September 1 2014

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Beauty 411: Shin An


SHIN Headshot-cropHairstylist Shin An’s signature dry-cutting technique has earned her devotees from coast to coast. Quite literally. Before heading west two years ago to open her eponymous salon in a breezy cottage (complete with sprawling patio for treatments alfresco) on Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue, An was wielding her shears in New York City, at Mark Garrison and Paul Labrecque. Her beauty cred is indisputable—she herself has one of the most enviable manes around, and hair master Philip B even named two products after her—so we were thrilled to have An divulge some of her own favorites on both coasts.

THE NAIL DESTINATION: Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa

“Whenever I am in New York, I stop in to see Aurora [Binu]. She truly gives the best manicure and pedicure I’ve ever had.”

Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa, 171 East 65th Street, New York, 212-988-7816;


“I go see Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao in Santa Monica. They cover all areas of wellness and nutrition, and have helped two friends of mine with fertility issues. Then I see Philip Trigiani, a healer and acupuncturist, when I’m in New York. Philip has helped me relieve pain throughout the years.”

Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao,; Dr. Philip Trigiani,


“I love to go to the Chopra Center in La Costa for massages. Merwan [Ramsden] really knows what to do. Pure therapy and relaxation!”


THE NATURAL-FOOD STOP: Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

“I shop for all my produce at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. They have the freshest variety of everything, and it’s so close to home.”

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THE BROW GURU: Brittney Gray at Shin

“Brittney is a master at shaping! She tweezes my brows to perfection instead of using wax.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128;

THE HAIR HELPER: Star Peterson at Shin

“My girl Star! She knows exactly what works for my head shape, and understands me. I am probably her most difficult client ever.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128;


“One of my favorite places is Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Adriatic Sea is breathtakingly beautiful and untouched. I love to stay at the Hotel Argentina. The views are amazing, and they have an infinity pool that goes right into the sea—so gorgeous! I always take a car out to eat at Velji Do, a mountaintop restaurant; the views are breathtaking, and only locals know about this spot. To make a reservation, you have to call a day before and place your order in advance. My favorite meal is the lamb and potatoes that they cook for five hours. Everything is locally grown, they have the best bread, and make their own cheese and milk—you can’t get more organic than that!”



“It’s important for me to shake up my workout routines to keep them interesting. I try to fit in time about five to six days a week with a combination that really works for my body. A personal trainer, Effie, incorporates weights, cardio, and balance all in one session. I also see Paul Abbott at Foundation Pilates. He is a master with the Reformer and has accumulated over five hundred different exercises in his dojo. And finally, the famous Santa Monica stairs: an unbelievable workout that’s completely free.”

For Effie,; and for Paul Abbott,


“The Bamboo Mint Scrub by Ko’an has everything you need in a face [exfoliator], and a girl needs all the help she can get. And I love Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil—I honestly use this all over my body, face, and hair. The scent is so delish.”

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“I love earthy scents, so I layer Malin + Goetz Cannabis oil and Chanel Sycomore perfume. At least two people a day ask me what I’m wearing, and I always feel bad because it’s my own perfect, personal blend of two scents.”

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“The Kimiko Hydrating Tint SPF 20 is literally the only makeup I wear. It makes my skin look and feel dewy. For nails, I love the brand Julep. The colors are bright and intense, and the new Freedom Polymer Topcoat is the best; high shine, and it dries in five minutes.”

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“Liqwd Volume Catalyst is the best [body booster] on the market, and the scent is beyond. We sell it at the salon, and I can’t get enough!”



“I have to say, I always feel at home when I go to a good old-fashion Korean spa like Crystal. You don’t go here for the ambience, but they take the body scrub to a different level. They are beyond thorough and finish off the treatment with an amazing hair wash and face mask. I always sleep better after these treatments, and the best part: It’s $90! I’ve tried all of the fancy spas in L.A., and this is by far my favorite hidden gem!”

3500 West 6th Street, Suite 321, Los Angeles, 213-487-5600;

Beauty Etiquetter: The Verdict on Haircut Copycatting


Beauty Etiquetter is a new column on Beauty Counter in which we address your beauty-protocol predicaments with candid advice from industry experts and those in the know. To submit a question, e-mail

The Quandary:
My best friend just got the most amazing haircut ever, and I want it for myself. Is imitation the best form of flattery, or is it creepy?

The Expert in Residence:
Paul Labrecque, stylist and owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa

The Advice:
“I think it’s a generational thing. Teens click closely with their peers—wearing similar clothes, using the same makeup, and even putting it on the same way, just typically sharing the same overall style. It often seems like teens try to look as similar as possible, so at that age, I don’t see any problem with wanting a haircut/style that’s just like one of your friend’s—imitation is normal and is definitely a form of flattery. But once my clients are all grown up, I don’t think it’s okay for them to request the exact same style as their best friend. At this stage in life, it’s more important than ever to stay true to your own original sense of style. You should have an idea now what’s flattering or not for your face, hair texture, lifestyle, career, et cetera from past experimentation, and that’s what your haircut selection should be based on. And it’s likely your coloring or face shape isn’t exactly the same as your best friend’s, so the highlights or shorter cut that might look great on her won’t look exactly the same on you. Find a stylist who can lead you in a direction that’s flattering for you and will complement your lifestyle and, most importantly, won’t create an exact replica of a friend’s look.”

Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

Malibu For The Masses, Dolly Fights Back, And More…


Pamela Anderson’s Malibu fragrance duo has finally arrived in drugstores nationwide, prompting the former Baywatch babe to go on Ellen, where she described the scents as “cheap and sweet, like me.” They’re also PETA-approved, so…there’s that. [Bella Sugar]

Speaking of PETA, Michelle Obama’s stylist, Yusef Williams, reportedly uses Straight Finish from Paul Labrecque to smooth out the First Lady’s bob, and Labrecque just so happens to be part of a growing group of stylists to sign PETA’s “no testing on animals” pledge. You hear that, Carla? Cruelty-free is in. Your move. [Opposing Views]

Skin-lightening creams, the controversial treatments that have been popular with women in India for years, are now gaining adherents among men. [NPR]

Dolly Parton has a message for haters who think she wears too much makeup: “You mind your own business, I’ll wear my makeup when I want to, how I want to.” Sing it, sister. [National Post]

Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images