JNY Style Guy Lloyd Boston recommends every woman own a classic white shirt in his latest book, The Style Checklist, which details the 100 items every woman needs in her wardrobe. And I couldn’t agree more. A classic white shirt looks refined with a suit, but also makes a chic partner to a pair of jeans or cropped leggings. I happen to think Jones New York’s No-Iron Easy Care Classic White Fitted Shirt is the best available. It stays crisp throughout the day without needing ironing or starching. And what’s even better is that the 100 percent cotton Easy Care shirt doesn’t require any special maintenance — no dry cleaning! Just toss it in the washer. I prefer to let mine hang to dry. After trying several lesser priced white shirts that became dingy after a few wears and required a hot and heavy iron, I’m happy to pay a moderate price for a quality item that holds up through a ton of wear. [$59, Jones New York] Keep reading »
I am adamant about always having smooth and kissable-looking lips. After all, who wants to look at chapped, cracked, and super dry lips, let alone smooch them? Nothing about skin falling off your lips is attractive, and it’s definitely not appetizing. But lip gloss isn’t meant for moisturizing. Most of them are too sticky, some are too thick and heavy, others dry out your lips, and the majority don’t do anything but make you look like your lips got slimed. I used to just use ChapStick for moisture. Then I transitioned to Aquaphor, but I still wanted something with a bit of a tint and a little gloss. I tried a couple other products until I finally found Korres Lip Butter. Keep reading »
Despite health risks, I’m a huge fan of lining the inner rim of my eyes with deep black eye makeup. For years, I searched for the perfect eyeliner to provide a deep black rim, throwing away more money than I care to think about while testing countless options. Finally, I found my go-to during college, and luckily it was cheap! CoverGirl’s Perfect Point Plus has all of my requisites: a soft pencil for simple, delicate application; a self sharpener; and a smudge brush for days I’m feeling the need to go a little Taylor Momsen with my liner. You’ll find that this eyeliner not only covers your inner rims quickly and easily, but it holds up throughout the day and needs only minimal re-application. With CoverGirl’s liner, I’m also able to draw a perfect line on my upper eyelids , and I never have to deal with scratchy, painful application since it’s self sharpening. I promise you won’t be disappointed with this option, and with the cheap price tag, your wallet will be pleased, too. [$4.99, Target] Keep reading »
Even though I’ve mostly outgrown breakouts (finally!), I still get the occasional gift from the acne fairy. When this happens, there’s only one thing to do: Bring out the big guns, in the form of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. While this spot treatment can’t exactly be used during the day, due to it going on pink and all, if you dip a Q-tip into the little bottle, making sure to get some of the sediment from the bottom, and dab the stuff onto your whitehead before bed, the blemish will become smaller and less painful overnight. Seriously, I’ve had King Kong-sized monstrosities practically dissolve (or at least become less noticeable) while I was dreaming the night away. And even my sensitive skin can take a dose of this strange-looking potion containing calamine, salicylic acid, and other acne-fighting and irritation-soothing ingredients. [$17, Mario Badescu] Keep reading »
As much as we like experimenting with new products and trends, there are some items we purchase over and over and over again. Why mess with a good thing? Tried & True shares fashion and beauty goods that keep us coming back for more because they never let us down.
Did you know benzoyl peroxide is one of a few acne fighters that bacteria doesn’t become immune to eventually? Yeah, neither did I until my dermatologist prescribed a benzoyl peroxide cleanser for my formerly breakout-prone skin. I saw an immediate improvement after using the cleanser for a few weeks, then my health insurance stopped covering the medication. Luckily, Johnson & Johnson’s Clean & Clear makes a cleanser containing 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, just like the prescription cleanser. I tried the Continuous Control Acne Cleanser on a whim because it was the only face wash my drugstore had in stock, but now I refuse to use anything else. It’s relatively cheap and since you only need a dime-size drop to clean your whole face, it lasts for a long time. The cleanser lathers really well and doesn’t strip your skin of much-needed moisture while still making your face feel clean. I even use it on my chest and back, which are prone to acne in the summer. Wow, who knew a lifesaver could come in a purple tube? [$5.99, Drugstore.com] Keep reading »