11 Mood-Boosting Beauty Products From Someone Who Wants You to Feel Good


(Image credit: Olamide Olowe)

The Lineup is a monthly series where we're giving you an inside peek at the beauty lineups of cool fashion people, editors, makeup artists, hairstylists, and estheticians—all the people we trust the most. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at all the can't-live-without products that make their worlds go round.

When I was a kid, I fell into the trap of believing there was such a thing as "perfect skin." It was all I saw in magazines and on TV, and I began to think that if I just used "miracle" products, I could have flawless skin, too. Olamide Olowe, the founder of skincare brand Topicals, felt the same way. The only difference between us? Olowe actually set out to change the skincare industry and founded Topicals with the intention of shifting peoples' perspectives about their skin.

"I grew up with chronic skin conditions and always felt left out of the fun parts of beauty and skincare. There were so many brands that I loved but couldn't really use because the products didn't serve my skincare needs," says Olowe. "I would watch YouTube videos and try to make skin and haircare concoctions in search of a cure-all product." While there's no such thing as one cure-all product, Olowe ultimately decided to launch her own brand with products that would serve her needs and the needs of many others who felt ignored by the skincare industry. "I love how beauty acts as a point of connection and friendship," she says.


(Image credit: Olamide Olowe)

"Perfect skin" isn't the goal of Topicals. In fact, the brand upholds the belief that perfect skin doesn't exist. But it does strive to formulate products with the most effective ingredients. Before any product launches, it's tested by a team of dermatologists for approval. "You don't need 12+ products to achieve real results. The philosophy behind my line has always been around creating targeted solutions that help simplify your routine while also delivering results," explains Olowe.

What I love most about Topicals is the narrative it's creating. The brand is making it easier for those with chronic skin conditions like acne to feel more confident in their skin. With Topicals's fun branding, its community engagement, and its commitment to phrases like, "You make skin look good, not the other way around," it's hard not to feel good about yourself. Since Olowe loves how beauty acts as a point of connection, I knew she wouldn't mind sharing 11 of her must-have products for feeling good in her skin. Keep scrolling for her picks.

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Group Executive Director, Branded Content and Beauty

Caitie Schlisserman is an L.A.-based executive director with over a decade of branded content and editorial experience. She joined Who What Wear in 2014 as the first branded content editor and has worked her way up to overseeing a team of talented branded content editors and the beauty department of the media revenue team. Before Who What Wear, Caitie helped launch FabFitFun's first subscription box and worked at a beauty startup where she assisted in successfully launching the editorial department.