August 28 2014

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26 posts tagged "Elizabeth Arden"

These Products Will Put an End to the Winter Blues


dior-ss-2011-karlie-klossSummer is just around the corner…I think. And here to help make the most of it is Elizabeth Arden’s Summer Escape color collection. From the navy packaging to the sailor-inspired names, this line doesn’t shy away from its oceanic origins. “It could be about any beach in the world that a woman finds beautiful, luxurious, and relaxing—it’s all the things we want to feel,” says makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo. If that serene imagery (or the snow on the ground this week) doesn’t make you crave your own warm-weather escape, then the collection’s shimmery bronzer, cobalt mascara, and double-ended eyeliners will do the trick. “Once the light is brighter outside, you need more color,” says Restrepo. And color you shall receive if you dip into this range that features a vibrant combination of sky blue, coral, and sandstone guaranteed to give your winter pallor a much-needed boost.

But if the thought of shimmying into a bathing suit after months of cozy layers is your version of a nautical nightmare, take a cue from the brand’s style director Shoshanna Gruss and turn your bedroom into your very own dressing room. “Go online and order twenty suits—everyone has free returns! It’s so important to find ones that make you feel good and look beautiful. It’s not always about following a specific trend. Instead, do some research and figure out what works best for you.” For an extra boost of confidence, Restrepo recommends adding a little glow. “Just a light wash of cream-based products and you’re good to go. They feel sexier on the skin.”

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The Red Door Spa: Now Faster Than a New York Minute


The Red Door Decompression Lounge

There are some women who would love nothing more than to luxuriate in a spa for hours on end. I, despite my job description, am not one of them. I’d rather paint my own nails, blow out my own hair, and replicate the effects of a facial at home than spend hours sipping cucumber water during a marathon pampering session. (Cue the hashtag: #firstworldproblems.) It’s not because I dislike these types of activities, it’s because they take forever…and ain’t nobody got time for that, as Sweet Brown would say. Leave it to storied beauty brand Elizabeth Arden, whose first Red Door salon opened in 1910 on Fifth Avenue, to keep up with the modern woman by offering speed services at its new Union Square location. In under fifteen minutes, you can treat tired eyes to hyaluronic serum and soothing pads via the Westside Eyeway, or get a quick dose of skin-plumping oxygen with the SOHO2. If you have an extra ten minutes, you can opt for the Queens Expressway, an extraction-free facial. Or try the Urban Renewal, a microdermabrasion treatment that’s finished in twenty-five minutes flat. Before I even had a chance to dose off during this diamond-tipped buffing session, I was done. The resulting glow, however, made it appear as if I’d gotten a solid eight hours of sleep. I like to think Ms. Arden herself would have been fond of these expedited services—after all, you don’t build a global empire lazing about. She famously stated, “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman,” but if this tireless entrepreneur were alive today, her motto might go something like this: “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman—even a busy one.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

Beauty Sound Bites: Paint the Town Red



“Growing up in NYC, the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa was so iconic and the ultimate in luxury glamour. It was the spa that all little girls dreamed of visiting someday.”

We pay homage to her childhood dreams with a photo of the original red door of the Arden Building on Fifth Avenue (along with a vintage ad). Gruss is almost like Eloise, but in lieu of The Plaza Hotel, this mini Manhattanite would have rather spent time a few blocks away at the Red Door Spa. And as newly appointed Style Director for the storied beauty brand, this now-grown-up designer will be getting her wish—working on everything from social-media initiatives to creating a collection of cosmetic bags, which come out next fall. “Classics like Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant are sometimes better left untouched,” she says, but don’t rule out a mini makeover. “Creating limited-edition packaging could be fun to explore in the future.” It appears the designer plans to give the doors of the 103-year-old company a fresh paint job.

Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden

RiRi’s Hair Rewind, Elizabeth Arden Ups the Ante On Style, and More


rihanna-hairRihanna appears to have jumped on the bob bandwagon—joining recent short-hair converts like Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Jennifer Lawrence. While we’ve seen the star sport sleek and asymmetrical versions in the past, her new cut is reminiscent of the choppy wigs spotted this season at Fendi. [Instagram]

Elizabeth Arden appointed designer Shoshanna Gruss to Style Director—the first ever for the beauty brand. In addition to Twitter chats and a Polyvore contest, you’ll start seeing the fruits of her labor next fall when a cosmetic bag collection (sold as a gift with purchase) hits counters.

L’Oréal Professionel is going streaking. The company is launching eight shades of liquid-to-powder hair chalk in March of 2014. [WWD]

Scent layering started long before Jo Malone—in the Middle East, it’s customary to offer guests a tray of perfumes post-dinner. So much better than a mint. []

Arden’s Red Door, Now Always Open


Elizabeth Arden was clearly a woman way ahead of her time: The beauty-industry pioneer (she is, after all, the brains behind perennial bedside beauty favorite Eight Hour Cream) opened the first “red door” to her eponymous spa more than one hundred years ago, in 1910. Founded on the principle that each treatment should be “an intelligent union of nature and science,” Arden’s Red Door Spas are now a ubiquitous presence around the country, relied upon by legions of women and men for their straightforward, results-driven approach. With the launch of Red Door Spa’s Professional line of skincare products, that same approach is now available for you at home, whenever you want it. The new collection (it’s divvied up into three categories: Customized Daily Essentials, Intensive Solutions, and Body Renewal) is formulated with a host of high-performing ingredients and botanicals, and can be tailored to address any and all skincare quandaries. Our current skincare cocktail of choice: the gel cleanser and moisturizer from the Calming collection plus the Hyaluronic Intensive Serum and Multi-Peptide Eye Concentrate from Intensive Solutions Age Defense. Your skin will drink it up.

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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Arden