Now that it’s officially summer time, I love to pack on the punch when it comes to my cheeks. Leaning towards a fresh glow instead of a powdered cheek, I favor cream blushes for their youthful luminosity and buildable application. You already know, I’m a die-hard fan of Kevyn Aucoin’s Creamy Glow cheek color in Liquifuchia. It’s a perfect hot pink and the consistently is perfect, not in the least bit sticky (or tacky) and has hardcore staying power, lasting though even the hottest days. I didn’t think it could get much better until I came across Aucoin’s newest cheeky launch, The Creamy Glow Duo in Pravella/Jenelle. Just like its name suggests this cream based cheek color gives you the prettiest pinky nude glow that’s completely customizable. Pop a little pink onto the apples of your cheeks to add a little something to your no makeup look, or tap the nude on top of your bronzer to make your tanner face that much more radiant. SO, if you couldn’t already tell, I’m pretty obsessed. You should be too! Enjoy.
As I mentally prepare for the upcoming summer madness, bottles of rose, champagne ice, and weekend dips into the ocean, I can’t help but acknowledge the simple fact that with the heat, comes the sweat. But let’s save the perspiration for Soul Cycle, you know?! As the thermometer starts rising, it’s time to find ways to stay cool, hydrated, and fresh-faced, which is why I enlisted my LA girl Marisa Kronengerg to pull together our TOP favorite cooling products. Here is our Cool Effects.
Baby, it’s hot outside! I know summer is the people’s choice when it comes to favorite seasons, and don’t get me wrong, I love a balmy afternoon lounging by the pool with a pressed juice and nothing better to do than maybe go to yoga later (OK, this is just a dream, of course). But most of the time, life’s not quite that easy. Long gone are the days when summer meant three stress-free months of leisure and playtime. Now, summer means having to do the same things we always do just in much hotter weather, which is not all that comfortable or attractive when you have sweat dripping down your face.
Thankfully, these products have a nice “cool effect” that will help to cool you down when you start to feel the heat. Look for products that contain ingredients like aloe and cucumber with a gel base for that refreshing, cooling sensation. Oooh and keep them in your refrigerator like I do for an added boost of coolness…temperature-wise anyway!
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm: This is like a moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum all in one. You’ll feel the cooling effect instantly, as this product absorbs into your skin, creating an ultra-dewy finish. It’s one shade fits all, but I’d say it’s best for light to medium skin tones.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask: With cooling extracts like cucumber, aloe, and chamomile, this gel mask is the perfect way to soothe and hydrate skin after a day in the sun.
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel: I love this product when combatting fatigue from the heat. It’s made to be used as a night treatment but I find it also works great throughout the day to reduce puffiness and for when I just need a little freshening up.
Origins Cooling Roll-On for Puffy Eyes: The metal ball roller feels sooo good on tired, overheated skin. Definitely gives you a more awake, energized appearance.
Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel Lotion: This stuff is great because you can use it on both your face and body to instantly give your skin comfort and relief from exposure to the heat. It’s hydrating but also super light so it feels really nice on.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist: I’m a huge sucker for this packaging. Leave it to Chanel to make the chicest face mist around! The spray is pretty powerful so make sure to give it a full arms length distance when you spray it. The blue ginger and camellia flower cools the skin and the hyaluronic acid keeps it looking supple. It’s pricey but it just looks too good to resist! There’s a subtle cloud-like scent that’s really lovely, too.
Smashbox Hydrating Primer: This lightweight primer glides on like a gel and keeps your foundation looking fresh when you’re running around all day. It immediately quenches your skin and leaves a refreshing cooling sensation, which is a nice, unexpected bonus from a primer.
Hampton Sun Cooling Spray: I learned from Annie that this revitalizing body mist comes in a bronze shade to illuminate your tan and rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Packed with aloe vera, chamomile, and vitamins A through E, it heals and flatters the skin.
