I love this stuff


I received a lovely care package the other day from my friend Lisa, who founded and runs the excellent beauty brand Soap & Paper Factory. Included among the goodies was this marigold-calendula hand cream, which smells like a dream—it has notes of cyclamen, peony, and ylang-ylang—and sinks in quickly and un-greasily. After I put it on, I can’t stop smelling my hands: the scent is really uplifting and fresh. And it leaves my sad, dry, chapped skin super-soft.

Every single beauty product mentioned in our most recent podcast episode


Several of those of you who listened to our podcast episode with beauty editor Jean Godfrey June requested that I post all of the items Jean recommended, so here you go, ladies (to those of you who haven’t listened in yet, I ask: what are you waiting for?) My first question for Jean was whether there was one item every woman should use on her skin, and Jean’s answer was Vitamin C, which, she says, is “great for everyone’s skin,” and especially good “…if you’re breaking out, if you have wrinkles, or if you want a glow.” She likes True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster because it comes in powder form. Apparently, Vitamin C degrades fast in water, so once you’ve used about 20% of your product, it starts losing its efficacy. You’re supposed to mix the powder with a serum, but Jean finds it most effective when mixed with water.

Jean declared that Weleda Skin Food to be “The very best moisturizer of all time.” It is quite heavy, though, so if that doesn’t appeal, try their light version.

Jean also loves a cleansing oil, and says that Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser is “fantastic.”

I was the one who brought up the excellence of Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mask, but Jean concurred, saying that it is “gentle but makes it happen.”

For makeup removal, Jean likes RMS makeup wipes. “You take them out and they feel dry,” she says. “They’re just coconut oil. But they leave your skin so soft.”

As far as drugstore products go, she digs Burt’s bees lip balm.

Jean has made a switch in recent years to clean beauty, and nowhere is that more important, she says, than with sunscreen. She likes a brand called All Good because “It’s clean and nontoxic. The good thing about clean sunscreen is that it doesn’t irritate your skin, which chemical sunscreens can.” And if you jump in the ocean wearing chemical sunscreen, she continues. “You kill coral. And if it’s killing coral, then what’s it doing when it’s sitting on your skin?”

As for tinted sunscreens, she likes Beautycounter’s Dew Skin: “Such a good product. Everyone looks good in it.”

For self-tanning, she goes for Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water, which she declares is “really good.”

At night after makeup removal, Jean applies Vintners Daughter Active Botanical Serum. “It’s a great skin smoothing, plumping, glowifying product,” she says.

Once a week (and only once a week, as they are super-strong) Jean uses Goop Glow Overnight Glow Peel. “I live for them. You swipe them on at night, and in the morning you’re super-exfoliated.”

Here’s a little trick Jean employs for a quick brighten-up: apply Kosas Rosewater lipstick, and then dab a little of the color from your lips on to your cheeks. “Whoever does this sort of looks like they got their makeup done,” she says.

Jean confirmed what I have been telling people for years: that the only cure for dark under-eye circles is concealer. She likes Rituel de Fille concealer for this purpose. “To me it’s the ultimate, she says. “And it’s very pigmented so that you don’t have to use so much product.”


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?



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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