Top 5 of the week: Beauty products I’m intrigued by


I’ve heard raves about the volumizing effects of this mascara, and I love the fact that it goes for $4.99 a pop.

I’ve also been reading about how good it supposedly is for your skin to wash it with a cloth, preferably one of rough silk or muslin, and apparently these, from Eve Lom, are the sine qua non of face cloths.  I don’t know how special a few squares of muslin could be for them to get away with charging $22 for them, but what if they’re magic?

My face shines like there’s no tomorrow, and apparently this primer helps mitigate that, which is an appealing notion. But I also like the idea that it helps your makeup stay on longer.

Ever since a reader mentioned in the comments that her dermatologist said that one must wear a dedicated sunscreen and not just depend on the protection in your makeup, I’ve been convinced I must up my SPF game. I’m interested in this Umbra Tinte from Drunk Elephant, my skincare brand of choice, because Drunk Elephant can do no wrong in my eyes (here’s an untinted version too).

I live with undereye circles most every day, and have pretty much learned to ignore them—and have even attempted to think, as the French apparently do, that they’re sexy, implying as they do that the previous night was spent in amorous pursuits. But the truth is, I don’t care for them, not at all, and have simply never found a concealer that matches my skin tone and doesn’t give me a reverse-raccoon effect. This is from Charlotte Tilbury, and I feel like the spongy applicator would make putting it on a breeze, even for makeup novices such as myself.

(More) things I didn’t buy recently




I own this Iro jacket in an off-white, and am tempted to get one in black too because it’s so great looking and a really handy stand-in (as one of you also recently also noted in the comments) for a blazer.

I’m not certain I could pull off a jumpsuit like this—my temptation would be to size up, but then I fear I’d look like a lady car mechanic—but I very much like the idea of it.

Just a good, furry leopard print coat in a nice, rich color combination.

I’m having the toughest time finding good jeans lately: high-waisted looks awful on me, and everything is high-waisted these days. These trouser jeans aren’t, though, and I like the tailored cut.

I’m sorry, but how awesome is this shaggy coat? I would wear it with just about everything.

This wide-wale corduroy blazer is rather chicly professorial.

I do not totally understand my desire to own this clever little boucle bag, but I’m OK living with the mystery.

This striped wrap is such an instant outfit-transformer.

Let’s check out some boots



Sock booties like these are having such a moment that they’re already over for all I know, but I like how streamlined they are.

Another sock bootie, this one with a nice, nubby texture.

The proportions on these are all off—that itsy kitten heel with the clunky sole—in a way that really appeals.

These seem like they’d just be an excellent walk-around-the-city pair.

The shape of the wood heel here is subtly sculptural.

This bootie also comes in black, but I love the deep grey: really sophisticated. I also dig the cone heel.


This embossed snakeskin pair is just a kick.

Just a really well-priced option.

I like that these are the color of tomboyish desert boots, but have such feminine details.

This zip-front choice is so excellently mod.

The shirring here dresses these up a bit.

A near-microscopic heel on a very elegant boot.

I always feel like I’d look like a guy if I tried to pull off lace-up boots, but these make it look do-able.

These look just like something Debbie Harry would have worn around 1981.

And yet another sock bootie—in such a cool colorway.

I think we can all agree that Acne’s pistol bootie is a classic.


As is Rachel Comey’s Mars bootie.



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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