When I think “luxury at home,” the one thing that comes immediately to mind is a long soak in the tub. Like Birchbox’s DIY face mask expert, I have certain demands for my self-administered spa treatments. A quality bath has to be piping hot, smell good, soothe my achy muscles, and if it’s really worth its salt, leave me feeling relaxed after I step out and dry off.
Ok, so it might be a tall order. But for the longest time, I thought it was nothing a drugstore lineup of Vitabath and Epsom Salts couldn’t handle. Little did I know that once I entered the Birchbox world, I would crave a bathtime upgrade. And let’s just say there was no going back once I gave luxe Italian brand Borghese's bath products a shot.
TheGloss is one daily must-reads (right up there with the NY Times). We love the site’s witty approach to style and its smart and irreverent voice. We like the writing so much, in fact, that we’ll be featuring one of their posts each week here on the Birchbox blog.
So, full disclosure: this video is a year old. Sorry if you’ve seen it before. If so, here are some recent stories about Kristen Stewart‘s Twilight wedding dress and the Kardashians being ridiculous.
Anyway. This is Cassandra, plucky Youtube make-up instructor also known by her screenname, DiamondsAndHeels14. This old video of hers is making the rounds right now, and if you haven’t seen it, you should.
When the video begins, Cassandra appears per usual with flawless make-up. She then explains she suffers from severe cystic acne (which you’d never guess) and within a minute, the make-up goes away. You can tell the reveal is hard for her and she says as much.
Read the rest of the article and watch the video here.
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Over the weekend, we fully transitioned from spring to summer, which meant I got to wear my new Yumi Kim romper (obsessed), but it also meant that my apartment turned into a sweatbox. I’m all for the sunshine, but keeping makeup on in the heat and humidity is tricky at best. My new best friend: face primers with built-in SPF. They help keep your tinted moisturizer or foundation on in the heat and give you an added layer of sun protection. I’ve been experimenting with different formulations and have found a couple winners:
NARS Makeup Primer with SPF 20: Rubs in completely, no ghostly after effect. Acts like a moisturizer, which means you won’t get the matte, dry finish of a silicone-based primer. Excellent under makeup.
Becca Mineral Primer with SPF 30: I was worried that a primer with such a high SPF would feel goopy, but this formulation actually feels extremely light and has a dry, powdery finish. It gave me the slightest whitish cast at first, but that quickly faded and it helped my tinted moisturizer last through an 8-hour long rooftop drinking sesh.
With the heat kicking in, these are definitely going to be regulars in my beauty rotation.
P.S. For more coverage and sun protection, I top my primer with Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint with SPF 20.
P.P.S. Still not sure why you need primer? Read our Cheat Sheet and find out.
Do the dew. The dewy face, that is. Nam, one of our favorite makeup artists, says pressed powder is a surefire way to look dated. She usually skips powder altogether, or uses an ultrafine translucent powder to set makeup. But if you’re not a teenage supermodel, you may need a little help to get your complexion glowing. And that’s where Rodin Oil comes in. Veteran fashion stylist Linda Rodin tinkered for a year to come up with the perfect blend of essential oils that would nourish her skin and give it a beautiful sheen. Blended from 11 essential oils, including jasmine, sweet almond, and neroli, Rodin smells heavenly, sinks in easily, and makes skin look healthy, not greasy. Since launching, her creation has become an insider favorite; makeup artists use it to give models a luminous glow and celebs buy it buy the liter to use as a highlighter and calming oil. Nam suggests using it anywhere you’d use highlighter - on your cheekbones, browbones - or mixing it with tinted moisturizer. Despite the price (approximately $140 for the face oil) Rodin has trouble keeping it in stock and has even rolled out special body and hair formulations.
Face sheets in Korea Town
My friend Kim, the fabulously talented designer behind the Yumi Kim clothing line, is always perfectly pulled together. I’ve never seen her without immaculate eyeliner and blush, even on days when she’s dashing between showrooms, fabric shops, and the office. And so, when she has a beauty tip, I grab it and run. Her latest obsession is The Face Shop, a Korean beauty brand with a few US outposts.
I took a trip to the Korea Town shop yesterday and spent an hour exploring the shimmery shadows (everything is sparkly), high-quality moisturizers and, best of all, the huge selection of face sheets. Face sheets, an Asian phenomenon, are one-time use masks. Each sheet is designed to fit over your face and soaked in a specialized elixir - there are clarifying ones, anti-aging ones, brightening ones, and more. At $2-$6, they’re a weekly facial that I can afford.