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July 29 2014

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23 posts tagged "L’Oréal Paris"

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Jeannia Robinette

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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: Jeannia Robinette, celebrity makeup artist.

The Product: “The first big makeup shoot I did was for Davidoff fragrance. It was shot by Michael Thompson in Anguilla with the model Yamila Diaz-Rahi. I got the storyboard for the shoot and found out the entire scene was all underwater—like crashing waves, pounding surf, all underwater. I looked at the makeup notes and they just said, ‘make sure the makeup doesn’t run.’ I was like, you’ve got to be kidding! I decided I needed to do major research so I ordered every single waterproof mascara in the world, from the most expensive French brands to the cheapest drugstore ones. I tried hundreds in my apartment in New York by filling the bathtub with water and dunking my head. Then I’d apply the mascara and dunk my head again and again. I finally found one that really worked—L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. It has a jet black color with a thick consistency that gives you volume and length. And it seriously does not budge in water. We ended up shooting for two weeks and this mascara saved my life. Yamila came rolling out of the water, sand all over her, but there were no smudges. I think Michael was definitely impressed! I still use this mascara to this day. I like to apply it at the base of the upper lashes and pull it through, then take the tip of the wand to coat the bottom lashes and brush them out with a lash comb. To make it really perfect, I take a gel eyeliner brush and fill in what I can’t get with the mascara wand.”

Photo: Courtesy of Davidoff; Courtesy of L’Oreal Paris

The Facialist And The Fashion Stars

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There are countless fashion publications out there, this one included, that spend a good amount of time discussing tastemakers’ insider picks: where they vacation, what brands they love, what kind of music they listen to, their favorite things to give fashionable friends. And while all of these tidbits are educational—the treehouse in Viterbo, Italy, that Luisa Orsini and Antonine Peduzi gifted Marc Jacobs in our holiday shopping guide does sound amazing—it’s these individuals’ face savers that we’re most interested in, the underlying theory being: If it’s good enough for Marc, it’s good enough for us. So, where do the most influential people in fashion go to get their skin sloughed, and their facial muscles massaged? Joëlle Ciocco, more often than not. Jacobs swears by her—so does the former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and John Galliano, who can frequently be spotted at her Place de Madeleine institute in Paris, according to one of Ciocco’s other devotees, street-style star Ulyana Sergeenko. “I visit her only when I come to Paris—four times a year for the collections and Couture,” Sergeenko told us in an interview for Style.com/Print. “She’s so sweet and she has a magic aura. She’s famous for her facial massage”—and for founding the epidermology method, which has earned her an iron-clad group of followers, and most recently a L’Oréal contract (Ciocco was just named L’Oréal Paris’ first global facialist).

The trained biochemist is in Cannes this week to introduce a series of L’Oréal launches—including its Revitalift Triple Power Collection, Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator, and its Sublime Sun Collection—but won’t be working on any of her celebrity clients while she’s there. “The actresses come to our massage center [in Paris],” Ciocco explains—a short but necessary pre-festival pit stop that’s more than worth the layover. With the help of an intrepid translator, we picked Ciocco’s brain on the advent of her nonsurgical facelift and learned about “cosmetic obesity,” which is how the famed facialist refers to the onslaught of environmental and product pollution. (Yes, we obviously wish that we had come up with that term on our own.)

What does your new role with L’Oréal mean to you after over 30 years in the business?
For me it’s a professional recognition—it’s the proof that the profession I have created is valued by a brand that wants my advice for the use of products and [providing] information to the consumer. It’s amazing that I can provide them with this advice. It’s a plus for L’Oréal but is also a plus for me.

What exactly is an epidermologist and how is it different from being a plain old aesthetician?
I would actually define my profession as an in-depth study of skin as an organ. I start with a visual reading of this organ—pretty much skin genetics. The second part is [examining] the memory of the skin, from birth to this day—has it been diseased, do you have allergies, was it burned. And then third element would be the present, which has nothing to do with memory or genetics—what kind of job do you have, do you have children, how do you sleep, how is your skin currently—in order to get in-depth knowledge of the skin to fully understand its personality. I ask myself quite a few questions, which is the psychological part. Then, with all of this information, we are able to optimize this ecosystem, meaning the biodiversity of the skin.

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DIY Hair Dye: It’s All The Rage; Beyoncé Strips Down; And More…

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The economy may be on the mend, but the lingering repercussions of the recession seem to have put boxed hair color back in the limelight. A new study reveals that more than half of American women color their hair and six out of ten of them now use DIY boxed color rather than see a professional colorist. [WSJ]

Garnier is in a little bit of hot water. After a number of women joined forces, alleging that that the L’Oréal-owned brand failed to adequately warn consumers that its Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum was highly flammable, a California judge has given them the go-ahead to file a class-action lawsuit, despite opposition from the French company. [WWD]

Other things Beyoncé is super-human at, besides dropping all of her baby weight in a matter of weeks: wearing little-to-no-makeup on the red carpet and still looking flawless. [Daily Mail]

At this point, we all know that a high-sugar diet can lead to weight gain, skin blemishes, insulin resistance, hyperactivity in children, and a host of other health problems. But according to a new research, it can affect cognitive abilities like memory, learning, and problem-solving. But it just tastes so good! [Huff Po]

Photo: Courtesy of L’Oréal Paris

Your Favorite Beauty Products, Back By Popular Demand; L’Oréal Paris Names A Global Facialist; And More…

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Thanks to increasing buzz through social media outlets, beauty brands are starting to take consumer gripes about discontinued beauty products seriously. Companies like MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Pantene have all brought back old favorites for a limited time due to popular demand. Make a note of it—and “Like” your discontinued favorites on Facebook now. [NYT]


Spring temperatures may have dipped into the 40s and 50s of late, but that hasn’t stopped Katy Perry from giving her nails a serious floral makeover. The queen of bold color choices unveiled her latest experiment with nail art, tweeting, “My fingers are in FULL bloom today” alongside a picture of 3-D petals. [Grazia]


Street-style blogger favorite Ulyana Sergeenko swears by Parisian facialist Joëlle Ciocco—so much so that she only gets facials four times a year when she travels from Russia to France for the Couture and ready-to-wear shows. And Ciocco’s fame among the style set hasn’t gone unnoticed; L’Oréal Paris has just named the skincare expert as its first global facialist. [WWD]


After CND founder Jan Arnold said neon nail polishes were illegal in the United States, sparking a few days of horror from lacquer lovers looking forward to Day-Glo pedicures for the summer, the brand’s chief scientific adviser has amended her comments, explaining that neon varnishes are not illegal to wear; they have simply never been officially registered with the FDA. Phew. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Courtesy of Delphine Achard

Retro Beauty Redux

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Seventies lipstick ad, or makeup artist Victor Alvarez’ fun with L’Oréal Paris cosmetics, via green glossy lids and a bold red mouth, for Harper’s Bazaar Spain’s May 2012 cover shoot starring Liya Kibede? You decide.

Photo: Txema Yeste for Harper’s Bazaar Spain, May 2012