Bulgari Au the Vert Perfume: I love the crispness of this green tea unisex scent. It’s light, clean, and soothing. It’s not necessarily “cooling” but it makes you feel like you just got out of your morning shower when it’s actually 4PM.
YSL Bleu Celadon Nail Polish: As part of YSL’s 2014 Summer Collection, this nail color mimics the cool freshness of an aquatic sea blue.
The Met Gala may have come and gone, but the beauty looks from the red carpet will serve as constant spring to summer inspiration. If you are anything like me, scanning through one of NY MAG’s good ole’ fashion slideshows is your guiltiest pleasure. One of the biggest trends at the event was the nude lip. It seems like everyone was feeling this nearly naked statement. OK, so I went through and picked out my 5 favorite lip looks and even did a little research to find out exactly what colors these girls were wearing. These are my favorites…this is my Met Gala Lip Inspa.
Orange is the New Black: Marion Cotillard couldn’t be chicer or more French in this rolled ’40s hairstyle with the vinyl-effect orange lips (which keeps it modern). Her makeup artist Christophe Danchaud lined the lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner in Raven before applying Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipsticks in Raven and Muse. NEED!
Hottest Pink: It’s obvious that Mad Men’s Jessica Pare is stunning with or without makeup, but I can’t help but notice what a damn good pink she wore. Makeup artist Mai Quynh created this pretty look using NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Yu. Buying this immediately. On her cheeks, she used NARS Matte Multiple in Anguilla which is subtle yet effective. I also love that she skipped the eyeliner and went with a metallic wash over the lids instead.
Rosey Nude: I loved Michelle Williams’s vibe. I actually prefer when Michelle goes Louis Vuitton and rocks a vampy dark lip, but this is very pretty too. Laura Mercier was used to create her entire look. The lips were lined with the Lip Pencil in Baby Lips before dabbing Crème Lip Colour in Rose in the middle. Her foundation is the new Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide in Vanille, which will be out this fall, with the famous Secret Concealer in #2 and Second Skin Cheek Colour in Heather Pink.
Now that the sun is finally starting to shine, it’s the perfect time to update (or start from scratch!) your beach-inspired beauty regimen. Whether you’re landlocked or free to play in the sea, you can rock the beach look as we move from spring and summer. Just a side note, but were you as surprised as I was that Memorial Day is less that two weeks away?! Oh. Man.
For this beach inspired post, I thought I needed to pull in the big guns, and let a true “beach professional,” cover this story. Meet Marisa Kronenberg. Marisa is based in sunny Los Angeles but grew up between Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, DC. She’s half Thai, half Lithuanian, and having traveled all around the world, she’s always been influenced by a mix of international cultures. While attending school, she worked under interior designer Kelly Wearstler (please just get involved in her Pinterest!) where she continued to develop her tastes and aesthetic and further cultivated her love for things of beauty. She also happens to live less than 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean and tends to play with different beach looks all year round. So here are your She’s in the Glow approved, Day to Night Beach Beauty Essentials.
Depending on the particular occasion and my mood, I’ll go for a strong and exotic Bond Girl vibe a la Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace, or do a more minimal stranded-with-Leonardo DiCaprio-on-an-island-in-Thailand type thing not unlike the chic and French Virginie Ledoyan in The Beach.
Days at the beach can often extend into sunset cocktails and then into a long dinner with friends. While these days are always a blast, it’s a little tricky when you leave the house at 11AM knowing you’ll be out for the next 10+ hours. I’m all about multifunctional products for day to night beach beauty to keep it easy and travel-friendly, and these are the essentials that I’m using quite liberally right now:
SKINCARE: I can’t stress enough the importance of skin prep before a day at the beach. Start with an exfoliator to remove dead skin and residue for a smooth and even tone. I got Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin Polish from an award show gift bag a few months back, and it quickly became one of my favorite magic potions. It’s not at all abrasive so it’s great for sensitive skin like mine, and really leaves your complexion feeling fresh and radiant. Next I lather on a moisturizer with SPF like Dior’s HydraLife Pro-Youth Protective Creme with SPF 15. It’s the perfect summer moisturizer because the texture is light but rich, and gives your skin a nice supple plumping, while protecting your skin from the harsh elements. My skin tends to get super slick in the sun, so I always use some kind of mattefying substance to combat the grease. Freeze 24/7’s Instant Smoother and Brightener is the savior when it comes to absorbing excess oils without over-drying your skin. It also acts like a primer to even out discoloration and reduces the size of large pores on contact. I use just a little bit over my problem areas and my entire face looks more refined. You can also apply it over makeup for touch ups throughout the day.
