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The Fab Five: Spring Skin Rebooters


Whether you call it a reboot, a refresh, or a revival, usually come January—after a month of out-and-out neglect plus overindulgence of every variety—our skin is in dire need of some kind of do-over. And since this also happens to be the time of year for appearance-driven resolutions, products designed to give skin an overhaul (from addressing discoloration to dehydration to loss of elasticity) seem particularly in order. Here, our five favorite new ways to get a fresh start in 2013.

The Lotus Position
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream
Used both for healing and beautifying purposes, the sacred lotus has been revered in Asian culture for thousands of years. The flower’s polyphenol-packed extract is the star of this supremely luxe salve, which is bolstered by blue-green alga and vitamins c and e to help offer deep hydration and improve elasticity.

Seoul Cycle
Amarté Wonder Cream
Boasting a formula centered on the power of a natural immunity booster (cultivated Korean mushrooms called Schizophyllan), this is the hero product from this new niche skincare brand out of Seoul. The treatment balm focuses on simultaneously lightening sun spots and exfoliating the skin.

The Night Time Is The Right Time
StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
StriVectin’s signature NIA-114 gets a major potency boost from the addition of the gold-standard antiager, retinol. Extensive clinical trials show the nighttime treatment to be both highly tolerable for sensitive types and effective at improving skin tone and texture. It’s a “midnight multitasker,” as the company rightfully touts.

Crystal Vision
Tatcha Akari Crystal Massager and Enriching Renewal Cream
Once you experience the wonders of this crystal massager inspired by Japanese acupressure techniques (it can be warmed or cooled for added effect), you will be immediately converted. Pat on the intensely moisturizing eye cream, rich in red alga, hyaluronic acid, and peony, then use the tool to gently massage it in, working in a counterclockwise motion from outer to inner corner, five times on each eye.

The Bright Side
Olay Professional Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment
Olay has mastered the elusive art of creating nuanced, advanced skincare options for those on a drugstore budget, and their Pro-X Even Skin Tone line exemplifies that effort. The latest addition is focused on fading dark spots and speeding up cell turnover.

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Forbes Reveals The Beauty Biz Top 10; Nicki Minaj’s Purple Friday; And More…


Forbes announced the top ten beauty brands in the world today, which includes Olay in the number one spot, Avon in the number two spot, and L’Oréal coming in third. [Forbes]

Following in the footsteps of newly purple Katy Perry and Kelly Osbourne, Nicki Minaj has traded in her collection of signature pink wigs for a new lavender look, which she debuted in London last night. [Daily Mail]

Elizabeth Arden has made like Estée Lauder, Shiseido, and Clinique by signing an editorial facepainter as its first-ever global makeup artist. Rebecca Restrepo, who has worked with photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Patrick Demarchelier and celebs like Tina Fey, Mary-Louise Parker, and Parker Posey, will now serve as spokesperson and creative adviser for the brand. [WWD]

The growth of celebrity Twitter accounts has given us many mind-boggling moments, and Heidi Klum offered up another one yesterday when she tweeted a modeling photo of herself from 20 years ago, in which she sports black eyebrows and dark brunette hair. “This is my original hair color,” the model mogul admits in the post. [Twitter]

Following its successful makeup bag collaboration with Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED project, Clarins has signed on to help stage the Million Meals Concert next month, which will raise money to help nourish children in need and will include performances by John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield and a speech from the one and only Bill Clinton. [Marie Claire]

Photo: Courtesy of Olay

Talking Sunspots With Dr. Macrene Alexiades


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

Every time I go out in the sun, I get what I have dubbed a “solar mustache,” a constellation of brown spots right above my upper lip. Why is this happening and what can I do to avoid it?

“This is because perspiration accumulates on the upper lip, beneath the nose, and washes away the sunscreen there more quickly than on other parts of the face. You need to go with a heavy-duty sunscreen, like even an SPF 100, there and reapply frequently. Hats help but do not really adequately cover this area.

