Beauty

Hair Care

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Though I pride myself on my makeup skills, I’ll admit that I’m not much of a hair stylist. After I shower, I just wave a hair dryer blindly around my head until my hair is damp, put a scrunchie in (—a scrunchie. NOT a hair elastic. Scrunchies don’t leave creases…) and let fate do the rest. Since I was blessed with natural waves, the most important thing is keeping my hair healthy. Here are some tricks and tips for maintaining luscious locks.

-I’ll start with what many consider the bad news: it really helps to get a trim every four to six weeks, especially if you want long hair. Those who feel more emotionally attached to their hair and/or want to go the Rapunzel route convince themselves that avoiding the hairdresser’s chair is the best way to achieve length, and often defend that the recommended regular trims are a myth spun by beauty salons as a means of making more money. “How will cutting my hair make it grow more if it grows from the roots?” they ask. I’ll tell you. When you don’t cut your hair regularly, the ends fray, split, and shed, sadly hindering all the growth at your roots from reaching their potential (your bum).

-Try not to wash your hair every day. Washing your hair too often strips the natural oils. When you can afford it, try using dry shampoo instead:

-If you have colored hair, I would recommend using Oribe products (available at Bloomingdale’s and Stilisti Salon on Newbury Street). Apart from heavenly shampoo and conditioner, they also make an effective mask treatment for colored hair, and their sprays are nice and lightweight. Plus, Tom Ford did the scent for these products, and it’s totally intoxicating. Ojon also makes awesome products, including a twice-weekly mask to fight fading.

-For those who don’t color their hair, some great brands for shampoo/conditioner, styling products and treatments are Frederic Fekkai, Garnier (both available in stores like CVS and Walgreens), and Bumble & Bumble. Bumble & Bumble makes a must-have product called Sunday Shampoo, a once-weekly shampoo that cleanses your hair of all kinds of yucky buildup from products and the environment.

-Hair gets especially dry in the Winter. Here are some solutions:

  • After you shower, run a little bit of this Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum through your damp ends, then do whatever it is you do to style your hair.
  • On nights when you know you’re going to shower in the morning, run some Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil (there’s a lightweight version as well), or Ojon Damage Reverse Serum through your ends, and sleep with your hair in a ponytail to avoid getting any unwanted oil on your face.

-Frederic Fekkai’s classic tortoise-shell hairbrush with both firm and natural boar bristles is one of those things I seriously couldn’t live without. And it looks pretty on your vanity.

-If you struggle with frizzy hair, all of the brands I’ve mentioned make great products to help tame your mane (—oils can be a good way to flatten things out). And all of these brands of course make products that cater to different hair types.

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Beauty

All About Skin

Everyone knows the most enviable asset a person can have is a flawless complexion. A good makeup job is key, but we’ll get to that another day. Here are some sauce-approved products that will help you achieve clear, glowing, HEALTHY skin, with or without makeup:

Cleansers:

  • Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: a fabulous, regular-ass face wash for regular skin.
  • Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foam: gives a healthy glow to all skin types.
  • Clinique Liquid Facial Soap: A Clinique regimen has been my mother’s secret to perfect, youthful skin for decades now. If you saw my mother, you’d be at the Clinique counter in seconds.
  • Skinceuticals Foaming Cleanser: Minimizes pores on all skin types. This is the brand/regimen I currently use. My esthetician at Bliss Spa in the W Hotel recommended it to me—I try to get a facial there every 4-6 weeks if I can afford it.
  • Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: Minimizes pores and leaves skin ridiculously soft. Plus it’s all warm and tingly!
  • Bliss No Zit Shirlock Cleanser & Toner: For trouble skin.
  • Panoxyl: Also ideal for trouble skin. Plus you can use this on your chest and back, for those who are prone to body breakouts. You can find this at CVS, Walgreens, etc. (Make sure you’re moisturizing adamantly and using SPF when using acne treatments!) Neutrogena also makes effective products for body breakouts.
  • If you have super sensitive skin or other serious problems, go to any pharmacy and get Cetaphil products (they’re super gentle) and then go see a dermatologist!

Exfoliants: Unless you have congested pores, you don’t want to overdo it with exfoliants/scrubs. A harsh exfoliant can actually dry skin out, causing more congestion as opposed to fixing it. If you do struggle with blackheads, here are some exfoliants to consider—

Toners:

Moisturizers: A major part of controlling skin issues like clogged pores is keeping skin hydrated. Drink as much water as you can, and check out the following moisturizers—

Masks:

Makeup Remover: I must admit, I don’t always take my makeup off before bed. I always regret it. Take your effing makeup off before bed.

Misc.:

Although mixing and matching is okay to an extent, I’m sure you noticed that a lot of the same brands were repeated in each category. It’s best to find a  brand that works for you and stick to that regimen. I also can’t emphasize this enough: protecting your skin from the sun is imperative. Use moisturizers and makeup with SPF all year round, and make sure you’re being cautious when using acne treatments.

Stay tuned for more beauty tips, and stay saucy!

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