New year, new office, new you

WAG’s newest favorite products are put to the test.

With the new year in full swing, it’s high time to spruce up our offices – and ourselves.

We were lucky enough to receive a number of wonderful products from various brands late last year, including two beautiful calendars from The Alison Gordon Studio. The AG Studio collection was first launched in 2015 by Alison Petrie after she decided to follow her passion for illustration and graphic design. Beginning with a small collection of stationery products, the studio now produces wall art, accessories, pillows and more.

With our recent move to a new office in White Plains, we thought a new calendar would be an ideal way to accent our handsome digs. The 2019 Beauty & Brains Wall Calendar features illustrations of girls in on-trend clothing paired with inspirational quotes to help us power through the day. We also received The Rose Gold Desk Calendar, which came with an adorable rose gold stand to prop it up along with the rest of our desk essentials. The calendars add some much-needed color and fashion inspiration to our workspace. Additionally, the wall art from Alison Gordon Studio, featuring illustrations of fashion and accessories and quotes in beautiful calligraphy, would make the perfect addition to any gal’s dorm, bedroom or office space.

FACE Atelier was kind enough to send us its Ultra Blush  in the shade “Runway.” Like the name states, this blush is ultrapigmented – meaning you have to be sure to use a light hand. The color, however, is absolutely beautiful, and helps us achieve that cool pink winter flush we strive for. All seven shades are gorgeous, and with a formula designed to keep the product from settling into the skin’s fine lines, it’s perfect for makeup lovers of any age.

As someone who changes her nail color the second that it chips, I was ecstatic to receive a selection of polishes and a remover from  ella + mila. ella + mila’s line of nail polishes are “7-free,” meaning they’re free of harmful chemicals Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP and Xylene, which are commonly found in other polish brands. The wide color range means there’s something to offer for every style, and many of the polishes even have a lip color to match. WAG tested the polish for a wear test and found the colors can go for at least a week before chipping. Plus, the adorable white elephant on the brand’s packaging adds to the fun.

The soy nail polish remover was different from any I’d tried before. You are meant to let it sit on the nails for a few moments before scrubbing off the polish. I found it works well (when you read the directions first) and is without the stinging burn that can sometimes occur with acetone removers. It’s gentler on the skin and nails and leaves behind a residue that allows you to skip cuticle oil for the time being.

So go ahead, indulge in some retail therapy. These picks won’t break the bank, and will help to beautify your space – and you.

– Meghan McSharry

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