FACE: Once in a while, I want a little coverage even if I am going to the beach. Right now, I’m using Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation for those days when my skin just isn’t looking as flawless as I want it to. It’s a light, matte liquid foundation with SPF 15 and lasts all day without touch-ups, so it’s perfect for those long afternoons in Malibu that turn into indulgent nights full of red wine and broken plates at Taverna Tony.
I use just the smallest amount on my t-zone so my freckles still show through, and it neutralizes my redness and oiliness while still looking beachy and natural. For a little contour and color, NARS Matte Multiple in Vientiane is my latest bronzing fixation. It glides on so easily and can be applied straight from the tube. I apply a few light strokes just under my cheekbones then blend upwards and outwards for a coppery, watercolor-like glow.
EYES: Aside from the cheekbone area, I’ll also use the Matte Multiple in Vientiane on my eyelid up to my brow bone and blend out to my temples for some depth and an overall deep yet natural-looking, monochromatic glow. I guess it goes without saying that NARS Matte Multiple is my ultimate beach staple of the moment. I’ll probably end up getting the other two nude colors (Altai and Cappadoce), too, just because I love the effortlessness factor and the simplicity of a monochromatic look in general.
I typically don’t wear any mascara to the beach because a) I spend a considerable amount of time in the water and don’t want to worry about black streaks all over my face, b) I’m not a fan of waterproof options, and c) I actually think a beach look is more optimal sans eyelash coating anyway, but I’ll pack a tube into my beach bag so I can apply a few healthy coats later on. I’m currently using up the last of my Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara in Black Satin. It’s definitely a solid purchase, if only a little too wet in texture, but I’ll most likely go back to DiorShow or try something entirely different once I run out.
EYEBROWS: I leave my brows pretty untouched for a day at the beach, but I’ll go through them with a little Rodial Glam Balm MULTI just so they don’t look totally unruly. I typically save the rest of my brow grooming for when I’m transitioning into the evening hours, but sometimes I want a fuller brow for the day, too, in which case I’ll use Make Up For Ever’s Brow Pencil in Blond 1 every so slightly. Because I’m just filling in sparse areas and not creating a full line with the pencil, I’ve realized that the lightest shade actually works best for creating the most natural look even though my brows are really a few shades darker.
LIPS: For the most part I forgo the use of any tints during the day and simply use Rodial Glam Balm MULTI for smooth, naturally glowy beach lips. I love it for its list of hydrating and anti-aging properties, and also for the fact that it doubles as my eyebrow gel and an intensive moisture-rich eye balm for later. It’s like a super luxurious, non-greasy Vaseline of sorts. But lip color is one of the easiest ways to transform a casual daytime look to that of sultry, coastal put-togetherness, and when you’re at the beach and in need of a quick and easy boost to the pout, Ellis Faas’ line of Glazed Lips is so prime. It gives you high-intensity color in wearable tones with an ultra-wet transparent finish that I’m really into for the warmer months ahead. When everything else is more mattified and monochromatic, a pop of glossy color on the lips adds a really nice, subtle contrast. The Sheer Orange shade is a unique tomato red and goes perfectly with a bronzed complexion. And the texture of this one is somehow more amazing than any other gloss out there.
