Saturday, January 30, 2016

Beauty Spotlight: Blair Husain

Blair Husain with her red-haired toy poodle, Ginger. Photo: Julie Skarratt Photography.
by Delia von Neuschatz

Raised in North Carolina, New York City denizen Blair Husain is not your typical southern belle. This stylish wife, mother and designer of elegant jewelry has a taste for adventure. Not only has she traveled the world — with three kids in tow — but she’s undertaken some quests that few can lay claim to. For starters, she and her husband had two wedding celebrations half a world apart — all within one week. Oh, and she’s also landed a 747 filled with passengers. Here, the intrepid entrepreneur reveals how she remains fit and fresh-faced through it all.
Blair Husain with her husband and children on a recent trip to Cuba. “I’ve always been interested in travel, in different cultures, languages and religions,” says Blair. “Travel has opened my eyes to have more empathy. It makes me notice how we are all the same. We all love our families and our children. I want to teach my children this.”
Blair Husain with her daughter in Abu Dhabi.
1. Blair’s signature roman numeral cuffs from her eponymous jewelry line.“I’ve always loved the way roman numerals looked. I wanted to wear something with meaning, but not have the significance of the piece be obvious and roman numerals are a great way of doing that. I also make custom pieces and source stones. Sitting down with a client and learning about what they like and what they want to commemorate is special and rewarding"; 2. The Aquarius gold and lapis necklace is part of Blair’s Zodiac stone collection; 3. Rings made out of malachite and tiger’s eye; 4. A roman numeral ring; 5. Blair in NYC’s diamond district.
Skin Care

I was diagnosed with melanoma when I was 22 years old, the result of growing up on the beach and using things like baby oil. It was a wake up call about my environment and what I put on my skin.

In the mornings and at night, I use the Retexturing serum from Skinceuticals. I follow that up with the Prime 24 hour moisturizer from Valmont. Then, I apply sunscreen. I love L’Oréal’s Youth Code BB Cream with SPF.
L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream.
It’s the same routine at night minus the sunscreen. I take my make up off with Neutrogena’s make up removing wipes.

On my body, I use EltaMD SPF 50 UV Sport Water-Resistant Sunscreen. I also like the sunblock lotion from Ligne St. Barth.
EltaMD UV Sport Full-Body Sunscreen.
Ligne St. Barth Sunblock Lotion.
In the winter time, I love to use Jo Malone’s Orange Blossom Body Crème. It’s really hydrating and it feels good. If I’m going somewhere warm, I’ll put on Jergens Daily Moisturizer for a bit of a glow.
Jo Malone Orange Blossom Body Crème.
Make up

I love Jane Iredale’s Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion. I use that as a bronzer for my face. I was introduced to it in the Bahamas and have used it ever since. It helps create more of a dewy glow than bronzer. My blush is the Connection Cream Blush also by Jane Iredale.
Clockwise from above: Jane Iredale Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion; Jane Iredale Cream Blush; The Lip Slip by Sara Happ.
Voluminous Million Lashes waterproof mascara by L’Oréal
I almost never put anything on my lips except for Lip Slip by Sarah Happ. It’s the only thing that ever stays on! If I’m going somewhere fancy, I’ll put on some mascara. I like Voluminous Million Lashes by L’Oréal.

Hair Care

I use the thickening shampoo from Bumble & Bumble and once a month, I wash my hair with Nioxin’s System 3 Cleanser.

And, I’m southern so I like hairspray. I use Bumble & Bumble’s Thickening spray.
I get my color done at Louis Licari. Every time I admire someone’s color, I find out they go to Louis Licari. As for cuts, I’m all over the place. I haven’t found anyone yet that I love.

Diet and Fitness

I go to Anna Kaiser’s AKT In Motion on 84th and 3rd. The dancing and the music are fabulous. The dance routines change every two weeks so this exercises both your mind and your body as you have to concentrate on the moves.

Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies.
I also have a rowing machine which I use from time to time, but it’s not my favorite things to do.

When it comes to vitamins, I swear by Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies. I’ve really noticed a difference in how fast my hair and nails grow. Diet-wise, I love to incorporate ginger, blueberries and avocado. They make me feel good. I stick to drinking only water, wine and coffee and stay away from juice and soda.

Other Services

About a year ago, I started getting acupuncture. It's been great for alignment, relaxation and easing pain. I go to Oleg Fabrikant.

I love getting facials and for this, I go to Vicki Morav. After I get a facial from Vicki, my skin glows for days.

Expert tip: Is your skin tight after you cleanse? If so, you need to rethink you cleanser. Avoid anything that bubbles or is perfumed and instead, opt for a cream or oil cleanser. It may seem strange to avoid a "squeaky clean" face, but your skin will thank you.
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