1:38 pm

thick of it

02/10/2013, beauty, paris

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Bumble and bumble sent me their new thickening products to try during fashion week here in Paris – I’m faithful (lazy?) for the most part when it comes to trying new hair products but Bumble always manages to prove that entire system wrong. These four little guys have been making the process of fluffing my non-wavy non-straight hair up into something so seemingly effortless that I can focus almost exclusively on fake fashion week problems. The process I’ve been using is soaking the conditioner into the ends, blow drying it halfway dry and putting it into two infantile buns for an awkward 15 minutes (NO I WASN’T GOING TO WEAR IT LIKE THIS TO COFFEE BUT NOW I JUST MIGHT), smushing the creme into ends to separate them a bit, and then using the dryspun finish lightly throughout for instant mane-ness. Thank you for my new routine Bumble!

Categories: beauty, paris
9:08 pm

changing bases

16/09/2013, beauty, home sweet home


(Iro Rovea dress, jewelry by Line & Jo, Cartier, and Inez, Essie nail polish in Great Expectations)

A good chunk of my beauty routine is NARS, specifically the Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park, Nico blush (least offensive and most subtle sheen award), and pretty much all shades of The Multiple. I haven’t had too much experience with their foundations but they sent me their latest formula, the Radiant Cream Compact Foundation to try out and I haven’t let it too far out of my reach since, and not just cause I like staring at the compact now and then all oversized and luxurious. It goes on feeling almost like a moisturizer and the finish is dewy and light, perfect for the 100% of us that are deathly afraid of looking all matte like movie vampires. Check it out here!

presented in collaboration with NARS

Categories: beauty, home sweet home
11:51 pm

hair therapy

15/05/2013, beauty


Maybe it was in response to the conditioner woes voiced in my Into the Gloss interview, maybe not, but I’m not complaining about receiving a boxful of Frederic Fekkai to try. When it comes to higher end conditioners, the only thing that makes them worth it to me is if they can make parched ends feel hair-textured again. It’s been about a month of solid use now and the Keratin Conditioner and Hair Repair Mask are now at addiction status. Even just a tiny bit of the mask at the ends and my hair dries shiny with extremely minimal effort. Thank you Fekkai!

Categories: beauty
12:16 pm

peach tones

01/04/2013, beauty

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Being invited to ramble about makeup for Into the Gloss and getting to spend a bunch of time with Eva Chen has gotten me a little more amped on writing about beauty. I’m probably more obsessed with it and also obsessive about it than I let on. If you read through the feature you’ll now know that I’m kind of a crackhead, habitually abusive to my hair, and that I’m equally focused on being faithful to a smallish group of favorites as I am likely to abandon entire categories of products for months at a time. Usually it’s discovering a perfect version of something that gets me back on a certain track. So after a solid while of being “over” powder eyeshadow in favor of a clean cateye or a cream-based taupe color pressed under the lower lashes, Lancôme’s Color Design Palette has me back in its silky clutches. I think my mental issue was that it didn’t seem fresh or dewy all of a sudden to me, and the fallout issue just wasn’t worth dealing with. But there are no freakish colors here and it all just kinda glides on with no bits that get all up in your cornea, just pretty neutrals and a peachy gold color that I decided to model as a blush for you because I didn’t know what section of eyelid it belonged on. I used just enough of the mushroom brown to sink my eyes in a little bit, carefully smudged what was left in the brush underneath mascara-ed bottom lashes, blended highlighter into the browbone, and dotted the gold into the inner corners with a super skinny Muji Q-tip, which by the way are my lifeblood if you really have to know. Thanks Lancôme for restoring the faith!

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Eye Brightening Shadow and Liner Palette in Peach Opulence c/o Lancôme. Other products worn here are Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, blotted out Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon over Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm, and Stila Stay All Day liquid liner.

Categories: beauty
7:56 am

top shelf with into the gloss

25/03/2013, beauty, la

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Thoughts on creepy pink things, sallow times, biodynamism, and vats of oil with Into the Gloss – click through for my Top Shelf interview!

Categories: beauty, la