August 27 2014

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11 posts tagged "MoroccanOil"

New Wave a New Way, Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim


phillip-lim“When I saw the collection, it reminded me very much of who I was as a teenager,” said makeup artist Francelle Daly. Apparently, the face painter had Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nina Hagen, and Culture Club on repeat, as those were her references for the look at today’s show. Daly focused mainly on creating a squared-off eyebrow—taking the shape straight across and lending a bit of a curve to keep arches less “robotic” and more “feminine.” Lids were left naked, lashes were curled and coated with NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, and a combo of Nico and Zen blush was lightly dusted in the contours of the cheeks with a powder brush. Nails were painted with Crossroads, an eggplant-like lacquer from the designer’s forthcoming polish collection with the beauty brand.

For hair pro Paul Hanlon, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie acted as inspirations, along with eighties Esprit catalogs and photos taken by Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber. Fellow stylist Didier Malige was also on Hanlon’s mind. “I’m a big fan of him,” he said. Hanlon began by working Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse through the mid-lengths and ends, and misted Root Boost in front before blow-drying. A generous amount of oil was used all over for separation and a “sweaty” effect. “I put a lot on the roots so that you see the comb marks,” he explained. A thicker curl cream was applied to the top section in order to mold the hair back off the face before it was pinned and fixed in place with strong-hold hairspray. “It’s what they used to do [in the eighties], but completely deconstructed,” Hanlon said. I think we can all agree that a literal interpretation of this particular era wasn’t missed.

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Backstage At Burberry Prorsum: Modernizing The English Rose


BurberryThere was a departure from the norm in Kensington Gardens today. The Burberry girl is still ever present, but she’s taken twee and turned it modern.

Makeup artist Wendy Rowe went for a flower petal effect on eyes, using soft and sugary hues that echoed the pastel coats and lace dresses that made their way down the runway. Graduated tones of pink (from a forthcoming eye shadow quad) in a velvety finish covered lids and were smoked alluringly under the lash line. Determined to avoid “old lady territory,” Rowe kept lashes bare to modernize the look. The obligatory sculpting came into play to hone some killer cheekbones, and Lip Mist in Trench Kiss was added for a touch of nude.

Hair was a simple affair at the hands of Neil Moodie, who, after blow-drying strands, added Moroccanoil Frizz Control with his fingertips for a bit of natural texture. “It should look like the hair had a blow dry about two days ago,” he explained.

Meanwhile, an exciting development in the nail arena occurred with the unveiling of six new limited-edition Burberry nail lacquers—each perfectly corresponding to a bag in the collection. If we can’t get our hands on the macaroon-colored clutches come Spring, at least we can wear the same shade on our fingertips.

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Beauty 411: Jennifer Zuccarini Of Fleur Du Mal



Jennifer Zuccarini’s creations have always been an intimate affair. Literally. The Toronto-born, New York-based designer has devoted her career to lingerie. In 2005, she co-founded Kiki de Montparnasse, a brand that brought a singular couture sensibility and naughty elegance to the world of underpinnings, with its triple-digit assortment of boudoir essentials like crotchless lace leggings and leather harness bustiers. Zuccarini helped the label branch out into ready-to-wear and beauty before making the leap to mainstream lingerie paragon Victoria’s Secret in 2008. But last year, Zuccarini went back to her niche luxury roots and founded boutique brand Fleur du Mal. Named after Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems about duality, her latest intimate venture is focused on dressing up and undressing, with provocative ready-to-wear and lingerie designs—meaning high-slit pencil skirts and sheer blouses, alongside baby dolls and lacy garters. What Zuccarini has in heavy rotation: the georgette ruffle-back jumpsuit from the current collection and the soft-bullet bra in Japanese-inspired jacquard coming out for Spring 2014. Most recently, Zuccarini, after tying the knot herself this May, added a bridal collection with unexpected options for your big-night trousseau. Here, the intimates designer extraordinaire with the signature flame-red hair shares some of her essentials in the beauty department.

THE MANE MASTERS: Jennifer Thorpe, Michael Matula, and Pam Baumgartner
“There are two people that I am devoted to for color: Jennifer [Thorpe] at Sam Brocato Salon in Soho because she has devised the perfect formulation of maybe four different colors to get to the one I have now. I always like a bit of pink thrown in and she gets it. I’m also devoted to Michael Matula, the owner of Mudhoney Salon. Michael is a legend and Mudhoney is the most rock ‘n’ roll salon in NYC. Pam Baumgartner cuts my hair—she doesn’t work at a salon but mainly styles for editorial shoots and the runway with Eugene Souleiman, and sees a few clients at her loft across the hall from our Fleur du Mal studio.”

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THE HAIR COCKTAIL: Moroccan Oil Shampoo, Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque, and Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray
“It’s not easy to maintain artificially bright red hair. I wash [mine] with a sulfate-free shampoo like Moroccan Oil—the key is to wash as infrequently as possible. Then I follow with the Brazilian Blowout Acai Masque and finish with Bumble and Bumble Prep Spray before blow-drying.”

