August 30 2014

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15 posts tagged "J. Crew"

Beauty 411: Jordana Mattioli


jordana-mattioliOnce you experience your first facial with Jordana Mattioli, you feel like you’ve discovered a well-guarded secret. The soft-spoken facialist who dons a regular uniform of dark-rimmed specs and chambray holds court from a corner in Dr. Adam Kolker’s (plastic surgeon to the city’s well-heeled) uptown office, oftentimes tending to patients before and after their procedures with the doctor. But many, myself included, beeline to the office just to see Mattioli, who always manages to leave your complexion looking more glow-y and immaculate than you ever dreamed possible without makeup. Here, this Manhattan’s skin sensei shares some of her own beauty favorites.


“I’m either in gloves or washing my hands with strong antibacterial soaps all day long, so I never go to bed without a slathering of hand cream from Jo Malone or Amore Pacific. And manis and pedis are hands down (no pun intended) the best at Jin Soon Nail Spa; the girls there tease me that I refuse to ever do colors—it’s only always a pale, creamy pink.”

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“I give myself light peels or microdermabrasion every four to five weeks, Botox every six months, and Fraxel laser treatments once a year to keep my skin tight and firm. Once in a while I also have Dr. Kolker inject my face with my own blood; how cool is that?! The process is called Selphyl, and it’s a method for producing new cells and collagen, but it’s very subtle and natural. I’m all about taking little preventative measures early on.”

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“Almost every skincare line has a few great things and a few not so great things. I review, use, and recommend products solely based on the ingredients—if the label says it’s going to do a certain thing, I want to see the ingredients to back it up. There are also some great finds at the drugstore: Olay has a few state-of-the-art formulas that are better than some $100 creams I’ve seen. Our AKMD Hydrating Peptide Gel is my holy grail of hydration; it can truly be used on all skin types, from acne-prone to sensitive, and it’s also awesome for plumping up and smoothing the under-eye area instantly. And prescription retinoids (Retina-A, Renova) are still my gold standard when it comes to night treatments to fix just about any skin issue. The secret is to not use them all the time, just two to three times a week.”

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“Great skin shouldn’t need gobs of foundation and concealer; that’s always the goal with my clients. I love to make my eyebrows thicker with eyebrow pencil from Anastasia in Ash Brunette, and Chanel makes the most gorgeous colors of nonsticky glosses and lipsticks. Lash extensions have become so popular, and they do look really good, but I like to use Latisse a few times a week instead. Once, they got so long I had to stop applying it because they kept [banging] into my eyeglasses!”

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Benefit Makes Flying Glamorous Again; J.Crew Goes Bare for Fall; And More


Benefit BusTSA swiped your face wash? Forgot your go-to mascara? Leave it to Benefit to create a pretty-in-pink solution. The brand recently launched its first Glam Up and Away kiosk in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas. The vintage beauty bus holds thirty of the brand’s best-selling products, and twenty-four additional machines are set to appear later this year in airports such as JFK in New York City and McCarran International in Las Vegas. [WWD]

One could say that Jenna Lyons made hot pink and tangerine lipstick a must-have for the masses by slicking these shades on models for the J.Crew catalog. In a recent interview, however, women’s fashion director Gayle Spannaus revealed that she prefers flawless skin, brushed brows, and subdued, nude lips to loud mouths for fall. []

Backstage regular Charlotte Tilbury is starting a “make-up revolution” and making it easier than ever by dividing the collection into ten looks (five natural and five nocturnal). This week, the face painter is introducing each “woman” and posting a how-to video tutorial online. []

Another day, another September cover for Cara Delevingne. This time, Karl Lagerfeld shot the super for the latest issue of Numéro magazine and played up the model’s ink against an all-black Dior trench. [Instagram]

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit

Eye Spy: Solange’s Turquoise Liner


SolangecollageCompared to her older sis Beyoncé, who tends to stick to a consistent beauty routine (perfect highlighted, wavy locks; tawny makeup with a bit of shimmer; and a neutral pout), Solange Knowles takes a more adventurous approach, and has recently experimented with everything from lengthy box braids reminiscent of Janet Jackson circa Poetic Justice to vibrant red-orange lipstick straight out of a J.Crew catalog. Last night, the ever-present singer performed at Atlantis Super Wash Center in Brooklyn, for The Fader‘s #uncapped series, rocking edgy turquoise floating “banana” eyeliner in a crescent shape just above her curled lashes. It made us recall Dick Page’s work backstage at the Michael Kors Spring ’13 show (right) and, more recently, the electric-blue kohl under-liner from Chanel’s Resort runway (left). What do you think of Solange’s blue period?

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J.Crew’s Hair Apparent


Lavett-Chin-JcrewJ.Crew’s evolution into a fashion-forward clothing and accessories powerhouse is well-charted territory. Less talked about, however, is the brand’s increasingly impressive beauty presence. It started with select shades of Essie nail polish, NARS lipsticks, and L’Occitane hand creams that the retailer began stocking at its stores and in its catalogs, and segued into custom-color partnerships with Lipstick Queen’s Poppy King and Face Stockholm. This summer, the retailer added a new category to its In Good Company collaboration program: hair care. The retailer recently began carrying Lavett & Chin, the sulfate-, paraben-, petrochemical-, synthetic-dye-, and fragrance-free line that was started by two hairstyling veterans and includes just two incredibly well-made, high-performing products: the Sea/Salt Texturizing Mist, which is blended with pure Maris sea salt, which is harvested from North America’s only active sea-salt bed, and organic rose flower water to make sure you get the beachy waves without drying out your strands; and the No. 02 Pomade, a super-luxe Indian-mango-butter and Ugandan-shea-butter salve scented with ginger root from Madagascar that has an incredibly malleable, light hold that never feels hard or sticky. Both products are unisex, too, so they’re fun for the whole family—just like J.Crew’s cardigans, which have long been fought over, er, sharedPhoto: Courtesy of J.Crew

Soaps On


Mother-daughter operations in the beauty industry pop up now and again—there’s Olivia and Sylvie Chantecaille and Face Stockholm’s Gun Nowak and Martina Arfwidson, to name a few—but mother-son duos are few and far between. That didn’t deter author and graphic designer Marianella Febres-Cordero and her fine artist and filmmaker spawn David Foote from giving it a go with Jabonería Marianella, a lineup of incredibly luxurious and beautifully packaged face and body bars that combine the art of handcrafted soapmaking with nostalgic fragrances from “the old country,” which in the case of Febres-Cordero and Foote is Venezuela. The range quietly launched five years ago but it’s about to go global in a big way as the colloidal oatmeal, argan oil, shea and cocoa butter, honey, vegetable glycerin, goat milk, and exfoliating vanilla bean seed-packed bars make their debut at J.Crew. As part of the retail giant’s continual embrace of the collaborative spirit, Jaboneria Marianella has created limited-edition holiday wrapping for three of its most popular scents, including Dama de la Noche, which boasts essences of apple and lemon, Tintarella di Luna, with hints of fig, bergamot, and citrus, and Aura Elena, with notes of oak moss, coconut, and mulberry. Prepare yourselves for love at first lather.

Photo: Courtesy of Jaboneria Marianella