I’ve switched up my beauty routine a lot since I last posted a full rundown – here’s what I’m using going into summer.
Aesop’s products smell impossibly fresh like rinds and mountain fauna. This balm is more velvety than greasy and I find myself using it as a rich body lotion as well when I’m traveling and needing to make everything around me multi-purpose.
I discovered this food-grade, completely organic line while wandering around in Salon Benjamin on Melrose. I use a tiny amount sometimes in the morning and get more generous with it at nighttime. I love the mix of oils going on here and sea buckthorn is an all around wonder ingredient.
I’m obsessed as ever with exfoliation in all forms and this product is in it’s own class. It combines chemical and topical exfoliation for a very polished result.
Masks are necessary in life but sometimes can feel drying to me. I’ve been a fan of Koh Gen Do’s foundation forever but recently started to branch out into their other offerings. This one is refreshing and luxurious and yup, not drying.
I love having a super rich nourishing moisturizer to use at night – this was a wild card purchase at a Parisian pharmacy in January and the scantily researched decision paid off. Plus, heavy glass jar presentation. Very important.
Sunscreen isn’t even a question. There’s no excuse to not be swimming in the stuff. This gets points for calling itself a “sun lotion” which sounds so effortless and non-scary. The consistency is thin enough to make it easy to apply evenly and it has a fresh herbal smell that makes it so much more appealing to reach for in the mornings.
Caudalie is a favorite of mine and I use their Beauty Elixir so often in the summer. This serum applies like a dream and is the first thing I put on my skin after cleansing. The molecule size in serums is smaller than in moisturizers so the ingredients can be absorbed deeper. Cool huh. Both still matter in different ways though.
Probably the most life changing product I’m listing here and another Salon Benjamin discovery. I’ve seen these types of products before in Japan that start peeling skin upon application. You have to try it to understand/believe. Your skin will be impossibly smooth.
And now onto my beauty routine. Which does apparently exist beyond eyeliner and highlighter.
The tiniest bit of this adds a summery but not fake glow. TINIEST. This bottle will likely last me a century.
I’ve been using this oil for years – it smells so good and is actually worth the price because it, also, lasts forever. My go-to for post shower ends application.
This pencil is another multipurpose situation. I use it as a cream blush, undereye color, and mixed with balm for a hint of lip color. I actually love this product and use Biscayne Park regularly as well.
This liner is pretty unbeatable. Idiotproof felt-tip application, inky black color, and no weird raised feeling. This is like, IT.
A subtle pinkish nude color that you can apply sans mirror.
I could do a whole post on perfectly boring nude nail polish. Maybe I should. This is one of my favorites at the moment and more available than my other medium tone go-to Miss Frou Frou in Flesh. Which seems like it’s only available at their salon in Paddington, Sydney. Must use that one bottle wisely.
Final but important step in getting ready is always a swipe of this gel. Makes more of a difference than you’d think.
Such a good deal and everything I want from a brow pencil. I’ve been using this forEVER.
Another longtime staple, this balm feels rich and moisturizing versus waxy. Most of the time this is all I have on my lips.
So many makeup artists swear by it because of the dewy, not too heavy coverage this gives. I took a break from it for a while but now I’m back.
I’m never seriously committed to the idea of a primer but I’m experimenting with this at the moment. It definitely has a pretty sheen to it.
I’ve had hairstylists use this on me so many times that I finally became curious enough to get my own bottle. I love that the alcohol-free formula provides beachy texture without making things too…crunchy.
Another A+ product from the Swedish line – use on freshly washed hair for volume or as a dry shampoo if you’re second day-ing it.
Bumble and bumble sent me their new thickening products to try during fashion week here in Paris – I’m faithful (lazy?) for the most part when it comes to trying new hair products but Bumble always manages to prove that entire system wrong. These four little guys have been making the process of fluffing my non-wavy non-straight hair up into something so seemingly effortless that I can focus almost exclusively on fake fashion week problems. The process I’ve been using is soaking the conditioner into the ends, blow drying it halfway dry and putting it into two infantile buns for an awkward 15 minutes (NO I WASN’T GOING TO WEAR IT LIKE THIS TO COFFEE BUT NOW I JUST MIGHT), smushing the creme into ends to separate them a bit, and then using the dryspun finish lightly throughout for instant mane-ness. Thank you for my new routine Bumble!
(Iro Rovea dress, jewelry by Line & Jo, Cartier, and Inez, Essie nail polish in Great Expectations)
A good chunk of my beauty routine is NARS, specifically the Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park, Nico blush (least offensive and most subtle sheen award), and pretty much all shades of The Multiple. I haven’t had too much experience with their foundations but they sent me their latest formula, the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation to try out and I haven’t let it too far out of my reach since, and not just cause I like staring at the compact now and then all oversized and luxurious. It goes on feeling almost like a moisturizer and the finish is dewy and light, perfect for the 100% of us that are deathly afraid of looking all matte like movie vampires. Check it out here!
presented in collaboration with NARS
Maybe it was in response to the conditioner woes voiced in my Into the Gloss interview, maybe not, but I’m not complaining about receiving a boxful of Frederic Fekkai to try. When it comes to higher end conditioners, the only thing that makes them worth it to me is if they can make parched ends feel hair-textured again. It’s been about a month of solid use now and the Keratin Conditioner and Hair Repair Mask are now at addiction status. Even just a tiny bit of the mask at the ends and my hair dries shiny with extremely minimal effort. Thank you Fekkai!
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