15 posts tagged "Phyto"
In the ever changing—and, perhaps more accurately, quickly homogenizing—creative landscape of New York, jewelry designer Suzannah Wainhouse stands blissfully apart: both she and her work, resolutely singular presences. I first discovered her impactful creations, many of which have an antique, often native quality to them, at Williamsburg’s Beautiful Dreamers and have counted myself a fan ever since (I can rarely be found without my leather-bound, arrowhead Ida necklace). This summer Wainhouse has been dreaming up a new African-inspired collection of jewelry, while also spending plenty of time in her painting studio (look out for shows in September and October) and trolling the beach at Fort Tilden. Just as striking as her jewelry is her own extensive collection of tattoos, all of which have been done by friends (most recently, Brooklyn’s Bailey Robinson) and are, therefore, quite meaningful. Wainhouse, whose beauty icon ideal would be a mash-up of Jane Birkin and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, has a routine that is pared down to say the least. Here, she shares some of her go-tos.
THE SKINCARE STALWARTS
“I try to keep my beauty regimen simple and use only organic products and lots of oil. I use a lot of Josie Maran and Suki products—my favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Oil face wash and the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. For oil, I always love Spectrum coconut oil, Dr. Alkaitis face oil, and Rodin face oil.”
THE SIGNATURE SCENT
“I love Gypsy Water by Byredo, because I don’t go for overpowering scents and this one is really light.”
THE HAIR CARE
“I only wash my hair once a week with Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo and Phytobaume Repair Conditioner, then use Weleda’s Rosemary Hair Oil afterward.”
THE ONCE-IN-A-WHILE MAKEUP
THE WELLNESS ROUTINE
“I walk to and from work every day across the Williamsburg Bridge, which is good exercise. Sleep and lots of rest seems to be the best wellness treatment of all!”
THE REGULAR TREATMENTS
“I love Great Jones Spa for their hot stone massage and the incredible steam room. And I get facials from my friend Hillery [Sklar] at Miomia in Williamsburg. She has a really gentle yet effective technique of steaming, extracting, and hydrating the skin.”
“As you can see it’s kind of a raccoon eye,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux joked. “It’s very big and smoky.” To get the look, he applied a heavy dose of translucent powder to lids before coating them and the lower lash lines with a combination of two shadows—Estée Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in Ivy Envy (a forest green) and the “petrol blue” shade from a trio dubbed Camo Chrome—using a big, fluffy brush. The rest of the face was kept bare to keep the focus on the “lake” of color that wrapped around models’ eyes.
Hair pro Orlando Pita channeled the “multi-ethnic, indigenous tribes” that served as the designer’s inspiration via a strong center part. To translate the concept to the modern, urban woman, Pita began by boosting body—blowing it out after applying Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray and creating a wave from the ears down with the T3 BodyWaver iron. Next, he polished the top half using a mix of Glossing Cream and Strong Sculpting Gel. “Combining the two keeps it soft but still gives you the hold you want,” he explained before pulling strands back into a tight, low ponytail and wrapping the base with elastic. For a “bulbous” finish, he laced the tail with a Mason Pearson brush—a happy accident that occurred during the test. “My focus is never for people to try to do it at home—I could care less—but this is something one could attempt,” Pita noted of his creation. “You’re never going to get it to look as good as this, but that’s why we still have jobs.”
There was a single hair product on heavy rotation last night on the CFDA red carpet that assisted in a number of sleek updos: To fend off the frizz-inducing weather, hairstylists seemed to be grabbing for hair spray en masse. But it was being used akin to gel, so rather than simply setting strands with a spritz of the perennial style-fixer, models and muses such as Joan Smalls, Erin Wasson, and Rooney Mara sported loads of the stuff, smoothed back from the hairline or along center and deep side parts, respectively, for a lacquered effect. It offers assurance from the muggy temperatures that have been plaguing New York of late and also happens to look dead sexy. Here’s an additional tip for getting an ultrasmooth finish that we picked up from Orlando Pita backstage at Giambattista Valli this season: After applying a generous amount of hair spray, like Phyto’s Workable Holding Spray, use the back, flat side of your comb to create a groove-free slick. The summer humidity won’t stand a chance.
MAIZE / (mayz) / n. / 1. Known in some English-speaking countries as “corn,” a plant with large stalks that produces a kerneled grain domesticated by indigenous people in Mesoamerica dating back to prehistoric times; / n. / 2. A sugar-rich, edible starch that is readily distilled into a grain alcohol known as ethanol, a popular automative fuel alternative; / n. / 3. Golden-yellow orbs, known as ears, that are the most widely grown grain crop in the United States; / n. / 4. A popular accompaniment to grilled and slow-cooked meat; / n. / 5. An oil extracted from the germ, or embryo, of the maize plant’s seeds that is a valuable frying fluid as well as an antioxidant-rich active that can increase hair suppleness when applied topically, e.g., “Maize will boost the quality of your Memorial Day barbecue, and your shine-depleted strands as well.”
Try it: Phyto Subtil Elixir with Maize Oil, $38, www.sephora.com.
MILK THISTLE / (milk this-uhl) / n. / 1. Latin name Silybum marianum, the sturdy thistle with the spiny stems, native to the Mediterranean region, is so named because of its milky-white-streaked leaves; / 2. The plant is characterized by the presence of the flavonoid silymarin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and is thought to help protect and repair the liver; / 3. Because of its liver-reinforcing abilities, milk thistle has been used in the treatment of viral hepatitis and cirrhosis; / 4. There is anecdotal evidence of its performance as an emergency antidote when ingested immediately after eating a poisonous mushroom; / 5. Thanks to its ability to flourish in hot, dry climates, the plant has remarkable emollient qualities when incorporated into haircare. E.g., “Boost liver function and condition lackluster hair with milk thistle.”
Try it: Phyto Secret de Nuit overnight beauty treatment, $38, www.phyto-usa.com/.