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TOP FLIGHT:

BEAUTY
ESSENTIALS WE’RE 
thankful for

Members of the VIOLET GREY team select the beauty essentials for which we are grateful this season.

Written By JAYME CYK

DIPTYQUE FIGUIER CANDLE / PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE STUDIO WITH VIOLET GREY

With Thanksgiving upon us, the team at VIOLET GREY is reflecting on the people, places, and things we appreciate most. And while friends and family naturally top the list, we’d be remiss not to acknowledge the perfect sheer lid stain, our favorite new shower companion, and the at-home beauty device that keeps us looking suspiciously radiant and refreshed. 

Read on for our staff members’ homages to these and more hero products. Happy Thanksgiving from team VIOLET. 

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“I discovered this candle at J. Lo’s house and became obsessed with the scent. My family has given two of them to friends as a holiday gift every year for the past four years! I am so grateful that our friends at Le Labo made one exclusively for VIOLET GREY. I have OCD tendencies, so I love the black vessel—you can’t see the smoke marks on the glass!”

—Cassandra Grey, Founder and CEO

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“When it comes to my skincare and my life, I try to be as French as possible. So I listen to anything makeup artist Violette tells me to do. A few years ago, she gave me a 20-pound bag of French pharmacy essentials and six pages of skincare instructions. She told me she would not skip her routine even in an apocalyptic scenario. Violette would not approve of how many steps I regularly avoid, but the world will end before I go to bed without at least swiping this Bioderma Micellar Water over my face first.”

—Kimberly Ford, Brand Manager

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“When you’ve endured four years of braces, you don’t mess around with your teeth (thank you, Mom and Dad, for sending me to the orthodonist). This three-piece system keeps my smile bright and healthy. It also comes with a chic lucite holder you’ll want to display—the best reminder to do all three steps.”

—Jayme Cyk, Beauty Editor

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“If you and the men in your life wear signature scents from Tom Ford—mine is Tobacco Vanille—but still use drugstore shaving cream, it’s time for everyone to upgrade. The Gentleman Floris Shaving Cream has a super smooth texture with a fresh but masculine fragrance. Also, having easy access to Bioderma in the States is a game changer, and everyone should have this body moisturizer on hand throughout the drier winter months.”

—Vicen Akina, Senior Art Director

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“This is my favorite SPF moisturizer of all time. It absorbs instantly and makes my skin appear bright and plump. Not only does it protect me from the sun, but it also feeds my complexion with tons of amino acids and antioxidants.”

—Marisa Anhaltzer, Makeup Artist and Melrose Place Store Manager

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“I like to obsess over gift selection, but in the end most often come back to the classics, like this candle from Diptyque. It’s difficult to find a universally popular scent for gifting, but this light, festive one comes pretty close—no one I know has been able to resist its figgy appeal.”

—Christine Whitney, Editorial Director

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“I’m not a morning person, so I like to wash my hair as little as possible to save time. I’m grateful for the Shhhowercap for protecting my blowout from getting wet and making me feel like Liz Taylor with its turban silhouette.”

—Merrady Wickes, Copy Writer

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“I am thankful that everyone can give the gift of VIOLET and splurge on my must-have skincare device, the ZIIP.”

—Sarah Czuleger, Director of Brand Development

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“I am grateful for the genius that is Jillian Dempsey. Her sheer Lid Tint eyeshadows are truly mistake-proof, so anyone can create a pro eye-makeup look in five seconds.”

—Christina Han, Head of Development, Special Projects