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5 Things I Can’t Live Without: Bluemercury Cofounder Barry Beck

Consider him the unofficial male test case for this Washington-based beauty chain.

Photograph of Beck courtesy of BrandLinkDC.

As the male half of Bluemercury’s founding duo, it’s not too surprising that Barry Beck (also known as CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s husband) ends up the Y-chromosomed test subject for sampling new potential stock for the Georgetown-based beauty chain. Not many men are as well-versed in the language of product as this one—so naturally we had to find out what his top picks are for day-to-day. Read on for the scoop.

1) Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream ($16)
“I have used this shaving cream daily for over a decade. It’s perfect for a close shave.”

2) SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 ($40)
“I think the most important product any man can use is a good sunscreen. I got in the habit of using it on my face every morning when I get out of the shower.”

3) Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar ($22) and Re-Charge Black Pepper Anti-Perspirant Stick ($22)
“Madagascar black pepper is my favorite scent. This is a great pick-me-up to start the day.”

4) M-61 Vitablast C Hand ($19)
“I’m outside a lot visiting our stores during construction, so my hands get rough and dry, especially in the winter. This hand cream hydrates without feeling greasy—I swear Marla created it with me in mind.”

5) Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($30)
“Every man should use a scrub; it’s just a matter of how often. This cleans without being overly abrasive—I use it once a week.”

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