As discussed often on this blog (almost ad nauseum, if we’re being honest), taking care of your skin is one of the most important commitments you can make in your beauty regimen.
And beyond the basics – eating well, staying well hydrated, getting enough sleep, eschewing the sun and cigarettes – there’s also the magic that is great skincare. Below, three easy peasy (yet highly impactful) resolutions you can make now (it’s not too late!) to improve the condition of your skin in 2014.
Always cleanse. No excuses. No exceptions. Your skin is a living, breathing part of you and falling asleep in your makeup is an absolute skin sin. I start first with a makeup wipe to remove foundation and then cleanse with Pur Minerals Simplicity Soothing Gentle Cleanser – I have truly sensitive skin that needs to be babied, and this relaxed formula is the perfect, never-irritating solution.
Mask like a Parisian. The French do it better, y’all – that’s an adage I really believe, particularly when it comes to beauty and style decisions. So, mask like a Parisian – read, generously. A cult favorite like Borghese Fango Active Face and Body Mud Masktwice a week works wonders to unclog pores and remove lingering impurities from skin.
SPF is your best friend. No, really, repeat after me – SPF is your best friend. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOOOOOOVE a tan. I’m Italian. I find a tan impossibly glamorous. But the reality is that there’s absolutely nothing worse you can do for your skin than lie in the sun. Apply SPF every day – perhaps H20 Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion with SPF 30, even in the winter, yes, even when it’s cloudy.
Lastly, this year, don’t forget to treat your neck and décolleté as you treat your face – cleanse, apply serum and massage in moisturizer to ensure that these fragile areas don’t wind up giving away your age before your face does!
Several years ago, say literally 7+ years ago, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a luscious pair of boy shorts at a Victoria's Secret sale. You know, back when I was still masochistic enough to shop a Victoria's Secret sale. Upon turning over the label, I saw that there was a reason I simply could not bring myself to put them down - they were (and remain) 100% cashmere. They've remained in my lingerie drawer since, though I only break them out a few times a year, in the very coldest weather - the kind of weather we had last night in New York.
This morning, after sleeping in said cashmere underpants, I found myself on a mission - a mission for more, but I came up close to empty-handed. What, lingerie makers, is up with that? Where, cashmere makers, are all of the cashmere panties?
If you're like me and you believe in life, liberty and, yes, cashmere underpants, here are a few of your best bets:
Kiki de Montparnasse gets it right, as they often do, though the price tag gives me an actual migraine, $525
It's recently, slash not so recently, come to my attention that, seriously, my hair is among the only attributes that consistently attracts male attention. In fact, a staggeringly handsome and seemingly eligible STRANGER complimented my cut just today in my work elevator. Wild, I know. As a single woman of New York City (land of single women, to be clear), the fact is glaring: I must maintain the mane.
It's easier said than done, though. Like many of you, I'm sure, I have a few stubborn grays and also feel a bit MEH on my natural hair color (a dark, yet not-quite-rich-enough brown), which means I'm regularly in my colorists' chair - an expensive and time-intensive proposition.
That's where John Frieda's new Colour Refreshing Glosses come in. Available in 6 shades - warm and cool versions for brunettes, blondes and redheads - they excel at maintaining my pricey color by boosting color and shine. Most importantly, as someone who leans a bit red naturally, when used once a week, the Colour Refreshing Gloss keeps the color I've chosen TRUER, for LONGER.
Learn more here or pick up a bottle in your local drugstore for about $12.99 (a worthy investment in YOU!)
New Year's Eve - it's here! And whether you're celebrating the night at home alone or with friends, or ready to paint the town red (I'm falling squarely in the middle of these two extremes, for the record)...let me just say: Here's to 2014, friends - onward and upward!
The countdown is on to New Year's Eve, and in preparation, I thought I'd share my teeny tiny handbag essentials - as a clutch collector, I consider myself something of an expert.
I try to wear only heels that I could theoretically walk a mile in, but sometimes, we have to suffer a bit for beauty. The Sole Goddess Blister Protection Foot Balm heads off any blister issues at the pass.