August 28 2014

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The 411: Marcia Kilgore


Marcia Kilgore is, to put it simply, beauty royalty. After all, she is the brains behind Bliss—first a pioneer, and now a ubiquitous presence, in the spa category. It was in 1996 that the Canadian-born entrepreneur turned her own longtime quest for clear skin into a business that would, in the years since, grow to become a vast empire, which is characterized by no-nonsense, results-driven treatments (like that iconic triple oxygen facial that first earned Kilgore many a celebrity devotee) and those signature baby blue products with the clever names. And Bliss isn’t even the only notch in Kilgore’s beauty belt; she can also lay claim to Soap and Glory, the similarly cheeky London line that reentered the U.S. market at Sephora last summer, and FitFlop! To say that the slender tycoon with the severe blonde bob is beauty obsessed would be an understatement. It goes without saying, then, that compiling her list of favorite primping and preening destinations was just a little bit of a thrill.

The One-Stop Beauty Shop: Sephora
“The original Sephora Soho store is still my favorite stop for beauty products in New York. Not only because I can do a quick ‘sweep’ of the Soap and Glory shelves, but because that strip of Soho brings back a lot of great memories for me.”
555 Broadway New York, NYC, (212) 625-1309.

The Pond-Hopping Face Places: Bliss and Sarah Chapman
“In New York it’s Beata Chyla at Bliss Soho; there’s nobody better. She’s fabulous, kind, thoughtful, extremely thorough, and has a great positive energy. In London I go to Sarah Chapman on Draycott Avenue; she’s the first facialist I didn’t feel the need to correct!”
Bliss, 568 Broadway, NYC, (212) 380-4699,; Sarah Chapman, 106 Draycott Ave., London, +44 0207 589 9585,

The Hair Heroes: New York and L.A. Pros
“In New York, I generally beg for a last-minute appointment between receptionists at Garren and Yves Durif at the Carlyle. In London, it’s Kevin Moss at John Frieda, then Josh at Josh Wood Atelier or Daniel at Daniel Galvin for color.”
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The At-Home Mani: Fiona Kamale
“In London, I never miss a ‘house call’ manicure with Fiona Kamale of Fiona Shines. She does you up perfectly.”
For more information, call +44 7737420005.

The Nude Review: Deborah Lippmann
“Deborah Lippmann makes a nail polish color called Naked that is the ultimate nude; I may never wear another color again.”
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The Lash Lover: Preeti Iswaran
“Preeti Iswaran is my go-to girl in London when I want eyelash extensions. She comes to your house and does a brilliant job, and all you have to do is lie down.”
For more information, call +44 7722031393.

The Brow Artist: Sophie Thorpe
“I know a great woman in London who tattoos your eyebrows if your sisters plucked them all out when you were nine years old: Her name is Sophie Thorpe. (Good luck getting in.)”
106 Draycott Ave., London, +44 2075895899,

The Mindful Muscle Relaxer: West London Osteopaths
“David Tatton is not only the best osteopath around, but he’s got this insane, instantly calming influence that relaxes any twitching muscle in minutes.”
West London Osteopaths, 65 Vespan Rd., London +44 2087490581,

The Ski-In, Ski-Out Tension Reliever: Gérard Kloos
“Should your bones get out of whack while skiing near Geneva, you can always attempt to get a slot in the books with Gérard Kloos in the lakeside town of Gland.”
For more information, call +41 (0) 22 364 31 21.

The Lip Service: Soap and Glory
“I’m addicted to Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker XL Lip Plumper—I wear it solo. I wear it over my lipstick. I wear it with a pencil lining. I also can’t live without [it]—and I need plumper lips like I need a hole in my head.”
Available at

The Fragrance Foundations: Seasonal Favorites
“In the summer, I split my time between my Soap and Glory Original Pink fragrance and Byredo Pulp. In the winter, I alternate with Love, Chloé, which is really nice.”
Soap and Glory Original Pink Fragrance, available at; Byredo Pulp available at; Love, Chloé, available at

The Style Haunts: Yohji Yamamoto and Cos
“I love shopping at the Yohji Yamamoto store in London on Conduit Street; Angela will always be honest, and gives you an excellent second opinion on what really suits you. I will also admit to being somewhat of a Cos addict: inexpensive and right on trend. The best selection can be had on Regent Street.”
Yohji Yamamoto,14-15 Conduit Street, London +44 020 7491 4129; Cos, 222 Regent Street, London +44 020 7478 0400.

Photo: Courtesy of Soap & Glory



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