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The Right Stuff

In Fashion on August 9, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Missy Franklin photographed by Bruce Weber via vogue.com

I love the summer Olympics for all sorts of reasons, but most of all because of Wonder Women like Missy Franklin who inspire us mere mortals to be our very best. Seventeen days ago, I began the Go Shiggy Go 30-Day Challenge in hopes of tackling my total lack of core strength following my second C-section, as well as 20 stubborn pounds of residual baby weight. The GSG challenge was started by photographer Shiggy Ichinomiya, a friend of a friend, and has two basic rules: 1.) Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days straight and 2.) Post a photo of yourself exercising to your Facebook page (or on your blog) to keep yourself accountable. Even if that photo reveals crows feet and one’s propensity to sweat like a maniac.

Half way in, here’s what I’ve learned: I can always find 30 minutes—even if that means briskly walking the baby in the stroller around the neighborhood for a half hour or so. Second, having the right stuff, as in gear, is kind of essential to enjoyment. And last, it’s good to mix things up. So far I’ve relied on my very, very favorite form of exercise—running—as well as hiking the canyons and taking BRUTALLY challenging core sculpting classes at Pop Physique in Hollywood.

However, the most fun has been swimming! I hadn’t done laps since college and whoa, what a workout. To that end, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “stuff” that has helped keep me on track for my challenge. I’d love to hear your favorites, too! Please post!

I’ve long been a fan of any and all René Furterer hair products, but this René Furterer After Sun Shampoo is the ne plus ultra of apres-soleil products. I can’t tell you how CRAZY I am about this product. Its secret weapon is palm butter, which helps remove chlorine build-up and leaves hair feeling refreshed and smelling great. I also love the leave-in conditioner spray from the same line.

Only after I googled did I discover that I’d purchased the same Speedo Women’s Vanquisher Goggles as Missy Franklin, only hers are more fun in pink. For those of you in Los Angeles, both colors are on sale right now at Big 5 on Wilshire Blvd. I love these as they don’t fog up or fill up with water.

Running shoes are such a personal thing, and I highly recommend you go to a professional running shop (like FrontRunners in Brentwood) to have your stride evaluated. Personally, I’ve hit my stride with the Brooks Trance (I’m on my second pair). They are lightweight and the cushioning helps reduce impact, especially running on roads.

It might seem counterintuitive that the best running socks are made of wool, but I’ve road-tested the hell out of these Smartwool Running Socks and they are hands-down the most comfortable athletic sock I’ve ever worn. According to the company’s website, “Research shows that because of wool’s effective moisture management, you maintain a lower and more stable core body temperature when wearing wool next to skin instead of synthetics.”

For sunscreen advice I turned to one my favorite Olympic golden girls, Kerri Walsh (how AMAZING was yesterday’s match???), who uses COOLA Organic Suncare. The COOLA Sport Mineral SPF 35 Citrus Mimosa is waterproof for up to 80 minutes, which is great for swimming laps or an intense run.

And finally, every girl knows that you can swim a little faster, run a little farther, climb a little higher if your nails look good. Currently I’m involved in a love affair with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois Nail Lacquer. You should see just how pretty it looks while swimming the crawl…


In Fashion, Media on March 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

by Gaspar Tringale

Without hesitation, my favorite tweeter is Susan Orlean (@susanorlean), who is as glamorous as she is erudite. Two weeks ago she tweeted “My favorite lipstick and foundation have just been discontinued. Life now, officially, has no meaning.” Which inspired me to ask Ms. Orlean, as well as a couple of other media vixens, about lost loves at the makeup counter.

Susan Orlean, staff writer, The New Yorker

“The tragedy of discontinued makeup! The real tragedy was the foundation—Bobbi Brown Oil-free Satin Finish (I think that’s the whole name) in Sand. Perfect foundation. Arrgh. The lipstick was Trish McEvoy and now I’m spacing out the name (I’m very tired—sorry!). I was scraping the bits out of the bottom of the tube. And finally I had to admit that there was nothing left. I had gone to buy more a few months ago and was told it was discontinued, and I no longer had enough to use for making a custom mix. Life can be very cruel sometimes.”

Missy Suicide, co-founder of SuicideGirls.com and contributor to The Daily Beast

“I had the advantage of learning how to do the perfect cat eye with the perfect product. M.A.C cake eyeliner. It was such a pretty little pot of black. A drop of water added to the little black cake would produce the exact inky consistency to create a kicky little upturn at the corner of the cat eye. I spent hours training my hands to have the muscle memory to do the sweep just right, and in the blink of an eye it was gone. They discontinued the cake eyeliner in favor of the gel eyeliner about 5 years ago and I am still heartbroken. The gel is impossible to alter the consistency of and gets gummy rather quickly, it pales in comparison to the magic cake.  I have tried other brands and other methods but nothing will ever replace my sweet cake.”

