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Beauty Nostalgia is a 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: Misha Anderson, co-founder of Woodley & Bunny salon and apothecaries.
The Product: “I took my first trip to Paris in the late eighties, when I was in high school. While there, I was introduced to the concept of the French pharmacy. It was like being in a candy store with all of these exotic brands and lotions and potions I had never seen before. I was at that age when this was a dazzling, sexy experience, when discovery was a prize, when you notice everything, because your senses are not jaded with the overload of years and wisdom. A product that really caught my eye was the square shimmering bottle of NUXE’s Huile Prodigieuse Or. It’s this thick oil with glimmer and gold—and I had to buy it. The only issue was that I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do with it. I ended up using it on my face, my hair, my body—I actually worried that I might be using it ‘wrong.’ I did not speak French, and the directions in English were vague. I thought it might be a tanning oil, because what else could it be? What else were you supposed to do with an oil but induce a tan? I was traveling to the French Riviera in the next days, lying on a towel next to the sea, with the idea of being a bronze goddess. [Huile Prodigieuse] was a step above my Ban de Soleil. I felt rich, in every sense.When I got back to the States, I showed everyone this newly won ‘trophy,’ and every time I went back to Europe after that, I brought back something new, and was loaded down with requests from all of my friends. The experience completely inspired my idea for Woodley & Bunny’s apothecary in the late nineties. It’s about supplying not just my friends but any beauty junkie with the delectable experience of trying something new or exotic, with that sense of luxury. It feels like sharing a secret. I don’t have the original bottle of Huile Prodigieuse anymore, but at one point, we sold NUXE at Woodley & Bunny and I got to look at the bottle every day.”
Woodley & Bunny, the hair salon and apothecary set up by sisters Misha and Erin Anderson in 2005, has done something pretty unique: The concept shop has managed to become one of New York’s go-to destinations for all things beauty, and it’s not even open in Manhattan. The Brooklyn flagship is about to get some company, though. “Stars aligned, and we had a wonderful opportunity to make it happen, so we seized it,” Misha Anderson says of W&B’s newest location in West Hollywood, which is opening its doors this month. The 600-square foot Los Angeles space won’t have a fully functional salon like its Williamsburg predecessor, but it will boast a mini facial bar, brow-shaping, and makeup services—as well as the incredibly well-curated selection of hard-to-find product lines that Anderson has become known for. “Because it’s a very intimate space, the lines are even more edited,” she says of the selection of Ellis Faas and RMS Beauty cosmetics, Sachajuan Professional hair care, and Sentara skincare, the French organic line preferred by starlets like Mélanie Laurent that are amongst the offerings. There will be some West Coast exclusives to look forward to as well. “Julisis Skincare will be a big launch for the L.A. store,” Anderson says of the homeopathic “activated gold” range, as will its condensed service menu, which includes airbrushing, lash application, and facepainting. “To have the ability to get a full makeup service by a seasoned professional for $48 is a steal,” Anderson effuses (watch your back, Blushington). And this is just the beginning of the Woodley & Bunny expansion plan. After the first international outpost opens in Berlin this summer, New York City will finally get a piece of the action come fall.
8318½ W. 3rd St., Los Angeles; 323-951-9906.
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”
Despite electing to shut down the clothing arm of their Williamsburg-based salon-boutique-apothecary triple play earlier this summer, Woodley & Bunny’s beauty business is booming. Sisters and co-owners Erin and Misha Anderson have just launched an e-commerce site for the well-edited selection of products from Sachajuan, Lipstick Queen, and Nuxe, among others, available at their North 10th Street storefront. Putting on hipster-approved leggings, riding boots, and a fedora to brave the Bedford Avenue L train stop just to get your beauty fix is no longer necessary—hurray.