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August 23 2014

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The 411: Marcia Kilgore

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Marcia Kilgore is, to put it simply, beauty royalty. After all, she is the brains behind Bliss—first a pioneer, and now a ubiquitous presence, in the spa category. It was in 1996 that the Canadian-born entrepreneur turned her own longtime quest for clear skin into a business that would, in the years since, grow to become a vast empire, which is characterized by no-nonsense, results-driven treatments (like that iconic triple oxygen facial that first earned Kilgore many a celebrity devotee) and those signature baby blue products with the clever names. And Bliss isn’t even the only notch in Kilgore’s beauty belt; she can also lay claim to Soap and Glory, the similarly cheeky London line that reentered the U.S. market at Sephora last summer, and FitFlop! To say that the slender tycoon with the severe blonde bob is beauty obsessed would be an understatement. It goes without saying, then, that compiling her list of favorite primping and preening destinations was just a little bit of a thrill.

The One-Stop Beauty Shop: Sephora
“The original Sephora Soho store is still my favorite stop for beauty products in New York. Not only because I can do a quick ‘sweep’ of the Soap and Glory shelves, but because that strip of Soho brings back a lot of great memories for me.”
555 Broadway New York, NYC, (212) 625-1309.

The Pond-Hopping Face Places: Bliss and Sarah Chapman
“In New York it’s Beata Chyla at Bliss Soho; there’s nobody better. She’s fabulous, kind, thoughtful, extremely thorough, and has a great positive energy. In London I go to Sarah Chapman on Draycott Avenue; she’s the first facialist I didn’t feel the need to correct!”
Bliss, 568 Broadway, NYC, (212) 380-4699, www.blissworld.com; Sarah Chapman, 106 Draycott Ave., London, +44 0207 589 9585, www.sarahchapman.net.

The Hair Heroes: New York and L.A. Pros
“In New York, I generally beg for a last-minute appointment between receptionists at Garren and Yves Durif at the Carlyle. In London, it’s Kevin Moss at John Frieda, then Josh at Josh Wood Atelier or Daniel at Daniel Galvin for color.”
For more information, visit www.garrennewyork.com; www.yvesdurif.com; www.johnfrieda.co.uk; www.joshwoodcolour.com; www.danielgalvin.com.

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Earthly Delights

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The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and was organized as an environmental “teach-in” with scholarly debate. Since then, the annual holiday has gotten a bit sexier. Hippies, vegan rock stars, eco-celebrities, and green-minded types now embrace April 22 (or the entire month) as a chance to pay respects to the planet while also enjoying some sustainably good times. With that mind, we rounded up the ten best Earth Day beauty deals, worthy causes to support with a click, and tree-planting festivities to help make it easy to be green come Friday.

Rock On

Tickets are sold out to the second annual Origins Rocks Earth Month concert with Train tonight, but the gig will be streamed live at 8 p.m. and rebroadcast tomorrow on Origins’ site to extend the global celebration. As added incentive to tune in, Origins will plant a tree through its partner American Forests: Global ReLeaf on behalf of every viewer.

Spring Greening

Here’s a good reason to prune your potions stash on April 22. Bring any skincare product from any brand into any Origins store and you’ll receive one of its full-size, paraben-free cleansers. The tubes are made with limited-edition graffiti-designed packaging that’s derived from 30 percent post-consumer plastics with caps crafted with 100 percent recycled plastics.

Click here to find a location near you.

Just Say Yes

The Yes To brand (Yes to Carrots, Yes to Cucumbers…) is taking 25 percent off their antioxidant-rich skincare goods when you shop online from now until April 24. We’re partial to the new Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick—a genius penlike tool that clears up acne and redness (plus delivers a mini massage). Enter the code “EARTH” at checkout.

Yes to Tomatoes Roller Ball Stick, $9.99, www.yestocarrots.com.

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Bliss Keeps Waxing Poetic

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At-home hair removal may have come a long way since the days of Epilady (that little torture device required a permit to operate), but there are still some methods that are best left in the hands of a professional. Waxing tops this list. Leave it to the skincare-savvy folks at Bliss, though, to find a way to simplify the process. This month, the brand will add a new addition to its Poetic waxing line in the form of double-sided, no-heat-necessary waxing strips for the face (brows, lips, and chin) and body. Made with aloe vera to suit even the most sensitive types, each pack comes with post-removal azulene oil to soothe inflamed skin. Pre-stripping, Bliss Hoboken aesthetician Marlena Ramoy recommends readying the skin with a gentle exfoliation and an antiseptic cleanser, preferably with rose and chamomile, to remove surface bacteria and perspiration; doing both, she points out, will also help prevent ingrown hairs. The next step is to “heat” the strips between your palms for 15 to 30 seconds before applying to skin. Once adhered, Ramoy suggests rubbing the strip in the direction of the hair growth, and pulling it off in the opposite direction. If the strips sound foolproof, that’s because they are—and travel-friendly too. But should you refuse to take over de-fuzzing duties entirely, these little miracle workers are an ideal way to stay smooth between visits to a pro.


Bliss Poetic Waxing Strips for Face, $25, and Body, $36, available this month at www.sephora.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Bliss

Bliss Adds A Bare Essential To Its Spa Menu

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The brand that introduced the world to the complexion-transforming wonders of the triple oxygen facial and convinced us that beyond lotions, creams, and oils, there were body butters to soothe parched skin, is once again set to break beauty ground. Bliss devotees, get psyched: As of this week, your favorite outpost for all things beautifying is adding laser hair removal services to its already stacked treatment list. Offering both laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy, depending on skin tone and hair texture, defuzzing comes in five sessions, versus the industry standard of six, thanks to Bliss’ high-tech Lumenis 1 machine, which has been set up at most of its spa outposts nationwide. For the frugal-minded among you, a bonus tip: If you want to shell out less for your zapping, wait until March 31, when Bliss joins forces with Gilt Groupe to offer hair removal packages at 40 percent off their original price. Break out your short shorts.

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Bliss, The Fragrance

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From the people that have restored clarity and luster to many a sad, sallow complexion with their Triple Oxygen Facial, and happened upon the aromatically harmonious nature of lemon and sage, comes, at long last, a perfume. That’s right, Bliss acolytes: The moment has arrived for the blue brand’s very first foray into fragrance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the eponymous eau de toilette aims to capture the spa experience in a bottle boasting a bright, mood-boosting blend of bergamot, cucumber, lily, ylang-ylang, and violet that manages to encapsulate the spirit, more than the actual aroma, of the peppy New York-bred pampering empire. Consider it an olfactory pick-me-up for those of you who can’t squeeze in a signature Blissage 75 body work treatment on a daily basis.

Photo: Courtesy of Bliss