Things We Finish: Winter 2018 Edition

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When you work in beauty, a big part of the job is trying out new products, no matter if you already have your face moisturizer or your red lipstick. Which isn't to say you can't have a few standbys, but the name of the game is experimentation: You're constantly moving from one product to the next to see what works and thus what's important to tell the world (i.e., you) about. It's a rare experience, then, to find yourself coaxing out the last drops from a moisturizer tube, or fumbling with a tiny stub of eyeliner. You gotta really love it. Hence this occasionally recurring feature: Things We Finish, in which we talk about the products that we spoiled beauty junkies squeeze, scrape, or shake 'til there's nothing left. Here are the beautiful empties we've refilled this winter:

Finished by Alena Jaffe, Senior Designer
"I have struggled for years to find my ideal toothpaste because my gums are sensitive and I truly hate that overly minty feeling that the Crests and Colgates bring to the table. I was being stubborn about trying Marvis because of the price tag, but I gave in because I saw they made a licorice version (one of my flavor obsessions). Turns out it is the perfect combination of being slightly minty, slightly licorice-y, with the power of making my mouth feel clean all day and just enough sudsy-ness when I brush that I can tell it's working. Sold for life."

Finished by Colleen Kelsey, Copywriter
"I picked up my first tube of this last spring in Berlin, and it's currently #1 in my moisturizer rotation (a tall order for my very finicky, sensitive, and dry face). I've found it as effective in winter as in the summer: non-greasy, super-hydrating, with not too-overpowering a scent—as utilitarian and uncontroversial as a Volkswagen Jetta. You can also buy it at Whole Foods, so you'll find me throwing it in my basket every two months or so with my weekly groceries and tulip bouquet."

Finished by Samantha Wilson, Community Coordinator
"The sisterhood of the traveling orange-red lipstick. Everyone whom I have told to buy this lipstick actually does buy this lipstick and develops a deeply intimate attachment to this lipstick. You will too—you're welcome!"

Finished by Peyton Johnson, Customer Insights Associate Manager
"I wear this as an SPF under makeup to diminish redness and reduce sheen, and sometimes if my skin is good, I forego concealer and just wear this to even out my skin tone. I deal with pretty unfortunate hyper pigmentation, so I'm really in love with this stuff."

Finished by Aditi Venkatesh, Legal Affairs Director
"I use this facial oil every day and night, usually over a spritz of rosewater to help it absorb. The texture is h but lightweight. Lots of glow, no breakouts. And the heavy glass bottle and inclusion of jasmine absolute (intoxicating, really) make it a pleasure to use. Apart from perusing tea varieties on Amazon and going to bed aggressively early, applying this is possibly my favorite activity."

Finished by Wenonah Echelard, International Marketing Manager
"While desperately searching for a fast-absorbing morning moisturizer, I discovered this incredibly rich cream that doesn't leave my skin feeling slippery or greasy—it both brightens and soothes even my very (like, VERY) sensitive skin. Plus, it smells so, so good. They nailed it with this one."

Finished by Gaby Azorsky, gTEAM Editor
"This is the best eye mask. I love the slightly sticky consistency, which makes me feel like it’s doing something. You only need a tiny bit, and I sleep with it on nights when I'm going to get less than 7 hours of sleep. When I wake up my eyes still look bright and happy!"

Finished by Kendall Latham, Senior Experiential Designer
"It took me seven years of using regular CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion to accidentally buy the CeraVe Baby lotion and it’s the best mistake I’ve ever made. I have very sensitive skin, especially on my face, and this version doesn’t have additives like sulfates, parabens, and phthalates that tend to cause irritation. The 'cherry-on-top' for me would be the added ceramides that protect my skin from pollutants in the air. Living in New York, I need all the barriers I can get... even if I’m not technically a baby."

Finished by Amulya Uppala, Associate Manager, Brand Marketing
"This pair has made my fine, wavy, frizzy hair soft and smooth without looking lifeless—a hair goal I’ve been pursuing since deciding to let it grow past my shoulders last year. Even with the luxe, moisturizing effect, my second-day hair remains fluffy after a quick brush through and isn’t weighed down by any unnecessary oils. Reasonably priced, easy to buy, and the first hair product I’ve ever bought travel-sized containers for. Highly recommend."

Finished by Priscilla Quaye, Executive Assistant to the CTO & SVP of Marketing
"This is the perfect daytime moisturizer as it brightens and calms skin in any condition. If you had three hours of sleep, it’ll take the dullness down a notch; if you’re already glowy, you’ll be glowier; if your skin is irritated, it’ll calm it! This moisturizer is so reliable and no-nonsense that this is the 8th or 9th time I’ve finished it."

Finished by Peyton Johnson, Customer Insights Associate Manager
"I'm on my second bottle of this and it makes my skin glowy at about half the cost of some more expensive vitamin C serums on the market."

Finished by Gaby Azorsky, gTEAM Editor
"I’ve been looking for a natural toothpaste option for a few years, just casually trying a new tube every time I run out. This is the first one I have ever repurchased. It’s noticeably whitening, tastes good, the packaging is recyclable, it doesn’t have fluoride or SLS, is made using 100% wind power, has a cute little key to help squeeze out the toothpaste. And the list goes on."

Finished by Wenonah Echelard, International Marketing Manager
"This winter, I've been surviving alone on this beautiful blue-hued balm that goes on like velvet. Made with blue tansy (you know, the ingredient made famous by May Lindstrom's Blue Cocoon), I use it every night to protect myself from the winter elements and repair and hydrate my mega-sensitive skin."

Finished by Morgan Von Steen, Executive Assistant to the CEO
"I've gone through countless bottles and am obsessed with the sheen-y glow this moisturizer gives me when I layer Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich over the top. In 50 years, when my grandchildren ask how I still manage to look 22 years old, I'm going to have this product hologrammed to their medicine cabinets using whatever drone technology has taken over the world."

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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