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5 posts tagged "Bioderma"

A French Import Arrives Stateside; Oprah’s Big Beauty Reveal; LaLa Anthony Talks High-Fashion Nails; And A Month Of Manis In A Box


bioderma crealineBioderma Créaline, the French makeup remover beloved by makeup artists, models, and editors the world over, is available on Sears’ website, says While we’ve found a few select stores that carry this gem in New York City, now every beauty junkie nationwide can easily get her hands on a bottle of this non-greasy, water-like formula. The only question left is, what to do with the extra space in our suitcases next time we return from Paris fashion week?

Oprah showed off her hair-raising September cover on Instagram. According to The Cut, the super-sized wig weighs roughly the same amount as a Chihuahua (3.5 pounds). But if there’s anyone that can wear a ‘fro this fantastic, it’s the Queen of Talk. Winfrey’s top tip for pulling off a massive mane: equally large earrings. “Otherwise they just get lost in the hair,” she says.

The reality star, basketball wife, makeup creator, and newly minted Caress spokeswoman LaLa Anthony just revealed to that blue, orange, and yellow Kenzo patterns are splashed across her nails. What’s next, Proenza Schouler’s photo prints?

Speaking of manis, reports that you can get nail wraps designed by finger painters like Britney Tokyo and Natalie Nichole of Nail Swag mailed to your doorstep each month by Scratch, a nail wrap company with a commitment to creativity. Your box will come brimming with tools, accents, and three sets of wraps that can be used to create four different manicures—not to mention, a special surprise created by each edition’s collaborator.

Drugstore Discovery Of The Week: French Pharmacy Finds, Part II


Dear Air France,

Thank you for losing my luggage on that one-hour, direct flight from Milan to Paris. Really, thank you. Having left me without any of my skincare or haircare products—no Morrocanoil Hair Treatment; no Oribe Supershine Light; no travel-sized bottles of NYR Organic’s Rose Facial Wash and Rose Water; no Sonya Dakar Fade Away; no Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Balm; no Clé de Peau Wrinkle Correcting concentrate; no Crème de la Mer!—I was forced to make my pilgrimage to the Paris pharmacie a little earlier than planned this season, and for that, I am thankful. Seeing as how the Monoprix near my hotel was only open for another 30 minutes when I arrived, I tried to get the most functionality out of the fewest products possible to hold me over until—God willing—my bags are returned to me. How’s that going, by the way? Regardless, I’ve included my haul report for S/S 2013 below—with a few helpful additions courtesy of some of Beauty Counter’s friends in high places—for you to have on record:

First stop: Bioderma’s Crealine TS H20 Solution Micellaire. They sell this multitasking cleansing water in the States now, albeit selectively, but seeing Diane Kendal and Lucia Pieroni’s jumbo bottles of the impurity-eliminating wash backstage over the past week was reminder enough that I needed to re-up my supply—lost luggage or otherwise.

As I wear more makeup at the shows than in normal life, toner alone won’t wipe away a day’s worth of foundation, mascara, and the occasional cheek contour. Having grown an affinity for rose-scented products courtesy of my mini NYR Organics bottles that are no more (see paragraph above), I was immediately drawn to Nuxe’s Melting Cleansing Face & Eyes Gel with Rose Petals. The idea of a cleanser melting into my skin rather than stripping it bare of essential oils is obviously appealing and this one does just that, while also boasting a subtle floral aroma.

My skin is parched from all the flying, and while I typically use a day and night moisturizer, I sought out a single, medium-to-heavy alternative in Uriage’s AquaPrecis Intense Nutrition Balm. I discovered this line on my very first pharmacie trip a few seasons ago and was immediately hooked; the amazingly nourishing texture of this thermal water-infused salve only helped secure the bond. Diane Kruger is also a fan of the brand that was recently bought by PUIG (and will hopefully start U.S. distribution in the not so distant future), so…there’s that.

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Beauty Throwdown: Battle Cleansing Water


Fall’s international model crew descended upon New York, London, Milan, and Paris from all corners of the globe, but despite their different backgrounds, there is one tie that binds them altogether—and we’re not talking about the good genes that propel you past the 5′ 9″ mark. That would be Bioderma’s TS-H20 Solution Micellaire, the makeup and dirt-removing cleansing water that has become a catwalker staple, thanks in large part to the number of famous face painters that swear by it. A leader in the increasingly popular cleansing water market, Bioderma’s original formula washes away impurities while toning the skin in a single sweep of a cotton pad, helping to purify and soothe weary complexions after a full day of shows (it also works wonders for equally exhausted editors). The classic pink-capped clear bottle has inspired a wealth of imitations, the latest of which comes from Lierac. The French pharmacy brand that made its grand entrée into American drugstores a few years back is fleshing out its skincare offerings this month to include a whole new lineup of cleansers and toners, including its Demaquillant Douceur Micellar Cleanisng Water for Face & Eyes. Here, we pit them against one another to find out which liquid assets are worth the investment.

