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Beauty Sound Bites: The Hair-Brushing Chronicles of Mary-Kate Olsen


olsen-twins-tommy-ton“You know, the truth is I feel like I just learned how to brush my hair like last week.”

Ashley Olsen told the Elle in a recent interview that her hidden talents lie in doing other people’s makeup and cutting hair (although she admitted the “blunt, A-line” shape she recently gave a friend had to be “neatened” up by a professional). Based on Mary-Kate’s quote above, the other half of this dynamic duo must have missed out on those DIY beauty genes.


Beauty Sound Bites: Double Your Fragrance, Double Your Fun


Elizabeth and James Campaign

“Our nirvana is when we are in bed at home.”

The powerhouse duo known as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched the latest addition to their empire this month in the form of fragrance. Nestled under the Elizabeth and James umbrella, the two eaux, dubbed Nirvana Black (a spicier gourmand composed of violet, vanilla, and sandalwood that took more than a year and a half to get the MK&A stamp of approval) and Nirvana White (a blend of peony, muguet, and musk that was whipped up in just three months), were formulated to wear like oils, explained Mary-Kate, who favors notes like amber and sandalwood. They launched two scents because they “didn’t want to dictate what someone’s personal nirvana is,” added Mary-Kate. (They made it strikingly clear that black is not meant to represent one sister and white the other—they left that marketing strategy behind in their tweens.) The Ryan McGinley-lensed ad campaign that reflects the girls’ in-bed bliss was initially supposed to star Mary-Kate’s dog, but the pup was ultimately swapped out for a smaller chocolate lab that didn’t overwhelm the nearly naked model swathed in white Duxiana sheets. What can we say, it’s a dog-eat-dog world out there.

Mix Master



Mary-Kate Olsen recently told me that her latest olfactory venture—two fragrances under the Elizabeth and James umbrella—was partly inspired by her (and her sister Ashley’s) love of oils. MK revealed that she gravitates toward sandalwood and amber—both of which conjure up images of Woodstock and dousing one’s self in these pungent liquids in lieu of a shower. However, when the advice comes from an Olsen, the concept immediately sounds more “bohemian chic” than “dirty hippie.” But if you have ever Googled “fragrance oils,” you’ve likely found earthy-looking, brown glass bottles that are far from sexy and sophisticated. Not to mention, the question of how you combine them so that the scent you create doesn’t smell like a novice nose did the mixing immediately presents itself.

Leave it to Fred Segal to bring this bespoke concept to the masses. The Cali company is launching The Blend, a set of ten black, color-coded rollerballs filled with different base notes, ranging from citrus to spices. When layered, the oils form thousands of different fragrances. But if you don’t have the creative genes of an Olsen and need direction, the kit comes with recipe cards to get you started—each indicating the number of circular swirls to apply on your pulse points to create a warm or zesty eau. And once you find your go-to combo, transporting the vials is simple and spill-proof.

$150, Fred Segal and

Marilyn Monroe on a Scent That Never Loses Its Sex Appeal; When It Comes to Miley, We Called It; Double Your Fragrance Fun With the Olsen’s Latest Launch; and More


Chanel released its new ad for No. 5 (dropping November 11) and the recording the house dug up in Marilyn Monroe’s archives. Makes us want to swap out our oversize sleep shirts for the far sexier fragrance.

Not to brag or anything, but we figured out Miley Cyrus’ Lil’ Kim Halloween costume long before she debuted it on Instagram. Perhaps we should have gone as Long Island medium Theresa Caputo last night…

Two is often better than one—especially when an Olsen is involved. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s latest endeavor: two Elizabeth and James fragrances dubbed Nirvana Black and White launching in January at Sephora.

Those monthly beauty-box subscriptions filled with sample-size products often leave much to be desired, but the latest Glossybox by Net-a-Porter (available November 4) is seriously impressive. A full-size, bullet-shaped Ellis Faas Mascara, RGB Cuticle Oil, and Kevyn Aucoin eye shadow duo are included, along with trial tubes and cans from luxe brands like Natura Bissé, Klorane, and Philip B.

Makeup artist extraordinaire François Nars is releasing a book published by Rizzoli—Faery Lands: Tahiti—filled with sepia-toned imagery from his island (yes, all his), Motu Tané, off the coast of Bora Bora. It hits the shelves of NARS boutiques and bookstores mid-November.

When they talk about the Axe effect, we don’t think the brand had asphyxiation by body spray in mind. After being spritzed in a sixth-grade Brooklyn classroom, eight children were sent to the hospital. Unlike the commercials, no bodacious models in bikinis appeared. We can only imagine the disappointment of those 12-year-old boys. [Time]

See a Sunnier Side of Kate; Get High-Fashion Fingertips; and More


Kate_MossMakeup artist and beauty editor of Line magazine, Francesca Tolot, released never-before-seen photos of the legendary Kate Moss, Bridget Hall, and Amber Valletta from a 1994 shoot with Herb Ritts. “She was like sunshine,” Tolot said of Moss, the model that ruled the grunge era. []

You can wear Balmain head to toe—literally. While the house already has a line of hair extensions and stylers, it is adding nail polish to its range of beauty offerings. The limited-edition set, including three classic shades (red, black, and beige) and a matte top coat, is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols starting October 20. And while you’ll have to eat the international shipping fee, you’re still guaranteed to spend far less on these colors than you would on couture.

According to, there are beauty benefits to living in space. Not only will you age .007 seconds slower among the stars than you will on earth, but shampooing becomes an entirely new and hair-raising experience.

If there is anyone that knows the power of undone hair, it’s an Olsen. Hence, the five-bobbies-only rule mane-master Mark Townsend is forced to abide by when styling Mary-Kate. But don’t think Ashley doesn’t have her quirks: The pro trims her ends while blow-drying so that she doesn’t see the scissors. [The Coveteur]

Photo: Francesa Tolot/