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Fall Hair Trends

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When it comes to seasonal hair trends, the runway plays a crucial role in determining what styles will become the go-to’s for the seasonal ahead. Celebrity and editorial hairstylist Sheridan Ward, who has worked with Lake Bell, Chanel Iman, and Angela Lindvall, says that this coming fall we can expect to see “classic looks getting a modern twist and a big play on texture and structure. Simple, minimal, fuss-free beauty.” Inspired by Fall/ Winter 2015 fashion week runways, Sheridan examines three distinct trends that emerged: Pool glam, boyish glam, and the staple red carpet glam. Here, he explains how to recreate each look for a wearable fall style:

Pool Glam
From the pool to the runway or straight onto the cover of a magazine, wet raked through texture, with a clean, chic finish; easy, no mess, no fuss.


1. While hair is damp, apply a generous amount of thickening spray through the entire front of the hair and rake through with fingers to create interesting texture and movement.
2. Secure with a hair band or hair tie at the base of the neck.
3. Allow the top to air dry or to speed things up use a diffuser.
4. Rough dry the pony tail and apply a heat protecter spray. Use a flat iron to smooth the ends and finish with touch of hair spray and a drop of serum.
5. Add a hair accessory or some hair jewellery to personalize.

Tools Needed:
T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ($250); T3 SoftTouch 2 Diffuser ($30); Mason Pearson brush ($105).

Products Needed:
Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray ($29); Paul Mitchell Express Style Hot Off The Press ($18); Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray($3).

Boyish Glam
The girls are in charge; soft waves with a masculine front. Structured, cool, and strong with a feminine finish.


1. Apply mousse to the first 3-4 inches of hair around the face, and blow dry away from your face with your paddle brush.
2. Get your part right, then apply a light dusting of texture powder at the roots of your hair around the face where you want the volume and hold to be.
3. Lightly tease your hair 1-2 centimeters at the roots where you want volume and hold, then smooth over with a soft bristle brush (taking care not to brush out that teasing). Set with a little hair spray.
4. Once you have the soft shape and structure you desire, clip it into place behind ears to secure. Using your styling iron, set the rest of your hair into 4-5 large curls at back of the head; pin into place and allow to cool.
5. Without disturbing the top of your hair, gently brush out your curls into soft waves, and mist with hair spray to finish.

Tools Needed:
T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ($250); T3 BodyWaver 1.75″ Professional Curling Iron ($149); Mason Pearson brush ($105); pintail comb ($6).

Products Needed:
Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse ($19); OSIS+ Dust It Texture Mattifying Powder ($24); MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray Medium ($21).

Red Carpet Glam:
Whimsical texture with an unexpected detail; putting the glam back into glamour.


1. Take a 1cm wide strip of hair directly back from the hairline to the crown to create your part. Spray generously with hairspray and use your hair dryer on low speed and medium heat for 15-20 seconds to dry the parting into place. Finish with a cold blast of air to help seal it.
2. Spritz the remainder of the hair with a heat protector spray and set the hair with a large styling iron.
3. Pin warms curls onto the head as you go, mist generously with hairspray and allow to cool. (Note:this would be a great time to apply your makeup and put on a gorgeous frock.)
4. Unpin curls and with a brush or two of your paddle brush you’re almost done.
5. Lightly spritz waves with a dry texture spray, finish with a mist hair spray and you’re ready for the red carpet.

Tools Needed:
T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing Auto-Rotating Curling Iron ($230); T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer ($250); Mason Pearson brush ($105); pintail comb ($6).

Products Needed:
Label.M Heat Protection Spray Unisex by Toni & Guy ($10); Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42); L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold ($11).


*Follow Sheridan’s mane musings here.

*All photos courtesy of Sheridan Ward; model is Zoe Aggeliki, makeup artist is Stephanie Cozart Burton.


Strobing: What It Is & How To Do It

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You may have heard the term “strobing” being thrown around in beauty articles these past couple of weeks. Strobing is certainly grabbing a lot of attention as of late. And for good reason: Strobing is all about getting attention. It’s sort of a fancy term for a strategic highlighting technique that literally highlights certain areas of your face (usually the high points), as a way to draw focus to those features.

