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Eat Your Way to Glowy Skin

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As the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” and it looks like no one has taken the idiom more to heart than Dr. Olivier Courtin-Clarins (member of the eponymous French beauty clan), whose spa at Parisian hotel Le Royal Monceau is one of our favorites. However, if one is looking to mimic (or rather, maximize) the gorgeous effects of a spa day, look no further than the hotel’s restaurant Le Bar Long, where the doctor is very much “in.”

Courtin-Clarins, teaming up with executive chef Laurent André, has created a beauty-boosting salad called “My Blend,” which features fresh, seasonal ingredients packed with vitamins and antioxidants. This latest creation—a colorful mélange of spinach leaves, Brittany shrimp, endive, beets, red and white potatoes, pumpkin, and grated black truffle—is as much a feast for the eyes as it is in, well, the more literal sense. Best of all, this gourmand salad is rich in beta-carotene; fiber; protein; amino and omega-3 acids; and vitamins C, D, and B12—a cure-all for a lingering cold and those winter blues.

Salade My Blend, 39€, available at Le Bar Long, Le Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France

Treat Yo Self

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bioligique-rechercheWith fashion month coming to a close, there’s no better way to celebrate (and unwind) than with a treatment before takeoff. A former colleague of mine closed out the menswear shows with a massage and said he didn’t even mind that his flight was delayed a few hours when he arrived at the airport—all of the stress and tension had completely disappeared before he even whipped out his passport at check-in. Here, two spots worth hitting up before you say bon voyage:

Where: Spa My Blend by Clarins, Le Royal Monceau, 37, avenue Hoche, 01.42.99.88.99

What to get: Ask for the Anti-Jet Lag Stopover Massage for Face & Body because, let’s face it, you’re probably still jet-lagged. This rubdown refreshes and moisturizes dehydrated skin after weeks of vacillating between espresso and champagne. It also claims to relieve tiredness, insomnia, upset stomach, headache, and irritability. (If you’re anything like me, you’ve ticked off all five boxes and already made an appointment.)

Where: Biologique Recherche Ambassade de la Beauté, 32, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 01.41.18.96.84

What to get: Sign yourself up for the Soin Minceur, stat! This “modeling massage” helps drain toxins (of which you’ve probably stockpiled) and leaves you feeling toned and rejuvenated. A textured rubber mitt is used to work essential oils into the skin, leaving you soft, glowing, and ready for the long haul ahead.

Sitting Pretty @StyleDotCom

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Fashion Week Beauty Products

We revealed what keeps fashion week regulars like makeup artist James Kaliardos and hairstylist Odile Gilbert going during the month-long parade through New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Now, the Style.com team shares the beauty must-haves they’ll be stashing in their bags and keeping in their bathrooms for the Spring 2014 season:

Nicole Phelps, executive editor

“I had my first facial with superstar esthetician Joanna Vargas last week. As her devotees well know, Vargas likes to tailor her facials to the seasons and the skin’s response to them. It may be Spring ’14 fashion week, but weather-wise here in New York it’s still the end of summer. Vargas’ new Fall Superfoods Facial is designed to address the ravages of three months in the sun. For me, that meant patchy dryness and SPF-induced bumps along the hairline, as well as some trouble spots on my chin. Vargas addressed them all, using the all-natural and organic skin care products, like the Vitamin C Face Wash (shown above), she’s known for. My favorite part of the facial was the pumpkin purée and avocado mask, which smelled almost good enough to eat and left my face looking dewy and fresh. If only Joanna would create a facial designed to heal the effects of four weeks of fashion shows.

Matthew Schneier, deputy editor

“Dry shampoo [from Klorane], sunscreen [by Clarins], water, and coffee—the combination makes you look like you haven’t slept for a week, when in reality, you haven’t slept for two.”

Marina Larroudé, market director

“I’m obsessed with Clé de Peau Beauté concealer (shown above) and use it every day—no matter if it’s fashion week or not. The only thing that’s different is the frequency that I go to Drybar, which is pretty much every other day. It helps that there’s a location only a block away from my house where I can book early morning appointments.”

Kate Cerigo, senior designer

“When my skin is looking ‘blah’ after a string of late nights I use Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial (shown above) before bed and wake up to a more refreshed face.”

Kristin Anderson, assistant editor, special projects

“In the throes of fashion week, I’ll be trimming the excess from my makeup routine, and opting for Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream. This glowy, medium coverage BB eliminates the need for concealer and SPF. The botanical formula also treats any pesky, stress-related spots. And rather than risking a sticky finger situation, I’ll be toting the luxuriously packaged lip oil from Hourglass Cosmetics (shown above).”

