For devout Bobbi Brown followers in Paris—and those of you who have found yourself in the City of Light and in desperate need of a Shimmer Brick—the New York-based makeup artist is finally setting up shop in Le Marais next week. “The Studio,” as this 13th freestanding Bobbi Brown outpost is called, officially opens its doors on April 30, boasting interior design elements like a communal artistry table, product wall, press/inspiration wall, and a private event space for maquillage parties and such. Way more than just a retail experience, the storefront at 1 Bis, Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, will also offer a menu of services that includes a VIP makeup lesson (that’s the one-on-one treatment), group workshops (good for corporate morale building), special-occasion beauty services (when concealer and a sheer gloss are simply not enough), and teen and bridal beauty application tips, as well as brow grooming. It’ll be just like hitting up Bobbi Brown’s Soho atelier on Broadway, but, you know, sunny.
After taking a turn as fashion muse at the Fall collections in New York, Barbie fêted her 50th birthday with a four-walled “experience” in Shanghai last month, when the world’s first flagship store dedicated entirely to all things Barbie opened there. With a lattice facade, softly curved pearlescent surfaces, and a pink escalator tube that leads to three floors of a Barbiephile’s retail paradise, the new House of Barbie is girly, to the max. A fitting late addition to the 35,000-square-foot doll mecca is the Barbie Spa, which just opened its doors and serves as a beauty and relaxation outpost for “little princesses” and their older caretakers, the latter of whom will likely need more than a pedicure to ease their nerves from the sensory overload. (In addition to all of the above, there is a looped soundtrack of girls laughing and giggling that filters throughout the entire store.) The spa menu includes facials, body scrubs, body wraps, and hand and foot care, as well as treatments designed for the younger set, like face painting, Barbie-style haircuts, and toned-down manicures. And so that you can take the spa experience home with you, exclusive Barbie cosmetics and skincare products are also for sale—not to mention books, videos, collector-edition dolls, clothes, and accessories. It strikes us as the kind of place where getting out purchase-free is simply impossible. For more information, visit www.barbieshanghai.com.
I have a confession to make: I do not exfoliate—regularly, or ever. It’s true (for shame!), and whenever I go to the dermatologist or facialist they reliably ask me if I do, at which point I get slightly uncomfortable and mumble, “Sometimes.” It’s not that I don’t appreciate the benefits of sloughing off dead skin to encourage cell regeneration for a healthier, more radiant complexion. It’s more that I’m just a little lazy and perfectly happy with the face wash I already use (Euoko A-Series Matte Foam Cleanser. Amazing). Regardless, with the seasonal change upon us, my skin is now, more than ever, begging for a quick strip. So I took the opportunity to test-run La Prairie’s new Cellular Resurfacing Facial at the Ritz-Carlton Spa to make up for a few months of negligence in 60 glorious minutes. After discovering that the patented combination of professional grade alpha and beta hydroxy fruit acids and salicylic acid in its Cellular 3-Minute Peel seemed to work as well, if not better than the glycolic acid treatment they were offering at the spa (with less irritation), they redesigned the service around the retail product—relaxation-enhancing extras included. (Facial massage with French lavender oil? Yes, please.) They also offer Replenishing Enhancement add-ons to any service, so I simultaneously delighted in the Soothing Sole Therapy with aromatic foot soak plus exfoliation, hydrating mask, heated wrap, and massage. My pores are now minimized, my skin tone evened out, and my heels wedge-ready. As an added bonus, I can re-create the experience (sans foot massage) by applying the peel at home; with a once-a-week suggested usage, I might be able to handle adding it to my regimen. (Maybe.)
For our curly-haired California readers, Spa Week isn’t the only deal you can cash in on in the coming days. The Ouidad Salon in Santa Monica is offering a complimentary Deep Treatment when you book a signature “Carve and Slice” haircut, for a limited time. Typically a $90 value, the protein- and amino acid-rich formulation feeds and strengthens your hair while rebuilding the inner layer of each strand. We had the pleasure of having a similar service at the Queen of Curls’ New York outpost before fashion week this season, and it gave us a lot more shine plus the added bit of bounce we needed to make the backstage rounds. Call (310) 393-3542 to book your appointment, and bring a printed copy of this coupon with you.
With the opening of her West 13th Street salon last week, Eva Scrivo has officially gone bicoastal. The new Meatpacking District location is her second in Manhattan, joining her already popular Bond Street haunt. We hadn’t seen the stylist/colorist/radio personality since she wowed us with her handiwork backstage at Catherine Malandrino, so we jumped at the chance to check out her new digs. With its beamed ceilings, original columns, espresso-stained oak floors, and full wall of street-facing windows, the 5,000-square-foot loft space did not disappoint. And neither will the 13 styling stations, VIP area for celebrity guests, and larger room for private parties (with retractable projector screen for movies and such). As for the expert stylists who will be commuting cross-town between salons, we had the pleasure of a quick session with senior stylist Kaz, and he was one of the few people we’ve ever encountered who actually adhered to our “just a trim” request. New Yorkers familiar with this particular stretch of cobblestones might be wondering how Scrivo is dealing with her new neighbor, the behemoth House of Bumble, which is literally next door. “There’s no competition there,” the stylist says, unfazed. “It’s a community—it’s sort of like when Chanel and Gucci are next to each other on the same street.” (In this analogy, we’d say Scrivo plays the Chanel role; she’s got a very classic, no-nonsense Coco vibe going on that we totally admire.)