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August 1 2014

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Super Seed Oils: The Next Big Thing in Skincare

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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.

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How to Pull off This Seemingly Impossible Backstage Beauty Trend

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The platinum trend has been going strong now for a few solid months, but one thing from the Fall 2014 shows that we wish would have caught in a bigger way was the notion of a monochromatic dress and dye job (as seen on the runway at Marc Jacobs). Sure, a wardrobe comprised entirely of mink-y brown or blush isn’t all that appealing, but a closetful of crisp whites sounds decidedly fresher. And that’s exactly the fashion strategy that Tracy Georgiou, brand buyer for J.Crew and Madewell, has employed of late. “It’s not too fussy, but looks sharp,” she explained of her streamlined style. “There are so many shades and textures of white—from Steve McQueen in a washed-out tee and jeans to Audrey Hepburn or Diane Keaton in a crisp white men’s shirt. Though the palette is limited, the outfits are endless.”

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It was a friend, however, who finally convinced Georgiou to complete her head-to-toe look by transitioning her virgin brown strands to stark ivory with the help of colorist Roxie Darling and hairstylist Wes Sharpton at Hairstory Studio in downtown Manhattan. The transformation took about seven hours to complete, but the results are indeed striking. “After seeing her skin tone, perfect freckles, and deep brown eyes, I decided to veer away from a shocking white [and opt for] a flattering and soft ashy blond, as seen on Hollywood sirens in the fifties,” noted Darling. Though she said anyone can go platinum, fine or very curly hair is susceptible to damage over time, and it’s always best to steer clear of an at-home bleaching session and leave a dramatic change in the capable hands of a pro. “This color is a large investment,” she added, so expect to be back in the salon every four to five weeks for touch-ups.

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Since you’ll want to wash less to prolong the results and prevent over-drying, a “lifestyle cut,” as Sharpton described it, that “doesn’t scream haircut, but looks considered,” is ideal for those who don’t want to bother with heat styling (like Georgiou, who doesn’t own a blow-dryer and doesn’t think the modern girl should). Sharpton took the length up to just above the collarbone for manageability. “Small bathrooms require minimal routines,” said Georgiou. “Out of the shower, I comb the sides of my hair with a fine-tooth comb and use a wide-tooth version on top—this makes a huge difference if you’re air-drying.” A bit of Purely Perfect Foundation Creme applied to damp hair is all she uses to create texture. Worn with her go-to Apiece Apart culottes and crop top, Georgiou is a vision in white.

To book an appointment at Hairstory Studio, e-mail thetenthfloor@gmail.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Hairstory Studio

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Louboutin Launches Manicure-Themed Shoes Alongside Nail Lacquer

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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.

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

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New App Finds Closest Green Juice

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Sure, we know that drinking our green juice gives us glowing skin—but sticking to that healthy habit is no easy feat when you’re headed out of town for a long weekend or flying the friendly skies. (Diet Coke and pretzels, anyone?) Good news: Finding your closest green juice is now just a click away, thanks to the Greenhopping app. Available for free on iTunes and Google Play—and currently covering 14 U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago (plus a shout-out to New Jersey, the only state so far)—the search engine locates shops that offer juices made from whole fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed or made to order. The technology was created by Catherine Cuello, who was inspired to develop the app with fiancé Alfred Fuente after a health scare that required the removal of her left ovary at the age of 23. Instead of turning to a daily queue of pills, she began juicing and followed the leafy path back to radiant health. She also realized that finding the closest juice joint in any given city took too much time and research. Healthy eaters (and those who are aspiring) will appreciate that the app calls out spots that offer plant-based organic, raw, vegan, and gluten-free food options, too. And coming this winter, you’ll be able to order delivery or takeout straight from your mobile with more featured cities (including those in Europe and Canada). “Eating well changed the world as I knew it, and I want this to be the same for everyone regardless of age, price, or demographic,” Cuello told Style.com. “We hope to influence price points in certain neighborhoods and make green eating more accessible to all with our app.” We’ll drink to that.

To DIY your daily juice or simply slug the cold-pressed potions models swear by, read our latest Beauty Guide, which includes recipes and go-tos from runway regulars like Constance Jablonski, Devon Windsor, and more.

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This Is What a Lady Dior Handbag Smells Like

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It could be said that fashion is as much a study in mimicry as it is in inventing something new. The cannage pattern on the Lady Dior handbag was inspired by the canework on the gold Napoleon III-style concert chairs that were routinely set up for Christian Dior’s Haute Couture shows in his salon. And similar to how the French house channeled elements of furniture into a purse, resident perfumer François Demachy replicated the scent inside the aforementioned accessory for his latest addition to the Privée collection: Cuir Cannage. “I wanted it to smell of leather, but there is also [a hint of] lipstick, tissues, and imagination,” he explained of the fragrance. The resident nose combined signature floral notes (like orange blossom, jasmine, rose, and iris) with raw materials, such as birch wood, cade oil (obtained from a juniper tree), and the leaves of the labdanum plant, to produce the “burned,” leather effect. In addition, Demachy relied on modern science and an exclusive new molecule to achieve the unique leather accord. The result of this project, which the perfumer refers to as “recreation” rather than work, is nothing short of an instant olfactory classic.

$275, dior.com

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