51 posts tagged "Gwyneth Paltrow"
We have jet-black eyebrows and an olive complexion, so there’s simply no way we’ll ever experience what it’s like to go blonde. Which is why the few and the flaxen possess a special allure in our mind, especially in the summertime when colorists tend to turn it up a few notches with their A-list clients, brightening their strands from warm honey shades to corn silk. And so a small tribute to three women who wore the color best last night, from the Lower East Side to Chelsea. We’ll just have to be content living through them for the time being.
In America, it all started with Sonya Dakar’s UltraLuxe-9, an emollient cream packed with Syn-ake, a synthetic protein that is a replica of the venom produced by the temple viper, which allegedly can have similar line-smoothing effects to Botox. The waiting lists soon followed among Dakar’s A-list clients, which included Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, and one Sir Ben Kingsley, and rumors of a botulism-toxin alternative spread, along with competing products stateside. Meanwhile, across the pond, Planet Skincare was making similar waves, utilizing the same face-freezing ingredient and turning in record sales at Selfridges in its first week on the shelves, benefiting from the promise of a youth-enhancing wonder cream. This month, the two-piece line hits our shores, and while the Syn-ake vs. Botox debate still rages on—can a topical formulation penetrate deeply enough to effectively inhibit muscle contraction, or are all of these creams just really good moisturizers, which can also help soften wrinkles—Planet Skincare hopes to offer a point of difference in the market with a unique formula that boasts powerful antioxidants as well as retinoic acid to speed up cell renewal. Plus, it smells like roses and apparently only takes 28 days to start working. Intrigued? Click here for more information.
As we’re frequent consumers of foreign beauty news (we like to keep our market research international), we’ve discovered that the British press aren’t huge Gwyneth fans of late. Apparently, personal beauty reflections on her Goop.com site have gotten the U.K.’s Daily Mail all up in arms. The paper is calling her recent “embrace natural beauty” dictum—which she followed up with product recommendations and DIY at-home beauty recipes—the ill-advised musings of someone who is uninformed. It’s even gone as far as to ask, “Who is to say that ‘natural’ is any safer than ‘synthetic’?” For our part, we have no problems with Gwyneth (except when she slips into a British accent every now and again) and happen to be very much in favor of the outpouring of all-natural personal care products now hitting the market. And while we’re of the mind that organic does typically trump synthetic, we do believe the risk of “green washing” is very real, as more and more companies make false claims in order to get in on the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. cosmetics and toiletries market. Where do you stand on the hot-topic issue of the greening of the beauty industry?
When we saw an orange-hued hairline peeking out of the scarf-cum-hood (scood, if you will) Vlada Roslyakova wore at Alexander Wang this past weekend, we thought our eyes were deceiving us. But after a few backstage encounters yesterday, first at Preen and then at DKNY, we were able to confirm our suspicions: Yes, the Russian model has gone red and apparently just felt the need to switch it up. “I wanted a change,” she said when we weaseled our way through three hairstylists drying, brushing, and curling Roslyakova’s new tresses, which are at the very strawberry end on the strawberry blond continuum. “Laurie did it,” the formerly flaxen beauty told us, which we can only assume was a shout-out to colorist extraordinaire Laurie Foley, whose L’Atelier de Laurie on East 4th Street is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Agyness Deyn. With Coco Rocha also playing with fire as of late, we’re gonna go ahead and guess that it’s only a matter of time before Jessica Stam returns to her roots, so to speak.