July 30 2014

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Congrats, Doutzen! A Beauty Baby Shower Worthy of a Future Angel



There was a time when postpartum pictures were reserved for family photo albums, but when you’re a Victoria’s Secret bombshell, a snapshot posted to social media is practically required. Model Doutzen Kroes introduced Myllena Mae to the world this morning via Instagram, and in celebration, we decided to welcome this future catwalker with a beauty baby shower. Here, a few gifts for the future fashion angel.

VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie’s The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm

This fragrance-free ointment soothes dry spots and scrapes on a little one, and softens chapped lips and cuticles on Mom.

$20, Buy it now

Tiffany Bow Comb

Some babies are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, others are born with runway-ready hair and a Tiffany comb.

$180, Buy it now

L’Occitane Bonne Mere Creamy Hand Wash

White mallow milk in this sweet-smelling formula makes frequent hand-washing easier on the entire family’s skin.

$20, Buy it now

Bulgari Petits et Mamans Body Lotion

A baby with 131K hits and counting should be slathered in only the best. A blend of zingy bergamot and calming chamomile notes leaves behind a subtle scent that isn’t overpowering.

$35, Buy it now

Noodle & Boo Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash

No need to clutter the baby bath with multiple bottles—this mild, tear-free soap does the job from head to toe.

$18, Buy it now


The Easiest Way to Go Platinum—Without Damaging Your Hair



Shearling and rave prints are high on our list for Fall, but we might just be adding a platinum wig to the mix of must-try trends. Daria Werbowy wore one (along with a black bowl cut and Joan Jett-like shag) in the series of selfies she snapped for Equipment’s newest campaign; Rita Ora donned a Marilyn Monroe-esque iteration for Roberto Cavalli; and Candice Swanepoel tried on faux strands for size in Hype Energy’s latest ad. While bleach can certainly take a toll on the health of your hair, wigging out in the white-hot hue is a low-risk option worth taking.

If you’re brave enough to make the look permanent, try our beauty prescription for platinum blonds.

Photos: Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli; Courtesy of Hype Energy; Courtesy of Equipment

Raid This Red-Carpet Pro’s Medicine Cabinet and Makeup Bag


Fiona-StilesIf I could shadow anyone in a French pharmacy or the aisles of Sephora, it would undoubtedly be a makeup artist. One of my favorite backstage pastimes is peeking around the pros’ stations to see what they use to create otherworldly radiance or soften models’ dry, cracked lips. They often unearth beauty gems I would never discover on my own and know what products provide real results for their discerning red-carpet clientele. Plus, they won’t give me a hard sell just to make a commission.

Starting today, you can browse famed face painter Fiona Stiles’ go-to goods via her well-edited e-commerce site, Reed Clarke. Trusted by celebs such as Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain, Stiles made the contents of her medicine cabinet and makeup bag accessible to the virtual masses, providing personal write-ups that explain each product’s worthiness. You’ll also discover niche brands and formulas that only those in the know have on hand (like Kelo-cote Scar Gel, which Stiles has dubbed “a miracle,” and Ponaris Nasal Emollient, an astronaut-approved oil for any glamorous globe-trotter attempting to beat the effects of dry, recycled plane air). “Reed Clarke is a conversation between me and the customer,” Stiles explained of her new online shopping destination (named after her 3-year-old daughter, Clarke, and her sisters’ middle names, Reed and Clarke). I think I just found my new retail therapist.


Here, her top three items to add to your cart:

W3ll People Universalist Multi Use Colorstick #2: “I use this pretty much every day. I love the highlight it creates—it’s very sensual and believable. Even if I do more of a matte skin look, I still use this as a highlighter down the bridge of the nose. It keeps the look fresh and modern, and it brings a beautiful glow to the skin.”

In Fiore Veloutée Multipurpose Balm for Lips & Eyes: “I use this for everything. I use it on the lips, of course, but I also use it to add a bit of glow to the cheekbones, as a subtle gloss on the lids of the eyes when I do a more natural look, and as a cuticle balm—I always check a client’s nails to be sure they look nice. I can find a dozen uses for it.”

