My vanity was my Mom's when she was a teenager, so it's sporting nail polish stains from two generations. It is very old, sort of rickety, and full of character. On it sit a couple of antique sterling silver trays my Aunt gave me that hold all my favorite beauty products - I relish this tiny corner of my house because it is so imperfect and charming. When the new year hits, I usually get a bee in my bonnet about stepping up my routines. Sometimes, all that means is buying a new lipstick, and others it means venturing into my local Sephora with a brave heart and an open mind. On that very trip last week, I found a few new favorites and re-stocked a few old. Here's what's working for me right now.
Lumene Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes - if they're good enough for Byrdie Bell, they're good enough for me. Per her recommendation, I made the switch to these gentle, inexpensive little wipes to swipe my makeup off at night.
Laura Mercier finishing/stippling brush - talk about life changing. A very smart woman at the beauty counter in Bloomingdales converted me, and my blush has never looked better.
Mason Pearson wide-tooth comb - for wet hair and conditioning in the shower, probably my favorite tool.
Bumble and Bumble Semisumo - this stuff just hit the shelves and I wish it had been around forever. It's voodoo. Shine, texture without waxiness - it's amazing on the ends of my long wavy hair.
Smith's Rosebud Salve - an old standby that's perfect for anything that chaps you in chilly weather.
Schrammek BB cream - seems to me like every line is releasing a bb cream these days, but moisturizing makeup that fights blemishes, if you ask me, should only be purchased when it's made by a reputable skin care line like Dr. Schrammek.