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Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Lela Rose


Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Lela Rose, fashion designer

The Product: “My mother has always used Crème de la Mer. She would keep the jar hidden away, tucked behind all the other products on her vanity table. Back then, it was written up as this wonder cream and nothing was more expensive at the time. My mother would dab on these teeny little bits, parceling it out so parsimoniously. I wasn’t allowed to use it, but I would manage to steal it from her—it felt so good on the skin, and it makes you look great with or without makeup. Any time she was getting ready for an event, that jar would always be out. It reminds me of a different time. My mom is very chic and pretty fabulous. We grew up in Dallas and she’s one of these do-it-yourself ladies. She would make her own gowns and whip up a Grand Marnier souffléé for breakfast. When I left for college, she actually gave me a jar of the Crème de la Mer for Christmas. It was the smallest size possible, but when you have no cash, any amount is precious. That cream is still on her vanity table back home. And when we travel together I always manage to raid her stash again!”

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An Eau For Hussein; Botox: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly; And More…


Givenchy, Fendi, and Bottega Veneta have all announced they’re launching fragrances this fall. Now Hussein Chalayan has beat them to it. Airborne, the designer’s new unisex eau, will launch at London’s Dover Street Market in July. [WWD]

Mother Nature, too, is inspiring fragrances. After launching EFJ Eyjafjallajoekull, a women’s perfume made from melt water from the glacier sitting on top of the Eyjafjoell volcano that erupted in Iceland last year, local designer Sigrun Lilja Gudjonsdottir has debuted VJK Vatnajoekull, a men’s fragrance tied to last week’s volcanic eruption in the region. [AP]

The use of Botox by younger people as a preventative measure has come under fire as new scientific research argues that excessive use of the toxin over a long period of time can cause muscles to waste away, thus making the face appear inadvertently aged. [Daily Mail]

New York Times contributor Dominique Browning tackles overuse of the ‘Tox in her recent editorial for the paper, alleging that we abuse the popular injectable and that women need to start speaking up when acquaintances take it too far. “If her friends don’t, who will?” [NYT]

And in an opposing view, designer Lela Rose tells makeup artist Tina Turnbow that
Botox and Juvederm are the things she splurges on to make her happy. “They make me feel and look much fresher and younger. It’s like an injection of confidence.” To each her own. [T]

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Deborah Lippman Goes Interplanetary


Some good news for those of you who’ve been waiting on the release of Deborah Lippman’s Across the Universe nail polish since it debuted on models’ fingertips at Lela Rose’s Fall presentation: The lacquer has finally become available for purchase. And now the bad news: It went on backorder as soon as it bowed. Trust us, though, Lippman’s aqua and blue glitter-flecked varnish is worth the shipping delay. Similar to her rainbow confetti holiday hit, Happy Birthday, Across the Universe incorporates fine navy glitter as well as larger hexagonal pieces of sapphire and turquoise sequins that, when applied, haphazardly spread across the nail bed. Unlike Happy Birthday, the new shade uses a tinted blue base, and looks best layered over opaque colors, like, say, a pastel mint green or a powder blue. If you’ve been following spring and summer polish trends, you likely have a few bottles of those laying around, and there’s nothing like a texturized top coat to help smoothly transition them right into fall.

Photo: Courtesy of Lippmann Collection

A New Makeup Bag For Mom

-------’s designer collaboration is back, and this time, Lela Rose has gotten the go-ahead to create a limited-edition makeup bag. Like Erickson Beamon’s and Maria Cornejo’s before her, Rose’s Feather Painted Linen Beauty Clutch—which incorporates a print from her Spring 2010 collection—will be stocked to the brim with 16 deluxe beauty samples so you can try out and travel with choice products from some of the best brands out there, including Origins fan favorite Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More Pore Refiner, and a rollerball of CLEAN’s Simply Soap Eau de Parfum. Here’s the genius part: The clutch comes free with a $100 purchase of things you want/need for your own beauty regimen, and you can either keep it for yourself to use as both a cosmetics case and mini purse or give it to someone else, like, say, your mom on Sunday.

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At Sundance, The Gift Of Glam And Giving Back


In addition to the myriad movies and quality celeb-watching currently afoot at the Sundance Film Festival, a whole host of brand-sponsored “gifting suites” are adding to the spectacle on Park City’s Main Street. While the dismal economy has had a slight impact on the typically lavish goody bags on hand for A-list attendees this week, sneakers, watches, electronics, and beauty products still abound for those with the right credentials. has created an “Uncommon Giving Lounge” stocked with cold-weather travel essentials like Advil, Airborne, and Mission chapstick, as well as Anastasia brow kits and best sellers from Stila Cosmetics, for the likes of Susan Sarandon, Emmy Rossum, and Emma Roberts, all of whom stopped by the tent this past weekend. For its part, debuted designer collaboration bags from Shoshanna and Lela Rose stocked with prestige makeup. But it wasn’t all about beauty aids for beautiful people. Perhaps in the spirit of President Obama’s call for an “era of responsibility,” the online retailers are also donating some other essentials—including humidifiers, sun care, and first aid supplies—to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, to benefit children with serious medical conditions.

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