April 16 2014

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In-House Experiment: We Try the Rainbow Hair Trend



I rang in the recent vernal equinox in a couple of ways: The first involved taking out a favorite couple (cuffed jeans + loafers sans socks). The second hinged on getting myself some mermaid hair. For Davines’ latest hair color collection, Mother of Pearl, models’ hues were augmented by streaks that mimic the murky, rainbow iridescence found inside an oyster shell. With visions of ethereal tresses already filling my head, I turned to Greenpoint’s deeply cool Parlour Brooklyn salon and stylist Jill McArthur, a member of Davines’ Regional Artistic Team. After establishing a palette (shades of green, blue, and hints of pink to keep things from skewing too swampy) and placement (all over, with plenty of attention to the darker undersides of my hair), McArthur set about lightening a few sections of my already-blond locks. Then began the Flamboyage: In Davines’ exclusive take on freehand balayage, hair is applied to long, transparent adhesive strips before adding dye into the mix so that freshly painted color is never folded over onto itself. With the hand of a surgeon (and the patience of a saint), McArthur applied horizontal stripes of color to sections before ever-so-slightly blending their edges together with a flick of the wrist for a watercolor-like effect. One full evening, roughly forty Flamboyage strips, and several cups of the Parlour’s divine herbal tea later, my strands were an ethereal delight, confounding coworkers and L train commuters alike. And while the upkeep on any dye job requires a certain amount of vigilance (my new holy trinity is Davines’ Nounou Shampoo, Alchemic Conditioner Silver, and Oi/All in One Milk), it’s a small price to pay for the mermaid hair of the moment.

For more ways to try this season’s colorful trend and keep it looking fresh, see our Spring Beauty Guide.

Beauty 411: Sarah and Marina of Earth Tu Face



The philosophy behind California-born natural skincare brand Earth Tu Face is as simple and straightforward as the products themselves: You should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. And the accomplished pair of herbalists behind the brand, Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm, know plenty about what qualifies. Buscho grew up gardening, tending to some very in-demand organic greens (she and Storm were the producers for chef Alice Waters’ landmark restaurant, Chez Panisse), and studied indigenous medicine at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while learning about Western, Chinese, and ayurvedic healing and herbs at the Herb Room (a natural foods store also located in Santa Cruz). Storm also boasts a cultivated green thumb: An organic gardener for more than a decade, she is the founder of The Village Farms, a “medicinal herb garden and backyard farm” dedicated to the education about local herbs and plants. The pair met while earning their clinical herbalist certifications at the Ohlone Herbal Center in Berkeley, and it was there that the idea for Earth Tu Face was birthed. The 100 percent natural and plant-based line relies on ingredients with intrinsic healing properties for products like the Nourish + Balance Face Serum (with blue chamomile and carrot seed), Hydrate + Nourish Body Butter (with coconut oil and cardamom), and Face Wash (with palmarosa and aloe)—all of them good, and safe enough to eat…though, frankly, we’ve been too busy slathering them on to bother tasting them. Here, Buscho shares the plant whisperers’ favorite local beauty and health go-tos.

THE DAILY RITUAL: Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers from the garden brighten up any day. Marina and I pull from our gardens whenever things are blooming. Farmers’ markets, like the one at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, also create incredible bouquets. It is important to me to feel close to nature, even when I’m having a busy work week—a vase of blooms and leaves creates that feeling.


Skin has different needs from season to season. In the winter, our Face Balm is a miracle worker protecting against dryness, windburn, and the chapping that occurs from going outside into the cold and then inside into dry, heated buildings. It replenishes the skin’s natural moisture instantly. We like to mix in a couple drops of serum (I’m constantly working on new ones) for added botanical benefits. In the summer we use only the Repair Serum on our faces for the instant infusion of health from antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and a restoring botanical mix. And our Face Wash is a year-round staple for both of us.



Our hair feels so different since we started using Davines Nourishing Vegetarian Miracle Conditioner a few years ago. It makes my strands softer but keeps the volume. That, plus a sea salt spray for beachy texture, is all we need. If we had time we’d make our own sea salt hairspray, but we love Captain Blankenship’s Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray.

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I’m obsessed with natural perfumes and am constantly blending my own. But my all-time favorite essential oil to wear alone is vetiver; it is uplifting and reduces anxiety. Plus, it changes depending on who’s wearing it. Sometimes it smells like the forest floor after it rains, and other times it smells like a sophisticated cologne. Lately, I have been inspired by blending jasmine with vanilla and myrrh…we’ll see where that goes.


