It’s been a while since we brought you The Beauty Products We’re Dying to Try sub-series of our Covet Fridays ritual. Last time we did this we highlighted the men’s essential grooming list.
If you missed it, we highlighted one of the essentials is a good facial cleanser, which we’re appalled that more men don’t use. It can seriously fix your complexion, and it takes less than 2 minutes to do. We’ve seen some products we’re interested in trying – have you given any of these a go?
If you’re new to facial cleansing, here are some of our tips for keeping it low maintenance, but effective. Stick with these and you’ll have clear complexion in no time, which everyone knows can make the shaving scene a lot easier.
Washing your face at night is the most important, getting all the grime off from the day. Washing your face too much can strip it of its natural oils, so play it cool and do twice a day max.
Exfoliant (the stuff with the course texture) should only be used once a week and is good fo getting rid of dead skin cells.
Your face can reflect what you eat – oily foods can cause breakouts.
Don’t pick zits. We like toothpaste as an overnight spot treatment because it makes the pimple come to a head faster, which leads to faster healing time. And, everyone has toothpaste.
Buy facial cleansers that match your skin type: dry, normal, oily, or combo.
Use alcohol free cleansers, particularly if you have dry skin (cream-based products are the best).
Look for organic versions that don’t have sulfates or parabens. You wouldn’t shit on your face so don’t put a bunch of potentially toxic ingredients you can’t pronounce there either.
We’re heading to NYC next week for two weeks to visit family, work, shop, eat, and of course take photos of the city’s fashionable patrons. We’ve done a lot of traveling and have become somewhat of experts at carry-on-only packing. One of the biggest roadblocks for carry on luggage is the liquid limitations, especially for the ladies. Thus, we broke down our toiletry essentials that can fit in a 1-quart sized plastic bag, making sure the only item you’ll have to purchase at your destination is a razor.
Insider’s Tip: Remember, sample sizes are your best friend. So when you go the dentist, don’t throw away that mini toothpaste sample. Similarly, when you receive a swag bag or free beauty product samples, save them! If you travel frequently, consider signing up for a subscription to receive monthly beauty samples from organizations like Birchbox or Julep.
Liquid-Free Beauty Essentials
There are some other beauty essentials that are not considered liquids, but are as equally important for a fashionable trip. We usually pack these into a travel-sized makeup bag.
Makeup Remover Sticks: Okay, okay. These are technically a liquid because they have some remover in the shaft of the cotton swab stick. However, we’ve never had a problem throwing them into our makeup bag so, shhh, you didn’t hear it from us.
Makeup Essentials: Adria wrote a post about makeup essentials for women. While her usual routine is minimal, she pairs it down to the bare necessities: compact blush brush, bronzer, blush, under-eye concealer, eye shadow palette, eyelash curler, brow brush (doubles as mascara de-clumper), and mascara (which she’s never, ever had to pack in her liquids bag). The only item she needs to put into the liquids bag is her under eye concealer. If you wear foundation, consider getting a pressed powder.
Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes: Perfect for taking off makeup and leaving your face feeling clean and fresh. What’s more is these are available in travel-sized pouches.
Toothbrush: For extended trips, take the toothbrush you always use. For example, we use electric toothbrushes, so now whenever we go back to a normal tooth brush our teeth never feel clean again. Trust us, avoid a minor annoyance that can eat at you during the whole trip.
Floss: Even if you never floss (and if this is the truth, why?), make sure you have a small travel size on hand for those pesky food particles that you can’t seem to rid on your own.
Medications: Aside from any prescribed medications you may take, don’t forget to bring a few of the following in a chic pill box: Ibuprofen, Tums, and Immodium. Oh, and a few spare band aids are never a bad idea.
Cotton Balls & Q-Tips: Q-Tips for ear cleaning after bathing. Cotton balls to apply toner.
Contact Case: Don’t forget the contact case if you wear contacts!
Brush: Adria brings her whole paddle brush. Yes, it’s big and cumbersome. But 1) she has thick hair and travel ones usually come apart while brushing and 2) since she’s minimal on her hair routine, she needs to be able to use it to blow dry her hair straight for a night out on the town.
Hair Ties: Adria’s no-fuss hair routine makes black elastic scrunchies essential. She usually keeps about 3 on her wrist while travel, which takes up no room at all.
You might remember our Web Wednesdays feature of Birchbox, a monthly subscription service that sends samples of beauty and grooming products to your doorstop. Well, what was once only for women is now available for men.
For $20/month, you’ll receive a box full of both grooming and lifestyle samples from up-and-coming and recognizable brands alike. You can also earn points to use toward full-sized products (earned by purchasing other full-size products, referring a friend, or filling out product surveys).
If you’re still not convinced, check out the Birchbox men’s blog to change your mind. It offers up practical how-to advice on grooming and beyond.
All-in-all we love what Birchbox is doing. Men are oftentimes clueless about grooming products, therefore opting to use none. Birchbox offers a low risk way to explore grooming products in the comfort of your own home on a month-to-month basis.
We think Caudalie’s “vinotherapie” spa and beauty product line is genius. Owners and sweethearts, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, created this skincare line in 1993 after learning the antioxidant powers of wine. It uses a patented technique of using stabilized grape seed polyphenols in its products and is – wait for it – an eco line to boot, free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, and artificial colorings.
Caudalie’s products are available on its website, Sephora, and at one of its spa locations (US location is The Plaza Hotel in NYC). While its spa treatments are a bit pricey, you’ll be happy to know its products are affordable. Let the healing power of wine begin!
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not much of a makeup girl. I am way too anal about having perfect skin that a ton of makeup freaks me out. So I’ve always been about the natural look and focused on finding the best beauty products for women.
As a result, I’ve been able to decrease my makeup arsenal to only a handful of products that I swear by. From drug store to designer brands, here are my go-to makeup essentials that I use everyday and advise every woman to own.