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Welcome to Editor's Picks, a weekly round-up of what we're buying (or at least coveting) this week.
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil, $24 at Sephora
Racked Miami editor Ashley Brozic: Bright lipstick used to be the one makeup trend that intimidated me, but as I've grown older (and wiser, obvi) the brighter the lip, the happier I am. The one issue I still have with lipstick is how heavy it feels on your lips, especially in Miami's smoldering weather. I solved this pesky little issue when I found Bite Beauty in my local Sephora, and haven't looked at another brand of lipstick since.
My favorite color of the moment is Tannin. It's a deep poppy red with a matte effect that seems to flatter me and all my friends who have borrowed it, which automatically makes it a miracle shade. It also has antioxidants in it with anti-aging benefits, and is made with lip-nurturing food-grade ingredients that are apparently healthy enough to eat (please don't). It doesn't dry out your lips like other highly pigmented brands do, but still adds enough color to make you feel like the most glamorous girl in the room. And who doesn't love that?
Giles & Brother Pave Railroad Spike ring in rose gold, $80 at Bergdorf Goodman
Racked Dallas editor Anna Caplan: I kind of have a thing for rose gold. Maybe it has to do with getting a beautiful thin-banded ring from my husband on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence years ago. With Europe in the very distant rearview (we're parents now, thank you very much) the good vibes about the hue have translated into a free-associative kind of thing. I see rose gold, I love it.
So when I found this Giles & Brother Pave Railroad Spike ring in rose gold plated brass at the new store Planet Bardot on Dallas's Knox Street, I caved. The ring ($74 at the store; $80 elsewhere online) is at once delicate and chunky. And the bit of sparkle from the pave crystals doesn't hurt either. It's my kind of simple accessory, a perfect bridge (as it were) from back then to now.
Julep konjac cleansing sponge, $12
Racked editorial director Izzy Grinspan: Shortly after beauty brand Julep sent some konjac sponges to the Racked office, I started noticing them everywhere. Teen Vogue editor (and former Racked intern) Phillip Picardi Instagrammed them, Fashionista wrote a trend piece referencing his Instagram, and Refinery29 published a story called "Should You Add A Konjac Sponge To Your Skin-Care Arsenal?"
I'm incredibly cautious when it comes to changing my skincare routine, but I'm also a total sheep, so I figured I'd give the sponge a month and see what happened. Here's what happened: My skin looked amazing. Konjac sponges are soft enough that they won't irritate delicate complexions, but they're also great at unclogging pores, leaving your face perfectly clear and clean. No wonder they've developed such a bandwagon.
Women's Shearling Lined Bean Boots, $199 at L.L.Bean
Racked Philly editor Julie Davis: I don't have to reach for my L.L.Bean winter boots too often, but when a snowstorm hits, they're the most invaluable member of my shoe line-up. They're a happy alternative to clunky pack boots, which, for me, would be overkill; I'm only trekking from my front door to the car, after all. For snow boots, they're pretty cute, too, and the relatively slim profile makes them wearable for driving and running errands.
Did I mention they're waterproof and lined with real shearling? You could complain that they almost keep your feet too warm, but hey, it's better than having icicles for toes.
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