The One-Oh

The One-Oh: Skin Care

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The One-Oh: 01. Aeora silicone face brush 02. Etude House 0.2 sheet masks 03. Aveeno Positively Radiant skin brightening daily scrub 04. Cetaphil moisturizing lotion 05. Too Faced Hangover face primer 06. First Aid Beauty face cleanser 07. Skinfood Royal Honey Propolis Enrich Essence 08. Sephora pore cleansing pad 09. Bliss Mighty Marshmallow whipped mask 10. CeraVe AM facial moisturizing lotion

Hi Dinner Party readers—Kristina here from Uniformly Dressed. Trying something new today: a guest post for DP’s One-Oh column to talk about my tentative foray into the daunting megabusiness of modern skincare, which still makes its fortune in reminding you of the flaws you must necessarily cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize away. Here’s some of the products that have thankfully been an aid, not detriment, in my descent into madness—ahem, self-care.

Unsurprisingly, most of my favorites are definitely not “Instagrammable” but have been quiet soldiers of skin protection and moisture, as in the CeraVe and Cetaphil lotions I blindly reach for on most days. I used to layer the CeraVe AM lotion under my makeup, but since there’s SPF in a lot of BB creams nowadays, I switched to lightweight moisturizing primers such as the TooFaced Hangover face primer, which adds a little more hydration for the day.

The Aveeno daily scrub is helpful for gentle exfoliating in the shower. This year, I added the silicone brush because I started trying clay masks, which are messy and fun but get everywhere, and the scrub pad to help cleanse the face at night after work. I also picked up a mini jar of the Bliss Marshmallow whipped mask as a treat ($3.99 for the travel jar), and while I haven’t particularly noticed any brightening or added radiance due to application, the pillowy texture of the mask is pleasant and fun enough to use occasionally.

As far as “high end” skincurr, I tend to favor the K-beauty side of the spectrum. I’ve come to love the honey/propolis ampoules in my routine; there are quite a few out there—I considered CosRx, Tosowoong, LeeJiham and Nature Republic’s ampoules in my search—but Skinfood was the first I’ve tried, and I’ve stuck with it. Honey’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties are supposed to help restore acne-prone skin to a healthier state. I personally just like the way it feels and absorbs. It also seemed to help soothe sunburnt skin in the summer, or at least prevent lobster cheeks after a day of being outside and not reapplying SPF.

I also think Korean brands slay the sheet mask market; the essence/formula on the mask gives superior hydration compared to Western brands. Now every time I know someone is about to go on a trip to Southeast Asia, the number one souvenir I ask for is K-beauty sheet masks! Check out Etude House, Nature Republic, Tonymoly, Skinfood, and Innisfree for some great options.

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The One-Oh

The One-Oh: Blush on You

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The One-Oh: 01. Pamela Love serpent bangle in rose gold 02. Essie nail lacquer in Spin the Bottle 03. Kat Von D studded kiss lipstick in Noble 04. Jimmy Choo Aza patent leather pumps 05. Babyghost dress 06. Rachel Antonoff blush Susan top 07. Rachel Antonoff blush Lena pants 08. COS panelled leather tote 09. Catbird Choupette earrings in rose gold 10. Opening Ceremony slip-on platform sneakers

All the Valentine’s Day decorations in the shops might be getting to my head because I can’t seem to get enough of these shades of soft petal pink. From the buttery leather of the COS tote to the harder edge of the Pamela Love rose gold bangle, this kind of pinkish hue brings out a blush in the wearer that evokes romance and young love. Yesterday, I actually almost purchased the Rachel Antonoff blush Susan top and Lena pants to wear at my friend’s wedding in Charleston until I realized that 100% wool would be a terrible idea for a June wedding down South. (I went with another one of Ms. Antonoff’s strapless concoctions, but that’s another story for another day.)

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