August 29 2014

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Spend Your Weekend in the Clouds With Marc Jacobs



On a blustery evening back in February, fashion’s elite watched Marc Jacobs’ Fall 2014 collection float down the runway at the Armory underneath a ceiling scattered with Magritte clouds. Now that the Polar Vortex has passed and the designer’s latest fragrance, Daisy Dream, is making its public debut, Jacobs is celebrating with an open-air lounge this weekend located just outside Madison Square Park. In addition to stark white couches buffered by pillowy, blow-up clouds (which make for the perfect retreat after a day of power shopping on lower Fifth), there are iPads installed in the space that allow you to virtually record your hopes and dreams. Expect an e-mail from the “MJ Daisy Dream Capsule” a year later reminding you of the goals you set. Here’s to making those lofty ambitions a reality by the time next summer rolls around.

Marc Jacobs Dream Cloud Lounge, Madison Square Park triangle, 23rd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway, August 14-18 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Don’t live in NYC? The Dream Cloud Lounge will be making its way to Chicago (August 21-25), San Francisco (September 4-8), and Dallas (September 12-16). Or enter your dreams online at


Photos: Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea Demonstrate Some Kickass Beauty Moves in “Black Widow” Music Video



Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora dropped a Kill Bill-style music video today, but that isn’t the big news here on Beauty Counter. We’re more concerned with this dynamic duo’s hair and makeup moves—like Ora’s sultry, kohl-rimmed eyes and blunt-cut, platinum wig. The Brit’s sooty stare reminded us of the rocker look we saw on the runway at Saint Laurent for Fall 2014. As for Azalea, we appreciated how the rapper took the tone-on-tone trend to an edgy new level, dip-dyeing the bottom of her strands crimson to match her blood-red lips. We can’t say we’re surprised that these kickass blonds in skintight racing suits pulled out all the stops—both are routinely spotted on the red carpet sporting razor-sharp feline flicks, statement pouts, stiletto nails, and signature white-hot hair. While the verdict is still out on how “Black Widow” will fare with music critics, one thing is for certain: Rita and Iggy are a match made in beauty heaven.


A Brooklyn Jewelry Designer’s Laid-Back Beauty Routine


suzannah-wainhouseIn the ever changing—and, perhaps more accurately, quickly homogenizing—creative landscape of New York, jewelry designer Suzannah Wainhouse stands blissfully apart: both she and her work, resolutely singular presences. I first discovered her impactful creations, many of which have an antique, often native quality to them, at Williamsburg’s Beautiful Dreamers and have counted myself a fan ever since (I can rarely be found without my leather-bound, arrowhead Ida necklace). This summer Wainhouse has been dreaming up a new African-inspired collection of jewelry, while also spending plenty of time in her painting studio (look out for shows in September and October) and trolling the beach at Fort Tilden. Just as striking as her jewelry is her own extensive collection of tattoos, all of which have been done by friends (most recently, Brooklyn’s Bailey Robinson) and are, therefore, quite meaningful. Wainhouse, whose beauty icon ideal would be a mash-up of Jane Birkin and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, has a routine that is pared down to say the least. Here, she shares some of her go-tos.


“I try to keep my beauty regimen simple and use only organic products and lots of oil. I use a lot of Josie Maran and Suki products—my favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Oil face wash and the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. For oil, I always love Spectrum coconut oil, Dr. Alkaitis face oil, and Rodin face oil.”


“I love Gypsy Water by Byredo, because I don’t go for overpowering scents and this one is really light.”


“I only wash my hair once a week with Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo and Phytobaume Repair Conditioner, then use Weleda’s Rosemary Hair Oil afterward.”


“I almost never wear makeup, but on the rare occasion that I do I like lipstick by YSL and Dior mascara.”


“I walk to and from work every day across the Williamsburg Bridge, which is good exercise. Sleep and lots of rest seems to be the best wellness treatment of all!”


“I love Great Jones Spa for their hot stone massage and the incredible steam room. And I get facials from my friend Hillery [Sklar] at Miomia in Williamsburg. She has a really gentle yet effective technique of steaming, extracting, and hydrating the skin.”

Photo: Jessica Malaforus

The Best Bobs From the Fall Campaigns


GetFileAttachment-3We analyzed the best ads of Fall 2014 in our latest feature, “On the Campaign Trail,” but legendary supes and photogs aside, the one beauty look that reigned supreme across the board was the bob. From long iterations (e.g., the lob) in Jimmy Choo and Lancaster’s imagery, to short, angular chops at Bottega Veneta and Dior, designers seemed to agree on at least one thing: losing a few inches is the freshest way to face a new season. Here, your hair inspo for the cooler months ahead.

Get Up Close and Personal With Beyoncé



It’s no secret that Queen Bey possesses an otherworldly glow. In fact, we’ve written about it in-depth here on Beauty Counter and even produced a video tutorial dedicated to the subject. But the selfie the beauty icon posted to Instagram last night took our obsession up a notch. (Not to mention it made us long for nude stiletto nails branded with our own initials instead of J+B, two letters emblazoned on much of the On the Run tour merchandise.) I confirmed with her go-to makeup man, Sir John, that there was no filter on this particular photo. (Yep, she really does wake up like this.) For mere mortals with visible pores, he suggests reaching for a glycolic scrub or fruit enzyme peel twice a week to smooth your complexion. Follow that up by slathering a rich eye cream all over. The other half of Beyoncé’s onstage summer radiance prescription: While your moisturizer is still tacky, apply a lightweight foundation for a dewy finish, then dust a matte peach blush on the apples and a “dark cinnamon” shade in the hollows of your cheeks. To take luminosity to the next level, smudge a pearlescent shimmer on the tops of cheekbones, above your brows, and down the bridge of your nose with your ring finger. Highlight eyes with a touch of glitter liner on top of a black gel formula, a trick Sir John employed for the past three shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. “It looked like a strip of emeralds on the monitors,” he said. And when all else fails, select Hefe before posting your self-portrait to social channels to instantly amp up the bronze factor. Modern technology: Blessing the rest of us with Beyoncé’s supernatural skin.


Photo: Instagram; Parkwood Entertainment