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My Beauty Uniform: Moriel Zelikowsky

Beauty Uniform: Moriel Zelikowsky

You can usually find Moriel Zelikowsky in a lab or on a mountain. A neuroscientist, she was just awarded the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship, and she also loves to rock climb in her free time. Here, she talks about what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field, the best beauty splurge in L.A. and her secret to gorgeous hair…

Beauty Uniform: Moriel Zelikowsky

Do you wear makeup every day at work?
Not really. I’m a chapstick kind of girl. My Australian friends got me hooked on Papaw. You can also use it on cracks on your heels or hands.

Beauty Uniform: Moriel Zelikowsky

What about when you’re going out?
I like getting dressed up to go to dinner. I am pretty feminine when going out. I like wearing hippie dresses, especially from Mara Hoffman. They’re so beautiful and you don’t even have to think about anything else. I’ll also put on a little makeup: Maybelline mascara, Stila eyeliner (they have a thin marker-like tip that makes application easy), a Tarte cheek stain, and my Papaw lip gloss.

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How did you get into science?
It was kind of an accident. I started out as a film major, but then I took a few metaphysics classes. I loved asking questions like, “What is the brain?” or, “How do we think?” But I really wanted more concrete answers than philosophy provides. Also, there’s mental illness in my family and was itching to do something that could help people. So, I ended up taking a few neuropsychiatry classes and decided to apply for Ph.D. programs. I’m very interested in psychiatric disorders and how the brain responds to stress, anxiety and fear.

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So, you didn’t always see yourself going in this direction?
Most of my family didn’t go to college! For a long time, they were like, “What are you doing?” But I think they’re pretty proud. Now I’m at Caltech for my post doc.

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What’s a regular day like for you?
Every day is different. Some days I go into the laboratory and spend my time pipetting and staining brain sections with antibodies. Other days I’m on the microscope. Some days I’m teaching and mentoring, and other days I’m writing grants or putting together papers for publication. I love the diversity! Science is always an adventure.

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What’s it like being a woman in neuroscience?
At every stage, there seem to be fewer and fewer women. In my undergrad neuroscience classes, there were tons of women; during my Ph.D., there were some other women. During my post doc, though, for the first three years in a lab of 20 people, I was the only woman. But recently, the industry has been trying to increase the representation of women and other minorities. So, it’s a great time to be here.

Are you treated differently from the men?
The main thing is that you feel like you’re pretty alone. Science has its hard moments for everyone, but, as a woman, you can’t cry, you definitely can’t look weak. Whenever I give a talk, I think that if I do badly it will not just affect me, but reflect negatively on the whole sex. I try to remind myself how much fun my job actually is and how lucky I am to have the opportunity to make a real difference in the world.

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What did the women in your family teach you about beauty? 
My mom is very natural, so we all are, too. She was always all about henna, coconut oil and even olive oil! She grew up in Morocco, where using olive oil is how you hydrate your dry desert skin. My grandma used it, and my mom still uses it all over her face and body. She uses the same olive oil she uses for cooking, and it always smells nice and grassy.

Were you always into the natural look?
In high school, I was a raver. I wore light blue eyeliner from MAC, three different colors of glitter and hot pink lipstick. It was a pretty bad look, but raving was a way for my friends and me to express our creativity through dancing, wild makeup and sparkles. Once I started college and taking academics seriously, I didn’t have time anymore. I’m more about skincare and self-care now.

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What is your skincare routine?
My most important thing is keeping my face hydrated and protected from the sun. I usually alternate between a Alba Botanica’s exfoliating cleanser and Kiehl’s clay cleanser, which is is great for minimizing pores. For moisturizing, I go with one of the amazing creams or oils from Aesop (my absolute favorite). I like their parsley seed line because it feels light and lets my skin breathe, but also makes it glow. It’s like juice for your face. I use La Roche-Posay sunblock every day, which protects against UVA and UVB rays. I also love masks!

Which masks do you use?
I like Tata Harper’s deep moisturizing and resurfacing masks. They make my skin look fresh and don’t have crazy chemicals. I also use a beautiful honey mud mask from May Lindstrom. May is a friend and she gave me it as a gift because she knows how much I LOVE honey. Literally, I eat a full jar of honey a week. On the face, it leaves everything soooo silky and it smells amazing. Finally, if my skin is acting up I use Murad’s sulfer mask and Paul Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold mask. After I had a bad breakout from stress, my friend told me to put the Murad mask on at night, followed by a moisturizing lotion, and then the next day the gold mask — and then I was cured. The first one completely dries out all the blemishes, and the second one builds a layer of clean sheen on your face. It’s the magic duo!

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What products do you use on your body?
I use Dr. Bronner’s soap. I change them up depending on the season — lavender in the spring, rose in the summer, and almond or eucalyptus in the fall and winter.

What do you do to care for your hair?
I usually use a simple tea tree oil shampoo and then I alternate conditioners so that my hair doesn’t adjust to a single one. Something may be moisturizing at first, but if I use it every night for two weeks, it loses that property. If you change it up, you don’t give your body enough time to rebalance and that’s good.   

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Is there any feature you weren’t always into that you’ve now made peace with?
When I was younger, I was self-conscious about being strong. I was always naturally pretty strong, but I danced ballet seriously, where elegance was prioritized. You have to use your strength to appear fluid and soft.  It wasn’t until I started rock climbing a few years ago that I felt really proud of it. My back and arms look pretty crazy with muscles now! Being toned is a reflection of what a badass climber you are. I’ve definitely learned that it makes me feel really good, both in sports and science. 

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Tell us more about rock climbing!
I go to an indoor rock-climbing gym three times a week, and three weekends a month I go outside with a group of girlfriends. My dog, Pica, comes climbing with us, too. Echo Cliffs in Santa Monica is great, and we also travel to Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite. Rock climbing is similar to ballet in the sense you use your body in a graceful way, but the atmosphere is so much better. Rock climbing has this great community and everybody is encouraging. Even when you’re first starting out and aren’t great, people are excited for you.

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What do you love about it?
You have to have brains and brawn. Some climbing routes are like puzzles. You need to spend time analyzing them and figuring out how to do them “clean” (without falling). There is also a sense of fearlessness, which makes me feel empowered. After I finish a hard route, all the little things I was sweating at my job or in my personal life don’t seem that hard after all.

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Have you ever freaked out?
When I’m climbing, even if I’m far from my last bolt, I keep a pretty clear head. It’s always about looking ahead, rather then freaking out about what’s behind — or below. Climbing, much like science, is about being mentally strong. I just try to be brave, even if I have to fake it. In the end, even the illusion of bravery really does translate to strength and you can usually push past a difficult moment.

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Do you have any other non-beauty rituals that help you feel great? 
Body scrubs and massages definitely help me feel amazing. I go to the Korean Health Spa with my friends. It’s amazing, they literally scrub you like you’re an animal. I feel like massaging your body is almost as good as a full exercise routine. I need them to feel sane!

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Thank you so much, Moriel!

P.S. More awesome women share their beauty uniforms, and five tips from a beauty editor.

(Photos courtesy of Moriel Zelikowsky. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. Laura C. says...

    She is really strong and inspiring. In fact, I’ve been looking for some indoor rock climbing activities lately!

    But I would like to see another type of woman here… the kind of woman that NEEDS inspiration; a stay at home mom, or a jobless woman, or someone who is struggling with life. Yes, I would like to see here a jobless woman.
    Just a suggestion.

  2. sonja says...

    What a surprise to find you on this blog. I count you as one of the most inspiring woman I have ever met, carving your own path in life!!! Beautiful inside and out! bises

  3. Ali says...

    ” I just try to be brave, even if I have to fake it. In the end, even the illusion of bravery really does translate to strength and you can usually push past a difficult moment.”
    She just so beautifully put into words what I keep trying to tell my sister to do!
    LOVED THIS! Thanks Jo :)

  4. Vi says...

    Moriel, you are amazing! Glad there’s someone like you in neuroscience carving the way for other strong, badass women to follow!

  5. Sommer Brown says...

    Joining in the long list of supportive comments here! This is awesome. I enjoy many of your posts and series and often am inspired by what I read. Reading this one, however, I felt like, yes! I can take some of her talent and ideas and athleticism and apply it in my own way to my life. My life is very different from hers, but somehow it was relatable. I felt like I wanted to get up and do something challenging! Thank you!

  6. Lyndsay says...

    I always love these posts, but this was by far my favorite! Such a beautiful badass.

  7. Katie says...

    I loved this!!!! She is amazing. Cup of Jo is my favorite.

  8. Haylee says...

    I feel like I should share the impact this made on me, as a way of saying thank you! I’m currently a student at Brigham Young University and for a few months have been toying with what direction I want to take in my studies. I’m currently a declared Human Development major but have become so interested in physiology and biology after taking a number of classes about it as pre-requisites for my post-grad plans. Today, I read this post and coincidentally had an inspiring discussion with one of my professors–so I finally bit the bullet and made the appointment with advisement to switch over to a BS in Physiology and Developmental Biology. In other words, thank you for being part of the last little boost I needed to go after what inspires me! xoxo

  9. amber says...

    best beauty post ever!

  10. This article made me smile and cry! She is so badass and fantastic!

  11. Alice says...

    Total inspiration.
    Is it too late to change my career at 39 and train to be her instead?
    She’s truly amazing.

  12. Li says...

    This is probably one of my favorite Beauty Moments. Moriel is so genuine, positive, and all around great energy to just even read from… she must be amazing in person. I admire her bravery, diversity, and positive outlook on life. I love that she keeps her beauty routine to a minimum and allows her passions and joy to glow beauty from the inside out. Such a beautiful woman – thank you for featuring her!

  13. MA says...

    Love this one! Moriel, you are inspiring. Way to portray beauty through strength. I am a scientist (eco toxicology), currently sitting in an office with 18 men and 4 women. I was the only woman for a long while, so I can empathize on being the only woman. From where I sit, we still need a big culture shift to close gender gaps in science. Kudos to you (and to all the other women scientists who commented!) for helping that shift happen. We’ll get there!

  14. V says...

    This was one of my absolute favorites. I’m a science girl, and I love it when intelligence meets beauty! I also love the positive depiction of a strong female body that can accomplish so much. The photos are phenomenal by the way. Kudos to Moriel for all of your work. You’re an inspiration to girls and women everywhere!

  15. Courtney says...

    Fellow science PhD + rock climber here. LOVED this one!

  16. Elham says...

    What a gorgeous badass!

  17. Sarah says...

    Wow she is totally badass!

  18. Rachel says...

    LOVE it! I am so inspired by her attitude toward her own strength. In my best moments that is how I view myself as well.
    One of my favorite Beauty Uniforms! Thank you for including someone more like me – a female mechanical engineer who plays hockey for fun :)

  19. Mel Flohr says...

    I cannot wait to share this post with my 11 year old scientist son. He already knows, it’s just intrinsic. You’re inspiring messages, which I’m thinking are just second nature for you, are going to have a big impact on my kids. Thank you for this awesome interview.

  20. This is my favorite beauty uniform to date! I’m a physician and it’s good to see women featured here who are in the sciences. It’s super exciting to read about successful, beautiful, smart women. Thanks so much!

  21. Julie says...

    This beauty uniform made me cry! Maybe I’m ovulating or something, but I loved the paragraph about what it’s like to feel like crying at work (in front of men) would change their perception of you. I had a female coworker (I’m 27, she’s about 50, I work at an advertising agency with 80% men) tell me the other day to NEVER let a man see me cry at work. She literally told me to go in the bathroom, cry hard into a sweatshirt or something (so they couldn’t hear me), and only come out once I looked calm again. Because they wouldn’t respect me much after that.

    Conversely, I had a female Uber driver around the age of 35 a few weeks back. She told me that at around 30, I’d stop feeling like crying at work and just get angry instead.

    Regardless………I think a lot of us go through that. Thanks so much. Also love, love, lovelovelovelovelovlove her STRENGTH! You go girl.

    • Court says...

      Hmmmm I am going to suggest that rather than women hiding their crying from men for fear that they will lose men’s respect, we need to work to change men’s opinions about crying. For decades women’s strategy for fitting in to male-dominated workplaces has been to “act tough” or “act more like men”. I don’t think this is the way to win equality. I have a friend who works in marketing at a famous tech firm. Her natural response to frustration is to cry, and it’s a fairly quick response, so rather than hide it, she’s had to have conversations with her male colleagues to teach them that it is not a sign of weakness, rather a personality characteristic like any other. She has not lost the respect of the men she works with because she is clearly brilliant and authoritative and open to talking about her crying response. While I agree that most people would prefer to be totally dispassionate in the professional world, I think feeling the need to hide one’s crying is a symptom of a particular Stoic or patriarchal social construction, in which showing emotions is considered a weakness. I rarely cry in public but I don’t see crying as weakness or a cause for the loss of respect. I see it as an indicator of incredible sensitivity, which is a total asset in many situations.

    • Dear Julie, in the ’80s and ’90s, I worked in a museum office that was mostly women, but we had a male boss who routinely made my colleagues cry. I read somewhere that women cry at work because they are ANGRY, but fear expressing their anger to their bosses. Tears are a cover for rage. I started talking to my coworkers about this after difficult encounters with our boss. And we realized it was true. We weren’t weak, sobby, pathetic women; we were righteously pissed! We encouraged each other to call him on his behavior, afterward, calmly. We backed each other up if he ever complained to one of us about a colleague. And we pretty much stopped crying at work, although he unfortunately never became less of a jerk.

  22. jamie says...

    Thank you so much for this post. Although the beauty uniform posts are one of my faves (second to the motherhood around the world series), the women usually featured seem to live in some glamorous alternate universe. I love this scientist and can relate.

  23. laura says...

    Awesome !!!!!

  24. Katie says...

    So impressed by her strength and balanced lifestyle! I’m also trying to get to a place where I’m physically and mentally strong – and at peace with my surroundings!

  25. What an awesome and inspiring woman! By far one of my favorite post here. 💖

  26. Jin says...

    Thank you for such an inspiring post! I am a woman in the legal field, which is also a male-dominated field. I felt very connected to this post — it was comforting to hear a fellow woman’s perspective in another male-dominated area.

  27. S says...

    Great feature, hooray for women in science! And also for ballet dancers turned climbers. I love how the technique carries over myself!

  28. Meredith says...

    The picture of her kissing her bicep made me want to high five her SO HARD.

    I second all of the comments about how refreshing it is to see a woman in the STEM field, but I also want to say how exciting it is to see a woman who embodies a life of strength, adventure, and drive. It is so wonderful to see women who are pushing themselves – while we are increasingly (thank goodness!) seeing women own family life, the workplace, etc, the outdoor adventure and physical strength remains two of the realms that feel lagging to me.

    This is awesome!

  29. Cheryl says...

    Please be careful climbing! Our world needs your fantastic brain and its contributions! 😉

  30. Sandra says...

    Wow, this is SO awesome! Moriel is so inspiring. She is pretty much the opposite of me so I couldn’t relate to her exactly (I work in a creative field and am fairly un-athletic and afraid of heights), but I loved getting a glimpse into her life. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  31. Joanna says...

    The best Beauty Uniform by far. Being “beautiful” is more about self-care than what brand your lipstick is—although there’s certainly room for both. Kudos to the CoJ team.

  32. isavoyage says...

    Sarah just wrote “Thanks, Cup of Jo – you are seriously nailing it at the moment”. Well, couldn’t say it any better. Bravo team!

  33. Abbi Diego says...

    Love this whole interview! What a woman! Get it, Moriel!

  34. ciara says...

    I absolutely loved this. My PhD is in law – and it’s wonderful to feel inspired by other women in academia! <3

  35. Marta says...

    So inspiring and impowering. Thank you!

  36. Little Miss says...

    Dear Joanna,
    I’ve ben following your journey for so many years and I’m excited for finally showing the real face of this world.
    As a woman and as an engineer im glad you are able to shine some light in our world.
    I may be up to my knees covered in waste (literally) but ill have my eyeliner,mascara and rouge JUST RIGHT.
    These are todays women.having it all and enjoying the ride.
    Because we are women.
    Because we can!
    Xxx

  37. Gabriella says...

    Thank you for including a woman in science. So different, and somehow refreshing, even though I enjoy seeing all the women in the creative field as well!

  38. Kate says...

    Moriel is AMAZING, what an inspiring woman. I love that she isn’t conventional, in almost every way, but brims with confidence in who she is. Inspiring for an exhausted, pregnant wife and working Mom like me.

  39. Maria Jesus says...

    This was in my opinion the best My Beauty Uniform piece. What a strong and beautiful woman. :)

  40. Gemma says...

    Yes! Love this. What a legend, and such a natural beauty.
    From a fellow woman working in science, go girl!

    This blog is so amazing and diverse. It’s virtually the only blog I regularly read and enjoy every post.

  41. Mimi says...

    Such a good post! This series normally isn’t my favorite, but this post was outstanding. Thanks for the great work!

  42. Erin says...

    I have been following your blog for years, and this is the first (well…second if you include my comment on the awesome Terrain giveaway :) time I have commented. This beauty uniform is awesome! All of the women you have featured thus far are beautiful, cool, and brilliant…but as a woman in science who also loves the outdoors and uses natural, low-maitnence products, I relate most to Moriel! Thank you!

  43. Kim says...

    This is my favorite so far in this series! As a physician researcher, I always enjoy hearing about other women in science. And it would be really great to see more women in diverse careers featured in upcoming posts, bringing a broader perspective on beauty.

  44. Kathleen says...

    I’m working towards an Immunology PhD and this post is AMAZING!!! I’m studying for finals right now, and seeing women like this who are true role models is so inspiring! I love meeting women scientists and hearing all about the awesome things they do! I’m so fortunate in that a woman heads my lab, so I work alongside six other women! The photo of Moriel LITERALLY ON THE SIDE OF A CLIFF brought tears to my eyes and simultaneously made me say SH*T really loudly!!!! Moriel is totally proving all the bigots wrong! You go lady!!!!

  45. Anita says...

    AAHHHH!! I loved this article. I’m also a scientist and a climber, so this was awesome to read. Moriel’s confidence and vibrancy are so inspiring! You go girl! :)

    By the way, where is she climbing in the 3rd to last photo? It looks gorgeous and I would like to go and climb there too!

  46. Val says...

    As a women engineer who loves to hike, I love this post. I am also a mom to a spunky daughter that I hope will take up science and will love the outdoors. That picture of Moriel climbing is the best. So strong!

  47. I love it! Thank you for including a woman in science. Several readers (myself included) made some suggestions earlier in the series to start asking women outside of the typical beauty/creative fields, and I’m so glad you are branching out.

    • me too:) nice to see non creative fields! can us lawyers be featured too!?

  48. Rachel says...

    Can we start proposing beauty uniform subjects? I know a few women, with interesting careers, who rock their styles in the most unique and fascinating ways–and no matter the intellectual or professional challenges facing each of them, they always seem to glow! I want to nominate them!

  49. Caitlin says...

    Such a warrior and such an inspiration! As a medical student, it makes my heart glad to see all these wonderful comments from women in STEM. I’d love to see a Beauty Uniform featuring your sister, Joanna!

    • Seconded! I’d love to read Lucy’s beauty uniform if she’s ever willing to share!

  50. Elizabeth says...

    I’m a hiking scientist and I love this profile!

    • Meredith says...

      Oh my gosh, what is a hiking scientist!? That sounds like an incredible job! Way to carve out an incredible place for yourself!

    • Elizabeth says...

      Ha, I wish! I meant that I’m a scientist (virologist) and I like to hike in my spare time :-) But believe me, if I could find a way to combine the two …

    • Jennifer says...

      Field ecologist is the answer to your question! No 100% of the time out hiking, but certainly a good portion.

  51. Nicole says...

    This is my favorite beauty uniform to date, I love seeing a woman celebrate her strength! I have gotten to a fitness level, at almost age 40, that I never thought I could achieve or realized I wanted to achieve. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to discover the mental and physical benefits of being fit and strong and challenging myself physically.

  52. Maire says...

    Thank you for featuring a scientist!! I really enjoyed this post.

  53. Eva says...

    Um, I loved this and I hope you’ll feature more awesome women and the things they do … and a little less what makeup and hair products they use. I so prefer touting women’s beauty in nonconforming ways—their minds and actions, not their skincare routines (or maybe just keep that to a single section? I keep skimming past the paragraphs about product, hehe). More in this vein, please! Love it.

    • I love the beauty uniforms but I agree, it would be nice to have a series with just the interviews with women. Maybe the series could be called “Interview with a Friend” or “10 Questions With…” You could even talk with a reader every once in a while over phone or email!

    • jd says...

      I think the beauty routines do add something to the interview, but see your point. I enjoy learning about the different aspects that all these interesting and different ladies do to make themselves feel great, respecting how maximalist/minimalist/non-traditional individual approaches are. I think Cup of Jo does a nice job giving equal value to skincare products and hobbies like rock climbing, recognizing cosmetics aren’t the only part of a beauty uniform. And its like getting recommendations from a friend — my personal beauty/self-care uniform has benefited from these interviews. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you so much for the feedback! We love mixing in products and overall beauty/self-care philosophies, since it is such a daily part of life and feels communal/intimate to talk about among women, but I’m so glad you guys like hearing about the other parts of life that make us feel beautiful (lifestyle, sports, jobs, relationships, family, background, etc). We’ve worked really hard to figure out a good balance and want to view beauty through a wider lens (versus just lipstick and shampoo), so I’m really happy to hear this!

    • Roo says...

      I really like the mix. If I wanted to read pure interviews, I could do that anywhere. I don’t think of the beauty part as a ‘lesser’ element but a part rich mix of how we live our lives. A love of products doesn’t take away from being a kick arse professional.

    • Alice says...

      I love the mix too – it’s sharing and celebrating the beauty within, the beauty on the outside (both natural and applied), and the beauty in the brains, biceps, talk, and walk (or climb!). It’s the whole package. That’s why COJ blows any other ‘product sharing’ features out of the water.

  54. Sarah says...

    This Beauty Uniform rules. A strong, smart, west-coast lady who is obviously great at being HERSELF. Really refreshing. Also, as a woman without children, it’s lovely to see a strong woman living her best life, sans children. Thanks for this one, COJ team! xx

    • Liz says...

      +1 :)

  55. mary says...

    Thank you for featuring inspiring women! As a woman chemistry teacher, it can be difficult to find a role model for my female students. Moriel is a perfect fit, not only for my students but for me as well! What an inspiration.
    Thanks Cup of Jo for providing both brains and beauty.

  56. Bec says...

    Love this. And as an Australian who has little red tubes of Pawpaw all over the place (in my handbag, car, on the nightstand…) I enjoyed the Lucas reference!

  57. Shannon says...

    Thank you so much for featuring a scientist in the beauty uniform series!!

    Love,
    A Fellow Scientist

  58. Teo says...

    Would love more of this! I agree with many of the other commenters that women in science don’t get enough attention. Would be great to showcase the specific work that Moriel and other women are producing in an accessible format.

  59. K says...

    This is my favorite post in this series, by far! What a cool, interesting woman! Thanks for featuring her.

    • Haylee says...

      Mine, too…I hope there are many more like this…she’s inspiring!

  60. Aeli says...

    THANK YOU!! I was hoping a woman in STEM would be featured soon! What an awesome lady!

  61. Angela says...

    This was really a great one, spot on.

  62. Molly says...

    Best beauty uniform so far. Inspiring and intelligent woman. More like this!

  63. Amelia says...

    Could this human possibly be any cooler??

  64. Emily says...

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this beauty uniform. I relate so much to her! Her strength and intelligence are beautiful. <3

  65. Di says...

    As a PhD student, thank you for featuring a woman in academia! Even though I’m studying in humanities, I related to so much of what she said.

  66. Amanda says...

    Thank you so much for posting a beauty routine featuring someone outside of the design and creative fields! I’m a young dentist and amongst my circle of young female physicians and dentists we often talk about how we wish there were more blogs featuring women in the STEM or health fields. Leave it to Cup of Jo to deliver what we’ve been asking for :)

  67. christi says...

    I’m not a scientist, but I AM a rock climber, and I cannot tell you how excited I was to see a lady climber’s beauty uniform featured today and how moving it is to see the lady scientist’s comments and excitement. Representation in media matters. Yay, Jo!

  68. Milou says...

    She is amazing and inspiring and beautiful. Makes me (shit!) want to get another degree :-)

  69. I always love this series and this was a great change up from some of the others. It was refreshing to hear about Moriel’s beauty secrets that revolved much more around self care as opposed to the “it” beauty product.

  70. Lee says...

    I don’t know why, but this Beauty Uniform almost made me cry! Thank you for featuring such an accomplished, active, driven, and beautiful woman!

  71. jj says...

    My favorite beauty routine this far! Finally a woman who is athletic and doesn’t spend a ton of time and money on products. Thank you!

  72. spark says...

    Another wonderful post. Well done Cup of Jo. The writing and range of topics are fantastic. I really enjoy popping in here each morning (I am in Australia so that is when I see your daily posts).

  73. Lizzie says...

    Love her! Moriel is quite the inspiration. I’d also like to say (in general)- hey, instead of just celebrating women who are accomplished in STEM and sports, shouldn’t we also encourage more dudes to commit to social service and humanities? Why do the ladies always have to be more like men to for progress to occur?

    • Mind blowing comment!

  74. Amanda says...

    Yes! Moriel is the bomb, an inspiration in so many ways. I agree with what many have already said, this is by far my favorite Beauty Uniform. Thank you for finding and showcasing Moriel.

  75. Emily says...

    This made my day! Fellow neuroscientist here, and fellow west coast outdoor lover/laid back chapstick gal/only one in my family pursuing this STEM path. So refreshing to see another women in STEM, and especially a post-doc! Congrats on the fellowship :)

  76. Jessica says...

    This girl is so badass and empowering. Best feature yet in the beauty series. YES!!!

  77. Dang you nailed this one! I’m raising two girls and she is an amazing role model – may we raise fearless and boundary-breaking women!

  78. Katie says...

    Thank you so much for featuring a women really into sports! I love love love these beauty uniforms & so appreciate seeing how wide a variety of sources makes each person feel their best. Growing up sports were my everything and it was hard(er) then than I think it is now to be seen as both athletic and beautiful; girls could only be one or the other. I love that that is no longer the case (it never was the case)! Posts like these are re-writing the beauty playbook. Woot! Woot!

  79. Kate says...

    I loved this! It is inspiring to see a woman scientist featured, and I especially like that she is portrayed as being so multidimensional. There are so many stereotypes about scientists that she is completely shattering.
    I’m a professor of microbiology and I hear from students that they don’t think science is for them, since they believe scientists don’t have hobbies or free time. There is a perception that scientists have to be completely consumed in their work (and also that scientists are men…). It is wonderful to see Moriel’s hobbies and interests and that she says they give her strength that helps in her work.
    It is tough to find relatable role models for women and minorities in science (for me too, as a younger prof). I found this very inspiring and I love how this series has featured diverse women!

  80. Cara says...

    Thank you so much for featuring a scientist and an outdoor gal! I love your beauty uniform profiles, but it’s so refreshing to see someone who isn’t in the design or fashion field. She seems like an inspirational woman.

  81. I seriously have a girl crush on Moriel. She is so so cool and is motivating me to keep up my bouldering habit. I can completely relate to the amazing feeling you get from pushing through the momentary freak outs when climbing to get to the top and feeling so ridiculously proud of yourself afterwards. Love that my first question after reading was “I wonder where she gets her climbing shoes?” since I’m on the hunt for a pair, haha!

  82. Fiona says...

    I always enjoy the beauty uniform feature because I feel that you very much represent the women featured as more than just a beauty. I was even more thrilled to see this one because… I too am a woman in STEM. So excited to see so many of us on this thread.

    This is a beauty uniform I feel is really true to me too- im also a neuroscientist (who has her viva in 1 week exactly!), who rock climbs in her spare time, and who has always been more ChapStick, SPF, and lemon soap than meticulous routines.

  83. Jamie says...

    What a great post. Readers asked, you listened :) Same as in the gift guides, I noticed you included a Wife gift in the best friend category… it actually brought tears to my eyes for some reason (and I am straight!)

  84. Karin says...

    Thank you for featuring a woman in science! So many websites for women/mothers only feature women in fashion and design even when they claim to be for “mothers” (who have many interests!) I don’t like the implied implication that because you have a career is science that you are automatically frumpy and women in science are not worth a feature. Thank you thank you for recognizing us STEM women too!

  85. Anne says...

    Another first time commenter, PhD in biomedical engineering here. :) I even rock climb too! So excited to see a scientist featured. Thanks to COJ and thanks to Moriel for your hard work studying the brain!

  86. Amy says...

    Damn, girl! Brains, brawn, and beauty all in one! I don’t pay much attention to beauty stuff these days (three little kids means I have let some areas of my life go for a while; “I can do anything but I can’t do everything” being my motto to keep myself sane and choose my priorities!) but she’s inspired me to keep pushing to exercise a little more.

  87. Sammi says...

    Thank you for this post! I work in a STEM field where women are not very visible and it so encouraging to see a feature like this which celebrates Moriel as both a woman and a scientist.

  88. Paula says...

    I loved that you featured a scientist! Im a PhD too (Biochemistry) and I agree with her about the difficulties of being a woman in science. I was surprised, however, about the fact that during her postdoc she already finds herself in a world of men. I am also a postdoc and I would say here at Columbia University the postdoc community is quite gender balanced… And where Im coming from (Barcelona) the majority of PhD students and postdocs are women! Things are different if you look who will get tenure after a postdoc, though…. Definitely a very difficult career for a woman who does not want to give up babies! Anyway! I love the Beauty Uniform series and I loved this one!

  89. Jessica says...

    LOVED this! I’m a mathematician and it’s unbelievably refreshing to find a fellow scientist featured in such a popular place. I agree with JD above that it means a lot to see this kind of representation – it’s all too rare. Plus, most blogs show off expensive, pretty lifestyles that don’t really overlap with mine, but Moriel is someone I can relate to and find inspiring in a real-life way. I love that the focus is on her rich and multifaceted life, and the beauty part is almost incidental. Great work!!

    • Christine says...

      Yay, woman mathematicians!!! (another one here)

    • Diana says...

      Woohoo mathematicians! Female postdoc in math here. I’m also really loving this profile; I agree that it feels so relatable and inspiring at the same time.

    • I’m living the post-grad mathematics life as well!

  90. Christine says...

    Love this, I’m an graduate student in physiology and I love seeing a fellow STEMinista being highlighted in this way. <3

  91. I love your beauty routine profiles and how diverse they are! ❤️ I really loved reading about Moriel and her skin care routine. It’s awesome that she takes the time to self-care and is also a badass rock climber and scientist.

  92. I have been reading your blog for years and the Beauty Uniform Posts have been so interesting to read. This piece really stood out to me in terms of its unique point of view and diversity. I love it. Way to go Cup of Jo Staff as well as Moriel for showing us what Womanhood really looks like. Thanks for the inspiration always.

  93. Joanna Goddard says...

    oh my gosh, i’m so inspired by these awesome comments!!!! so many amazing scientists here!!!!! :) :) :)

  94. BLESS YOUR HEARTS! Primatology PhD here. Been reading Cup of Jo for years and love how you represent women in all corners of life — including now, science! Please keep it up – representing scientists is so important in this “post-fact” society. How about an interview with a female climate change scientist next…??

    • Yes please to Brittany’s comment! How about a whole panel of female climate change scientists (and their beauty routines just to make them relatable)

  95. I LOVE how different this post was from some of the previous Beauty Uniform Posts. I have been reading your blog for years and these posts are some of my fave reads- from products to self care processes- and I have to applaud you. Way to go! Thank you for keeping your blog diverse and showing us all that self care is just as unique as we are.

  96. Claire says...

    Thank you so much for posting an article about the beauty routine of a woman in science! I love that cup of Jo is about being beautiful, intelligent and (not or) strong.

  97. Jill says...

    I love this! Really appreciate you featuring a woman who isn’t a self-employed creative. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just nice to see a bit of diversity :)

  98. Samantha says...

    Awesome. Next stop – a Scientist mom?? I’m a physician currently writing my PhD thesis in my “spare” time, with a 4 year-old (I started reading your blog when I was on maternity leave with her!) going “so why haven’t you finished YOUR homework, mommy?”

    • Angela says...

      That makes me laugh! Kids are such a trip…and apparently great for accountability! 😉

    • OMG! Yes. I am a scientist-mom and I’ve got to be honest, the world is not easy for us. Not only is it a male dominated field but most of the few women there are don’t have children and it makes the balance between Mommy and employee really, really difficult at times… :(

    • Yes! I, too, would love to see a post along these lines (professor, marathoner, mother of six here!). All too often I feel like my “beauty uniform” is running clothes with a side of spit-up on my shoulder; would love to see how other women are handling the work/family balance!!

  99. Gigi says...

    As a woman in STEM who is finishing up a PhD, I can identify with Moriel! I love how she embraces her science side and her feminine side together, even though women are sometimes judged for trying to do both in a scientific research setting. Also, I love the outdoors and a natural approach to skin care, so Moriel’s recommendations won me over there as well. Thanks for featuring her!!

  100. Stephanie says...

    I never post but I was ecstatic to see you all feature a woman in science! I am in medical school and have worked in a lab for over 6 years and I just loved reading about another woman’s experience in STEM. I got teary eyed reading about Moriel because it made me so proud to see another woman representing. I completely understand what she means when she talks about having to hold it perfectly together because of the pressure of how it might negatively affect the perception of other women in STEM. So not fair but completely true!

  101. This is such an inspiring beauty uniform! I hope this feature continues to veer in this direction. Love love love.

  102. Rachel says...

    No other words than… SHE IS SO COOL.

  103. Brooke says...

    Thank you for featuring a woman in a non-creative field. It’s nice to see more career diversity being featured here.

    What a great interview. Moriel seems like an inspiring woman!

    • Jessica says...

      I second that!! As an MD, I love seeing the creative types but seeing a scientist and more career diversity is exciting. Also, the curly hair thing…

    • Diana says...

      I third this comment! Though I’m always a little sad that the artsy types get the monopoly on the word “creative”. I’m a theoretical mathematician, and I find my job to be pretty exhaustingly creative: I spend hours every day drawing pictures, trying to find ways to understand new and challenging concepts, coming up with new concepts and words to explain interesting phenomena to other people – basically, it feels like I’m trying to create whole new worlds and pathways inside my head! Theoretical mathematics is really exploratory and I honestly feel that the job that’s closest to mine is probably something like being a composer – trying to make something beautiful and true within a set of constraints. I know that applying the word “creative” only to artistic fields is totally standard, but I’m on a one-woman crusade to loudly advertise the creativity and beauty of mathematics and science to the world ;)

    • Jennifer says...

      Love this too! As a PhD scientist working in management consulting now, I love to see the diversity of careers but also sometimes would like to see something more similar to my career (the creative stuff is awesome but so so far from my reality that I just don’t relate the same way).

  104. Sarah says...

    As I finish up my PhD in the sciences, and as a “chapstick kind of girl” myself, I love this! Congrats on all that you are doing, Moriel!

  105. sharon t says...

    i graduated last june with a b.s. in neuroscience and grew up 6 miles from caltech. i really wish more women like moriel were present in during my high school and undergrad education to be my mentor. i’m back home now with plans to apply for med school next june. so, i’m elated to see a beauty uniform highlighting moriel. thanks cup of jo for giving all women a voice.

    ps. your research is so cool moriel! i was an undergrad assistant in a health-psych lab studying alternative treatments for depression.

  106. Marlene says...

    I love this!! As a rock-climbing scientist, thank you for featuring someone like me! It’s really fun to see someone whose lifestyle I relate to – and it’s great to see that you’ve been listening to what your readers are looking for as I’ve seen a lot of comments asking for this kind of diversity :-)

  107. mado says...

    Oh my god this is amazing. Thank you for featuring her! That picture where she’s kissing her bicep is my new life goal.

  108. i like this series very much, and this one is my favorite of them all.

  109. I absolutely love that you do beauty uniforms of women that aren’t that into makeup. I’m a Chapstick kind of girl too! And yet, my favorite COJ posts are the beauty uniforms. They’re a fascinating peek into someone’s most personal routines. And this one, like every one before it, is my new favorite.

  110. This is fantastic! Such a wonderful lady and insightful Q&A. Those rock climbing photos are also amazing.

  111. Megan says...

    I love the wide range of women you’ve been featuring in “my beauty uniform
    “. Moriel reminds me of some of my friends. So inspiring :)

  112. Katie says...

    Finally, someone like me here! I’m not a creative, and I really appreciate how you listened to recommendations from readers to include women in the sciences or other non-creative disciplines. It’s also fun to see a fellow outdoorsy person here! Thanks, Joanna :)

  113. Nadja says...

    First time commenting here..felt so compelled because this woman, is so natural, so fierce so badass!! Less interested in what she puts on her body because her lifestyle and outlook trump the consumption aspect. Dope sister. X

  114. Jennifer says...

    Yes! I love this one! It feels like she’s just doing her thing, pursuing her interests, which sometimes seems easy on paper, but actually takes a lot of courage. Lol, I love how casual she is about taking a few classes and then applying for a PhD program!

  115. Grace says...

    Love that you featured a scientist! Would love to hear about what Moriel likes to wear at work. We are not allowed to have open-toed shoes or even ballet flats. If I even have a centimeter of ankle showing, I hear about it, which makes sense from a lab safety perspective but makes it a bit hard to feel fashionable, especially in the summer when I don’t want to wear Chelsea boots every day.

    • Marlene says...

      I relate to this!! It is so hard to be fashionable in the lab in the summer.

    • Claire says...

      I absolutely agree. I work in a hospital and it can be tough to translate some of the amazing fashion inspiration on this blog to what I can use personally. I would love to so what clothes women wear that are fashionable, professional (ish) and won’t break your heart if they get dirty or stained (machine washable!!).

    • Jessica says...

      Yes! I’m an MD and agree; Science/Medicine are a little less forgiving when it comes to creativity in dressing and it would be fun to see how someone successfully expresses themselves as an individual in fields that do not value fashion or creativity.

  116. Lisa says...

    THAT was refreshing! I love this whole series, but this is a special one. Thanks for sharing the whole person- strength, beauty, and brains.

  117. Ny says...

    What. A. Badass! She’s awesome

  118. Christine says...

    As a female STEM PhD (in Computational Mathematics) who is currently finishing up a postdoc in California (at LLNL), and who goes to the climbing gym 2-3 times a week and outdoor climbing at least once a month, this really resonated with me. Basically, I want to call her up, be her friend, and go on outdoor adventures with her.

  119. Ah lovely to read a different kind of beauty uniform. Truly inspiring :)

  120. Hannah says...

    As a woman in science, this is so encouraging!

  121. Heather says...

    WOW those rock climbing photos are seriously awesome. I am inspired.

    Thanks for this post, and again showing that, while a whole lot of make up can be fun, it’s not needed for a great beauty post

    • heather says...

      YES. The rock-climbing photos are jaw-dropping. She looks so strong. What an inspiration.

  122. jd says...

    DAMN, goosebumps. I work in science/pretty male-centric area (agronomy), so I saw this and thought THAT’S ME. One doesn’t often find female scientists presented in venues like this. I didn’t know what it meant to me to see this representation until just now. Moriel, you’re a badass! Nice job, Cup of Jo!

  123. Lisa says...

    How bad as is she?! As a rock climbing physician, I loved, loved, loved this one!

  124. Di says...

    inspiring! Beauty, strength and brains.

  125. Fatima says...

    She’s bad ass! so much awesomeness

  126. Anne says...

    I love this so much – fellow scientist here, and Moriel is someone I can totally relate to. She looks like the women I work with :). Thanks for the great post!

  127. Kathleen says...

    Fantastic. I can relate to this Beauty Uniform the most, being a bit of a minimalist myself in the beauty department. I also love all the shots of Moriel outside climbing and in the elements. We just took our boys to Joshua Tree for the first time a few weeks ago and did a little bit of climbing – we’re excited to head back later this winter. Thanks for including a scientist in this series too. That means a lot.

  128. Chloe says...

    Between the active lifestyle and career in science, I could totally relate to this post and it was by far my favorite. I bookmarked all of the simple beauty tips because I feel like we would be friends in real life :)

  129. Claire says...

    Errmmm she’s pretty cool…

  130. Jackie says...

    Yes! A beauty uniform I can relate to! :) Thank you!

  131. Inbal says...

    Best beauty uniform ever. Thank you!

  132. I use May Lindstrom’s honey mud mask as a cleanser everyday. It is the BEST thing for my skin- love it.

  133. Katherine says...

    So happy to see a woman of science represented. Keep up the good work!

  134. Brianna says...

    Great beauty uniform. I love how multi-faceted she is.

    Also, I’ve quit reading blogs because most of them are so vapid and “look at me,” except for Cup of Jo. It’s so smart, interesting, and thought provoking on a daily basis. Thank you for that.

    • Same, Brianna! I stopped reading many of my “favourite” blogs long ago because I just couldn’t relate to them anymore, in any way. Keep up the good work, Joanna, I read Cup of Jo daily!

    • Heather says...

      Agreed!!

    • Devin says...

      Really dig how you put this. I 100% agree!

    • Word. My daily reads have dwindled over the years as I can’t identify with the heavy consumption just to keep up appearances mentality. Here on COJ, I feel like women are appreciated for being well-rounded, thoughtful, loving people, however it is that they embody that, be it writing, making art, or studying the brain(!). Of course, I love when Joanna and friends recommend something, because I know it’s because they seriously love it and want to tell their BFF, not just because they’re keeping up with the Jonses. This is one of the best COJ posts I’ve read in a while because it’s so honest, reflects what readers were asking to see (and shows that COJ listens and cares), and represents a seriously awesome woman. Thanks Megan, Joanna and Moriel!

  135. Lesley says...

    Awesome. The Beauty Uniform series is so inspiring and down to earth. I love that the beauty routines described are always part of each woman’s identity and her rich, complicated life.

    • jd says...

      spot on comment

  136. Emily says...

    Dang, she’s cool.

  137. Kim says...

    well she’s pretty kick ass, isn’t she?!

    • Lauren says...

      that’s what i thought!

  138. Tricia says...

    she sounds amazing! i LOVE that first shot of her climbing the side of the mountain. and i like hearing from a woman that doesn’t wear much make up. great one!

  139. Sasha says...

    I am a scientist and a teacher. It is so inspiring to see another scientist on a lifestyle blog!!!

  140. Sara says...

    Love the directions this feature is taking – what a fantastic example of womanhood – thank you!

  141. she seems like such a badass! i love the vibe of all her photos- and i’d love to hear more about her research, the brain is so fascinating.

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  142. Miriam says...

    What a strong, intelligent woman!! She’s such an inspiration. And now I’m dying to try rock climbing.

  143. Jade says...

    Is to be *

  144. Jade says...

    I decided last week my New Years resolution is be kind and strong – Moriel is perfect inspiration. As an Aussie I love Lucas Paw Paw too.

    • Annie says...

      I love kind and strong as a focus for the New Year. I think I’ll do the same. Thanks, Jade!

  145. Sadie says...

    So inspiring!

  146. Sarah says...

    What a woman!! Wow. I just love this series – just looking back at some of the previous ones you’ve done and Moriel’s makes me proud to be a woman – we are so different, smart, strong and beautiful.

    Thanks, Cup of Jo – you are seriously nailing it at the moment.