I dig this stuff


I have oily skin—yes, even still, at this stage in the game—and in the summer, my face shines like a disco ball. I very much dislike the look of a face that looks powdered, however, and for that reason was thrilled to find Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder, which goes on super-translucent, and, even better, has an SPF of 45.

What are your summer beauty essentials?

nars lip pencil

In actual life, my summer beauty routine does not differ too much from my routine the rest of the year, but I do make certain adjustments (and am curious to hear about yours in the comments).  I like to go with a lip color that feels (and looks) a bit lighter than what I go for in the chillier months, and this Nars shade—called Golshan—is nice and bright with just the tiniest hint of orange.

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I splurge on these self-tanner towelettes because I think towelettes are a pretty fool-proof way to apply self-tanner—I always botch things up when I try to use lotion—and because they make my ghastly pale legs a convincing shade of dark. Tan Towels are also supposed to be pretty good, and they’re cheaper.

nars pencil sharpener

There is nothing at all summer-specific about this cosmetic pencil sharpener, but I just discovered it, and it is far and away the best pencil sharpener I have ever used. It makes everything super-pointy, so you can draw really precise lines.

nars eyeliner

Long-wear, waterproof eyeliner is essential once it starts getting all sweaty out, and this is the best one I’ve found.

sun bum

I like a sunscreen spray, and Sun Bum is my brand of choice because it stays put for a long time.

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I can’t stand how it feels to have my hair down on really gross, humid days, so I pull it back in a twist with these hair pins that I have been using for as long as I can recall.

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I just ordered this bronzer, which was introduced last week introduced by Drunk Elephant, my favorite skincare brand.  I can’t wait to try it, because it’s got all sorts of good-for-your-skin stuff in it, and because I just feel that Drunk Elephant wouldn’t introduce a bronzer unless it was a really good one.

I swear by this stuff


I’ve got weird, sensitive skin, and the notion of acid peels has always kind of scared me, but I am so trusting of Drunk Elephant products that I decided to give their T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial a shot, and I have to say, it is a miracle worker: my skin positively glows after I rinse it off. The instructions say to use it no more than twice a week, but I’m cautious and use it even less than that, because it is strong. It isn’t cheap, but I’m still on my first container of it and I’ve been using it for months.

A few new beauty products I’m liking

marc jacobs mascara

Even though I’m happy with my current mascara regimen, I can’t help but but ask every beauty store clerk I encounter what their favorite formulation in the store is, because my quest for perfection in that realm is real. On a recent visit to Sephora, I was directed to this Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which is pretty fantastic: it goes on quite glossy and very black, and the volume it imparts is intense.

nars lip color

When it comes to lip color, my main priority (aside from the just-right hue) is something that goes on and stays stays put. I am also partial to matte as opposed to glossy, cause glossy is always so sticky. I am very much liking my new Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in a color called Warm Leatherette. It’s on the pinkish side of berryish, so it’ll be even better when spring rolls along, but I’m wearing it now on those drab days when I need a little lift.

drunk elephant b hydra

Until quite recently, I am embarrassed to say, I didn’t moisturize: everything I tried on my sensitive skin has played hell with it, and felt too heavy to wear under makeup. But Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Instesive Hydration Gel is so super-light you can scarcely feel it on your skin, and it hasn’t caused any irritation.

drunk elephant c firma

After I put that on, I apply Drunk elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is also quite light and does a good job of evening out my skin tone, which can be all over the place. If you are interested in either of these Drunk Elephant products but aren’t certain about making the (not small) cash outlay, try this travel size duo.

rohto eye drops

Bloodshot eyes can ruin a good look, so on the days that mine are less-than-pristine, I use Rohto Cooling Eye Drops and they get an almost otherworldly white.

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I loathe putting lotion on my hands, because it takes forever to absorb and I’ve got better things to do than just sit there and wait. But this Brazilian Bum Bum Cream sinks in shockingly fast, and smells delightfully of a Caribbean vacation, too.

I love this hair thing

Aquis Hair Turban

Every few days, I wash my hair—I try to go as long as I can between shampoos but it tends to get wild—and the most boring part of my day is always the time I spend blow-drying. I have come to loathe it. So, in an attempt to minimize this time-suck, I took a chance on this little turban, which is made of what is purported to be ultra-thirsty fabric. The trick, I have learned, is to twist it super-tight—if you don’t do this, nothing special will happen—and to keep your hair up in it for several minutes—say the time it takes you to do your makeup. Your hair is still damp enough when you remove it to apply heat-styling product, but dry enough to significantly cut down the amount of time you spend styling. A minor miracle.

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