1. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil
"Pretty much every brand has its version of a kohl pencil, but only Laura Mercier has such an awesome array of shades. I'm not much for black eyeliner, so I love that she has hues like Black Turquoise and Black Gold, which combine inky pigments with jewel tones to create a metallic, smoked-out line that's anything but boring black."
$20, available at Nordstrom.
2. Crazylibellule and the Poppies Rose À Saigon Solid Perfume
"This charming French brand specializes in solid perfume oils that smell like nothing else I've ever sniffed before. In the summer I use their Poule De Luxe vanilla-blended fragrances (vanilla and peach, mmm), but in the winter I turn to this sophisticated blend of vetiver, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, passionfruit, and mango. The great thing about these scented sticks is that — unlike a spray which envelopes you in scent — you can pinpoint where you want the fragrance to be, so you don't overpower anyone with your perfume. A swipe on the wrists, a dab behind the ears, and a dot on my decolleté is all I need to subtly scent my skin with this intoxicating aroma."
$10, available at Amazon.
3. Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish
"I have long been a member of the RBL cult — Ji Baek is a mad polish genius and I'm always on the edge of my seat waiting for her to release a new lacquer. She does this amazing thing with her shimmers that adds intensity and intrigue to an already captivating color. I can't name a fave shade (that'd be like choosing a favorite child), but I can say that right now I am really digging Catherine H., a divine navy blue with pink and gold shimmer. I'm not usually one for dark blue (makes my pale hands look like I'm suffering from frostbite), but this polish has just enough warmth and is such a unique shade of navy that it just works and looks great with everything I wear in the process."
$18-$20, available at Rescue Beauty Lounge.
4. Kevin.Murphy Protection Wash Heat Protection Shampoo
"Most stylists I've spoken with have said that which shampoo you use doesn't really matter — it's not on your hair long enough to really make a difference — but I have to disagree when speaking about this groundbreaking cleanser. Without fail, every time I use this shampoo I get compliments on how gorgeous my hair looks. Featuring amino acids and chitosan — a polysaccharide naturally derived from the shells of shrimp and other sea crustaceans — this wash infuses your hair with natural protection from damage caused by heat styling, smoothing and hydrating your mane. Literally every good hair day I have ever had has been on a day when I used this."
$23.39, available at Sleek Hair.
Photos: By Grace Sun, MCV Photo
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