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J.Crew X Poppy King


Avid readers of the J.Crew catalog have likely noticed a certain constant of late, aside from its reliable selection of chinos and an increasingly impressive collection of accessories. That’d be a specific shade of orangey-red lipstick, frequently donned by models like Mona Johannesson and Jacquelyn Jablonski. “There has been this cult following with the color,” makeup maven Poppy King says of the fiery hue—which is precisely why J.Crew decided to collaborate with King to turn the custom pigment “concocted” on set into a marketable, in-house lip color. “They wanted to do it with someone who really knows their stuff,” King says, tooting her own horn a bit for good reason. A veteran of the beauty industry, King has become a resource for all things pout-enhancing since launching her mouth-centric product range, Lipstick Queen, in 2006. But experience aside, this particular shade of papaya stumped her. “It was one of the most labor-intensive shades I’ve ever done,” she admits. “Initially I did it as a red base and put orange in it. But it just wasn’t coming out the way I wanted it. So I flipped it, doing an orange and putting a little red into it.” The result is a highly wearable version of the catalog mainstay that’s slightly sheer—”I wanted the natural lip color to show through underneath so it’s not garish,” King says—with a touch of shimmer to provide dimension. “It’s like a really chic tinted lip balm and it suits every single person, like a mood ring!” She’s not kidding. The color is so universally flattering, it sold out almost instantly when it was quietly released on J.Crew’s Web site last week. But a new shipment is a-coming—as are other collaborative efforts from King. September will see the debut of her four-color lipstick range for Kate Spade, and “The Magic of Lipsticks” collection inspired by Bakelite jewelry that she created for Boots No. 7 hits Target stores in November. “I’m kind of having a little bit of a moment,” King jokes justifiably. It’s about time, if you ask us.

Photo: Courtesy of J. Crew

J. Lo Joins Jenna In Pedicure-Gate 2011; Kate Somerville’s Berry Best; And More…


As the brouhaha over J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons’ affront to gender roles spirals out of control, some new developments have emerged suggesting that she may not be the only one “confusing” her child. Turns out J. Lo also paints her son Max’s toes—blue, not pink. And the plot thickens. [The Cut via People]

Speaking of Lopez, People magazine’s newly crowned Most Beautiful Woman in the World is offering up all kinds of beauty secrets, including the fact that she’s been dyeing her hair once every two weeks since she started going gray at age 23. [Elle U.K.]

As the weather gets warmer, you may want to switch up your fragrance arsenal as well as your wardrobe. Your best bet: Leave deeper, richer scents like patchouli and cedar wood behind in favor of lighter citrus notes and dewy green notes. Vanilla and coconut eaux are also totally within reason. [WSJ]

The onset of strawberry season means good things for your stomach—and your skin, according to aesthetician to the stars Kate Somerville: “Cut a large strawberry in half, lengthwise. Take a fork and poke at the flesh a little to awaken and release the juices. Swipe the strawberry across your face and massage the juice in a bit, using small circles. Leave it on for about two minutes, then rinse off. Strawberry juice contains natural skin lighteners that brighten spots over time.” [L.A. Times]

Photo: Courtesy of Gucci

Pink Polish—A No-No For Little Boys? Mary Louise Parker Breaks Down Her Beauty Routine, And More…


J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons has come under fire from Fox News for a picture that shows her painting her son’s toenails pink. The editorial is “a dramatic example of the way that our culture is being encouraged to abandon all trappings of gender identity,” the conservative news agency asserts. [Daily Mail]

Mary Louise Parker attributes her porcelain skin and healthy chestnut locks to “good genes and being moderate about everything.” The Weeds star eats a mostly vegan diet and tries to stay away from products containing parabens, making Tarte cosmetics a personal favorite. She has another beauty tip, too: Beware the Brazilian straightening treatment. [T]

Famed photoblogger Garance Doré steps out from behind her camera today to dissect the language the fashion set uses to discuss beauty. “Oh wow, you look so…healthy!” is really just code for “Is that a muffin top that’s about to pop out of your jeans?” []

Sears is making like Duane Reade and Rite Aid and beefing up its beauty offerings. The retailer is planning store-within-store primping departments in 100 of its busier locations over the next several months. Now you can peruse electronics and lipstick offerings all under one roof. [WWD]

Photo: Dan MacMedan / WireImage

Essie Carnival: For The Kid In Us All


Last night, I made a beauty discovery in the unlikeliest of places. There I was, at Crewcuts, about to spend way too much money on a miniature Saint James striped shirt for a two-year-old, when I spotted a collection of kid-centric Essie nail polish colors amidst other similarly child-friendly accessories (there’s a navy, bow-cum-rabbit ears headband in the vicinity that I wouldn’t refuse, if anyone I know is reading this). Since J. Crew partnered with Essie last year to showcase a seasonal roster of favorites from the nail giant in its stores and catalogs, I’ve been excited by the idea of one-stop shopping—a cardi set and a bottle of One of A Kind? Don’t mind if I do. But the retailer has never stocked anything I haven’t seen before—until yesterday, that is, when I laid my eyes on Carnival. It’s not a new lacquer; but the prismatic, clear glitter varnish somehow managed to slip under my radar, presumably during the 10-year anti-sparkle phase I’ve only just recently come out of. It goes on very sheer, and is thus a great top coat to give any polish an extra dose of flair. But I prefer wearing two to three coats on a bare nail, which I realized when I opened the bottle I bought for the aforementioned two-year-old for a quick test run. Some of you may think two is too young for nail polish. I beg to differ.

Photo: Courtesy of Essie

L’Occitane And J.Crew Cozy Up For The Holidays


First came an obsession with Essie Nail Colors, then a fling with NARS lipsticks in Funny Face, a bright fuchsia, and Heat Wave, an orange-red. Now, in a move that demonstrates J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons’ equal-opportunity approach to beauty shout-outs in her brand’s popular catalogs, skincare is getting the spotlight for December. L’Occitane’s fan-favorite Shea Hand Creams have just arrived at 214 J.Crew store locations, and beginning December 1, the ultra-rich emollient lotion will get prime placement in the company’s holiday circular. Think of it as a way to pre-treat your winter weather-worn appendages before slipping them into a pair of J.Crew’s cashmere-lined zip leather gloves in Tuscan Olive or Bronzed Clay.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Occitane