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The Beauty Bro Down


With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it’s time to pay respects to the men in your life. While most dads typically don’t put in special requests for face creams and hair gel, we know—deep down—they all want to be pampered. Backing us up on this theory is Kim Verbeck, a celebrity groomer who works with such well-kempt gentlemen as Ryan Reynolds, Javier Bardem, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Hamm. “When it comes to buying a gift, I think the strategy is to get him something he would never buy himself—basics every guy needs. Start with a good skincare system, eye cream, and razor. Guys trust us ladies to know a lot more about these things.” With that in mind, we rounded up our favorite new men’s personal care essentials, because if you love something on this list, chances are he will, too.

Four Him
Taking Clinique’s famed 3-Step approach one nudge further, Organic Male OM4 is a complete skincare conditioning system comprising four components: a face wash, pH toner, serum, and moisturizer made with biodynamic botanicals and food-grade natural ingredients. Designed for sensitive, oily, normal, and dry male skin, the products sink in fast—in four minutes, to be exact.

Organic Male OM4 kits, $170 each,

Green Means Go

If he can’t swing a trip to ARCONA’s Facial Studio in Santa Monica for its Men’s Performance Facial—a 50-minute shape-up to tone and purify—hook him up with the SoCal brand’s Starter Kit. The eight-piece assortment comes with handy boosters—think pads spiked with aftershave to nix ingrown hairs, a serum to treat sun damage, and a firming face/eye cream—all made with active natural extracts.
ARCONA Men’s Starter Kit, $95,

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January Jones Has “Never Dieted”; Beauty As Art; And More…


Perpetually svelte—though, admittedly, currently pregnant—January Jones claims that she’s never dieted. On the contrary. “I don’t deny myself anything. I just listen to whatever my body craves. If I’m in a bad mood and I’m in traffic, I’ll stop at McDonald’s and get a strawberry shake and fries and not feel guilty at all, because I deserve it.” As for her slight frame, it’s just the result of “good genes.” [Examiner via Allure]

More on the Kiehl’s Gives initiative mentioned earlier: Newly named global ambassadors Julianne Moore, Pharrell Williams, and the Scissor Sisters will front charitable initiatives in conjunction with the brand, devoted to children’s well-being, the environment, and HIV/AIDS, respectively. [WWD]

Ombré eye makeup is at its best when blended using bright pinks and purples, as Anna Selezneva demonstrates in the June issue of Russian Vogue. [];

Speaking of the glossy beauty pages of fashion magazines, they spawn praise and criticism in equal measure in Beauty Culture, a new exhibit at L.A.’s Annenberg Space for Photography that opens on Saturday. [NYT]

Photo: Mariano Vivancoanna for Russian Vogue , June 2011

Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Retrospective


This year marks a big milestone for Kiehl’s, as it’s turning 160 years old (yup, believe it). To properly celebrate the birthday of the world’s most popular apothecary brand, the famed home of Crème de Corps, Cucumber Toner, and Lip Balm #1 has decided to pay homage to its heritage by transforming half of its famous New York flagship into a virtual time capsule. “I’d talk to people and they’d be like, ‘you’re how old?’,” Kiehl’s president, Chris Salgardo, told us at a press preview last night. “And even when they did the math, they still didn’t quite get the magnitude of it. I mean, we’ve been around since before Abraham Lincoln was president! So I felt that it was important to take the opportunity to tell the history.”

Besides all manner of neat old apothecary vessels, the makeshift museum also boasts iPad stations, where you can catch a piece of the Friends of Kiehl’s documentary featuring the likes of Chloë Sevigny; a row of vintage dispensaries, where you can avail yourself of free samples the old-school way (pumping your own lotion can actually be a very satisfying experience); and a video booth should you wish to perform that soliloquy you’ve been composing about the brand’s Coriander Body Wash. Perhaps most thrilling, though, is the motorcycle photo booth, where you get to straddle a 1934 Indian “Suicide Shift” Scout motorcycle that belonged to Steve McQueen and have your picture taken—one strip stays in the store, one strip goes home with you, and all photos are uploaded to the Kiehl’s Facebook page. “We have a great motorcycle collection…like Clark Gable’s bike, and Evel Knievel’s, but I thought people would be so excited about McQueen’s,” says Salgardo.

There are also limited-edition bottles of Crème de Corps to commemorate the anniversary (the special series is only available at the flagship). And come June, with the launch of Kiehl’s Gives, the brand will ask customers to vote on how it distributes a $160,000 donation among three charities. There’s plenty to be excited about, but Salgardo is especially jazzed about one thing: the response from his neighbors. “I can’t wait to see the neighborhood’s reaction! We only turn 160 once, and for us it’s always been about the community. This is for the East Village.”

The Kiehl’s Since 1851 retrospective will be on view at 109 Third Ave., NYC, through August 2011. For more information, call (212) 677-3171 or visit

Photo: Zachary Tolbert / Kiehl’s Since 1851

Kiehl’s And Chloë Sevigny Are Out To Save The World, And Your Skin


Kiehl’s is a gateway drug. We’ve been a devotee of the 159-year-old brand since before we could say “cucumber toner”; it’s what turned us on to the business of beauty. And apparently we’re in good company. “I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl,” a jean jacket and Imitation of Christ-clad Chloë Sevigny reminisced last night at the Kiehl’s shop on L.A.’s Montana Avenue. “The Silk Groom was my favorite. In the nineties, every hairdresser had it on every shoot. Now, I have a strong memory every time I smell it.”

Sevigny and Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall—a loyal Blue Astringent user—were on hand to fête the launch of Kiehl’s latest designer label series. The initiative, which has boasted participants like Jeff Koons, Julianne Moore, and Pharell Williams in the past, pairs notables with graphic designers to create packaging for limited-edition products, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Sevigny and Hall have each given Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque a facelift, and the money raised will go to Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving clean and sustainable sources of H20. Fittingly, both actors were inspired by early years spent on the beach: Sevigny recalled picking up garbage with her mother near her childhood home on the Long Island Sound, while Hall conjured memories of excursions on the Neuse River as a kid in North Carolina. But it’s what’s on the inside that counts. “I put the masque on before I came here and I definitely think my skin feels better,” Hall smiled.

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images; Courtesy of Kiehl’s Since 1851

This Bud’s For You


As someone who possesses what I affectionately like to call a “black thumb,” keeping flowers or anything green alive in my apartment is nearly impossible. Orchids, basil, and a spider plant have all recently withered and died under my care—I even managed to kill a cactus once. But there exists a species of plant life that could withstand even my special brand of negligence: It’s called the resurrection flower (Haberlea rhodopensis), and it’s almost as indestructible as Twinkies and cockroaches. The hardy shrub can survive up to 31 months of intense dehydration by curling up into a ball and retaining minimal hydration levels. Then, when given the tiniest bit of water, it suddenly reanimates itself. Harnessing this ability to rejuvenate even in the harshest conditions is the stuff skincare companies’ dreams are made of, and now Kiehl’s has managed to make those dreams a reality with its new Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream. As a skincare ingredient, extracts from the resurrection flower aid in the revival and repair of cells to boost hydration for supple skin even in the desert—or, say, the blizzard-prone city of New York. It’s the perfect solution for keeping the unfortunate effects of winter’s arid weather at bay.

Photo: Courtesy of Kiehl’s Since 1851