In an endless quest to save face, Angelenos have become quite demanding when it comes to their antiaging products and treatments. Here to serve this newly discerning audience is the vinotherapy skincare line Caudalíe, opening their first West Coast retail flagship and spa this week on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. Since launching in 1995, Caudalíe’s founders, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, have been recognized for their formula innovations—finding transformative antioxidant power in the polyphenols in leftover grape skins and seeds at the family château in France. Since then, they’ve been one of the pioneers in the green skincare market, developing products where parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and phlalates are noticeably absent.
Set in this seaside enclave, Caudalíe’s new home is equal parts laid-back living and natural glamour. Inside the 1,000-square-foot space, customers can discover products at the Beauty Barrel Bar and experience the range through custom treatments—among them, five different types of facials, two body treatments, a body scrub, and manicures and pedicures using Kure Bazaar polish. Designed in purple to stem back to the heart of the brand (the grape), the Venice location will also feature exclusive items in store (dubbed Les Introuvables), including organic herbal tea, shampoo, and a spa candle. Not to mention, there’s French wine from the Caudalíe vineyard to sip after you de-stress.
1416 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA, (310) 450-3560
SEA EMERALD (sea em-er-uhld) / n./ 1. Binomially known as caulerpa lentillifera, this edible algae is found throughout tropical areas of the Indian and Pacific oceans. / 2./ Because of its tiny spherical beads and caviar-like texture, it is sometimes called green caviar, sea grapes, or umi-budo and is considered a delicacy in places like the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia. / 3./ In traditional medicine, it is used to treat muscular rheumatism and high blood pressure. / 4./ Part of the Caulerpaceae family, this rare species of seaweed cannot be massively cultivated and grows only at temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. / 5./ Rich in iodine, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C, this ocean botanical activates an essential skin adherence protein and speeds up collagen production to firm and smooth the face; e.g., “Sprinkle sea emerald over a salad in the East, or massage it into your complexion in the West.”
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In preparation for last night’s Dior International It Girl event in Paris, where style-savvy social media darlings gathered from all over the globe to toast the new Addict Fluid Stick and Vernis range, Hannah Bronfman teamed up with the house’s glam squad—international makeup artist Violette and newly crowned international nail designer, Anatole Rainey. Together, they crafted her look from head to perfectly polished fingertips (one of which was painstakingly bejeweled with Swarovski crystals) before Bronfman spun the night away in the DJ booth and on the dance floor. Here, her beauty play-by-play.
Rainey offered up his forthcoming favorite polish while he worked: Sailor, a blue lacquer from the limited-edition Transat collection (on counters in April). “To me, that’s the new red. It goes with everything, but it’s very chic, very Dior.” His one no-no? “Matching your outfit to your nails. They need to stand out, like an accessory.”
“She’s wearing a spectacular yellow top with hints of pink, so we decided to go with the pink,” Rainey explained. Make that nearly half the pinks in the Dior Vernis Couture Color collection. He painted each nail a different shade, creating a soft ombré that culminated in Mirage (#338) on Bronfman’s right hand and a shower of Swarovski crystals on the tip of her left ring finger.
“When I see Hannah I feel like she is cool and young and fresh, so she doesn’t need much makeup,” said Violette.
The face painter amped up the fun factor with the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Pandore and Mona-Lisette. “I love things that are in between, it makes a more surprising color,” she said. “[Pandore] is bright without any heaviness,” she said, dabbing a few finishing touches on Bronfman’s lips. “It’s beautiful on Hannah’s skin, but this shade is truly universal.” She swears by the formula’s holding power, too: “When I tested this, I literally ran from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with only one quick touch-up.”
To keep the focus on the lips, Violette kept the rest of Bronfman’s face quite sparse, brushing a little taupe-gray eyeshadow over her lids. “You want it to look natural, not like makeup,” she said.
“Sometimes I get nervous, but for some reason I’m not today,” said Bronfman in her suite at the Hôtel Marignan. As for the evening’s musical lineup, she said, “I’m just going to go and see who’s there, what the crowd’s like, and come up with something. I usually play a good mix of things, like maybe some oldies and some new dance-y songs.”
For her hour-long DJ turn, Bronfman said, “I really wanted something to stand out a little bit.” Thus, a strapless yellow top was the perfect fit. “I thought that putting the accent on my face would be really nice while I’m standing behind a big black computer!”
In other fragrance-related news, Pharrell is crafting a unisex eau dubbed Girl with Comme des Garçons. The scent marks the first collaboration between Rei Kawakubo and a musician (although it seems that the designer has an affinity for men in hats, recently launching a second perfume with milliner Stephen Jones). While the notes of the forthcoming composition (on shelves in September) have yet to be released, we imagine it will pair well with a plaid tux and Vivienne Westwood Worlds End Mountain chapeau.
Announced via Instagram, Burberry tapped not one, but two supers for its latest fragrance campaign: nineties icon Kate Moss and icon-in-training Cara Delevingne. Although Moss’ brows are more waifish than big and bushy, the catwalkers share multiple similarities: both Brits, both beloved by designers (like Marc Jacobs, who cast the duo in Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2013 show), and both earning the title of wild child for their off-runway (and often-caught-on-camera) antics. Karl Lagerfeld recently told The Sunday Times, “Girls admire [Cara Delevingne] like they used to Kate Moss. They all want to be as free as her.” Well, at least those of us who live more by the book can smell as nonconformist and naughty as this trenchcoat-clad pair come autumn, when the eau (and Mario Testino-lensed campaign) is scheduled to be unveiled.