Top 5 of the week: my summer beauty lifesavers

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I like to swap out lipstick for SPF tinted lip balm this time of year, but it’s not so easy to get the saturated color I crave that way. Recently, however, I discovered this Fresh formulation—the hue is called Velvet—and it goes on a bit darker and thicker than I’d like, but if I blot once or twice, the color is the perfect berryish stain, and it’s nice and light on your lips.

This anti-frizz spray isn’t my only soldier in the fight against humidity, but it’s a pretty clutch one. It goes on so light you don’t even know it’s there, and really does seem to make my hair stay smoother.

I like my sunscreen to be a spray—you can cover so much ground so much more effectively that way—and Sun Bum is my favorite, because it moisturizes as it protects, and the smell isn’t overwhelming.

I also prefer my self-tanner to be a towelette, as I seem to be able to avoid streaking that way, and the formulation is light and absorbs quickly. This stuff from Dr Dennis Gross is my favorite, but it isn’t exactly cheap. These cost about half as much, and I hear excellent things about them. They also come in three shades, which is handy.

I go through these hair pins like water in the summer, because on most hot days, I just give up on any attempts at styling, and pull it back. These allow you to put your hair in a nice little twist, and they generally really stay put.

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36 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: my summer beauty lifesavers
    Bobby
    22 Jun 2021
    12:05pm

    Okay, this is in response to the podcast. I know that Elenor Roosevelt said that nobody can make you feel bad without your consent, but I’m afraid that I’m not that evolved. Whenever you mock florals I feel like a sad frump, because they’re pretty much all I wear, and I trust you Kim, as well as the women who comment here. SO… I’m going to post my two favorite florals. I wear floral coats in the winter and spring, because I find them cheerful, but if they come across as sister wives or little house on the prairie I wouldn’t be too happy, that is not the vibe I want to be sending. I would love feedback on these pieces! Here’s the first, my spring coat, which I think looks like a Dutch floral painting https://www.snobessentials.com/2011/02/stella-mccartney-coat-with-floral-illustration.html

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      Bobby
      22 Jun 2021
      12:07pm

      Yes, I’m replying to myself! Here’s my winter coat https://www.nordstrom.com/s/stella-mccartney-floral-embroidered-wool-blend-coat/4205061. Little House on the Prairie? Or bold choice?

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        Betsy Palmer
        23 Jun 2021
        9:19am

        Both the antithesis of frump! I wouldn’t put it past Stella to one day do a collection solely from flour sack fabric, but those coats ain’t it!

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        D.Morgendorffer
        22 Jun 2021
        12:45pm

        I think it’s amazing, Bobby. The only reason I will not begin a campaign of totally sucking up to you in hopes of getting your hand-me-down florals like that coat is that a) I am probably too big to fit in your stuff and b) living in the convection oven region of this country means I never get a chance to wear coats. I think you are overlooking the detail that you are clearly way more discerning in your floral selection. I think your floral preferences indicate a certain wit. Have you ever read Sara Vowell’s essay “The Pink of Goth”? I believe it’s in her essay collection, Take the Cannoli. It’s one of my favorite essays ever, right up there with Hazlitt’s “The Indian Juggler”. Anyway, in case you haven’t read it… Vowell talks about truly advanced Goth wearing pink and having Goth names like Janice. You can totally reveal a midnight soul with a jagged edge that cuts through condescension while wearing a floral print, if you have a discerning eye like you do.

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          Bobby
          22 Jun 2021
          6:33pm

          Jeez, thanks, you made my day!

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        Amy Stein
        23 Jun 2021
        3:56pm

        This is cool!

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        Eloise
        22 Jun 2021
        2:01pm

        If the majority of this season’s florals looked like that either of those coats, I’d be charging up a storm! Your coats are way more subdued than what’s out there now (I LOL’d – for real – at a recent comment that current fashion looks like Laura Ashley on a coke bender) and there is nary a ruffle in sight. Now I want to see the rest of your word robe.

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          Eloise
          22 Jun 2021
          2:09pm

          And, Kim, we really need an “edit comment” option for horrific typos.

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          Bobby
          22 Jun 2021
          9:08pm

          I would love to inundate you all with pics of outfits I designed, but there’s no way to upload pics here, and anyway, I don’t want to hijack Kim’s site!

