I adore this lippie


The other day, I was carrying a handbag I hadn’t picked up in a while, and found this tinted lip balm from Sisley, which was like discovering a $20 bill in my jeans pocket, but so much better. Because Sisley products are pricey here, but in Europe—where I purchased it a few years ago—it’s a drugstore brand (well, OK, a fancy European drugstore brand, but still) that costs a good bit less than it goes for in the U.S. The hue is pinker than most of the lip colors I own, but in a lightly berryish way that makes it very wearable, and it really hydrates lips—without going on overly glossy, which I dislike. In short, an ideal summer lip color. I’m going to be annoyed when it runs out, because I’ll have to shell out to replace it. Or maybe I’ll just wait until I’m in Europe again, whenever that may be.

I love this stuff


As I have mentioned in the past, I am not especially good at applying makeup, so I’m always searching for products that make it easy for me. I find powder blush to be so difficult to get right and often fake-looking (at least the way I apply it) and much prefer a cream formulation, like this one from Nars—the shade here is called Scandalous. It’s much more sheer than it looks here, and is quite buildable. Plus, it feels light on my skin, which is awfully nice right about now.

I love this product


I’ve spoken on the podcast a fair amount—but have mentioned less often here—that I’ve put on some weight: I’m not certain if it was Covid or menopause (or both!) that caused this, but I’m trying my best, medium-successfully, to accept my new shape. One thing I will not welcome, however, is the unpleasantness of thigh chafing in the intense heat. But then I discovered this stuff, which works wonders for the situation. It also comes in this mini handbag size, which is awfully convenient. (Also, this brand’s deodorant gets very high marks, just FYI.)



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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