Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a co-founder of Gilt.com, the flash-sale fashion site that forever changed the way we shop on the web. She recently became the CEO of GLAMSQUAD, an in-home, on-demand hair and makeup service that’s giving blowdry bars a run for their money. I’ve been a fan of GLAMSQUAD for a while now. It’s fast, convenient and the quality of the service is top-notch.
Wilson’s move to GLAMSQUAD was the news of both The Wall Street Journal and Womens Wear Daily. If Wilson catapults GLAMSQUAD the way she did Gilt, women across the country are about to change the way they think about how, and how often, they get their hair and makeup done.
Wilson might have excited the suits on Wall Street with her move, but I’m happy to see the world of professional beauty become more accessible. Wilson is a girl’s girl visionary. With Harvard Business School roots and cascading strawberry blond hair, she also managed to start a family in the midst of her growing success. Now, as the mother of two young children and at the helm of a burgeoning new business, Wilson shares her outlook on life, work and the benefits of a great blowout.
We started off with a beauty rapid fire:
Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Here’s a glimpse of Alexandra’s must-haves. I’m intrigued! So many cool brands:
1: Erno Laszlo 3-9 Balm
2: Chanel Rouge Double Intensite′ Lip Color
3: Tata Harper Rejuvinating Serum
4: Iconic Anti-Aging Skin Preserver
5: Peter Thomas Roth BB Blur SPF 30 Beauty Balm
6: Hard Night Good Morning Eye Cream
7: Miracle 10 Cleanser
8: Youth Corridor Boost 2.0
9: Dior Diorshow Mascara
Bobbi Brown makeup brushes, Eliza’s Eyes Brow Shaper Gel, MAC Prep + Prime Translucent set powder, Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Diorshow Mascara and Chanel Rouge Double Intensite′ Ultra Wear Lip Color.
I am not particularly loyal to one shade or brand of lipstick or gloss, I am always trying new ones, but let’s be honest— Chanel does great packaging!
An awesome blow out, long dark lashes and a strong, lasting lip.
My biggest beauty blunder? Not on the internet please!
I am not that good at doing my own hair, so hallelujah for GLAMSQUAD.
Facials at Dr. Adam Kolker’s office. His aestheticians are amazing.
I get my cut and color at Vartali Salon, I get my skin checked for sun damage at Dr. Gervaise Gerstner and I get my facials at Dr Adam Kolker. Products? I buy those online and also love the new Birchbox store. And now that GLAMSQUAD is here, my go-to process for getting ready just got a whole lot easier!
GLAMSQUAD’s The Dreamer is our signature look that makes me feel like a million bucks, since I LOVE big lashes and a great lip color. It makes me feel like me, but better!
I admire women who have aged gracefully because they took good care of their skin throughout their lives
I have less time to spend on myself so I have had to become more efficient! I now trust the professionals to take care of me when I don’t have the time to!
Motherhood is not for sissies! It is hard work! Motherhood has made me more appreciative of my own mother and my grandmothers.
(As in, hair done or undone. Makeup on or off.) Of course they do. Kids have amazing intuition.
My kids know that I am strict about their sunblock and they cooperate when I lather them.
Less is more.
Beauty comes from within.
I try and take it one day at a time and do the best I can. It helps that I am hyper organized.
An afternoon of pampering sounds pretty amazing!