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        kimbersam
        22 Jun 2021
        1:42pm

        Love your taste in florals, very hyper-realistic. I wish I had your Stella McCartney affording budget. Guess I’ll be stalking the RealReal looking for these beauties.

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        Mae
        22 Jun 2021
        1:44pm

        We all look our best when we’re comfortable and don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks about us, so wear what you love, Bobby (and everyone). Love, Mae

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        Mamavalveeta03
        22 Jun 2021
        10:25pm

        Thumbs up!

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      DeDe
      24 Jun 2021
      10:12am

      I know this is late and maybe you won’t see this, but OMG NO. That coat is totally not Ma Ingalls discovering she’s menopausal (remember that episode? Lol SO HORRIBLE). It’s chic as chic can be and you should rock it proudly.

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        Bobby
        24 Jun 2021
        1:30pm

        I saw it and now I have a weird desire to watch that episode which I’ve never seen. Thank you very much1

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          Bobby
          24 Jun 2021
          1:31pm

          I mean I just saw /read your comment. I’ve never seen that episode and now I want too! Just after I posted I realized my reply didn’t make much sense.

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      Jeanne
      22 Jun 2021
      3:45pm

      I love these and I’m not a pattern person in general. They are reminiscent of the Ted Baker kind of floral print, more artistic than calico. I recently bought a Vince silk top that has a large watercolor floral print and it makes me feel happy

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      Kim France
      22 Jun 2021
      1:20pm

      But I love florals! I’m just really picky about them.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        22 Jun 2021
        1:52pm

        Yeah, actually, I always liked to picture your inter-office transport at Lucky being a custom Liberty of London upholstered sedan chair carried by promising interns. Please don’t disabuse me of this glamorous illusion and tell me you took the elevator or stairs. I can hold on to illusion for a long time, provided I’m not burdened with too much updated information.

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          Kim France
          22 Jun 2021
          2:04pm

          Hilarious, D.

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        Bobby
        22 Jun 2021
        6:33pm

        Thank you everyone! ALERT KIM!!! Becca is going out of business! I live for that primer based on your recommendation. I’m going to buy two now — not sure it’s worth stocking up any more since they may just dry out. I thought you might want to know, in case you wanted to stockpile.

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          Bobby
          22 Jun 2021
          6:35pm

          I mean the mint colored undereye primer

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      Mary
      22 Jun 2021
      8:34pm

      Bobby, they’re utterly fantastic! The exact opposite of LHOP.

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    Candy
    22 Jun 2021
    11:29am

    I like the Fresh berry shade, which, to me, doesn’t go on too dark or thick — just a nice easy stain that’s buildable for brighter color. It’s apparently a popular shade — only 2 left on the Nordstrom site and, in the past, I’ve had a hard time finding it during the winter, for some reason.

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      Betsy Palmer
      23 Jun 2021
      9:18am

      JUst ordered it and was hoping it wasn’t too dark!

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    cw
    22 Jun 2021
    9:00am

    I’m still wearing a mask in public places like the grocery store or the drug store so I’ve not been wearing any sort of lip anything––much less anything else that could possibly be construed as “make-up.” As a matter of fact the only thing I’m doing at the moment is making a tiny bit of effort to take care of my hair. I can’t seem to depart from the Pandemic frame of mind/living. It isn’t that I don’t value taking care of myself or presenting myself to the world in an attractive way––it’s more like I’ve forgotten how to do it. For example yesterday I had to go to downtown Sag Harbor (a tiny, tiny town) and I changed my “outfit” four times because I couldn’t figure out how to present myself to the world. And trust me when I say NO ONE in Sag Harbor even notices my existence. I finally settled on my “nice jeans” and an AYL long-sleeved tee, but when I arrived in Sag I noticed I’d put on my super ratty “beach sneakers” out of habit so fell into deep dive of fashion failure. It was ridiculous. And real. Side note: the Beach Bum also comes in solid form housed in a tiny container that fits beautifully into the smallest bag for reapplication when one is out and about.

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      Jeanne
      22 Jun 2021
      3:49pm

      CW: I feel the same way. I’ve actually changed the style of my clothing (sorry credit card). My conversation skills are more awkward too. I have found that, after not wearing foundation or lipstick for a year and a half, my skin is not happy with applying it again. It gets angry and my lips start peeling terribly. Not sure what to do about this.