Still don’t quite get it? We called on celebrity makeup artist Hinako, who has worked with Miranda Kerr and Leighton Meester, to explain further. “To me, strobing is all about ‘painting’ luminescent highlights on certain areas of your face, rather than contouring your face with light-to-dark shading. It’s like ‘painting the light’ on your face for a healthy, fresh, and radiant look.” Don’t worry, you’re not required to have taken art class to ace this technique. Hinako explains how to easily achieve the strobing effect:

How-To: “I prefer using a combination of both strobing cream and powder. First, apply strobing cream in the places where light naturally hits your face, such as your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the top side of the chin, the brow bones and the corners of your eyes, creating a seamless blend to the adjacent areas. As I mentioned before, it’s like painting on or augmenting where light naturally hits your face – the highlight areas. Next, add luminescent powder on the same areas, creating shimmery highlights. It’s up to you to play with – and choose – the amount of shimmer that works with your face and what you’re wearing. Remember to choose strobing creams and powders that match your skin tone, and that they don’t contain any glitter.”

Hinako’s Product Picks:
Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate ($80)
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation Illuminator Sheer Beige ($39)
Nars Dual Intensity Blush in Jubilation ($45)

Editor’s Picks:
Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash ($55)
Jouer Highlighter in Champagne ($22)
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light ($45)

Final thoughts: “Strobing is a relatively quick way to give yourself a fresh look, so have fun with it.”


Bronde: The Newest Hair Color Trend

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What does blonde plus brown equal? Bronde, this season’s hottest hair color trend (move over ombre!). As much as we hate the fact that summer is quickly winding down (wah!), we still need to begin to prepare for the first nip in the air come fall, and that means making our manes match the weather. Celebrity hair colorist Sharon Dorram, owner of NYC salon Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger, who has worked with Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Christie Brinkley says:  “Bronde is the perfect bridge from summer to fall, and offers a subtle change without having to make a huge commitment.” Recently, stylish celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Beyonce have been spotted with this cool autumn hue.

We asked Sharon to elaborate on the bronde trend – who will it work on and how do we keep the shade vibrant for the cooler months ahead?

BB: Does the bronde trend work on all shades of brunette?
SD: Other than very dark brown hair, most light-to-medium brunettes can go bronde.

BB: What about various skin tones? 
SD: As long as the color does not go two to three shades lighter or darker than your natural base color, bronde will flatter both tan and pale skin tones.

BB: What is the most subtle way to go bronde? And the most major?
SD: The easiest and most subtle way to go bronde is to do minor highlights to give just a hint of change. The most major way is to lift brunette hair to the desired lighter shade, and then tone out any warm or brassy tones. However, this technique will give a more obvious regrowth line.

BB: How can we keep bronde from turning brassy? 
SD: Keep hair out of the sun and stay away from products with alcohol.

BB: What products do you recommend to extend color longevity after going bronde?
SD: As compared to bleaching, the bronde process is automatically healthier since it is more moisturizing. However, you should still use sulfate-free products and alcohol-free sprays and mousses to protect and extend the life of your color.

Try these products to protect your bronde:
R+Co Gemstone Shampoo ($24)
Leonor Greyl Paris Au Lotus Volumizing Mousse ($46)
Living Proof Prime Style Extender Spray ($20)
Rahua Voluminous Hairspray ($28)

What do you think of this trend? Do you have any plans to try it? Let us know in the comments below!

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind

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5 Fall Beauty Trends To Wear Today (As Seen On NYFW Runways)

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Fashion week beauty isn’t for the faint of heart. Most of the time, the looks are absolutely unwearable, albeit totally imaginative and artistic. In the words of Cher Horowitz, fashion week beauty is “like a Monet… From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” That’s not to say that there isn’t inspiration to be found in these fantastical faces, but wearing the looks for everyday life isn’t really realistic.

But enough with originality that will never, ever look appropriate – or pretty – on the average face. We want wearable trends! That’s why we’re highlighting five fall beauty trends that you CAN actually wear… starting today. So, while you’re shopping for your new fall wardrobe and getting ready to leave summer’s tunics and sandals behind, implement these simple beauty trends into your look ASAP.

