8 posts tagged "Bliss Spa"
Jennifer Zuccarini’s creations have always been an intimate affair. Literally. The Toronto-born, New York-based designer has devoted her career to lingerie. In 2005, she co-founded Kiki de Montparnasse, a brand that brought a singular couture sensibility and naughty elegance to the world of underpinnings, with its triple-digit assortment of boudoir essentials like crotchless lace leggings and leather harness bustiers. Zuccarini helped the label branch out into ready-to-wear and beauty before making the leap to mainstream lingerie paragon Victoria’s Secret in 2008. But last year, Zuccarini went back to her niche luxury roots and founded boutique brand Fleur du Mal. Named after Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems about duality, her latest intimate venture is focused on dressing up and undressing, with provocative ready-to-wear and lingerie designs—meaning high-slit pencil skirts and sheer blouses, alongside baby dolls and lacy garters. What Zuccarini has in heavy rotation: the georgette ruffle-back jumpsuit from the current collection and the soft-bullet bra in Japanese-inspired jacquard coming out for Spring 2014. Most recently, Zuccarini, after tying the knot herself this May, added a bridal collection with unexpected options for your big-night trousseau. Here, the intimates designer extraordinaire with the signature flame-red hair shares some of her essentials in the beauty department.
THE MANE MASTERS: Jennifer Thorpe, Michael Matula, and Pam Baumgartner
“There are two people that I am devoted to for color: Jennifer [Thorpe] at Sam Brocato Salon in Soho because she has devised the perfect formulation of maybe four different colors to get to the one I have now. I always like a bit of pink thrown in and she gets it. I’m also devoted to Michael Matula, the owner of Mudhoney Salon. Michael is a legend and Mudhoney is the most rock ‘n’ roll salon in NYC. Pam Baumgartner cuts my hair—she doesn’t work at a salon but mainly styles for editorial shoots and the runway with Eugene Souleiman, and sees a few clients at her loft across the hall from our Fleur du Mal studio.”
THE HAIR COCKTAIL: Moroccan Oil Shampoo, Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque, and Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray
“It’s not easy to maintain artificially bright red hair. I wash [mine] with a sulfate-free shampoo like Moroccan Oil—the key is to wash as infrequently as possible. Then I follow with the Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque and finish with Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray before blow-drying.”
THE COMPLEXION CALMER: Spa-Worthy O2
“I like the Triple Oxygen facial from Bliss. Occasionally I see this amazing Japanese facialist named Kimye Horikoshi; my friend Zoya Loeb, who has the most gorgeous skin, recommended her.”
For more information, visit www.blissworld.com.
THE FEEL-GOOD RITUAL: Hanging Out at the Hammam
“I love a good steam. If I lived closer to a proper hammam, I would go all the time. When I’m back in Canada, I always love Hammam Spa on King Street in Toronto, and of course, the Nordic Baths at Bota Bota; it’s a supercool spa on a boat.”
THE STRAND AND SKIN SECRET: Coconut Oil
“I’m really into coconut oil for my skin and hair—once you start reading about the benefits, you’ll want to use it for everything. My go-to is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Virgin Coconut Oil.”
For more information, visit www.drbronner.com.
THE GETAWAY: St. Bart’s
“It sounds a bit decadent, but I love St. Bart’s, especially off-season. The beaches are incredible, there’s decent surf, fun to be had if you want it, and amazing food—Maya’s is my favorite restaurant and the croissants from [Boulangerie] Choisy are seriously better than anything I’ve had in France—what else could you possibly want?”
THE MAKEUP ESSENTIALS: Liner and Lip Gloss
“Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro is silky and gorgeous—I wear color 401, a shockingly bright orange. For eyes, I may go two days out of 365 without liquid eyeliner, and yes, I think it’s beach appropriate…Brigitte Bardot, anyone? Right now I’m using YSL Beauty eyeliner pot in [Black] Bronze.”
THE MUSCLE RELAXER: Massage at Eden Spa
“The massage at Eden Spa on Broadway below Canal is a must. It’s the city’s best massage in my opinion, and it’s open late on Sunday! They include a meal with the [rubdown], though I can’t vouch for the food. A Sunday night massage is my favorite.”
For more information, visit www.edenspanyc.com.
THE WORKOUT: SLT
“SLT is like Pilates boot camp. I wasn’t expecting to go to a Pilates class and be yelled at, but somehow I like it. Not to mention they have great music.”
For more information, visit www.sltnyc.com.
THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Santal 33
“I wear Le Labo Santal 33; it’s heady and sexy. Most recently, I discovered Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume, which is also dreamy.”
