Meet our 1st boscia babe – Gail Larkin!
Here at boscia, we’re constantly meeting new and exciting people, whether they’re visiting our headquarters, attending one of our press events or simply interacting with someone from our sales team. Very often, we hear how much they love boscia and how boscia products have really made a difference in their skin. But beyond that, we’ve also come to realize and appreciate that boscia is a brand that is truly loved by people who come from different walks of life, yet they all have one thing in common – their love for boscia. So we’ve decided that each month, we will feature some amazing boscia fans on our blog whose story we want to share with the rest of the boscia community. So with that said, let’s meet our first boscia babe…..Gail Larkin!
Gail Larkin is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She worked at Barneys for 5 years before creating VIP Closet Consultants which is a highly personalized service designed to help you make the most of the clothes you already own. She organizes, styles and installs closets for a very broad clientele ranging from people who work in videos and short films, producers, writers, and jewelry designers, to moms and high powered women that run companies and do social work, in addition to men as well.
What inspires you? “I love watching their faces become so happy, so fulfilled. I can see [a change] while helping them. When they feel better and dress better they feel more confident….life changing to the point where they’re just happier and better people. The goal is to have everything in their closet fit, updated and have everything look good,” she says.
When editing a client’s closet, Gail will take what she thinks will sell to resale shops such as Haute Seconds and Entre Nous. But when it comes to adding items to a client’s closet, she will usually shop with or without the client present. She can always rely on finding pieces at Barneys and Elyse Walker but for her own wardrobe she loves Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Elise Walker and Opening Ceremony. However Barneys is a personal favorite. “I worked there for a long time so I find a lot of things there.”
Who is the style icon you admire most? “Kate Moss because she mixes vintage, bohemian, and couture – rather than wearing only what’s current. For instance, she will wear a fab white fur and mix it with a current 2012 spring Gucci gold dress.”
If you could have anyone’s closet, who would you trade closets with? “I would love to change closets with Kate Moss or Chloe Sevigny”
What are the key aspects/pieces to having a great well rounded wardrobe?
- Black blazer
- Little black dress
- White blouse
- Perfect skinny jean
- Cashmere cardigan
- Platform heel
- Birkin bag
- The RIGHT bra
Tell us about your morning routine/beauty regimen. “I have a 3 year old so I prefer a beauty regimen that is very simple. Simple is the best…I want to look fresh and young and I want that glow. Boscia has given me back that glow!” She actually uses all Boscia products now. Her favorite products to use in the morning are Restorative Day Moisture Cream SPF 15, Balancing Facial Tonic, and then the Enlivening Eye Amino-AG Eye Treatment, followed by B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++. After that, she puts on her makeup: under eye concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, blush and lip gloss. At night it’s just as simple: Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, Purifying Cleansing Gel, and Recharging Night Moisture.
Everyone has a different makeup philosophy. What’s in your makeup bag at the moment? “Light and fresh for day and smoky and sexy for night.” Her go to makeup brands/products include Hourglass 6 shade eye palette (neo-classic), Armani and Cleau De Peau blush, YSL for under eye concealer, Shu Uemura brushes, Kevin Aucoin’s powder eye shadow in Whisper, Armani eyeliner, Maybelline Falsies mascara, Carnal Flower parfum and a favorite nail polish of hers is Chanel’s Black Pearl.
Where do you get your beauty tips from? “I go to Barneys to see Patrick who is a resident makeup artist there…The idea is that makeup should look natural…the no makeup look….very natural and bohemian but u actually do have quite a bit on….”
What draws you to certain beauty products? “The consistency and the brand, especially how good the brand is…I want to feel it, see [the product]…and the product [shouldn’t have] a lot of toxins…Everyone’s skin is different so it takes a lot to find out what’s not going to absorb into your skin so you have to try a lot!”
Some people go the whole 9 yards and cleanse, tone, moisturize, apply face masks serums and eye creams but what do you think? What is your skincare philosophy? “I believe in the whole thing…a lot of it is genetics but I do believe in following the steps.”
When did skincare become more of a concern to you? “It’s always been a concern but just from when you’re young, you lay out with no SPF and as soon as you hit 30 your skin changes. That’s when you need to take a serious evaluation of your skin and take care of it. Age 30 is when your body shifts as a women and the lines start to come in especially under the eyes but if you have the right skin care you can help it a lot. I’ve tried so many creams but the Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment was unbelievable! Within a few days people were telling me my skin was glowing…everyone kept saying ‘your skin looks so good!’”
She’s tried many other more expensive products such as Kinerase and RéVive but she didn’t get the results she got with Boscia. “The price point is amazing because if you run out it’s not going to cost you $200 to get a new product.”
What are your favorite boscia products? “I really like the Balancing Facial Tonic and Restorative Day Moisture Cream SPF 15 and the Luminizing Black Mask. No one else makes masks like this… you have to go and get a facial for these kind of results! I’ve absolutely seen an improvement in my skin…..I like everything from Boscia but those 3 products are great. I run a company, have a 3 yr old, and a husband so I’m very busy… but this product is keeping my youth.”
Speaking of your 3 yr old….when will you start instilling a skincare regimen with her? “I already put sun block on her skin everyday, since day 1…I moisturize [her] skin with really thick lotion…..its important.”
What are your must have, Holy Grail products? “You can get makeup anywhere but finding skincare products is the most important. Good under eye cream and day cream are hard to find. There are a million makeup lines but not a million under eye and face cream lines.”
Best words of advice you’ve inherited from friends, family, and respected mentors? My mother and father told me “You just have to know who you are and be a good person. Be honest and do the best that you can do and just be happy. Treat people really well and be kind.”
I can’t live without…“Family. Can’t live without my daughter & family.”
Favorite daily read is…..“the New York Times.”
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…. “Paulo Coelho who is the author of The Alchemist. All his philosophies are so profound and he’s amazing.”
What is the best present you’ve ever received? “My Bottega Veneta edition woven metallic bag.”
What is your guilty pleasure? “Pinot Noir.”
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