(follow along by clicking on the slideshow above)

The Exaggerated Cat Eye: For the past few seasons, graphic eyeliner has been a runway staple, and that’s not changing. But there’s also the exaggerated cat eye – as seen at Badgly Mischka and Alice + Olivia – which is sexy and wearable. The key to this look is flipping the wing high and allowing it to extend almost to the brow bone. Choose products that offer a seamless application, like MAC’s Fluidline in Blacktrack ($16) and Stila’s Liquid Eyeliner ($20) that is as easy as using a felt-tip pen.

Contour: Kim Kardashian has made contouring an art form, and while many of the runways are showcasing hollowed cheeks and chiseled chins, take it down a notch by lightly contouring under the cheekbones only, as seen at Suno, Derek Lam, and Zac Posen. Or do a bit more and work the double 3 contour technique; click here for a recap. The key to a naturally contoured face is in the application: Choose a brush that blends easily, like Becca’s The One Perfecting Brush (an absolute must-have tool) ($49) and a powder that isn’t overpowering, like Nars’ Contour Blush ($42). And skimp out on the blush; let the contour shade act as your sole cheek hue.

Rosy Cheeks: In stark contrast to the more monochromatic contoured cheek, the rosy cheek of Fall 2015 is proving to be rather colorful and bold, as seen at Prabal Gurung and Rachel Zoe. A flushed cheek tends to liven a face, creating a healthy complexion, even in the bleakest of weather. The key to this specific flush is to layer product as to make it noticeable. This isn’t about blending into the crowd! Layer a bold pink cream blush like Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Creamy Glow in Liquifushcia ($26) under a powder like
Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Love is the Drug ($40) for added staying power.

The Red Lip: So, the red lip is no stranger to a runway, but we typically see this classic beauty staple on red carpets. However, shows like Naeem Khan, Phillip Lim, Monique Lhuillier, and Alice + Olivia are showcasing the crimson lip as the focal point of the face, a throwback to Old Hollywood glam, if you will. What sets this specific lip apart from red lips past? Not much, except it’s an absolute necessity to choose a darker, blue-red shade (as opposed to this season’s orange-red) and a matte formula like Nars’ Mysterious Red Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26), which was actually used at Naeem Khan. Another matte red worth investing in is Bite Beauty’s Matte Creme Lip Crayon in Fraise ($24), the ultimate in shine-free lip paint.

The Slick Ponytail: When it comes to fashion week hair, there is no shortage of fantastical updos. But, as the runways of Derek Lam and Carolina Herrera are proving, the classic slick ponytail is back in business. The fall 2015 pony is adorned with a pony holder accessory that wraps around the rubber band, creating an even sleeker vertical line; try Metal Mania’s ($8) or Jennifer Behr Lambskin Thin Ponywrap ($65). The slick pony falls lower than this year’s trendy high pony. In fact, it’s a nape-of-the-neck type of pony, coupled with super sleek, straight hair and slicked back bangs with zero flyaways.


How To Get Better Skin: Charcoal

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Activated charcoal is the newest must-have beauty ingredient on the tongues (and faces) of beauty enthusiasts worldwide. The theory behind charcoal creating glowing, gorgeous skin goes something like this: Activated charcoal is actually carbon and carbon acts like a magnet, attaching itself onto dirt and oil and pulling debris out of pores. It absorbs over 100 times its weight in impurities, according to Wendy Brooks, director of global product development at Origins. Charcoal is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin, but every face can use a bi-weekly charcoal mask to deep clean. Yes, the formula is thick and black and resembles concrete, but it’s worth the ick factor for the healthy, clean, oil-free glowing skin that it leaves behind.

Here are a few charcoal-infused products to try today:

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) – A mattifying mask that absorbs oils and removes impurities.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Activated Charcoal Bar Soap ($5) – Wash your face clean with this heavy-duty charcoal bar. Prefer a liquid cleanser? Try Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser ($10)

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($25) – A mask that pulls out all of the pore-clogging impurities.

Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge With Bamboo Charcoal ($15) – Use this pore-perfecting charcoal cleansing sponge to cleanse away the day.

Sephora Collection Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers ($8) – Oily skin has met its match. These thin blotting sheets remove excess oil without disrupting makeup application. Skin is left matte, refreshed, and oil-free.


