

    P50 with Good Genes- wouldn't that be over exfoliating?