It's Gabrielle

Spring 2017. Open Glossier Slack. I welcome in the new wave of reps and see someone by the name of Gabrielle talking about the good stuff. Seriously, this girl is recommending some awesome products. I engage in the thread and later find myself wanting the new NARS bronzer in Seaside. We add each other on Instagram and I notice she has a distinct aesthetic, I'm into it. A few days later, I posted one of my favorite Matisse paintings only to see a comment that she loves Matisse too. Good taste in bronzer, loves Matisse, last name is Rizzo so she's a fellow Italian... in my head we were already friends. Is that weird? Oh well. What started as a few messages on Slack turned into us sliding in and out of each other's DMs, to exchanging numbers, to FaceTiming, to eventually having a weekend together in New York. Keep reading to find out why Gabrielle thinks a successful night starts with The Office and ends with pasta. Find the lie... you can't.

Gabrielle wears Noto Botanics multistick in Ono Ono



"I work as an Operations Manager of an independently-owned real estate company - I wish it sounded flashier like, independent curator or brand manager... coming soon. I landed here haphazardly after my second job out of college. I studied Political Science and Communications in undergrad with aspirations to be a lawyer but after soul-searching early morning in a hotel room in Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island, Portugal, and a bit of Googling, I landed on a graduate program in marketing. Before I found a passion in marketing, I started my blog, It's Gabrielle, as a creative outlet. It's a safe space that represents just me. It's evolved from strictly skincare to more lifestyle/style-focused, and I'm really enjoying where it's going.




Day-to-day for me is erratic. I either have enough time to think about all of the time I have, or not enough for a lunch break. That's pretty much everyone though, right? I'm working full-time and in school full-time technically - I promise I'm sane. Either way, I think this militant schedule will prepare me to conquer my own business goals one day. Big plans are on the horizon.

I'm from Boston. We battle inclement weather 70% of the year, and when I go out, I either need 2 weeks advance or make a regrettable, half-committed, hasty decision to do something. There's no happy-medium for a social extremist like myself. An introvert moonlighting as an extrovert, if you will. When I do go out, it's usually restricted to Friday through Sunday, and I like to my time getting ready. I crave a routine. I usually put on The Office or whatever I last played at the gym. I'm into Miguel and Sza at the moment. Then I decide on a color mood, maybe shower. If I shower, I sit in my towel for no less than 45 minutes - it's a slow build. I'm never going to be a minimalist. I think my favorite part of my routine will always be moisturizers or serums. Taking care of my skin has really helped me feel comfortable in it. My go-to's right now are Origins GinZing Gel Moisturizing (for AM) and Sunday Riley's U.F.O. Oil (for PM).


Skincare is something I'm really passionate about. I made a New Year's resolution to myself 3 years ago to take better care of my skin. I think I've accomplished that and even have gone a little overboard. Now I'm here, a skincare blogger, and I wouldn't change anything. Skincare to me is the 10-30 minutes each morning/night I focus on myself - aka self-care. Beauty, skincare's counterpart, is more expressive for me. It's my moment to create. I love playing with color and trying all kinds of new looks.

There's a small community of us skincare enthusiasts here online - I say small, but it's actually vast and international. I'm serious... I've connected with people as far as Australia, Copenhagen and London, all because I put stuff on my face. Isn't that insane? I love that part of what I do. I enjoy everyone's voice, learning about products in real-time with a face-to-a-name vibe rather than a stale online review from 2009. And that's where I hope the beauty realm heads. More real voices.


Wishlist
  • A complete Marc Jacobs Highliner Collection or a new Dior Lip Glow (just ran out of mine)
  • Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, you know that Holy Grail product
  • Cèline trousers
  • Chanel Spring/Summer '18 Pink/Yellow Clear Flap Bag (gasps)
  • Dream destination - Paris in the Fall
  • Dream job - Creative Director of any beauty brand


          

                

Currently Reading and Listening To: VMAN 39: A Day In The Life of Timothée Chalamet, The White Album by Joan Didion, War & Leisure - Miguel

Favorite designer: Phoebe Philo, Rosie Assoulin, Saks Potts, Ganni  (Nicki here- Gaby and I frequently talk about our love for Scandinavian designers.  It's a thing.)

