It’s hot out there, yet in a complete disregard for my own well-being, I refuse to guzzle down water like I should. Thank heavens for
iced lattes the wealth of new water-centric skin and haircare products, otherwise I might shrivel away.
If you’re skeptical about paying good money for something that actually markets itself as water, I understand – but trust me when I tell you these formulas are not the sprayable Evians of that lady next to you on the plane. Refreshing and soothing, these are designed to let your skin and hair drink in moisture and nutrients with none of the greasy effects of traditional moisturizing products. It’s slimy enough out there in the summer!
Here are 5 great ways to explore this water world of beauty:
1. Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water ($39) – A best-seller for this cult Japanese brand, this soothing cleanser is made from mineral-rich hot spring water and essential herbs. It replenishes skin and eye area while removing makeup and dirt – so easy for the end of those draining summer days.
2. Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Max Sleep Mask ($48) – This overnight treatment locks in skin’s own moisture while boosting with essential oils and hyaluronic acid (a cell plumper) – perfect for replenishing skin after those drying days in the sun and/or on the water.
3. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Perfecting Water Moisture Mist ($38) – I’m a huge fan of starting the morning with a spritz of this as a moisturizing prep for makeup, in lieu of traditional moisturizer which I find encourages foundation to melt off.
4. Josie Maran Lavender Calming Mist ($24) – Whether you’re trying to survive life sans air conditioning or you’re loathe to layer on night cream in the summer, this natural mist is ideal for pre-bed moisturizing and helps lull you to sleep with aromatherapeutic lavender oil.
5. Yoshi Magic Water ($14) – This cult classic from hair stylist Yoshi is ideal for smoothing summer frizz without weighing hair down with silicones or oils. Instead, it hydrates with sage leaf and rosemary and adding shine with soybean extract.
The real estate on my dresser dedicated to fragrance would give any beauty junkie a run for their money, but truth be told, my pretty friends tend to get neglected in the warmer months. When it’s hot out, I don’t want to smell like a mesmerizing bouquet of flowers, I want to smell just-out-of-the-shower clean (as opposed to … just-out-of-the-NYC-subway putrid).
Welcome the best fragrance product you’ve probably never heard of: fine fragrance hair mist. Let’s face it, when you hug someone hello, what you’re really smelling is their hair – so why not put the scent where the nose goes? Hair is porous, so it holds on to fragrance oil for an effect that can last longer than spraying on skin or clothing, and some of these newcomers have conditioning, smoothing and UV protection agents too.
Here are a few favorites making their way to my dresser:
1. For the glamour girl: Marchesa Parfum D’Extase Hair Mist ($38) provides a chic blast of this elegant juice – perfect for post-blow-out perfection.
2. For the fashion diva: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist ($45) lets you wear this explosively popular scent in a fresh new way that’s a bit more subtle than the EDP.
3. For the Parisian at heart: Paul & Joe Body & Hair Mist ($20) refreshes hair and skin with jojoba oil and orange flower water while leaving behind the cult brand’s chic rose and musk scent.
4. For the barefoot beauty: CLEAN Original Hair Mist ($24) literally smells like freshly washed hair, but boosted by 1000 and much longer lasting. With UV protection and shine enhancing ingredients, it smooths and protects too.
5. For the beach babe: Acqua di Gioia Hair Mist ($25) lets the scent of the fresh Mediterranean sea go to your head, literally.
The best thing about these cult products in the making? They cost about half what you’d pay for the perfume version – so make room on your dresser!
As Annelle once said in Steel Magnolias, “Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.”
Beauty bars are cropping up all over of late. The spa/salon day of yore is OVER: Clearly, it’s totally 2013 to abbreviate your beauty services. Not to mention, why get smashed when you can get smashing instead? The days of languishing Steel Magnolias style while enjoying a beauty service is long gone. So embraced modernity and I hit up three of Manhattans finest beauty-on-the-go establishments for a little grooming bender and discovered a few vital products to add to my repertoire.
The first stop on my beauty crawl was at Boom Boom Brow Bar, where my brows quietly experienced a coup. Owner Malynda could not be more lovely; her dog even accompanied me as I “browsing.” Danielle tinted my brows a similar shade but a bit warmer, so they look more robust. Then, she did a little wax clean-up without leaving me looking like ’90s Drew Barrymore, which was greatly appreciated. I took home the Boom Boom Brow Bar Brow Job brow growth serum, which has beefed up my brows considerably in only a couple weeks since my appointment. $49 at boomboombrowbar.com.
Next, I headed to Clear Clinic, Dr. Eric Schweiger’s new walk-in acne treatment center, the latest quick fix for skin. Here, you can zap a zit with a cortisone shot on the go, get a chemical peel or microdermabrasian and be in and out in 30 minutes. I opted for the latter and Jillian Cirillo exfoliated my skin in one of the clinic’s private rooms. My skin glowed for the next couple days and my blackheads were dramatically reduced. The microdermabrasian service costs $150. Take home Dr. Schweiger’s Me line of products, specifically his glycolic-laced Peel Me Pads, which leave skin brighter and more even-textured.
Once my brows and skin were in order, I enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a blowout at Drybar on 16th Street, where I am truly the Norm to its Cheers. Stylist Matt hooked me up with a voluminous, bouncy blowout that lasted a full three days and was so shiny, I could practically fog it up if I were to breathe on it. There, he used the new Drybar Money Maker Hairspray, which imparts flexible hold and anchored my ‘do even during an especially sweaty Flywheel session the next morning. $25 at shop.thedrybar.com.
What are your thoughts on beauty bars? Yay or nay?