We really should have been doing this sooner, but the story idea is so simple it's evaded us for far too long. The concept: the best things we've tried all month long, reviewed, photographed, and anthropomorphized before we have the opportunity to get sick of it and move on to something new. January is a particularly good month to look back—now that it's time to abandon that New Year's Resolution, why not also see if anything new stuck? If you guys are into it, we'll be back monthly and report (without theme or agenda) what we've liked the most from the past 30 or so days. Sound good? Great. Now, behold the January haul:
Concealers, when applied to my face, are magic, because they do the opposite of concealing. I've tried quite a few, and within an hour of wear, they become Revealers—tinted creams that not only highlight imperfections, but also indicate that I was self-conscious enough about them to attempt to cover them up. I don't like concealer! But I recently met Dior Fix It and I fell in love. The coverage is medium and natural-looking, but the genius is in the primer core, which gives the formula optimum wear without creasing or pooling. Finally—a concealer that works. —Brennan Kilbane
I'll be the first to admit that I do not know my way around a GNC. Nor do I care to, really. Every time I ask someone new about my vitamin and supplement habits and needs, I get a different answer. So maybe I'm approaching nutrition wrong, but if anyone's doing it right, it's Care/of. To buy, you first need to complete a comprehensive quiz on your health, your needs, and your skepticism level. After that, they offer up a few vitamin suggestions (that you're free to play around with and switch out for others). When that's all said and done and your order is complete, your pills are delivered in single-serving daily packets filled with your regimen. I'm taking evening primrose oil (the skin health pill that's easier to swallow than gigantic omega 3s), a probiotic blend (that doesn't need to be refrigerated), and B12 (my parents take it). Easy to order, easy to remember, easy to swallow. —Emily Ferber
During the winter, my main goal is to keep my skin calm and just moisturized enough. But some days I get to the office, after trudging through the elements and public transportation, and my skin doesn't feel balanced anymore. I'm a little bit of a germaphobe, so I'm wary of applying moisturizer to my face at any time other then when I've just emerged from the shower. So mist is the only real option. And this one's great—it diffuses super-fine, leaves my skin feeling soothed, and the smell is everything. Neroli, my favorite. —Tom Newton
Also known as: the mask that launches a thousand Instagram DM conversations every time I post about it. People are seriously intrigued by gadgets that promise good skin and also make you look like a Daft Punk-themed psycho killer at the same time. Anyway, I love this thing. First of all, it's affordable. $35 compared to hundreds if you look elsewhere in the market. Now, does this make it less effective? Maybe, but I would argue it's just different. It may not be the strongest thing in your arsenal when you have an intractable zit (maybe see Renée Rouleau's Anti-Cyst Treatment for that). What it does do is make your skin look calm, plump, and rested immediately after use. And in the 30 days I've been using it (10 minutes a day), I haven't contracted any painful, huge, or otherwise annoying symptoms of acne. January's been a month of healing and preventing. I'm trying to keep it up. Knock on wood. —EF
I've been trying a bunch of clarifying serums and oils for a story next month, and for the first time in FOREVER my skin feels...almost...a little...dry? I mean, definitely still oily, but it's craving something it wasn't before. (Feed me Seymour—feed me!) I've long been an evangelist of the Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel as my standalone skin savior, but now I've added its sibling product into the mix. I keep the Masque in the fridge (how original, I know) and try to use a thin layer of it at least once a week for a few hours before I go to bed. My skin feels incredible after using it and it has without a doubt helped calm my extremely red/irritated face. —TN
Photographed by Tom Newton.
Next up: The whole office weighs in on their favorite winter sheet masks.