There are just two more days left in NYFW (it always goes by quickly!), and so far my skin is taking the arctic NYC temperatures like a champ. Normally, I have a thirteen-step skincare routine, but when you can barely even make time to eat, some steps must fall to the wayside.
I have lots of hydrating atomizers and have used them forever, thinking they’re pretty much all the same. Until I started using Avene’s Thermal Spring Water, that is. This isn’t like the Evian that’s just water in a special dispenser that atomizes. To begin with, Avene’s particular dispenser is a little more complex.
In the first few weeks of 2014, I have already racked up over 25K frequent flier miles, traveling throughout two continents and six cities. As fun as it’s been, my skin quickly began to feel like dry, crackling paper, sending me running straight to my longtime esthetician, Renee Rouleau.
Despite the rise in popularity of coconut water people often have bad associations with coconuts because they think they’re high cholesterol. It’s actually one of the healthiest oils to cook with because it’s high in immunity-boosting lauric acid and it can help with nutrient absorption, digestion, and more.
The number one reason people have bad reactions to skincare and makeup is fragrance. There’s an Armani mascara I love, but it’s scented and my eyes would without fail start to tear within seconds of putting it on – too bad really because I loved the idea of telling people that my eyelashes were scented…
Bobbi has a way of knowing what we need, when we need it. These frigid temperatures are giving us seriously rosy cheeks, and not in the cute, flushed way – in the patchy, blotchy mess kind of way that even the best skincare routine has trouble fighting off.
Forget liquid gold – in this weather you need gold cream. Chantecaille is the only thing that kept my skin from cracking during our week in Beaver, Colorado and a recent trip to NYC. I use it every night, but up in the mountains, 2–3 times a day. Next to SPF, it’s the most vital beauty product in dry, chilly temperatures.
Packaging isn’t everything in the beauty world, but when a sumptuous product finds its way into equally delectable packaging, the must-have effect goes through the roof. That’s how I feel about everything from Texas-based Farmhouse Fresh beauty, especially their Sweet Cream body milk lotion.
I have an elaborate 13-step beauty routine, and while I consider all 13 of those products as personal essentials, a few stuck out from the pack as the top five of the year. So without further ado, here are the best beauty products of 2013 – the ones that I just couldn’t live without. What were yours?