Booth Moore, chief fashion critic, Los Angeles Times

More than any other brand, Chanel is responsible for the seasonal “It” nail polish trend. We’ve worn Black Satin, Blue Satin, Jade, and now spring’s pale gray Particulière.

But long before nail polish was as hard to nail down as a limited-edition handbag, there was my dear departed Rose D’Or. It was a red that someone with my coloring could actually wear. A red that was really a raspberry,with gold flecks that worked perfectly with the blue undertones in my skin.

Rose D’Or was a basic in my cosmetics wardrobe, and then it was gone. I Google searched, and rifled through the drawers at the grubbiest Chanel Duty Free counters, only to come up short.

I still have a couple bottles stockpiled, including one that my Foodinista friend turned over to me after a couple of glasses of Chardonnay. But I don’t know if I will ever find another red that’s not really a red, quite like it.

The Foodinista

This is not the first time on this blog I’ve lamented the loss of my favorite lipstick, Chanel’s Star Red (No 22 Rouge Star). The color is akin to the sole of a Louboutin, but with more fire and depth. The texture is dreamy and probably lethal since the company changed the formula for the U.S. market several years ago. But there is a glimmering light at the end of this tunnel. I’m told by the Beverly Hills boutique that the color still exists overseas so I will be on the hunt this week while traveling.

Beauty That is Skin Deep

In Fashion on August 27, 2009 at 8:34 am
Photo via The Selby

Photo via The Selby

A couple weeks ago, I was browsing the archives on TheSelby.com and stumbled across Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s New York apartment. Julia is daughter of Paris Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld. While Julia’s shoe closet was of particular interest, I couldn’t help but fixate on her beauty products. I know I have my faves (scroll to end of post), but I haven’t covered beauty in over five years so thought I’d check in with three gorgeous girls (whose business it is to know these things) and get their favorite product picks:

Robyn Brown, freelance beauty writer/editor and former Senior Beauty editor, Allure

EYES: I know I’m a pusher with the falsies, but none of those creams will wake up your face half as much as a set of eyelash extensions. Daniel Dinh for Longmi Lashes is the best on both coasts.

MOISTURIZER: Neutrogena Oil Free SPF 15

ANTIAGING: Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, an antioxidant serum. Boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen and slows aging.

BODY LOTION: Truthfully? Almond oil. Which speaks more to my inability to remember to buy body lotion than anything else…But it does give skin a nice sheen, and doesn’t have that cheap, perfumey body lotion smell that drives me so bananas.

SUNSCREEN: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer. I just reported on sunblocks for Allure this summer, and  nothing touches Neutrogena, Aveeno, or L’Oreal. Right now, they’re the only ones that have patented formulas with stabilized avobenzone, which makes them effective for several hours. Everything else breaks down much too quickly.

CLEANSER: I use a salicylic cleanser by Neutrogena because I still break out like a teenager. But for normal skin, I just interviewed a derm who said Cetaphil or cleansing oil by Shu Uemura or Laura Mercier. It’s about maintaining the skin’s lipid barrier…

TONER: Forget it. And P.S., the tooth fairy isn’t real, either.

MAKEUP REMOVER: I’m a beauty writer. We don’t wear makeup.

SECRET WEAPON: My hairstylist, the insanely cool and talented Allissa Teitgen of Neil George salon, turned me on to Rene Furterer Shampooing sec, a dry shampoo. A few spritzes under the bangs can revive a blowdry a full extra day, or fake clean hair (which embarrassingly, I need to do far too often). Actually…now that I think about it, Alissa is the real secret weapon. That girl does bangs better than anyone. Anyone.

Kim Friday, senior fashion editor, Women’s Wear Daily

EYES: Estee Lauder Time Zone Eye Crème with SPF 15 (I keep it in the refrigerator so it gives me a real kick in the a.m.). Visine – As Tom Ford once said, nothing ruins a perfectly made-up face quicker than red eyes! I agree, so I use Visine when needed + it reduces redness on the skin too.

MOISTURIZER(S): Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 – I use this every day year round. There is also a tinted version which I use in the winter in lieu of foundation. Josie Maran Argan Oil – I use this for so many things. During the winter it’s great to put under your night crème for really dry skin, I typically put it under my eye crème at night year round as an added boost as well as on laugh lines and my neck (I’m getting older now – we can’t forget about our necks!). It’s also good for dry lips, elbows, even cuticles.

EXFOLIANT: St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub – I don’t really get facials (too rough on my gentle skin), this and the mask following are my substitutes.

ANTIAGING: Shiseido Future Solution Total Revitalizing Crème. This is my night crème, it’s thick but not greasy. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask – I use this a couple of times a week, it really perks up tired skin.

SUNSCREEN: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15

CLEANSER: Cetaphil cleanser (I have sensitive and dry-proned skin, so this is super gentle). Available at drugstores.

