I'll Have What She's Having: Rachael Lubarsky

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Rachael Lubarsky

August 26, 2019 Updated February 22, 2020

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We pick the brains of some of the most talented, stylish, and busy moms we know to find out what they do (and buy) to make their lives work.

You’d think it would be difficult to refer to oneself in the third person, but as a copywriter for Scary Mommy, Rachael Lubarsky is used to challenging writing situations. She’s a mom and step-mom to three boys (two of them teenagers), so she’s also great at navigating her way through a house of testosterone (#onlygirlathome). She’s a huge skincare buff and actually enjoys researching effective anti-aging ingredients in her spare time (no, really). She gave us product picks on everything from beauty secrets to keeping her kids entertained to successfully schlepping through her NYC commute.

BEAUTY

LIVING PROOF Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling  

Living Proof - Perfect Hair Day™ 5-in-1 Styling Treatment 4 oz/ 118 mL

“I’m in a continuous state of cutting and then growing out my hair, but one constant remains – I don’t have the patience or skill to spend more than 5 minutes on it in the morning. This cream really does the work of multiple products and doesn’t feel sticky, greasy, or crunchy. I can just scrunch and go.”

$28 AT SEPHORA

 

CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes 

CLINIQUE - Take The Day Off Micellar Cleansing Towelettes for Face & Eyes 50 Wipes

“For all the time I DON’T spend on my hair, I make up for it on my skin. I do a double cleanse at night with a fragrance-free, pH-balanced cleanser, and then swipe one of these towelettes over my face to get any last dregs of make-up or sunscreen off. It leaves my face hydrated and soft.”

$15.50 AT SEPHORA

 

DRUNK ELEPHANT Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 

Drunk Elephant - Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 3 oz/ 90 mL Clean at Sephora

“I love everything about Drunk Elephant — from the quality ingredients to the oddly dangerous-sounding company name. I’m sensitive to chemical sunscreens, but it’s hard to find physical ones that don’t turn your face Bozo the Clown white. This one is chock full of good-for-your-skin stuff, but there IS a trick to getting it to layer right over other serums and creams without pilling up: don’t use products with silicones under this and it will be smooth sailing.”

$34 AT SEPHORA

PUREDERM Collagen Eye Pads

Deluxe Collagen Eye Mask Collagen Pads For Women By Purederm 4 Pack Of 30 Sheets/Natural Eye Patches With Anti-aging and Wrinkle Care Properties/Help Reduce Dark Circles and Puffiness

“I’ve done some research on eye masks and MOST of them contain irritating ingredients and fragrances that are not going to help the super-sensitive skin around your eyes — in fact, they might make things worse. These are gentle and if you keep them in the fridge, they feel soothing and refreshing on a morning after one (or three) too many cocktails. Plus, they’re cheap as hell.”

$5.99 (FOR 30 SHEETS) AT AMAZON

 

ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin 

 

“I’m a side sleeper, and I live in a constant state of paranoia that half my face is aging faster because every night I squoosh and contort it into a pillow. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase prevents those sleep lines from happening that make you look like someone snuck into your bedroom and tried to fold your cheek into itself during the night. This one is not super expensive and has more than 4K 5-star reviews on Amazon.”

$22.99 AT AMAZON

WELLNESS

NEOCELL Super Collagen + C

NeoCell, Neocell Super Collagen + C - 6, 000mg Collagen Types 1 & 3 Plus Vitamin C, 360Count (Packaging May Vary)

“Collagen supplements are supposed to help improve your skin from the inside out. Does ingesting it help you create more of it in your skin? I don’t know for sure, but if celebrities are doing it, I’m on board.  If you’re not a fan of mixing powder collagen into your coffee in the morning, try a tablet.”

$26.26 AT AMAZON

 

CHEERS Hangover Prevention Pills with Dihydromyricetin (DHM)  

Cheers (Formerly Thrive+) Hangover Cure with Dihydromyricetin (DHM), Hangover Prevention Pills (36 Count) for Morning After Alcohol Recovery - A Flavonoid Supplement with Milk Thistle

“Getting hangovers more easily after drinking less alcohol is another one of those amazing parts of getting older, kids. Taking a few of these after drinking before bed, really, actually works. You might not leap out of bed ready to take on an Olympic event, but you’ll be able to handle your normal day without wanting to cringe in a dark, sound-proof closet.”

$32 AT AMAZON

COMMUTING

BAGGU Duck Bag Canvas Tote

“I LOVE these canvas totes and have a couple in different colors. They are roomy, sturdy, and have that critical cross body strap that lets you flip ’em from front to back to squeeze into the most crowded of subway cars.”

$34 AT AMAZON

 

KEKILO Metal Airpods Case

“I love my Airpods. But I hate when they fall down into the bottom of my purse and get covered in dust, lipstick, or chewing gum residue. This case gives them another layer of protection against the elements (of my purse) and it comes in lots of fun metallic colors to match your esthetic. Plus, it’s super cheap!”

$12.95 AT AMAZON

 

GOLA Women’s Tennis Sneakers

Gola Women's Tennis - Mark Cox Off-White/Deep Red 8 B US

“If commuting in New York City has taught me anything, it’s that comfortable shoes are a must, because you are walking your ass off every day. These sneakers have a retro vibe and make me feel cooler than I actually am.”

$65 AT AMAZON

 

CHEFMAN Electric Egg Cooker

“I bring along a couple of hard-boiled eggs to the office every day for breakfast. This egg cooker has changed my life. It’s ridiculously easy to get perfectly hard boiled eggs with it.”

$15.96 AT AMAZON

KIDS

NINTENDO Switch

“I have boys aged 17, 14, and nine and we’ve been through all the recent iterations of Nintendo systems. They like this one because you can use it as a hand held or hook it up to the t.v. I like it because I get a few minutes to myself on a daily basis.”

$299 AT AMAZON

 

The Catcher in the Rye

“The end-all, be-all dysfunctional coming of age book, in my opinion. I forced my 14-year-old to read this for his summer book project because as a parent, it’s my job to foist my own nostalgia upon my unknowing children.”

$14.79 AT AMAZON

 

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