Farewell to Winter Flakiness! Get Hydrated, Spring is (Kinda) Here!

STEP TWO

The sun is finally shining and the snow is melting into disgusting piles of dirt mixed with trash–it can only mean one thing. Spring really might, possibly be is coming. Still, winter wreaks havoc on our faces and that means it’s time for some rehab.

Sometimes though, the richest, thickest moisturizers heaped upon us especially in the darkest, pre-daylight-savings months can feel a little too, well rich.

If like me, washing your face is hardly the problem (I’m way above the recommended doses on that one), then the idea of mimicking the feeling when moisturizing is an appealing one to say the least. These moisturizers do just that. With powerful hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, this batch will have your skin ready for all the Vitamin D it’ll soon be on the receiving end of in no time.

Check out Step One here.

  1. Dr. Jart Water-Sure Gel

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2. ByTerry Cellularose Aqua Balm 

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3. Boscia Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel

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5. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche

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6. Darphin Hydraskin Essential

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7. Biologique Recherche

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8. Koh Gen Do All In One Moisture Gel

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11 Tricks To Fool Everyone Into Thinking You Actually Showered Today

Photo: Courtesy of Byredo

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No time to shower? No problem.

The latest from fragrance brand Byredo is a hair perfume, released in three of the brand’s classic scents.

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1. The “long lasting scents…subtly diffuse throughout the day, amplified by the natural movement of the hair,” the brand said in a press release. “Each hair perfume combines one of BYREDO’s signature scents with a unique silicone and polymer formula to create a light, invisible veil designed to leave the hair nourished and luminous whilst divinely scented.” So, if you’ve ever faux-casually sniffed your hair whilst running out the door and hoping no one notices the smell of shampoo has long since left your hair, the solution is here.

2. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily conquer grease. And since we can’t all be Kimmy K, with five-day plans and glam squads for each level of natural grease our hair encounters post-wash, some of us reach for products that can do it all.

Consensus rules that if messy hair is in, by all means run with it. A little dry shampoo spray with texturizing properties is your best friend. Zhush it up, have some fun with it and be your bad self. No shower, no problem. Recommended: Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray

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3. Skip the sink and get your face clean with the best facial wipes we’ve ever found–a true BlackBook fave–Koh Gen Do’s Cleansing Spa Water Cloths.

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4. It’s never a bad idea to start the day with a facial mist and having tried MANY, Tata Harper’s is a tried-and-true favorite.

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Even if Tata’s mist didn’t  have hyaluronic acid and brighten skin, I’d still spray it on like crack for it’s smell and ability to feel like an instant refresh!

5. Moving down, along the face, quick reminder. There is no excuse not to brush your teeth. There is an excuse to be kind of childish about it and wish it didn’t suck or bore you or whatever. Enter Foreo’s new Issa toothbrush. Because we should all have chic Swedish designed silicone toothbrushes, ya know?

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6. Sometimes when we don’t shower, we decide to take not showering UP A NOTCH. Because why not. Should you decide to skip to the cute little local barre studio, (which obviously does not have shower accommodations), break a bit of a sweat, and then head to your next meeting like nothing happened, allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: The Shower Pill. Like baby wipes but for sweaty, lazy, post-work-out adults.

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7. Another no-cheat zone? (let’s be courteous, if unclean)–pits. Dove’s new dry spray deodorant is a must have because who even has time to use a stick anymore!? No risk of icky stains either.

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8. Before you go: smear on a little something to help keep your skin in check–Bioelements Oil Control Mattifier.

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And, one for the road: Tatcha’s Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers. Because oily is not chic–and they won’t even mess up your makeup.

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9. Get your glow courtesy of Dr. Dennis Gross’s Alpha Beta Glow pad which gets your face looking naturally glowy (and streak-free) within 1-3 hours of application.

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10. Finish it off with Eve Lom’s new Radiant Glow Cream Foundation–compact, with SPF 30, and ready to throw in your bag.

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11. Finish it off with an oldie-but-goodie–because what other fragrance would you pick when hiding your unshowered-ness? Add a spritz of the appropriately named CLEAN’s Shower Fresh.

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Next up, fake a tan real quick.

7 Steps to Curating the Perfect Gym Bag with EVERY Base Covered

I’d tried everything. The nylon totes un-precious enough to toss sweaty gear in, the fancy bags in sizes so huge you could fit a small to medium sized dog. And yet still, my efforts to leave the house with one bag, ready to take me from work to the gym and even back again, have failed me time and time again. Sure, it’s what one may call a princess problem–not pressing by any real standards, but the fact is, buying your eighth mini deodorant in a month is a pain. So, when I set out on my Detox Diaries adventure, I decided to create the perfect gym bag–one fit for, well a princess.

Here’s what it takes:

1. Amped up tech-cessories and hydration. I’m unaware of brand that makes a more perfect water bottle than S’well (and trust, I’ve tried many). A S’well bottle keeps your water cold for 24 hours, or your tea hot for 12. Not to mention the sleek design. I packed a mini in one of their new styles, Blanc Crocodile.

And I’m just a little obsessed with those Frends mini headphones with their mother-of-pearl design and white leather. Small enough for the gym, stylish enough for the streets.

2. The right undies. Because sweaty cotton is never chic. As we would only wear the best wicking-fabric leggings to spin in, I deemed undergarments step up to the same level, and while a few sportswear brands make “workout undies,” nothing is quite on the level of Dear Kates, a supercool by-women-for-women brand. Find the Hazel Sport Thong here.