BLEMISH CONTROL: Tea Tree Oil – if I do get a blemish, this is what I use. Dries the blemish, not your skin, out in a jiff.

SECRET WEAPONS: The key things are to wash your face + moisturize morning and night; take an extra dose of Vitamin C; SPF, SPF, SPF; drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day (it REALLY makes a difference)

Booth Moore, fashion critic, Los Angeles Times

EYES: Aida Thibiant Moisture Eyes Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

MOISTURIZER(S): Aida Thibiant Smart Defense Protective Moisturizer SPF 15 or La Roche-Posay Toleriane, and La Prairie Cellular Firming Hydralift Mask every week or so.

BODY LOTION: Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion and B. Kamins Bio Maple lotion

SUNSCREEN: Skinceuticals

CLEANSER: Refinity Purifying Cleanser

ANTI-AGING: Aida Thibiant Vita Source Multivitamin Repairing Serum

MAKEUP REMOVER: Lancome Bi-Facil

SECRET WEAPON: Clarisonic scrub brush

And The Foodinista’s picks…

Right now I’m using a serum from Elemis that my sister-in-law gave me and I just dab a little on in the morning to smooth lines. My favorite is La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF, however I’m feeling too poor to splurge right now.

MOISTURIZER: Dr. Hauschka’s Quince Day Cream, available at Whole Foods. I mix a little with my SPF for face in the morning and apply before leaving the house.

EXFOLIANT: Remede Sweep. It’s made out of super-fine marble powder, and is gentle. I use it once a week in the shower.

Caudalie First Wrinkle Serum. I’ve just started using this, but so far I like it a lot. Very light.

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Oil, which is essentially almond oil. I put it on just before getting out of the shower. It absorbs easily and smoothes skin.

Aveeno Continuous Protection SPF 30 for Face. I use this religiously on my face, neck and hands—every day, rain or shine. (Tiny G uses Aveeno Baby SPF 55 every single day—it’s fragrance free and gentle.)

CLEANSER: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Beauty Oil. I’ve just started using this to cleanse at the end of the day and so far so love!

Klorane Cornflower Soothing Eye Makeup Remover. I started using this when I lived in Paris a decade ago—it was (and still is) available at every corner drugstore and now you can get it here. It’s super gentle, but also effective at removing that stubborn Shu Uemura Ultimate Expression Mascara I’m addicted to.

SECRET WEAPONS: Use SPF, every single day, and drink tons of water!

Recession Luxe

In Fashion on February 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm


I was cruising around my friend Hillary’s highly addictive beauty blog, Jack & Hill, and got deep into comment-land on a somewhat contentious thread from a couple years ago about Stila’s eco-friendly packaging. (The issue is moot now, as the packaging has changed.) Which got me thinking about Stila founder Jeanine Lobell, who is one of the most talented makeup artists I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Her Stila Convertible Colors ($25) are total genius—it’s a lipstick-and-blush cream in one compact. The result is a monochromatic look that’s fresh and glowing in the most subtle way (I love the gladiola tint). Dab on your cheeks. Press onto your lips. I even dab a little under my brow for a bright, natural daytime look. Need help crunching the numbers? Point out to your husband that your favorite Chanel Joues Contrast powder blush in Rose Caché is $42 alone, and if you throw in a tube of your beloved Chanel Hydrabase Crème lipstick for $28.50, you’re looking at a 65% savings!

Joker’s Wild Red Revisited

In Fashion on December 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm



About a week ago, I had posted about red lipstick, specifically wondering what color the Joker wore in The Dark Knight. Today, I was delighted to open the mail and find that the GENIUS behind Heath Ledger‘s phenomenal look—makeup artist John Caglione, Jr.—had sent me a fresh tube of Maybelline Moisture Extreme in Passion Red #49 ($5.59), leftover from his stock from the set of The Dark Knight. It’s the color he used on Ledger, and it’s fabulous! Thank you, Johnny!

Let’s Put A Smile On That Face…

In Fashion on December 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm


I woke up this morning and was shocked to read the headlines that THE DARK KNIGHT had been all but shut out of the Golden Globes, especially after watching it on BluRay two nights ago. Of course the only performance that mattered, Heath Ledger’s, got a best supporting nod. And I had to wonder how much a role lipstick played in the decision? StyleFile mused on the topic earlier this year, and I have to agree with Lipstick Queen that Ledger’s rouge is very “post-post feminist” chic. The color reminds me of a discontinued classic: Chanel Star Red (No 22 Rouge Star), which is now only available overseas, and sadly I’m down to the end of my very last tube. However, Greg at the new Chanel boutique on Rodeo mentioned that several snazzy new reds arrived today—Fiesta, Fuego and Gypsy Scarlet (which he thinks is pretty close to Star Red). It’ll be a couple weeks before these reds are available at department stores, but they were unpacking them at the boutique this afternoon, so head on over if you want to get a jump on painting the town red.