“Everything you absorb in life somehow stays in your head,” says Sabine Marcelis, an artist based in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Marcelis can still remember the way sunlight struck the mountaintops and the moon would shine upon the ocean when she was growing up in New Zealand.
It’s no coincidence that her work today explores light interactions through installation, sculpture, and even product design: translucent pastel tables that appear to glow and white orb light fixtures for IKEA that recall the moon. “Celebrate your own uniqueness,” says Marcelis, a lesson she has passed along to the five young artists that comprise the Women Bauhaus Collective, formed by skin-care brand La Prairie. “Because in the end, that’s what will really make you stand apart from everyone else.” While Marcelis is busy designing and mentoring students, these are the products she relies on most.
“I’ve dyed my hair white-blonde since I was 16, so it needs some extra love. I put Davines Melu Hair Shield in before blow-drying to give it an extra bit of protection. Kevin Murphy Crystal Angel Illuminating Gloss Colour Enhancing Shine Treatment keeps the color looking fresh. I use it every three days.”
“I’m huge on baths. They bring so much calm to me. I bought Angan Arctic Thyme Bath Salt on a trip to Iceland and I’ve been bathing [with it] ever since.”
“The Diptyque Mimosa Scented Candle sparks so many memories for me of spending time in the South of France. It’s hands down my favorite scent in the world. Byredo Vetyver Hand Wash almost acts as a perfume because of its [woodsy] smell. It’s a nice way to start the day.”
“I don’t wear too much makeup and I’m quite bad at washing my face at the end of the day. But in the morning I’ll use La Roche-Posay Innovation Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser for a fresh start. It cleanses your face without drying it out. I freak out if I don’t have Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with me all the time. I keep one in my car, studio, and [travel] bag.”
“Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Universal Hair Balm is kind of an everything oil. It’s for your hair, but when you’re done [applying it], it also works as a hand cream. I’m so adventurous with color and loud in my designs, but I always have the same type of [pulled-back] hairdo. I use Evo Shebang-a-Bang Dry Spray Wax to get the little flyaways down.”
“I [didn’t] have much of a beauty routine, but since I started using La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift in the morning, my skin is like, ‘Finally, you care about me again. Thank you!’ La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion absorbs right away, leaving my skin feeling nourished and moisturized.”
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