Editor Beauty Recommendations

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By • Mar 18th, 2011 • Category: Editor En Route Feature

People think this is what goes on inside magazine publishing houses.

If you have trouble keeping your beauty tricks straight, try working for a magazine. I’m not even a beauty editor and I get press releases and pitches galore for fragrances, facial cremes and new lines. On top of that, I’m a big reader of beauty blogs and mags, so it can be overwhelming to decide what to try first.

My favorite items I uncovered by myself, or heard about from my secret beauty sources.

I don’t typically care about my skin, because I’ve never really had breakouts (knock on wood). I do have dry skin, however, and sometimes it can look dull and pale. I hate the sun. My little dynamic duo of Duchess Marden’s Damascena Foaming Cleanser and Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil are both oil-based. Don’t let that scare you- they’re so much gentler than supercleansers and doesn’t clog your pores.

Duchess Marden’s Damascena Foaming Cleanser

The Damascena cleanser is made of roses so it smells fantastic, and one tiny pump is enough for your entire face. It removes makeup, stimulates collagen rebuilding, deeply moisturizes, repairs damaged tissue and soothes your desert-worn face. My skin has been like 10 year-old child skin since I bought it, and my pores look smaller.


Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil

Kiehl’s Dry Oil is like a magic potion for your entire body- it soaks in much (much) faster than moisturizer or heavy creams, and leaves your skin positively glowing, rather than slimy. It also keeps cuticles soft, your hair smooth and your face luminous. Plus, Moroccan Argan oil is all-natural and smells delish. Where does lotion grow in nature?


Slip into Sara Happ’s The Lip Slip

Sara Happ knows there are endless lip balms to choose from, and simply focused on creating the perfect, luxe product that will make you forget about the competitors. Since I tried it, The Lip Slip, One Luxe Balm has replaced everything else in my makeup bag- it’s that good! I didn’t even want it, but a Kim Kardashian-looking sales girl basically put it on my lips for me at a Blue Mercury store and I couldn’t not buy it it was so perfect.

It comes in an adorable little present of a box- you’d expect jewelry or chocolate to hide inside. The product itself is delicious, and a flavor you’ve never tried before. It’s kind of like gingerbread, a little bit powdery and soft and just a tiny bit cakey. Perfect for slathering on every day. The texture is smooth and balmy and the color is pale, pale pink with a hint of sparkle, but not enough that you have to wipe it off before bed. Unless you have monster lips, it’ll last a year.

Also available by Sara Happ is the genius The Lip Scrub, which I have yet to try. It comes in a million desserty flavors (okay, eight) including Creme Brulee, Almond Creme, Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon Sugar, Brown Sugar, Peppermint, Cocoa and the elusive, Limited Edition (and probably sold out) Red Velvet.

Sara Happ is up-and-coming, she’s recently expanded her line to include body scrub, too, and we’re seeing her more and more in the press and in stores.  Try the balm and send me a thank you note.


Carnal Flower 

I never would have discovered  or purchased this scent on my own- there are a billion Frederic Malle choices at Barneys. This one was fate. I was at a reception with Mr. Malle himself, and I asked him what he’d suggest I try, of his rainbow of fragrances. I wasn’t sure at first of this choice because it was just so different from everything I own, and I’d just been wooed into buying a ridiculously expensive candle. After five visits and spritzes I had fallen in love.

Finally, one day I was having a life crisis and needed a little retail therapy. So I charged the smallest size available at Barneys. Sorry Mom.

Called Carnal Flower, Frederic Malle’s decadent scent smells just like the moment when you cut the stems and leaves of a bouquet of roses- fresh-cut and green. As a matter of fact, it is said to have the highest concentration of Tuberose of any scent in the world. But funnily enough, it isn’t loud or headache-inducing like many rose scents. It’s quieter and more lush.

Don’t think of roses or floral scents at all, because this isn’t your usual flowery fragrance. I also wouldn’t call it a fruity scent, even though it contains orange blossom absolute, coconut and melon notes. It’s the added scents of bergamot, ylang-ylang, jasmine, white musk cocktail that turn it into something super-unique. All the various blends come together to create a mysterious potion unlike anything you’ve smelled before. It’s said to be a celebrity favorite, and I can see why.

No buyer’s remorse here. Each time I spritz it on, I secretly wish I’d bought the big size.

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