Just because this week is all me me me, we’ll continue on with this article about my beauty routine that appeared in August’s Harper’s Bazaar.
Okay, I copied it onto here! You’re going to really know EVERYTHING (all the parenthesis are my running commentary. I couldn’t resist!)
A big thank you to Harper’s Bazaar and to Jessica Prince.
The easygoing Corsica native who now calls New York home follows a simple hair and makeup routine, enjoys indulging in spa treatments, and isn’t afraid to snack on sweets (even though she should be).
DIET: “I grew up in the South of France eating vegetables, whole wheat pasta, fish, and fruit, but when I moved to New York a year and a half ago, I gained 10 pounds. There are a lot of temptations here, and the portions are much larger. I’m an emotional eater, and in your 30s, your metabolism slows down, so I’m always trying to lose a little bit of weight. I cut out milk and meat because they are both more fattening here than in France; I think it has to do with the hormones.”
BREAKFAST: “Oatmeal with almonds, raisins, and coffee.” (so good and so healthy.)(But I’ve actually switched now. I eat organic soft boiled eggs. Yum!)
LUNCH: “Grilled salmon and vegetables from Whole Foods with brown rice, whole wheat pasta, or quinoa to fill me up and give me energy.”
DINNER: “Steamed or broiled vegetables and grilled tuna or salmon. (It’s not like that every day, I actually don’t eat this much fish. Most of my meals are vegetarian.) I also make really good ratatouille with zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onion, garlic and peppers.”
BEVERAGES: “I only drink water, coffee, and wine—I like red and white. I hate soda, and I don’t believe in juicing. It’s not me; I need real food.”
SNACKS: “I love to snack on brioche and cake (And we’ve found the problem!) Unfortunately, my first reaction isn’t to grab an apple (what a surprise), but I do make my own applesauce. It’s very light and delicious.”
SPLURGES: “My father’s lemon meringue pie. He’s a chef and I die for everything he makes. I am also crazy about Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate (Aha! Problem number 2!) from Whole Foods, and I love all of the creamy, sweet ice cream flavors from Ben & Jerry’s (And this here is a total catastrophe. We’re talking 1,000 calories a pop). I’m not the girl who says, ‘I’ll have sorbet and fruit.’” (But that’s starting to change. THERE’S HOPE!)
VITAMINS: “I take the Bion3 multivitamin with ginseng, magnesium, and zinc that I buy in France.” (Advice from my Pharmacist: Take the one for seniors. It’s even better.)
FITNESS: “I do yoga twice a week and run three days a week outdoors for about 30 minutes to clear my head. I do yoga at Crunch, (my neighborhood gym in New York where my favorite yoga teacher is.) Yogaworks (not bad, but I’ve gotta stop Yogaworks because it’s just too far away and I’ve yet to find a teacher there I really like.) and Equinox (a real super chic New York gym that all the models go to. The rooms there are amazing and the pools are incredible and the teachers, well I guess they are good, I didn’t really try their classes, and everyone there, they just have some guns, which is definitely motivating.)(I still can’t get over how gyms are soooo much cheaper in New York than in Paris.) I also love snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, white-water rafting and river boarding, and I really want to take surf lessons.” (And I just got back from a weekend where I went mountain biking and paddle boarding. SO COOL. I love outdoor sports.)
SKIN CARE: “I’m not against Botox, (It’s a little more complicated than that but we’ve talked about this already. If you’re interested, I could do another post.) but I don’t do it because my dermatologist doesn’t think I need it. I’m addicted to the Vinosculpt Instant Lift Facial at the Caudalie Vinotherapy Spa at the Plaza because it makes my skin rosy and my pores disappear. I try to go four times a year. I have a dermatologist in France who I see once a year for checkups and occasional laser treatments. I wash my face with Caudalie Gentle Cleanser [$26] and Bioderma Hydrabio Lait moisturizing cleanser and makeup remover, and use Avène Thermal Spring Water [$11.50], and Ducray Ictyane H.D. cream for dry skin.” (Even though I have mixed skin, which we already talked about.)
MAKEUP: “I don’t go crazy with makeup. My skin tends to get shiny, so I wear Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 [$64], Estée Lauder loose powder, and Bobbi Brown Blush in Nude Pink [$24] or Nars Blush in Amour [$28] because the color gives my face structure (I love blush. It’s my favorite). On my eyes I use M.A.C., Maybelline (I’m crazy about their mascaras), and L’Oréal’s Telescopic [$9.48]. I also love Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat [$40]. I use it as my concealer and on my cheeks and nose. When I do a red lip, I use Clinique, Armani, or Lancôme lipsticks. I get manicures in the spring and summer with neutral shades, reds, or corals from Essie. For pedicures, I go with deep red.”
HAIR: “I have curly hair that I wash every other day (This has changed too! I had a hair revolution this summer! I’m starting a post on it for you right now.) with L’Oréal Paris Ever-Sleek Sulfate-Free Intense Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner [$6.99 each] and leave very natural. I tried a keratin treatment, but stick-straight hair isn’t for me. I don’t have a regular stylist, but I’ll visit New York’s Three Squares Studio for a cut once or twice a year. I have a few grey hairs, so I use L’Oréal at-home hair color for coverage, and Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk [$18]; just like Karl Lagerfeld. My go-to style is a bun because it flatters my face.” (Even though I think we can all agree that I’m getting pretty tired of this go-to.)
BODY: “My goal (in life) is to get a massage once a week at the spa near my apartment. I’ve tried a lot of body products, and my favorites (I just love it. It leaves my skin so silky smooth) are Kiehl’s Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter [$36] and Neutrogena oil (it smells so good!). My grandmother is Moroccan, and she taught me to do a version of the hammam exfoliating ritual. I soak in a warm bath (Don’t use soap! It kills the effects. You gotta get one of those scrubber gloves) until my skin is soft, then use a special cloth glove to scrub my skin. The results are amazing; my skin feels as soft as a baby’s. My favorite scent is Acqua di Cuba. It’s a men’s cologne, and it smells like my island, Corsica.”