HAIR: Beach hair is one of my all-time favorite effects of spending a day at the beach. I love the Oribe Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse to help achieve that perfectly imperfect, undone look pre-beach. I like it better than the brand’s Apres Beach Spray because you have more control over the product and you get piece-ier, more authentic ocean hair. The key with this product is that a little goes a long way…use too much and you’ll end up more “hot sticky mess” than “gypsy chic.” I pump a golf ball-sized amount into my palm and gently pat it into both palms before I start scrunching it from root to tip into my slightly damp or dry hair. After that, I take one(ish)-inch pieces of my hair and wrap it around my finger to make little twists everywhere so it almost looks like the starting phases of dreadlocks. I finish off the look by turning my head upside down and spritzing Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray all over, whipping my hair back and forth a few times for that windswept effect.
Braids are also the perfect beach hair staple because it can pull your whole look together without seeming like you tried too hard. Sometimes post-product application, I’ll braid the two pieces of my hair that frame my face and casually do a few more random ones throughout and tie it in a low ponytail/messy bun.
SCENT: On a recent trip to Miami I discovered Carner Barcelona’s Tardes perfume and I wasn’t necessarily looking for a new scent but now I literally can’t leave the house without it on. I spray it everywhere because it’s what I want my whole world to smell like. I feel like if I use it enough there’s a strong possibility I could walk into a Gabriel Garcia Marquez love story, a situation I’d graciously accept. It’s a blend of androgynous floral notes with standout ingredients like cedar wood, almond, celery, and plum, a combination of scents the brand describe as “a tribute to the peace and harmony of a late summer afternoon; a fragrance that is pure, serene, and enveloping.” I can only describe it as perfection in a neo-modern cubic bottle.
Now just throw on a beach cover-up, grab a pair of sunglasses, and head for the sea. Take in all the natural beauty around you and don’t forget you are one as well! Oh, and if you’re on the west coast, avoid the 405 like sunburns (no but seriously though).
Girls – we have all been there. You get a bad cut, a terrible life-altering color, you use a keratin hair mask and leave it on for way way way too long (like I did) or something just changes hormonally, environmentally, and even psychologically that simply stresses out your hair. It’s your very own personal nightmare, and hey, I’ve been there. My mane has finally healed, and all I can say is, thank GOD that is over. Just in case you were wondering what to do in this particular situation, I have outlined to steps to take to get your hair back on track.
Trick 1: I suggest going to your most trusted hair guy or girl. Tell them the whole story, get a cut (yes you need to cut off those raggedy ends) and immediately your hair and mind feel better. You don’t need to go all Jennifer Lawrence, but try a lob (long bob) and take it from there.
Trick 2: Give your hair a color break. Just give it a break for a few months or so. You will be fine, trust me. As my sister once perfectly stated: “Do you want healthy brown hair or unhealthy blond hair?” I choose health over blond.
Trick 3: Make sure you are getting enough protein. This was actually one of my issues. Sure, green juices are good for you, but you can’t live off them. I don’t eat meat, and believe in a pescatarian diet, so I need to make a serious effort to eat plenty of good fats, oils, fish, nuts, avocado and vegan protein smoothies.
Trick 4: See your doctor and have him or her recommend someone who specializes in hair. If you live in NYC or London, book an appointment with the # 1 hair specialist or Trichologist, Dr. Philip Kingsley. He’s a Dr. for your hair, and will recommend a diet plan, vitamins, shampoos and conditioning treatments (like his world famous Elasticizer) to get your hair back in shape ASAP.
Trick 6: Stop using random products, just stop. I’m talking shampoos, conditioners, styling products and anything with protein or keratin. You must checkout simple and clean lines like my newly discovered favorite Purely Perfect, created by the former founder of Bumble and Bumble. Purely Perfect is the latest product part of the wave of cleaning creams. I can 100% vouch for this cream, as I have been using it for the past month and I am obsessed. No more hair loss, and less color fading. Larger brands have jumped on the bandwagon too, with Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Kérastase’s Chroma Sensitive Caressing Cleansing Balm. These low-foam products promise to help prolong color and main hair health. More on Purely Perfect and the power of cleansing creams this week.