Even though we write about disparate topics, Savvy and I always find ourselves chatting about career and money issues. One of these days, I'm going to reveal the depth of my crush on economist Paul Krugman, and then we'll be BFFs. Fortunately, Savvy was kind enough to reveal her beauty and grooming secrets, and she's quite generous with her advice. Read on.

Which beauty products are your must-haves?
Kanebo Sensai Silk Emulsion, bare minerals foundation, and Kiehl’s lip gloss.

What’s your favorite beauty ritual?
I generally don’t ‘do’ my hair during the week and just let it dry on its own. But I love taking the time on my hair on Friday or Saturday night. A little mousse, a long blow-dry, and we’re talking volume that I absolutely love! It gets me excited to go out and celebrate the weekend.

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What’s your go-to lip product?
It’s Kiehl’s lip gloss in Berry 1851. It’s not sticky at all, which is my glossy pet peeve — hair stuck on lips is not cute or comfortable! And the color is subtle but rich.

What is your morning beauty routine?
I start most days before 5am, so it’s definitely low-key. I call it my five-minute face, and it’s enough to make me appear more awake but it’s a totally natural look.

What’s your signature fragrance?
Bryant Park by Bond no. 9. My sister gave it to me as a gift for being her Maid of Honor, and she was spot on with her choice for me. You may even catch me sniffing my own wrist!

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t forget about your cheekbones. Some foundation can really drown them out, and just a pop of blush makes a world of difference.

And the worst advice?
The more bronze, the better!

Any tips or tricks you want to share with readers?
Beauty-wise, I spend the most money on my eyebrows. I have a professional pluck them for me, because having perfectly-shaped brows for my face makes a big difference. I had to grow them out before I started going to get them done but those shaggy weeks were well worth it.

Your favorite drugstore beauty product?
Does Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner count? I usually don’t buy drugstore makeup, simply because I use so little makeup that it lasts forever.

When do you feel the most beautiful?
After a hard workout. I love the natural flush it gives me and the endorphins released give my mood a huge boost.