THE DETOX MARKET

Photography by Hannah Baik.

Photography by Hannah Baik.

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On a recent trip to MoMacha, road work at Houston and Bowery forced me to take a left turn. At first I was slightly annoyed by the detour, but thank goodness for it because I stumbled upon The Detox Market on its third day open! The Detox Market is a natural beauty staple in LA and Toronto and has just made its New York debut on the corner of Houston and Elizabeth St.! It’s fully stocked with all the best natural beauty brands, including some I had never heard of - in fact, I’ve never seen this much inventory in one place! May Lindstrom, Kypris Beauty, Kosas, Josh Rosebrook, Indie Lee, Ilia, Tata Harper, Kjaer Weis, Gressa, Pai Skincare, Agent Nateur...and the list goes on and on. And inner beauty products as well - Moon Juice, Sun Potion, Beauty Chef, etc. If you’re in New York this weekend, head there this Saturday, 9/15 for the grand opening! There will be gifts with purchase and prizes to be won!

Spend the day trying on lipsticks and testing bath salts in their gorgeous sink! Happy shopping!

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SUMMER SKINCARE

When I think of summer, I think of backyard barbecues and long days spent by the ocean. But the reality is that I, like many New Yorkers, spend most of my summer in the gritty city heat, with open pores absorbing pollution and sweat, instead of that salty air. Sometimes my “glow” feels more like grease and I tend to breakout more in summer than any other season. A less attractive picture, I realize. But with extra care and thorough but gentle cleansing, you can still maintain a clear complexion all season long. 

My first rule of summer is protection. It’s non-negotiable and rest assured, your older self will thank you for your diligence. So protect during the day, cleanse at night, and soothe your sun-exposed skin while you sleep. Oh, and mask once or twice a week while you’re at it. 

I’m all about the double cleanse before bed. I start with Tata Harper’s Nourishing Oil Cleanser and usually follow up with her Purifying Cleanser, which feeds your skin nutrients while pulling out the bad stuff. Both work best applied to dry skin, so just pat dry between cleansers. The Purifying Cleanser might feel a little thick at first, but as you rub it in it breaks down to a milky oil and glides across the face. Spend extra time massaging your skin with it and rinse off with warm water, following up with a splash of cold to close the pores. 

About once a week or so, I switch out the Purifying Cleanser for this powder-to-foam matcha based cleanser from Odacite. Reason being that for my skin type, I think too frequent use might dry me out. Wear an old tee shirt when using it to avoid any green stains from drippage. The chlorophyll in the Green Ceremony Cleanser is a great detoxifier and the foaming texture makes you feel squeaky clean afterward. This is a good one to use on especially sweaty, grimy summer days. 

After cleansing, follow up with toner to rebalance the skin and prep it for moisturizer. The COQ-10 toner from Indie Lee is a favorite of mine (it’s super gentle, soothing, and hydrating) and the packaging recently changed to a spray applicator. This is excellent news because I used to go through the pour bottles so quickly and also found that they leaked a tiny bit when traveling. Mist it on a cotton pad and wipe off any excess cleanser (there’s usually a little matcha residue I miss when rinsing the Odacite cleanser!). After the face, be sure to wipe your neck off as well. It’s often a neglected area but it needs your love too.

Follow up with face mist and serum. Then apply moisturizer and facial oil at night if that’s your thing. You can also skip moisturizer and go right to oil if you prefer, or simply stick to the former. The Lapis Oil from Herbivore is great for soothing irritated skin, and it’s ideal for oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin. The blue tansy it contains can help reduce redness from irritated skin and aid in clearing the complexion. It’s sold in a set with the Blue Tansy mask for $29 - a real steal for both products. The oil in the set is travel size which is great for A) travel (of course) and B) taking it for a test drive.

