We’re the first to admit that testing out (and taking home) a hotel’s bath products is one of life’s most underrated luxuries (bonus points for chic packaging). The Mark Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side totally gets where we’re coming from, and its newest bathroom amenities are some of the cutest we’ve seen yet. (We suggest ringing housekeeping and stocking up on an extra set or two as souvenirs—just don’t tell them Style.com sent you.) The hotel called on Richard Pandiscio (a man known for reinvigorating real estate) and French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme to create cheeky cartoons for the labels on these travel-size toiletries. For example, the bath gel depicts a man reading the newspaper mid-soak, while the shampoo bottle is decorated with a woman washing her dog. As if the hotel’s 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman wasn’t enough to get us through the door.
Summer is just around the corner…I think. And here to help make the most of it is Elizabeth Arden’s Summer Escape color collection. From the navy packaging to the sailor-inspired names, this line doesn’t shy away from its oceanic origins. “It could be about any beach in the world that a woman finds beautiful, luxurious, and relaxing—it’s all the things we want to feel,” says makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo. If that serene imagery (or the snow on the ground this week) doesn’t make you crave your own warm-weather escape, then the collection’s shimmery bronzer, cobalt mascara, and double-ended eyeliners will do the trick. “Once the light is brighter outside, you need more color,” says Restrepo. And color you shall receive if you dip into this range that features a vibrant combination of sky blue, coral, and sandstone guaranteed to give your winter pallor a much-needed boost.
But if the thought of shimmying into a bathing suit after months of cozy layers is your version of a nautical nightmare, take a cue from the brand’s style director Shoshanna Gruss and turn your bedroom into your very own dressing room. “Go online and order twenty suits—everyone has free returns! It’s so important to find ones that make you feel good and look beautiful. It’s not always about following a specific trend. Instead, do some research and figure out what works best for you.” For an extra boost of confidence, Restrepo recommends adding a little glow. “Just a light wash of cream-based products and you’re good to go. They feel sexier on the skin.”
To see our must-haves from the collection, click here.
BareMinerals might be best known for its powder formulas (which caused many to board the mineral bandwagon and swirl, tap, and buff their way to complexion perfection), but the brand’s new BareSkin (liquid!) foundation is one of the best I’ve tried in a while. While the thin, featherweight fluid may bear a passing resemblance to a pricier option currently on the market from a certain Italian fashion house, BareSkin stands alone. Boasting a dreamy satin finish, the formula is buildable, so you can dial-up from sheer to full coverage (two drops, perfect on my skin, are suggested for the former, six for the latter). Not only does the finish look good, it does good: Jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut base offer a light veil of hydration, and broad spectrum SPF 20 protects, while vitamin C and lilac stem cells brighten dull complexions; those with sensitive skins can rejoice—there’s no silicone in sight. Though the design of the accompanying brush may seem a bit gimmicky, its silky synthetic bristles boast a reservoir that makes already-easy application a breeze. Squeeze a few drops of foundation into the center and buff away for a seamless, streak-free application. And with twenty shades, from my pallor’s perfect match (Bare Porcelain) to rich, deep hues (Bare Mocha), BareSkin’s going to delight a plethora of people. Here’s to mineral makeup’s triumphant new face.
Style.com’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the Monday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.
This weekend’s warmer temps caused many to break their tanks and tees out of hibernation, so Kast did the manicure equivalent by wearing Jin Soon’s sheer, white glitter top coat without anything underneath. “I like to think of this like a lace top,” she said. “You could also layer it over an opaque base and let the color poke through.” After the winter we’ve just endured, we’re glad this snow-globe-like lacquer is the last blizzard we’ll be seeing for a while.
Jin Soon Nail Polish in Polka White, $18; jinsoon.com