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Beauty 411: Ursula Stephen


URSULA-STEPHEN-FINAL-2_resizeHer personal choices might often elude us, but when it comes to all things hair-related, Rihanna always has our undivided and rapt attention (like, say, last week, when she went gray, or, as she dubbed it, “brrrr”). And the woman usually responsible for RiRi’s chameleonic hair ways is stylist Ursula Stephen. Her three favorite moments in Rihanna’s hair timeline? “When we went red, the short black ’do we did for the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago, and the short blonde look for her ‘Hard’ music video,” she says. Besides tending to celebrity tresses (she also counts Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington as clients) and working as a Global Ambassador for hair-care line Motions, Stephen recently opened her first salon, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood; a thrill for those of us who call the 718 home. “I’d always thought of opening my own place, but this just feels like the right time in my life and career to do it, so when I got a call about a space, I couldn’t pass it up,” she explains. And lest you think she’s too busy to attend to us common folks, Stephen insists that though her schedule will vary from week to week, she will definitely be logging plenty of time at Ursula Stephen the Salon, 66 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 457-5834. Here, the busy stylist shares some of her own beautifying go-tos.

“At the Olympic Spa in L.A., you get scrubbed down like a baby by these superstrong women…in front of everyone! Don’t be shy about it. You will leave feeling like you have new skin!”

3915 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., (323) 857-0666;

“This fragrance manages to be so many things at once: pretty, sophisticated, rich. And I have to say, the men love it. I first discovered it at a spa in New York, and now it’s absolutely one of my faves.”

$68, at

THE GO-TO COVER-UP: Kevyn Aucoin
“Hands down the best concealer out there. It’s always a lifesaver for me.”

Available at

“I actually first discovered it after I got a bad burn from a curling iron. It helped heal that and turned out to be such a great moisturizer. I especially like it for the rough areas, like my knees and elbows. Plus, it gives skin an amazing glow.”

Available at drugstores.

“The perfect blush for summer, if you’re going for that ‘I don’t have on any makeup’ kind of look.”


THE HAIR THERAPY: Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment
“It’s the best conditioning treatment around. I recommend it to all my clients and, naturally, use it on myself religiously, too.”

Available at drugstores.

“It really is one of my favorite stores. I find all my trendy pieces there that I then mix in with designer stuff.”

“I love this place in Brooklyn. They do next-level mani-pedis! The ambience is beautiful, the staff is attentive, and every service is great. Also, mimosas. Enough said.”

1082 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, (718) 636-0600;

And the FiFi Goes To…


The Fragrance Foundation’s annual FiFi Awards have gotten exponentially more glamorous as celebrity fragrance has become an increasingly important revenue generator for the perfume industry. Usher made reporters blush last year when he accepted his Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award for his eponymous scent, and last night it was Fergie and Halle Berry who added some star power to the proceedings. Wearing her new-for-summer eau, Outspoken Intense, and a custom-made Max Azria gown, Fergie took home the New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her debut scent for Avon, Outspoken. “I’m already working on a third,” the blonder-than-usual Black Eyed Peas front woman told us. Berry, who was whisked past press and hurried inside wearing a black cutout gown, nabbed the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her iris, neroli, peach, and vetiver scent, Reveal.

Mary J. Blige also made a cameo at Lincoln Center to celebrate her Sales Breakthrough of the Year honor for My Life, the Carol’s Daughter flacon that sold 60,000 bottles in less than five hours when it debuted on HSN last summer. Blige, too, has her foot on the gas as far as fragrance plans go. Blossom, which she was wearing last night, is due out in August and will also make its debut on HSN. “We must be on a roll with this fragrance thing,” she said.

Other winners included Gucci Guilty, which topped the Women’s Luxe category; Balenciaga Paris, which took home the Women’s Specialty Luxe prize; and Six Scents: Series 3, which was named Indie Brand of the Year. As for the FiFi’s latest category, the Consumer’s Choice Award, Victoria’s Secret Bombshell and Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods for Men came up big. The people have spoken.

Photo: Kevin Mazur/ Getty Images

Celebrity Skin Secrets From Cannes, Revealed


The perfectly painted lips, sultry smoky eyes, and polished coifs seen on the red carpet at Cannes over the past week don’t just happen. Hair and makeup teams have been flown to the Riviera from around the globe to attend to the bevy of starlets promoting their flicks there. Dior has even set up an entire beauty suite with hair help from Odile Gilbert and her team. Maintaining a radiant complexion on the premiere circuit takes more than an expert face painter, though. Enter the new U Spa Barrière at the Hôtel Majestic Barrière. The 450-square-meter relaxation cocoon with ocean views uses Sisley’s phyto-aromatic skincare line and features a “water paradise booth,” in which hot and cold showers intermingle with fragrance, sound, and light for a true multi-sensory experience. Naomi Campbell and Mary J. Blige have already been invited to experience the range of anti-stress, purifying, and energizing face and body rituals, and Kate Beckinsale indulged in Sisley’s new Supreme Anti-Age Treatment earlier this week. The house specialty, it combines the benefits of Sisley’s new Supremya at Night cream, an emollient salve that capitalizes on the most recent advances in the field of chronobiology and skin physiology, with an in-depth antiaging massage. The treatment is exclusive to the Barrière for six months, but fingers crossed it will arrive at other Sisley spas like, say, Sense at New York’s Carlyle Hotel, soon thereafter. The Upper East Side is no Cannes, but it is a tad more convenient for us.

Photo: Courtesy of Sisley Paris

MJB’s Super Bowl Win


We noticed it at the Met gala on Monday but only realized how truly infatuated we are with Mary J. Blige’s blond bowl cut yesterday, when the singer teamed up with Russell Simmons at an event to support New York City schools. With her new summer fragrance launching, MJB is having a major beauty moment right now. Do you miss her signature voluminous coif or are you into the uniform fade-to-fringe action she’s got going on right now?

Photo: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images; Brian Zak / Sipa Press

A Salute To Womanity, And More…


Mary J. Blige’s new fragrance with Carol’s Daughter, My Life, will finally make its debut this summer, and according to MJB, she created the perfume for herself and her fans as “a special tribute to us as women.” As such, it is intended to represent “every female’s everyday life,” which is perhaps why she is launching it on HSN, rather than in a high-end department store. Nothing says “everyday life” like ordering luxury goods from the privacy of your own home. [WWD]

Speaking of a tribute to women, Thierry Mugler will also honor the fairer sex this fall with Womanity, his latest olfactory effort that blends sweet and savory accords together in a pink gothic-design bottle. And when we say sweet and savory, we’re not kidding. Fig and caviar essences come together to frame this fragrance. Intriguing… [WWD]

Penélope Cruz will be the new face of Lancôme Trésor. With Julia Roberts already hawking its mascaras, the French beauty brand may win the award for “Best Celeb Spokesperson Roster” this year. [StyleList]

And in other A-listers-in-the-beauty-game news, Scarlett Johansson will continue her face time for Dolce & Gabbana’s The Makeup by shooting a campaign for its summer collection, for which she has reunited with old friends Pat McGrath and Oribe. The images are as iconic, old-Hollywood-glamour as it gets, as to be expected; color collections may be seasonal, but big blonde hair, boobs, and pouty lips are forever. [Grazia]

Photo: Courtesy of Thierry Mugler Fragrances