Some beauty products I am liking right now

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I picked up this Ilia lipstick in Wild Aster the other day on a whim, and it’s quickly become my new favorite. The color is nice and understated—like your real lips, only better—and, best of all for this time of year, the formulation is very moisturizing.

And speaking of things that moisturize, I’ve been using this Drunk Elephant cream for a while now and love it. Most moisturizers feel gloppy to me, and like they sit on top of your skin instead of being absorbed, but this sinks right in, and provides an excellent base for makeup.

I know you’re supposed to apply bronzer only to strategic spots on your face—cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the forehead—and I know most people only use it in the summer months. But I rely on By Terry’s Tea to Tan all year round (who wouldn’t want it in winter especially, when we turn all pallid?) and spread it over my entire face. With a lesser bronzer this would look fake and awful (trust me, I’ve tried) but this stuff is so natural-looking and subtle that it totally works.

Liquid Spell is a new product from Davines made especially for fine hair like mine, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. You apply it before blow-drying, and it really makes a difference, body-wise.

I apply RMS’s Magic Luminizer to my cheeks, brow bone, and the bridge of my nose, as instructed, and it just sort of brightens my whole face without looking the least bit obvious.

I hate the look of a powdered face, but my face shines even this time of year. This stuff, from Hourglass, however, goes on invisibly, and blurs imperfections too.

I was told some time ago never to wear black eyeliner because it’s too harsh for my coloring, but it’s tough to find a good rich deep brown. This Charlotte Tilbury eyeliner, in Barbarella Brown, really does the trick, though. And it lasts.

Toasty footwear part 2: Foul weather boots

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I have learned the hard way that if you wait until the first big snowstorm to pick up a pair of suitable boots, they will be gone, so look alive: I have a pair of these Sorel boots, and they’re great for when it’s really coming down.

These Sperry boots look a bit like the Vince boots I showed you yesterday, except they’re more appropriate for wet weather, and a whole lot cheaper.

These have a nice, lightweight, sneaker-ish sole.

For those who require a little height in all conditions, these J. Crew boots are pretty adorable.

These look appealingly like Mukluks to me, only with treads on the soles so you can clomp through the snow in them.

These look both cozy and utilitarian, and I dig the spiff black and white shoelaces.

This Woolrich pair as minimal in design as foul weather boots get, and I’ll bet they’re seriously durable.

This is a splurgier choice than the others, but they’re almost chic, and I really like the platform sole.

These are from La Canadienne and are also a bit of an investment, but they’re cool in a tough girl kind of way.

A snow boot disguised as a motorcycle boot: genius.

These classic L.L. Bean boots look so great once they’re a little worn in, and they last forever.

And finally: the dogs seriously require boots when it snows, because all the salt on the sidewalks gets into their wee paws and really hurts. So I’m considering trading in the cheapies they usually wear (and that inevitably slip off) with these Ruff Wear booties that are apparently state-of-the-art.

Toasty footwear for chilly days

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What could be more simultaneously comfortable and cozy than fleece-lined Doc Marten Cheslea boots?

I don’t think anyone should worry about aging out of wearing high tops, especially when they’ve got a simple, straightforward color and design like these Vans do.

These kind of resemble moon boots, which I choose to view as a plus.

I never quite understand when I see people wearing these shearling-lined Birkenstocks outdoors on cold days—don’t their heels get chilled?—but they’d be excellent for padding about the house.

Classic black Supergas with a nice thick sole for added height.

I have an earlier version of these Nikes from a few years ago, and they’re the best, most comfortable shoes for those early morning dog walks I’m always bitching about.

These Tretorn rain boots are practical as they are cute, and I dig the blue and red pull tabs.

I showed you these Vince boots—which look like a chic-ified version of Red Wings—not that long ago, but they fit so well in this category that I’m doing a repeat. I don’t often like a white sole on a dark shoe, but these really work somehow.

You can’t beat a timeless pair of Converse All-Stars, and the wee purplish stripe is a winning touch.

 

This shearling-lined ankle boot from Mansur Gavriel comes in a few colors—including a very cool pale pink—and it’s so appealingly clean-lined.

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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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