3 Ways To Wear Summer’s White Eyeliner Trend

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Few things look as glamorous against golden bronzed skin as the color white. So, it makes sense that one of summer’s sexiest eye looks is one that uses white eyeliner. Sure, there’s something a little mod about a thick white line on your eyelid, but white liner can also be applied to the waterline to create the illusion of whiter, brighter, bigger eyes.

Here, 3 ways to wear summer’s white eyeliner trend:

1. On the waterline – This is the most subtle and least obtrusive way to wear the trend. Glide a white pencil liner on to lower waterline and instantly awaken tired eyes. Try this look with any makeup, including a black mascara to give added drama and pop, like Kim Kardashian (above).
TRY: MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16) – glides onto waterline with ease.

2. On the lower lash line – For even more pop, do as Blake Lively does and line just below the lower lash line, carrying it towards the bridge of your nose. Gently smudge under the lash line and lightly around nose for an expert trick to make eyes look further apart. This look works best with a shimmering white, as it illuminates the inner corners.
TRY: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Seashell ($28), for a creamy shimmering off white that doubles as a highlighter for brow bone, or e.l.f. Essential Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil ($1), which has the consistency of a pencil but still manages to get the job done.

3. On upper lash line – This is definitely the more eccentric way of wearing the white eyeliner trend, evoking a ’60s vibe. You can do a thin line, a thick line, or even a cat eye. Keep the rest of your makeup simple, as this pop of white is more like a paint stroke. Opt for brown mascara to make the look less harsh and a bit more natural (try Dior Diorshow New Look Multi-Dimensional Volume & Treatment Mascara in Brown ($29)). If you’re feeling super frisky, line upper and lower lash lines and waterline. For this look, a malleable pencil or liquid liner in stark white is best.
TRY: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo ($20) for a seamless glide or Make Up For Ever Aquarelle in White ($21); use with the MUFE 400 Calligraphy Brush to create graphic, dramatic lines.

BONUS: White eyeliners can also double as brow bone pencils. Apply directly under you natural brown line and smudge for an alternative to traditional highlighters. This also helps to make eyes and brows pop.

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Trend: The New Red Eyelid

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Red isn’t a color you’d generally associate with eyes. With lips, yes, crimson is a staple. But eyes? Not so much. Until now: As Imogen Poots, Jennifer Lopez, and Rose Byrne proved at the Met Gala last week, red is the new black — when it comes to shadow shades, that is.

We sat down with Make Up For Ever artist Melanie Inglessis, who imagined the captivating red shadow look for Imogen Poots at the Met 2015, to get the lowdown on this new red eye trend, that doesn’t scream sickly, but rather, sexy and sophisticated.

BB: It’s hard to pull off a red eye in everyday life. What are some tips for making this trend work?
MI: Placement and texture of the product is important. I recommend keeping the red shades below the crease and, instead of powdered eyeshadows, use ones with a creamy texture. A tip to tone down this look is to blend red or orange shades with lighter colors, it’s a great way to soften the look. Another way to do that is to use Make Up For Ever’s Diamond Powder ($25) to blend, soften, and make the color more radiant.

BB: For someone who wants to play with this trend but not go full out, what would you recommend?
Definitely use a texture that is more sheer, like a cream-based shadow or one with shimmer. Another way is to try a lighter version of the color first. Instead of a bright orange, begin with a coral to see how you like wearing strong colors on the eyes, and always apply it only below your crease to keep it wearable.

BB: How can we achieve an easy and wearable summer red eye?
An easy “summer red eye” beauty tip is to apply a single cream color, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream Waterproof Cream Color in #8 Red or #9 Coral [these are the actual products used on Imogen, above], all over the eyes with either your finger or a blending brush. Keep the color underneath the crease of the eyes. If you’re going for a more dramatic effect, use the color on the bottom lash line too.

*Finish your red eyelid look with black lashes, bold brows, and a complimenting sheer red lip or a contrasting nude pout.

