August 21 2014

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The 411: Bluemercury’s Marla Malcolm Beck


A little over a decade ago, Marla Malcolm Beck decided to turn her beauty product hoarding into a lucrative business; enter Bluemercury, the Washington, D.C.-born boutique and spa that has been doling out luxury beauty products to the eager masses since 1999. With nearly 40 locations around the country, Beck is preparing to spread her influence that much further with the release of her own skincare line, M-61, next month. The collection melds time-tested ingredient powerhouses like retinols, salicylic acid, and peptides with a host of naturopathic plants to create surefire hits like Fast Blast, a two-minute vitamin C mask, and the potent Power Pro-Peel system, which happens to be Beck’s favorite offering from the line. “[It] is perfect for smooth skin pre-foundation before going out,” she says. Here, the primping innovator divulges her other beauty go-tos, including her favorite hometown hits and beyond.

The Hair Heroes: Salon AKS

“I have been going to Kathleen and Kao of Salon AKS for over ten years now. I won’t let anyone touch my hair other than this dynamic duo. They come to Georgetown every six weeks, thankfully. Kathleen really knows how to do the perfect blonde.”

Salon AKS, 3240 P St. NW, Washington, D.C., e-mail for appointments,

The Blow-Out Queen: Maria at Salon Nader

“Maria at Salon Nader in Bethesda is fast and does a perfect job. Her blow-outs last longer than anyone’s. She also cuts all of my children’s hair; my 5-year-old son has the perfect surfer cut because of her!”

Salon Nader, 10243 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., (301) 897-8700,

The Muscle Relaxer: Remede Spa at the St. Regis

“Between my three kids and running all our locations and e-commerce business, I have no time for massages in Washington, D.C. My breaks are taken while I travel, especially in New York. I adore Gordana at the Remede Spa in the St. Regis. She is an expert with backs and her deep-tissue massages feel like the equivalent of going through a weeklong detox program in 50 minutes. One of the best massage therapists I’ve ever been to.”

Remede Spa at the St. Regis, 2 E. 55th St, NYC, (212) 339-6715,

The Nail Spot: Jessica’s Nails

“It’s one of the only ‘New York’ type nail salons in D.C.: Walk in, get a great manicure/ pedicure at a great price, plus a wonderful hand and foot massage. The team at Jessica’s actually did my nails for my wedding day ten years ago; I still look at the pictures and think about what an unbelievable manicure that was.”

Jessica’s Nails, 1208 31st St. NW, Washington, D.C., (202) 625-6632.

The Family Escape: Rosewood Little Dix Bay

“Our family’s favorite thing is to be out on the water on a boat. There is something about it that seems to stop time. We take the kids on a boat through the British Virgin Islands, stopping at Necker Island where we were engaged, on our way to Little Dix Bay. The spa there is one of our favorites. I love the cool aqua stones and aloe therapy treatment.”

Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, (284) 495-5555.

The Sweet Indulgence: Georgetown Cupcakes

“What I love the most is the frosting on their carrot cake cupcakes.”

Georgetown Cupcakes, 3301 M St. NW, (202) 333-8448,

The Beyond Brows: Bluemercury

“I have been going to Lance Etchinson at Bluemercury Georgetown for 13 years. He does all the who’s who in Washington. We always know who is going to be making a bid for the presidency; the wives and daughters tend to start seeing Lance about three months before.”

Bluemercury Georgetown, 3059 M St. NW, (202) 965-1300,

The Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Le Pain Spritzer

“I really love the new orange, lime, and wheatgrass spritzer at Le Pain Quotidien. It’s a refreshing caffeine-free pick-me-up that is hydrating and great for the skin.”

Le Pain Quotidien,

The Must-Have Makeup: In-Store Favorites

“My list includes NARS Orgasm Multiple and Laguna Bronzer, Trish McEvoy’s High Volume mascara and #11 brush, Bobbi Brown eye shadow in bone, and Laura Mercier’s chestnut lip pencil. If I arrive in my hotel and realize any of these are missing I have a heart attack!”

Available at Bluemercury,

Photo: Courtesy of Bluemercury

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