Vanity Project

Bri Emery

vanity_09VANITY_PROFILEbriemeryName / Location: Bri Emery / Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Creative director, blogger at Designlovefest, and photoshop teacher to bloggers over at Blogshop.

Currently working on: We recently launched our photoshop workshop, Blogshop, in an online format, so that’s been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve also been in the process of designing my bedroom and new studio which is a lot of fun.

What’s in your vanity:

Kevin Murphy Resort Spray: I like the messy beach hair look and this does the trick. And smells like summer too.

Pink Clay Soap: I have to admit, the packaging of this line is what originally what drew me in. But I love their soaps and face masks! They look pretty in the bathroom.

Chanel Nail Polish Remover: I saw this nail polish remover in a makeup store in Stockholm and was kicking myself for not buying that beautiful glass pink bottle (and seriously it works way better than your average remover!) Luckily, my friend got it for me as a gift when I couldn’t quit talking about it.

Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo: I just like it. pretty bobbi pins: I’m growing out my bangs and it’s a painful process. I always have to find unique ways to braid them or pin them back. These subtle yet sparkly bobbi pins add a nice touch.

Aurora Spa Body Creme: I had a massage when I was traveling for work last year and it was the best I’d ever had. They used all of these lotions and hair scrubs in a massive shower. I left with a few of the products because I loved the smell. I use this lotion everyday and it reminds me of that massage every time. Instant relaxation for me.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On: My mom sent me this “tired eyes roller” in the mail once when she knew I was working a lot of late nights. I keep one in my bathroom and purse now and swear it wakes me up when I use it! Maybe it’s just in my mind, but that’s ok I guess.

Stila Liquid Eye Liner: Finally an eye liner that’s simple to apply a good cat eye.

Restorsea Finishing Mist: I am a total sucker for a good hydrating mist. I don’t really wash my face that often (I know I know, I should) but I like spraying this on before bed and when I wake up…and any other time I pass by the bathroom.

Goldwell Soft Color 10V: I get my hair dyed a platinum color. I use this violet mousse in between trips to the salon and it gives my hair that cooler violet blonde color i’m looking for. I just let it sit on my hair for a few minutes and rinse. Very easy!

Which product/s can’t you live without?: Seriously, face mists! I like anything that feels like I am in a spa. I also love lavender oil when I’m stressed and candles in every room.

Favorite place to shop for your goods: Sephora and this blog. James knows what’s up! I also have a friend who splurges on beauty products, so I let her try them out first and she gives me the go-ahead on the ones she likes.

Biggest beauty secret: Pinch your cheeks before a date or meeting. Simple and effective for the rosy look. And sleep more!

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amanda doll sheppard


Name / Location: Amanda Doll Sheppard / New York City

Occupation: Stylist.

Currently working on: Styling private clients and virtually cataloging their closets online so that they can ‘shop’ their existing wardrobe. How many times do we forget the things we own and either buy too much of one style or neglectto wear the things we already own? I hope to solve this conundrum for my clients. On the side, I love designing new pieces for Natura Redux (my creative outlet), blogging and volunteering at Dress for Success.

What’s in your vanity?:

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray + Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish Spray = awesome volume and curls that bounce back even after a hot yoga session.

Davines Alchemic Copper Shampoo and Conditioner keep my red hair vibrant.

Moisturizer for night: Rodin Luxury Face Oil.

Moisturizer for day: Cetaphil Daily Facial moisturizer with SPF 15. I ran out of my Crème de la Mer and went to my boyfriend’s side of the vanity to use this drugstore brand and fell in love with the way it makes my skin look and feel. I have not had to go for my monthly microderm in three months!

Nude Perfect Cleansing Oil is the best for removing layers of mascara and make up without irritating the skin.

Caudalie Divine Oil is an awesome all around moisturizer. I especially love to spray it on after hot yoga as it is light-weight and smells amazing

Which product/s can’t you live without? Dry Body Brush (It kills the first few times and then you’re hooked on how soft your skin becomes!) Also,Caudalie Beauty Elixir for a mid-day refresh.

Favorite place to shop for your goods: I’m an online shopper, so Net-a-Porter and rock my world… but for instant gratification I love a good trip to Sephora or Ricky’s like any girl.

Biggest beauty secret: Anastasia Eye-brow gel to tame and shape my unruly brows. Brush on a shadow with an eyeliner brushto fill in the shape and you’ll feel like Cara Delevigne.


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kristina dechter

vanity_07VANITY_PROFILEkristinadechterName / Location: Kristina Dechter / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupation: Marketing for Without Walls, A newly launched activewear shop for Urban Outfitters.

Currently working on: Bringing together a community of artists and athletes and community organizers to get stoked on Without Walls.

What’s in your vanity:

Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream: I usually use Origins A Perfect World cream, but just switched because I love Weleda’s packaging—those tubes! I’m convinced that a heavy moisturizer will make me look younger—dewey or oily, I don’t care..

Diptyque Eau Rose: I am either wafting in Sandalwood or Rose depending on my mood and season. Lately, I’ve been going full Rose trying to will Spring to come.

Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion: I’m a sucker for Argan (hello, all the Josie Maran products) and I love how unisex Kiehl’s is—my husband and I share this moisturizer.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: I don’t know a girl who doesn’t wear this. I have two at all times so one’s in my bag, and the other is at home.

Origins GinZing Mascara: I typically think that any old drugstore mascara will do, but I’ve found myself buying this more expensive one twice in a row.

Bioderma Crealine H20: Hands down, this is my favorite product. I discovered it in Paris from one of my mother’s chicest friends; at first I thought it was so odd that she didn’t wash her face with water (and reminds me of that Mad Men line when Meghan was in that focus group). But now, I am obsessed: I order it from Amazon or ask anyone going to Europe to bring it back for me. It’s always so cool on the cotton pad, and has just the right texture. I can’t explain why I love it so much but I swear by it.

