When it comes to beauty and self care regimens, minimalism doesn’t come natural to most women. We are bombarded with endless marketing that tells us we need a gazillion things to keep ourselves looking good. It’s maddening. Guys don’t even have to try. Continue reading →
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it: I think most beauty routines out in the blogosphere are stupid; most are unnecessarily complicated and offer marginal benefit over simply washing & moisturizing. I have fairly “good” skin, at least I’ve been told I do. Every once in a while, a few blemishes pop up, and you have to be very close in bright light to see any fine lines; it’s no big deal. I’ve tried a lot of beauty products in my life and quit almost all of them, now that I’m older and wiser. Continue reading →
I enjoy a good what’s in my bag post every once in a while, so thought I’d share my own. I always strive to travel light and try to keep my travel toiletries to the bare bones essentials.
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I’ve been loyal to nude and cream nail color for the past decade. But recently I’ve been in the mood for dark gray, especially this formulation by Nails Inc Gel Effect in “Hyde Park Place”. Continue reading →
One lesson I learned from decluttering my beauty and body products is that it pays to use things up. Burn those scented candles and be generous with those creams! It is better to use up your products than to let them expire.
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Here are some good reads on issues affecting my demographic: the older half of millennial women. You know who you are, if Y2K and puberty was a big thing in your life at approximately the same time… yes you! .. enjoy! Continue reading →
Here are some of my favorite objects this season:
- mineral salt deodorant spray: Are your pits ready for the heatwave? My regular old ‘healthy deordorant’ wasn’t cutting it so I looked into salt spray after reading a little bit about it. This stuff really works, leaves no residue or scent, and is completely non toxic. It won’t prevent sweating but will block odorous bacteria growth!
- rose oil: I’m enjoying the beautiful smell of rose oil this season with beauty products like Dr. Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream, which seems to have a loyal following for good reason. And Aesop’s A Rose by Any Other Name body cleanser simply smells amazing.
- peonies: These adorable flowers are finally in season (and sold at bargain prices right now! Usually go for $10 per stem, now sold at a 1/4 of that price ). And I’m loving the scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Peony cleaning products. It’s my favorite scent in their entire line of products. A bit rosy but more soft and subtle.
A capsule beauty kit contains only essential cosmetics. Think of the products that you repurchase when empty; the ones you just have to squeeze into your carry-on bag when you travel. What if you only kept these products and got rid of the rest? … By the time I reached the big 3-0, I felt like I had a better sense of myself, and knew what products made sense for me and had done enough research to know what products were the very best. The end result is a hard working beauty kit with holy grail standards for every item. I’m lucky enough to no longer have many blemishes (one of the many benefits to becoming semi-old~!) and on most days go without make up entirely, so it makes sense that my beauty kit only contains 6 items. It was definitely worth the effort to ruthlessly edit my beauty kit down to a few products, for an easy morning routine, and a look that feels authentic. Continue reading →
I was so fed up with my old Schick Quattro razor. It’s ugly, complicated; the head broke off every time it fell in the shower and the blades got dull fast. It seemed like I was paying a lot for a crappy product. I realized there are only 3 options at the drug store: Schick, Gillette, and Bic– all equally gimmicky, ugly; each desperately trying to vie for your attention with loud colors, swirly patterns, and moisturizing strips.
But all I want from a razor is a simple pleasing design, good working parts, no frills, at a reasonable price, so I’m glad I found the Truman at Harry’s. It’s the most beautiful affordable razor I’ve found; at only $10, with each replacement head under $2 a piece, with free shipping. I’ve used it once so far and am really impressed at the close shave, flexible head, and its secure attachment mechanism at the very neck of the razor. Although it is marketed towards men, I feel it is actually gender neutral and offers a great shave, safe for female parts. This will definitely become a staple in my beauty routine. Continue reading →
This miracle in a bottle cured my boyfriend’s 15 year long scalp problems for good! He tried every over the counter and prescribed treatment and nothing worked. His scalp was basically resistant to conventional treatments. Even the dermatologists gave up and resorted to prescribing high potency topical steroids that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle.
But what set this product apart is that it contains a handful of active ingredients that are European alternatives to the active ingredients we typically find in American scalp treatments. We had zero expectations and are just so blown away at how well it works!
I originally became curious about this Swedish hair care line after seeing it featured in all my favorite boutiques. Its uncomplicated minimalist packaging is really to die for. Really a beautiful product inside and out.
Here’s an excerpt from Sachajuan‘s philosophy page: Continue reading →
I’ve been on the search for a good mineral sunscreen that goes on clear and finally found John Masters Suncare SPF 30 mineral sunscreen. The white cast is minimal, and would be invisible on fair to tan skin tones but would leave a white cast on dark skin. The ingredient list is impressive with aloe vera as the second ingredient, green tea extract, no parabens. It leaves a dewy residue to the skin which could be matte-ified with just a bit of powder. Goes under make up nicely. No smell, no clumps, no pilling, comes in a cute brown glass bottle with a pump for easy mess-free dispensing. It’s a little expensive at $32 but I think the quality is well worth the price. This picture shows what my skin looks like with the sunscreen on, you’ll notice a slight sheen on the right side of my arm where I’ve rubbed in the sunscreen.
I highly recommend this sunscreen for anyone who wants to avoid the potential hazards of chemical sunscreen.
The weather has been hot and humid lately and the only bearable way to wear my hair has been to put it up in a high knot. Sort of by accident I tied it just slightly off centered and realized that the uneven bulges it created looked really cute and youthful. I would warn against going more than an inch off center though (it could look obnoxiously juvenile if you go too far). I’ve been rocking this up-do with a bare face and berry stained lips. Love its chic simplicity.
I think I’ve found my new holy grail nail color! It’s O.P.I.’s “silk negligee”, a lovely opaque cream color with just the slightest pink undertone. This is big news, because the last time I was this excited about a nail color, I ended up wearing it daily for 2 years and went through 3 bottles of that stuff (it was Essie’s “Jazz”). Silk negligee is a sophisticated elegant solid color that has ‘young modern power woman’ written all over it. Love love love it!
New York’s face melting summer heat is finally here girls! This gives us more reason to keep our faces bare. This week I’ve been walking around bare faced with just a bit of berry stain on my lips, and I’m really digging this look. It’s pretty, fresh, and most importantly easy! Just sunblock, eyelashes, lipstick, and you’re out the door. Lately I’ve been wearing Givenchy’s le rouge rose dressing, it’s a lovely bright berry pink that is muted enough to wear in the office, but can be layered for more impact as well. The formulation is quite nice and there’s no smell/taste to it, which is a major plus. But I’d encourage you to just use whatever bright lipcolor you already have and just have fun with it, now’s the time.
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