For more information, visit www.barneys.com.
THE ONE-AND-ONLY MUSE: A Brit Beauty
“Charlotte Rampling forever.”
Metric’s Emily Haines has been in the female-frontwoman vanguard since her Toronto-based four-piece started making music together in 1998. Embracing her glamorous side, rather than downplaying it, Haines encouraged many of her sisters in rock to do the same. A fan of structured pieces and Margiela these days, Haines calls the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed her ultimate style icon. “My friend Lou Reed pretty much invented rock-and-roll style for me. Never has a leather jacket and sunglasses looked so good!” Janelle Monáe is carrying the torch for a new generation of artist’s, according to Haines, bringing “grace and elegance” back to the stage as “a much-needed alternative to all the rest.”
To kick off a barrage of summer tour dates, Metric will open Coachella in T-minus eleven days, although Haines is no stranger to the festival circuit, of course. “I was completely transfixed,” she recalls of watching Sonic Youth perform the song “Tunic” a few years back at La Route du Rock, a summer concert series in the French countryside. “That was the first time I met Kim Gordon, and she treated me with such kindness, like she was my older sister and she had my back with the big kids.” In anticipation of the annual extravaganza in Indio, California, Haines is stocking up on Bliss Spa’s Triple Oxygen Eye Cream and plenty of Rosewater, as well as loading her iPod with tracks from Chinawoman and Lee Hazlewood for the long hours of tour-bus time that will follow. Click here for more Coachella essentials in Style.com’s Spring Beauty Guide.
Next week, Bliss will add Mint Romney and the orange-scented ‘O’ bama to its body lotion line-up. Let the 2012 election merchandizing begin. [Daily Mail]
Nicki Minaj has tweeted the first image of her debut fragrance, which borrows the bust of Jean Paul Gaultier’s seminal Classique scent and adds a special dose of the pop songstress’ way with wigs and bright pink lipstick. [Twitter]
First Lady Gaga, now Amber Heard. The Rum Diaries star was spotted in Philadelphia this week on the set of her new film, Paranoia, sans signature blond hair. In its place, another bid for this season’s best brunette dye job. [Us]
Marcia Kilgore, the genius behind Bliss Spas and FitFlop, introduced Soap & Glory as a Target exclusive back in 2007. With names like Sexy Mother Pucker (a plumping lip shine) and the Greatest Scrub of All (a facial exfoliator), the reasonably priced, sassy English import was an instant hit. But then it mysteriously disappeared from Target stores, and getting your hands on Kilgore’s addictive Righteous Butter required a trip to London. “We really had no real choice but to break up with them,” Kilgore jokes, referring to Target’s inability to keep her product on shelves and customers happy. For her second shot at the U.S. market, she’s partnering up with a very different retail behemoth: Sephora. The luxury beauty destination just launched the entire Soap & Glory collection on its Web site this week, with a full in-store rollout planned for September. And it’s about time, too: A good Glow Job—that’s the brand’s daily radiance-boosting moisturizer—is hard to find.
Onika Tanya Maraj, a.k.a. Nicki Minaj, is no stranger to collaboration: The Trinidadian-born, Queens-raised hip-hop artist has produced guest tracks with heavyweights like Eminem, Usher, Ludacris, Lil’ Wayne, and P. Diddy, to name a few. Now the 25-year-old lyricist is taking her alter-ego talents to the beauty level, teaming up with MAC to create a limited-edition cotton candy pink lipstick in celebration of her highly anticipated debut album, Pink Friday. The shade, named after the album, is a slightly more vivid version of MAC’s Pink Nouveau, which has long been a mainstay in Minaj’s makeup arsenal (along with her hot pink wig). Watch for the lipstick to drop on MAC’s Web site on four consecutive Fridays, starting this week, which definitely ups the ante on Black Friday deals. And speaking of, here are five other coveted specials to consider when you likely retreat to cyberspace on the 26th to seek a little solace after a few long days of family “fun.”
Stockpile spa essentials at Bliss’ online outlet, where you can find top sellers like Pore Performer and Youth As We Know It face creams marked down to 50 percent of their regular retail price for 24 hours—if the server doesn’t crash, that is.
Makeup artists love to love Lancóme’s mascaras, and so will anyone on your list who admires thick, full lashes. Pick up the following pro products, including Définicils Precious Cells, Oscillation, Hypnóse Drama Mascara, or Définicils, and for a few bucks extra, receive travel-size versions of the brand’s Bi-Facil cleanser, Cils Booster mascara base, and a full-size Le Crayon Khól or Artliner eyeliner.