Right now, just about everyone at Glossier is out of office...and why not be, right? Americans apparently have a hard time taking time off (tales of your best “stealth vacation' are welcome below), so everyone's trying their best not to be a statistic. But we're here for you, so the reviews shall not abate! Below are a few we wrote just before sneaking out for the week. The internet never sleeps, but we believe in beauty rest, so this was the solution. Have a good holiday! We'll be back on Monday.
Claire Knebl : “At press time, it's the middle of the big holiday build-up, which consists mostly of office parties and friends' office parties. I'm game—just not for stereotypical heavy, holiday makeup. Instead I've been navigating party season by focusing on my skin (for which the key product has been Kiehl's Line-Reducing Concentrate with boatloads of Vitamin C to brighten my complexion). But, back to makeup: I'm usually not into sparkles, but it's still 50º in New York, so being festive is an easier sell. My wrapping paper choices are going to be on point and I'm gonna wear sparkles, OK? On my lips, Armani's Liquid Lip Maestro in 508, a shade that sits somewhere between peach and rust. It wears well for a surprisingly long time, but be sure to bring a balm with you because a few hours in, it does start to feel a bit dry. For eyes, I've been layering several warm eye shadows in buildable colors from Troy Surratt's Artistique line—they're sheer but with noticeable color payoff (and again I say sparkle). I smudge on Cuivre (bronze), Idéaliste (golden bronze), Poudre (peach), and Ingénue (pink) in no particular order. They could definitely be applied artfully, but I think I prefer it when there's no real method to the madness.”
Brennan Kilbane : “I'm working remotely from the comfort of my parent's house this week, where there are gratis snacks and an in-home washer/dryer. The skincare routine I abide by while here is similarly luxurious—and reminiscent of Jane Bishop's constant moisturizing-while-working-from-home situation. Currently, constantly, without fail, I'm applying Grown Alchemist's Hydra-Repair Day Cream—it's heavy and balmy and makes me feel like maybe I'm fixing my city face that has apparently fallen victim to free radicals (the only free things in New York City). It has rosehip oil in it, which is great for the redness I shall be concealing when I Skype Claire for our weekly touchbase. Then, it's eye cream— Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Gel—so my under-eye region can be more like Khaleesi by the time break is over. And because hydrated fingers are productive fingers, I'll use Davines Oi Hand Balm, which is very nice to look at. I might rub it on my feet, too, because I can do that here.”
Emily Ferber : “The key to stress-free holiday travel is not packing well or staying hydrated or remembering that love, actually, is all around. The key to stress-free holiday travel is booking your flight home for 6am on Christmas day for a cool $200 round trip. Conditions are perfect—airport's deserted, Ubers to LaGuardia are cheap, and you're home just in time for the day's main event: arguing over which David O. Russell movie to see. So, no, I'm not actually out of office yet. But once I finally do manage to make it out of the city, I will be reliving the vestiges of my youth by surrounding myself with the products in my childhood bedroom that have somehow evaded the garbage. Most notably, I'm on the last dregs of a wonderful foot cream from Bliss that smells minty and herbal, like all good foot creams. It's thick, and calls for a good pair of socks (Smartwool, from mom's drawer). On alternate days, I'll tend to my hair with Christophe Robin's Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil that I actually sent home for my mom with the intention of using most of it myself. But if 'masking with mom' doesn't imbue you with the holiday spirit, I don't know what will.”
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