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July 31 2014

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The Pre-Stain Prerequisite

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With temperatures having already reached near-unbearable highs, our usual summertime switch from lipstick to lip stains and tinted balms happened much sooner than anticipated. Now that our lips are more exposed than ever, they need a preparatory reboot, similar to the head-to-toe exfoliation we give our limbs to withstand a weather-appropriate wardrobe that leaves little to the imagination. So while lip scrub traditionally falls into the superfluous category in our minds, it’s pretty necessary at times like these. And when it comes to lip scrubs, Sara Happ’s all-natural staples have always been bar none. Now Happ has teamed up with another industry impresario, Blue Mercury’s Marla Malcolm Beck, to create a limited-edition variety with Beck’s M-61 skincare line just for summer. The new Lemon Mint Cucumber offering reminds us on first sniff of a delicious mojito—or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on a hot day (the scent is actually inspired by the signature flavored water served at the Tropicana Resort’s Bluemercury Spa in Atlantic City). Intoxicating aroma aside, the gentle sugar and citrus-based formula does an excellent job sloughing off rough patches, while cucumber soothes any residual redness and jojoba and grapeseed oils nourish parched skin. The result is a silky smooth canvas—and, you should be forewarned, an intense craving for summer cocktails.

Photo: Courtesy of Bluemercury

The 411: Bluemercury’s Marla Malcolm Beck

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A little over a decade ago, Marla Malcolm Beck decided to turn her beauty product hoarding into a lucrative business; enter Bluemercury, the Washington, D.C.-born boutique and spa that has been doling out luxury beauty products to the eager masses since 1999. With nearly 40 locations around the country, Beck is preparing to spread her influence that much further with the release of her own skincare line, M-61, next month. The collection melds time-tested ingredient powerhouses like retinols, salicylic acid, and peptides with a host of naturopathic plants to create surefire hits like Fast Blast, a two-minute vitamin C mask, and the potent Power Pro-Peel system, which happens to be Beck’s favorite offering from the line. “[It] is perfect for smooth skin pre-foundation before going out,” she says. Here, the primping innovator divulges her other beauty go-tos, including her favorite hometown hits and beyond.

The Hair Heroes: Salon AKS
“I have been going to Kathleen and Kao of Salon AKS for over ten years now. I won’t let anyone touch my hair other than this dynamic duo. They come to Georgetown every six weeks, thankfully. Kathleen really knows how to do the perfect blonde.”
Salon AKS, 3240 P St. NW, Washington, D.C., e-mail salondcny@mac.com for appointments, www.salonaks.com.

The Blow-Out Queen: Maria at Salon Nader
“Maria at Salon Nader in Bethesda is fast and does a perfect job. Her blow-outs last longer than anyone’s. She also cuts all of my children’s hair; my 5-year-old son has the perfect surfer cut because of her!”
Salon Nader, 10243 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md., (301) 897-8700, www.salonnader.com.

The Muscle Relaxer: Remede Spa at the St. Regis
“Between my three kids and running all our locations and e-commerce business, I have no time for massages in Washington, D.C. My breaks are taken while I travel, especially in New York. I adore Gordana at the Remede Spa in the St. Regis. She is an expert with backs and her deep-tissue massages feel like the equivalent of going through a weeklong detox program in 50 minutes. One of the best massage therapists I’ve ever been to.”
Remede Spa at the St. Regis, 2 E. 55th St, NYC, (212) 339-6715, www.starwoodhotels.com.

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