We’ve spent almost as much time watching video tutorials on how to use a curling iron as we have “Game of Thrones”. To no avail. We always ended up with sharp creases in our hair rather than soft curls. So, we were skeptical about trying the newly redesigned CHI Spin N Curl ($99). But, after just five minutes of trial and error with this rotating curler, we have it down. Simply insert a section of hair in the tulip-shaped chamber, press the directional button, hold while the hair twirls around the curling wand, and release when you hear the beep after 15 seconds indicating the curl is set. The result: crease-free sexy waves.
Full-coverage foundation that looks natural and is a cinch to apply has long been as elusive as comfortable stilettos. While we still fling off our Manolo’s the minute we walk through the door, we haven’t taken off Kevyn Aucoin’s new Foundation Balm ($52) since it was launched a few weeks ago. (Yes, we do wash our face at night, of course.) Infused with hyaluronic acid, avocado oil and olive fruit oil to protect, smooth and hydrate, the light-as-air creamy balm is applied and blended with the dome brush that’s included. (Use your fingertips for lighter coverage.) Available in 20 shades, the balm does double duty as an eyeshadow base.
When we complimented a friend on her glowing skin, she turned us on to Ceraple, a luxurious Japanese skin oil and serum ($88). The star of this formula is a type of ceramide, or lipid, that’s extracted from koji mold through the same kind of fermentation process that’s used to make traditional Japanese soy sauce. These high-quality ceramides have a genius capacity to protect against moisture loss and environmental damage, performance that’s given an assist by a supporting cast of other ingredients that include sphingomyelin and phytosphingosine. While the science may be complicated, the use is easy – one or two pumps in the morning and evening – and the scent, thanks to lavender, bergamot and geranium essential oils, is like a walk through flower fields.
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Leisurely beauty rituals before bed are lovely. So are products that deliver without a lot of fuss. Fine Healing Goods Hypoallergenic Body Cream ($95) falls into the latter category. Nut-free, vegan and organic, it absorbs almost instantly into the skin from a drip-free pump. If it doesn’t have the things we don’t want at night, like a heavy scent, it contains something we do: 800 mg of full-spectrum CBD in eight ounces, extracted from hemp grown on a family-owned farm in Loveland Colorado, that just might provide an extra bit of soothing and nighttime bliss.