Rachel Brosnahan shares her quarantine discoveries, from self-care sleep masks to spicy hot sauce

Mike Natale
·4-min read

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"We got the rabbi!" Midge Maisel triumphantly exclaimed in the first episode of the acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Turns out the Emmy-winning actress who plays Midge isn't too shabby when it comes to scoring some remarkable finds of her own.

Rachel Brosnahan, who first showed up on our collective radar with an Emmy-nominated turn on Netflix's House of Cards before earning the role of a lifetime as the lead in Amy Sherman-Palladino's 60s-set comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is currently filming the fourth season of the hit Amazon series under strict safety protocols. She spoke with Yahoo Life about the must-haves she's found during her socially distanced downtime.

Joanna Vargas Euphoria Face Mask

Kick back with some soothing skincare. (Photo: Dermstore)
Kick back with some soothing skincare. (Photo: Dermstore)

The Joanna Vargas Euphoria Face Mask is designed to rehydrate and rejuvenate dry skin. Packed with key ingredients like Panthenol B5 and chamomile extract, it delivers a calming effect while leaving your skin feeling refreshed.

"I feel like it's the perfect thing to do at the end of the night," Brosnahan suggests. "It's such a nice form of self care. Listen to a podcast, light some candles, put a face mask on."

Shop it: Joanna Vargas Face Mask (5 count), $75, dermstore.com

Heart Sunglasses Silk Eye Mask

There's no reason why you shouldn't be stylish even in slumber. (Photo: Hill House Home)
There's no reason why you shouldn't be stylish even in slumber. (Photo: Hill House Home)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel employs an Emmy-winning costuming team to get the period clothing just right, but never let it be said that Brosnahan doesn't have some of that 60s-chic style in her own home.

Right out of '60s cinema, this adorable sleep mask from Hill House Home blends Holly Golightly's classic sleep mask with Sue Lyon's infamous heart-shaped sunglasses to create a fun, sexy accessory to help block out unwanted sunlight on those rare sleep-in days.

Shop it: Heart Sunglasses Silk Eye Mask, $50, hillhousehome.com

Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Don't let the sun catch you crying from sunburn. (Photo: Amazon)
Don't let the sun catch you crying from sunburn. (Photo: Amazon)

"I've been trying to get outside as much as possible, you know, especially during this time," Brosnahan says, while employing some of her trademark humor to express her SPF needs. "I need daily sunscreen. I have super sensitive, very...ghostly pale skin, so...SPF, girl's best friend."

Of course, Skincare is not one-size-fits-all and it’s important to find products that work for your skin and skin type, but if you too are looking for an SPF BFF, she recommends the Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen, available in either 30 or 50 SPF. Fragrance-free and easily blended to avoid white streaks or splotches, the Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen offers powerful protection while locking in moisture to keep your skin hydrated. Plus, Cetaphil’s portfolio of products are specifically designed for sensitive skin and help defend against five signs of skin sensitivity including dryness, redness, irritation, roughness and a weakened skin barrier. In other words: Your skin will drink this right up.

Shop it: Cetaphil Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, $10 (was $13), amazon.com

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Shake it, shake, shake it like a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 picture (Photo: Amazon)
Shake it, shake, shake it like a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 picture (Photo: Amazon)

Faced with a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, Brosnahan turned to an old friend, her Fujifilm Instax instant camera. "It was a really fun way to document this really strange time." Since then, she notes, "I'm obsessed with it now. I feel like I don't go anywhere without one."

If you too are looking to capture history as it happens, or just snap some fun snapshots of the pets, you can't go wrong with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9. This compact camera can deliver instant images of momentous moments with just two AA batteries, a sheet of film and your own inner Ansel Adams.

Shop it: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera, $88, amazon.com

Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha

Spice up your life (Photo: Food52)
Spice up your life (Photo: Food52)

Has any condiment conquered the public consciousness in our lifetime quite like sriracha? If you're looking to spice things up, Brosnahan's favorite flavor of this hip hot sauce is handmade in Brooklyn, NY, by Bushwick Kitchen.

"It's the best sriracha I've ever had," says Brosnahan, who made this condiment-with-a-kick a staple of mealtime. "I'm using it on absolutely everything, from eggs to sandwiches, burritos, tacos." For those tenderfoots worried for the safety of their taste buds, she offers an assurance: "It's not crazy spicy."

Shop it: Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha, $16, food52.com

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