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Slather On Your Vegetables

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PEA (pee) / n. / 1. The small spherical seed of the herbaceous vine Pisum sativum, an annual plant native to the Mediteranean region; n. / 2. / Technically an edible fruit, a frost-hardy, cool-season crop that is more often considered a vegetable rich in folic and absorbic acid when used in cooking; n. / 3. / A hydrolyzed, antioxidant-rich plant stem cell protein that creates a nurturing environment for collagen synthesis when applied topically to skin, e.g., “Peas complement a fall casserole—and an aging complexion, too.”


Try it: Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener with Hydrolyzed Pea Peptide Blend, $21.99, www.ulta.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Physicians Formula

Beauty Throwdown: Battle Bronzer

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The days are getting longer and warmer, which means that we’re officially over the winter hump—and that the bronzer boom is about to begin. April typically marks that time of year when a new crop of insta-tan powders, liquids, creams, and gels hits the market, so that the pasty-and-proud can add a little bit of color back into our lives before we ease our way into sun-kissed summer skin. Guerlain has long been our go-to for products of this nature, although at the mass level, Physicians Formula is certainly trying to give the French prestige brand a run for its money—specifically with its new Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season-to-Season Bronzer, which happens to bear a striking resemblance to Guerlain’s Terracotta 4-Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder. Let the battle of the bronze begin.

The Original: Guerlain’s bronzing quad has been a long-standing favorite around these parts for its unique design: The tortoiseshell compact sports four different shades of complexion-warming pigment so that you can carve out cheekbones with a hint of simulated sun no matter what time of year it is. Available in two different shades, 01 Blondes and 02 Brunettes, both offer the perfect gradation of caramel-y tones enriched with an almost imperceptible amount of pure gold so that the finish is matte, yet still luminous.

The Challenger: Physicians Formula has taken the color gradation idea and run with it. Its gold and copper compact with inset mirror is also divided into four segments, each embossed with the words Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, which are similarly available in two different shade offerings. The immediate—and most pronounced—difference is the visible and sizable gold flecks in its palette. One swipe sees the imprint of glitter, a cosmetic effect that has never sat quite right with us. The addition of nourishing kapi kaacchu seed extract to ensure a smooth finish that prolongs the life of any real tan is admittedly a nice touch, though.

The Bottom Line: This really comes down to a personal preference for sparkles. We banished the shiny particles from our makeup routine years ago but don’t begrudge anyone who hasn’t. If you’re looking for classic, tawny-colored contouring and have a little extra money to burn—$50, specifically—go Guerlain. But if you don’t mind a little shimmer in your life, Physicians Formula’s version offers the same great palette gradation at about a third of the cost.

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Desperately Seeking Tinted Moisturizer

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When Prescriptives decided to shutter its doors two years ago, I had two reactions in quick succession: sadness at the loss of the brand I’d been using almost exclusively since teen-dom, then panic about whether I would be able to stockpile enough of its bestsellers to last me for the rest of eternity. Most could be replaced with similar products from other brands, I discovered—except, that is, for my beloved Traceless Skin Responsive Tint. The tinted moisturizer with a slightly illuminating natural coverage that didn’t feel at all makeup-y was, in a word, perfection. I did manage to amass enough to last me until recently, but as I was desperately squeezing the final drop out of the final tube, I decided it was finally time to search for a replacement. Here is the latest group of contenders that are currently in the running.

Chantecaille Just Skin Anti-Smog Tinted Moisturizer

Chantecaille’s formula is packed with botanicals like honeysuckle, edelweiss, and green tea, plus moisturizing sodium hyaluronate. The rich formula feels a bit more like a foundation than a tinted moisturizer, making it a viable option on the occasion when more coverage is needed. It is my hands-down winner in the packaging department, but be warned: Its good looks don’t come cheap.

$64, www.neimanmarcus.com.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

As it’s entirely natural (100 percent of ingredients are from natural origin, and more than 80 percent from organic origin), Physician Formula’s offering is a great idea for those with more reactive skin—i.e. me, at least once a month. Remember to shake the tube first, otherwise the filmy formula tends to separate in an undesirable way. The coverage is lightweight enough for everyday use and absorbs easily. Bonus: It’s a total bargain.

$11.95, www.physiciansformula.com.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

I count myself a big fan of Liz Earle’s skincare, so when I heard that the British naturalist was branching out into makeup I was understandably excited. Her first product to be available stateside is a tinted moisturizer packed with enough vitamin E, borage, and avocado for a super-creamy consistency. Though it was a little too rich for my summertime needs, once the temperature drops, my prediction is that it will feel just right.

