S.W. BASICS It's still Spring-like here in NYC, but I still feel like there's a bit of a chill in the evenings and that means it's time to start using moisturizers with a little more kick in them. This year I'm trying S.W. Basics' Cream and, once again, these guys knock it out of the park. With only three ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil, this balm-like cream is so pure, it really moisturizes your skin, yet doesn't clog. My skin is baby smooth and I've been putting it on before makeup with excellent results. All their products are handmade in Brooklyn and their packaging is excellent. This is a big jar as far as moisturizers go and you need so little. $34 Oh, and for the coming cold weather, I also recommend their lip balm!
KAHINA GIVING BEAUTY What can be said about Kahina Giving Beauty's Argan Oil that hasn't been said a thousand times? If you're looking for a hydrating face oil (year 'round), this is the one to buy. It's the real deal and I use it daily. This oil is so pure you can also use it to hydrate your hair, nails (it's really great to rub on your cuticles and hands before bed - you wake up with such smooth and hydrated skin) and, of course, your face. My friend tried my Kahina this past summer and is now so hooked. He has me order and have it shipped to his workplace, "Get me the large and quick!" Liquid gold. 30 ML: $36 100 ML: $82 473 ML: $200
PAI This is another moisturizer that isn't just for the colder months, but if you don't use creams in the Summer and want to take it up a notch, this is for you. Pai's Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream ($44) is definitely thicker than a lotion, but doesn't feel heavy. Beyond the fact that it smells absolutely DELISH (I'm a huge fan of the smell of chamomile) this hydrates, goes on smooth and comes in a super easy pump. So many of their creams are excellent, but this is the one that I use and love. If you are in the market for a heavier cream, try their Macadamia & Rose BioRejuvenate Moisturizer. Everything is organic and awesome, trust me. $47