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Get Glowy With Face Oils: Guest Blogger

Who doesn’t love toast? We sure do, and as much enthusiasm as we have for the delicious complex carbohydrate, we love the blog A Piece of Toast even more. The masterminds behind the beauty amalgamation of covet-worthy products, style inspiration, and yes, yummy food, are sisters Sally Ann and Molly Bernadette. This week, the Molly is graciously bringing her flair to our blog, dishing on everything from the best hair masks to perfect holiday gifts. 

Face serums and oils seem to be one of the biggest trends in skin care these days and after reading so many positive reviews about the benefits and ‘glow’ they deliver, I jumped on the bandwagon — and haven’t looked back since!  If you haven’t tried incorporating oil into your daily skin routine, I hope I can convince you…

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Nam Vo Stops By, Dissects My Desk

Our favorite makeup artist, the inimitable Nam Vo, stopped by this afternoon. Not only did she come bearing red velvet twinkies from Lulu Cake (unreal), but she also gave us a few impromptu makeup tips. To Meredith: “Remember, your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. Let them each have their own shape.” She also rummaged through all the various products on my desk and picked out her favorites.

YSL Rouge Volupte Provocative Pink: I love this. It’s a hot tamale.

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Golden Retriever: This is so pigmented. The gilded bronze is perfect for hazel and green eyes.

Ling Skincare Ginseng Therapy Moisture Mask: I go to Carol at Ling’s for my facials. She does all the models and she’s amaaaazing.

By Terry Gloss Delectation in Mandarina: Full pigment - this is beautiful. I’d wear this with a wash of champagne shadow on my eyelid - very springy, summer.

Pangea Balancing Oil: When I was younger I would always look for things that were oil-free. Now that I’m a little bit older I’m all about oils. So good for your skin!

Dr. Gross All-in-One Cleanser with Toner:  My roommate actually works for Dr. Gross so I get to try everything — so lucky. This is my favorite face wash because it’s gentle and makes my skin feel moisturized after.

Check out other treats in the Birchbox Shop.

Watch Nam do her thing in our latest video, How to: Matte Lips.

Brr! Cold Weather Skincare Tips


It is positively freezing frigid in New York right now, and we can’t seem to put on enough layers. The same goes for our skin — when it comes to extreme cold and wind, you can’t just get away with the same old moisturizer. First things first, you have to exfoliate away the dead skin. Next, think layers: start with a face oil or hyaluronic acid, then add your best moisturizer, and finish with SPF. At night, apply a rich face oil or night cream so that your skin can heal while you sleep. And don’t forget your extremities - your lips need a thick layer of protection too. Look for a rich balm with shea butter, cocoa butter or other naturally healing ingredients. Apply it under your lipgloss or lipcolor to keep any flakes at bay. If all else fails, you can always do what I do: wrap your warmest scarf around your mouth and nose so that only your eyes peek out. Brr!

Read our high-altitude skincare tips.

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In Praise of Face Oils

I can’t recall exactly what prompted my epiphany, but a few years ago I gave up on powder. Sure, I’ll use a translucent powder to set makeup, but I threw away my last pressed powder compact long ago. The reason? Dry is boring, dewy is sexy. Around the same time, I started experimenting with face oils, and I haven’t looked back since. These lightweight, natural oils are easily absorbed, and are perfect for colder months when your skin is parched, red, and irritated. Lately, I’ve been using Darphin Organic Orange Blossom Aromatic Care, which has the added bonus of clearing my stuffed up sinuses. After I wash my face, I simply pour a couple drops into my palms, rub them together, and then pat all over my face. For regular use, I love Dr. Hauschka’s Normalizing Day Oil, and on days when my skin is extra-dry, I go for Pomega’s ultra-rich Daily Revitalizing Concentrate ampules, which are packed with Omega 5.

Want more? Elizabeth Dehn, one of my favorite bloggers, has a great round-up of her five favorites (which are some of my faves too!). And check out my love letter to Rodin Oil, the secret of supermodels everywhere.