Decleor Experience De L’Age Masque: One of my friends told me to do a mask once a week. I’m lucky if I remember once a month, but I love the light smell and deep moisturizing properties of this one. I also love that Charcoal one from Origins that burns like hell and immediately makes you feel like you detoxed your skin.

Paw Paw cream: When my Aussie friends bring me back a tube, it lasts for a year and is the BEST lip balm ever.

Which product/s can’t you live without?: Perfume. It stresses me out if I don’t travel with it and can never do carry-on as a result.

Favorite place to shop for your goods: With a baby, a new job and a new city, I’m an online shopper. But nothing beats a fun hour at a beauty counter.

Biggest beauty secret: Heritage Products Rose Water: I keep one in my car and one at work. It’s the best!!! Spritz that and then tap on some Benetint Cheek Stain and you’ll look and feel totally revived.

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Lisa Hackwith

vanity06VANITY_PROFILE_lisahackwithName: Lisa Hackwith

Occupation: Owner and Designer at Hackwith Design House

Currently working on: My Spring collection for my website and collaborative Spring pieces with other boutiques and moving into a new workspace.

What’s in your vanity:

Clinique Moisture Surge Foundation: My skin gets really dry in the winter and this foundation keeps my skin moisturized all day and it goes on like lotion so it has a really natural soft look to it – which I love.

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer: I have really big eyes and if I’m at all tired it shows so I need a little something extra for under my eyes. I put it on at the same time as my concealer so it blends really nice and looks seamless even though it’s a tad thicker than my concealer.

Affinage Cool Blonde Conditioner and Shampoo: I only use this one to two times a month because it works that well! I usually use it when I take a bath and leave the conditioner in for most of the bath so that it colors and moisturizes all at the same time.

Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Restore & Repair Oil + Texture Styling Creme: I use these two simultaneously – I use a dime size portion of the texture styling cream and two pumps of the repair oil mixed together – it gives my hair texture and shine while adding needed moisture.

L’oreal She’s So Matte Black – This is a fun nail polish that goes on matte instead of shiny so I usually use it in combination with a shiny nail polish like a nude base coat on most of the nail and then tipped with the matte black.

Paper Street Laboratories Grapefruit and Eucalyptus Salt Soap Scrub, I was my face with a bunch of different hand soaps but the one pictured is Salt of the Earth no. 205: I love that these are all natural and they both smell amazing! The salt scrub is coarse but makes your skin feel so great after and the Salt of the Earth soap has so many natural oils in it that it cleans my face without giving it that really dry feeling. And it’s just an added bonus that they are such beautiful products.

Mary Kay Satin Hands: My mother-in-law introduced me to this and now I’m hooked! It makes your hands feel like silky smooth and full of much needed moisture.

What product/s can’t you live without: Clinique Moisture Surge Foundation – There are two things that I’ll almost never leave the house without and one of those is my moisture surge foundation! I have dryer, sensitive skin and this goes on like a lotion so it keeps my skin hydrated and it isn’t too heavy so it keeps my skin from breaking out. Clinique Mascara – This is the other beauty product I don’t usually leave the house without, mostly because I have really light blonde eyelashes so without mascara on I look really pale. Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Restore & Repair Oil + Texture Styling Creme – These two products are more recent finds but they have made a world of difference! It was one of those “Where have you been all my life?” moments. To use, I put a dime size portion of the texture styling cream and one to two pumps of the restore and repair oil in the palm of my hand and then mix them together. I then lightly run that through my hair and it adds the right amount of texture and sleekness that my hair needed.

Favorite place to shop for your goods: My hair products I buy from Steller Hair Co. in Minneapolis and I buy my Clinique from Macy’s.

Biggest beauty secret: Oh, man, this is hard! I don’t know if I have a beauty secret! I guess, I just have a routine and I stick to it – I take a bath almost every night, I wash my hair every three to four days, I wash my face every night and I always make sure to moisturize.


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kate arends



Name: Kate Arends

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Currently working on: Enjoying my first year of marriage and launching my full-time lifestyle consulting business with Wit & Delight.

What’s in your vanity:

Aesop Body Balm: There really isn’t anything I’d rather slather on after a hot shower.

Topical Deep Water Squalane: This product is basically shark liver oil, which does freak most people out! But I’m telling you, it smells and feels fantastic and you need very little to moisturizer your whole face. The product leaves your skin feeling so soft and moisturized… Little old Norwegian women swear by this stuff, and given the way they look, it’s worth trying!

Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics: The fluffiest, creamiest, most moisturizing eye cream I’ve ever encountered. Great for those who live in cold climates.

Aveda botanical kinetics skin firming/toning agent: Smells great and leaves skin feeling tight and clean.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Rejuvenating Serum: Best serum you can buy at drugstore prices.

Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Brush: Tending to my eyebrows is the one thing I don’t skip besides mascara.

Maison Martin Margiela: This unisex scent is perfectly balanced, with clean citrus and grassy notes. The bottle is also something I love to keep on the dresser.

YU-BE Lip Therapy: I’m not one for fruity flavored Chapstick, so this slightly medicinal lip treatment is perfect. It coats your lips nicely and stays on for more than 30 seconds.

Wet Brush: I have long, wild hair, and I don’t tend to brush it all that often (yikes!)…so when I do, this brush helps keep my hair from breaking.

What product/s can’t you live without: See above.

Favorite place to shop for your goods: Sephora or Barney’s.

Biggest beauty secret: Put a little toothpaste on your pimp at night and POOF! It’s almost gone the next day.