38 posts tagged "Guerlain"
We had an internal debate this morning over whether or not it was too early to start talking about sparkly makeup, but the Elf on the Shelf toys we saw in a shop window on our way to the office made it abundantly clear that the time to embrace the holiday spirit is now. So, without further ado, we’d like to direct your attention to a new crop of limited-edition illuminating face powders now available for your buffing pleasure. For the third season in a row, Clé de Peau has released a new rendition of its Palette Vintage, a medley of shimmering pigments in white, rose, and yellow gold. The expertly embossed modular design makes it easy to concentrate your application on one gilded shade or use a blush brush to glide over all of the different sections for dimensional highlights. Guerlain has also stepped up its game with the Parure de Nuit Powder, a compilation of pale pink, white, deep pink, and blue green shades that doubles as both an iridescent powder (when applied with a vertical brush swipe) and a blush (when applied with a horizontal brushstroke). But our favorite way to add subtle sparkle to our complexion just might be By Terry’s limited-edition Terrybly Or Rose. Twenty-four karat pink gold microparticles and finely milled pearls are scattered on top of Terry de Gunzburg’s classic ultra-correcting compact foundation, so that once you tire of glimmering cheekbones and the like come January, you’ll be left with just the face-sculpting formula that imparts coverage and matte definition. It’s multitasking at its best.
Yasmin Le Bon Talks Beauty Secrets; The Girl Scouts Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Fashion And Makeup Badges; And More…
Model and Duran Duran band-aid Yasmin Le Bon reveals the secret to looking utterly ageless, even as she approaches 50: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life. I know that’s an old cliché but it does make a difference. How you feel inside kicks off the hormones that make your skin look good.” [Grazia]
The Girl Scouts are getting PC. The association has just announced plans to replace the Fashion, Fitness, and Makeup badge, which was introduced in 1987, with the Science of Style badge, which goes way beyond rewarding shopping and primping skills and has girls learn about nanotechnology in fabrics and the chemistry of sunscreens. [Jezebel]
Don’t expect to find zesty notes in forthcoming fragrances from Dior and Prada. The brands’ go-to perfume house, Givaudan, has plans to fully cancel out higher input costs for raw materials such as citrus and orange oil, which have seen a spike in price over the past year. [Reuters]
The beauty business in Asia is still booming—something that hasn’t been lost on Guerlain. The LVMH-owned French brand has just enlisted Malaysian-born actress Michelle Yeoh as its latest brand ambassador to help “introduce [its] Asian clients to the enchanted world of [its] perfume creations.” [WWD]
When we broke the news that the Guerlain Spa had abruptly shut its doors on the 19th floor of the Waldorf Astoria around this time last year, beauty aficionados across New York uttered a collective cry of despair. But that’s all in the past now. Exactly one year later, with a new management team that includes a former Mandarin Oriental staffer and a chef from the Four Seasons, the storied French brand that has been in the business of beauty for over a century is back in business in Manhattan. Much has stayed the same: The gorgeous decor and treatment rooms that dwarf most studio apartments have remained intact. It’s the mantra that’s changed; ensuring that every single over-the-top, ultra-luxurious treatment on offer is as high-performing as it is indulgent is the new name of the game. The latest addition to the spa menu, the signature Abeille Royale Expert Treatment, is a case in point. The antiaging, firming, and lifting facial starring Guerlain’s own Abeille Royale skincare range (the therapeutic honey in the formula is harvested from the Black Bees of Ouessant off the Brittany coast) is 90 minutes of pure, decadent bliss that kicks off with a relaxing foot rub, then proceeds into an exfoliating peel, a massage, and the application of heated stamps packed with soothing tiger grass, which helps boost circulation in the face. A moisture-rich mask comes next, followed by a generous slathering of serum and a final application of cream. An hour and a half later, you’ll be in awe of the change in your skin: It looks visibly lifted, tightened, and ridiculously smooth and glowy—i.e., not angry (as in red and irritated), the way it can after other, lesser facial treatments. Credit for this goes to Guerlain’s Abeille Royale range, of course, and the spa’s incredible aesthetician, Maria Dolanescu. While the pampering destination won’t have all of its new bells and whistles in place until October, they are open for treatments as of this week. Our advice: Book early.
Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., 19th fl., NYC, (212) 872-7200, www.waldorfnewyork.com/guerlain-spa.
Most people traveling to Paris of late are no doubt familiar with the chaos, the anxiety, and the all-over tension brought on by the ongoing Air France strike. The upside? The muscle tightness and exacerbated stress level you’re left with are as good an excuse as any to check into one of the City of Light’s nearest spas. Our recommendation: Make it a newbie.
While the recently opened relaxation destination at the Mandarin Oriental may sit on the bustling rue Saint-Honoré around the corner from the Place Vendôme, the minute the gong signals your arrival ( a tech-y, motion-sensor touch), you feel like you’ve landed a million miles from anywhere—in a spacious room that rivals the average size of a Paris hotel room, no less. On the menu are signature spa therapies, such as the two- or three-plus-hour Time Rituals, which encourage guests to book time rather than specific treatments, so that services can be tailor-made to meet all of your individual needs, as well as site-specific fare such as the Paris Passion body treatment that features Guerlain’s über-luxe Orchidée Impériale product line. If time is a factor—or if you just can’t decide—opt for the 80-minute Oriental Essence massage, based on the in-house Quintessence oil (a blend of ginger, mandarin, and frankincense), which can be formulated to be either relaxing or energizing, depending on your preference.
Whatever the treatment, there’s the added perk of stargazing thanks to another of the spa’s tech-y fixtures: a constellation of tiny, randomly twinkling lights that glows on the ceiling. Parting gifts including a complimentary cup of rose tea and a tiny green tea pastry baked by resident chef Thierry Marx will make thoughts of any travel trauma all but disappear.
Shalimar, Guerlain’s 85-year-old fragrance success story, has gotten its fair share of updates over the years, although most of them have been superficial. Since the 1925 debut of its original Baccarat-crystal flacon, the perfume has found its way into a tall, blue-tinged cylindrical glass bottle, a more streamlined “bat-winged” vessel, and of course last year’s beveled glass edition from jewelry designer Jade Jagger. It’s Jagger’s incarnation that now hosts an evolution of the juice itself in the form of Shalimar Parfum Initial, a younger version of the original eau. As the story goes, in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser was asked by his niece to compose a Shalimar “for her”—and presumably not for the ladies-who-lunch set that is still loyal to the imposing vanilla, iris, sweet myrrh, and Tonka bean scent. A challenge then presented itself to Wasser, to update the perfume without distorting it—to “transpose but not betray” its fundamental essence. The result is a fruitier, floral adaptation that has new hints of bergamot and rose but retains the rich, warm-and-spicy base of its predecessor. That core opulence is still there but now it whispers, rather than shouts.