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3. And socks. Because it’s the little things. As mentioned, I’d made Exhale’s Central Park South location my haven, so naturally I picked their special edition breast cancer month barre socks, with $2.00 from every purchase going to breast cancer research to “sock it to cancer!” 

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In the spirit of giving back, I kept all my socks philanthropic thanks to Bombas, a sock company I recently discovered and fell in love with. Bombas works with a 1:1 model with nonprofit Hannah’s Socks to donate a pair for each pair purchased, because, little did I know, that “socks are the number one most requested clothing item at homeless shelters.” But they also pack a high-quality punch for fitness-snobs–special blister tabs, which I’ve learned the hard way are a necessity. Try their ankle socks, you won’t regret it. You can see my pink ones peeking out of my tote.

4. Someplace organized for those sweaty unmentionables. Curating a super gym bag is all about efficiency. Travel brand Flight 001 makes it easy with their gym gear bag. It looks like a simple pouch, until you unzip and discover a lightweight backpack with individual compartments for your sneaks and more.

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5. Your own personal glamsquad/dermatologist. (In a perfect pouch, of course.) Sweat can lead to skin imperfections which makes for a very unglamorous and unwanted side effect to your hard work kicking-ass at the barre, on the bike, or wherever (you do you). 

The first thing your power-pouch calls for is excellent skincare, always and forever one of my favorite categories. 

The first necessity is Jillian Wright’s new Breakout Blocker. Breakout Blocker helps to reduce redness and bacteria build up with probiotics, Chinese Herbs and tea tree oil. It’s light weight and absorbent so you don’t feel slick or overly greasy after a strenuous workout. It’s non-irritating and helps brighten your skin with plant-based brighteners.

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Eve Lom’s minis, sold in a travel set, are truly compact and make sure the sweat is washed away even in the least glamorous of locker rooms.

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The nicest, freshest smelling (eucalyptus!) , and natural (no aluminum here) deodorant via apothecary-chic brand Malin + Goetz and Mio’s Workout Wonder cooling cream for aching muscles if you’ve pushed yourself extra hard–or just ’cause.

6. Emergency hair touchups via Drybar. I picked the appropriately named Detox dry shampoo in it’s mini form, and an adorable yellow mini-brush (for those times when your sweaty hair is really just unpresentable), but a fuller set (with shampoo + conditioner) can be found here.

7. And–pictured above–the best facial wipes in existence via Koh Gen Do for a luxe refresh or just a rush out the door & Tata Harper’s new lip/blush double for a very quick dab of color.

Did you get all that? When I was finally done collecting (I’d gotten very excited and stowed everything away until I was sure the collection was complete) I have to say, I was pretty self-satisfied. This collection truly covers all your bases. Go forth and sweat, pretty lil things.

Read more of the Detox Diaries here.

Alexander Wang Bags + 8 Hot Beauty Must-Haves: Your Saving Summer Grace

A high of 100. Staggering humidity. Blaring sun. Summer’s coming, alright; it’ll be full tilt before you can organize a week’s work of breezy, floaty things.

But before you allow your spirits (and general surroundings) to dampen, take a proactive step and secure a few vital products to make the hot, sticky, summer months more bearable and beautiful. It’s these eight products (plus one amazing bag) that’ll save your summer, whatever sunburns, oil slicks, and other shiny situations come your way.

FOR SOOTHING OVERHEATED SKIN:
Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Smart Spray
Spritz this two or three times over a parched and overheated face for some cooling relief and free radical protection, thanks to peppermint oil and other skin savers.

FOR HAIR THAT DRIES FASTER:
AG Hair Cosmetics Deflect Fast-Dry Heat Protection
The less time spent under a hot hair dryer in the summer months the better. Use this to decrease drying time and smooth hair in the process. It’s the work of an AG complex including abyssinian oil.

FOR GEISHA-PERFECT SKIN:
Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers
Flecks of gold leaf in these Geisha-approved papers turn blotting excess oil into a glamorous endeavor.

FOR PERFECTED SKIN:
MAKE Custom Finish Effects Matte/Dew
Skip foundation and reach for a lighter dose of skin perfecting makeup with this duo. The peachy, matte side is perfect for your T zone, while the pink side adds moisture to sun-parched cheeks.

FOR LIGHT, SUMMER HYDRATION:
Koh Gen Do Refresh Spa Aloe Gel
Sunburned and sensitive, or just looking for lighter summer hydration? This light weight, refreshing aloe treatment soothes and moisturizes.

FOR NON-CHALKY SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Get glowing and protect against sun damage with this universally tinted broad spectrum SPF. It’s adaptable to every skin tone, so you can reapply every few hours (like you should) without worrying about streaks or a mismatch.

FOR EYE-AREA SUN PROTECTION:
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense Sunscreen
Does for your sensitive eye area what the above does for your whole face. What crows feet?

FOR A PUNCH OF COLOR (AND A LAST RESORT):
NARS Satin Lip Pencil (pick a bright color, like Yu)

If all else fails, distract ’em from frizzy hair and ultra *dewy* skin with an ultra bright lip. It’s a game changer.

Oh, and about that bag, Alexander Wang sent thermo-reactive (aka heat sensitive color changing) materials down the fall runway — the leather bag pictured in transition above goes from near navy to bright blue. Like a suntan without the burn.

Alexander Wang thermo-reactive accessories available mid-August at Alexander Wang, New York and alexanderwang.com