More stuff I put on my face

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I wake up with atrocious dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. Like, scary-bad. I don’t bother with concealer most days because I’m so awful at applying it, and fear I just make the situation worse. It has been my belief that there isn’t an eye product out there that can do a damn thing about the circles, but this eye gel does appear to minimize them, and to reduce—if not eradicate—puffiness.

I love this Japanese drugstore blush—like all of my Japanese drugstore beauty products, it took forever to arrive but was worth the wait: it goes on really clean and luminescent and endows me with a nice post-yoga glow even on the days I skipped yoga.

This luminizer from RMS is a relatively new addition to my beauty arsenal. It is a product about which I had heard raves, so—even though luminizer confuses me—I decided to give it a whirl. I apply a touch to my cheek and brow-bones, and down the bridge of my nose, as instructed. It definitely adds a very nice, quite subtle, glowiness.

I don’t use this product daily—I just pull it out on days when my eyes are on the red, irritated side. You apply it to the lower waterline—that’s the inside—of your lashes, and at first it looks a little extreme, but then it blends in quickly.

Lipstick never lasts too long on me, and I can’t bear not to have lipstick on at all times if I’m out (I fear look washed-out without it) so I’ve been on a quest to find a really good primer because that is supposed to help. This is the first one I think is worth getting excited about.  It’s kind of a pain if you’re in a rush because it’s best to give it a moment to dry after application, but if you’ve got the time, it’s worth the extra 70 seconds or so.

Everything I use on my hair

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Last week’s post on everything I put on my face got such a big response that I decided it might be fun to share my tonsorial products as well (and have you share yours in the comments, please). Hair is actually such an important part of my life that it’s surprising I don’t write about it more here—there’s a whole chapter in the book on it. Mine, left to its natural devices, is corkscrew-curly (I like how curls look on others, but not on me) and painfully thin. So I have extensions, and use this shampoo because it doesn’t eat away at the bonds.

You’re not supposed to use deep conditioners every time you shampoo, but my hair is so dry and damaged that I do; it just drinks this stuff up, and I’ve noticed a real change since I started using it.

I towel-dry my hair and then apply more of this than is probably recommended, but it is just so good: it detangles beautifully and leaves it feeling undamaged and even smooth.

This blow dryer is really fast, and lightweight too.

I heat style with a curling iron: even though the look I’m going for is relatively straight, I’ve been warned off of anything like a straight- iron. Still, to protect it from damage and to impart a little shine, I apply this before the iron goes through my hair.

 

I go section-by-section with my hair and run it all through this curling iron to get my hair as straight as it gets.

All the makeup I wear on my face in one post

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Please share in the comments which products you rely on daily; I’m always curious. Here are mine, starting with Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream, which I switched to a while back because it has SPF 35. They also have a tone that pretty closely matches my skin, and it goes in super-light, which I appreciate. This goes on right after I wash my face.

On days I want a little boost (which is most days), I go for Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonder Glow, which I tried after hearing raves, and it does indeed impart a certain luminescence.

I wrote about By Terry’s Tea to Tan not long ago, but it has become such an essential that I don’t mind revisiting its wonderfulness. The deeper into winter we get, the more horribly pallid I become, and the more I rely on a really quality bronzer to salvage matters. This stuff imparts a fantastic, natural color and I am addicted. The only drawback is that it has the consistency of water and is a little messy to apply.

I have been using Ecobrow for a couple of years now—it’s a waxy pomade that really makes me look like I am in possession of nice, full brows even though the exact opposite is the case. I have tried every brow pencil out there, and nothing worked quite well enough until this. Here’s the brush to apply it with.

The easiest eyeliner to apply, and a nice, rich brown (too many brown eyeliners are wimpy).

Given how often I switch loyalties in this category, it’s amazing I’ve stuck with Diorshow’s Pump N’ Volume for as long as I have. But it’s just a really good, rich, almost-clump-free mascara. People have actually asked me if I have eyelash extensions when I’m wearing it.

My favorite lipstick of the moment is this, from Hourglass. It goes on as a a nice, plummy red. Which sounds maybe like too much, but it’s not.

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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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