Five Beauty Products to Use After a Sleepless Night


Suppose you’ve just gotten up from a sleepless night. It could have been due to a bad head-cold, or to anxiety over an impending deadline, or to noisy neighbors. No matter what the cause, you might be looking a bit wan and weary.

Here are five beauty products that I reach for when I’m feeling a little groggy and my face needs a discreet boost…

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 More Beauty Products for Winter Weather


About a year ago, I wrote a post titled “5 on 5: Beauty Products for Winter Weather.” Sure, I was complaining, but this year has been much worse, thanks to record-low temperatures and I-don’t-even-know-how-many-inches of snowfall, over and over again.

When you know that you’ll be standing up to your ankles in slush for a half-hour while waiting for the bus, or when you run out to make a quick trip to the post office and you come back looking like Omar Sharif in “Dr. Zhivago,” every little bit of comfort helps. Here are five more products that I use and recommend…

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5 on 5: Ways to Get Your Bosch On


I remember the first time I saw Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (1500-1505), or rather a reproduction of this (in)famous painting: I was a college freshman, and it was printed as a full-color fold-out in my Janson’s History of Art. Like most people who are familiar with this enigmatic masterwork, I still love it and I still don’t understand it. I don’t think the historians of Renaissance art have figured it out yet, either.

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Alexander McQueen’s final collection (2010) included a dress printed with details of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and his Temptation of St. Anthony. (There was also a matching handbag.) And the house of Carven has recently copycatted this idea.

Even if you weren’t able to scoop up one of McQueen’s Bosch dresses or bags (hah!), there are ways to incorporate bits of this enigmatic work into your own look…

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5 on 5: My Must-Have Nail Polishes


It’s my totally unscientific opinion that women are now buying nail polishes they way they used to buy lipsticks: as affordable luxuries, easy ways to follow a trend, and little pick-me-ups for days that didn’t go quite right. I probably own a few more than I really need to own, but my collection is still much smaller than you might guess. In fact, I’d be able to pare it down to five, if I really tried.

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5 on 5: Perfume Ads That Never Should Have Happened

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I’m constantly gathering images for my posts about art history and perfume advertising, and I’ve come across many beautiful examples from the past century. I’ve also encountered some ads that have not aged well at all. Here are five perfume advertisements that seem (to me, at least) unappealing, borderline offensive, or just plain odd.

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5 on 5: Beauty Products for Winter Weather


It’s early February, and after some prolonged warmer temperatures, we’ve hit deep winter with no turning back. This time of year brings its own beauty challenges, most of them very practical. How can we protect and nourish our skin and hair against low humidity and freezing air?

These are five of the products that are making me feel healthier and more attractive, even on the bleakest, windiest days.

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