52 posts tagged "Gwyneth Paltrow"
Candles with origin stories of the far-flung fantasy variety always have a certain wooing ability with us, but so too do the ones inspired by one very specific (and very local) place—like the lovely smoky concoction Le Labo created for the Gramercy Park Hotel, or Whittemore House Salon’s peppery rose scent dreamt up by owners Larry Raspanti and Victoria Hunter. And now Shen, the Brooklyn boutique that has become a go-to for those with more under-the-radar beauty buying tendencies (think Uka nail oil, Amanda Lacey skincare, and RMS and Kjaer Weis makeup), adds a signature candle to its roster. Dubbed Cashmere, the vanilla, patchouli, and lime blend is as soft and warming as its name implies. “Typically my favorite candle is a very heady scent, but when I started thinking about what would represent Shen, it became about something that is clean, classic, and not too overpowering,” says cofounder Jessica Richards. “Timeless and unique, just like Shen.” The name and scent feel luxurious, and so too does the packaging—graphic designer Mark Farrow took his cues from Chanel’s signature black and white. And the candle can already boast one very well-heeled fan: It’s Gwyneth’s new favorite.
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her green eyes—to which her husband, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, dedicated a song. And last night at the L.A. premiere of Thanks for Sharing, she played them up by rimming them with a navy liner—a shade we saw backstage at Derek Lam this season. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux told me that he opted for the inky hue over black because it was “less aggressive,” a point Paltrow certainly proves here, with her soft, rosy cheeks and always flawless, fair complexion. I do think, however, that she should have taken a cue from Lam’s show and left the red lipstick home—opting for quieter nude that allowed her lyric-worthy assets to take center stage.
Katy Perry opened up to WWD about her new fragrance, Killer Queen (named after the song), due out in August. “Freddie Mercury painted the lyrics of this woman who I wanted to be. She seemed very powerful, and she captivated a room when she walked in,” Perry said. She went on to jokingly call her new business partner, Coty, “Daddy Warbucks” and touched on the possibility of starting a fashion line one day. “I’m not saying I’ll be good at all of it, but I’m going to swing.”
Helen Mirren’s still got it. The 67-year-old actress has a better bikini bod than many women half her age and still likes to have fun with her beauty routine. During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno showed Mirren a recent picture of herself with pink hair. She explained her color change was inspired by a contestant on America’s Next Top Model who kept switching her hair between blonde and pink. “Obviously, I got the idea that it washes out very easily, so I thought it would be fun to have pink hair.” Rock on, Helen.
Readers were taken aback when Gwyneth Paltrow, seemingly the healthiest person on the planet, disagreed with doctors and endorsed (gasp) tanning in a recent British Cosmopolitan interview. “We’re human beings, and the sun is the sun—how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air,” Paltrow said. “I don’t think anything that is natural can be bad for you—it’s really good to have at least fifteen minutes of sun a day.”
A study in Boston found that the smoke given off during laser-hair-removal procedures contains harmful toxins and chemicals that could put both humans and animals in danger. Dr. Gary S. Chuang looked into the problem after noticing a “foul,” sulfuric odor the smoke emitted each time he performed laser hair removal. The potentially game-changing results of his research will be published in a medical journal shortly. Until then, it’s not-so-smooth sailing for spas and salons offering the service.
Whenever celebrity-favorite aesthetician Sonya Dakar is in town from L.A., we make a point to see her—as much for her amazing touch and arsenal of incredibly active products as the pearls of wisdom she readily doles out. And then there are the compliments, of course: “You have baby skin,” she told us when we saw her at a launch event today. “When you’re 45, you’ll look 30!” But we digress. While we exchanged pleasantries and Dakar asked us about our own regimen, her heart seemed to sink when we mentioned the dermatologic-grade glycolic acid pads we’ve recently added to our routine. “Those are too strong for you,” she exclaimed as we dismissively nodded. Then she looked us deep in the eyes and reiterated: “Stop using the pads.”
Once we genuinely conceded, Dakar offered up a very tempting exfoliating alternative—not to mention a great tip: A big fan of gentler lactic acid, the skin savior was giving us the hard sell on her Flash Facial, a cooling, exfoliating gel bolstered by resveratrol and Hylasome (“It’s five times more hydrating than regular hyaluronic acid,” she effused), which does produce almost immediate results, as we—and Gwyneth “Most Beautiful” Paltrow—can attest. The actress apparently gushed over the product during her cover turn on People magazine, causing a mega-spike in sales. Dakar recommends following that up with her soothing, apple stem cell–enriched NutraSphere Nano Mask and saving the glycolic acid pads for rough patches on your knees, heels, and elbows: “Use them twice a week until the pads are gone. Then, good-bye.” A great idea for self-tanning prep—and a skimpy summer wardrobe.
Being as fabulous as Gwyneth Paltrow is a twenty-four-hour-a-day kind of job—and now there’s a perfume duo to span the entirety of it. Paltrow, who is the spokesperson for Hugo Boss’ Boss Nuit Pour Femme fragrance, will also serve face time for its new Boss Jour Pour Femme. [WWD]
We’ve been talking about the men’s beauty boom for quite some time on this blog, and now it’s been all but confirmed with this development: Amazon is launching an upmarket online men’s grooming boutique. [WWD]
Socialite Hannah Bronfman’s Beautified, an app for booking last-minute beauty services, launches today. Ladies, to your iPads. [Time]
Organic-skincare guru Tata Harper is set to debut two big new brand innovations in the teen and sun categories. “We’re working on developing both,” she has confirmed. [HuffPo]
Net-a-Porter’s new beauty e-commerce site is racking up the gets. Last week it debuted an exclusive partnership with Miranda Kerr’s KORA Organics, and today it launched Oscar de la Renta’s coveted line of nail lacquers. [Net-a-Porter]