August 30 2014

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Origins Oils Up


origins-face-oilBy now the myths about face oils have been officially dispelled; they can be, without a doubt, hugely beneficial for your complexion, no matter whether it’s oily, dry, or in between, and have been a revered beauty ritual in a myriad of cultures since way, way back (circa 3500 BC). So while Origins may have taken a while to jump on the oil bandwagon, one thing is certain: Its new Plantscription Youth-Renewing Face Oil was very much worth the wait. The rejuvenating, softening, line-smoothing, radiance-boosting effects come courtesy of a medley of natural oils: sunflower seed, apricot kernel, rose hip, barley and wheat germ, olive, coconut, and evening primrose. So does the aroma, which, I can attest, has a particularly soothing effect come bedtime, when I have taken to slathering it on (any extra should be directed straight to the cuticles) before hitting the sack. Dreamy.


Photo: Courtesy of Origins

Origins Barks Up The Right Tree


ANOGEISSUS / an-oh-gee-sus/ n./ 1. A genus of trees that includes the species A. leiocarpus, a tall evergreen native to West Africa that often grows on the edges of the rain forest, along riverbanks, and in the Savanna; / n./ 2. Leaves that, when crushed, produce a yellow-hued pigment that is used in traditional African textile dyeing; / n./ 3. A holy tree in Burkina Faso called “Siiga” by locals, meaning “the soul;” / n./ 4. Medicinal bark that produces a rare microbial extract that is a natural wound healer with anti-aging properties that protect collagen and boost the skin’s production of the glycoprotein fibrillin, which helps increase firmness, e.g., “Get colorful and give your complexion a lift with anogeissus.”

Try It: Origins Plantscription SPF 25 Anti-Aging Cream with Anogeissus, $55,

Beauty And The Beat: “Shower, Mask, Spray, Leave.” Haim’s On-Tour Hair Secrets, Revealed


If you’ve ever wondered what Fleetwood Mac would sound like minus the hirsute members and souped up with modern R&B licks, percussive breakdowns, and vocal harmonies (and we have), then Haim would probably be the resulting musical lovechild. The three San Fernando Valley sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim, learned their way around their instruments and microphones playing in Rockinhaim for ten years, another band fronted by their parents. But since 2008, they’ve been making music away from mom and dad, and their solo stuff has had a bit more staying power. So far, 2012 has proved a big year for the trio: Since releasing their debut EP, the sunny “Forever,” they’ve toured to rapturous acclaim. Ahead of a major junket in the U.K. with Florence and the Machine, and the release of their new EP, “Don’t Save Me,” caught up with Este to talk poor senior-year-haircut judgment, how the sister act keeps their signature beach-y waves so shiny, and the benefits of sharing a closet with “the coolest bitches on the block.”

So. How’s touring going?
The tour has been insane. Like, last night we went to a restaurant and had a topless photo shoot, and we’ve been to places like Iceland—it was so beautiful; I never dreamed I’d ever go there. When we got to Brussels, we were headlining a show, and it was crazy: We thought there’d be, like, five people there. You can never believe you have fans across the world.

Well, you clearly do—Florence Welch has asked you to join her on tour in December, no small feat.
I know! It hasn’t even hit me yet. Every time I think about it I get excited. It’s such a huge, huge compliment that she asked us; we’re huge fans. She’s a magical performer—so magnetic, fun, and beautiful to watch. And her style is so sick. It will be the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for—it’s, like, 20,000 people at a time. The last show we played in London was the first time we heard our lyrics sang back to us. It was a pretty incredible feeling.

I saw you play in London, and your mom and dad came on for a cover of “Mustang Sally.” Presumably your parents won’t be around for this round of shows, but do you still plan on doing a bunch of covers?
We can’t do those songs without our parents! It just wouldn’t be right.

Fair enough. You and your sisters share a few similar sensibilities with Florence, particularly her oft-reported love for R&B. Do you anticipate any backstage collaborations?
I hope it’s a dance party every night. When we went to her after-show at the Hollywood Bowl [in Los Angeles], we just danced to Stevie Nicks and Prince till midnight. We danced so hard, like it was the last day of our lives.

