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With New York’s glacial temperatures and perpetual snowfall (set to resume on Thursday), we’ve been logging plenty of hibernation hours, hiding out in our apartment reading through a stack of books, getting hooked on True Detective, and, of course, testing many a beauty product. The five that have been adopted into our regular rotation this month happen to all—bonus!—be entirely au naturel.
Tata Harper Love Potion
The mix of ten essential oils (jasmine, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, violet leaf, and frankincense, among them), all known for their aphrodisiac potential, is designed, as the name implies, to attract love. Not to mention reduce anxiety and boost self-confidence. While all that is yet to be seen, what we can report is that the aromatic blend is warm and lovely on the skin, so even if it doesn’t attract any new suitors, it’s easy to fall for.
$80, at ABC Carpet & Home and tataharperskincare.com
Lulu Organics Hair Oil
Fans of this Brooklyn brand’s amazing talc-free hair powder can, at long last, add another Lulu product to their beauty trove. Its new paraben-free hair oil—a nourishing blend of argan, horsetail, olive, and apricot kernel oils—is a must for thirsty and curly hair (not to mention it smells divine, courtesy of lavender, clary sage, and rosemary). Dab on a few drops after washing or on dry hair, and style (or don’t) as usual.
Available soon at luluorganicsnyc.com
Kat Burki Beauty Elixir in Rose Peony
We will never, ever (really, ever) tire of a face spritz—in the summer months it’s the perfect beachfront or poolside refresher, and in the winter it offers some soothing relief for skin dried out by moisture-zapping indoor heating. Kat Burki’s version combines hydrating aloe vera and brightening raw grapefruit seeds, and the rose and peony scent is lush and pretty.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Lucas Papaw acolytes will be quickly and easily wooed by this dense and nourishing Bite Beauty treatment (it may be called a mask, but rest assured, you won’t want to take it off) formulated with jojoba oil, agave, natural olive fruit, and vanilla extract. It managed to almost immediately eradicate some serious cold-weather-born lip cracks, and the matte gray paint-tube-esque packaging is elegant in an understated sort of way.
Pacifica Eye Pencils
We always love a swipe of eyeliner on our inner rims, but occasionally they can prove irritating for sensitive types. Pacifica’s new eye pencils have jojoba oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. Plus, they glide on with zero irritation. We’re particularly fond of Fringe (a chestnut brown) and Gun Metal (a shimmery gray).
Matching your hair to your clothes, as seen on the runway at Marc Jacobs this season, seems a bit impractical for life off the catwalk. After all, it would require quite the commitment to a single color palette to pull off the head-to-toe look put forth by the designer. Leave it to Tilda Swinton, however, to show us laypeople how it’s done. At last night’s screening of Only Lovers Left Alive in Los Angeles, the sartorial risk-taker coordinated her cropped blond cut to her jacket, skirt, and heels. The end result was anything but monotone.
For Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, it’s not a woman’s hips or breasts (both of which are almost always played up in the designers’ silhouettes) but the lips that are “the key to her seductiveness.” It’s a feminine feature they’ve certainly got covered with their forty-two shades of Classic Cream Lipstick—twenty of which launched this month. And in what is becoming a trend of late (both François Nars and Marc Jacobs opted for women well beyond their teen years to front their latest campaigns), the face of this extensive line is not a curve-less, barely-legal beauty, but established Italian sex symbol and actress Monica Bellucci. At 49, her relationship with the house extends over twenty years—meeting Dolce and Gabbana when they were just up-and-coming stylists and she was a model starting out in Milan. “When I [was introduced] to them, they were so young, and maybe because they were so young, I felt completely comfortable,” she said. That level of comfort has continued to grow as all three have matured in various directions—Bellucci on the silver screen, the designers on the runway. The latest ad for the brand’s Make Up collection, however, brings the trio full circle, with the now grown-up model posing for photographer (Dolce) and creative director (Gabbana). “To have him in front of me through the camera was a new way to look [at] each other,” she explained. Here, Bellucci’s thoughts on age, beauty, and the power of lipstick.
In your opinion, what message does the new campaign send?
