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Beauty 411: Indie Lee


indie-leeIt could be said that Indie Lee’s eponymous natural beauty brand is an actual brainchild—the idea for it was born after Lee underwent brain surgery to remove a life-threatening tumor. More aware than ever of the dangerous effects of environmental toxins on the body, she was determined after recovering to create a sophisticated, entirely natural beauty line. Thus was born Indie Lee. First launched in 2010, the company got a very elegant makeover in early 2013. And the products—we are particularly fond of the Blemish Lotion, Brightening Cleanser, and Squalane Facial Cream—are definitely beautiful inside and out. Here, the inspiring woman behind the brand shares some of her own beauty, style, and relaxation go-tos.

“While I don’t gamble, I do love Las Vegas. To be more specific, I love the Encore Spa at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel. I’m happy to go enjoy a number of treatments, hike at Red Rock Canyon and…then enjoy some more treatments poolside!”


“La Vie Zen Spa in New York is like heaven. The atmosphere is so relaxing, and the space just got a mini facelift after two sons took it over to pay homage to their mother, who loved and ran the spa for many years. You wouldn’t even believe it is in midtown once you walk in and realize how serene it is.”


“My favorite has to be Tory Burch. With such classic and feminine designs, her line is just perfect. It’s so easy to look effortlessly chic when you have her clothes on.
Then, when I am looking for something whimsical yet wearable, I’ll stop into Cynthia Rowley.”

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“As far as food goes, I love to shop at local farmers’ markets when in season, and I also have a greenhouse just outside of Indie Lee Inc., where I grow different items seasonally, both for skincare and for nourishment. My favorite shop is a gourmet cheese store called Plum Plums, in Pound Ridge, New York. I can spend a half hour at the counter talking about and tasting different cheeses. The owners, Audrey and Adam, are just a delight.”


“I spent many years traveling when I worked in finance. Paris is a favorite spot of mine; I always come home truly inspired by the culture and the fashion. We’re expanding internationally in 2014, and I can’t wait to get back. I also love to ski, so Aspen is another favorite. Book me a suite at the Viceroy, Snowmass, and I’m a very happy woman.”


“Hands down, I’m a Cutler Soho gal. I have been going to Rachel for highlights and Heather for haircuts for about four years. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.”


“LUX Beauty Boutique in Edmonton, Canada, is such a gem of a shopping spot. The international selection of brands and products is great for beauty junkies searching for a hard-to-find item or advice on something new to try. And Love You Inc. in Southlake, Texas, carries amazing natural and organic skincare lines as well as organic lifestyle products.”

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“I get asked this question all the time, and the truth is I really only use Indie Lee products. Every day I start off with the Brightening Cleanser to remove any impurities left over from the night before. I follow this with the CoQ10 Toner to seal my pores, and Squalane Facial Oil to keep my skin smooth and hydrated. I finish my routine with the Swiss Apple Facial Serum and Calendula Eye Balm to fight off those dreaded wrinkles. Both of these products are packed with antiaging ingredients and really give you an amazing glow.”


“I’m not a huge fragrance gal…not to be a bummer, but most fragrances typically contain phthalates, a known hormone disrupter. If I do indulge in a little spritz (and only on my clothes), I use Histoires de Parfums 1804; I love the hint of grapefruit. I also use the Patchouli Sandalwood Moisturizing Body Oil from my line. The smooth texture doesn’t leave any residue and the scent is subtle and earthy.”


“I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I do not leave the house without Ilia mascara and Sephora waterproof eyeliner; it’s the only thing that lasts on me. Recently, I’ve developed a love of lipstick. You can usually find three in my bag on any given day. Among the naturals, I love Ilia because it has great staying power and is moisturizing. For the non-naturals (yes, I do use them), I adore YSL lip products. And I’m absolutely obsessed with the new collection of Wayne Goss makeup brushes; the bristles are super soft and the entire set is worth the price tag.”

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“I absolutely love LVX nail polish. The formulation is extremely smooth, making it ideal for a perfect at-home manicure. Each season, [the company] comes out with a new set of trendy colors, and they are certified vegan and cruelty free.”


The 411: Cynthia Rowley


Designer Cynthia Rowley has been charming the fashion community with her signature brand of offbeat feminine clothing since 1988. After her first collection was purchased while she was still a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, Rowley moved to New York and officially entered the biz she is still a crucial part of today. Along the way she has amassed accolades aplenty (a CFDA Perry Ellis Award for new fashion talent in 1994, a Legend of Fashion award from her alma mater this year) and successfully extended her creative reach far beyond clothes. Her eponymous line now includes menswear, accessories, and fragrance, and she was a pioneer in the collaboration department—she launched her Swell line of home goods with Target way back in 2003 and is responsible for the first set of designer Band-Aid bandages, not to mention a pretty adorable Tweezerman motif. More recently, though, Rowley—an avowed art lover—co-founded Exhibition A, an innovative retail Web site that makes owning a work of art an attainable reality for the masses. In anticipation of her presentation on Thursday September 13, we asked the longtime New Yorker to share some of her health and beauty musts in the city that never sleeps, even though her routine is decidedly low-maintenance. According to the designer, “I barely ever have time for anything except a pedi!”

