Rub A Dub Dub
After taking a shower this morning I realized I’ve found a very satisfying mixture of products I’ve been using lately — so I thought I would share what’s been so great about them.
- My hair is dry and tends to break easily but its hard to find a good shampoo & conditioner that will help split-ends and breakage without weighing it down since it’s also fine in texture. However, I’ve been using Davines Mulu shampoo & conditioner and I’m in love with it. I haven’t found a shampoo I’ve been completely satisfied with in….well…ever. Plus, the light, powdery scent is really lovely.
- I’ve always been a Dove unscented bar soap girl — it’s gentle and doesn’t dry out my already dry skin but recently I switched and started using L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap and wow! It’s five times more expensive than Dove but totally worth it. I do think I’ll go back to Dove in the summer but this Shea butter enriched soap saved my winter skin for sure.
- I’m a huge fan of exfoliation. In fact, I would guess that I probably exfoliate more than anyone I know. Face, body, soles of feet — I’m always scrubbing to reveal new, fresh skin. Removing the layer of dead, dry surface skin enables my moisturizers to work better since it allows them to penetrate and not lay on the surface — I mean, that last sentence alone has made self-diagnose myself as an addict of exfoliation. That being said — I’ve been really into Bliss’ Super Minty Soap’n Scrub. It’s incredibly refreshing and makes my skin feel amazing. Highly recommended.
- I grew up with my mom & step-mom constantly throwing sunscreen on me and lecturing me on the importance of taking care of my skin or else the god forsaken wrinkles will find me — ahhh! So much drama for a little kid to know or even care about but as an adult I am so happy I was taught the importance of this. It not only has made me develop good habits but it has made me curious about beauty products in general. I’m always using new skin creams and fun beauty products but for the past few years I’ve been using a drug-store bought face wash by Aveeno. It really does a great job at removing makeup and impurities as well as being gentle on my skin. Such a great product for the price and since I throw my money into creams, oils, and makeup — it’s nice to pinch some pennies somewhere in my routine.
- Again, with exfoliation — obsessed. That being said, I may have tried hundreds of body exfoliators but I haven’t tried a ton of face exfoliators. I guess when you find something that works, you stick with it. I’ve been using Cliniques Exfoliating Scrub for over 10 years now. Get it. Love it. You’re welcome.
Davines Melu Shampoo and Conditioner Set (8.45 Oz Each) / Clinique Clinique Exfoliating Scrub / Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, 6 Ounce / Bliss Super Minty Soap & Scrub (8 oz) / L’Occitane Savon Extra-Doux Verveine, (Verbena Soap, Extra Gentle), 8.8-Ounce Bar
The Insider: Chelsa Skees
Chelsa Skees plays many roles at Of a Kind: friend, customer, model of this week’s Blue Flute Tank by Tucker, and life-saver—she’s the one responsible for pulling off the epic sample sale we’re hosting tomorrow at the Ace Hotel in NYC (11a to 7p—come!). To boot: She also has silly-good personal style cultivated during her years working right alongside Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein, and ninja makeup skills she’s been honing since age five. —claire
Q: Our photographer, Jamie, completely lost it over how good your makeup looked when you showed up to model the Tucker tank. How’d you get so good?
A: I started wearing makeup when I was way too young—like, five. I was wearing my mom’s makeup, you know? And she’d come home and be like, “What the hell are you doing with all this makeup on your face?” So it has always been an interest for me. In college, I decided that I would work for Clinique, and then after college I was offered the opportunity come back as a trainer.
Q: And what did you do after leaving Clinique?
A: Right when I moved to New York, I worked for College Humor for a very brief time. Then I started at Calvin Klein, where I was the studio manager. I managed the budget, I managed the team, I managed the fashion calendar, and I was the liaison between the production side of things in Milan and the designer side of things in New York.
Q: You’re always wearing stuff from new designers. Who’s your favorite?
A: I definitely have to say Julian Louie. He went to Cooper Union to be an architect, and I think there’s something really lovely about that. Designers who have an architecture background are always designers I end up loving because they have a really interesting view.
Q: We love your glasses so much we made you put them on for the photo shoot. Have you always worn them?
A: No—I just started needing them, but I kind of love the excuse to accessorize with them. I went in for my eye exam and told the doctor, “Oh, there’s nothing wrong with my eyes.” I walked out that day with a pair of classic, olive green frames by Paul Smith [pictured]. And then when I had my hair dyed blond, I bought pink 3.1 Phillip Lim ones because I thought, “What the hell? It’s Barbie style!”
Q: You own a couple of Of a Kind editions—which is your favorite?
A: I love the Erin Considine necklace. When I wear it, I like it to be the focus—I’ll put it on with a crew neck in a neutral color. I also just bought the Maxx & Unicorn wallet for my boyfriend Dennis [Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare], and he loves it. He actually sent me the link to it first and said, “Should I buy this?!” I told him not to because I wanted to surprise him with it.