What are you running out of?


I picked up this Lipstick Queen lipstick—its deceptive hue is called Venetian Masquerade—as an afterthought a few months ago at Bigelow’s.  I’d purchased another very serious lip color that day, and thought that would be the one I’d start wearing routinely, but instead, I just kept reaching for this stuff: it looks purply in the tube, but when applied, that quickly turns into a sweet berry-ish pink-ish hue that lasts surprisingly long. And it’s got a slightly glossier feel than most of the lipsticks I like—because mostly those are matte—but it’s not a sticky glossy, which really is the worst, just nice and light and emollient-feeling. I’m hanging on to the last dregs of my tube of it, which is rare for me with a lip color, because usually I lose interest. What are you down to the last drop of these days?

A few new—to me—beauty products I’m loving


I went a bit crazy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, taking advantage of all sorts of sales and discounts to try some products I’ve been curious about, starting with Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer, which is the perfect base for makeup, as it is smooth, lightweight, and ever-so-slightly tinted.  It gets rid of redness and evens out your complexion really beautifully, and I think once summer rolls around, I’ll skip the foundation altogether and just use this stuff. It’s also got an SPF of 30, which is never bad.

This SKII Facial Treatment Mask is just insanely expensive, but I had heard raves from so many quarters that I had to give it a try, and I must say it’s pretty amazing—my skin looked very nearly perfect after I had it on for 15 minutes, and if it weren’t so pricey I’d use it weekly. As it is, I’ll save it for special occasions. And here’s a tip from my friend Michelle: there is so much serum left over after you use the mask that you can save it and smooth it on your face and neck for a few days after.

I am a big fan of Glossier’s you-but-better aesthetic, and this highlighter just sort of brightens your face—apply it to your cheekbones, brow arch, and the bridge of your nose—without looking like it’s there at all.

Sunday Riley’s Good Genes is another pricey product I’ve heard people go on and on about, and I think it’s lives up to the hype—I saw a difference in my skin after just one use.

My dear friend Jean Godfrey June, who was the beauty director at Lucky and now toils over at Goop, recommended this Kosas lipstick in Rosewater when she taped an episode of the podcast recently: I used it the way she suggested, on my lips and then just a touch on my cheeks, and it imparts the freshest, most subtle glow.

I also bought Kosas 10-Second Eyeshadow in Globe on a hunch, and love it. It’s a tiny bit more shimmery than I usually go for, but quite glam in an understated way. And, if you’re as awful at applying eyeshadow as I am, you’ll be pleased to know that this stuff goes on like a dream.


Things I bought, things I want, beauty edition


I got my roots done the other day at the salon I go to in my old neighborhood, the West Village, and afterward made a pilgrimage to the place I most miss living in close proximity to: C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, a.k.a. my happy place. My reasons for loving Bigelow’s are many, and chief among them is the fact that the ladies behind the beauty counter are so helpful and un-pushy, and one of them assisted me in choosing this Lipstick Queen lip color in Berry Wine. It’s a nice, matte formulation that goes on a hair brighter than it looks like here.

I’m always on a quest to find the perfect formulation for my tragic under-eye circles, and this balm may just be it: it brightens almost immediately upon application, and does a nice job of moisturizing, and you can apply it over your makeup for a late-afternoon pick-me-up.

I usually apply two mascaras every morning: one that lengthens and one that volumizes, and I’ve been looking for that miracle product that can do both of these things at the same time. According to word on the street, this stuff is it. It’s on its way to me as I type, so I’ll let you know how it works out after I try it.

For the first time ever, Liberty of London is shipping their fantabulous beauty advent calendar to the U.S., and—while I wouldn’t ever buy it for myself—I sure do find it tempting.

We’re coming up on chapped lip season, so I’ve been looking for a good tinted lip balm, and this one from Tata Harper looks like it delivers the perfect wash of color.

I prefer a gel blush—it just blends so much easier—and am thinking I might give Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Storm a try.

This is a dry brush, and you are supposed to use it on your body before showering for softer skin, improved circulation, and a host of other purported benefits. People who use one swear by it, and I’m thinking it’s worth giving it a shot.

I’m also thinking about giving eyeshadow a try again, not for every day but for parties and other occasions when I’m looking to add a dose of drama to my look: I’m really bad at applying it, but this Eye Polish by RMS (the color is called Myth) looks pretty idiot-proof.



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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