Top 5 of the week: beauty products I buy on repeat


The last time I went to see the woman who does my color, she told me my hair looks to be about 50% grey at this point, and I’d been suspecting as much, because lately when my roots grow in, they grow in bold. And this would explain why I’m going through my Color Wow Root Cover Up a whole lot faster than I used to. This stuff goes on easy, covers up roots beautifully, and stays put until you shampoo it out.

Canmake Cream Cheek blush is a Japanese drugstore product I order on Amazon and it always takes forever to arrive, but the wait is worth it: it provides the subtlest-but-brightest wash of color, and is good for midday touch-ups too.

I’ve been using Bobbie Brown BB Cream for longer than just about any product here, and like that it smooths out my complexion without looking at all fake or heavy.

I’ve raved about T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial before here, but I can’t think of another product that makes my skin glow like this does. In fact, I had a fancy facial at the spa, and afterward my skin looked pretty good, but no more so than when I use this stuff.

This Klorane makeup remover comes in a handy, super-sized container, and—more importantly—is as effective as it is gentle.



A couple of new (to me) beauty products


I went to the spa, and my brain all but melted away in a sea of forest hikes and swimming, lavender sea salt scrubs and crudité. It was very, very nice, and all a little too relaxing, and it has taken me a while to get back in the swing of things (and in truth, I’m not entirely certain I’m there yet). So please bear with me as I get back up to speed, and meanwhile, here are a couple of discoveries I made while I was away: first up is this Hourglass lipstick (the color is called I Can’t Live Without) and it is one of those your-lips-but-better shades, only maybe just a tiny bit darker, and now that I’m trying not to do a too-bold lip, which I’m told can be aging, I’m finding that it’s just the ticket.

The problem with deodorants, as opposed to antiperspirants, is that if they’re scented and you sweat even a little, that scent gets stronger, and unless you’re a really big fan of that scent, this can be a problem. This stuff, however, smells of nothing (well, as much like nothing as anything can) and it really works, too.



This is a mini-miracle


I have historically been lousy at applying concealer, and mostly avoid doing it altogether, even though the circles under my eyes can be tragic sometimes. But recently I discovered this under eye primer, and I have to say it has changed the game. You smooth it on after your moisturizer  but before makeup, and it de-puffs and color corrects and just generally makes the application of concealer a lot less tricky and more seamless. It’s also super-light, so you don’t feel like you’re wearing a cakey extra layer in the heat, which is nice.



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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