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Beauty And The Beat: Kemp & Eden Is “More About The Ethereal”—And The Homemade Face Masks


Charlotte Kemp Muhl has something of a charmed life. The pouty-lipped model’s Maybelline contract and her duties to The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the band she fronts with boyfriend Sean Lennon, mean a constant string of international gigs and high-profile photo shoots. But she’s finding inspiration in her more humble beginnings for her latest musical interlude. While growing up in Georgia, she wrote a handful of songs for her longtime best friend and classically trained choral singer Eden Rice, which the duo has unearthed to form Kemp & Eden. Their debut album, Black Hole Lace, has them falling somewhere between Kate Bush and Simon and Garfunkel and utilizing philosophical lyrics (“Athena sprang from Zeus’ head / Lobotomy or cesarean?”) and ethereal harmonies all culled from the tracks they penned in their early teens. “We’ve been writing new songs recently, but funny enough, they haven’t changed that much,” says Muhl. “Frankly, I was a lot more mature when I was 14 than I am now—I’m totally in my fart jokes phase.” Here, the duo talks to about homespun face masks, hoarding Gunne Sax dresses, and why sometimes music trumps modeling.

You’ve known each other since you were children—why come together now on a music project?
Charlotte Kemp Muhl: We had given up on our childhood ambitions of writing music and being in a band—it seemed like a pipe dream—until I met Sean. He heard us playing live on a guitar at The Dakota, at his mom’s house, and said, “I really want to produce it!” So we put out this acoustic EP.

Is the writing process a collaborative one?
CKM: I actually write all the songs technically, but Eden has major veto power, and I write what I think she would like because she’s the lead vocalist. She’s a much better singer than I am—she was in a choir her whole childhood. I’m more of the songwriter, and I sing harmonies. With The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, it’s a guy and a girl, 50-50, and it’s definitely more of a struggle and more of a fight [writing songs]. It’s interesting because that represents exactly a world between a male and a female brain, and I do a lot of androgynous, experimental stuff with that. With Eden, it’s really feminine; it’s very soft and romantic, and more about the ethereal.

Having busy lives, how do you find the time to work on Kemp & Eden?
Eden Rice: We live with each other!

CKM: We live in Sean’s house so we see each other almost every day. [But] it’s hard, we really have trouble finding time to work on any of our projects. Luckily, we’re able to work pretty fast once we decide to; we did that whole EP in a week. We’re ready to finish our next record, which is pretty much already recorded. We also got our own guitarist—we used to rely on Sean a little too much, he was our guitarist and producer and relying on his schedule was really difficult. We’ve been doing stuff ourselves, which has liberated us.

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Pink Ribbon Winners


Big strides have been made in the beauty industry to promote breast cancer awareness since Evelyn Lauder co-created the pink ribbon initiative back in 1992. Almost twenty years later, every October now sees the debut of limited edition, charitable releases. Here, we’ve handpicked five of our favorite ways to shop for the cure.

Smash Hit

What: OPI’s limited-edition Pink Shatter: Pink of Hearts

Why: This is the first pink in the brand’s popular Shatter Nail Lacquers series, which includes texturizing varnishes that are free of DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde. Every purchase through October will go towards OPI’s annual $25,000 contribution to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Lather, Rinse, Give Back

What: Gianna Rose Atelier’s Soap

Why:These triple-milled, blush-toned bars are scented with fresh linen and embossed with a demure pink ribbon. A portion of the proceeds from the limited-edition set will be donated to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, but act fast: The boxes are sold out online but a few are still available by calling the company directly.

$25, 800-604-6234,

Skin Is In

What: Origins Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment

Why: Designed for all skin types, Origin’s limited edition cream-gel moisturizer contains Rose of Jericho and light-resistant oceanic flora to help boost moisture levels and repair UV damage. Plus, five dollars of each North American sale through October goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It’s a win-win.


Lip Service

What: La Mer Pink Ribbon Lip Balm

Why: La Mer’s lip salve contains a highly potent concentration of the famous nutrient-rich broth found in its world renowned crème along with lipids and mint to soften and plump lips for hours. This month, ten dollars of each sale will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


The Perfect Pinks

What: Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection High Shimmer Lip Gloss & Lip Color

Why: From the queen of natural beauty comes a limited-edition lip set containing a pink-y beige lipstick and sparkly gloss that look gorgeous on their own or layered together. Ten dollars of each sale through October goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics