I’ve been wearing this bright red-orange non-stop for the past two weeks. Obsessively touching up the tips at home, applying a coat of this shiny top coat every other day to keep in fresh—oh, and it’s on my toes now, too. This pop of color is just making me so damn happy right now. And it goes with everything. No, scratch that, it flatters everything.
Today, I’m wearing army green, white and black. Amazing. (It’s not too orangey as to reference Halloween against black, a problem often seen with some of my other favorite orange hues.) The other day, I actually wore all white with some gray and my nails were like a happy little exclamation mark. Don’t even get me started on how good this color looks with denim and white.
I must tell you, this color isn’t new. But new isn’t always best, right?
I have a confession: I don’t wash my face in the morning. I never have. I’ve only ever used a toner in the a.m.. In middle school and high school, when I was oily and acne prone, my go to was Sea Breeze and sometimes, Witch Hazel. I know. Let the gasps ensue.
For better or worse, my morning ritual simply involves a doused cotton round. It’s fast and, for me, just feels right.
I recently discovered this amazing toner from Nars . It’s kind of antithesis to toners I’ve used in the past: it’s moisturizing and soothing while it also gently exfoliates and boosts cell turnover. I’m also using it at night. It’s one of those products that kind of just goes with everything. My skin is definitely softer and brighter.
Formulated without fragrance, parabens, alcohol or oil, this toner exfoliates with fruit acids, soothes with wild rose extracts and brightens with Nars’ exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, which may or may not be the reason this cool, minimalist bottle has taken up permanent residence in my beauty cabinet.
Wow. There are so many amazing gift sets this season, I decided to make two lists because I had such a tough time narrowing it down.
Here my luxury beauty picks. (Watch out for my under $50 list next.)
Violet Gray Bedside Table Set, $185
La Mer, Dior, By Terry—this lovely curated set of lip, hand and nail creams are the ultimate evening luxury.
Tom Ford 2 Piece Lip, 2 Piece Nail Box, $174
Timeless shades from one of my favorite luxury lines. The packaging, the products—it just doesn’t get any better than Tom Ford.
Kevyn Aucoin Travel Brush Set, $285
Five double-ended brushes from the makeup master. Easy to store and travel-friendly. I still have Aucoin brushes in my kit from ten years ago. A worthy investment.
illuminage Seeing Beauty Deluxe Set, $99
I love products that work overnight. This super-soft mask and pillowcase set is infused with copper ion technology that delivers the powerful mineral to help the skin renew itself and diminish wrinkle. It’s like beauty sleep insurance— and I hope my husband is reading this because I want this!
LightStim for Wrinkles $249
If I could invest in one high-tech tool, this LED powered, FDA-studied skin tightener would be it.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones, $110
The easiest, most beautiful way to subtly contour and highlight. I love love LOVE this compact and swear by the fool-proof brush.
simplehuman 5″ Sensor Makeup Mirror with Travel Case, $130
You’ll never have to worry about bad lighting again with this genius little-but-big-enough mirror that simulates natural light. It’s also cordless and adjustable. Perfect to take on the road or to keep in an office drawer.
DryBar Dirty Martini Kit, $149
This is a perfect wave-making iron, conveniently packaged with DryBar’s signature products that smell amazing. Perfect for any woman who wants but thinks she can’t give herself tousled tresses.
Giorgio Armani Luxe is More Oversized Palette, $140
Ten gorgeous eyeshadows, two blendable cream foundations to perfect and contour. This is one of the most gorgeous nude palettes I’ve seen. It really works on a range of skin tones. Snag it while you can.
Rodin Luxury Body Oil, $130
The most luxurious blend of essential oils, it’s no wonder this oil is a perennial celeb and beauty editor favorite.
I am not really a mask person. I don’t have the patience. And I’ve never really been a believer that mask-ing is a necessary boost to an otherwise thorough skincare routine. So it is not a small deal that I am pronouncing Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant a total game changer.
Last week I contacted my friends over at RescueSpa because I was out of my beloved P50 toner. I asked the ever-knowledgeable Kim what I should try that I haven’t already tried and this was her “it” product. Here’s what RescueSpa’s founder, Danuta Mieloch, has to say about this mask:
“If you do Masque Vivant at least twice a week you’ll never age. This unique mask contains live yeast extracts which are packed with amino acids and famously nourishing Vitamin B. There is no product like it to keep your skin purified, revitalized and bright. In my 20 years of experience with it, I have seen it drastically improve many peoples complexions.”
Pretty convincing, right?
As someone who doesn’t believe in skin-miracles, I will tell you this is as close as I have ever come to using a product and seeing immediate, transformative results. My skin was clear, redness calmed, pores tight, complexion glowing after my first application. I’ve been using it for a week and I’m amazed. I can’t wait to see the effects of this magical mask over time.
Warning: the formula smells extremely unpleasant. It’s must be the yeast. I can’t even really describe the scent without using expletives. But it’s worth it, I swear.
P.S. The one other mask I swear by before a night out.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an alarming new study today showing that Triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, a suspected endocrine-disrupting chemical, was found in the urine of women who had just polished their nails with polishes containing the common chemical.
OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen are among the list of brands containing TPHP. For the full list, click here.
Among the safe-set, this kids polish.
When I realized I had no less than ten small tubes of Aquaphor around the house, in every purse and in the glove compartment of my car, I resolved to go greener.
This lovely balm is an all-natural, oil-free alternative to petroleum jelly. Use it exactly the same way you would use it’s less natural counterpart: on dry skin, cuts, diaper rash, cuticles, eczema—on anyone, anywhere, really.
Made with food-grade edible ingredients and no harmful chemicals. It’s also not tested on animals. You can buy three for less than $15 on Amazon.