Vanity in the healthiest sense is about loving yourself exactly the way you are. We all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but naturally we’re going to do the best we can on the outside, too!

As an editor I test a lot of products and if there’s one thing I’ve come to learn about beauty, beginning with a clean canvas and investing in potent, botanical-based, antioxidant-rich products can slow the clock down and sometimes even appear to turn it back a notch—thanks to the innovations of science and biotechnology.

Alas, beauty shopping can be an overwhelming experience so I thought I’d turn the lens on my own vanity closet. In my search for the best products to help you put your best face forward I’ve consciously selected those that are least invasive and more naturally effective in anti-aging promoting ingredients. Below is a hand-picked selection of my most cherished beauty and make up items in my vanity closet of late.

Love,

LH

Photography and styling by Acirema Landa

A Personal Vanity Edit

From left:

Yves Saint Laurent Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in Amazon Green (6), $30. In honor of Pantone announcing the rich, vibrant color of Emerald City as the 2013 Color of the Year, I’m lining evening eyes with this metallic envy-inducing Amazon Green. It glides on like cream with intense metallic pigment and it’s waterproof! yslbeautyus.com

Tom Ford Eyebrow Sculptor in Espresso, $42. Compact and brilliant in design, Tom Ford’s eyebrow sculptor is a tool I use every morning before I even brush my teeth! I love its angled tip and the built in brush and sharpener—all critical elements for shaping the perfect brow. tomford.com

Diptyque 34 boulevard Saint Germain L’eau du Trente-Quatre, 100 ml, $135. Both Mr. and myself are wearing this fresh, light twist on Diptyque’s 50th anniversary 34 boulevard Saint Germain fragrance. It smells so much like spring we have the matching candle burning in every room of our home, too! To celebrate a half-century of fabulous fragrances Diptyque created this one-of-a-kind scent inspired by its original flagship boutique in Paris. This lighter version of the original scent bottles a visit to their boutique on the first days of spring when the leaves that line the eminent boulevard Saint Germain turn bright green and the sun leaves a tingling blush to the skin. diptyqueparis.com and spacenk.com.

By Terry Mascara Terribly in Black Parti-Pris, $47. This powerful, lash-lengthening tinted serum boasts Lumicoat Care Technology for long, thick, healthy lashes. I used to be a fan of lash extensions, until I tried this. It’s extremely potent with conditioning ingredients that actually promote growth while adding a generous layer of oomph to each strand. Tip: To prevent clumping be sure to wipe excess product off the brush (back into the bottle) and let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat. byterry.com and spacenk.com.

Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte perfumed soap, $30. There’s something so luxurious and lavish, so…French about Hermès. If I want to feel like I’m on holiday I’ll lather this fresh-scented soap in the shower and inevitably emerge to compliments on how luscious I smell—even from strangers! hermes.com

Tom Ford cheek color in Flush, $55. This blush looks more intimidating than it is. The beauty of Tom Ford’s highly pigmented blushes are their possibilities—from radiant glow to dramatic sex kitten, these rosey powders can be layered to create the look you desire. I wear this one daily, only using the slightest bit on my brush. When I’m in a hurry going from day-to-night, I just add a touch-up to my cheeks and a couple drops of Sunday Riley’s Juno Oil to create a fresh, glowing complexion. On days when I’m not wearing makeup or running around town straight from the gym, this completes a finished look with zero effort. tomford.com

Sunday Riley Juno Serum, $125. This is one of those precious products that you can’t live without and never knew how you survived without it. It’s oozing with skin quenching oils with prescriptive levels of natural retinol, Omega 3, 6 & 9, essential amino acids, vitamin C, UV shields and natural anti-inflammatory agents. The result is a fresh-faced glow you thought only existed in Photoshop. I mix a couple drops with one pump of Sunday Riley’s Skin Adrenalin and apply to a clean face. When I want to recreate a dewy complexion I’ll dab a couple drops on the apples of my cheeks. sundayriley.com and spacenk.com.

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in Deep Black, $30. For evening eyes I layer this super sexy mascara to create a dramatic look. Featuring an exclusive amplified helix brush with a twisted cut, it produces intense volume with ease and speed. yslbeautyus.com

Sunday Riley Skin Adrenalin Anti-Aging, $185. I’m a huge fan of Sunday Riley. I’ve converted my entire skincare regimen to its naturally potent, highly concentrated anti-aging products. Skin Adrenalin applies like a nourishing cream and soaks in like a lightweight lotion. I mix this with a couple drops of Juno Serum morning and night. Within a week you’ll notice a brighter, more luminescent complexion, thanks to its effective concoction of collagen building ingredients. sundayriley.com and spacenk.com.

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