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Joanna Vargas Goes Bigger


The draw at Joanna Vargas’ shoebox-size salon on the 7th floor of 501 Fifth Avenue was her Triple Crown facial, not the atmosphere. But this week the skincare guru moved on up to much more spacious digs on the building’s 20th floor. The new salon boasts light-filled treatment rooms and a large reception area, which will feature complimentary antioxidant-packed juices and an extensive product wall showcasing hard-to-find organic skincare lines like Eminence, ILA and Phyts. The design, which Vargas dubs “art deco with a dash of 1940s Hollywood regency,” includes a treasure trove of flea market finds like gilded mirrors, sparkling chandeliers, and an oversize vanity with a three-way mirror. But if the decor has received an upgrade, the treatment menu has remained much the same—why mess with perfection? There are some new developments on the horizon, though. We hear that Vargas is expanding her LED light therapy prowess, and will also introduce a new massage therapist specializing in lymphatic drainage (she claims the aesthetician can make you look and feel ten pounds lighter in a single session). Perhaps most exciting is the imminent launch of Vargas’ own natural-minded skincare line. Add to that extended hours until 8pm five days a week, and a 2011 visit would make the perfect addition to your new year, new you resolution list.

Joanna Vargas Salon, Skin Care Sanctuary, 501 Fifth Ave., Ste 2011; (212) 949-2350.

Photo: Courtesy of Joanna Vargas

The 411: Pati Dubroff


If you were to scan your favorite red-carpet photos from the past few years, a great number of them would likely bear the handiwork of Pati Dubroff. The widely respected makeup artist has counted leading ladies like Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Eva Mendes, and Hilary Swank as clients. She’s collaborated with photographers like Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, and Annie Leibovitz, and is responsible for a number of our favorite recent cover beauty looks, too, including Emma Watson on December’s Marie Claire, Julianne Moore on November’s Allure, and Lindsay Lohan’s Grace Kelly-inspired turn on October’s Vanity Fair. When she’s not tending to a bevy of boldfacers, Dubroff is busy in her new role as official makeup artist for Clarins USA (she previously spent a number of years as an international spokesperson for Dior). Besides having a ridiculously impressive résumé, Dubroff also happens to be one of the coolest, most positive-minded ladies we have ever had the pleasure of knowing—with a freakishly radiant complexion to boot. Eager to find out more about her own routine, we asked Dubroff—who splits her time between New York and L.A.—for a few of her favorite bicoastal beauty destinations.

The At-Home Spa products: Clarins Relax

“My bathroom is my sanctuary. This is where I go daily to decompress, refresh, and restore my body, mind, and spirit. My favorite products are from the Clarins Relax body line. I especially love the jar of body scrub followed by a self-massage with the body oil. This oil is the very first product developed by Clarins and it hasn’t changed in over 50 years. Don’t mess with perfection!”

Clarins Relax Body Treatment Oil, $52,

The Hair Team: Chris McMillan and Negin Zand

“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to work with the best hairdressers in the world. I’m very low-maintenance but I know that a great haircut and color make a huge difference. Chris McMillan is the only person who I trust to cut my hair. He recently gave me ‘the Freja’ and he was right; it’s perfect for me. And for many years I have entrusted my color to Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger. She gets it right every time, whether it’s rich chocolate or beachy highlights.”

Chris McMillan Salon, 8944 Burton Way, L.A., (310) 285-0088,; Negin Zand at Sally Hershberger Salon, 760 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 854-4922,

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