6 Things I Can’t Live Without: The Lifestyle Curator

Gilt City DC’s Marissa Schneider reveals her desert-island beauty picks.

By: Irina Grechko

Photograph by Daniel Swartz.

Just in time for this weekend’s Gilt City Warehouse Sale, we caught up with Marissa Schneider, the gal behind Gilt City DC, to get the scoop on her beauty favorites. As a curator for the localized deals site, Marissa spends her days scouting the city's best new products, venues and businesses, and she knows a thing or 20 about the best beauty regimens on the market. Read on for her must-haves.

1) Trina Sandra Essential Travel Valet
+ Pencil Case

Marissa says: “Trina makeup cases keep everything organized, as I’m true cosmetics collector! I bought several of these cases at last year’s Gilt City Warehouse Sale, and am planning to buy a few more as gifts when the sale comes back to DC this week.” $24.95 at Amazon.

2) Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme Eye lift cream
Marissa says: “I use this morning and night to keep fine lines away and help manage dark circles after long hours. Known for ‘diminishing signs of fatigue and stress,’ it has a permanent place in my beauty arsenal.” $195 at Neiman Marcus.

3) R. Nichols candles
Marissa says: “I keep his Cruise Candle, which smells just like orange blossoms in the breeze, next to my vanity. It’s just such a pretty scent when you’re getting beautified.” $45 at R. Nichols.

4) Cover Girl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara
Marissa says: “I don’t feel like myself without long, lush lashes. Admittedly, I’m the girl who puts on mascara to run to the grocery store or take a spin class. I’ve tried everything from Chanel to Dior to MAC to drugstore brands, but I keep coming back to Cover Girl. The new Clump Crusher in the neon green tube is winning out over other brands.” $8.99 at Ulta. 

5) Malin + Goetz Rum hand and body wash
Marissa says: “I LOVE Malin + Goetz Rum hand and body wash—and my husband loves it as much as I do. It has a clean, refreshing scent and doesn’t dry out skin with harsh detergents. It’s a staple in the bathrooms at my house, and I pack the three-ounce size for travel. I pick this up at Nectar Skin Bar in Georgetown, where I go for regular eyebrow appointments and to stock up on products.” $20 at Barneys.

6) Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray 
Marissa says: “Even on a desert island, I would want volumized hair. This product gives texture and volume, has an amazing scent, and doesn’t make hair greasy.” $39 for 8.5 ounces at Neiman Marcus.