I consider myself to be a nosy person, but that’s only (okay, mostly) the case when it comes to beauty. I love knowing which products everyone is using, which brands I may not know about yet, and the general lineup of everyone’s must-haves because FOMO is real. I just feel an inescapable thrill whenever I get a sneak peek into the vanities of cool people, from the fashion set to hairstylists to makeup artists and everyone in between. But some people in the beauty industry just have a certain je ne sais quoi. Take, for instance, April Gargiulo, the founder of cult skincare brand Vintner’s Daughter.
Yes, she’s the brains behind the serum to end all serums, the cult-favorite Active Botanical Serum ($185), which is also the product that finally balanced out her skin. “I had cystic acne and pigmentation that I constantly battled with until I launched the serum. It’s a miracle for anyone dealing with inflammatory issues like acne, dryness, pigmentation, and rosacea,” Gargiulo says. Formulated with 22 active botanicals, this serum is multi-correctional, performance-driven, and made from the finest ingredients in the world. It’s basically magic packaged in a chic bottle.