How Clarissa Molina has been keeping busy— and beautiful—during quarantine

Derek Arbogast
·3 min read

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The charming Clarissa Molina makes her living bringing joy into our lives: She’s the pop-culture correspondent on Univision’s smash daytime news show El Gordo y la Flaca (The Scoop and the Skinny). A one-time Miss Dominican Republic, Molina—who also won last year’s Look Who’s Dancing competition on Univision—is now a reporter, tastemaker, and TV host.

Though she, and we, have been sorely missing Molina’s in-studio appearances during the pandemic, we were lucky enough to snag a (remote) chat. She took the time to turn us on to some of the unique, clever products that have been keeping her sane, healthy, and gorgeous during quarantine. A dose of fun, charm, and great ideas—just what we all need right now. Here are Molina’s current favorites.

Ohora Gel Nail Strips

Yes you can get a fancy manicure during the pandemic—or at least enjoy a faux version—with these stick-on strips. (Photo: Vanity Table)
Yes you can get a fancy manicure during the pandemic—or at least enjoy a faux version—with these stick-on strips. (Photo: Vanity Table)

Sure, you have plenty of time these days to paint your nails, but it’s so hard to get them perfect. Molina has a trick: Ohora peel-and-stick nail strips. “I found these online, and they’re amazing,” Molina says. The strips are available in a kaleidoscopic array of hues and patterns (seriously, check their web page—we’ll wait). “I started trying different colors and a lot of people saw them and were, like, ‘Oh my God, I love your nails!’ They were posting pictures of them online!”

Shop it: Ohora Gel Nail Strips, $14, vanity-table.com

Young Living En-R-Gee Essential Oil Blend

Look to the little purple label and get in the pink! (Photo: Young Living)
Look to the little purple label and get in the pink! (Photo: Young Living)

Essential oils are magic. How else to explain their ability to sharpen the mind, soothe the soul, even make a stomach ache disappear. “I love them,” Molina says, pointing specifically to the brand Young Living, which makes earth-based, planet-friendly products. “I use them to sleep, to help my immune system, to digest—and they’re all natural” Dab ’em on, diffuse them throughout a room, add them to a bath and inhale. Abracadabra—everything is suddenly a few notches better.

Shop it: En-R-Gee Essential Oil Blend, $35, youngliving.com

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Fragrance-free Hydrating Body Gel Cream

 If your winter skin sending out an SOS, help is on the way. (Photo: Amazon)
If your winter skin sending out an SOS, help is on the way. (Photo: Amazon)

With the double-whammy of dry indoor heat and harsh winter winds, rich moisturizer is critical right now. Molina’s pick? Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream.

“I love it because it’s not sticky,” says Molina.“Your skin absorbs it really well.” This Neutrogena hybrid (yes, it’s a gel and a cream) is powered by hyaluronic acid, famed for sealing in moisture. Another plus: no dicey parabens.

Shop it: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream, $7 (was $10), amazon.com

La Croix Sparkling Water

If you can't go on vacation, at least you can sip something that tastes like vacation. (Photo: Amazon)
If you can't go on vacation, at least you can sip something that tastes like vacation. (Photo: Amazon)

“I’m obsessed with the sparkling water,” Molina says, of La Croix—the undisputed king of its category. What’s not to love? It’s delicious, thirst-quenching, and has no calories or carbs. Says Molina, “You’re drinking soda, but you’re not drinking soda.” Molina’s favorite flavor? “Key Lime.” Want to mix it up? Snag a variety pack and have your beverage world rocked.

Shop it: La Croix Sparkling Water, $15 for a 10-pack, amazon.com

BIC Cristal Xtra Bold Retractable Ballpoint Pens

A classic, reimagined in extra-bold hues. (Photo: Amazon)
A classic, reimagined in extra-bold hues. (Photo: Amazon)

“I love writing and I love colors,” says Molina, who’s found a simple way to indulge those passions every day. She uses these BIC pens, in a variety of colors. Yes, the classics we had for school way back when, only now better, smoother (with “Easy-Glide” ink), and prettier. Says Molina: “I like to brainstorm and let loose all the thoughts I have inside.”

This 48-pack includes 8 different shades, in multiples. Who couldn’t use a bit more color during these gray days?

Shop it: BIC Cristal Xtra Bold Ballpoint Pens, $11, amazon.com

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