As the chief makeup fiend at local publishing house Sugar Inc., BellaSugar’s Senior Editor Annie Tomlin knows a thing or two when it comes to hot new products. Plus, she's an expert on precisely which of those products fit best into a San Francisco gal’s lifestyle, full of its unpredictable micro-climates and notoriously casual style ethos. To find out which new bathroom cabinet additions we residents should be stocking up on this season, we asked the molto bella editor to dish on the top six items that aren’t only amazing, but super-suitable for an S.F. summer.
Annie’s Top Summer Beauty Picks For San Francisco Gals:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick
"A good everyday lipstick should make you look a little more polished than usual, rather than announcing, 'Hey, I'm wearing makeup!' I've tried dozens of new lipsticks this year, but Chanel Rouge Coco Shine is the one that I carry everywhere. The texture is buttery-smooth, the formula is hydrating, and the sheer finish catches light beautifully. Boy and Biarritz are my favorite shades, since they're versatile and flattering for so many skin tones."
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, $32, available at Macy's, 170 O'Farrell Street (Between Stockton and Powell streets); 415-397-3333.
Yes to Carrots Acne Daily Pore Scrub
"Yes, I am a beauty editor with acne. It is my secret shame. To keep breakouts under control, I use Yes to Carrots Acne Daily Pore Scrub every day. It has salicylic acid, which keeps pores from getting clogged, and the exfoliating granules are incredibly gentle—plus, they'll biodegrade instead of polluting the ocean like plastic beads can. My boyfriend used the last of our tube and he has glowing skin, while mine currently looks like Vader's at the end of Return of the Jedi. Coincidence? I think not."
Yes to Carrots Acne Daily Pore Scrub, $10, available at Target, 133 Serramonte Center, Daly City; 650-755-2393.
Oribe Signature Moisture Masque
"Confession: I feel somewhat guilty recommending a $59 hair mask. But this one is worth a splurge, especially if you make it last. I use a quarter-sized amount on my hair once or twice a week, and it leaves my hair incredibly shiny and soft without weighing it down in the slightest. And it smells wonderful, too."
Oribe Signature Moisture Masque, $59, available at Neiman Marcus 150 Stockton Street (at Geary Street); 415-362-3900.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects
"Normally, I keep my nails polish-free and just use a Revlon buffer to shine them. But when I need to look like a fancy lady, I grab these nail strips. They're actual polish, not stickers, so they look just like a regular manicure. They take about 10 minutes to apply, require no drying time, and last for at least a week before chipping. Anything that saves time and still looks good is aces in my book."
Sally Hansen Salon Effects, $10, available at Walgreens, 1333 Castro Street (at 18th Street); 415-826-8533..
Topshop Skin Glow
"The key to creating that whole lit-from-within look is luminizer. Topshop's version is great because it creates radiance without being overly shimmery or obvious. I dab a bit on cheeks and around my eyes when I want to highlight those areas, but you can also put a few drops in tinted moisturizer or sunscreen to get an all-over glow."
Topshop Skin Glow, $20, available at Topshop.
Facials at CoCo Spa
"Not a product, but a person: CoCo Pai. She's my favorite esthetician at CoCo Spa and one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet. She has true passion for her work, plus the experience and knowledge to back it up. Having a facial with her feels like spending time with a good friend, and as a bonus, you leave with unbelievable skin. If you are serious about wanting a better complexion, go see her."
Facial at CoCo Spa, $115-$175, available at CoCo Spa, 490 Post Street (at Mason Street), Penthouse 1701; 650-576-7222.