The Convenient Colorist: Personal Best
“Me! I don’t have time for the salon so I love a good at-home color treatment like Clairol’s Perfect 10.”
Available at drugstores.

The Water Workout: Swimming
“I swim every morning before work. I’m very lucky to have a pool at my house in the city. Weekends are a sport extravaganza with surfing, waterskiing, tennis, and bike riding among my regular activities.”

The BYOP: Deborah Lippmann
“I just pop into local spots but I always, always bring my own polish. Right now I’m loving Deborah Lippmann’s Wicked Game.”
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The Daily Must-Have: Fish Oil
“Nature Made Fish Oil every day. It’s good for the mind and body.”
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Cynthia Rowley X Tweezerman; J. Lo Makes The Cut; And More…


After successful designer collaborations with Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Betsey Johnson, cult-favorite tool brand Tweezerman has teamed up with Cynthia Rowley on exclusively patterned nail files and slant tweezers that will launch next month. [WWD]

J. Lo has gone short. The American Idol judge has chopped off her long locks in favor of a shorter, texturized lob. [Us]

Attention, cult of Comme: Rei Kawakubo’s well-loved brand is set to add another brutally original fragrance to its main line of perfumes. Amazingreen boasts vegetal notes and will reportedly include mineral notes like traces of flint and gunpowder. Never a dull moment over there. [Basenotes]

Three years after the WHO classified indoor tanning beds as known carcinogens on par with asbestos and arsenic, college-age youths still don’t get it. 59 percent of 20-year-olds surveyed agreed with statements like “everything causes cancer these days” as a reason why they won’t give up concentrated UV exposure. [U.S. New & World Report]

Photo: Courtesy of Tweezerman

The Barrette: It’s Ba-aaack


Not so long ago, we lived for barrettes. In seventh grade, it was plastic baby clips in the mold of ducks, birds, and other similarly infantile shapes, and then it was barrettes of the multicolored, mini-sized Goody variety, which have since been discontinued and which we buy in bulk should we happen upon them at an outdated pharmacy. So, you can understand why we’re quite pleased to see the youthful hair accessory having a major moment for Spring. We’ve already mentioned the chunky plastic pieces Cynthia Rowley whipped up for her show this weekend and the plain silver metal bars hair stylist Odile Gilbert used to create a sleek, graphic silhouette at Prabal Gurung. And it just keeps getting better! Orlando Pita and his crack team of coif masters assembled barrettes covered in actual hair to hold and seamlessly blend into models’ own tresses at Carolina Herrera on Monday, mimicking the silhouette of fluid, belted Korean robes. Then yesterday, Peter Gray strung up bejewled golden charms onto bobby pins and inserted them into big, soft, Seventies-era coifs at Badgley Mischka before a rousing Rodarte show where Gilbert was called on yet again to insert ten different barrettes the Mulleavy sisters made with their own hands into sixties-style, rough-dried, easy, California-girl hair. It was cute, it was classic, and it looked amazing with their gold dresses, which we definitely wouldn’t have appreciated back in middle school, but would love to slip into now. Some things change, some stay the same.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, courtesy of Aveda at Rodarte; Bryan Bedder / Getty Images at Cynthia Rowley; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images at Badgley Mischka; Luca Cannonieri / at Carolina Herrera

“Something A Little Bit Twiggy” Shows Up Backstage At Cynthia Rowley


The seventies may have swept the Fall shows, but there seems to be a sixties vibe afoot backstage for Spring. It was present in the blunt eyeliner Tom Pecheux did at Peter Som, and in the middle-parted down ‘dos Orlando Pita and Frédéric Fekkai’s Didier Malige whipped up at Derek Lam and Victoria Beckham, respectively. But it had perhaps its strongest showing at Cynthia Rowley, where face painter Val Garland was seeing “Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, something a little bit Twiggy” in the clothes, and adjusted her makeup look accordingly. What that meant first and foremost was lots of lashes. Rather than insert falsies along the lower lash line to build thickness and intensity, Garland gave us this handy little tip: In between what she estimated was about 12 layers of mascara, she brushed through translucent powder while the pigment was still wet to act as a thickening agent. “It’s an old drag queen trick,” she revealed before swiping a layer of Vaseline across the lids and smudging MAC’s new-for-Spring Kissable Lipstick in Strut Your Stuff around the edges of models’ pouts “so it looks like they’ve just been pecked” (this “post-snogging” technique was also employed by Lucia Pieroni at Philosophy). The hair was decidedly more modern, with gray extensions courtesy of Wella’s Aura Friedman, woven into side-slung coiled twists, recalling Spring’s silver hair trend. Let it be known, Rowley made those chunky colored barrettes pictured above herself, displaying a knack for hair accessory as well as silky shirtdress design. One can only hope that those too are included amongst her in-store offerings come March.

Photo: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images