A few too many of my dear friends qualify as full-fledged jetsetters: they’re off to who knows where on a moment’s notice, rack up frequent flyer miles like they’re calories during the holidays, and can instantly tell you the best hotel to stay at in any city around the world. Then again, though most of my travel is of the “wishful thinking” variety, there’s not a thing in this travel gift guide I wouldn’t love to find under my tree. Just goes to show, whatever her (or his) mode of transport, these picks are positively sure to please.
Happy Friday, friends! I think I’m suffering from Sympathetic Hurricane Syndrome…I’ve spent all week in a weird, quiet funk, hunkered down and not really in the mood to shop. Which is fine, as it turns out, because the only emails I’ve gotten this week are from stores and brands letting me know they’re still not able to ship. But I’ll tell you what I do know: I heart NY.
So. What to do with yourself while you’re holed up at home? I’ll tell you.
when the temperature climbs, my normally fastidious skin care and makeup routines go right out the window, along with every ounce of patience in my being. i’m forced to pare down to basics, because i just can’t stand being cooped up in a steamy bathroom for any longer than absolutely necessary. so, i thought i’d take a moment and share my current shortcut routine for summer.
okay…well, that photo doesn’t really look like a shortcut, does it? but trust me. compared to the time i’m willing to spend when the weather’s cold, i’m downright neglectful of my face this time of year…when, arguably, it needs my help most! fortunately, my shortcuts seem to keep my skin as happy as can be expected in this heat.
for face care, this year i’m hopelessly devoted to skyn iceland’s glacial cleansing cloths and that olay pro-x system i told you about last week. and i’m still head over heels with skyn iceland’s SPF moisturizer for day – that tingly cooling sensation seriously lasts for hours. it’s the only thing that gets me through some of my mornings without a/c! i honestly wish all of my products came with the same chilly goodness. (note to self: must start storing eye cream in freezer.) on real scorchers, i top it off with clarins uv plus SPF 40…a fair-faced girl can’t be too careful, and this stuff sinks in beautifully, leaving no trace of oil.
as for makeup, my recent discovery of armani beauty‘s newest products simply couldn’t have come at a better time. i start with my old reliable, benefit’s lemon-aid (or my new, higher-maintenance love, laura mercier’s undercover pot, but we’ll talk more about that later). from then on, it’s all armani for me this summer. their face fabric ($48) is the lightest foundation i’ve ever tried. the texture is incredible – it virtually disappears the moment you put it on, is perfectly mattifying, and truly doesn’t budge all day. their soft lash mascara ($28) is utterly foolproof, curls lashes without forcing me to break out the lash curler, and doesn’t make your lashes feel like deadly weapons. add a touch of their unbelievably cute “eyes to kill” eyeshadow palettes ($59) (i especially love the bronze coral set for summer, on just about any skin tone), and you’re basically done. it works as a liner and highlighter (if i have that kind of energy), with perfectly pre-selected shades i don’t even have to think about. i top it all of with my new favorite cheap beauty thrill: carmex’s new moisture plus. $3 at your neighborhood walgreens, and seriously, it’s now all i’ll use. burt’s bees doesn’t live here any more!
when it comes to hair, i’m looking for something seriously simple – i want as little to do with my hairdryer in july as humanly possible. i’ve told you before about wonders of living proof’s “no frizz”, and especially in summer, it’s a life-saver when i just can’t bear the thought of styling. plus, their new refinishing spray gives me at least an extra day’s life from my blow-dried styles, and works so much better on my perpetually dry hair than dry shampoos that are supposed to give the same benefits.
last but not least, i know this might not seem like a beauty essential, but it truly is. while i’m horrible about getting my 8 glasses during the rest of the year, i’m like a camel in fill mode when the weather gets hot – i can’t leave a table without downing 4 glasses of water. thankfully, i discovered this sweet little PUR built-in water filter when we moved (great new house, ancient fridge). it was only about $45, a bargain i wasn’t expecting, and it was insanely easy to install. it’s been running nonstop in my house ever since, and saving me from my water snobbery (before this, i was about to resort to buying fiji water by the case!). all that h20 has definitely been saving my skin this summer…my face doesn’t need nearly as much moisturizer when i’m hydrated, which means less to sweat off later in the day. definitley a win/win.
so, now i’m wondering…other than a staffer feeding you frozen grapes poolside, what are your summer beauty must-haves?
all month, i’ve been trying to trick my brain into thinking it’s summer. i’ve heard tell the sun is shining everywhere else in the world, though the rain and clouds in portland just. won’t. stop. thankfully, i have some new goodies to give me the illusion we’re in the midst of a heat wave.
first up is skyn iceland, whose products are destined to be my summer staples. all of their products have this tingly cooling sensation when you use them, so they instantly whisk sweat, humidity and the general yuck of even the worst heat wave from your mind.
i’ve fallen hard for their glacial cleansing cloths ($15), which are just vastly superior to anything like it i’ve ever tried (and i’ve tried a few). they remove positively everything from my face at the end of the day, with no residue, no breakouts, and just the right amount of exfoliation. they’re the only thing i’ve found that actually makes a good stand-in for my favorite cleanser** when i’m just too tired to think about the whole before-bed-face-cleansing ordeal.
but my favorite right now has to be their mineral sunscreen + moisturizer, antidote ($55). i can’t even explain how much i love this…the cooling thing that it does to your skin is straight out of a noxzema commercial (and lasts for hours), and it leaves just the right amount of moisture on my poor tired face in the morning. plus, the mineral-based sunscreen means it lasts longer and doesn’t have any of the chemicals that sometimes scare me…but magically, it doesn’t leave that weird white residue that most mineral sunscreens do. it’s just genius, and if we ever get an actual heat wave here in stumptown, you’re going to have to fight me for the last bottle at sephora.
**i starred that because i was planning to link to my review of caudalie’s instant foaming cleanser ($26), which i love beyond all reason. but after a quick search, i realized i may have actually not told you about this amazing stuff? is it possible? honestly, what can i say about cleanser…but this one is seriously the absolute, hands-down best of the best. it leaves my face utterly bare and utterly happy – no dryness, no oil, just clean. it’s one of about three products i use that can inspire actual panic if i run out. get it.