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What Glazed NYC Designers Shelby Macklin and Banna Nega Can’t Live Without

From left, Banna Nega and Shelby Macklin. Photo-Illustration: Nayquan Schuler

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 Shelby Macklin and Banna Nega — the designers and co-founders of Glazed NYC — about the body lotion, home fragrance, and health supplements they can’t live without.


It’s magic water. Banna actually got me into it — one of her good friends is from Paris and told her about it, so I started using it, too. I put it on a cotton round and use it to take all the dirt and makeup off of my face. It’s so good for taking off makeup and not abrasive at all, and it has no smell.

My boyfriend gave it to me. It has a handle, so it’s cute to carry around. I listen to music to start my days and get my mindset right. It motivates me and wakes me up. Playing music from my phone is fine, but the speaker gives it a different vibe. Lately, I’ve had SZA and Rihanna on repeat.

I struggle with really dry skin, especially in the winter, and Palmer’s is the only thing that truly penetrates mine and leaves it moisturized for hours on end. I’ve been using it my entire life. I’ll rub it on my feet, my hands, my face. I love to use it on models in photo shoots, too. It just gets your skin glowing and brings it to life. You see other people with these very glam products that are very expensive. But this most basic cocoa butter gets the job done.

The Kindle app has won me over. I don’t actually read physical books that much anymore because I can read them on my phone with this. I love having a nice, organized hub for all of my books and having it right there on my phone is really nice. I’m also damn near blind, so it’s nice to be able to change the text and make it nice and big. Right now, I’m reading Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big by Julia Pimsleur.

It’s called Libre and I’m a Libra, so it kind of called to me from across Sephora. It reminds me of me. It’s fun, but still glamorous, and sweet without being childish. I feel grown wearing it. I even got my mom into it.

The Break is my favorite boutique in Brooklyn and I don’t think enough people know about its 7pm Candle. It’s the best. I like it better than Byredo. It smells really sexy and it’s great for nighttime. Whether you are having dinner or just watching TV, it really sets the mood because it spreads throughout an entire home. Some candles are only really good for one room, but this one penetrates through walls. Whenever I have to gift someone something, it’s a 7pm candle.


I got into natural supplements a couple years ago and use oregano oil to boost my immune system. Garden of Life’s is certified organic. I put some drops under my tongue or mix them in water. It has a strong, intense taste, but I just imagine I’m eating pizza whenever I take it.

It’s the only mask that really digs deep into my pores. I can see such a difference in my skin after using it. I have pretty sensitive combination skin, so I like to keep it pretty simple. I don’t have much of a routine, but I use this once every other week.

I have a lot of foot issues, including a hairline fracture from spraining my foot a couple years ago. So I always have some sort of foot pain. These are my go-to sneakers. They are fully supportive and I wear them all the time: for runs, floor workouts, and when I’m just running errands. Mine are all-black so they’re also kind of fashionable.

Shobha Salon is the best salon I’ve ever been to for waxing and threading. I was getting a bikini wax and my esthetician told me I should start exfoliating to prevent ingrowns and make the waxing hurt less. So I started using the salon’s washcloth all over my body when I shower. It’s been really nice: My skin is a lot softer and I haven’t gotten any ingrown hairs in a while.

These are part of my uniform. They’re called the Virgo and I am a Virgo so of course I went for them. I love the shape. They have a vintage feel but are still modern and updated. My favorite pair of sunglasses that I’ve ever owned.

I have been obsessed with Chani Nicholas’s work for years. It is hard to cut through all the astrology noise and to me, she has always stood out as an astrologer who can do that. I like her approach because she infuses history and is really open about interpretation. She also gets into the nuances of astrology, which I think is important. Her app is free to download but you have to pay for a monthly subscription, which includes personalized readings, meditations, and journal prompts. I feel like I’m learning a lot and I’m understanding myself better, too.

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What the Glazed NYC Designers Can’t Live Without