Welcome to ELLE’s Empties, a weekly series where editors share the one beauty product that they are currently obsessed with in their rotation. This week, our editors share their must-have product for no makeup makeup, the perfect shiny red lip, and a lot of enviable curls.
“My dog smelling exactly like me is something I never knew I needed. Leave it to Jen Atkin and OUAI to create the perfect shampoo for your fur baby, using the exact same notes as the brand’s cult-favorite daily care shampoos (for humans). My son Joey, pictured here, loves smelling like Italian lemon, jasmine sambac, and white musk—almost as much as he loves treats and belly rubs. Safe ingredients like soothing aloe vera and hydrolyzed vegetable protein gives him the softest coat ever.” ― Ariana Yaptangco, Social Media and Beauty Editor
“Ask TikTok: This CC Cream can give you a flawless, no-makeup makeup look in one step. The lightweight, buildable formula sweeps onto skin and buffs out into a skin-like finish—one that isn’t too dewy or matte. I turn to this CC Cream for the days my complexion is extra sensitive, as it instantly covers up any redness and leaves behind a natural-looking radiance. Even better: It’s infused with good-for-your-skin ingredients like moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid, brightness-boosting niacinamide, and protective SPF 30.” ― Jesa Marie Calaor, Hearst Made Beauty Editor
“Let’s call it “Margaux’s Law”―anything that can make me ugly cry will make me ugly cry only when I have on a full face of makeup. On this day―when I was wearing this gorgeous bright peacock blue eyeliner from Kulfi that was both perfectly winged and pointed—it was simply a video from my favorite animals instagram account Fat Hen Farms. Post-sob sesh, I realized I was ten minutes out from a Zoom and needed to clean up my face. But when I looked in the mirror, my eyeliner was still perfectly in place, it’s total makeup magic.” ― Margaux Anbouba, Associate Beauty Editor
“My extremely cool hair stylist Jessica Gillin is obsessed with this smoothing spray and after a few weeks of using it, I finally figured out a few uses for my loose curls. I’ll apply it when my hair is halfway dry after washing (then stretch and twist sections), but my favorite use is when my curls need a refresh. I give my head a healthy dousing, twist some sections, and I’m Zoom-ready in less than 10.” ― Katie Becker, ELLE Magazine Beauty and Health Director
“This is what candle dreams are made of! Never have I ever, had a candle that can completely transform my room within minutes of burning. I’ve been savoring this candle for months now and a lazy Sunday afternoon felt like the perfect time to light it up. The notes of cedar, cypress and vetiver are strong. The woodsy fragrance transports you to your favorite trendy clothing shop in BK. Very earthy, very zen. It’s lit!” ― Chloe Hall, ELLE.com Beauty Director
“Full Disclousre: I bought this because of the cuteness of the packaging AND because of BTS (#army), but I have become obsessed with these little “sticker” like sheet masks that each have their own benefits. The Koya sheet mask (a character created by my bias RM) helps moisturize dry skin, but the witch hazel and Vitamin E oil also work great for a cute spot treatment on problem areas on my face. The sheet comes with 6 stickers (which are just cut outs of the character) that make for an adorable selfie while hydrating the skin.” ― Alexis Gaskin, beauty assistant
“The pandemic shut down my beloved Hairroin Salon in midtown Manhattan, so I’ve been taking matters into my own hands until I can safely find a new spot for unconventional hair color. I’m addicted to Arctic Fox’s semi-permanent hair dye―it’s so vibrant and long-lasting, I get asked regularly if I’m getting my hair done professionally. Last summer I experimented with a mixture Aquamarine and Neverland to channel mermaid vibes, and I’m currently mixing Girls Night, Periwinkle, and a dash of Violet Dream for a pinky-purple tone. Whenever I fear the color’s getting too washed out, I mix it with a basic creamy conditioner and reapply in the shower. Low-maintenance or bust.” ― Julie Kosin, Culture Editor
“Quarantine seemed my naturally wavy hair’s time to shine. Unfortunately, nobody told the series of heavy curl creams and weak salt sprays I had to work through before having a Goldilocks moment (curly peeps know: there’s crunchy, there’s frizzy, and there’s juuuust right). This sea salt spray lived up to its name in a big way, giving me the effortless beach babe waves I’d always dreamed of. Its strong but fine mist coated my tresses evenly while keeping them soft and defined without sacrificing any volume. As an added bonus, each whiff of the tropical banana scent had me feeling the sand beneath my feet—even if I was actually working from home in my jammies.” ―Laura Sampedro, Deputy Managing Editor
So, what were the ELLE editors obsessed with last week? Get the scoop here.