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When Lauren Remington Platt stopped by the Style.com offices to update me on Vênsette—a website that offers door-to-door hair and makeup services in 90 minutes or less by pros Platt screens herself—I wish she had brought along a member of her team. With two evening events on my plate and zero time, my game plan was to run a brush through my hair, apply lipstick in the cab, and call it a night out. So goes my typical routine—and that of millions of other women in New York. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that her business has taken off—an app is in the works and the CTO of Gilt Groupe was recently brought on board to completely redesign the site. And starting tomorrow, you’ll find photo diaries from some of the brand’s high-profile clients (including Harley Viera Newton, Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie Et Ochs, among others) getting ready for the slew of seasonal parties that keep them occupied this time of year. Whether you’re seeking inspiration to DIY your own holiday look (or need to find a reason to hire someone to create it for you), Vênsette provides.
For those who were underwhelmed by the back-to-basics, nude fingertips that dominated the Spring 2014 runways, don’t despair. The Italian edition of the Nailympics is set to take place on February 9 and 10 at the Rome Exhibition Center.
In a country where drama builds to decadent excess, Nailympics spotlights the latest international technology and trends through color, embellishment, and fantasy set onto keratin canvases by nail technicians—ranging from nascent students to seasoned veterans.
Four competitions are devoted to various techniques, such as acrylic sculpting, gel sculpting, and French-tip acrylics. Not for the faint of heart (or those who lack a steady hand), the highlight of the event is the Fashion Design Soak Off Manicure, in which artists create elaborate manicures inspired by haute couture. As athletes go to extremes in Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, beauty buffs will be doing the same.
Miley Cyrus debuted a wig with bangs over the weekend that called to mind Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 bowl cut meets Anna Wintour. Strangely enough, she’s not the only 21-year-old sporting the conservative style: Selena Gomez wore an all-black version onstage at the Jingle Ball, in L.A. Who knew rebellion came in bob form?
Israeli artist Tal Peleg is taking face painting to new levels with her lid-topping creations. A lifelike rendering of sushi along the lash line, or a vignette of baby ducks, beats a smoky eye any day. [The Cut]
Cara Delevingne may have caused tweezer sales to plummet, but Marchesa’s new lattice-patterned version might help the tool get off the endangered-beauty-species list. Along with a corresponding compact mirror, matchstick-like emery boards, and mini makeup brushes, this scaled-down collection arrives just in time for the clutch-carrying holiday season. [Glamour]
WestHouse New York, a town-house-style boutique hotel, is set to open on December 23. In addition to a butler (available on request), amenities include a GHD professional performance hair drier and a 1-inch flatiron in each of the 173 rooms. So much better than the subpar hot tools we so often find ourselves stuck with on vacation. www.westhousehotelnewyork.com
Pantone, the authority on color, announced today that the shade of 2014 is Radiant Orchid, referring to it as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.” We saw this hue pop up on many a Spring runway, in both the clothes and the makeup (specifically, the acidic pastel pouts seen at Prabal Gurung). But if you’re looking for a more subtle way to try the trend, opt for a sheer wash of pigment (like Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Provocative and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes in Violine Out of Control) or a more pigmented gloss (such as MAC Cosmetics Cremesheen Glass in Narcissus). To capitalize on the color wave, Benefit even pushed up the release of its newest lip-and-cheek stain (originally scheduled to launch in January 2014), Lollitint, which lends a “candy orchid” flush to both your cheeks and lips. The brand’s staff obviously has a crystal ball in their San Francisco office, because they even had the flower of the moment pinned to their mood board (shown below). We tangoed with tangerine in 2013, but in the months ahead, it appears that purple is set to reign.
The French word retrouvé signifies a reunion, a reconnection with something or someone you love. For Jami Morse Heidegger—third-generation Kiehl’s heiress, beauty visionary, and lifelong Francophile—the name has layers of personal meaning. “Once we sold Kiehl’s [to L'Oréal in 2000], I thought I was really out of the business,” she said at a small luncheon in Paris recently. “But making beauty products is who I am, it’s what I love, and what I’ve done my whole life.”
