1339 posts tagged "Skincare"
Chanel Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base SPF 30 was designed to create a perfect canvas and extend the wear of foundation. But after a week of being a beauty guinea pig—slathering on everything from new serums to CC creams (I know, it’s a tough gig)—I prefer to wear this weightless, milky fluid alone, for a subtle, I-wake-up-looking-this-flawless glow. While pearl-protein and licorice extracts, along with hyaluronic acid, work their moisturizing and illuminating magic deep in the skin, pure white mineral ceramic pigments even tone and create a radiant effect on the surface—making you appear well-rested (even if you sipped one too many glasses of merlot late into the night). And the addition of broad-spectrum sunscreen helps ward off future brown spots and discoloration. Available in a universally flattering peachy-pink shade (Roseé), a few tinted drops from this tiny TSA- and overnight-bag-friendly bottle are all I need to shed some light on my weekend.
$55, available at chanel.com later this month.
After a recent excursion to Martha’s Vineyard, a friend with an impeccable eye for beauty trends told me that she observed beachgoers slathering themselves in clay from the brightly colored Gay Head Cliffs. (Side note: These steep ridges are attached to one of the few nude beaches left in the U.S.). While incorporating clay into beauty rituals is not a new phenomenon—Cleopatra is said to have used it to preserve her complexion—it made me think of the many options that don’t require a ferry or a flight to this Massachusetts island in order to receive the benefits of the natural substance.
Two of my favorites: The Ageless Clarity White Clay Treatment Mask from Nuance Salma Hayek contains kaolin (a soft white clay), lemon extract, and camphor to detoxify, exfoliate, and soothe sensitive skin. And Clayspray, a brand that recently arrived Stateside from Spain and includes a range of white- and red-clay emulsions for your face infused with super-moisturizing macromolecular hydrogel. My go-to for toning down T-zone shine and eliminating impurities: Clayspray Mattifying Red Clay, a blend of collagen-boosting silica, healing magnesium, and circulation-improving iron. Plus, its airtight container ensures this formula never dries up. While I’m all for breaking the mold and taking on a beauty adventure, I’ll go for one of these at-home options over stripping down to my birthday suit outdoors any day.
Mosquitoes and me have had a long and, well, bumpy relationship. Simply put: They can’t get enough of me, and I hate them with a passion. It’s been the same story since I was a kid, and traditional repellents have done little to halt their blood-sucking intentions. Since moving two years ago to an address in close proximity to the mosquito heaven that is Brooklyn’s super-smelly Gowanus Canal, few summer days have gone by without an itchy welt surfacing. So I was more than a little eager to offer up my flesh as a testing ground for two nontoxic solutions designed to repel those pesky skin intruders. Let the throwdown commence.
The Original Apothecary Pick:
Mrs. White’s Unstung Hero
The bottle is definitely the chicest repellent container to cross my desk, and the scent, a lemon-tea fragrance that smells ever so faintly of dryer sheets, in the best way possible, is, dare I say, actually pretty pleasant. Added bonus: It won’t stain fabric, so you can spray it on your bedsheets or clothes for extra protection. Although it claims to last four hours, depending on the humidity, I had to reapply much sooner, when one of those beasts managed to descend on my right calf. The glass bottle isn’t exactly travel-friendly, so I’d suggest misting on at home.
The New Boutique Debugger:
MALIN + GOETZ Bug Spray
Founders Matthew and Andrew discovered the need for a natural insect repellent—or, as they so elegantly call it, “herbal bug deterrent”—after becoming avid gardeners. This product is actually made in the upstate New York area where they have a weekend home (locavores rejoice!). The essential-oil blend smells very citronella-heavy at first spray, but the dry-down reveals a pretty lovely aroma of rosemary, geranium, and lemongrass. It kept me covered for the recommended two hours, and, like Mrs. White’s, it’s also safe to apply to fabric.
Both sprays are composed of all-natural ingredients, which means they feel and smell much (much!) better than their chemical-y, DEET-laced competitors. These two also offer protection against all manner of biting insects beyond mosquitoes, including ticks, black flies, wasps, and bees—just plan on reapplying every two hours. With those factors in mind, we’re calling this bug-repellent battle a tie.
Back in the early days of our career, we had a beauty-editor boss who once labeled eye creams as ridiculous wastes of money, pointing out that they were essentially face creams put in fancy small tubes. The point was well taken at the time, but in the last ten years, eye creams have really come a long way. Today’s more advanced formulas feature ingredients specifically designed to penetrate and treat the delicate skin around the eyes, which tends to be thinner and drier than the rest of your face. This is especially true in the case of Caudalie’s Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue, a new multitasking cream that soothes inflammation and seals in hydration without clogging the tiniest of pores around your eyes. The hero ingredient: a nuanced form of hyaluronic acid with a very low molecular weight, which absorbs deeply under the surface to restore moisture, minus any greasy feel. It’s further boosted with calming organic Grape Water, antioxidant-rich grape polyphenols, and wine-yeast extracts that help maintain the skin’s barrier defenses—a benefit around the orbital zone, which is constantly bombarded with dirt and residue from your hands. As an added bonus, the cream glides on around the contours of our eyes with a cool, sorbet-like texture that we’d label nothing short of “amazing.”
As far as holidays go, July Fourth has a lot going for it: barbecues, fireworks, an endless rotation of ice-cold adult beverages. Chances are you’ll need certain beauty essentials to last you through the first rays of sun (well, let’s hope) to the final explosions in the sky. In honor of the occasion, we rounded up five picks (plus a bonus) that will prove indispensable regardless of whether the festivities find you beachfront, lakeside, or city-bound.
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight SPF 50+
Sun protection is a no-brainer, particularly if you will be spending a significant amount of time outside. Kate Somerville’s newest sunscreen is as un-sunblock-y as you can get—it’s super sheer, lightweight, moisturizing, and is apparently packed with shiitake-mushroom extract to help restore skin elasticity while blocking out those rays.
The Bluest Eye
Topshop Eye Crayon in Kingfisher
I will be the first to admit I’m all for some subtle holiday color coordinating—done tastefully. So with your, say, red-and-white polka-dot dress, might I suggest a thick swath of this bright aqua shadow stick across each lid. The blue color payoff is bold, and it will resist creasing for many a daylight hour.
Ilia Multi-Stick in I Put a Spell on You
In the colder months, I’m perfectly content for each product to serve one sole purpose, but in those dog days of summer, when the desire to simplify is stronger than ever, multifunctional is a must. My current favorite is this makeup stick by the green-minded brand Ilia; the pale coral I Put a Spell on You will suit a wide array of skin tones, and it looks just as good on lips as it does on cheeks.
Priti Nail Color in City Girl Rose
While the state of my fingernails usually falls somewhere between totally bare and complete disarray, on holidays I always find my inner girly girl and get down to some painting. Because my tips have gone naked for about a month now, I’m easing back into the polish game with this new peachy pink by Priti that reminds me of the sparkling rosé I plan to be guzzling all weekend.
Check Your Head
Alterna Caviar CC Cream
That’s right, there are now CC creams for your hair. And here’s why I’m getting behind this one: It has just enough hold as a styling cream, it’s hydrating, it has UV filters to protect your color from fading, and it smells pretty awesome. I plan to generously slather it on before milkmaid braiding.
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
A bonus for your summer tote bag: Ursa Major’s new Essential Face Wipes. Cleansing, soothing, and shine-reducing, these wipes are great after a bike ride (or any other sweaty hot-weather activity) for a much-needed refresh.