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3:04 pm

My Favorite Beauty Essentials

02/08/2014, Beauty, Chanel, Christian Dior

I like to think of myself as pretty low-maintenance. Ok, perhaps not as low maintenance as other ‘wash and go’ people but cut me some slack. My lifestyle is quite stressful and absurd. I’m thirty two years old, I smoke like a chimney, I drink, I eat too much, I don’t get enough sleep and I travel a lot. I don’t even want to think about what I’d look like without the aid of, well, modern science. It’s very important to take care of ourselves. I know people who look extremely good without using a ton of products (you know, the ones who literally wake up instagram-ready) but I also know so many kids who look busted in the face and I’m like much older than them.

I haven’t done a beauty post in a while so let me share some of my beauty essentials. These are the core products that I personally cannot live without. One thing to keep in mind is that whatever works for me may not work for other people. We’re all different from each other. We all have different skin types, different sensitivity issues, etc.

Daytime Skincare Routine
I start my beauty routine with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser with salicylic acid. I’ve been using this cleanser for the past year now with my oily/combination skin and it helps prevent break outs. I use the cleanser with my Clarisonic brush. The super chic Dr. Lisa Airan introduced me to it a few years ago. It’s the best way to clean the face! I must say that I don’t the Clarisonic brush every morning though because I don’t want to over exfoliate my face.

I know it’s bad but I usually skip the toning part and go straight to moisturize. I use La Prairie’s Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal cream. It’s my favorite day moisturizer. I love how it moisturizes my skin without making it greasy.

Bryanboy's daytime beauty routine featuring Clarisonic, Murad and La Prairie
Clarisonic Mia 2 Brush, $150 (buy), Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Cream, $310 (buy)

Make Up
The thing about make-up is the whole catch-22 situation. Make-up is the best way to cover imperfections but too much make-up is also bad for your skin. I wouldn’t be using make-up if I had flawless skin. Personally-speaking, I use make-up for two reasons — color correction and to cover some of my pores. This is why I keep my make-up routine fairly simple. I have fairly oily skin so I start with Murad’s oil control mattifier and then I use my beloved Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation. It’s the BEST foundation I’ve ever tried in my whole life. I like how it’s very light and it doesn’t make me break out. To control shine, I use Make Up Forever’s HD powder throughout the day. My favorite lip balm is Chanel. I like how it moisturizes my lips without making me look like I made out with a bottle of olive oil.

Murad Oil Control Mattifier, $40 (buy), Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #8, $63 (buy), Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Powder, $35 (buy), Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Lip Balm, $35 (buy)

My favourite fragrance of all time is Sugar Lychee by Fresh. I’ve been using it for years. I buy it by the truckload, no joke. The scent is so clean and, well, fresh! I love lychees. I love a good lychee martini too. Look, I have a policy — you can always tell a person what they like to drink based on how they smell. Whenever I go to bars or clubs and when people ask me what perfume I’m wearing, I always tell them one thing — VODKA! Haha! ;-)

As you know, I’m not really a big fan of men’s perfumes because I find most of them so putrid and strong. I can’t stand musky smells. I’ve tried so many men’s perfumes that people give me I always end up regifting them during the holiday season.

I can’t remember which airport it was exactly but I was trolling around the duty free counters lo and behold I tried Miss Dior for the first time and dang, it smells soo good! It’s my perfume of the moment. It’s soo good that I ended up buying the deodorant as well. AND IT WORKS! After all these years I finally gave myself a deodorant upgrade! I’ve been ultra loyal to Secret because it’s the only deodorant that works with my body chemistry but Miss Dior took it up another notch. It feels so light, it’s not sticky and best of all, it doesn’t stain my clothes. Best deodorant EVER! It really pays to explore duty free counters (instead of getting drunk at the airport lounge) when you have spare time before your flight.

I get sweaty easily during the day so I try to avoid using lotions and moisturizers on my body. At night however, I go for Santa Maria Novella’s vanilla body cream. It’s my favorite Santa Maria Novella product. I always go to them whenever I go to Florence. It’s one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. They were founded in 1221!

Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Crema Corpo Vanilla Body Cream, $75 (buy), Fresh Sugar & Lychee Eau de Parfum, $88 (buy), Miss Dior Deodorant Parfume Perfumed Deodorant, $45 (buy), Miss Dior Eau de Parfum, $115 (buy)

Night Time Routine
Before going to sleep, I always clean my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush with Murad’s Clarifying Cleanser. I follow it up with Santa Maria Novella’s rose water. A lot of people use all sorts of toners but I like the smell of rose water. Once my face is dry, I take a few drops of Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil. Then I use La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Night Cream. This night cream, my dearest ladies, is a miracle worker. I started using this night cream last year and my face is hydrated and softer. For the eyes, I use the White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, also from La Prairie. Out of all the areas of my face, it’s the eyes (dark circles) that I find extremely challenging to deal with.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser, $35 (buy), Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Santa Maria Novella Acqua Di Rose Rose Water, $60 (buy), La Prairie Cellular Radiance Night Cream, $630 (buy), La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, $360 (buy), Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, $52 (buy)

Travel Essentials
I use the charcoal mask from Origins once a week. As you all know, I travel so much and because of time constraints, it’s almost impossible to get a regular facial. Any product that helps clean out my pores is a good thing.

I keep my inflight beauty products to a bare minimum. I hate the idea of bringing so many beauty products with me on the plane because every product is interconnected with one another. For example, I don’t want to use creams while I’m sleeping on the plane because I’ll be shiny when I land. And the only way not to be shiny is to wash your face, so on and so forth. So what I do is, I go to the bathroom, wash my face with water and then use Skinceuticals B5 gel. To keep me hydrated, I’ll spritz my face with Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir throughout the plane ride.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, $37 (buy), Caudalie Eau de Beaute Beauty Elixir, $49 (buy), Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $85 (buy)

7:27 pm

Mane Essentials

31/05/2012, Beauty, Hair

Some of you have been emailing me about my favourite beauty products. I know I don’t post about them often. When it comes to my hair, I’m pretty low-maintenance. I’ve been living in hotels for the past few years so whenever I can, I stock up on Frederic Fekkai shampoo and conditioner. They come in travel-friendly sizes and oh I love the scent. As for product, I’m very loyal to Sebastian’s MicroWeb Fiber and Molding Mud. The latter has the right amount of hold which is oh so perfect for super sunny Los Angeles.

Bryanboy's favourite hair products

9:19 am

Southern Belles

30/03/2012, Beauty, Fashion Bloggers

Some say blondes have more fun but it’s always the brunettes who remember everything the next day. I love a good southern gurl. It’s always a hoot seeing my favourite southern belles Gala Gonzalez (from Spain) and Eleonora Carisi (from Italy). I had to share these photos of Gala, in a white tee, trying to emulate one of Eleonora’s signature hair poses. It was hysterical!

Gala Gonzalez and Eleonora Carisi at Stefanel Brunch Milan

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11:07 am

Backstage at Alice + Olivia Fall 2012

18/02/2012, Alice + Olivia, Beauty, Fall Winter 2012, Hair

Happy Saturday! While we’re on the subject of hair, I thought I’d share some photos that I took backstage at the Alice + Olivia presentation a couple of days ago.

Alice + Olivia fall winter 2012 hair looks board

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10:24 am

Razor Sharp

17/02/2012, Beauty, Calvin Klein, Fall Winter 2012, Hair

I really love the angular, blunt, Rooney Mara-inspired haircuts at Calvin Klein. Not only they were very modern, they also punctuated the minimal but ultra chic looks Francisco Costa sent down the runway. More power to the ‘bob’!

Razor sharp bob at Calvin Klein fall winter 2012
Hair at Calvin Klein fall winter 2012

6:02 am

Beauty Supply

16/12/2011, Beauty

Quick update from the beauty side… my obsession with Japanese skincare brand SK-II reached new heights. I went from treating myself to their famous masks (click here) and now I’m using the whole skincare line after stockpiling them in Japan!