During summer days, I skip facial oils and apply spf on top of my regular moisturizer. I  just ordered the SPF 30 elemental sun balm from AKT Therapy and am already in love. It’s a non-nano zinc oxide formula with a subtle tint (if you can even call it that...I find it goes on clear and the tint simply cancels any white cast) in a luxurious, moisturizing balm formula. It is the polar opposite of a thick, chalky sunscreen; it leaves a dewy sheen that lasts all day and has zero signs of whiteness often associated with zinc. Mineral sunscreen provides a physical barrier between the sun and your skin, and as soon as you put it on, you’re protected, unlike chemical sunscreens which require a waiting period before fully effective.

For masks, lately I’m loving the aforementioned Blue Tansy from Herbivore, which comes in the nifty little set. I’m also enjoying the Radiant Glow Mask from Evolve Organic Beauty, a UK brand. This mask contains coconut shell powder to gently slough off dead skin and cacao for an antioxidant boost. It also smells like brownie batter so it feels very indulgent sans the calories! It’s a real treat without compromising the beach bod. 

I hope everyone's summer is off to a fabulous start! 

THAT SUMMER GLOW

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With the summer solstice just two weeks away, I thought it’d be the perfect time to *highlight* (see what I did there?!) some of my favorite light-catching products that will give you the perfect summer sheen and ethereal glow. See below for my top picks for the season!

MAYA CHIA THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY
I rarely buy a product without testing it first. Last summer I made multiple trips to Credo (my favorite natural beauty spot in Nolita) in search of the perfect highlighter. I tried this serum on multiple occasions, wearing it home and examining it in the honest light of my bathroom - the best place to judge any product in my opinion. After a few wears (and tests with the different shades) I knew I needed to add the Maya Chia serum to my collection! Be sure to shake the bottle vigorously before use, as I do find the product separates a lot and can either come out too thick or too watery. The two main ingredients in the serum are chia seed oil and broccoli seed oil, so you’re feeding your skin nutrients while adding glow. You can mix with your moisturizer or foundation for an all-over glow, or apply in specific areas. I like to lightly pat it onto my cheekbones, let it set for a minute or so and then apply foundation or tinted moisturizer. This way the foundation will blend and blur any signs of the obvious placement and the rest of your face will benefit from a subtle shimmering sheen. I have this in shade “Golden Hour.” It gives a luminous lunar glow.

RMS LIVING LUMINIZER
The living luminizer is one of Rose-Marie Swift’s original products and it has gained a cult following over the years, in addition to winning many beauty awards. If you prefer a natural look but still want that dewy highlight, this is the product for you. It's nice and sheer, blends seamlessly into skin, feels hydrating, and catches light in the most gorgeous way. It doesn’t have any glitter particles so it barely feels like you’re wearing makeup. It comes in a convenient little pot that takes very little real estate in your makeup bag. You can toss it in your purse and reapply between the office and dinner.

FRANK BODY SHIMMER SCRUB
With summer, come shorter hemlines and strappy sundresses. With more skin exposed, it’s even more important to exfoliate regularly and stay moisturized. This sugar-based shimmer scrub from Frank Body gently exfoliates, energizes the skin with ground coffee beans, and leaves a gorgeous layer of shimmer on the skin that stays with you long after the shower. Simply apply to your body in the shower and leave it on while you shampoo and condition your hair. Then gently scrub and rinse, towel off, et voilà: glowing goddess. The scrub contains mica which is responsible for the gorgeous shimmer. I like to follow up with the Rose Quartz Body Oil from Herbivore for double the impact!

RODIN OLIO LUSSO LUXURY ILLUMINATING POWDER
Linda Rodin, longtime stylist and past fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, began mixing oil blends in her bathroom when she couldn’t find the right products on the market. It all started with her luxury face oil, a simple blend of high quality oils, in 2008. Since then the line has expanded to include body oil, hair oil, lip balm, lipsticks, perfume, and more. And the brand just partnered with famed fashion illustrator, Donald Robertson (whom I met yesterday!), to release a limited edition mermaid glow collection. I attended a launch event for the collection yesterday and purchased the illuminating glow powder, which comes in the most adorably illustrated mermaid packaging. The powder itself is stunning - a gorgeous swirl of highlighting shades that can be applied subtly or built up for a full-on luster effect. Get it while you can!

