Things I bought, things I want, beauty edition

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I recently ran out of my favorite eyeliner—the one I use every day, without exception. I don’t recall which brand’s eyeliner it was, though, and the packaging provided no clues, which is pretty bad packaging, I’d say. In any case, on Saturday I took a stroll to the horribly-named-but-very-cool clean beauty emporium Detox Market, on Houston Street, used-up eyeliner in hand, to see if it rang any bells with the staff there. It didn’t, but I was directed to this pencil—I much prefer a pencil to a brush—in a really rich brown, which I’m told is far more flattering for my coloring than black.  And after several days’ use I can say that this stuff does not budge. I even applied eye drops the other day, which is always such a mess, and it stayed put.

I almost never accept free skincare samples when I buy stuff, because I have a pretty set routine when  it comes to that kind of thing, and that’s that. But at Detox Market, the guy who was helping me gave me a small container of this Squalane Facial Oil and I was intrigued, mostly because I’d never heard of this squalane ingredient. Apparently it has great anti-aging properties, and that was enough for me. I’ve been slathering it on my face after cleansing at night, and in the morning I’ve woken with a glow that’s quite unusual for me at that time in the morning.

I’m not going to lie: I’ve been wearing lip color some of the time lately. Just so that maybe I just look a little extra-nice when I catch myself in the mirror, if for no other reason. And lately I’m liking this Hourglass lip tint in Rose, because I’ve been told for ages to switch from darker lip hues to pink-ier ones, and I’m finally listening. This stuff goes on slightly glossy but quickly settles into a deep stain that lasts.

I’ve wanted to try this mascara ever since the experts from the Breaking Beauty podcast appeared on Everything is Fine a few weeks back. It’s supposedly completely smudge-proof, and the price is drugstore-cheap.

Also on the mascara tip: I recently ordered—but have not yet received—this formulation, which I hear creates crazy volume. Expectations are high, and I hope this stuff meets (and even exceeds) them. UPDATE: It’s really good. Lengthens with precious little clumping.

The Breaking Beauty ladies also highly recommended this eye cream and concealer in one, and I very much like the idea of those two steps being compressed into a single entity. It’s also got hyaluronic acid, just as an added extra plus. As soon as I can figure out what shade I am, I’m ordering it.

You know how sometimes you have a product for a while and are never that sold on it, but then it just somehow comes off the bench and becomes the star quarterback of your beauty regimen? That’s how I feel about this Hourglass bronzer. I don’t use it every day, but on those mornings when I feel almost translucently pale, it’s a lifesaver.

Lately I’ve been feeling as though I’ve got a lot of product buildup on my hair that a regular old shampoo just isn’t going to wash out. So—because lately I like stuff from this brand—I’m thinking of giving R&Co’s Crown Scalp Scrub a shot. Not for everyday shampooing, but just every once in a while.

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    cw
    28 Oct 2020
    9:08am

    And on a feel good note that has NOTHING to do with beauty products…my daughter voted yesterday at the Brooklyn Museum––two hours standing in line––NO ONE complained!––a woman came by with boxes of pizza and a van pulled up from a local restaurant to hand out boxes of chicken sandwiches to feed the voters. She said she got teary eyed surrounded by all the folks determined to make their votes count! I heart NY.

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    latenac
    28 Oct 2020
    8:45am

    Intrigued by the R&Co scalp scrub. Let us know if you end up using it. I get a scalp buildup with the changing of the seasons which no dandruff type shampoo seems to stop. Maybe this wouldn’t be the right thing either but I’m intrigued.

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      Rebecca
      28 Oct 2020
      11:32am

      I LOVE the goop scalp scrub. It has a texture that is divine and seems to get the scalp clean without feeling like it’s been obliterated into submission. Also, I highly recommend getting a shampoo brush. (I like scalp care, 2020 is weird!)

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        Mamavalveeta03
        29 Oct 2020
        10:08am

        I love it, too! My daughter’s co-opted mine during quarantine. Dammit.

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        Angie Lundstedt
        28 Oct 2020
        9:01pm

        The goop scalp scrub is SO GOOD.

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    Dag
    28 Oct 2020
    9:38am

    I love squalane. I find it more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid and it’s not sticky. Doesn’t cause break outs. Here’s a good primer on it. It’s usually derived from olives or sugarcane https://theskincareedit.com/best-squalane-oil

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      Heather
      29 Oct 2020
      4:06pm

      I am intrigued and found a version via The Ordinary; has anyone tried that one?

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      Eloise
      28 Oct 2020
      11:10am

      Thanks (sort of!). Now I’m torn between the Timeless (great reviews, inexpensive but have to battle my usual sqeamishness about buying beauty products off Amazon – but this shop seems run by the maker, so…..) and the Indie Lee (top of the line and well, working for Kim…..) Sigh.

