The freak, rain-forest-like conditions that have befallen the New York area over the past few weeks have delayed the start of our summer beach weekends for the moment. But no matter; we’re plenty happy to get our glow on with a host of new bronzers that are currently hitting shelves. From powders and pigmented oils to liquids and creams, there are a ton of ways to simulate the sun until it makes its grand return. Read on below for five of our favorites.
Go for Gold
Guerlain Terra Ora Powder Compact
Guerlain is the gold standard when it comes to bronzers, so it should come as no surprise that its limited-edition offering for 2013 is one of our favorites. The wooden compact is pressed with its classic matte tan powder, which is accented with hints of finely milled white-, yellow-, and rose-gold flecks to subtly highlight the face—and the décolletage, if you’re feeling frisky.
YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder
If you’re looking for something that is decidedly devoid of shimmer, the latest from YSL should do you right. Available in three face-flattering shades, including No. 10 Terre Amber, No. 2 Terre Ochre, and No. 3 Terre Tan, each one contours and sculpts cheeks while imparting a natural-looking glow.
Step Into Liquid
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
When the summer heat gets so overbearing that patting on a powder seems simply impossible, liquid bronzers can become your best friend. This one melts into the skin to carve out a hint of golden color without the risk of caking or flaking.
Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil
To keep the body bronzed and beautiful, we often prefer glimmering oils, and the latest from Clarins is no exception. The cocoa-scented fluid glides onto limbs, leaving behind a sleek, sun-effected shine.
Belmacz Eyeshadow in Stardust
This one is designated for eyes only, but its creamy copper color, which is loaded with light-reflecting pigments, is begging for some multitasking. (Your clavicles with thank you).
In the new issue of Allure, Amy Adams gets real about her outlook on beauty. “Perfect isn’t normal, nor is it interesting,” she says. “Some of these actresses or public personas who are very public about their disciplined diets, more power to them. I just don’t see the point.” Adams, the latest actress to assume the role of Lois Lane in the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, also gets candid about her reliance on makeup. “I have no features without makeup,” she admits. “I am pale. I have blonde lashes. You could just paint my face—it’s like a blank canvas. It can be great for what I do.” [Us]
To celebrate the launch of its new 777-300ER on the Los Angeles-to-London route, American Airlines has teamed up with the British brand Nails Inc. on a limited-edition lacquer. Called 2 Park, after the address of the airline’s frequent-flier program’s headquarters in New York, the dove-gray varnish will only be available at the nail salon in the Admirals Club at Heathrow Airport—while supplies last. [Jaunted]
He might have lost out to Channing Tatum for the title of People‘s Sexiest Man Alive last year, but Bradley Cooper is having the last laugh. The Hangover star has just been voted “Best Hair,” according to a new poll conducted in the U.K. [The Sun]
I don’t think I’m alone in saying that the eye-makeup-remover pad is one of the best inventions—ever. The introduction of the lightbulb was certainly revolutionary, and as a journalist, I guess I owe a certain debt of gratitude to the advent of the printing press, but as a frequent mascara wearer, I find myself continually in awe of the humble eye-makeup-remover pad, which offers up a single-use, disposable application of lash-cleansing genius—no messy, soaked-through cotton balls necessary. A longtime fan of Almay’s slim, saturated wipes that are kissed with extracts of cucumber, aloe, and green tea, I was delighted to recently discover two new varieties at my local drugstore. The mass brand’s new Soothing and De-puffing pads feature hints of chamomile to delicately calm sensitive skin around the eye area, while the Lash Care formula is purposefully gentle enough to leave lashes intact and healthy while removing any trace of liner or lacquer. Both will seriously increase the probability that I will thoroughly remove my makeup before going to sleep, which becomes a whole lot less likely as the nights get longer and the summer barbecues and beach bonfires rage ever later.
The Quandary: Is it OK to bring your child to the salon? I often want to make that service a relaxing, “me time” experience, but sometimes my nanny is unavailable.
The Expert in Residence: Erin Anderson, Woodley & Bunny co-owner and artistic director.
The Advice: “For me, there are several variables to take into consideration, such as the type of salon, its overall atmosphere, and the age of the child. When a salon is exceptionally ‘child friendly’—offering children’s hair services and/or has a designated area with activities to help keep children occupied—it is a sure sign that children are automatically welcome. On the flip side, at salons where they provide a relaxing and calm environment for clients, children running around or being loud and unruly defeats the purpose. If you have to entertain your child in the middle of the service, it can ultimately distract the stylist. This can lead to the service being extended, or there might not be enough time to complete it, which would impair quality. Let’s not forget there are chemicals and sharp objects being used in salons as well, so having a child run around can be very dangerous. If the child is a toddler and not independent just yet, I suggest speaking with management before your appointment to see if there is a better time of the day/week to come in with a young child. Otherwise, enlisting a nanny’s help is best.
High-low fashion partnerships are a dime a dozen these days. Topshop has teamed up with Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou; Target has showcased capsule collections from Proenza Schouler and Alice Temperley; and H&M has stocked studded leather jackets designed by Donatella Versace, party dresses from Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, and, starting this Fall, quintessentially cool wardrobe staples from Isabel Marant. Now, the beauty world is following suit. With Walgreens and Duane Reade’s The Look boutique and home-shopping channels such as QVC and HSN leading the charge, prestige beauty products are becoming more and more accessible to the masses—especially since Costco launched its Beauty’s Most Wanted program.
The members-only wholesale-shopping destination that specializes in everything from clothing and electronics to grocery, pet-supply, and even funeral essentials (not lying) launched a three-piece hair collection with Orlando Pita last month, showcasing an Argan-oil-enriched shampoo, conditioning treatment, and hair oil created by the legendary hair hero, and today it added makeup and nail ranges to its arsenal. Celebrity face painter, and Gwyneth Paltrow favorite, Pati Dubroff has designed a twelve-color eye-shadow palette, as well as chubby eye and lip pencils, for her debut offering, while green-leaning nail artist Jenna Hipp has released a What’s Hot Now kit that features a dozen eco-friendly lacquers in pastel, bold, and glitter-flecked hues that come packaged together with a nail file. Now you can buy that oversize dog bed you’ve been in the market for and get your upscale polish fix in one fell swoop.
Available at select Costco locations and at www.costco.com.