I love taking time out to visit the Imperial Day Spa in San Francisco. There is nothing fussy about it. I get a 50-minute acupressure treatment on my feet, which makes me feel instantly relaxed and grounded. Plus, they offer an herbal sauna, hot tub, steam room, and cold plunge. You can stop in for a couple hours or make a whole afternoon out of it.



Both of us love to cook with fresh seasonal ingredients. Besides famers’ markets, Rainbow Grocery has everything we need and beyond. It is a co-op and offers everything healthy, and in “bulk,” that you can imagine. We go there for their huge selection of local cheeses and fruit spreads, incredible teas, the best refrigerated dried cherries, and fresh roots like burdock and turmeric that are difficult to find organic.



Monkey Forest Road is perfect for delicious little breakfast sandwiches on fresh-baked gluten-free rolls. It is so peaceful in the gallery space they created…it’s great to bring a book and stay as long as possible. Burma Superstar has the most exquisite fermented green tea leaf salad; it’s like nothing else we’ve tried. The intense flavors blend so perfectly together, I feel like it is our go-to dinner when we haven’t had time to cook.

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Honey makes one of the best masks for glowing skin, alone or with essential oils infused. We are always playing with new honey masks on ourselves and bringing them with us when we travel for work. Cold-water-soaked chamomile tea bags are excellent for puffy under-eyes. Chamomile reduces inflammation, and it’s just great for the skin in general.


We go here to Piedmont Avenue to visit our two favorite stores, which are just a few doors apart: Good Stock and Mercy Vintage Now. Both these places feel more like hanging out in someone’s fabulous home or closet. And the owners just joined forces to open a third store…all on the same block! Plus, the area is filled with tasty bites, coffee and tea spots, and local ice cream.

Beauty 411: Aliza Jabès Of Nuxe


Aliza-JabesThe cult of French pharmacy skincare product devotees is already vast and continually growing its ranks, thanks to the pioneering ways of many a makeup artist, model, and editor singing the products’ praises back home. Thus, items like Créaline cleanser, the watery wonder that removes all traces of makeup; Avibon, a.k.a. Retin-A light; and the dense, intensely hydrating Embryolisse Miracle Cream have gained favor far beyond their French birthplace. And chief among the favorite pharmacy exports, Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse, a dry oil with a multitude of purposes: part face moisturizer, part hair smoother, part body glow inducer. Though Nuxe, the two-decade-old natural skincare line founded by Aliza Jabès in the early nineties, has plenty more goodness for beauty Francophiles to appreciate, the oil remains the hero. Here, the woman who dreamed up Nuxe shares some of her own beauty favorites just in time for Paris fashion week.


“I always go to the OPI Nail Bar in the famous and so chic French department store Le Bon Marché. They are the best. I love Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow for my pedicure, and Essie Mademoiselle or Chanel beige 515 for my manicure.”

Nail Bar OPI at Le Bon Marché, 24 rue de Sèvres,


“When I need to feel deeply relaxed, body and mind, I go for a Watsu session in the pool of our Spa Nuxe. It’s a unique experience based on the therapeutic properties of hot water and Shiatsu massage, all while [submerged]. And the luxurious spa, located in the historic center of Paris, is the ideal place to escape after a busy day.”

Spa NUXE, 32-34 rue Montorgueil,


“I’ve always preferred a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, cereals, and seeds, so my favorite place to shop is Naturalia. I love to [peruse] their large selection of organic products.”

Naturalia, 11 rue Montorgueil,


“I like going to the Leonor Greyl Institute for their personalized and tailor-made treatments like the Hair Spa. They use natural formulas and relaxing techniques that help restore natural beauty and health to my hair in just one hour.”

Leonor Greyl Institute, 15 rue Tronchet,


“When I travel for pleasure, I often choose a spa vacation to ensure my holiday is 100 percent Zen. I’m particularly fond of the south of Corsica—it’s wild and precious with breathtaking landscapes, and the local people have a true generosity. My favorite spot is the Hotel Don Cesar in Porto Vecchio. The magical green setting is perfect, and I can enjoy nature and complete serenity.”

Hotel Don Cesar, rue du Commandant Quilici, Porto Vecchio,


“It helps me de-stress and it’s the easiest sport to practice when you constantly travel like I do. I just need my running shoes and a light outfit and I’m off. Running also always allows me to discover each city in an original way.”


