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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A Few Favorite Beauty Products from 2013


I’ve been reading “best of 2013” posts on a few friends’ beauty blogs, so I thought I’d join in by posting a short list of my own. These are a few “new-to-me” products that I used for the first time in 2013, often as samples or gifts-with-purchase. Of course, I’ve enjoyed (and reviewed) many other makeup, skincare, and haircare products over the past year, but these are seven highlights that that have left an especially positive year-end impression on me.

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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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