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April 16 2014

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2 posts tagged "Orlane"

Orlane’s Babe in Arms

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Orlane-Arm-CreamAs a rule, we’re typically wary of topical cellulite-reducing creams that promise to tone and slim limbs by merely slathering on blood-flow-stimulating and muscle-contracting ingredients. “The question remains how much of any of these ingredients is really being absorbed into the skin to cause any long-term effect,” dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley once explained to us, confirming our suspicions. Still, the fact remains that these lotions remain incredibly popular this time of year. We understand the fascination, of course; getting yoga-fied arms without all the yoga sounds like a dream come true—and just might be possible, if you’re buying what Orlane is selling, which a lot of people apparently are. The French brand’s Refining Arm Cream is reportedly a best seller at Neiman Marcus and promises to increase definition and “visible firmness” to arms, with shiitake-mushroom extracts that boost the activity of collagen to enhance tone, Peruvian chamomile to reduce the formation of fat cells, and sweet-almond proteins that act to help restore definition. The application instructions are no joke: The directions suggest applying the luscious cream in circular motions in upward strokes toward your heart, twice a day, for six weeks straight—no breaks—which means by August 1, the joy of tank top wearing could take on a whole new meaning. Beauty challenge, accepted.

Photo: Courtesy of Orlane

Orlane Turns The Party Out For Afghan Hands

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“I’m from Afghanistan and I have six sisters, so by default, I had to become a feminist,” makeup artist Matin Maulawizada joked last night at the Longchamps store in Soho, where he was hosting a fundraiser for his charity, Afghan Hands. Started in 2004, the nonprofit empowers Afghan women often widowed by the war by enabling them to produce handmade scarves and shawls and work towards financial independence. “I have amassed a disturbing number of scarves,” Claire Danes, one of the evening’s other hosts, divulged of the beautiful, homespun accessories on display. Danes was joined at the podium by actress and fellow Maulawizada devotee Cynthia Nixon. “He is a very talented makeup artist,” Nixon said of the face painter, who also primps Meryl Streep, among other Hollywood A-listers. “But this is his real passion.”

Ryan McGinness, Jessica Seinfeld, and Kelly Killoren Bensimon also showed up for the Orlane-sponsored event, where Benjamin Doller of Sotheby’s auctioned off posh trips to Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn and L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills. Orlane’s late vice president Naz Toloui was the first board member of Afghan Hands, and the French skincare brand was on hand to provide gift bags and introduce the latest edition to its line, Crème Royale Neck and Décolleté. “It’s a happy merging of altruism and materialism,” Danes said of supporting the cause—which she’ll be doing more of come next year. Both she and her mother (a textile designer by trade) and Nixon and her daughter will be creating designs for the initiative.

Photo: Neil Rasmus / Billy Farrell Ageny