$34, available beginning September 8 at www.uk.lizearle.com.

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Physicians Formula’s About Face

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Physicians Formula has a 74-year-strong heritage of designing makeup for the most sensitive types among us, so it’s just plain weird that it’s never had a skincare line to take care of easily irritated complexions pre-powder and foundation. But at long last, the popular mass market brand is premiering a dermatologist-backed skincare series. The products are separated into three micro-collections (Aging, Moisture Balance, and Sensitivity & Redness), each of which features three, star cosmeceutical ingredients, all separated into an easy-to-follow three-step regimen (cleanse, moisturize, treat). The Aging line uses laminaria algae complex, alpha hydroxy acid, and a hydrolyzed pea peptide blend to address hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and firmness; Moisture Balance is a crowd-pleaser with a lightweight finish and a hydration focus that balances combination skin; while Sensitivity & Redness seems the most in tune with Physicians Formula’s roots, treating irritated and reactive complexions—it’s even gentle enough for rosacea sufferers. Because we’re blessed with multiple skin personalities, we’ve taken to doing a little mixing and matching with the nine-piece line, using Moisture Balance’s Hydrating & Balancing Cleanser, Aging’s Wrinkle Corrector Moisturizer and Eye Cream, and Sensitivity & Redness’ Instant Calming Spray, a sampling effort that is made all the easier by the range’s budget-friendly prices.


Physicians Formula Cosmeceutical Skincare, from $9.97, available exclusively at Walmart stores.

Photo: Courtesy of Physicians Formula

We Heart V-Day

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Whether or not you realize it (back-to-back shows and minimal sleep have a way of making it easy to lose track of time), today is Valentine’s Day. If you’re lucky enough to have the time and energy to celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled a short list of treats to get you primped for tonight. Rolling solo this year? Not to worry. The Soho House’s Cowshed spa has a little something in store for you and your girlfriends; its package of pampering and indulgence is strictly no-boys-allowed.



The Perfume: Agent Provocateur L’Agent

Whether you want to seduce your live-in boyfriend or woo that bearded waiter you’ve been stalking from afar, this intoxicating floral blend of tuberose and jasmine mixed with warm and spicy notes like patchouli, amber, black incense, and musk should do the trick.

Agent Provocateur L’Agent Eau de Parfum, $85, www.agentprovocateur.com.

The Pout Perfector: NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

Drawing attention to your mouth is never a bad thing on February 14. NARS’ new Velvet Gloss Pencil in New Lover imparts mouths with a creamy shade of warm red and provides long-lasting wear to get you through an entire romantic dinner—and whatever comes next. If you’re local, you should pick one up at the brand’s new Bleecker Street boutique, where the films on François Nars’ personal Netflix queue are available for purchase—including the erotic thriller Belle de Jour. The famed face painter calls it a “must-see.”

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, $24, www.barneys.com.

The Festive Compact: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow

Sure, a heart-embossed powder may seem a bit gratuitous today, but this one is infused with a violet scent said to cause “elation” and plant extracts shown to “evoke happiness,” and on top of that, it leaves skin with a rosy glow. Think of it as a triple-threat purchase, no matter what your Facebook relationship status says.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, $11.99, www.ulta.com.

The Polish for Lovers: Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set

The fact that no one cared to send you a dozen roses today stings a little less when you have ten pretty rose-colored fingers to stare at. Priti’s natural nail lacquer set comes in four shades ranging from pale pink to ruby red.

Priti Bunch of Roses Polish Set, $37.50, www.pritinyc.com.

The Couples Therapy: Caudalie Spa’s Lessons in Love

What’s better than giving your loved one a sensual massage? Getting a lesson so you actually know what you’re doing. Caudalie’s massage therapist will instruct you and your partner in the ways of deep tissue pressure. Sure, having a third party in the room during this kind of intimate experience could get weird. That’s where the on-site sommelier comes in.

Caudalie Vinothérapie Lessons in Love, $425 for 90 minutes, www.caudalie-usa.com.

The Singles’ Night: Cowshed’s Pretty Party

Feeling anti-V-day this year? Gathering up your girlfriends and heading over to the Soho House’s spa for this women-only party is a great way to give the chocolates-and-flowers establishment the finger. The pampering package includes a night of treatments, dinner, and drinks—all of which are blissfully man-free.

Cowshed Pretty Party; for more information, visit www.cowshedonline.com.

Photo: Courtesy Agent Provocateur; NARS Cosmetics; Physicians’ Formula