WHOLE BEAUTY

A BOOK BY SHIVA ROSE

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Last month I attended the launch for Shiva Rose’s new book, Whole Beauty, at ABC Carpet & Home. For those who may not know, Shiva is the founder of Shiva Rose Beauty (I’m a fan of the pearl rose face cream, and the glow balm has a cult following!) and her blog, The Local Rose; the latter came first. The event took place at the Deepak Homebase, and upon entering we were encouraged to select a sprig or flower to contribute to the communal altar. Shiva personally greeted each of us, waving branches around our bodies to clear energy and help center ourselves, before we were offered golden elixirs (a variation of the Celesial Nog, a recipe found in the book) and guided to our seats. 

Shiva opened the night by calling in the Four Directions, a Native American prayer that honors the spirits and the land of the east, south, west, and north, as well as Mother Earth and the celestial beings in the sky. She then talked about some of the challenges she has faced, such as escaping from the Iranian Revolution as a child and relocating in LA with her family, and what she calls her “perfect storm” in 2008. Shiva had just given birth to her second daughter at the time. Meanwhile her sixteen year marriage was falling apart and she was being sued for trying to save a two hundred year old oak tree! To top it off, symptoms from her autoimmune diseases (scleroderma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis) were heightened by all the stress. In her book she recounts her lowest point - running barefoot through the woods in the middle of the night, “running from [her] marriage, running from the fractured life that [she] had created, running from [her] illness, running from childhood traumas, just running.”

She read to us:
The only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that you have nowhere to go but up, and as I limped home that night...I knew it was time to wipe the slate clean. I could choose to treat my anxiety and depression, which were symptoms of my pain, or I could face the pain and overhaul my being. I chose to do the latter, because I knew that I didn’t want to survive, I wanted to thrive.

And thrive she does! After that dark night, Shiva rebuilt her life in the most beautiful way. She relocated to a new home with her daughters and surrounded herself with nature. She grew her own vegetables, composted, and raised chickens and honeybees. She started making her own skincare and cleaning products. And she started her blog, The Local Rose. “[She] met all of these incredible practitioners along the way as [she] was changing [her] life, and discovered that there were a lot of us searching for inspiration. [She] wanted to show that it was possible to be green and conscious and still be chic...” 

Shiva began incorporating rituals and self-care into her life and practicing Kundalini yoga daily. She explained to us that the idea for her skincare line came to her in a meditation - she calls this a “download” (love that!) - and it only took a few months from the download to product fruition. She launched with her face oil, at a time when face oil was not such a trend as it is today. Today her beauty line consists of nearly 20 products!

Simply being around Shiva was such a special experience- she truly radiates beauty, and her feminine energy is both inspiring and empowering. She told us she feels better now in her forties than she ever did in her twenties or thirties. “We live in such a masculine time,” she said, explaining how everything can be so fast-paced and directional, and that “to be in your feminine is to slow down...and to receive,” and to be in touch with our sensuality.
Sensuality is about having a connection to yourself, your soul...indulging in all the things that make you feel alive and beautiful. Approaching beauty with reverence and ritual can help awaken your feminine fire and stoke the flames of vibrancy and passion. Beauty and self-care nourish us so that we can continue to give to others.

So beautifully said. Whole Beauty is here to guide you through some of Shiva's rituals, and you can pick and choose what speaks to you. It's got everything from guided meditations to tea ceremony to beauty recipes (e.g. The Plumping Goddess Nectar Mask and Shimmering Body Oil), an essential oil guide, recipes for tonics and teas, and so much more! Shiva signed my book with the inscription, "may you always walk in beauty." This is my hope for my readers as well. May we all take steps to be the best and truest versions of ourselves, and may we walk in beauty and share it with those around us.