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26 posts tagged "L’Oréal"

The Silver Fox Goes Extinct, Luxe Lobbies, And More…


According to the R&D team at L’Oréal, going gray could be a thing of the past in just ten short years. To which we say, any way to cut that time in half? [Daily Mail]

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has perfumer Blaise Mautin, the new Crosby Street Hotel has enlisted famed London nose Lyn Harris, and even the Holiday Inn is poised to get in on a new trend that pairs hotel chains with signature scents. It smells like the recession is all but over. [USA Today]

An end to emotional eating may be upon us. Contrave, a new experimental obesity treatment that combines the antidepressant Wellbutrin with an opioid blocker used to treat addiction, has proven successful in clinical trials. A word to Häagen Dazs shareholders: Sell. [Fox News]

Sure, Latisse can make your lashes longer and fuller, but it’s got nothing on new LED eye embellishments. You glow, girl. [Guest of a Guest]

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The Nude Review: Stella’s Court Battle


Stella McCartney’s StellaNude fragrance is a delicate eau de toilette version of her Stella perfume and apparently the subject of a new lawsuit. According to London’s Daily Mail, the founders of Nude skincare—Ali Hewson (a.k.a. Mrs. Bono) and her partner Bryan Meehan, the man behind the U.K.’s Fresh & Wild natural grocery chain—are suing McCartney over the use of the word nude in the scent, intimating that it is a deliberate bite off of their branding. The whole thing seems slightly absurd to us, seeing as how the term itself is so widely used throughout the beauty and fashion industries already, not to mention the fact that McCartney’s Fall 2009 collection was full of exquisite sheer silk tulle paneling that gave the illusion of nude skin covered in lace. But no matter; Hewson and Meehan are for real. In a statement obtained by Cosmetics International, L’Oréal, which bought Stella McCartney Parfums from YSL Beauté last year, confirmed that it had been served with the lawsuit last week. Best of luck to you, Stella.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

Estée Lauder Goes Cheap And Chic


We’re sure widespread cheer and an overwhelming desire to give and receive are enough to keep you looking forward to the holidays year after year, but here’s another reason to get psyched for the season. According to an article in Cosmetics Design, Estée Lauder has joined L’Oréal and Procter & Gamble in unveiling a new strategy for targeting cash-strapped beauty consumers with, get this, cheaper products. Executives from the company are reportedly planning to devote more resources to developing affordable products in an effort to hold on to the cross section of its loyal customer base hit hard by the recession. Its luxury fragrances, cosmetics, and skincare will, of course, still be available to those who want to buy aspirationally, and for those whose eyes are bigger than their wallets, smaller fragrance flacons of their bestsellers are in production so you can live out those olfactory dreams and pay your rent—all at the same time.

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Coffee, To Keep Your Sniffer Up To Par


We went to an event yesterday for the launch of Ermenegildo Zegna’s new Zegna Colonia, the first men’s scent from the family-owned Italian label created under the L’Oréal umbrella, which is due out in July. In the name of being thorough, the company brought a perfumer from Givaudan to its Fifth Avenue atelier to walk us through every note in the fragrance. And so they came, one after the next: neroli, bergamot, iris, violet, cedar, benzoin. Interesting as it was, sniffing so many concentrated essences can be overwhelming (read: can induce lightheadedness) and at certain point, it’s hard to differentiate one smell from another—a problem, we surmised, that must plague those who deal in scent composition on a daily basis. According to the perfumer, though, there is a remedy: coffee. Apparently taking a deep whiff of a strong brew or espresso grounds in between sniffs of essential oils can actually cleanse the nasal palette. Keep it in mind when you’re shopping for your summer scent. Passing out on the cosmetics and fragrance floor at Neiman’s is never a good look.

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L’Oreal And Elizabeth Banks: No Laughing Matter


If you pride yourself on staying up on your celebrity spokesperson news, then you may’ve heard that actress Elizabeth Banks will join the likes of Beyoncé and Eva Longoria-Parker as the new face of L’Oréal come next year. In an announcement made right before the weekend, WWD reported that the Zack and Miri Make a Porno star will begin appearing in TV and print ads for the cosmetics giant beginning this February in a multiyear deal estimated to be worth about $1 million a year. We find this information particularly interesting, because while Banks has had her fair share of “serious” acting parts, we know and love her mostly for her comedic work in films like Wet Hot American Summer—roles that don’t usually attract the attention of beauty industry bigwigs. Perhaps the higher-ups at L’Oréal loved her “you taste like barbecue sauce” scene with Paul Rudd just as much as we did? Another victory for funny ladies everywhere.

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