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Summer-In-the-City Beauty Essentials

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T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, Jacqui Gifford, shares what makeup and hair musts transition well from work to evenings out in New York City.

This has been one of the most glorious New York City summers, with non-stop sunshine and practically zero humidity—a huge plus for my hair and make-up routine. I've been experimenting with color (hello, orange and green!) and road-testing a citrusy fragrance that evokes the Amalfi Coast. Here’s what’s been lining my dresser.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush. I’m late to the Clarisonic party, but now that I’ve shown up, I’m hooked. I love the handheld size (great for travel), and did I mention my skin has an unbelievably healthy glow? P.S.—I try to use this three times a week, to avoid over-exfoliation. $149.

Tom Ford Mandarino di Amalfi. You're either a fragrance person, or you're not. Growing up in the Middle East, I was surrounded by exotic scents (nothing beats earthy oud). I also spent a ton of time in and out of airports, where I’d spritz myself with hundreds of perfumes in Duty Free. So put me in the fragrance loving group. This summer, I’ve been wearing one of the latest by Tom Ford, which features bright, citrusy notes. I couldn’t make it to the Amalfi Coast for a seaside feast at Il Pirata, but this is a nice consolation. $215.

Nars Opaque Nail Polish in Libertango. I always gravitate toward shades of red, but have been mixing it up with this beautiful orange—the official color of the season. White pants, white bag, and a fun top—I'm good to go. $19.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolu Nourishing Oil For Body and Hair. This genius oil tames fly-aways and acts as a leave-in conditioner. I don’t blow-dry my hair during the warmer months (why not give those strands a break) but for those who do, it also makes a great styling tool. And though I’m partial to body lotion, in a pinch, I use this as moisturizer—the sweet, grassy scent of camellia oil instantly evokes summer. $68.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Impassioned. My orange obsession continues—this shade is a fresh and bold. What’s really fantastic is the wearability (five hours and counting before a touch up), plus the hydrating Moisture Complex formula keeps lips from drying out. $30.

Chanel Style Yeux Waterproof in Smoky Grey. This light grey works beautifully in the summer: Less harsh than black, with just enough sophistication to transition for a night out. $32.

Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio. Bright green eye shadow, you say? I had the same doubts at first. But I’ve been wearing this vivid emerald green to work and can’t count the number of compliments I’ve received. It’s not as intense as it appears in the palette, and who doesn’t like a little drama for day? The green brightens (and lightens) my brown eyes; the yellow is a beautiful accent; and the black doubles as a great liner. $33.

Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara. The philosophy of Eyeko founders Nina and Max Leykind? Create a few products—and execute them brilliantly. Their mascaras, eyeliners, and shadows are easy to apply, last forever, and are super travel-friendly. (Toss one of their Mascara Off wipes in your travel kit, and your life will be forever changed.) Their waterproof mascara is legit, with a bent brush for grabbing and catching the tiniest of lashes. $24.

Hermès Hair and Body Shower Gel Collection Colognes. Having this bottle lined up next to my shampoo is good for the ego—because anything Hermès makes you feel like a million bucks. These new summer scents are unisex (meaning husband has ditched his usual soap), and come in a variety of delectable scents. Who doesn’t like a little bit of luxury in the tub?  $41.

—Jacqui Gifford is the Senior Editor, Travel + Leisure

Photo courtesy of T+L's David Alexander Arnold

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