Beauty products I bought, beauty products I want


A while back, I met a facialist who told me that I go too heavy on the bronzer and that it ages me, and for a long time I didn’t want to accept that as fact, because I feel like I look so much more awake and healthy with a bronzy glow. But this winter, I began to think she had a point, and I also started disliking the fact that the bronzer I’d been using had a little bit of shimmer—and even a wee amount of shimmer is too much for me. So I ordered this Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (which is sold out everywhere I looked in the US, but that I managed to find on the fun British e-comm site Cult Beauty) and it is a lot subtler, imparting more of a healthy flush than a Hawaiian Tropic tan.

I am forever searching for a better pencil eyeliner, because they all—invariably and despite all claims that they won’t— smudge on me. But  Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, in a very rich brown called Whiskey, would appear, so far, to really, really not budge.

I’m pretty sure the best $12 I’ve invested lately has been in the Tangle Teezer, which smooths out my post-shampoo rat’s nest in record time, and feels less damaging than a comb.

The Brooklyn-based perfume house DS Durga just opened a shop around the corner from the bookstore where I went the other day to get some guides to Portugal, so of course I had to pop in to check it out. And I fell in love with this candle, which manages to smell clean, earthy, and spring-like all at once.

It is my belief—after years of trial and error—that the only cure for my chronic under-eye circles is concealer, but I do continue to hope for an eye cream that’ll do at least some of the heavy lifting. And this stuff sounds encouraging, as it is loaded with vitamin C, which is apparently quite good for just such an issue.

As anyone who reads GOACA regularly knows, I’ve got a seriously wandering eye when it comes to mascara. So even though I am happy with—and have for months now been faithful to—my Nars Climax, I am flirting heavily with the idea of giving this Tarte formulation a go, as it is supposed to be seriously volumizing. And yes, I find the packaging quite seductive too.

What do you buy in multiples?


The denim brand 6397 has pretty much figured out the perfect pair of jeans for me: not high-waisted but not low-slung either, with a skinny-but-not-too-skinny silhouette. I liked this pair so much that I got them in black too. It’s been a while since I dug something enough to buy more than one version of it, but these jeans are deeply flattering, even with the extra bit of post-winter chub I’m walking around with these days.

I also own quite a few Everlane button-downs, and am very curious about their new shrunken cotton shirt.

And I have altogether too many pairs of No 6 wedge clogs, but can not state with confidence that I will not purchase more. Now tell me: what do you love enough to purchase over and over?


Get while the getting’s good


Guys, the Zero+Maria Cornejo online sample sale just went live, and as always, the markdowns are steep and the selection is aces. I acquired this short-sleeved cardigan in the fall, and it is the perfect throw-it-on-and-suddenly-you-have-an-outfit piece. Now it is priced to move, and so are a lot of other pretty delectable items, so do not delay.



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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