Amber Kallor, senior beauty editor

Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation (shown above) offers the brightening magic of their famous pen—for your entire face, which is especially helpful when my skin can’t keep pace with my hectic schedule. Before bed (usually somewhere around 2 a.m.) I treat myself and computer-strained eyes to Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels, which de-puff with ginkgo biloba leaf extract and firm with hydrolyzed elastin.”

Emily Farra, editorial coordinator

“Long days in the office tend to dry out my skin, so over the next few weeks I’ll be relying on my favorite new face oil with rosehip extract from Boots Botanics. Not only does it smell clean (not musky) and keep my skin looking fresh for 12 plus hours, but it only costs $9 so I can slather it on guilt-free. An afternoon dose of this rosewater spritz (shown above) reactivates the oil and serves as a wake-up call when caffeine isn’t cutting it anymore. As for my hair, I’m using leather bow clips from American Apparel, in neutral colors like black and camel, to get it off my face while I work on the computer all day.”

Katharine K. Zarrella, associate news editor

“I have somewhat of a red lip obsession, and when Chanel discontinued my favorite stain last year, I had a bit of a panic. Earlier this month, my hairstylist, Michael Angelo at Wonderland Beauty Parlor, introduced me to Beauté’s lip stain in Fever and lip cream in Masochist (both shown above). I’ll be wearing them every single day, because no matter how tired I feel, painting on the perfect rouge pout always provides a much-needed kick of rejuvenation.”

Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor

“Running between all the shows, presentations, and events during fashion week is enough to make even the most polished girl look a little rough around the edges. I’ve tried nearly every primer on the market and keep returning to L’Oréal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base (shown above). I dab a little bit on my nose and forehead to make me look perfectly matte and smooth before walking into each appointment. I also carry around a can of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish spray, which gives my hair volume and texture on the go.”

Rachel Walgrove, social media editor

“Bags are for arms, not eyes. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer is my look-alive go-to for fashion season and beyond.”

The Fab Five: Bringing Home The Bronze

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Fab-Five-BronzersThe freak, rain-forest-like conditions that have befallen the New York area over the past few weeks have delayed the start of our summer beach weekends for the moment. But no matter; we’re plenty happy to get our glow on with a host of new bronzers that are currently hitting shelves. From powders and pigmented oils to liquids and creams, there are a ton of ways to simulate the sun until it makes its grand return. Read on below for five of our favorites.

Go for Gold
Guerlain Terra Ora Powder Compact
Guerlain is the gold standard when it comes to bronzers, so it should come as no surprise that its limited-edition offering for 2013 is one of our favorites. The wooden compact is pressed with its classic matte tan powder, which is accented with hints of finely milled white-, yellow-, and rose-gold flecks to subtly highlight the face—and the décolletage, if you’re feeling frisky.

Powder Hour
YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzing Powder
If you’re looking for something that is decidedly devoid of shimmer, the latest from YSL should do you right. Available in three face-flattering shades, including No. 10 Terre Amber, No. 2 Terre Ochre, and No. 3 Terre Tan, each one contours and sculpts cheeks while imparting a natural-looking glow.

Step Into Liquid
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
When the summer heat gets so overbearing that patting on a powder seems simply impossible, liquid bronzers can become your best friend. This one melts into the skin to carve out a hint of golden color without the risk of caking or flaking.

Oil Future
Clarins Splendours Shimmer Body Oil
To keep the body bronzed and beautiful, we often prefer glimmering oils, and the latest from Clarins is no exception. The cocoa-scented fluid glides onto limbs, leaving behind a sleek, sun-effected shine.

Copper Top
Belmacz Eyeshadow in Stardust
This one is designated for eyes only, but its creamy copper color, which is loaded with light-reflecting pigments, is begging for some multitasking. (Your clavicles with thank you).

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Clarins’ Crystal Vision

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Clarins-Crystal-BalmBetween full-coverage lipsticks, shiny glosses, and emollient tinted balms, there’s something for everyone in the increasingly crowded lip category these days. But what about for the discerning makeup lover who wants all of these things in a single bullet? Ordinarily, she’d have to make do with a mix of the myriad options that are readily available, although that solution didn’t sit well with Clarins. Just in time for the warmer climes that are headed our way, the famed French beauty brand has rereleased its limited-edition Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms, which made a huge splash when they debuted on our shores last summer. Available in four colors—Crystal Rose, a pretty dark pink; Crystal Mandarin, a punchy coral; Crystal Berry, a deep garnet; and Crystal Gold Plum, a mauve wine—each gilded stick features a dual-action applicator that boasts different creamy pure pigments encased by a clear layer of hydrating balm. It’s important to note that these are not sheer. But the ingenious design allows you to control how much color a single swipe imparts; apply the slanted side liberally for more saturation, or the curved outside layer for more transparency. As with all limited offerings, best to get these while the getting is still good.

Photo: Courtesy of Clarins