I think Domenico and Stefano love women so much—they respect women so much. And we can see that from the choices they make. The idea that they chose an adult woman like me to represent their lipstick is incredible because it means that for them, beauty is something that doesn’t just go [hand in hand] with youth. Youth is a biological moment in life where it’s easy to be beautiful, but then you grow up and there is something else—you [become a] woman with experience. In the fashion world where everything is about youth, I think it’s original to [choose] an adult face to [personify] beauty.
Lipstick obviously has a deeper meaning for the designers. Is it a product you associate with femininity or coming-of-age?
I think to put on red lipstick, or lipstick in general, is a very feminine [act]. It’s something I’ve seen my mother and grandmother do. It’s like [it's part of] our DNA. It’s a gesture—a beautiful gesture—that women do for themselves, not for others. And it’s a cultural movement in some way, you know? It doesn’t matter the age—it’s just something that women do.
Obviously Sophia Loren is an endless source of inspiration for Stefano and Domenico. Who is your beauty icon?
I come from Italy. I come from this beautiful, rich [cinematic history], like Federico Fellini, Roberto Rossellini, and Luchino Visconti—all these leading ladies like Anna Magnani, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, and Sophia Loren. If I do movies, it’s because these women inspired me, and I think that they also inspired Domenico and Stefano. It’s an Italian tradition, this kind of femininity—very strong, very maternal, but at the same time with some danger.
The lipstick shades in this collection are based on roses, and I’m sure you’ve received a bouquet or two in your time as a model and actress. Is there a flower delivery you’ll never forget?
The most beautiful roses I’ve ever received were from Domenico and Stefano. I don’t know how they found those roses—they looked like velvet. Nobody else [has ever sent] me roses like that.
I never doubted those two were charmers.
There’s a new batch of blushes on the block, and they’re bringing with them some impressive glow-giving technology. From Hourglass comes the feverishly anticipated Ambient Lighting Blush, which marries rouge with the same optically transparent particles found in the brand’s beloved range of Ambient Lighting Powders to add both luminosity and depth. Available in six luscious hues, the buttery powders’ ease of application rivals that of a cream blush—and their arrestingly lovely marbled appearances don’t hurt, either. Make Up For Ever is doing its part to assist in brightening complexions with HD Blush, a new addition (sixteen of them, more correctly, with shades to suit every skin tone) to the brand’s best-selling, high-definition-inspired fare. The delicately moist formula features a blend of silicone oils, waxes, and dry oils, which melts into skin for a healthy, post-cardio flush. Finally, Giorgio Armani Beauty has thrown its hyper-luxe hat into the ring with the new Cheek Fabric, a finely milled powder reboot of the gel blushes bearing the same name. The Color Essenza technology lends itself to the truest translations of hues on skin—a non-whitening base ensures that what you see in the pan is what you get, rather than some chalky version thereof. Spring seems to be coming up roses already.
It’s so easy to let good food habits slip. A few too many late nights, glasses of Veuve, and indulgent trays of Ladurée macarons later, and au revoir to your intention to eat sensibly. Getting back on track post-fashion month, or just post-party time, is easier with the aid of a motivational read, such as Eat Pretty. The new mind-body manual from health coach (and former beauty editor) Jolene Hart approaches food from the very refreshing point of view that it’s here to make you more beautiful. By eliminating or limiting options that put stress on your looks—like processed junk, sugar, caffeine, red meat, and pesticide-sprayed produce—and focusing on choices that impart benefits, such as protein-rich fish, wholesome grains, organic fruits and vegetables, nut milks, and other foods you can easily identify in nature, you’ll be more likely to glow. Granted, you might have heard some of this advice before, but Hart breaks down all the science without turning preachy, and takes a realistic stance on creating balance—like, you might not entirely give up alcohol, which can dull your complexion, but you can scale back, right? I particularly enjoyed the chart on page 46, which lists all the beauty perks of certain nutrients (who knew vitamin B6 supports healthy hair color, or that zinc fights skin inflammation and redness?) and the best sources for each. Hart’s simple but delicious seasonal recipes (pumpkin-spice pudding, anyone?) also inspired me to use the stove for more than storage, and shop the farmers’ market with purpose. Pretty radical, huh?