Have you read Into The Gloss yet? It's a beauty blog with the all-time greatest feature: The Top Shelf. Models, stylists, designers, photographers, and makeup artists share their beauty arsenals and routines, and it's fascinating. I'm the kind who'll take any opportunity to snoop in your bathroom cabinets, so I'm unabashedly hooked. The luxury/weirdness factors are astonishing; Lauren Santo Domingo reveals she can't remember the last time she washed her own hair (!!!), while Linda Rodin tells about mixing her signature face oil in a paper cup in her bathroom.
As an avid reader of The Top Shelf, I began to notice certain products were in nearly everyone's cabinets, drawers, and purses. Although Chanel and NARS were by far the most popular makeup brands, most of the real commonalities were skincare related. Here are some of the items that appeared most frequently.
French Pharmacy Goods: More than a few interviewees mentioned the amazing products to be found in Parisian pharmacies. Embryolisse, an ultra rich moisturizing miracle cream for the face, is one such product these beauty insiders seem to stockpile. Another miracle cream, Homeoplasmine, has an astonishing variety of uses, but the most popular is a super luxe lip treatment. These are both excellent winter skincare picks and are both great unexpected bargains at only $25 each.
Viviscal: This is a supplement taken to make your hair thicker and longer in record time. If the hundreds of glowing testimonials are any indication, it really, really works. Viviscal is sold on Amazon at $36 for a month's supply. This one intrigues me the most. Any readers tried it?
Jurlique Skincare: Several ladies mentioned the Jurlique skincare line had revered space on their bathroom counters. The Purifying Foaming Cleanser got especially rave reviews; it balances and nourishes skin while removing even waterproof eye makeup with ease.
Face Oils: There seemed to be two camps of women featured on The Top Shelf: those who love skin creams, and those who prefer oil. The latter all had a bottle of either Rodin Olio Lusso ($140) or Aesop Fabulous Face Oil ($65) on their vanities.
Dr. Hauschka Skincare: This natural line of German skincare products was also very popular. Cleansers, moisturizing creams, oils, you name it; Dr. Hauschka was everywhere. In fact, The Top Shelf inspired me to get my own Rose Body Oil a few months ago. A bit pricey, but so, so worth it.