“I have a deep connection to my first product, Huile Prodigieuse. I call it my cosmetics baby. This oil makes everything better, from hair to toes—it is my desert island product. For the face I put some drops in my daily cream to nourish and protect my skin, then on the body I apply it in circular movements to hydrate. After washing my hair I put some drops in my conditioner, then leave it on for ten minutes for a soft and shiny finish. I also use Nuxellence Jeunesse, an innovative antiaging creation that helps maintain a daily radiance.”

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“I like makeup to be chic but natural. The best foundation is from By Terry; it really provides even coverage and the most perfect finish. For lips, I love By Terry Terrybly in Hot Cranberry, and for my eyes I create a smoky eye look with By Terry Terrybly Brown Stellar liner and the new Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.”

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“Davines has been my favorite product line for a long time. I follow their philosophy—it’s not only respectful to the environment but effective for my hair.”

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Davines Gets All Wrapped Up



If there’s one thing that sells a beauty product, it’s packaging. In fact, I often feel like women are so enamored by compacts and containers that companies could sell sewage water if it was distilled into something eye-catching. But in the case of Davines’ latest hand-wrapped hair styling line, aptly named More Inside, it’s not just about having a pretty face. Along with the artisanal, patterned papers inspired by vintage fabrics that envelop the bottles, jars, and tubes, the formulas found within the vials are well edited and designed to work. The company did away with its two separate collections (For Wizards and Defining), consisting of twenty-eight lotions, potions, and sprays, and instead pared this new range down to sixteen SKUs. However, two of the best-sellers remain—Sea Salt Primer Spray (my personal favorite) and Oil Non Oil—albeit both are dressed up in fresh outfits and branded with new monikers. The remaining fourteen, including hair sprays, mousses, pomades, pastes, waxes, and serums, create looks ranging from sleek and polished to tousled and relaxed. Plus, the brand’s no-frills naming convention—a simple and straightforward sentence that indicates each formula’s function—makes choosing the right product easier than ever. For example, a-once cryptic clay is easily deciphered now that it’s called This Is a Strong Hold Clay It’s for a Firm, Mat Finish. Even better: Printed on the inside of the elaborate FSC-certified paper (meaning the wood used to make it comes from responsibly managed forests) you’ll find adorable illustrations, inspirational quotes, and QR codes that link to the brand’s website and a video tutorial with artistic director Angelo Seminara on how to use the product. Essentially, these stylers are like Russian nesting dolls: The surprises just keep on comin’.

Available in October, for salons

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Beauty 411: Annet King of Dermalogica


Annet_Final_resizeDermalogica products have always been the equivalent of a skincare safety net for me—I know that even when I have driven my complexion to the point of no return by test-driving a plethora of new lotions and potions, I can always count on them to restore order and balance. And Dermalogica’s best endorsement may just come from Annet King, the brand’s director of global education. The British-born California resident is, as anyone who has had the distinct pleasure of meeting her can attest, a virtual wellspring of skincare information. She has always had a snappy response for any and all of my complexion queries, of which there have been many over the years. Here, Dermalogica’s in-house guru dishes about her favorite beautifying people and places (most are close to her Culver City home—”I am a total locavore and believe in minimizing travel time on the L.A. freeways, biking if possible, especially on the weekends, and, of course, supporting local businesses,” she says), and shares the details of her own daily routine…did I mention she has ridiculously amazing skin?

THE REGULAR TREATMENT: Dermalogica on Montana
“I believe in healthy, super-clean, hydrated skin. I can’t live without Dermalogica on Montana, and a few times a year I’ll get the full skin treatment with foot reflex touch therapy, but when time is short, the twenty-minute MicroZone Treatments are my savior. All the staff is superb—they are the most well-trained, educated skin therapists on the planet!”

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THE GO-TO DERM: Dr. Joshua Wieder
“For medical skin issues, I rely on Dr. Joshua Wieder. He’s so patient and professional, and one of the most respected dermatologists around. He also appreciates the role and work of a skin therapist, and refers many of his patients to our spaces.”

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THE RE-ALIGNER: Dr. Robert Pomahac
“With the amount of travel I do and flights I take (not to mention my passion for high heels), I could not live without a regular adjustment from my friend and chiropractor Dr. Robert Pomahac. He views the body very differently and does not just crack your back! He incorporates physiotherapy, provides strengthening exercises to do at your desk, and gives you tips on how you should sit while you’re driving, etc. He has the best advice to suit your busy lifestyle.”

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