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        Eloise
        28 Oct 2020
        12:10pm

        In case anyone’s wondering (read: I’m having a bit of trouble focusing while “working,” today), I opted for the Indie Lee – it’s a tiny bit cheaper at Nordstrom (which, given yesterday’s post, I accessed via an older Kim link to another Nordstrom product). You could also opt to buy a third of an oz for about $12.

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          Jeanne
          28 Oct 2020
          3:34pm

          Kim: If you see this, this comment made me think of a question I meant to ask the other day regarding commission. If we click on a tshirt linked to Nordstrom but then buy a face cream instead, do you get any commission for the face cream? Or does it have to be for the exact tshirt link? Thanks, just trying to be an asset in any way

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            Kim France
            28 Oct 2020
            3:37pm

            I receive the commission either way.

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              kimbersam
              28 Oct 2020
              3:52pm

              This makes me happy as I am easily distracted while shopping the interwebs.

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      Angie
      5 Nov 2020
      7:54pm

      After this post, I bought the Indie Lee Squalane oil and have been using it morning and night for 3 days — there is both a visible and textural difference to my skin! Thank you so much for the rec, this is truly my new favorite. In reading up on squalane oil, you can use it on your hair and nails too. Hooray!

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    Angie Lundstedt
    28 Oct 2020
    3:11pm

    Looking forward to hearing reviews on the Hourglass mascara!

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      Lisa
      28 Oct 2020
      4:46pm

      Waiting for user reviews on either mascara: now that I am wearing a mask, the breath steam seems to soften my mascara and leave me with worse-than-usual smudging.

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    Candy
    28 Oct 2020
    1:57pm

    Kim — That eyeliner sounds great — I’m also needing a dark brown instead of black and a liner with sticking power — but it’s sold out on the Detox Market site and even on the Kjaer Weis site. Must be an indication of your widespread influence.

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    Casey
    29 Oct 2020
    10:00am

    Christophe Robin’s sea salt scalp scrub is fantastic. It’s extremely satisfying to scrub your head with flaky course salt, and it also manages to be both clarifying and moisturizing. I use it once a week or so, in lieu of shampoo, and can’t recommend enough.

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    Tammy
    28 Oct 2020
    11:22am

    I recently purchased the L’Oréal concealer/eye cream after hearing about it on your podcast. So far I’m loving it. Blends easily, covers and brightens. Thanks for the great tip!

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    Helga
    28 Oct 2020
    11:24am

    Did anyone read Sunday’s NYT article in the Beauty section advocating using fewer products on one’s skin? I found that encouraging.

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    Jasmine
    28 Oct 2020
    11:31am

    I shop for most of my skincare and beauty products at the Detox Market. I love them because they stock top-notch brands and the staff is very knowledgeable about them. I haven’t tried Kjaer Weis yet but the line looks amazing and I love the way they do their packaging and only buying the plastic compact once but then buying refills to pop in it as the product needs replacing.

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    Jeanne
    28 Oct 2020
    11:58am

    Does hyaluronic acid make anyone’s skin drier? After a week it makes my skin peel. I read that this is a problem in climates where the air is extremely dry. So instead of pulling the moisture from the air to the skin (which is what it’s supposed to do) it pulls it out from the skin.

    These products are super interesting to me. I have baby stubs of eyelashes now that I’m in peri-menopause. The eyebrows have almost disappeared. Wtf.

    I love squalene. It’s amazing. Be sure to check that it’s sourced from plants and not sharks. No need to kill more sharks for face oil and fins.

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      Abby
      28 Oct 2020
      12:23pm

      I finally got hyaluronic acid to work for me in uber-dry Colorado. First, spritz your face with anything, even plain water (I use the mario bedescu rose water or indie lee coq-10, the latter of which I don’t think does anything special but I am using it up), then the HA, then a moisturizer immediately following. It is definitely more steps but I like the extra hydration.

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        Jeanne
        28 Oct 2020
        3:29pm

        Thanks, I’ll definitely try it!

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        cw
        28 Oct 2020
        1:02pm

        Thanks for this tip, Abby! I’m back in Texas (for less than 24 hrs) and my skin can’t seem to get enough moisture. Nor can I––woke up in the middle of the night thirsty!

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          Viajera
          29 Oct 2020
          1:41pm

          cw, if you’re looking for stuff to watch while you quarantine (I think you said you were going to?), I really liked the Enola Holmes movie. Good clean fun.

          I am also enjoying Emily in Paris. I’m sure it’s wildly unrealistic, and I care not. It’s fun. And there are outfits.

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      kimbersam
      28 Oct 2020
      12:39pm

      I concur with Abby’s hyaluronic acid methodology: wet thing, acid, moisturizer. When my brows started thining I tried minoxidil and it worked really well.

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        Mimi A.
        29 Oct 2020
        10:50am

        I use Latisse (rx required) for my lashes and paint some on my eyebrows too. It works for the brows. My lashes are longer but not really fuller. Plain old Castor Oil works too. I bought some on Amazon that comes with a thin brush.

