As the magazine’s beauty and travel editor, I wind up in some…unusual situations. From marital maintenance to power-tanning, here’s one I couldn’t help but write about.
When travel writers and editors hang out, you can count the seconds before everyone’s talking about recent trips, upcoming trips—and the art of cramming laundry, bills and marriage into 12-hour stopovers at home. But at last weekend’s Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference (the best one to attend if you happen to be an aspiring travel journalist, by the way), conversation turned toward something totally out of character for this crowd: skincare.
Photo courtesy of Candace Rose Rardon
The third annual Look Good Feel Better National Beauty Editors Day event at Saks Fifth Avenue is finally here! On Thursday, August 7th our Beauty and Travel Editor, Abbie Kozolchyk, will be hosting her second round of one-on-one consultations. This year, she’ll be partnering with the ladies at the Trish McEvoy counter. Stop by to pick up great makeup and skincare tips, hear about life at Every Day with Rachael Ray or even talk travel with our sightseeing guru. We gave you a little bit of an intro to Abbie before last year’s event, but get to know our #1 beauty gal even better (now!) by reading three more must-know answers from Abbie to kick off the beauty celebration!
1. What’s your favorite beauty product of all time?
AK: I wish I were that decisive! I have a lot of favorites. But because we’re in the middle of summer, I’m especially focused on sunscreen right now. For a basic running-around-town workday, I like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Face Lotion. And for more intense exposure, I’ve sworn by Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream since I tested the formula a few years ago on an island in the Philippines where the average daily temperature was 300 degrees, with 300 percent humidity.
2. What’s your best piece of beauty advice for women of all ages?
AK: Sunscreen. Early and often. And yes, clearly, I can be insufferable on this topic. But here’s why: My very first week at a magazine involved a trip to the New York Public Library, where I’d been dispatched to dig through piles of microfiched melanoma images for a story. And I’ve assigned—or been assigned—at least one sun care story a year in the 22 summers since then. So I have a pretty vivid idea of what failure to protect your skin looks like—and wow. Best not to go there.
3. What’s one thing you’ve learned within the last year that you really want to share on Beauty Editor’s Day?
AK: That Look Good Feel Better, the organization that gets the day’s proceeds, makes a real difference. The whole idea is to boost the self-image of people who are undergoing cancer treatment, and the participants I’ve met during the year are hugely grateful to be involved — as are the people who work with them
Get a full recap of last year’s event here, and be sure to register for this year’s event here!
Eating, drinking and making merry outside? What you want from your sunscreen– beyond broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30– is a scent that won’t compete with food and a formula that won’t leave your hands too goopy to snack. We found six products that fit both bills, and work extra well for the fiestas below– though a few tubes can easily cross party lines!
In a nod to grill season, or just to charcoal’s skin-purifying powers, this natural-born dirt magnet is on fire in skincare circles.
Charcoal meets softening cacao in Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask. ($40 with code RACHAEL, through September; osmiaorganics.com)
The brand famous for its pore strips has a new way for you to power-cleanse: Bioré Skincare Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. ($8; at drugstores)
Massage away dead skin and other debris with Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask. ($4; at drugstores)
Blending charcoal with breakout-blocking salicylic acid, Garnier Clean Shine Control Cleansing Gel Oily Skin helps keep you in the clear. ($8; at drugstores)
De-shine on the go with Sephora Collection Charcoal Blotting Papers. ($10; sephora.com)
Emily Maynard has officially launched her very own jewelry line! With the help of Jessica Stanfield and Christi Pack, founders of Towne & Reese — a line Emily wore often on her season of The Bachelorette — she developed unforgettable, style-savvy accessories with personal touches. Her 63-piece girly-with-an-edge collection can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. See a few of Emily’s favorite pieces, plus learn about more of her favorite things below!
Favorite meal on The Bachelorette? “Every night in Prague my producer and I would go to the hotel restaurant and get a great dover sole dish.”
Her daughter’s favorite? “I make this green chicken recipes with tons of herbs and also a baked fried chicken with crushed pretzels.”
Guilty pleasure food? Ranch dressing and diet coke
Ice cream flavor? Pistachio
Summer grill-out dinner? Cheeseburgers
From left to right: Jessica Stanfield, Judi Peña (Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief), Lauren Smith (Web Editor), Emily Maynard, and Christi Pack.
Check out EmilyMaynard.com for more info.
Long a foodie favorite (in fact, there’s one in Rach’s product line), Himalayan pink salt is now being sprinkled across the beauty aisle, too. Turns out, the mineral-packed crystals are as glow-giving as palate-pleasing. –Abbie Kozolchyk, Travel and Beauty Editor
1. Kismibella Pink Himalayan Salt with Goat Milk Bath Bomb ($5 each, kismibella.etsy .com) packs Epsom salt and avocado oil for an intensely soothing soak.
2. Made with 60 percent Himalayan pink salt, Bliss fatgirlscrub ($38, blissworld.com) is the definition of true grit, plus a circulation booster and skin polisher of the highest order.
3. Garnished with rose petals and spiked with sandalwood. KhushiOrganics Rose of the Himalaya Organic Soaking Spa Salts ($16, khushiorganics.etsy.com) offer the best kind of sensory overload.
4. Loaded with stimulants, CricketCoveSoapCo Eucalyptus and Peppermint Organic Coconut Milk & Pink Himalayan Salt Soap ($6, cricketcovesoapco.etsy.com) lathers into a full-body wake-up call.
5. Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Body Wash with Himalayan Pink Salt ($5, at drugstores) deposits skin-healthy minerals but leaves no schmutz behind.