Favorite artist: This is a hard one... digital, Sarah Bahbah; contemporary, Yayoi Kusama; modern, Agnes Martin or Matisse

Crushing on: Neon waterlines and co-ord sets

Favorite snack and meal: Carbs, pasta... that's my brand.

Drink of choice: Mezcal with lime

Why you like staying in more than going out or vice versa: Both have their moments. If I've had an extremely long week and spent all my social equity (let's go with that), I like to recharge and be alone - I find that I can be most creative when I'm alone. If I'm cooped up for too long though, I need to be out and seeing things to be re-inspired. It's all very yin/yang.

Why you love being a woman:  Womanhood is powerful, it's made me strong. I know there isn't anything I can't handle. And I know when women support each other, incredible things can happen."

Photos by Gabrielle Rizzo, friendship photos by Nicki Frances





It's Okay To Be Complex

Do you ever find yourself wondering, "am I complex?  Is this normal?" Turns out, it's very normal to be asking those kind of questions, and no matter what the answer is, Complex Beauty is for you.


The Rose Glow glycolic mask is my favorite product from their range. Surprise, surprise. Something rose is my favorite. I think we're all used to that by now. As Complex says, roses are red, violets are blue, put this on your face and you'll have glowy skin too. It's a five minute facial, so we're already off to a good start. Rosewater and Glycolic Acid play in tandem to reveal a new layer of skin that's smooth and bright. Rosewater not only refreshes, but evens out skin, reduces scarring and balances the pH level. Glycolic Acid chemically exfoliates while fighting blemishes. Dream duo. It does contain an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which might tingle a bit, but that's fine. Also, be sure to wear sunscreen (always) but especially after applying an acid! This mask is also a reminder to not let anyone or anything dull your glow. 



Smooth Operatorrrrrrr... ok, I'll stop singing like Sade now. This antioxidant mask has the texture of whipped butter and leaves my pores feeling tight and clean. It's an anti-bad skin mask, so sign me up. My favorite acid, Lactic, chemically exfoliates just like Glycolic which is also in here, but leaves a moisturized sheen on the skin while improving elasticity and texture. Coenzyme Q10 also improves elastin production along with collagen and also protects from sun damage-- one of my biggest fears. Vitamin C piggybacks off that by protecting against UV damage and brightens the skin while fixing pigmentation issues which evens out the skin tone. Organic Blueberry lightens dark spots as well while adding extra brightness. No dullness here. Organic Cranberry fights free radicals (the fight we're all in) that cause premature aging. You can't see them, but they're out there. Best to just be safe and use this mask. I got into Squalane a few years ago and enjoyed the hydration it gave me without being too much, so I was happy to see this was a component as well. It protects, improves moisture balance and intercepts free radicals before the enter your system. For good measure, there is also Wildcrafted Green Tea, which is an anti-inflammatory that tones,  brightens, evens, combats blemishes, and protects against sun damage. Smooth skin wouldn't be possible without exfoliation, so we end the ingredients list with hibiscus petals, which gently exfoliate while helping repair the skin. Complex says we should except great things from this sleuth.


The Godmother is an appropriate name for this mask, since it acts like a fairy godmother. Rescuing your skin with its pumpkin enzyme goodness. I love that it provides antibacterial protection, because in return, that means less blemishes. Pumpkin is also in the fight against free radicals, dissolves dead skin, moisturizes, reduces scars and minimizes pores. Glycolic Acid and Vitamin also make an appearance because why not, as well as another AHA-- this time, derived from fruit. These are best known for speeding up cell renewal while exfoliating. Lastly, there's meadowfoam seed oil, which I've grown to love in the last few months as a person with oily skin. While it moisturizes, it forms a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss which is why it's great to combat excess sebum production. Locked-in moisture=no oil.


