New favorite mascara alert


When my new friend Tally told me that Lancome’s Monsieur Big Mascara is so good it makes you look like you have lash extensions, I knew I had to order myself some, post-haste. And I must say, Tally spoke the truth: this stuff is rather amazing—it seems that all volumizing and/or lengthening mascaras result in some degree of clumpiness, but with this stuff, you get absolutely none of that—just clean, long, pretty lashes.

I love this stuff


I have horrible undereye circles—my left eye is especially bad, because I sleep on my side—and because I am terrible at applying concealer and don’t much believe in the effectiveness of eye creams, I usually just walk around that way. But I recently heard someone rave about Banana Bright Eye Creme from Ole Henriksen, and I must say, it actually appears to move the needle. The circles don’t disappear, but they are diminished, and so is the puff. It’s made with banana powder, which is apparently a makeup artist secret, and sounds just crazy enough to work. What eye cream do you believe in? Please share in the comments.

My travel-size beauty product all-stars


To close out the week, here’s my last travel post: I love a mini-sized beauty product, and not just because they’re space-savers when you travel; they’re also a really cost-efficient way to see if you might like a product you’ve never tried before and are curious about. Let’s start out with this Portrait of a Lady perfume mini, which I travel with instead of their hair and body oil, which I use at home because it isn’t as strong or fume-y, but which would be too potentially messy to pack in the cosmetic bag. As it turns out, I kind of like the whole spritzing-then-walking-through-a-cloud-of-perfume trick, and it has the added bonus of making whatever hotel room or Airbnb we’re staying smell really nice.

I love any product that lets me skip washing my face, and Bioderma does just that, cleansing thoroughly (I go over it twice, with two separate cotton pads to get everything off) and never making my skin feel dry afterward. In fact, Micellar water actually hydrates.

I apply a mixture of this Drunk Elephant duo to my face every morning, then wait for it to absorb before putting on makeup, and it leaves such a smooth base coat. And I feel like the Vitamin C really does brighten my skin, and for sure helps with undereye circles.

I spray Davines Oi All in One Milk on my poor tangled towel-dried hair after shampoos, and it detangles, protects during heat-styling, and brings my hair’s frizzbo impulses to curb.

A couple of pumps of Davines Oi Oil go on post-blow-dry: I like that it adds shine and controls flyaways.

Biologique Recherche’s famous P-50 potion came with a lot of hype—people like to call it a “facial in a bottle,”— and in the past couple of months that I have been using it, I’ve really bought in to the mania. This stuff exfoliates and corrects your skin’s ph balance, and contains just enough acids to give your skin a gorgeous rosy glow after you’ve been using it for a while. Two caveats: it smells like hell, and it isn’t cheap.

I have stayed true to Nars Climax  longer than I do most mascaras, because it makes me look like I have a full set of fat, fluttery lashes, and I find mascara easier to apply well in mini form, for some reason. What travel minis do you swear by? Please share in the comments.




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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