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July 30 2014

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A Dog Shampoo You’ll Want to Use on Yourself

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“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.

$28, malinandgoetz.com

To see Mr. Greenberg get his first bath in two (yes, two!) years and witness the euphoric results, watch the video, below.

A Biker Chick’s Solution for Better Skin

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Anyone who zips in between shows during fashion weeks knows that the fastest form of transit is on the back of a motorbike. For those who prefer this method of travel beyond F.W. (say, on the open road during a summer weekend), it’s worth heeding a few skincare rules. “On a ride, you have to deal with extreme wind and sun,” notes Michele Carter, who is something of an expert on the subject, as a motorcycle enthusiast and founder of Adventuress, a skincare line designed for biker chicks. Inspired by her own complexion struggles, she consulted a chemist and formulated a six-piece collection that’s free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, and instead loaded with botanicals to purify and protect skin from the elements. Essentials include the (YouVee’s) Sunscreen Swipes, which deliver just enough broad-spectrum SPF 30 to cover your face but won’t make hands greasy, and the Wickedly Protective EnviroBalm with anti-inflammatory ingredients, free-radicals, and emollients that “create a barrier against wind and sun to help retain moisture,” explains Carter. The Vividly Restorative Skin Purifier is another must-have after a day spent around fumes—it rids pores of impurities and fights blemishes with a blend of quince seed, witch hazel, and plant extracts. As you’d expect, everything is highly portable, and many items serve multiple purposes, such as the Boldly Nourishing Moisturizer that works as a day, night, and eye cream all in one. “You really can’t fit much on a bike,” points out Carter. Consider it a lesson in packing light—no matter if your ride is a Harley, Vespa, or ten-speed.

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Four Ways to Think Beyond Foaming Face Wash

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Facial wash doesn’t usually get the same amount of attention as sexier skincare items like high-tech antiaging serums, dermatologist-branded peels, or whatever letter of the alphabet we’re currently on with the latest multifunctional creams (have we made it to QQ yet?). But we’ve noticed a batch of new cleansers that don’t fit the sudsy, soap-in-a-pump mold that we’re used to. Could the beauty world be in the midst of a cleanser revival? Here are four alternative formulas that piqued our interest.

Avène Cold Cream Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar

Classic cold creams are known (and loved) for being a gentle and highly moisturizing way to deep clean the skin. Avène has hijacked that old-school concept and put it into a simple bar formula. It’s perfect for those who don’t like tissue-off textures and can’t be bothered with a thick cream that requires a substantial amount of splashing to rinse off.

$9; aveneusa.com

Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar

Marula oil, super fruit, exotic mud, and bamboo are ingredients that often pop up in high-end serums and masks, but you’ll find all of that packed into this earthy cleansing bar. Bonus: It sloughs away dead skin cells and brightens, too.

$32; drunkelephant.com

Clé de Peau Beauté Makeup Remover Towelettes

Once makeup artists started publicly confessing to using baby wipes as on-the-go makeup removers, mass brands pounced on the opportunity and began churning out their own, properly marketed versions. Lately we’ve noticed more high-end brands like Clé de Peau elbowing their way into the space, and we will gladly make room in our bathroom. Luxury plus convenience? Yes, please.

$38; nordstrom.com

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

I associate the word butter with so many wonderful things (pound cake! Popcorn! Croissants!), so I might be naturally inclined to like this product just based on the name. But even if you shun carbs and dairy, the sensual texture and subtle floral scent will be enough to sway you.

$15; thebodyshop-usa.com

New Lipsticks Worthy of the Silver Screen

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At the impressionable age of 13, I watched Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave exemplar Breathless for the first time, and soon found myself sporting Jean Seberg’s cropped gamine cut. Then baby-faced and decidedly sans cheekbones, I’m not sure my look bore any resemblance to that of Seberg’s lissome expat. Now, a decade older, slightly less impressionable, and with not so much more in the way of bone structure, I have the good sense to know a pixie cut won’t suit me anytime soon. But thanks to the latest release from Lipstick Queen, there’s a new option for paying homage to cinematic style coups. The Silver Screen lipsticks are a range of seven shades inspired by femmes of classic Hollywood films. The color names alone read like an AFI Top 100 movie quotes list: There’s Stella! (a metallic violet that’s not for the faint of heart), You Kid (a gorgeous rosy nude), Have Paris (a neutral, true red), and Play It (a vivid watermelon hue). Lipstick Queen has lately asserted itself as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury lipstick realm, thanks to its $50 (and utterly exquisite) Velvet Rope offerings. The Silver Screen range is similarly pillowy and full-coverage with a single swipe, but will appeal to those who prefer a glossy pout. Formulated with active pomegranate sterols, the formula hydrates lips and delivers a juicy-looking finish that doesn’t budge. A touch of peppermint essential oil makes for a refreshing application, too. I’m–dare I say it?–ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen lipsticks, $50 each. Available at lipstickqueen.com and spacenk.com in September.

The Chicest Mouthwash to Ever Grace Your Bathroom Sink

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It should come as no surprise that the French can make something as mundane as mouthwash a covetable object worthy of leaving out beside your sink. And thanks to Buly—a beauty brand started in the 19th century, recently revived on the Left Bank by intrepid couple Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami—gargling has gotten a whole lot chicer. Launching in September is Eau de la Belle Haleine, a Moroccan-mint-flavored rinse inspired by the tea of Touhami’s homeland. “I don’t like an aggressive feeling in my mouth,” he said, hence the reason the forthcoming formula boasts a gentle but long-lasting, refreshing sensation. For those who want to brush in style in honor of Bastille Day, Opiat Dentaire (a toothpaste flavored like a freshly picked pomme) is currently available. “We tried to create that feeling of when you first bite into an apple,” he explained of its fresh and fruity taste. And if your summer travel plans don’t include spending time in the City of Light, the cofounder revealed that e-commerce is coming soon to the storied maison, complete with video chat to help you virtually navigate the apothecary shelves and “curiosities” such as Bukkake powder and Australian emu oil. Halitosis—and other personal hygiene predicaments—don’t stand a chance. And when compared with this glass bottle emblazoned with a green serpent and topped off with a silver cap (a teaser of which is currently on display in the store window on Rue Bonaparte), neither does my family-sized jug of Listerine.

Eau de la Belle Haleine, $41; Opiat Dentaire, $25

Photo: Courtesy of Buly