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Winter Empties: Some Are Bougie and Some Aren't

Dallas - Marketing Intern

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich - I'm obsessed with winter but that doesn't mean we're friends. (Similar to how I feel about Kris Jenner.) This is a product I trust in cushioning, coating, and comforting my skin during dry months. For extra safety on the traumatizing two block walk to the subway, PMR adds a thick, cruelty-free jacket on my face to keep it safe. I'm not a @dewydudes, but I love when my moisturizer sits on my skin and glows. For a second before I walk out the door, I feel like I can accomplish anything before winter kicks my skin.

Babyfacial Mini - Someone at D.E. knows that I love their holiday minis because they brought them back for repurchase. The star on top of the Christmas tree of Sephora's minis is obviously Babyfacial.  Drunk Elephant mastered the tingling sensation in exfoliation in addition to taking the right amount of cells off my skin. I don't have $80 to spend on a year-round face mask but I do have (with a twenty percent Sephora discount) $25 for a quarter year supply.

Lanya - Creative Director:

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask - My lips aren’t naturally hydrated. Their natural state is as flaky as a fresh croissant. Thankfully, I’ve been using this Korean brand - Laneige (not sure how to pronounce it) - to soften them up overnight. I enjoy applying lipstick in the morning, so I appreciate that this product works hard overnight and I don’t have to apply chapstick during the day. It’s thick and luxe, and will last you quite a while. It’s sweet without being too sweet, and I’ve read that their use of “moisture-rich beta-glucan” helps to maintain hydration all night (especially needed when you’ve got that heater running).

Biologique Recherche P50 - This is my #1 empty. Mandi agrees as well. You may have heard of this product in the cult beauty messaging channels, and it lives up to the hype (on my face at least). Biologique Recherche is one of my go-to brands for French (oui, oui), stinky, but highly effective formulations. This exfoliating toner burns in just the right ways (and turns my face slightly red), which feeds into my dependence on it. I claim that this product is responsible for the ~Lanya Glow~ and the lack of pesky acne on my chin. It helps to balance the pH of skin post-cleansing, and gives me that lactic and salicylic acid that I crave. If you’re a badass like me, get the 1970 version ;)

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream - Honestly, this product feels great and luxe and all that jazz, but it doesn’t feel any different from other moisturizers. The reason why it’s empty is that it was $$$$ and I’m not about to waste that money! I would love to test the product with the Stardust Kit to truly see how it affects my skin.

Amelia - Editor:

Vanicream Cleanser

This is arguably not as luxe as Lanya’s bougie empties, but I truly loved this cleanser. I was sleeping over at my friend’s house and, true to form, I asked if he had anything I could wash my face with, and he directed me to the guest bathroom and said, there’s something called, like, vagina cream in there.” Cool, cool, cool. Anyway, this is what I found in there, and not vagina cream. I liked it so much I stole it. It doesn’t strip your skin, removes makeup, and even though it’s not an acne cleanser, it cleared my skin and made it evener. 9/10, will repurchase.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

I just ran out of this yet again. I’m psycho-stalker about chemical exfoliation–if it’s physical, I don’t effing want it. This is $11 on Amazon Prime, so I know I’ll only need to be without it for a couple of days and it’s not going to bankrupt me like so many before. Here’s the reason I’ve repurchased 4 times and now to be a 5th: it smells amazing, it’s brightening, it makes your face feel like a new baby, and it only takes 10 minutes.

Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil

This is one of my ~fAnCy~ products that, once I run out of all the backups I got for $free.99 for scamming the system and my friends (sorry, guys! ily!), I will have to buy it because give me this oil or give me death. Not to be dramatic. It’s not one of those super heavy oils, so I wear it day and night, summer, fall, winter, spring. I should probably cool it because I’m p oily all on my own, but it’s like a lovely security blanket for my skin–it just doesn’t feel right without this oil!

Mandi - CEO:

Biologique Recherche Lait U

Do yourself a favor and give this cleanser a try. Let me walk you through the experience. You’ll twist open the Upper-East-Side-derm’s-office-chic bottle and squeeze a dollop of cleanser on to your hand. Next, you’ll start rubbing it onto your face, realizing you poured out way too much because this heavenly cleanser goes a long way. Lather. Rinse. And you’ll finally see yourself, truly see yourself for the first time that morning. You’ll wonder: what kind of magical witch is this, (of course you forgot witching hour was already upon us)? I use this cleanser to remove makeup, the dust of the patriarchy and get me through every damn day.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask

This charcoal mask is the only mask I’ve ever bought more than once. It’s a humble staple in my routine because it just takes the edge off any grease, acne or grime on my face. It’s the mask I pull out when a friend comes over, or pack when I'm headed to yet another family gathering. Last Thanksgiving I had my whole family singing its praises.

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