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Feminism & Skincare

Happy Easter/Passover/Spring!

We were outed this week, in a NYT Styles section piece that made Woolfers sound a little more sex-obsessed and superficial than we actually are, but on the other hand the piece made us laugh and we enjoyed the attention, so all in all, a win.

The journalist neglected to mention our love of great literature and our hatred of chin hair, but nevermind; what was most glaring was the fact that not once, in all 3,000 or whatever words, not once was the F word uttered. Are we nothing, if not FEMINIST? This, I found shocking.

And, in fact, among our many conversations this week, a few oldies but goodies resurfaced around issues of hypocrisy and how we see our roles vis-a-vis men. Do we like when they hold open doors for us? Who pays on dates? Personally, I love a man to take out the trash. Does that make me a “bad” feminist? As with almost every other question we ask ourselves, there is no one answer, and we don’t need there to be. A virtue of getting older is seeing more sides to everything: we are feminists, and we interpret that in myriad ways. There are, however, a few things we agree on 100%:

We want equal pay. We want equal representation in business and government.  We want reproductive freedom. And maybe we’d like men to listen more and get out of our way.

Love, Nina

What We’re Talking About

Like most conversations in VWland, it started with a simple question: What’s your weirdest skill? The response was tremendous—and totally eye-opening. Who knew we could … (1) make any Pokemon into a fleece hat (2) discretely turn off the sense of smell at will–no hands! (3) “play” the national anthem with just a fingernail and teeth (4) sound exactly like a pigeon to the point that even pigeons are fooled (5) pee anywhere, fast as hell, with minimum exposure (6) smell stuff like diabetes, ovulating women, and rage or intense feelings (7) smoke in the shower (8) street skate in an empty parking lot with a deck & a (craft) beer in a brown paper bag (9) remember every meal at every restaurant since age five (10) butcher a cow.

Impressed? We certainly are. #goals

Woolfer Wisdom

By now, we all know the basics of good skincare. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, use sunscreen in the morning and Retin-A or retinol at night. Drink loads of water, exercise, sleep. Repeat daily.

Sounds simple enough. And for some of us it is. But for others, we get caught up in the seemingly endless choices of skincare products. Not just cleansers and moisturizers, but also scrubs, serums, and masks. What’s a woman to do?

While surely there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Woolfers vouched for the following skincare lines, some of which can be found at your local drugstore (jury’s still out as to whether more $$$ really makes a difference…): Oil of Olay, but especially their Regenerist cleanserserummoisturizer  and 7-in-1 daily face cream with SPF 30; anything Neutrogena, with special shout-outs to the Hydroboost cleanser and gel-cream moisturizer (Hannah Casey swears her skin has never looked better); Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant and Skin Perfecting AHA Lotion (check out her very helpful blog here); Shiseido Benefiance eye cream; the environmentally-friendly and all-natural Amossoma’s signature collection; the Retro Company, aimed at simplifying skincare by providing customized skincare; the 5-step skincare routine from the Korea-based Saranghae; Skinceuticals’ C E Ferulic antioxidant serum; Biologique Recherche Lotion P50, a liquid exfoliator haled as a “facial in a bottle” (one Woolfer vouches that it’s the best product she has ever used); and the somewhat sci-fi sounding 3Lab “M” Cream, which boasts “the world’s first bioengineered growth hormone” and stem cells (sticker shock warning: $300!).

And since we’re talking skin, don’t forget to schedule your annual dermatologist appointment for cancer screening.

Woolfer Reads

Women dominated the National Book Critics Circle Awards earlier this month, including the authors of these two Woolfer favorites (with perhaps the best titles ever): Carina Chocano‘s provocative collection of essays, You Play The Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages won for Criticism (an adoring reader said she “spoke about nothing else for days”), and Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties took the John Leonard Prize (if you don’t yet know about the “husband stitch,” you will after the first story…).

Woolfer Wins

Nestled in there among the Crave Vesper and the white beads is Nina’s newest never-leave-home-without-it accessory—LaLoop! In rubber, silk, leather, quartz, pyrite, antique gold chain, moonstone, sterling silver chain—really, you name it and they make it, these necklaces double as stylish eyeglass holders, so you no longer have to wear your glasses on the top of your head the livelong day. Prices range from $25 to over $400. Brilliant!

We love the clutches and wallets from this little boutique in Santa Monica, Clare V!

Woolfer of the Week

Kimberly Smith
47, North Carolina

Tell us what you’d like us to know about yourself, in under 50 words:  Many know me as a Prophetess or from years in entertainment. The total “me” includes a serial foodie, Haribo or Albanese brands ONLY gummi bears, and lots of laughter. I’m a observationalist whose worldview is governed by the Wordview of a strong Christian, true to the love and historicity of humanity.

If you had a warning label, what would it be? DO NOT PLAYETH THYSELF-ETH.

If you could tweet something to your younger self, what would it be?  Life’s blueprint doesn’t always match the imprint. You can relish in the finished work.

What’s the one thing you most hope for personally in the coming year? Get back to Africa. Glean from and bolster other writers (Crystal Stairs by K.D. Smith). Spend a week in a souped up treehouse.

Xanax or weed?   Fresh Fruit!

Upcoming Events

We’re eagerly counting down to the release of What Would Virginia Woolf Do? the book!

Check out the schedule for Nina’s upcoming book tour above —she hopes to meet as many Woolfers as possible across the nation — be sure to RSVP to your local event
 
PRE-ORDER THE BOOK AND JOIN A SPECIAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB EVENT:
Send Hachette your book receipt by filling out the form here to join a virtual book club event with Nina on either (1) April 18, 2018 at 3PM ET/12PM PT OR (2) April 26, 2018 at 3PM ET/12PM PT.

Current Crush

We’re thrilled to see Emmy-winning actor, writer, and producer Lena Waithe rock the cover of Vanity Fair this month in a profile written by Jacqueline Woodson (under the direction of new EIC Radhika Jones). The game is changing indeed. Brava!

 

See you in two weeks, xo

Nina, Stephanie, and Kris

WWVWD Newsletter Team

About the Author

Stephanie Staal and Nina Collins have worked together and adored each other since 1994 when they were both babies in the world of book publishing. Stephanie is a lawyer, journalist, & author of READING WOMEN, and Nina is the founder of "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?"