Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!
Boy Smells Cinderose Candle, $29
If I were holding The Candle Awards (I’d call them “The Candies,” affectionally), I would absolutely give Boy Smells a giant, diamond-encrusted trophy. The name! The packaging! Boy Smells has everything I want in a candle company. Their scents are robust, but never overly sweet or cloying. They’re all unique, not your garden-variety candle scents. And the millennial pink packaging steals my heart, naturally. Currently I have “Cinderose” displayed in my powder room (that’s fancy talk for bathroom), and hoo boy, has it elevated my bathtub routine. Cinderose is a heavenly combination of rose, oak moss and smoke. It’s woodsy and floral and perfect for the holidays. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to draw a bubble bath and light my Boy Smells.
Snow Fox Arctic Detox Cleansing Mask (Box of 5), $30
To know me is to know my love of sheet masks. I am somewhat of a sheet mask obsessive. So whenever I find a new one I love, I need to shout it from the rooftops. My current favorite? The Arctic Detox Cleansing Mask from Snow Fox. I used this baby after a weekend of chicken and waffles and mimosas and no sleep. After 15 minutes with this sheet mask, it was as if I hadn’t put my skin through any of that fatigue and fried food. What I love most about it is that it really lives up to its name. It’s super cool, literally. It was as if I had chilled the mask in my fridge beforehand, but I hadn’t. It was actually in my hot and stuffy medicine cabinet, so I have no idea how it was able to make my face cool as a cucumber in minutes flat. A mix of science, technology and snow fox magic, I guess.
A.P.C. Atelier de Production et de Création Corduroy Bomber Jacket, $425
Oh the glory that is this oxblood corduroy jacket! A bit out of my price range, admittedly, but oooo how I love thee, bomber jacket.
Base Coat Nail Salon “Western Daughters” Nail Polish, $20
I was lucky enough to visit the soft opening of Base Coat Nail Salon’s new Fairfax location in L.A. I live right in the area, so I was thrilled to find out the ultra-hip spot was opening a salon in my neighborhood! There’s so much to love about Base Coat. The design of their new Fairfax location is right up my alley, with palm leaf wallpaper (perfect for a post-mani Instagram pic). Since the holidays are barreling toward us, I chose a dark red hue for my manicure. Now, this is a bold statement, but Base Coat has perhaps the best selection of colors I’ve EVER come across in a nail salon. I usually have a hard time finding the perfect color (I’m finicky), but there were so many great options it was so hard to choose! Plus, all the colors have amazing names like “Pie,” “Scorpio” and this rich shade of red called “Western Daughters.” Beyond the name and colors, the polish’s non-toxic formula is fabulous, too (hence the luxurious price tag). I think I just found my new signature winter color—and my new nail obsession.
A’PIEU Aqua Peeling Blackhead Swab, $1.40
I’m one of those people who loves to take the lint tray out of the dryer. Getting the crud out is so satisfying to me. So by the same logic, I’m very into anything that gets rid of blackheads/whiteheads. I’ve tried pretty much every pore strip on the market, but never this “Aqua Peeling Blackhead Swab” from Korean beauty brand A’Pieu. I’m a big fan of the brand’s sheet masks, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s a two-step product; first you apply the clay-like cream, which hardens into a “strip.” You peel it off, and your lil nasties (aka whiteheads and blackheads) come off with it. Instead of rinsing, you wipe away any residue with a pre-soaked cotton swab. OK, so I was super skeptical that the “strip” would actually harden and peel off. I thought it would be all crumbly. But I was so wrong. It peeled off beautifully like a sticker! I also thought the pre-soaked cotton swab might smell kind of medicinal, but it was light and fragrant—kind of smelled a bit like melon to me. After, my nose felt CLEAN—like a dryer with a freshly emptied lint tray.
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