What is your splurgiest beauty product? Your Cheapest?


OK, splurgiest first: for a while now, I’ve been using this bronzer from By Terry, and the crazy price is worth it to me because it works perfectly with my skin tone, and that’s tough to find in a bronzer. It also goes on super-creamy.

And now the cheapest: these makeup remover wipes from Neutrogena, which truly do get off everything, and aren’t the least bit greasy.

A whole lot of red



I love red, and it’s probably the most flattering color on me, but I rarely wear it because I have a tough time finding items in that color I like. So I did a deep dive over the weekend, and came up with the following, starting with this dress, which is so easy and really comfortable-looking, but just a little sexy, too.

I love the idea of a pop of color at your feet, and this sandal is so adorable.

Just a pretty, becoming floral wrap dress from Rebecca Taylor.

Red chinos are perfection with a white button-down or tee this time of year.

A gorgeous skirt with such a graceful hemline.

This slouchy plus-size tee has the most flattering neckline.

The tomato red is pretty ideal on this James Perse tee.

Just a fun, party-worthy plus-size dress.

The stripes here area lot, but I think this is really chic, and the price is great.

A well-cut, office-worthy blouse.

The cutaway shape of this blazer is so damn snappy.

An Iro jacket in red makes all kinds of sense: throw it on and your boring jeans and a tee are suddenly a happening outfit.

It’s a little on the bare side, but I am in love with this dress—it is so feminine and kind of sweetly retro.

And finally: these were too good not to include.

A pox on pale legs


I only use self-tanner on my legs, because they are so damn pale, and seem to get more that way with every passing year. And I splurge a little on my brand—these tanning towelettes from Dr Dennis Gross. I like towelettes because they dry faster and are more mistake-proof than lotion, and I like this particular formulation because it’s natural-looking and goes on satisfyingly dark. Added bonus: it doesn’t smell funny.



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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