Editor’s Picks – Other Wearable Reds & Corals To Try:
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Shadow in Konpeito ($25) – A candy rose.
CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Red Hot ($4)- A powdered red.
Tata Harper Skincare Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Vivacious ($35)- Yes, this is meant for cheeks and lips but Tata herself put it on my eyelids and it looked fantastic, with a slight glowing, glossy effect.
Becca Beach Tint in Grapefruit ($25) – A pale coral-pink stain made for lips and cheeks, but adds a nice sheen wash of color to eyes too.
Nars The Matte Multiple in Exumas ($39) – A creamy peachy-coral stick that can be used on eyes, lips, and cheeks.


Warm Weather, Hotter Nails: The Nail Trends For Summer 2015

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Rising temperatures bring many benefits: Rosé, bikinis, short shorts, shirtless boys, and open-toed shoes. But when you show your toes to the world, your pedicure has to be on point. And, of course, it doesn’t just stop there. Your hands have to look just as good, if not better, to coordinate. Luckily, Deborah Lippmann, celebrity manicurist and founder of the eponymous nail line, gives us the lowdown on all things nails for summer 2015.

BB: What nail trends are you predicting for summer? 

DL: This season, I think our interpretation of what is classically a neutral or nude is broadening. We are utilizing color differently for the nails; wearing shades that are a bit muddier and playing with finishes. While fashion has embraced nudes and neutrals for some time, I think the customer is finally ready to see these colors as part of their nail color wheel.

BB: What are your top color picks for the season?

DL: I think beautiful, opaque pastels are going to be a big trend, especially for spring. The soft, light colors are very refreshing! Nudes in general have become more fashion-forward and modern. With my new Whisper (Spring 2015) and Painted Desert (Summer 2015) collections, I’ve enhanced the traditional nude by pushing the boundaries of the category through the introduction of new shades, including sheer pinks, dusty mauves, blue-greys, and camel/khaki browns.

BB: Do you have a preference on what colors go on fingernails versus toenails? Any tips for coordinating? 

DL: Create the look that suits you! Matching your fingers and toes certainly isn’t a must – but it is trending a bit more. For me, it’s more about the look in relation to everything else you are wearing. If you have really strong makeup on the eye and lip, I would match fingers and toes. Just like the two out of three rule with jewelry!

Following Deborah’s advice, here are our top color picks for the season:

1. Deborah Lippmann Shifting Sands ($18) – Full-coverage nude that flatters multiple skin tones.
2. Victoria, Victoria Beckham for nails inc. London Bamboo White ($25) – If Victoria Beckham endorses delicate bone for talons, we do too.
3. Jin Soon Tulle ($18) – A light, creamy pink that dries with a major high-gloss finish.
4. Essie First Timer ($8.50) – A bit of a bolder pastel that is perfect for a summer pedicure with a bit of tan (fake, please!).
5. Deborah Lippmann Misty Morning ($18) – A unique sheer blue, proving that neutrals don’t have to be pink or tan.


-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind


Spring’s It Color: Pretty In Pink

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From highlighter pink hair (here’s looking at you, Nicole Richie) to pale pink pouts, the color of spring is shaping up to be none other than pink. From shocking hues, like fluorescents, to more subtle renditions of the shade, like pastel rose, this spring, make sure that you are working pink into your makeup look. Here’s how to wear it without looking like a character out of Alice in Wonderland:


A pink pout is the obvious way to work this trend into your makeup look. From pale, frosty pinks to bright and bold, any shade in the pink family will work, but steer clear of a hot pink lip with a bright cheek and eye. If a fluorescent pout is your focal point, leave the rest of the face relatively bare. And if you’re looking to create a monochromatic face, try working with pale-to-dusty rose shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips (a pink-mauve lip would look best in this scenario). TRY: MAC is Beauty Lipstick in Silly ($16), a bright, white-pink; Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Pecan, a warm dusty pink ($28); Jouer Lip Gloss in Wind ($22), a creamy mauve.


A pink eye usually conjures up images of a person with… well, pink eye: That sickly, pussy eye infection. But you can do pink without really doing pink. Opt for nude-to-rose gold shades that give off pink undertones without devastating the eyelid. TRY:  Yves Rocher Single Eyeshadow Intense Color in Nude Rose ($11), Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Rose Gold ($24), Urban Decay Naked3 ($54), the only thing better than one nude-to-rose pinks is an entire palette of them!