Bryanboy's favourite beauty products. Shot at the Hudson Hotel, New York

I must say I’m very allergic to pesky and aggressive fragrance sales people but you know what, I had a very pleasant experience yesterday at Barney’s. I popped by the store yesterday afternoon in between meetings to pick up a bottle of Un Bois Vanille (my favourite from Serge Lutens). I had a few minutes to spare so I asked one of the guys for another recommendation. A few spritzing and whiffing happened and voila, I ended up buying a bottle of Datura Noir as well. It’s really, really, REALLY good. Trust.

1:28 pm

Bumble and Bumble Salon

26/11/2011, Beauty, Current Affairs, New York City

Bryanboy inside Bumble and Bumble salon, Meatpacking District New York City

The Bumble and Bumble salon in NYC’s Meatpacking District redefined my hair salon experience. It was very, very spacious and the waiting area offered breathtaking views… a far cry from what I’m accustomed to: cramped spaces with prying salon gays who serve two customers at a time, not to mention nosy matronic patrons listening to every word you say. Bumble and Bumble was different. Talk about a major upgrade. I think it’s the first time I got a haircut as in salon haircut in Manhattan. They were quick, efficient and friendly. It’s a shame I was pressed for time (I sandwiched my trim in between meetings) otherwise I’d get my hair color done as well.

Oh and my hair stylist, the very tall and very hunky Rogan definitely made my our day. Rumi and I left the salon with a new adjective…

3:15 pm

Body And Beyond

08/06/2011, Beauty

I know it sounds crazy but I’ve been trolling beauty shops as of late. By beauty meaning anything related to the face, body, skin, etc. I like to think of myself as a pretty low maintenance kind of guy but the product junkie in me is coming out slowly. I think it started about two or three months ago when I went to a friend’s hotel room and saw the amount of products she brought with her — she had half a suitcase filled with everything from make-up and skincare to hair and beauty products. Comparing her stuff to mine (which I effortlessly dump inside a plastic bag), I realized holy Snooki batman, I spend ridiculous money on clothes and accessories and here I am using free generic shampoo they dispense at hotels, Colgate toothpaste, shaving cream from Gilette and to add salt to the wound, my deodorant is friggin Secret (I must confess it works)! That’s when it hit me — I need to take care of my body more by spending a little extra in quality products. So not only I go to the stores to window shop for fashion and accessories, I now go to beauty and skincare counters whenever I have free time.

Products from Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, Florence

I skipped lunch to go to the ultimate Florentine institution, Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella and picked up some shampoo, hair cream, body cream, shaving cream and a fragrance.

4:56 pm

Low Maintenance

23/05/2011, Beauty

I’ve been getting quite a number of emails from readers asking what products I use. I wish I was one of those beauty junkies because I love trying new creams and potions but alas, I travel so much I have no choice but to be low maintenance. I simply cannot afford to bring the whole pharmacy with me, you know?

Bryanboy's low maintenance beauty products

Clarins cleanser, facial scrub and moisturizer, Kiehl’s moisturizer, eyedrops from Brazil, Byredo Pulp fragrance, Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille fragrance, Fresh Sugar & Lychee bath gel, Sugar & Lychee fragrance, Pear Cassis fragrance, Sugar lip gloss, Bobbi Brown highlighter, MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base, MAC Studio Fix foundation and concealer, MAC mineral powder, Lancome Dual Finish powder

7:14 pm

Byredo Pulp

01/04/2011, Beauty

I bought my first Byredo fragrance in Stockholm two weeks ago during a lazy afternoon. With my crazy schedule, free time to sniff around wonderful concoctions is a luxury. When I passed by the Byredo store, I knew I had to go in. I’ve heard many great things about this Swedish perfume brand. So I bought ‘Pulp’. It’s my favourite scent out of everything they offered. You know me — I have the vocabulary of a twelve-year old so don’t let me put it into writing how it smells. All I know is that it’s terrific.

Byredo Pulp Eau du Parfum

What impressed me the most is the amount of effort they’ve put into their branding and packaging. My boyfriend joked how I basically paid a little under US$200 for luxurious paper and boxes. All that jazz for 50ml’s worth of fragrance. But it’s worth it.

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