12 posts tagged "Davines"
The 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.
THE MANI MECCA: OPI Nail Bar
“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, www.lebonmarche.com.
THE MASSAGE: Spa Nuxe
“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, www.nuxe.com/spa-nuxe-32-34-montorgueil.
THE GROCERY SPOT: Naturalia
“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, www.naturalia.fr.
THE COIFF PRESERVER: Leonor Greyl
“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, www.leonorgreyl.com.
THE DE-STRESS DESTINATION: Corsica
“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, www.hoteldoncesar.com.
THE FITNESS REGIMEN: Jogging
“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.”
THE SKINCARE MUSTS
“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.”
Available at www.nuxe.com.
THE MAKEUP ROUTINE
“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.”
THE HAIR LINE OF CHOICE: Davines
“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.”
Available at www.davines.com.
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, www.davines.com for salons
Dermalogica 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!”
See dermalogica.com for information.
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.”
See wiederderm.com for information.
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.”
See maxhealthla.com for information.
Our affection for all things Davines is a well-known fact. The Italian-born hair-care brand with a cultlike following has been cropping up on more and more salon shelves of late, thanks to its gentle, high-performing formulations. We fell pretty hard for their OI / Oil last summer—the first product in its capsule collection based around the potent hair-protecting power of roucou oil, derived from the Amazonia’s annatto plant. We took to slathering on a few pumps of the stuff to shield our hair from humidity-driven frizz-outs. As of this month, Davines is broadening its OI line to include a shampoo, conditioner, and an all-in-one milk, which is essentially a superrich leave-in conditioner. Sprayed on after shampooing and conditioning, it has proven to have some seriously impressive smoothing capabilities, whether you opt to heat-style or air-dry. One month into a New York summer so humid that the Doppler last week actually read “moist flow” for a few days, we plan to keep the entire OI coterie of products very close at hand.
Visit www.davines.com for salon locations.
ROUCOU (ru-ku) / n. / 1. / An oil extracted from the hairy, spindly fruits of the achiote, or Bixa orellana, a bushy evergreen shrub with origins in the Caribbean and Amazonian regions; / n. / 2. / Also known as bija by the Caribbean Indians, referring to a body paint created from the achiote fruit’s crushed crimson seeds thought to have magical properties; / n. / 3. / A medicinal pulp used as an insect repellent that doubles as a soothing salve for cuts, burns, and blisters when mixed with its own seeds; / n. / 4. / Rich in pro-vitamin A and beta carotene, a natural skin illuminator for dull complexions and a smoothing agent for dry hair, e.g., “Repel frizz, lackluster skin, and pesky mosquitoes with roucou oil.”
Try it: Davines OI/OIL, $39, www.davines.com.