W + B | This Week’s Faves + How Kaballah Changed My Life

I’m kind of obsessed with all things beauty, so it’s hard for me to reign it in, but here it goes …

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I’m trying to get ready for summer, and right now I’m so pale I’m almost see–through, so I’ve been trying my hand at self tanning. The two I have fallen in love with are the James Read BB Tan Pen that comes with a cool factor you can’t even believe. You just dispense the product onto the brush and then apply and buff to ensure even color. It’s like having the sun in your pocket. For my body I love the St. Tropez Luxe Essentials Dry Oil. It’s the oil in it that helps this self tanner glide on, and it also makes the tan last longer (about 10 days). Another plus: it’s 100% natural so there’s no weird chemical smell.

I have no better way to get a sunkissed glow than with Chantecaille’s Radiance Gel Bronzer, which looks natural and glowy and you only need the teeniest amount to do the trick.

When it’s hot out or I just feel like I need to refresh my skin a little, I love Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist. It’s a powerhouse facial spray, full of squalane, red algae and a hadasei-3 complex, which, while I have no clue what it means, sounds intense. What I do know is that it’s a great hydrator and leaves a subtle glow behind.

I have waited forever for this to happen. For years people have been dying over the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. In fact, I have stopped more than one person to ask them how they got their dewy glow, and this product was always the answer. Unfortunately I just couldn't get the same effect. Something about my skin just doesn't love it. So imagine how excited I was to hear about the new version of this cult fave: the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. Same awesome highlights: oil free, SPF 30, but it's matte. Not super matte, just perfectly perfect matte with a hint of radiance. Run, don't walk. 

I’m a fan of super minimal makeup in the summer and the Nars Shimmer Eyeshadow in Cyprus fits the bill. One and done. Seriously, it's all you need for that clean, glowy look.



I can't speak to much of what Kabbalah preaches. I'm not friends with Madonna, I don't really understand the Jewish connection and I don' t have a red string bracelet, but here is what I can tell you: I took a Kabbalah class out of curiosity and it changed my life. That's not hyperbole - it actually changed my life - and I have spent a lot of hours sitting in various chairs in various Upper West Side offices trying to make that happen. It's a lot of information to try and disseminate here, but the short of it is that it's basically a checklist of what we all need to do in our lives to be fulfilled, happy, successful and at peace. Yes, there is some esoteric mumbo jumbo thrown in along the way, but you can leave that behind and take only what you need, which is learning to pause, and learning to be like the light. Confused or cynical? I get it, and all I can say is, please try it. I can't speak to anything beyond the first level, but for me that was enough to make huge changes in everything from my relationship with my parents to the way I approach work. Well worth the time, I promise.