Whether you’re wearing a flush of rose or a bright pink cheek, try to incorporate the trend into your highlighting too. In other words, illuminate with rose gold, not shimmering whites or subtle silvers. As far as the apples of your cheeks are concerned, petal pink looks good on just about every skin tone, so stock up! TRY: Dior Rosy Glow Petal Awakening Blush ($37), Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Sweet ($35), Burberry Beauty Runway Blush & Highlighter Palette (468)




Korean Skincare Phenomenon: Waterless Beauty Products

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“You know when you wash your face, leave your skin without applying any products, and your skin feels extremely dry and tight? This is because water evaporates on skin and and takes away the natural oils and hydrators from your skin.

In many cases, water-based skincare products can interrupt this optimal level of natural oils on skin, and dilute the concentration of natural ingredients that lead to weaker efficacy. For natural products to be ultimately effective, it is key to look for waterless products.

Waterless formulas are a new trend in skincare, a new way of taking better care for our skin, in the most effective way possible, especially when it comes to natural products. Natural, waterless products are concentrated with botanical extracts or oils and are not diluted by water. Think of cold-pressed juice; you don’t want water to be the main ingredient in there, and you probably don’t want water in your juice at all.

Brands use water in their formulas for two key reasons: First, it brings down the cost of formulation; water is the most cost-effective ingredient. Second, water can act as a vehicle for delivering other active ingredients, but this does mean dilution of the formula will occur.

Waterless products contain botanical extracts and oils that are pure vitamins and antioxidants that absorb deeply into the skin layers for a more intense and deeper efficacy of each and every ingredient. This type of formulation is the secret to hydrate and revitalize the complexion, while fortifying the protective films on the skin for an optimal anti-aging result.

These waterless products are great for all skin types and concerns, and optimal for those with trouble-prone, sensitive skin, as these are gentle yet ultra-effective.”

— Sarah Lee of Glow Recipe

Shop Sarah’s favorite waterless products:
1. Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream with Natto ($35) – I love this cream because of how soft and hydrated it makes my skin feel, and especially because of the earthy, natural scent. It simply feels like a botanical facial. This water-free water cream is packed with powerful anti-oxidants and fermented botanicals such as natto gum extract, organic rice extract, and olive oil extract, for an ultra-hydrating, nourishing result for a youthful glow.

2. Whamisa Organic Flowers Olive Leaf Mist ($38) – I keep this cute bottle in my office, in my bag, and it follows me everywhere I go. It’s such a convenient and beautiful-looking re-hydrator. It has an actual olive leaf inside the bottle! This organic hydrating mist is 92.5% organic and has 0% water, relying on a blend of olive, green tea extract, and aloe vera extract to rehydrate and calm dry, parched skin for renewed healthy skin.

3. LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence ($45) – An essence is essentially like a serum, and it’s a huge trend in Korea that is now trending in the US as well. What I love about this Tea Tree essence is that it is feather-weight, and really doesn’t feel like an extra layer of product, yet it is so effective. Of the entire formula, 90% of it is composed of Tea Tree extract which helps soothe blemishes, calm redness and brighten acne scarring without stripping the skin. A potent, water-free formula from LJH, the first dermatology clinic in Korea, that is concentrated with antioxidants such as trehalose, which brings moisture back to troubled skin, and sea buckthorn extract and centella asiatica, which is known for its ability to even skin tone and texture.

4. LJH Tea Tree 80 Cream ($38) – I use this cream whenever I need a lightweight cream to even out my skin. It’s ultra gentle on the skin and it feels hydrating, for a very long time. 80% of the entire formula is composed of Tea Tree extract, which helps soothe and hydrate sensitive, irritated, and troubled skin while providing 96 hours of weightless hydration. This product contains all natural ingredients such as trehalose, sea buckthorn extract, and centella asiatica.

5. Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask ($14) – This is an ultimate treat to the skin, to the purest form of hydration by bringing the ocean to your face. I have used and tried thousands of sheet masks and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s truly the next generation mask – as it’s an actual botanical that wraps the entire face, made entirely of 100% natural sea kelp and zero water. Not only is it natural with the actual mask texture, it is also drenched in a full bottle of organic essences and niacinamide. It firms, lifts, and hydrates the skin for a refreshing feel as if taking a dip in the mineral rich seas. Think of it as an ocean-side facial!


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