Caitlin Gaffey, Director of Beauty Partnerships, Birchbox

Caitlin Gaffey, Director of Beauty Partnerships, Birchbox

the 10
beauty products I'll happily buy in bulk

CAITLIN GAFFEY'S path to beauty insidership has been anything but typical. First, the MIT biology undergrad became a Harper's Bazaar beauty editor, before venturing back to academia for an intensive Columbia MBA. Now, Caitlin works in business development at booming beauty start-up, Birchbox, a pretty genius club that lets you sample coveted products before you buy. Needless to say, there's nothing out there that she hasn't tried herself. Caitlin's grasp of science—and inside knowledge of the ingredients used in miracle creams and and spray—sets her apart from a beauty set that usually shies away from seven-syllable tongue twisters like alpha benzophenone-4. But all that aside, she does love a pretty shade of nail polish. (Those that know her well won't show up to see her with the slightest chip.) We asked for her list of must-haves that keep her looking perfect.

Here, the 10 beauty products that Caitlin Gaffey would happily buy in bulk.

  • 1

    Lancome Flash Bronzer Self-Tanning Leg Gel

    This is the only self-tanner I've ever tried that delivers a believable bronze. It's like crack, and I'm addicted. All of the products on my list will probably be different if you ask me again a year from now—except this one.

  • 2

    Color Club Nail Polishes

    I change my polish shade every week, and am on a first-name basis (errr, nickname basis) with all of the employees at my nail salon. Color Club launches more colors more often than any other brand, and manages to keep up with my polish schizophrenia.

  • 3

    Yes To Carrots Repairing Night Cream

    If I learned one thing as a beauty editor, it's that skincare doesn't have to be expensive to work—i.e., it doesn't have to contain extracts of endangered plants from Madagascar, or be harvested by monks on an obscure island off the coast of Croatia. This moisturizer is lightweight, effective, smells fantastic, and costs less than fifteen bucks.

  • 4

    Elf Cosmetics Shimmer Palette

    I have raging, raging insomnia, and have found that this highlighter can turn a sad, sleep-deprived face into a glow-y, well-rested one.

  • 5

    RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Solar

    It gives me great satisfaction to say that I actually discovered this brand through Birchbox, and a lot of other people did, too. The consistency of this cream shadow is unique—it's actually hydrating, so it never creases.

  • 6

    Serge Normant Meta Silk Shampoo and Meta Velour Conditioner

    I recently met with the management team for this brand—there is a lot of integrity behind these products, which is not always the case with price-y haircare. The shampoo and conditioner left my hair in a noticeably softer state than where it started.

  • 7

    Lancôme Black Lapis Eyeliner

    This pencil is soft, so it glides on without a lot of pulling or pressing. The navy shade also really brings out blue eyes.

  • 8

    Oribe Hair Care Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

    My hair is super long and the ends are probably 10-years-old at this point. This product is great for smoothing split ends and it comes out of the can in a very fine mist, so it doesn't create an oil slick.

  • 9

    Beauty Blender Makeup Blending Sponge

    We've been spreading the skin-perfecting gospel of this egg-shaped makeup sponge through Birchbox, and it now occupies a coveted spot in my jam-packed makeup case. For the most flawless effects, dampen it with warm water and ring out the excess before dipping it into liquid foundation.

  • 10

    Tocca Brigitte Crema Da Sogno Ginger & Papaya Rich Body Cream

    This stuff makes me wish I was still an editor, because it's $45 and I use it every day. The scent is sweet and a little bit spicy.

Lancome Flash Bronzer
Color Club Nail Polish
Yes to Carrots night cream
Elf Cosmetics Shimmer Pallette
RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow
Serge ormant Meta Silk Shampoo
Lancome Black Lapis Eyeliner
Oribe Haircare Anti-Humidity Spray
Beauty Blender Makeup Blending Sponge
Tocca Brigitte Crema Da Sogno Ginger Papaya Rich Body Cream
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