By: Amy Rosner By: Amy Rosner | September 28, 2021 | Style & Beauty
For those of you who didn’t get enough beauty sleep last night.
Or you did, and still look like a walking zombie with bad breath and bed head.
Sometimes you need a little boost to make your eye bags go from Saks off Fifth to Saks on Fifth.
If you look as scary as we do in the morning—trust us, you don’t want to see photographic evidence—you’re in luck!
We connected with Jessica Richards, beauty wizard and Founder of clean-beauty boutique, SHEN, who can instantly make you go from drab to fab.
Richards is a former Fashion Stylist who has drastically transformed the beauty industry with the launch of her Brooklyn beauty haven, SHEN Beauty.
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In 2010, Jessica saw a unique opportunity in the market for SHEN—there was no store like it in the area, offering a quintessentially cool, curated range of effective, niche, and luxury beauty products.
Although SHEN’s roots reside in Brooklyn, it has altered the beauty landscape both nationally and globally.
Treat yo’ self, and indulge in these expert-recommended products for looking like your best self.
I am absolutely obsessed with using this cleanser in the fall. It’s incredibly gentle—aka you won’t look like a beet red tomato after using this— but manages to remove all my makeup, dirt, and grime. Thankfully, this product is all-in-one, so you don’t need to invest in every single product that Tik Tok claims you will die without. Plus, it allows you to be diligent with your skincare routine, while still staying true to your lazy roots. I apply this on my dry skin and thoroughly massage it until it absorbs into the skin.
After applying my cleanser, I use this silky washcloth which buffs and brightens the skin in the removal of makeup products. The towel feels like a wetsuit material once wet, which I promise, isn’t as bizarre as it sounds. I use this after cleansing to remove any additional makeup and leftover cleanser.
My skin is dry and dehydrated no matter the season #goals. This miracle toner really works at aiding in hydration. I apply the product to a small cotton ball and wipe it all over my face to nourish my skin and minimize signs of aging. Make sure to avoid the eye area, because this stuff stings!
This hyaluronic serum has 8 different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid in it, which I swear, is more than just a fancy-schmancy descriptor with no meaning. These different types of acids team up to provide, intense, precious hydration of all skin layers. It’s a game-changer. I take a full pipette and gently press it into my skin both day and night—no matter how many cocktails I’ve had.
When I die, make sure I have this serum on my face. It adds oxygen to the skin and really works in rejuvenating your cells, stimulating your collagen production, and relieving deep wrinkles. I use it all over myself after the hyaluronic serum. Together, they are more unstoppable than Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner. It’s like getting botox, minus the inability to show emotion.
I use this serum balm day and night, and seriously do not know how I would live without it. Take a small amount and warm it into your hands so the product heats up and works to its full potential. I then massage the balm into my skin, allowing it to soak in and absorb all the nourishing oils. The devil works hard, but the Fortuna Replenishing Balm works harder.
The creme-da-la-cream, this magical product seals in all of the moisturizing products I just applied to the skin. In layman terms, it assures that I didn’t just waste a ridiculous amount of time and money on my skincare routine. I use this cream both day and night religiously, so I always have a hydrated and glowy complexion.
I only use this product during the day, but I use it every day no matter what. Even if I’m lying in bed with a 102 fever, you best believe I’m wearing this sunscreen. Sun or no sun, use this like it’s my day job. Which, well, it kinda is. I always use extra and make sure to cover my neck and back of my hands for extra protection.
Most people think of their 90 year Bubbie’s when they hear the word eye gel. Contrary to popular belief, you should start using eye gel at a very young age to prevent dark circles and saggy undereye skin. Ew. At night, I use my ring finger to tap a very small amount of product around my eyes.
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