During the decade she spent composing high-concentration beauty creams for herself, Heidegger passed some samples along to friends. “I saw that she was having fun with it, and more and more friends kept asking her for it. So I finally said, ‘Just do this,’” added her husband, Klaus.
Today, Heidegger’s hobby, Retrouvé—an upscale “essential skincare line” of four products for women and men—launches today at Nose, the niche fragrance and skincare boutique in Paris. (For those who reside outside of the City of Light, nose.fr ships internationally.) Style.com spoke with Heidegger about her return to beauty and what Retrouvé is really about.
How did Retrouvé come about?
It was honestly a very personal project. When we sold Kiehl’s, my children were young, I wanted to take care of my family, and I thought I was done. But I also knew what I wanted for myself—what ingredients and which concentrations would be the most effective for my own skin. So I worked with my chemist on formulas without any price constraints because it was just for me. We had total freedom. I never stopped following what was happening in beauty, so I would try a little of this or that. There were many incarnations.
What finally convinced you to return to the beauty business?
Klaus knew what I was doing, of course, and then friends started asking me what I was using these days, so I would give them an extra bottle, and word just got out. It’s pretty much the same thing that happened when I started making baby products at Kiehl’s. I just wanted to use fragrance-free products for my baby, and then her pediatrician asked me for some for other patients, and it just took off from there.
Retrouvé is also for my children. My elder daughter was so attached to Kiehl’s—she would come and hand out samples at Christmas. When we sold the company it was devastating for her. I began to think that maybe I could do something small, keep it fun. My daughter is in grad school now, but if ever she wants to circle back to it, she can. In that sense it’s sort of a legacy.
What are the special ingredients in this skincare program?
There’s no one magical ingredient. It’s more about combinations and how we create the entire formula. Retrouvé is very cutting-edge. But every year or two there are incredible advances in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals. A couple years from now we might have to adapt the formulations because it’s such a fast-evolving world.
What sets Retrouvé apart?
For lack of a better word, it is “gookier”! That’s not necessarily a great marketing term, but I like a heavier texture. My skin tends to be dry, so I knew that I needed something with greater hold, and I’m never in a rush to apply makeup. One of the taglines I wrote at Kiehl’s was “Throw away your makeup, please!” Makeup is wonderful, of course. But we shouldn’t rely on it to cover up problems. You don’t buy high fashion just to dress up an exterior. The idea is to look as good as possible nude, and then wear nice clothes. What cosmetics need to do is help the skin be the best it can be. So I take an extra ten minutes to let the cream soak in. I mean, is it really the end of the world if you look gooky for ten minutes? I’m not afraid of doing something funny or silly if it makes sense to me—I’ve been going my own way my whole life!
Like what other silly things?
I live in L.A., and I know people who would rather get a facelift than use sun protection—even today. But back before sunscreen caught on, I was the one out there wearing my favorite ugly floppy anti-UV hat, my face slathered in zinc oxide. People always thought I was a little out there. Now everyone is finally onto floppy hats.
Retrouvé is a little like that: It requires a few extra minutes, but those extra minutes will make more of a difference in the long run in terms of protecting and preserving the skin. It’s just one of many ways to take care of yourself.
The line is high-end. If a customer were to choose only one product, what would it be?
The Nutrient Face Serum is the foundation of the line and our philosophy—it also happens to be the product that is most universal. The Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer is the one I focused on for myself, for its anti-aging effects. That’s the gookier one; it’s the most unique.
What does luxury mean to you?
Worrying is the bane of my existence: I worry about the ozone layer, about the water supply, about food scarcity, about my children, about radiation from electrical wires. Luxury for me is not having to worry.
Retrouvé may not be for everyone, but it’s not supposed to be. I figure that if people like it, great. If not, we’ll just divvy up the products amongst ourselves!
Nutrient Face Serum €391, Intensive Replenishing Facial Moisturizer €440, Revitalizing Eye Concentrate €410, Dynamic Nourishing Face Cream €385; www.nose.fr.