We’re a tiny bit in love with Shyema Azam’s blog, Beauty and the Feast. The freelance editor and writer—who’s worked for publications like Marie Claire, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar—writes about her everyday discoveries in the food and beauty world, often accompanying her posts with envy-inducing photos. Stay tuned all week for Shyema’s insider advice! Today, she tells us the product that helps her de-stress and stay zen.
I thought it’d be fun to write a post on, you know, the four or five beauty products I carry around in my purse everyday. But when I dumped out the insides of my bag, I found 18 products that I’ve been toting around! These are my unedited findings:
1. Viviscal and 2. Brightening Formula supplements: There’s just no way for me to remember to take vitamins and supplements unless I have them on me at all times. I’ve been desperately trying to grow out my hair (I feel like it’s at an awkward length) and this helps. I swear if my skin glows, much of the credit goes to Glisodin supplements.
3. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: The famous moisturizing balm in a convenient tube.
Victoria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson getting her hair and makeup done for her Soul Cycle charity ride.
Ellingson in the class.
I’ve always loved playing sports and got into a really positive habit of running everyday while on the cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams in college. Now, even with a hectic job, I still work out a lot. Not excessively, but consistently at least five to six days a week. That said, I have never worn makeup while exercising. Sure, on rare occasions when I am breaking out, I might dab on some concealer before heading to the gym, but it stops there. Given that I don’t really care what I look like when I work out (my running outfits are decidedly not cute and far from color coordinated), and I hate the idea of makeup running down my face as I sweat, it has never appealed to me.
But I guess if you’re a Victoria’s Secret model, you’re required to look good even while sweating. Yesterday, I came across images of Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Lindsay Ellingson, and Erin Heatherton at Soul Cycle in Tribeca. They were there to raise money for Pelotonia, an organization that supports cancer research and treatment through bike tours. Of course, the models had their hair and makeup done beforehand—and somehow managed to look just as radiant before the class as after it.
But it’s not just these lingerie lovelies that dip into their makeup bags before sweating it out. When I was talking to professional runner and New Balance spokesperson Sarah Bowman for a Beauty in Action profile earlier this month, she admitted to me that sometimes when she competes, she applies an SPF liquid foundation and a waterproof mascara. Maybe I need to invest in some smudge-proof products? I guess the one thing I would consider wearing before a workout would be Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner because it does not budge.
Do you wear makeup to the gym?
The other waterproof wonder you should invest in: Stila’s Prime Pot.
Bermuda is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Just an hour and a half flight from New York City, it’s my perfect summer getaway. I can’t wait to be on the soft pink sand beaches for the next couple of days hanging out with friends (and always under an umbrella, of course—that’s me below!). Here are a couple of the essentials I’m taking along with me, now I just need the weather to cooperate. Fingers crossed for nothing but sunshine.
Victoria’s Secret Daisy Triangle Top and Adjustable Hipster Bottom: Somehow every year I always manage to loose either a top or a bottom of a swimsuit, so I buy one new one every summer. This bikini is my latest purchase; I love the color and the adjustable bottoms.
Japonesque Tweezers: I never travel without tweezers. For years and years I was a Tweezerman devotee, but since discovering Japonesque, I have a new favorite.
Havaianas Slim Sandals: I first discovered this Brazilian flip-flop brand while living in Argentina in 2003 and have been addicted ever since. In the summer, I usually walk to work in them (I currently have about five different pairs to choose from) and they are a must for Bermuda beach-going.
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime: In the winter, I love deep red berry-stained lip colors, but for summer, I am all about brights. As we proved last week, this hue is perfect for anyone and I think there is nothing more appropriate than rocking a bright pink pout when you’re somewhere tropical.
Ray-Ban Aviators: Many sunglasses styles come and go, but these are a classic.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer: I love the healthy, dewy skin look so I always keep my eyes peeled for products to help give me that radiant glow. With this Luminizer, it was love at first sight—I just swipe it on top of my cheekbones and instantly look more fresh-faced.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: I am a true nut about sun. I am as pale as can be, so I prefer to spray tan and load up on the SPF when going outdoors. This ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing sunblock is the perfect addition to my daily regimen; I put it on my face, décolleté, and the tops of my hands before doing anything else in the morning and I definitely wouldn’t leave home without it.
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