Once it happens, especially if it’s really dark, you need to move quickly. I recommend visiting your dermatologist for a laser zapping or chemical peel to get rid of the brown color first. Then, at home, you can try a topical product with a lightening agent like Tri-Luma, which is available by prescription. If you want to do something that is hydroquinone-free, Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate with glucosamine is great, or there is also Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector. A similar product from [my line] 37 Extreme Actives is coming out in a few months.”

Dr. Macrene Alexiades is a Harvard-educated dermatologist and scientist with a research center and private practice in New York that focuses on laser and aesthetic dermatology. She is the creator of the cult favorite antiaging skincare line 37 Extreme Actives, which will release a new product in September at Neiman Marcus.

How To Get The Fall Flush


While we typically associate blush with Spring—when an onslaught of rosy pigments tend to hit shelves to help the pale masses ease their way out of winter and into the summer sun—the great cheek accentuator is making an uncharacteristic splash for Fall. As one of the trends we’ve noticed backstage this season, blush has come in a whole range of shades and, perhaps more interestingly, placements, providing an updated take on an age-old staple.

Most recently, models sported “a gorgeous rosy cheek” at Versace, where Pat McGrath finger blended Olay’s Simply Ageless moisture-rich formula from the apples of models’ cheeks toward their temples, only a day after making it the star product backstage at Prada. There, in accordance with Mrs. Prada’s “innocent glamor” directive, McGrath placed the rosy pigment on cheeks, lids and lips for a uniform flush.

Before the fashion pack headed across the pond, rouge went rogue on countless occasions in New York, too. At Marc Jacobs, François Nars dabbed his Cream Blush in Lokoune low and haphazardly to resemble “a grandmother who’s a bit eccentric.” The placement wasn’t all that dissimilar to Tom Pecheux’s at Ralph Lauren where the face painter intentionally went low to “get rid of the sporty look. This keeps it from being too girly,” he said of the layers of MAC Cosmetics blush in Fleur Power, a bright pink, and Esée Lauder Silky Powder Blush in Radiant Peach, a warm apricot, that he blended just above the outer corners of the mouth before painting on a bright red pout.

Perhaps our favorite flush thus far came at the hands of Gucci Westman. “I wanted you to really feel it-like it’s authentic,” the Revlon global artistic director said at Oscar de la Renta where she swirled the brand’s ColorBurst Lipsticks in Fuchsia and Candy Pink in a “big apple” on models’ cheeks. The best part? Her inspiration: Westman could not get the image of Björk on the Jean Paul Gaultier runway circa Fall 1994 out of her head when the raven-haired Icelandic beauty rocked a similar look. Love.

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Luca Cannonieri / at Marc Jacobs; Luca Cannonieri / at Oscar de la Renta; Luca Cannonieri / at Ralph Lauren; Luca Cannonieri / at Versace; Luca Cannonieri / at Prada

Kim Cattrall Inks A Beauty Deal; Jennifer Aniston Reviles The “Rachel”; And More…


The latest bit of spokesperson news doesn’t involve one of Tinseltown’s twentysomething scene stealers. Instead, Olay is putting Kim Cattrall in the spotlight as the face of its new Total Effects antiaging bodycare range. A little Photoshopping seems evident in the ads—which, for the record, aren’t close-ups—but for the most part, Cattrall looks each and every one of her 54 years, and all the better for it. [Stylelist]

“I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen.” …Jennifer Aniston on the “Rachel,” which captivated salon-goers in the nineties. [Allure]

Khloe Kardashian’s stint as a redhead is officially over. A moment of silence to mourn the loss, please. And…over it. [People]

How did Mila Kunis get her Golden Globes glow? A $7,000 HD Diamond and Ruby Peel courtesy of aesthetician Scott Vincent Borba, that’s how. [InStyle]

Photo: Getty Images