Consider my pout protected. This dreamy vanilla lip mask is a blend of castor seed and coconut oils, stem cells, peptides and amino acids to keep your lips hydrated while producing collagen for plumpness and smoothness. With continued use, it protects from damage over time which is why I love using it as an overnight mask or a light layer of it as a balm during the day.


Face mist is one of my all-time favorite skincare products. I always have one on me. It's like my grownup security blanket in addition to my balms. The Afterglow Complexion Mist has a spa scent, and you all know how much I love anything that reminds me of a spa. It's great under or over makeup, or with no makeup at all. This time, glycolic acid is in liquid form, along with pineapple and papaya enzymes who are also participants in the fight against free radicals, MSM to hydrate and smooth, Colloidal Silver which is a natural antibiotic that heals and boosts cell recovery in addition to Tamanu Oil which is a topical healing agent that has antimicrobial and regenerative properties. What makes it smell so soothing is the lavender water and geranium essential oil. These regenerate skin tissue, heal acne and stimulate cell turnover for an even complexion. Finishing with a mist is the cherry on top. Or starting with one. Or using one all day like I do.

I hope you enjoyed this bit of info and try something out from Complex Beauty! Shoutout to Veronica for being the sweetest. My skin gives you a hug.

x Nicki


Color Mood: Orange


 







                                             
                                         

       



Images via Tumblr, Pinterest, Elle Decor

Timothée Chalamet: The Internet's Boyfriend

You might know him as Elio Perlman, the boy who comes of age in the soul-shattering and visually stunning masterpiece filmed in Northern Italy that is Call Me by Your Name, or as that jerk from Lady Bird. (How dare you treat Saoirse Ronan like that.) I personally prefer to know him as Timmy Tim. Click here to see what I mean. Either way, there's no denying that he's an exceptionally talented actor. He covers all the bases and has a charm that makes you laugh and smile at absolutely anything. If he wins this awards season, he'll be the youngest person to receive an Oscar in decades. Naturally, there's a ton of buzz around him and his work, so of course friends are going to talk about it amongst each other. What started out as a joke between me and my friend Gaby, fellow Tim lover, turned into an imaginary campaign of Timothée modeling for Glossier. Check her out here and here, btw. I sent her a picture I made in photoshop describing Timmy wearing boy brow, balm dotcom and Glossier You. From there, it took on a life of its own and I had no control of my brain or hands as they were making this "art." (lol)

As a disclaimer, this is 100% fictional and is not sponsored by Glossier. I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed creating it! All I ask is that if you repost anywhere to give me credit. Please and thank you :) Also, if you'd like, you can send in your requests for new posts for me to make on others. As always, feel free to shop with me at glossier.com/reps/nicki for 20% your first purchase on all products.

x Nicki

                       
 
             
          

                                                     
 

                                    







Add Some Sapphire



There's something so elegant about a simplistic, minimal design. Mejuri has mastered this art within their jewelry. While many forms of style are appealing, effortlessness is especially chic.

For as long as I can remember, I've loved dainty gold jewelry. Every day of first grade, I would wear a thin gold bracelet that had an intricate design engraved onto it. This jumpstarted my love for all things delicate and shiny.

Mejuri was kind of enough to send me these gold hoops with white sapphire detailing, and they have been nothing but amazing to work with. Super friendly and efficient. Shoutout to Siobhan! They're not only great on the outside, but they also have an awesome system in place in order to keep their products affordable.

"FAIR PRICING

We're here to unlock the barriers between women and fine jewelry. So you can wear quality materials and feel good, everyday. Knowing our manufacturers means we deal directly with them, that's why our jewelry is fairly priced."


Luxury shouldn't be unattainable, and Mejuri made sure of that for their line. These hoops would look good alone or mixed with other metals, textures and colors. I've even worn them in my second hole with a bit of a bolder piece in the first one. Either way, it elevates your look for that ideal mix of simple and classy. You can buy yours here for $59 in gold vermeil or sterling silver :)