26 posts tagged "Fresh"
Like many of our latter-day lipstick-loving peers, there’s nothing we covet more than a richly pigmented, nearly, if not entirely, matte bullet. But there is a time and a place for something a bit lighter in weight and color—a time, like, say, when the New York spring shows up two months early. We’re talking about lipstick that, though pigmented, is sheer enough to apply entirely sans mirror—let’s call it an un-lipstick. This spring, we will be rotating a trio of new varieties that fit the bill. Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural is a precise counterpoint to the line’s Rouge Artist Intense in that it offers a similarly extensive palette in a new, airy, slightly glossy cupuacu butter-packed formula. We are particularly partial to the Iridescent Orange Pink (#N35) and Watermelon (#N41), both of which provide a sheer pop of color. Then there’s Fresh’s Sugar Coral, the latest incarnation of its wildly successful Tinted Lip Treatment line. A perfectly warm-weather-ready deep peach, this blackcurrant seed oil-enriched stick hydrates while protecting pouts from harmful UV rays with an SPF of 15. Finally, we give you Lipstick Queen’s Saint Eden, which follows in the footsteps of the brand’s previous un-lipstick innovations, Medieval and Blue Jean. This time around the brand’s founder, Poppy King, has dreamed up a totally easy-wearing hue that imparts a wash of transparent fuchsia-red. All three make a pretty good argument for giving your regular bullet a break.
Super-thick creams—no matter how luxe and appealing—don’t work with my finicky skin. Most of them are just too rich, and even if they have compelling backstories, like Fresh’s cult-favorite Crème Ancienne, which is blended by hand in a European monastery and based on a formula that was used to treat gladiator’s wounds in the second century AD, I sadly can’t partake. But the innovative brand recently devised a way for everyone to enjoy its product’s hydrating, homespun appeal. The newly launched Crème Ancienne Infusion is a treatment toner that combines the original salve’s blend of classic rosewater and meadowfoam seed oil with bamboo water, lavender, and lemon peel essential oil. Additional contributions from skincare powerhouses like hyaluronic acid and sea buckthorn oil create a conditioning, balancing, and purifying effect without the greasy feeling of a balm. It’s an instant refresher for weary, tired complexions, and while I still need to pair it with a lightweight moisturizer to properly quench my complexion in these days of seasonal transition, come summer, it’ll be a welcomed one-swipe wonder.
We couldn’t help but feel a little wistful while we perused pictures from the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Sure, it snowed in New York on Friday night, but those three inches of precipitation that quickly turned to a gray slushy, salty mess didn’t even begin to compare to snaps of Park City’s fresh powder and the bevy of young, hip celebrities trudging through it. But there is a way for the rest of us to get a touch of wintery glamour. For its 2012 Clicquot in the Snow initiative—Veuve Clicquot’s annual program that features Champagne tastings, charitable events, and designer collaborations—the iconic French bubbly brand has teamed up with Fresh to create a beauty survival kit for the season. It’s not as unlikely a pairing as it may seem; after a trip to Veuve Clicquot’s vineyard in Reims back in 2006, Fresh co-founder Alina Roytberg was inspired to create her company’s classic Citron de Vigne fragrance, a rollerball of which is now included in a custom-designed leather carryall with its Sugar Lip Treatment, Crème Ancienne, Brown Sugar Hand Cream, and miniatures of its Soy Face Cleanser and Seaberry Restorative Body Cream. No, it’s not the same as hitting the slopes with Elizabeth Olsen and Emma Roberts, but weathering the cold—no matter where you are—with chap-free lips, well-moisturized skin, and a fresh, sparkling scent is almost as good, right?
$60, available February 1 at www.fresh.com.
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”
Whenever people ask me about my makeup bag must-haves, the answer reliably comes back the same: concealer, mascara, and, of course, lip balm. A well-moisturized mouth is a priority to me no matter what time of year it is, although it has become increasingly important in the last few weeks. With the New York weather flux that’s seen 60-degree days followed by 30-degree nights, my allergies have been crazy—which means I need to have a constant tissue supply and a good chapped-lip defense plan at the ready. My current pout emollient of choice is Fresh’s new Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. The latest installment to the brand’s always popular Sugar Lip collection, this one is meant to be more of a long-term remedy than a simple stain or SPF top coat. Created under the pretense that lips are an often neglected part of any well-rounded beauty routine, Fresh co-founder Lev Glazman believes that you need to treat the area around your mouth as you would the sensitive skin underneath your eyes. As such, he loaded this new, clear stick with antiaging ingredients like sea fennel and orange extracts to fend off free radicals and reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as hylauronic acid spheres to impart a smooth, plump finish. But its the mixture of cupuacu butter and plum seed and passionflower oils that you’ll notice right away, as any dryness magically melts away immediately after you apply it. Editor’s note: While the salve is great during the day, slathering it on before bed will yield soft, supple lips in the morning.