Skincare obsessions often start at the ingredient level (see: argan oil). The latest botanicals to inspire cultish appeal: seed oils. Or make that super seed oils. As one would imagine, it’s quite difficult to extract oil from a minuscule speck of a seed, but the result yields an extremely concentrated dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. So it comes as no surprise that these powerhouse ingredients have been making their way into a number of youth-enhancing products. Orico London’s Superseed Vitamin Dry Multi-Oil, for example, is formulated with an array of such oils, including macadamia and rose hip, to replenish lost moisture where it’s needed most—try it on your face, hands, and even sun-parched hair. Meanwhile, Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil contains cranberry seed oil to deliver a bit of natural UV protection, along with a “berry seed blend” of blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry to calm inflammation, boost radiance, and soothe even the touchiest of complexions. Yüli M.E. Skin Fuel is similarly designed for sensitive types, with antibacterial black cumin and bio-retinol-rich broccoli seed oils to stimulate cell turnover. Of course, the restorative powers of seed oils is something that Marie Veronique discovered years ago, when she launched her Pacific Face Oil, loaded with chia, kiwi, and papaya seed oils to rid skin of impurities and improve its resiliency. For those who haven’t discovered the elixir yet, it’s suddenly looking very classic.
A first look at Christian Louboutin’s preliminary venture into the beauty arena—a crimson lacquer called Rouge Louboutin that boasts a black pointed cap eight inches tall (the same height as the heel on the Ballerina Ultima, a shoe he designed in collaboration with David Lynch for his exhibition aptly titled Fetish)—might have you mistaking it for a weapon. While the brand assures me that this “objet d’art” is TSA-approved, the blood-red polish is dangerously sexy—similar to one of Louboutin’s stilettos. (For the record, our social media editor swears that this spiked topper is ergonomically friendly, saying that the shape makes it easier to hold and apply.) In the video above, the famed footwear designer, who worked as an apprentice at the Folies Bergère in the eighties, cites showgirls as some of his beauty icons, saying: “There’s one thing about showgirls and performers in general, it’s the transformation of a woman to another woman.” And naturally, no metamorphosis would be complete without glossy, chip-free fingertips.
Seeing as the iconic red sole was developed in 1992 after the designer ripped a bottle of scarlet nail polish from his assistant’s desk on a whim and painted the bottom of a prototype, it seems only appropriate that his launch into the already-saturated world of cosmetics would begin in much the same way. Never one to blend in, his extensive range of 30 additional shades—comprising three color families, all with caps clocking in at seven inches tall, dubbed The Pops (vivid cobalts, pinks, and greens), The Noirs (vampy hues), and The Nudes (varying tones of ivory and chocolate that pair well with his capsule collection of shoes of the same name)—will be sold not at the beauty counter, but alongside his towering heels. The weighty glass flacon comes with a price tag that also exceeds traditional expectations: $50. (But compared to a $700 pair of pumps, it’s almost a bargain.) And come September, a line of Loubs that pay homage to the manicure will arrive on the shelves—some boasting acrylic-like tips in shades of silver, gold, and red. Here, a sneak peek at the teetering footwear that bridges the gap between beauty and fashion.
Just like handwritten notes, hostess gifts are a seriously underrated practice. Most parties don’t call for more than a bottle of booze, but you’ll have to step up your game for that inevitable Labor Day exodus to a friend’s summer haven in the Hamptons. Right on cue, Hermès has unveiled its new Le Bain collection of ultra-luxe beauty gifts, all of which are guaranteed to get you invited back next year. We suggest toting the trio of made-to-order soaps (above). You can choose from a collection of nine classic scents, including eau de mandarine ambrée (mandarine amber), eau de narcisse bleu (a blend of narcissus and wood), and eau d’orange verte (a zesty citrus), and select an archival scarf-printed paper wrapper for each velvety bar. Nestled in a classic orange Hermès coffer, the soaps look and smell so beautiful that your hostess may not even want to open them. We wouldn’t blame her—they’d look seriously chic sitting beside a sink and are so fragrant that the scent could easily fill a powder room. Priced at $57 for the set of three, it’s also the most accessible orange box we’ve come across yet.
Available at hermes.com from August 1.
Just in time for a weekend getaway, Art of Hair, the cult-favorite counterpart of Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura, partnered with designer Jonathan Cohen (a favorite of Lupita Nyong’o) to create a two toiletry bags to keep you organized. The limited edition range includes a sleek pouch (perfect for housing Shu Uemura’s beloved eyelash curler and a tube or two of Touch of Gloss, a shiny wax that separates strands, adds shine, and cancels frizz) and a dual-compartment case (ideal for hauling the rest of your essentials). The eclectic polka-dot pattern—similar to the prints seen throughout Cohen’s Fall 2014 collection—also ensures that you’ll easily be able to spot it in your carry-on for touch-down touch-ups.
Launching tomorrow, Cosmetic Case, $48, Cosmetic Bag, $95 (or $162 with travel-size shampoo, conditioner, and Essence Absolue oil); shueumuraartofhair-usa.com
“The cobbler’s children always go barefoot,” was the expression Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz (the founders of namesake skincare line and apothecary Malin + Goetz) used to describe the previous gap in their line and the product they designed to fill it: dog shampoo. Inspired by their rescued pug, Mr. Greenberg (shown here), as well as their other beloved canine children, Junior and Bob (all of which have their silhouettes featured on the bottle), the pair developed a sulfate-free, neroli-scented wash devoid of synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. And similar to the brand’s products for pet owners, this particular soap laced with hydrating amino acids is unisex and perfect for pampered pooches with sensitive skin. It appears that dirty dogs everywhere are having their day, but what about cats and rabbits? We can only hope the duo expands their offerings to cover all of our fashionable four-legged friends.
To see Mr. Greenberg get his first bath in two (yes, two!) years and witness the euphoric results, watch the video, below.