At a certain point on Thursday afternoon, the city’s heat and stickiness and altogether ick got to be too much, and I decided to hightail it immediately out to the country. Whenever I make a last-minute decision like this and pack in a rush, I forget something, and this time around it was my makeup. Perhaps you’re thinking that maybe this wouldn’t be such a big deal, given that I was headed for a few days of solitude in high summer, and perhaps, a decade ago, it wouldn’t be. But as it stands now, without cosmetic assistance, my lashes and brows are decidedly faded; they long to be drawn back in, and I feel better when they are. Whether or not there’s much of an audience doesn’t matter in the least. I had just heard about a new organic beauty pop-up boutique called Knockout Beauty close by in Bridgehampton (no website, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it’s right across the Montauk highway from the Candy Kitchen), and so off I went.
The first thing I picked out was this eyeliner, an old fashioned pencil, just how I like, in a nice subtle brown.
My hair is kind of brassy at the moment, so the woman who was helping me chose this brow defining wax for redheads, but I actually kind of love it.
Lipstick is not a priority when it gets this hot, but this is such a good red that I couldn’t resist. I like it so much I kept applying it and reapplying it all weekend, for no one but me.
For reasons I couldn’t quite follow, Knockout Beauty has adopted an anti-mascara stance, and doesn’t carry any. No matter: you can always find a more-than-suitable drugstore brand, and I did perfectly great at Rite-Aid with this Volume Express The Falsies from Maybelline. Lengthens and thickens just as nicely as any of those fancy brands I’m always banging on about.
And while we’re at it: I think I am finally going to have to just up and switch to Neutrogea makeup remover. So cheap. So good.
My hair has, for as long as I can recall, refused to get with the program. It’s fine, it frizzes, and is as dry as the desert at high noon. Not helping matters is the fact that I like to wear it straight (its natural state is ringlet-tight curls) which requires no small amount of of heat styling, so also: it’s damaged. But when I use All in One Milk from Davines, I can almost trick myself into thinking I was born with good hair. I spray a pretty liberal amount on before blow-drying, comb through (it’s an excellent detangler) and then style away. Afterward, my hair is soft and shiny and decidedly un-poufy, and it smells really nice too, which isn’t nothing.
I never especially wanted to wear blue nail polish, but then I saw this blue nail polish and now I totally do.
It takes a special kind of person to be content working at home, and I am very much not that person. I’m restless, easily distractible, and, even though I’ve taken to waking up shockingly early in the mornings, slow to get going. So on days when I don’t want to bother with perfume—which is, let’s face it, most days—I instead slather on this excellent lemon/lemongrass body oil from Dr Hauschka. The scent is bright and fruity without being fruity sweet (because of the lemongrass, probably) and it gets me focused in the mornings as much as my coffee does. I read somewhere once that in certain factories in Japan, they pump lemon scent into the air to keep workers productive and alert. I swear there is something to this.
I’ve become a bit of a freak for the Creamy Lips line from Ellis Faas: the colors are fantastic, and they don’t budge. And it goes on smoothly, but, once you blot, quickly goes quite matte and light—more like a stain than a lipstick—and this too pleases me because I hate the feeling of glop on my lips. For months now I’ve been using the Deep Fuchsia, a bold, lively pink that’s super-poppy, yet still somehow not too much. But just yesterday I popped in to Bigelow and picked up a tube in their Deep Plum Wine hue, which is more on the dramatic, evening side of things, but which I plan to wear during the day or whenever.
I add a new product to my skincare regimen approximately never; my skin is annoyingly sensitive, and if there is one thing I learned during my time around beauty editors, it is that consistency is important above all else in this matter. So I keep it simple, using nothing but Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser and Bobbi Brown BB Cream. But lately I’ve been curious about products with Vitamin C, because they apparently make you look all dewey and youthful and—even better—help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Sadly, most of them contain retinoids, which would spell disaster for me. So I shelled out for this Mega-C Radiance Serum, and it could just be me wanting it to be so, but I’m pretty sure I’ve got more of a glow happening. (For those of you who can handle retinoids and would prefer a less pricey option, there is this, which I have heard from a couple of sources is amazing.)
The reappearance of my roots is never something that happens gradually. Instead, I just wake up one morning and there they are: suddenly very visible, and just that much more grey than the last time around. And so I was thrilled to discover Color Wow, which you simply brush on the affected spots. It comes in multiple shades, and reader, it and works like a miracle. I swear it makes you look like you have more volume too—a big plus for the fine-haired among us.
I should wear brown eyeliner; I know this. It’s softer and more flattering for somebody with my particular coloring than black. And yet I have persisted in wearing black because I could never find a brown that was as satisfyingly dark as I craved until right exactly now.