5 posts tagged "Molton Brown"
Molton Brown was the gateway beauty brand that led us to a life of super-high-end hand soaps, body washes, and the like. Before we stumbled upon its Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Therapy and the equally intoxicating Gingerlily scent, we had lived a Dove bar-soap existence—not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. But adding a dose of luxury to your daily lather can certainly put you into a whole different mind-set. While we came to the British brand, which was born above a Mayfair hair salon, a little late, about ten years ago or so, this year actually marks its fortieth anniversary, which it is celebrating in style. No stranger to the world of high fashion—MB cast a then-up-and-coming Kate Moss in its first-ever advertising campaign, in the early nineties—the company has partnered with Giles Deacon on a limited-edition range. The Patchouli & Saffron Collection, which boasts a nostalgic patchouli oil, antioxidant-rich saffron, leather-and-oud scent, includes a Body Wash, Body Lotion, and a scented candle with a snuff lid designed by Deacon. The lid itself goes on sale next week, and its proceeds will benefit GEORGE, a co-brand of St. George’s Society of New York, the largest British charity in America. In the meantime, you can snag the shower duo right here, right now.
Giles Deacon for Molton Brown limited-edition candle snuff lid, available May 1 at www.moltonbrown.com.
With so many gift bags, on-site manis, and transitional “night makeup” applications to be had last night, I decided the best way to cover a lot of ground was to stick to one neighborhood. So for convenience reasons, I chose Soho and made my first stop Anna Sui on Greene Street. I naturally gravitated toward the cosmetics counter, where Sui’s new moisturizing foundation and iridescent nail lacquers were on display, both of which are only available for purchase at her flagship. Bearing that in mind, I picked up a sparkly purple color and continued on my way, past a window display of live male models at the Penguin store and into Space NK Apothecary, where I had my first taste of Champagne. “Can I just pour myself a glass?” I asked of the unattended sparkling rosé sitting on the counter, to which a pleasant shopgirl replied, “Of course!” (This is the kind of retail shopping I could get used to.) After a Bumble and Bumble hair touchup (the new, shorter ‘do has been a big hit at fashion week thus far, for those of you who were wondering), I had a conversation on red lipstick—”It’s Dior,” I said of the discontinued bullet I was reapplying when another crimson-mouthed shopper inquired about my shade of choice. And hers? MAC’s Lady Danger, the same shade that the brand’s vice president of makeup artistry, Gordon Espinet, asked me if I was wearing when I made my way up Spring Street to his party. Espinet took me through MAC’s red-orange color gradient when I revealed that I was not in fact wearing one of his creations (gasp!), and I chose a tube of Morange, one of the best true oranges on the market right now. Needing a little sustenance I remembered a very important freebie happening just across the way at Molton Brown: salty snacks! So I crossed the cobblestones and popped a handful of kettle corn into my mouth. Although I was looking forward to a selection of British ales, as advertised, I happily took a Heineken (apparently Boddingtons only comes in four-packs) and used my right hand to sip while I got a hand massage on the left. Unable to resist the scent of the Eucalyptus and Ginger Scrub my masseur used for pre-rub-down exfoliation, I made yet another purchase and continued south to Chanel. There, past the line of hip-hop enthusiasts stalking Kid Cudi at Bathing Ape, aestheticians were painting nails in the middle of the store using the brand’s new Jade collection. I almost partook, but my current ten-finger salute to Essie’s One of a Kind is just two days old, so I spent my time perusing the accessories case instead. I almost made last night the night I purchased that gold, three-pronged camellia key chain I’ve been coveting, but alas. Maybe next year?
The clock is winding down to the official start of the Fashion’s Night Out festivities, so we thought we’d give you a few more reasons to go out and get gorgeous tomorrow night. Below, find our updated list of steals, deals, and general good times to be had all over the city. For the record, free flower bouquets, star-studded karaoke, and totally gratis styling sessions spell banner evening to us.
To celebrate its commitment to the art of fragrance combining, Jo Malone will be offering custom floral arrangements by a stylist from British floral shop Jane Packer, inspired by your perfume purchases. Pick up a bottle of Red Roses for yourself and leave with a dozen long stems for your living room.
Stop By: 946 Madison Ave. at 75th St.
Kiehl’s Since 1851
Kiehl’s Since 1851 will be setting up a Karaoke Karnival hosted by Entourage‘s Emmanuelle Chriqui from 7 to 11 p.m. at its East Village flagship. Everyone who sings will get a complimentary tube of the brand’s Lip Balm #1 and spectators will be treated to more than a few undisclosed celebrity performances. (Spoiler alert: American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis will kick things off promptly at 7).
Stop By: 109 Third Ave. at 13th St.
Have you ever just wanted a straight, informed answer to that burning question, is Creme de La Mer really worth the price? Well, tomorrow night might be your chance to get it when Robin Shandler, executive director of global product development at the Max Huber Research Labs, will be on hand at Saks from 7 to 10 p.m. to personally answer questions while guests enjoy signature La Mer skincare and color treatments.
Stop By: 611 Fifth Ave. at 50th St.
Here’s one for the guys. To properly launch its new men’s range stateside, all Molton Brown outlets in the city will be transformed into British pubs serving pints of British ales with traditional salted snacks.
Stop By: Click here for a list of locations.
To further promote its sponsorship of Betsey Johnson’s runway show this season, Stila will be offering complimentary makeovers at Johnson’s Soho boutique. It’s the perfect combination of Lip Glaze and frilly frocks.
Stop By: 138 Wooster St. at Houston St.
Bumble and Bumble
It’s all about updos, uptown, and being up late. Get a free styling session at the Bumble and Bumble Salon in Midtown and learn backstage secrets from the Bb editorial team. You can even choose a style straight from the Fall runways and your stylist will re-create the look for you on the spot. We recommend trying out one of the eighties bouffants from the Marc Jacobs show.
Stop By:146 E 56th St. between Third Ave. and Lexington Ave.
A little something to start your weekend off right: Tomorrow afternoon from 1 to 6 and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the six stateside outposts of Molton Brown will be offering unwinding, uplifting, totally free body remedies in order to let consumers experience their new Body Therapies products in store. Designed to counteract the daily grind and its effects on the skin, mind, and body, the line’s Purify, Nurture, Unwind, and Sleep collections have been converted into in-store treatments that come with a short consultation and instructions on how to re-create the experience at home. Choose from a head and temple massage, a nourishing hand and nail treatment, or a purifying hand treatment. And yes, cookies and mint tea will abound.
When Molton Brown entered the hair category last year, it didn’t mess around. With four different lines of shampoos and accompanying conditioners plus a host of styling products and targeted treatments, the company managed to harness all of the power from its luxury British skincare products and make it available to our common, American tresses in need of a bit of upper-crust pampering. Stopping by the Molton Brown lounge at the Bryant Park Hotel this weekend in between doing battle backstage, I discovered a particularly standout product in the line, worth mentioning for the dried-out, sun-fried masses recovering from a few too many weekends spent on the beach this summer. Working off the same principle as a cleansing facial oil—the idea being that oil emulsifies to remove excess oil for a deep cleaning action you can’t get with soap alone—Molton Brown’s Depth Charge Seednoir Prewash Hair-Therapy is a great scalp treatment that also doubles as an essential oil-packed moisture mask for split ends. Massimo (that’s first name only), the on-hand stylist, recommended the elixir as a great pre-workout treatment: Massage into scalp, then comb through the hair shaft, coating the ends so that the heat you generate while getting your heart rate up activates the revitalizing and restorative properties of the product. (Side note: It also smells unbelievable.)
Photo: Courtesy of Molton Brown