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“I like the Triple Oxygen facial from Bliss. Occasionally I see this amazing Japanese facialist named Kimye Horikoshi; my friend Zoya Loeb, who has the most gorgeous skin, recommended her.”

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THE FEEL-GOOD RITUAL: Hanging Out at the Hammam
“I love a good steam. If I lived closer to a proper hammam, I would go all the time. When I’m back in Canada, I always love Hammam Spa on King Street in Toronto, and of course, the Nordic Baths at Bota Bota; it’s a supercool spa on a boat.”

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“I’m really into coconut oil for my skin and hair—once you start reading about the benefits, you’ll want to use it for everything. My go-to is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Virgin Coconut Oil.”

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“It sounds a bit decadent, but I love St. Bart’s, especially off-season. The beaches are incredible, there’s decent surf, fun to be had if you want it, and amazing food—Maya’s is my favorite restaurant and the croissants from [Boulangerie] Choisy are seriously better than anything I’ve had in France—what else could you possibly want?”

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“Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro is silky and gorgeous—I wear color 401, a shockingly bright orange. For eyes, I may go two days out of 365 without liquid eyeliner, and yes, I think it’s beach appropriate…Brigitte Bardot, anyone? Right now I’m using YSL Beauty eyeliner pot in [Black] Bronze.”

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THE MUSCLE RELAXER: Massage at Eden Spa
“The massage at Eden Spa on Broadway below Canal is a must. It’s the city’s best massage in my opinion, and it’s open late on Sunday! They include a meal with the [rubdown], though I can’t vouch for the food. A Sunday night massage is my favorite.”

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“SLT is like Pilates boot camp. I wasn’t expecting to go to a Pilates class and be yelled at, but somehow I like it. Not to mention they have great music.”

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“I wear Le Labo Santal 33; it’s heady and sexy. Most recently, I discovered Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume, which is also dreamy.”

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“Charlotte Rampling forever.”

Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Zuccarini

Burning Love


Moroccanoil CandleThe New York Times recently published a piece focusing on how beauty companies are stepping up their game in terms of luxury fragrances for hair. Moroccanoil, however, made scent its signature (and a major selling point) from the very beginning—infusing all of its products, from the renowned argan-oil treatment to shampoo, with a unique, unisex eau that could only be described as a culmination of juxtaposing spicy, powdery, and fresh notes that work surprisingly well together. While co-founder of the company, Carmen Tal, remains tight-lipped about what exactly comprises the intoxicating aroma, she says, “It’s inspired by one of life’s pleasures that has influenced the creation of all Moroccanoil products, an exhilarating, experiential, and sensorial journey through the Mediterranean.” And in lieu of a hair mist (the direction many brands are going these days), Moroccanoil created a candle to broaden the sensory experience beyond what’s on your head. With fifty hours of burning time, the fragrance consumers crave can now fill their homes and is guaranteed to linger long after their blow-outs bite the dust.

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Kate Moss Reveals Tanning Habits for Allure; Chloe Norgaard’s Rainbow-Hair Connection; Diptyque’s New Digs; and More


kate-moss-cover-shoot-03_resizeKate Moss covers the August issue of Allure—her ninth cover for the magazine. In the article, the notoriously private supermodel open up about everything from her early insecurities regarding posing nude (“I used to be so scared about ‘Oh, I don’t want to show my body.’ Now that I’ve shown it, it doesn’t bug me about my moles, or ‘This isn’t big enough’ and ‘That’s not smooth enough.’”) to her well-documented tanning habits (“I don’t mind a bikini bottom. My husband likes lines on the bum—men like white bums, like a frame. I don’t do it on the boobs, though—I try not to have a white boob.”). Moss also broke down her daily beauty routine, saying, “I use that Moroccanoil stuff, and then I blow-dry [hair] upside down and brush it. Maybe I’ll give it a back-comb at the top.” And her cardinal hair-care rule? “Always clean hair. That’s a must. If in doubt, wash it.” Simple enough, right?

Chloe Norgaard has built a modeling career on her Technicolored tresses. In a video accompanying United Colors of Benetton’s Fall ’13 campaign, in which she stars alongside a slew of musicians and other fresh faces, the catwalker-cum-DJ discusses her first blue dye job in first grade: “My favorite color to have in my hair is rainbow. I can’t choose just one and love all colors except for brown.”

Diptyque disciples, rejoice: The cult French perfumer and candle purveyor announced that it will be opening its third New York store at 242 Mott Street in Nolita early next month. Bring on the eaux.

With this melt-your-face-off heat wave in New York showing no signs of letting up, we’ve been brushing up on warm-weather skincare. In addition to SPF protection, The Guardian advises: “Don’t even think about foundation, powder, and any elaborate makeup in this heat. Just apply sunblock, then a tinted moisturizer, and some concealer over any spots.” It also encourages switching to a waterproof mascara. In the same vein, BellaSugar’s roundup of blow-dryer-free hairstyles, including plenty of updated updos, was also helpful.