WHAT IS IT: Chanel No. 5 Eau de Parfum
WHY I LOVE IT: As a woman, and a beauty editor, I owe Coco Chanel many thanks. Not only did she change the course of history forever by flipping the social norms upside down about how women should dress, but she also changed how they smelled. In the beginning of the 1900’s, the only women who wore fragrance were “respectable” and wealthy ladies, or prostitutes; but Chanel yearned to create a scent that embodied a modern woman. In 1920 she recruited perfumer Ernest Beaux to help her out, and after choosing the fifth vial of fragrance brewed for her, the iconic Chanel No. 5 blend was born. Just shy of a century later, Chanel No. 5 is still worn and coveted by women worldwide, and although it has the association of being an “older” scent, hear me out: This is not your grandma’s perfume. In contrast to the plethora of hyper-active fruity and florally scents we experience nowadays, there’s a certain sexiness to the scent as notes like patchouli, bergamot, jasmine, amber, and vanilla fuse together to form a woodsy, yet womanly aroma.
FOR THOSE: Who want to embrace their inner mademoiselle.
WHAT IS IT: M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in “Violetta”
WHY I LOVE IT: My favorite purple lipstick of all time is, sadly, a limited-edition matte formula by M.A.C Cosmetics called “Heroine” (I may or may not hoard five unopened tubes so I never run out). Is this insane? Maybe. But finding a good purple lipstick is so hard! Alas, M.A.C has finally presented me with yet another amethyst lipstick--that isn’t limited edition--dubbed “Violetta.” Belonging to the M.A.C Pro line (which, if you don’t know, is now available to non-Pro members on its website), the Amplified Creme finish is, as its name suggests, a multi-dimensional violet lipstick with subtle hints of magenta and lavender undertones. Needless to say, it’s become my newest obsession.
FOR THOSE: Who blast “Violet” by Hole when applying their makeup.
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WHY I LOVE IT: Like every other girl in the world, I got way too excited when I first heard that Marc Jacobs was scheming his debut cosmetics line (I guess in his free time? Kidding!) to roll out exclusively at Sephora. As a result of one of the many (innumerable, in fact) perks to my job, I had the privilege of previewing and experiencing the collection before it hit stands. After I finished drooling over the wide variety of nail polishes and lipsticks, I experienced a love-at-first-sight moment with an eyeshadow palette (can I be any creepier?) called “The Starlet”. The no-nonsense neutral palette boasts an impressive assemblage of iridescent earth tones perfect for transitioning your gaze from day to night.
FOR THOSE: Who want to match their eyeshadow to their fall wardrobe.
WHAT IS IT: SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator
WHY I LOVE IT: My acne-prone/combination skin decided to be an asshole and haunt my teenage years before following me into adulthood. Because of this, up until recently, I found myself searching for the miracle product that would heal, treat, and repair any damage that was left behind (#TheStruggle). Then, out of nowhere, SkinCeuticals stepped in and granted my wish with its Retexturing Activator: a resurfacing serum that renews and leaves behind smoother and softer skin, all while diminishing lines/wrinkles and boosting radiance. After religiously applying it for two weeks straight, I noticed the most rapid improvement in my skin’s overall health than I’ve ever experienced with another product. Now that I’ve been using it for almost two months, I can proudly say that not only has my skin looked and felt the best it has in a very long time, but continues to show signs of improvement everyday.
FOR THOSE: Who need a skin miracle.
WHAT IS IT: Sachajuan Ocean Mist
WHY I LOVE IT: Born and raised in south Florida (Cooper City, to be exact), I spent a huge chunk of my life at the beach. Sunburns, jellyfish stings, and sand in my ears aside, one perk of being by the ocean all day were the luscious beach waves left behind from my hair’s sea salt consumption. It was this idea that birthed the invention of compacting sea salt into haircare products--that you see everywhere now--for achieving easy, beach waves without leaving your apartment. I’ve spent the past few years testing every sea salt spray I could get my paws on, searching for the one that could perfectly mimic the beach hair I experienced when I was younger to no avail. Finally, I found Sachajuan Ocean Mist, a leave-in spray that works on wet or dry hair, and delivers the same bundles of twisty locks I used to get as a beach bum.
FOR THOSE: Who want to be a mermaid.