Early on during our 10 weeks on the road this fall, Amy and I started joking about starting a beauty blog. We both became obsessive about eye creams and face masks on the book tour in an attempt to cover up our lack of sleep and over-consumption of caffeine and sugar. Sadly this was nothing new to me, as I’ve been something of a skin-care lunatic ever since my first roommate in Brooklyn turned me on to the cheap student facials at Aveda in Manhattan. Since then I’ve managed to turn my quest for better skin into a full-fledged obsession and I’m always trying to find new ways to get rid of the years of damage I did to myself working at a tanning salon in high school (I know, yikes).
Image above (makeup), clockwise from top left: Nars Arabian Nights eyeshadow trio $45, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (with SPF 20) $42, Ooh La Lift under eye concealer $22, Ilia Lipstick (in Arabian Nights, Shellshock and Bang Bang) aka- the best lipstick in the entire world, Susanne Lang Midnight Orchid perfume $50, Fresh lip balms in Sugar Rose and Sugar Plum $22.50 each, Nars creme blush in Cactus Flower $27
To say I’m a perfectionist is something of an understatement (I’m working on that…constantly), so when I fully commit to a face product, it’s the highest stamp of approval I can give. I sometimes mention my skincare obsession online and I got a decent chunk of emails this year asking if I’d include a roundup of skincare-based gifts in this year’s guides. So I decided to take a break from my normal online window shopping and include an honest look at the products that I save up and invest in on a daily, weekly or yearly basis. I put these on my face every day of my life (except for the makeup, which I only wear under duress) and can vouch that they are worth every penny. If you have someone in your life that is into beauty products, I hope these can help supplement other gifts, act as stocking stuffers or be just the ticket if you’re looking for something a little splurgy. Thanks again to Amy for putting up with my constant face-mask applying on the road. She never once made a joke about me looking like a green alien. xo, grace
*I couldn’t resist using ‘Grace’ and ‘face’ together in this post title because it always reminds me of this cartoon. It made me feel terrible about the way I looked when I was younger and people used to tease me with the ‘My name is Grace and my face is disgraceful!’ line all the time. Thankfully my crazy skincare regime makes me feel better now- no teasing this Grace anymore.
Image above (skincare), clockwise from top left: Farmaesthetics Complexion Oil $48, Farmaesthetics Lavender face cleanser $36, Exfolikate (worth the cost) $19-$175, Ina’s Restoratives Sleep Tincture $14, Bliss Oxygen Facial set (I love this) $75, 100% Pure Coffee Bean eye cream $19, Farmaesthetics Face Toner $28, Sonia Dakar Enzyme Peeling cream $85 (also totally worth it), Kiehl’s Hand Salve $13-$20, Mario Badescu Azulene Calming Mask (best mask in the world) $18, Clarisonic Face Cleaner $149-$225 (depending on style)