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        Candy
        22 Jun 2021
        5:22pm

        Jeanne — I’ve been wearing lipstick or lip balm throughout for Zoom and my own amusement, but my facial skin is also not happy about foundation making a re-appearance. Lots of redness and outbreaks. I threw out the stuff I used to use, as well as the makeup sponges I applied it with, in case they had all become contaminated or something. Now I’m trying to find something less heavy and less irritating to wear on an occasional basis.

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        DeDe
        24 Jun 2021
        10:21am

        ME TOO! This Pandemic Life saw me paring my entire wardrobe down and I’m now going in a much more minimalistic direction. There are just a lot of things I’m abruptly done with because I realized what a pain in the ass they were when I wasn’t wearing them all the time. I want to be chic, I want to be comfortable, and I don’t want to fuck around. Also, re: the skin crankiness, it’s possible that you have a fragrance allergy that you weren’t noticing before (I say this as someone who went through it a few years ago). Fragrance is in ev-er-y-thing and it’s such a common allergen – if your lips are peeling, that’s a major tip-off. If you can, see a dermatologist for a patch test.

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      y.k.
      22 Jun 2021
      9:30am

      i get that cw – the forgetting of the whole routine. and there are so many elements of the whole routine, even if the lip has been taken off the list.
      hair (take a hair tie b/c I’ll sweat).. bag (w/ more bags inside). ..shoes (socks? or no? are the toenails horrible? then, no sandals..). perfume? but I’m sweating..
      and this is in addition to the outfit.
      oy.
      & what the heck is going on w/ the NYC mayoral race?

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      Eloise
      22 Jun 2021
      9:54am

      RIght there with you, CW, except I usually default to the “screw it” look. Guess I can’t blame it on the pandemic much longer. As for your side note: I bought the Solid Beach Bum, but was so grossed out by how dirty it got due to my sweat, etc., that I tossed it. Not sure if that is an issue because I got the mineral (white) version or because I am gross/dirty. I choose to blame it on the mineral formulation. My own side note: Beach Bum also makes a mineral lip balm that only goes on a teensy bit white and can be rubbed in. It is surprisingly moisturizing.

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        Liz
        22 Jun 2021
        10:35am

        If you’re looking for a good lip balm that’s less dark/thick, I just bought Glossier’s Generation G in Jam, which is the perfect blackberry shade. It’s nice and light. I don’t think it has SPF, though.

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          kimbersam
          22 Jun 2021
          1:44pm

          I’m on my third or fourth tube of Jam. Good stuff!

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        Viajera
        22 Jun 2021
        1:05pm

        “Guess I can’t blame it on the pandemic much longer.” Same here, darn it.

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    EBK Riley
    22 Jun 2021
    1:22pm

    Love that lip balm and those hairpins are essential!

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    Eloise
    22 Jun 2021
    2:51pm

    Ok, so this has NOTHING to do with summer beauty products (or Bobby’s gorgeous coats) but I still feel compelled to share. A few weeks ago, Kim featured this yellow-ish/mustard denim jacket and it called to me. It was on backorder and just arrived today. I threw it on and it looked great (even the color) and made me happy until I realized that that the fringe at the wrists made me look like the Scarecrow, which made me chuckle for far too long. (I think I need to get out more.) I’m glad I didn’t rip off the tag. lhttps://www.anthropologie.com/shop/pilcro-denim-trucker-jacket2?color=074&size=M&inventoryCountry=US&countryCode=US&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_source=Google&utm_campaign=US%20-%20Shopping%20-%20Women%27s%20-%20Desktop%20-%20Designer%20-%20SC%20PLAs%20-%20Apparel&utm_content=All%20Products&utm_term=PRODUCT_GROUP&creative=459094388555&device=c&matchtype=&network=g&utm_kxconfid=vx6rd81ts&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu_HCrPOr8QIVacyzCh2xywO-EAQYAiABEgJlBPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&type=STANDARD&quantity=1

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    Mamavalveeta03
    22 Jun 2021
    10:24pm

    I love the idea of an anti-frizz spray and I’m a big fan of R + Co products, so I’m going to try it. Wish me luck, Cuz the frizz is real!

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