Rubis tweezers: “I’m a bit of a brow fanatic. I like all of my clients to have perfect brows no matter what, and shaping is the foundation for a great brow. Not only does a well-maintained brow frame the face, but it also makes applying shadow easier and lets the product go on more seamlessly. These tweezers never miss a hair. I can’t work without them.”

How to Pull off This Seemingly Impossible Backstage Beauty Trend



The platinum trend has been going strong now for a few solid months, but one thing from the Fall 2014 shows that we wish would have caught in a bigger way was the notion of a monochromatic dress and dye job (as seen on the runway at Marc Jacobs). Sure, a wardrobe comprised entirely of mink-y brown or blush isn’t all that appealing, but a closetful of crisp whites sounds decidedly fresher. And that’s exactly the fashion strategy that Tracy Georgiou, brand buyer for J.Crew and Madewell, has employed of late. “It’s not too fussy, but looks sharp,” she explained of her streamlined style. “There are so many shades and textures of white—from Steve McQueen in a washed-out tee and jeans to Audrey Hepburn or Diane Keaton in a crisp white men’s shirt. Though the palette is limited, the outfits are endless.”


It was a friend, however, who finally convinced Georgiou to complete her head-to-toe look by transitioning her virgin brown strands to stark ivory with the help of colorist Roxie Darling and hairstylist Wes Sharpton at Hairstory Studio in downtown Manhattan. The transformation took about seven hours to complete, but the results are indeed striking. “After seeing her skin tone, perfect freckles, and deep brown eyes, I decided to veer away from a shocking white [and opt for] a flattering and soft ashy blond, as seen on Hollywood sirens in the fifties,” noted Darling. Though she said anyone can go platinum, fine or very curly hair is susceptible to damage over time, and it’s always best to steer clear of an at-home bleaching session and leave a dramatic change in the capable hands of a pro. “This color is a large investment,” she added, so expect to be back in the salon every four to five weeks for touch-ups.


Since you’ll want to wash less to prolong the results and prevent over-drying, a “lifestyle cut,” as Sharpton described it, that “doesn’t scream haircut, but looks considered,” is ideal for those who don’t want to bother with heat styling (like Georgiou, who doesn’t own a blow-dryer and doesn’t think the modern girl should). Sharpton took the length up to just above the collarbone for manageability. “Small bathrooms require minimal routines,” said Georgiou. “Out of the shower, I comb the sides of my hair with a fine-tooth comb and use a wide-tooth version on top—this makes a huge difference if you’re air-drying.” A bit of Purely Perfect Foundation Creme applied to damp hair is all she uses to create texture. Worn with her go-to Apiece Apart culottes and crop top, Georgiou is a vision in white.

To book an appointment at Hairstory Studio, e-mail

Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory Studio

New App Finds Closest Green Juice



Sure, we know that drinking our green juice gives us glowing skin—but sticking to that healthy habit is no easy feat when you’re headed out of town for a long weekend or flying the friendly skies. (Diet Coke and pretzels, anyone?) Good news: Finding your closest green juice is now just a click away, thanks to the Greenhopping app. Available for free on iTunes and Google Play—and currently covering 14 U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago (plus a shout-out to New Jersey, the only state so far)—the search engine locates shops that offer juices made from whole fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed or made to order. The technology was created by Catherine Cuello, who was inspired to develop the app with fiancé Alfred Fuente after a health scare that required the removal of her left ovary at the age of 23. Instead of turning to a daily queue of pills, she began juicing and followed the leafy path back to radiant health. She also realized that finding the closest juice joint in any given city took too much time and research. Healthy eaters (and those who are aspiring) will appreciate that the app calls out spots that offer plant-based organic, raw, vegan, and gluten-free food options, too. And coming this winter, you’ll be able to order delivery or takeout straight from your mobile with more featured cities (including those in Europe and Canada). “Eating well changed the world as I knew it, and I want this to be the same for everyone regardless of age, price, or demographic,” Cuello told “We hope to influence price points in certain neighborhoods and make green eating more accessible to all with our app.” We’ll drink to that.

To DIY your daily juice or simply slug the cold-pressed potions models swear by, read our latest Beauty Guide, which includes recipes and go-tos from runway regulars like Constance Jablonski, Devon Windsor, and more.