Bathing Beauties: Erica Chan and Lauren Kolodny of HonestlyWTF

Bathing Beauties: Erica Chan and Lauren Kolodny of HonestlyWTF

If you haven’t bookmarked Honestly…WTF, do it now. Seriously. It may just be the best advice you take away all week. For those not yet in the know, the site, co-founded and written by the lovely Erica Chan and the equally lovely Lauren Kolodny, is seriously entertaining. The site explodes with personality, visually stimulating images, and a diverse range of need-to-know artist and art work, of-the-moment trends, and, my personal favorite, crafty DIY projects.

Like the site, started in May of 2010, good friends Erica and Lauren are full of great finds and random factoids. Note: Lauren is the one who introduced me to Joe Fresh, the Canadian import clothing store that had opened… a block away from me… in New York City… (and she lives in California).

While their site doesn’t offer much in way of their personal beauty philosophies or routines, Erica tells me that her personal style and beauty regimen are quite similar in that they are both “simple and unfussy, but never without a signature feature or detail.”  She continues, “I am pretty much a minimalist but I never leave the house without bright blue mascara or blush on.” Erica will be happy to know that a burst of color is, in fact, a spring trend, so keep on with the bold blue.

Read on to discover Erica and Lauren’s must-have products, ideas on aging gracefully and DIY trick to shiny hair.

P.S. Check out Honestly… WTF today for Beauty Banter’s post on our very own DIY lip scrub (soft, kissable lips just in time for V-day).

Erica Chan

What are you top 5, can’t live without products?
1. Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils Mascara in Extreme Blue – I’ve been wearing blue mascara for 10 years and I love that YSL’s Faux Cils makes my eyelashes seem longer than they are. Plus, I’m oddly attached to the scent.
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – I’ve never been comfortable wearing foundation so tinted moisturizer is sheer enough and the perfect amount of coverage for me.
3. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – One or twice a week, I give myself an intense exfoliating treatment. ExfoliKate makes my skin feel new again without having to get a facial regularly.
4. Bond No.9 Noho Nuits – My signature scent of which I have mini vials tucked away in every one of my handbags — just in case!
5. Essie Nail Polish – I’m never without painted nails – I probably change my color at least twice a week.

What is your all-time favorite product?
I’ve been using Rosebud Salve for as long as I can remember. Not only is it always on my lips, it’s my cure-all for just about anything – especially in the winter for dry hands, cuticles, elbows, etc.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Biolage by Matrix Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm in the 32oz sizes. For someone who teases her hair but doesn’t ever brush it out, Biolage’s conditioning balm is the best for detangling all of my knots and snarls.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Oil Curl Control Creme is my go-to for holding body and keeping the texture in my hair. I either put it in my hair wet and let it air dry, or I use it as a styling creme.

You moisturize your face with…
Ole Henriksen Skin Insulator with SPF in the morning and Mary Kay’s Intense Moisturizing Creme in the evening.

Favorite body product?
I use Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion every day. I especially like that it’s unscented.

Favorite beauty secret you picked up along the way?
A trick that I recently learned for opening up the eyes is to line the inner top lid. It really does make the eyes look wider!

Beauty icon you admire?
Growing up, Love Story was one of my favorite movies and I thought Ali MacGraw was the epitome of natural beauty. And even in her 70s, she has aged so naturally and beautifully. I look forward to aging with grace!

Lauren Kolodny

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Clarisonic Mia – Erica recently introduced me to this magic wand, and I can honestly say that I feel like I’ve had a facial every time I finish washing my face. It’s worth the money.
2. L’Annine hand cream in Avocado – I hate dry, cracked hands. I used to work with my hands a lot outside in the cold on set, so this hand cream became my life saver. I have turned so many girls onto it. I am obsessed and have several tubes at a time.
3. Dolce and Gababna Light Blue perfume – I have been wearing this for years, I can’t imagine smelling like anything else. It makes me happy, therefore I can not live with out it.
4. Some sort of chapstick or lip gloss – I usually have at least 3 different kinds in my purse. I used to be obsessed with, but recently I have discovered Maybelline Baby Lips – LOVE.
5. Mascara – I don’t wear much make up but If I do put anything on its mascara, CoverGirl Lashblast.

What is your all-time favorite product? 
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – I feel like it really is the best product on the market.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Sunsilk Shampoo and Conditioner. They no longer sell it at drug stores so when I do find it at places like Big Lots and the 99cent store, I buy it all up.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Hair Oil Hydrating Styling Cream. I am in love with the smell of this, and it also feels so nice and silky on my hair.

You moisturize your face with…
I am always switching it up but right now I am using bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer.

Favorite body product?
Sabon Body Scrub in Vanilla Coconut. It’s smells like vacation and leaves your skin feeling so moisturized. It softens and smoothes your skin like no other.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I always finish off a shower with a cold rinse of my hair. I was told that the cold water closes the follicles and the pores in your hair and scalp, so basically it protects your hair from air pollution, and gives a nice shine. That shit works, try it!

Beauty icon you admire?
I love Kate Hudson. She is never too made up, and she has that beachy California girl look on lock down. Not to mention that her smile is infectious, and nothing is more beautiful than a great smile.

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