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Home for the Holidays with Eva Mendes and Violet Grey


slim-aaronsWhat started as an atelier of sorts on Melrose Place has now turned into L.A.’s newest beauty destination. Violet Grey, founded by Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey, was initially a haven for celebrities, stylists, and artists and their entourages—a place they would go to seek inspiration and test hair and makeup looks for an upcoming appearance. Now this private world initially intended for A-listers only is opening up to the public, starting with a Web site that produces a monthly digital publication, The Violet Files, created by top fashion photographers, filmmakers, and actresses. (Starting Oscar week of 2014, the e-commerce portion of the site will be live, featuring a well-edited selection of products chosen by industry insiders.) For the December issue, longtime visitor to Grey’s oasis, Eva Mendes, plays the starring role in her own version of a West Coast Christmas, where eggnog is served cold and firs laden with snow are replaced with palms wrapped in twinkly lights. Inspired by Slim Aarons’ 1955 photograph of his wife (at left), where she can be seen floating in the family pool—a normal Los Angeles activity, save for the large Christmas tree at one end and glittering ornaments strewn across the surface—Mendes devised a character for her cover story she dubbed Dolores Carmen. “Photo shoots are best, and always more fun, when I transform into another persona,” she said. Shot by Guy Aroch at the iconic Brody House built by A. Quincy Jones, the red-carpet fixture documented “Dolores” preparing for the festive season, devising her own intimate winter wonderland in the glamorous, warm-weather setting of Holmby Hills. Here, an exclusive look at some behind-the-scenes snaps:


Photo: PleasurePhoto; Courtesy of Violet Grey

Kate’s Royal Treatment(s); Slap Your Way To Younger-Looking Skin; And More…


Kate Middleton may be the people’s princess, but her annual tally of beauty services suggests otherwise. According to Vogue Australia’s calculations, the Duchess of Cambridge spends £30,000 a year—the equivalent of $48,000—on blowouts, manicures, tanning, personal trainer sessions, and cuts and colors. [Telegraph]

Forget Botox: The latest way to turn back time for a toned, brightened complexion is face slapping. That’s right: You pay a trained aesthetician to literally slap you in the face repeatedly. The ancient Thai technique is U.S.-bound thanks to a newly opened salon in San Francisco. [Huff Po]

Eva Mendes got a perm! It’s reportedly just for a movie but we’re into it. [Daily Mail]

From chemically induced ringlets to perfectly sculpted bouffants, “hair is really kind of an image of the scope of human life,” Paris’ Quai Branly museum’s director of exhibitions, Hélène Fulgence, insists—which might explain Cheveux Chéris, Frivolités et Trophées (Beloved Hair, Trifles and Trophies), about 250 sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos, and ethnographic pieces now on display at the museum that are meant to take visitors on a historic journey through strands. [WWD]

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When Skincare Met Makeup


We’ve been hooked on Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s No Foundation Foundation since Eva Mendes recommended it to us last year. True story; the Cuban-American actress told us that she swears by the SPF 30 tinted moisturizer that gives you just the right amount of sheer coverage along with a nothing-to-sneeze-at amount of sun protection, and one look at her perfectly even tone was enough of an endorsement to earn the amber glass bottle a permanent spot in our morning product lineup. Now comes news that Dr. P is expanding his universal-pigment, complexion-enhancing offerings with—wait for it—a No Concealer Concealer. When we first received a sample of the vitamin C ester, hyaluronic acid, and neuropeptide-rich salve, which brightens skin, boosts collagen, and minimizes wrinkles in a single sweep, we put it all over our face—a few pigmentation marks here, some broken capillaries there. But the single-shade offering does not work as a spot treatment on everyone, as we quickly learned (editor’s note: the No Concealer Concealer is not quite as universal in color as its full-face predecessor if you have medium-to-dark skin). It does, however, work wonders on the sensitive, typically lighter-hued under-eye area, where it camouflages dark circles while imparting moisture and long-term antiaging benefits. As a bonus, the texture is super-silky, so it doesn’t crease and can double as a primer on lids as well. Fingers crossed the good doctor launches a few more shades so we can start using it on all of our imperfections post-haste.

Photo: Courtesy of Perricone MD Cosmeceuticals

All About Eva


Eva Mendes is having a big beauty year. The Cuban-American stunner has been signed by both Pantene and Parfums Thierry Mugler. But campaign coups aside, Mendes’ personal beauty routine isn’t all that glam. “I’m low-maintenance when I’m on my own, in the regular day to day,” she says. That translates to a regimen heavy on green-leaning favorites and a choice selection of products from her skincare guru Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone. “I totally drank the Kool-Aid,” she says of the renowned clinical dermatologist’s neuropeptide philosophy. There’s one thing you’ll never find in Mendes’ makeup bag, though, and that’s lip gloss. “I think when having a certain shape of mouth—like the one I have—gloss does not look chic. Therefore, I stay the hell away from it.” Click here to find out what she does keep close at hand.

Photo: Greg Kessler

Eva Mendes Sings—And Soars—For Mugler


Angels dropped in on New York’s IAC building last night, but not the Victoria Secret variety. We’re talking about Thierry Mugler Angels—ambassadors of the legendary designer’s famous fragrance—Naomi Watts and Eva Mendes. It was Mendes’ official coming-out party as a new face of the forthcoming Angel Eau de Toilette and the classic eau de parfum and Mr. Mugler himself was in attendance.

“I have a great memory from Angel, having spent a long passage of time with these people,” Watts told before the unveiling of Mendes’ new campaign. “The fragrance is strong, gives you confidence, and it’s not overpowering.” There may be something to that, as the patchouli-heavy eau gave Mendes the self-assurance to do something a little out of character: sing. “I had a blast,” Mendes says of belting out Noel Harrison’s “The Windmills of Your Mind,” which she recorded with a 30-piece orchestra for the EDT’s commercial that airs this Fall. (Mendes will reportedly use her pipes on camera again to star as opera legend Maria Callas in an upcoming film about her life.) The actress also mustered up the courage to climb into a harness for the TV spot. “If you haven’t been in a harness like that before, I highly recommend it,” she joked.

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