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What Artist Shantell Martin Can’t Live Without

Photo: Getty Images; Illustration: Joe McKendry

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked artist Shantell Martin about the markers, leave-in conditioner, and socks she can’t live without.

I’ve been using Adam J. Kurtz diaries for a long time because of their playfulness. In this one, there are 365 prompts that encourage you or make you smile or let you know something special is happening that day or that month. I always have it right next to me.

A couple years ago, I started to write everything down on index cards: ideas I have, the names of people I meet, different things I want to remember. It has been really helpful. If I have an idea, I’ll write it on an index card. If I meet someone who is really interesting and with whom I’d love to keep in touch, I write their name and info on a card. I don’t really do anything with them — they just sit in a pile on my desk, and every now and then I’ll flick through them. I’ll be like, Oh let me check in on this person and see how they’re doing, or Oh yeah, this was a really good idea for a project. I’m glad I was reminded of it.

My hairdresser told me about this leave-in conditioner two or so years ago, probably after it first came out. I’ve been buying it ever since. For people with curly hair, like me, finding the right conditioner is always a little bit of a struggle. But this has been working out really nicely. I use it once a week when I wash my hair.

This brand’s sponsored ads were always popping up on my Instagram for some reason. I always thought they did quite cool photo shoots, so I clicked on an ad one day to learn a little bit more about the brand. It’s actually really cool, and I guess it’s putting ads in the right spots because they worked on me. I bought these socks. I mostly wear black and white, but I still like to bring a little bit of color and fun into my wardrobe. These socks are great for that.