In our series, My Life in Beauty, we ask the industry experts with a wealth of beauty knowledge to share with us the contents of their makeup and wash bags and bathroom cabinets (because who doesn’t love a good nose?), as well as the treatments they book on repeat. Earlier this year Liz Hambleton, editorial director at Treatwell and former beauty director at Grazia, let us inside her world, while Vestiaire Collective's co-founder Fanny Moizant shared her beauty secrets. This month, Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz founders of cult Malin+Goetz invite us into their incredibly stylish world...
I met Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz about seven years ago when I was a beauty writer at ELLE magazine. They are two of the friendliest and most genuine people I have met in this business, thankfully their products are brilliant. So much so that I've had to buy doubles of many of their unisex range because my boyfriend steals them. If you don't know the brand it has quite the cult following. Born in New York in 2004 when they opened their first store in Chelsea the products are functional marrying covetable designs with simple, effective products for even the most sensitive of skins. You'll find their products in Liberty and Space NK, while their candles scent Barry's Bootcamp studios around the world.
Matthew began his career as a cosmetic buyer at Barneys in New York. He then joined Kiehl’s to lead global distribution and sales, before heading to Prada where he developed their beauty division. As someone who suffers with eczema and rosacea he noticed a void in the market for stylish products for problem skins. Andrew, meanwhile, worked as a marketing director for Swiss-design brand Vitra, which helped hone his eye. The modern apothecary style in the stores is down to Andrew who collaborated with architects and graphic designers to bring his vision for the brand to life.
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Matthew Malin: I am a fan of our face cleansers. The Grapefruit Face Cleanser (£27) is a basic go-to for every day. It is especially thorough but doesn't dry out the skin, ideal for a place like grimy NYC. I also integrate our Jojoba Face Scrub (£28) once per week—I am dry and have rosacea concerns and find this both gentle and hydrating for relief of dryness. Finally, the Detox Face Mask (£31), which I use once per week too. It offers deep cleansing and intense hydration, it's a quick fix and pleasure to use!
Andrew Goetz: It goes without saying that I always hit the road with our Essential Kit (£20) and Eucalyptus Deodorant (£18), as well as a travel size tube Marvis Toothpaste (£9), Toothbrush, Floss - and my ever trusty nail brush. A small bottle of aspirin is always a good idea to help assuage any travel headaches.
MM: On the plane a packet of our Detox Face Mask is both cleansing and hydrating, not to mention refreshing. It is a must. [Ed note: If you can't get your hands on the 3g sachets, decant some of the large size into a travel pot to take on the plane.]
MM: There is so much. In addition to many of the above mentioned products, it includes all of the future products we are constantly developing and evaluating. And, there is always a Moroccan Fig EDT (£110) in there too (it looks so pretty and smells so great).
AG: We don’t have a cabinet, but we do have a nifty old shelf that stores our full arsenal of products, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, nail nippers, razor, and hair brush.
MM: Gardening, the Hudson Valley, smart entrepreneurs and risk takers, beautiful objects and great, classic design.
[Ed note: We couldn't help but ask for a picture of the pair's rescued pug, Mr. Greenberg. He inspired them to create the Dog Shampoo, £22.]
MM: For fun, a few years ago, we purchased—for resale in our shops—a gorgeous Taschen (yes, they all are) book called Aesthetic Surgery. It is the opposite of what we do and offer but completed our design culture. It sold out immediately. I keep one for myself (and, yes, some of the photos are a little difficult to view but sooo beautifully done).
AG: Less is more. We are over marketed to use too much and have created sensitivities that would not have been present. Start with a great cleanser and moisturiser and slowly add an item as required. This is our general philosophy.
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