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        Liz
        28 Oct 2020
        10:57pm

        Are you using a minoxidil product for hair on your eyebrows? My eyebrows are thinning too.

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    Christina
    28 Oct 2020
    12:13pm

    I’m definitely going to try that mascara, but also wanted to put in another plug for my all time favorite drugstore option, L’Oreal Double Extend:

    https://www.amazon.com/LOr%C3%A9al-Paris-Makeup-Lengthening-Mascara/dp/B001IAINFU/ref=sr_1_3?crid=HC7C4FTYUSQR&dchild=1&keywords=loreal+double+extend+mascara+black&qid=1603901361&sprefix=loreal+doubel+%2Caps%2C203&sr=8-3

    This one never budges or flakes and somehow comes off easily with just water. It’s one of those “tube” style mascaras. My only complaint is that I am sometimes very lazy and don’t feel like doing both steps.

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      janine
      9 Nov 2020
      10:23am

      YES YES YES, this is my all-time fave too. I tried the Bye Bye Panda Eyes one, too and it’s also good (and cheap!) but not really a true tubing mascara like the L’oreal one. I’ve been using that one for YEARS and I hope they never, ever discontinue it!

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    Deborah
    28 Oct 2020
    12:25pm

    This is 100% off-topic, but the message function of the website isn’t working for me; this is what I tried to send you:

    Hey there! Could you please please do a rundown of good winter coats? I’m desperate for a new one, and am trying to find something interesting, warm, ideally not outrageously expensive (though I’d stretch myself for something perfect), and not the Amazon coat (which, though not exceptionally warm, would fit the bill if not for its ubiquity). I love this Rag & Bone one, http://www.rag-bone.com/womens/coats-jackets/henri-nylon-poncho-WAW20F2027OB27.html, but the sleeves make it possibly too impractical (I also love the asymmetrical Universal Standard one, but I bet it’s not very warm). I’m not solely focused on nylon coats; I just want something that feels a little bit cool and doesn’t seem too ladylike or polarexplorerlike. I’d madly appreciate any help you can give!

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      Kim France
      28 Oct 2020
      3:38pm

      Sure, Deborah, I was planning on it anyway.

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        Nancy
        29 Oct 2020
        8:08am

        Hi Kim- Can I put in a request for your winter coat post please. Is there a winter coat out there that is warm and not a puffer/nylon one (I am puffy enough haha) that goes to my knee or a bit longer and stylish, NOT A WRAP and goes to a true XL? I think those requirements might make it impossible but couldn’t hurt to ask. LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and podcast.

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        kimbersam
        28 Oct 2020
        3:56pm

        Since I am all ovah this thread anyhow…can you do coats for the Southwest (warmer winter climes) also? Please?

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      naida
      1 Nov 2020
      10:31am

      I can 100% attest to the asymmetrical Universal Standard coat being SUPER WARM. I’ve had it for 2 years, live in MA and stand in sub zero weather waiting for the commuter rail and love it.

      Plus, I bet comments from the women in North Face and Canada Goose Parkas about the style of it. So I count that as a plus.

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    Christine
    28 Oct 2020
    9:28pm

    Am I the only one who thought that bronzer was a pan of brownies for a second?

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    Hannah
    28 Oct 2020
    6:13pm

    I love brown eyeliner! I’ve got a distinct pallor so black just doesn’t do it for me. When I need to look a little more dramatic I pull out the navy blue. Looks pretty black but not as harsh somehow.

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    Christina
    1 Nov 2020
    6:00pm

    First day with the no-smudge mascara and it works surprisingly well! So far, no dark circles!

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    cw
    28 Oct 2020
    7:28am

    I just read something about using squalene which recommended you use it in conjunction with hyaluronic acid. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I read such a thing so can’t include the article, but has anyone else heard this? (also, the same article said squalene is a terrific product to use and environmentally sound so count me in!)

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    Eloise
    28 Oct 2020
    7:37am

    I usually make it through beauty posts without wanting anything, but squalene oil has me thinking about it…..

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    Mamavalveeta03
    29 Oct 2020
    1:56am

    I think I need that eye pencil. I’ve been having issues with my eyes, maybe allergies and dry eye, and just got new glasses from Warby Parker, so now I’m feeling the urge to step up my game. Probably the mascara, too. I tried a sample of Hourglass Caution Mascara and it made my wimpy eyelashes so long! It lasts well, too. Kim, I applaud the decision to try the rosy lip color! I’ll bet it looks great.

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    Jennifer Peters
    29 Oct 2020
    6:30am

    I also listened to that podcast and went out and tried the eye cream/concealer and it’s one of maybe two concealers I can actually use without it turning to crumbs under my eyes. I have very dry skin and it works beautifully. (L.A. girl concealer also works nicely).

    I also tried the mascara, it’s good but maybe it needs to dry down a bit, I think it will be better in a couple of weeks.

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