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The Glowdown

The Glowdown: Merrill Moskal

One half of the dynamic duo behind Name of Love, Merrill highlights the importance of making (and learning from!) mistakes in every relationship, from professional to personal. After falling victim to heavy foundations in her younger years, she’s learned the importance of healthy skin as the best foundation to any look. Read on to find out how she’s learned from her lessons in love (pick your battles) and her lessons in skin (DON’T pick your face!).

The Basics

Name:Merrill Moskal

Age:29

Occupation:Co-Founder of Name of Love

Location:Brooklyn, NY        

Astrological Sign:Libra (Head = Heart)

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Tenacious, Loyal, Hilarious? (I might be the only one that thinks that!)

When were you first introduced to Erno Laszlo and how?

I first came across the brand on Net-A-Porter. I was drawn first to the beautiful packaging.

What does Erno Laszlo mean to you?

Erno Laszlo means clean and healthy skin. The first step to putting your best face forward. A confidence booster, if you will.  

Favorite Erno Laszlo product?

There is life before the Firm & Lift Hydrogel Mask and life after it. I’m addicted.

Career

What does a typical day look like for you at work?

I try to go to the gym most mornings before showering and heading into the city where I work out of The Wing in Soho. Being there is everything to me.  I love seeing all the women working away, casually meeting about what I assume is world domination. It’s like watching the beginning of an ultimate female takeover movie, and quickly inspires me to get my things down and start my work day and join in.

Once settled, I’m pretty much on email all day long dealing with production, order fulfilment, design directions for upcoming marketing, customer service, you name it - it all filters into my inbox! Towards the end of the day, I try to make it home in time to cook dinner. I love to cook because I find it incredibly relaxing.

But my day doesn’t stop after dinner. Like many of us, our best shopping is done in the privacy of our own home in the dark of night. That said, I try to make myself available to customer service even after I return home from ‘work’. When you run your own business a typical ‘work day’ doesn’t really mean anything.

What is one piece of advice you would give others trying to get where you are today?

Learn as much as possible from others who have done this before you. Ask a lot of questions, specifically about the mistakes they’ve made in the past. Mistakes are inevitable; that’s how you learn and grow, but don’t be afraid to ask how to avoid them.

Love

What’s your favorite date night spot in New York City?

I Sodi in the West Village. So intimate.

Briefly describe to us your best and worst date!

I’ve had a lot of amazing dates but if I had to pick one that stood out, it would be my first date in New York with my current boyfriend. I was so nervous and in love with him already and we went to the Spotted Pig in the West Village.  We went early because we didn’t want to wait in line for a table and we shared their famous burger and some other things. We laughed about how they wouldn’t give us any condiments for their ‘perfect burger,’ because it comes as is. I left hungry because I was too shy to tell him that I could eat my own burger. It’s almost five years later now and he’s well aware that I don’t need any help finishing a burger. But, I would still happily share with him anytime.

The worst date? Hmm, well I remember not being taken on ANY dates in a previously horrible relationship. The lack of effort and the absence of the ‘dates’ themselves, I suppose, would be classified as the worst in general.

What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in regards to love/relationships?

Pick your battles.

Skincare

Tell us about your relationship with skincare. Where did it start? How has it evolved?

Well, in university, I was conned into buying a bunch of foundations and other horrible makeup products at “designer makeup counters”. I was piling on all of this crap onto my face and I didn’t even need it. The result was acne. It was also right around the time I was dating some pretty horrible people (see previous horrible relationship) and was quite stressed out.

Now, I have the scars (physical and emotional) to prove that you don’t need all of that crap. I threw away all the makeup and went without it for two weeks, as my dermatologist recommended, and the acne went away. Getting rid of toxic people took a little longer but we’re in the clear now! From there, I only used calming, oil-free, moisturizers and some Bare Mineral powders as my makeup.

Now that my skin and my personal problems have calmed down, I suppose there are new issues! Aging, dryness, discoloration...isn’t being a female fun?! I try to moisturize as much as possible – I love the EL Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30. It quenches my skin for the day. It’s also so rich and creamy. I just love putting it on. Eye creams (when I can remember) and hyaluronic acid serums.

Best beauty advice your Mom/Grandma/Aunt, etc. shared with you?

Don’t pick at your face.

What is your skincare/beauty guilty pleasure/confession? (We won't judge!)

Picking at my face.

Do you have a skincare/beauty hack to share?

Lately, I’ve been going to Skin Laundry. I really do feel like it’s a cleanup for the skin.  

Beauty

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only bring 5 skincare/beauty products. What are they?

EL Firmarine Moisturizer SPF 30

Olaplex for my hair.

Dr. Periconne Skin Vitamins? Maybe they would help me stay alive?

SPF, for everywhere else! 

Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Brat Pack. My signature. Might as well kiss some trees and sign my name. “The biggest diva in the world was here. xx, MM”

You snoozed your alarm and only have time to brush your teeth and do one step in your skincare/beauty routine? What is it?

I assume I’m late, but can I take 15 minutes to mask with the Firm & Lift Hydrogel?!

The beauty (and fashion!) space is constantly evolving. What are your thoughts on its current status and how that impacts you as a woman? What do you wish this space would continue to improve on?

Every female is different. There isn’t one formula for self-love or self-care when it comes to beauty or fashion. There’s no one size fits all model.  The whole reason we created Name of Love was to give women some options and to break traditions.

We have to evolve and change every day so that we can become our best selves. You need to try things on for size, so if you want to get botox, get botox. If you want to wear a beret, wear a beret! Just be informed and confident in your decisions. You will eventually find out what works and what doesn’t, and it doesn’t hurt to have a best friend who will always tell you the truth – sometimes, berets aren’t for everyone.

Et Cetera

Last Book You Read 

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, William Finnegan

Last Selfie You Took

Last week at a work event, I’m wearing a pink sweater that I had “CEO” embroidered on it.  

Last Text You Sent

Asking Simona for a three-word descriptor about me – she still hasn’t responded. <3

Last TV Show/Movie You Watched 

Real Housewives of Beverly HIlls

Last Thing You Ate 

Chocolate croissant. I love to live dangerously.