The Original: A favorite of makeup artists like Lucia Pieroni, it takes just one experience with Bioderma’s fragrance-free cleansing solution to understand its allure. The lightweight elixir manages to banish impurities by micro-emulsifying dirt molecules off of the skin’s surface, while maintaining its natural pH balance with cucumber extracts so pores are magically decongested without that tight, drying aftereffect a lot of toners leave behind. It’s a gentle alternative to soap and water, too, which will save you time in the morning.

The Newcomer: Known for its amazingly effective line of skin creams, the French pharmacy brand has slowly been generating an American fan base since joining our drugstore culture. Its new cleansing water boasts the same detoxifying, refreshing effect of Bioderma’s, using mallow extract to soften skin and linseed extract to clarify. The subtle rice, white musk, and peony scent is a little much if you prefer your products unscented (as we do), but the actual feel of swiping this one on is delightfully refreshing. The added dose of vitamin B5 to encourage eyelash growth is also nice touch.

The Bottom Line: Both of these bottles serve their purpose, which is to multitask the cleansing process with a soap-free, extremely gentle formula. We’re partial to Bioderma for sentimental reasons (lugging a three-pack home from Paris is something of a souvenir each season), but seeing as how its hard to come by on this side of the pond, Lierac’s version is a wonderful—and easily accessible—alternative.

Photo: Michele Morosi /

The Cleansing Waters Are Rising


Last year, I did something revolutionary with my skincare routine: I stopped using soap and water to clean my face. Motivated by the theory that a lot of cleansers strip your skin of necessary oils and that tap water leaves behind trace minerals that can cause dryness and irritation, I kicked my daily cleanser to the curb in favor of—wait for it—cleansing water. The dirt-removing no-rinse washes that double as makeup removers and toners are not news to anyone who has spent a lot of time in Paris, where Bioderma’s Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 is king. Somehow, despite its popularity, Bioderma is not distributed on this side of the pond, but cleansing waters are gaining steam stateside thanks in large part to their prevalence backstage during fashion week. Makeup artists like James Kaliardos and Lucia Pieroni always have a bottle of the gentle, skin-purifying and -softening liquid at their respective stations, and the more they use it to refresh models’ travel-weary skin in between shows, the more said models adopt it as a regular part of their own regimens. Most Parisian pharmacy brands, like Klorane and Avene, count cleansing waters as an essential part of their product lineup, and now bigger American brands are following suit. Introducing NARS Makeup Removing Water. A soap-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free liquid, the lightly scented, cucumber-infused elixir sweeps away impurities without having to use abrasive scrubs or cloths. The brand recommends following the splash with a cleanser, although in my experience, a few cotton pads soaked with the fluid alone should do you right. (Editor’s note: If you’re feeling particularly grimy or are partial to wearing particularly heavy makeup, wash with a gentle cleanser at night and revert to a cleansing water-only regimen when you wake up in the morning.)

Photo: Courtesy of NARS Cosmetics

Cleansing Waters: Even Salma Hayek Uses Them


On a recent Thursday afternoon, we had the pleasure of having lunch with Salma Hayek to talk Nuance, her new skin, hair, and makeup range for CVS. Hayek, who for the record has an impeccable—and Botox-free—complexion (“don’t think I have not been tempted, but I have done nothing,” she insists), is incredibly passionate about the range, which is rolling out to the drugstore chain this month. “I didn’t do a lot of market research,” she said of the 100-piece line. “This is just what I have found that works,” including tepezcohuite, a tree bark native to southern Mexico and Brazil that regenerates red blood cells and acts as a seriously potent antiaging agent. The extract was a favorite of her grandmother, a cosmetologist who frequently shared her DIY beauty secrets with Salma. What we found most interesting about Hayek’s musings on gloss (“I’m not much of a lip glosser),” tips (“the most important thing you can do is wash your face at night”), and equal-opportunity age defying (“it shouldn’t be a luxury; it should be a right”) was the fact that the self-proclaimed beauty junkie doesn’t wash her face with soap in the morning. The fact that soaps can be stripping and drying, two things that can inadvertently age your skin, isn’t news—which is presumably why the Cleansing Water movement is gaining steam stateside. Part makeup remover, part toner, these no-rinse hydrating fluids are popular in Europe and are a great way to refresh your skin in the morning without being abrasive. They also happen to be a favorite with backstage regulars. “They’re moisturizing,” makeup artist James Kaliardos said yesterday at Diane von Furstenberg (more on that in
a bit). Kaliardos prepped model’s complexions with Klorane’s Soothing Makeup Remover
with Cornflower
. “Avene makes a good one, too,” he said—as does Bioderma. Its Solution Micellaire Créaline TS H20 starts showing up once the collections move to Milan and Paris, as it’s only available across the pond. You’ll have a few more stateside options soon, though. “I’ve got something coming out,” promises Hayek, who recommends an at-home remedy in the meantime: Mix one part rose or lavender essential oil with one part soy powder and two parts water. Shake and apply to a cotton pad; store in the refrigerator.

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