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Every product I put on my face, from start to finish


I’m not very good at paying compliments to myself, but would say that I have pretty decent skin, which in recent years I have started taking much better care of. What follows is my morning routine (I, shamefully, do nothing at night and sleep with my makeup on, which is really bad, I know), starting with Bioderma, which I use to clean my face. It’s so much more hydrating than a foaming cleanser or something along those lines. This Garnier formulation is supposed to be good too, and costs less.

I apply the Bioderma (and the product directly below this one) with cotton pads from Japan, because I read once that Japanese and Korean cotton pads are better than American ones—they don’t pill on your face and are less abrasive. Also, they don’t absorb as much, so your products last longer.

I am a total convert to Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50W, which smells like hell and costs a small fortune, but exfoliates like nobody’s business. I use the formulation for sensitive skin, because that’s what I have. This stuff is supposed to be pretty good too, and it costs less.

Next, I use Good Genes by Sunday Riley, which I know some of you don’t like because the people at Sunday Riley were caught writing positive reviews of their own items, but I think this stuff really works. The lactic acid plumps up my skin, exfoliates, and smells dreamily of lemongrass, which offsets the stink of the P50W. This stuff from The Ordinary apparently performs the same function for a lot less cash, but it is endlessly out of stock everywhere.

Into the Good Genes I shake a little Vitamin C Powder from True Botanicals, which a beauty editor I trust swears by. It costs more than a lot of Vitamin C  formulations out there, but Vitamin C degrades in water, so it’s supposedly much more powerful in powder form. I think it does a good job of brightening my skin. Here’s another powder that’s much cheaper, if you’re interested.

The next three items I mix together and apply to my face, starting with this Vitamin B serum, which hydrates nicely.

This moisturizer is meant to be used in the evening, and I can see why: it is pretty rich. But it works for mornings as long as I take enough time for it to sink in before applying makeup.

Marula Oil is supposed to be good for aging skin, so I add a few drops of this to the mix.

As for sunscreen, I use this stuff, which goes on nice and light and is slightly tinted, for a subtle glow.

Once a week, I’ll use this Drunk Elephant mask, which stings for the first minute or so, but leaves my skin so smooth and glowy.

And for very, very special occasions, I’ll go into my cache of SKII sheet masks, which are deeply hydrating and altogether beautifying.


All manner of striped clothing, part 2


I think this slouchy tee might be the most perfect slouchy tee of all time.

And here’s a henley tee that I think is quite spiff too.

This dress is really more of a beach cover-up—it’s pretty sheer—and I think it’s quite cute. It also looks feather-light.

An adorable button-down with barely-there stripes.

And speaking of sleeves, I’m glad that this dress is just short of sleeveless, which is so much more flattering on the arm.

I wouldn’t wear this shirt buttoned all the way up the way it’s shown here, but I do think it’s pretty cool-looking, and I especially dig the oversized pockets.

And here’s something similar, but with contrasting stripes on the pocket.

A nicely unadorned peasant blouse with a smart band collar that makes it look just a touch more tailored than most peasant blouses.

I like how relaxed this short-sleeved button-down is.

The frayed edges here are a nice touch, if you’re into that type of thing.

An easy tee dress that I could see wearing all summer.

A heavier-weight chambray shirt that I could see wearing as a jacket.

This crisp button-down is ever-so-slightly cropped in the front, but not so much that you’d risk belly exposure.

I like the drop sleeves and oversized cut of this tee.



Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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