14 posts tagged "SK-II"
We had a long chat with newly named SK-II face Kate Bosworth about her skincare-and-makeup regimen earlier this year, but here’s something we didn’t know about the Big Sur star: Bosworth apparently treats her hands to the same routine as her face. “I use the SK-II Essence on my hands. My mother always told me you can tell a woman’s true age by the back of her hands,” she says. [Allure]
What would you do if you were an Oscar-nominated actress and you saw a huge billboard of yourself in an ad for the fragrance you promote? If the answer is take an Instagram of yourself in front of it, then you and Jessica Chastain are not all that dissimilar. Stars: They’re just like us! [HuffPo Canada]
Turns out, Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t always on the sugar-, gluten-, carb-free plan that currently stars in her new cookbook, It’s All Good. While promoting Country Strong a few years ago, she was on a steady diet of Guinness, beta-blockers, sleeping pills, and wine, which is what ultimately compelled her to make some changes. [Us]
It’s been a big couple of months for Kate Bosworth. The onetime Calvin Klein model, who is engaged to director Michael Polish, celebrated the debut of his film Big Sur at Sundance in January, a movie that she also stars in, while earning top billing in the big-budget Hollywood picture Homefront, also due out this year. But her biggest news, aside from that Topshop Christmas “movie” she and Polish collaborated on back in December, just might be SK-II’s announcement that the blonde beauty has been named the newest member of its spokesperson stable. Why, after what I imagine has been a steady stream of offers from cosmetics companies, did Bosworth go with SK-II? “I love the brand, so it really wasn’t a difficult decision,” she says genuinely—and Bosworth doesn’t enter into these things lightly. After an intimate interview, she proved herself to not only be a genuine practitioner of what she will be preaching but an incredibly informed beauty consumer as well. While we missed her in the front row at the shows this week (as previously mentioned, she’s been busy), Style.com managed to catch up with the actress, model, and would-be designer to talk the fundamentals of the dermis and epidermis—at her urging, no less—the science behind her red-carpet dressing, and makeup must-haves for the low-maintenance girl.
In today’s world of celebrity beauty deals, I’ve gotta believe that you’ve been approached with a cosmetics contract before. What was it about SK-II that made you bite?
It was a very organic natural process. Truly, the brand called and asked if I use their products, which I think is a great sign of integrity for a brand, rather than just sending an offer for someone to be the face without knowing if they care or even like their product—which happens a dime a dozen now. And I responded and said yes, I love the product, this is how long I’ve been using it, this is who introduced me to it, and this is why I started using the brand and the results I have seen. Based off of that dialogue, I think everyone felt like it was a good fit.
What specific products were you using at the time? I know everyone has their favorites.
I was introduced to the brand through the masks. It’s such a quick fix. I mean, you see results instantly. I think anyone who has that experience is like, “What is this brand?” It was during a press junket and, you know, the wear and tear during a press junket is pretty extreme. So my makeup artist recommended the mask, and I usually put it on for about forty-five minutes, and I also put them in the fridge. I have them here with me! I keep them in the minibar. It was from that that I really started to investigate the brand. My regimen is cleansing, then using the Essence, which is amazing. You really see results, because it has the highest concentration of [the fermented rice derivative] Pitera.
You seem like a fairly knowledgeable consumer. Previous to this partnership, was skincare always an important part of your beauty routine?
I’m a very low-maintenance person when it comes to makeup and hair. But in terms of skincare, I’ve always been passionate about it. I struggled with acne when I was in high school, so when you struggle with something, or are aware of something, you need to understand the workings of it. I took anatomy as an elective when I was in high school. I guess that gives you an insight into me—and it was my senior year, by the way, when everyone else was taking, like, woodworking. But I learned a lot about the fundamentals of the dermis and epidermis, and it’s the largest organ that we have, and it gets the most environmental abuse, and for some reason we don’t even really see it as that. Or value it in that way. And so I’ve always been relatively passionate and knowledgeable. I was also searching for a brand that you could mix the products and get the benefits you need and tailor it to you. This brand really does have a great umbrella for all of your needs.
In today’s world of celebrity beauty deals, it’s hard not to become desensitized to the idea of high-profile brand ambassadors hawking everything from skincare and makeup to haircare and fragrance. Except in the case of SK-II. The Japanese skincare brand bred from the magic of Pitera, a fermented rice derivative that has amazing skin-softening and -smoothing properties, continues to engage us with the very real evidence of its complexion-enhancing serums and salves via the constant presence of its devoted spokeswomen, most notably Cate Blanchett. “The thing I found most remarkable was the Essence,” Blanchett once told us of how she came to know the line that she has been using for upward of ten years now. “It was just so hydrating. I never thought about skin being luminous, but this gave it that little je ne sais quoi. And because it worked so rapidly, I started exploring the range.” SK-II has just released a new version of Blanchett’s beloved Essence. An extra-concentrated version of the original elixir that boasts a yeast peptide and a trio of moisturizers, the Ultimate Revival Essence encourages a healthy moisture barrier and increased clarity while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, it comes in a gorgeous rose-gold bottle that makes you feel like you are treating your face to a little bit of luxury, which is not a bad way to start the day; it’s the little things that can make a big difference.
If you ask us, dip-dyed hair is over. But the digitally-enhanced colored streaks and scribbles in the new, Elle Fanning-fronted issue of Bullett magazine? Those we can get behind. [BULLETTMedia via MTV]
Guess how many tons (not pounds) of prosthetic makeup the special effects team went through during production on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. No, no—guess. Alright; we’ll tell you. Four tons of silicon casting—just for the actors’ faces! [NYDN]
Speaking of The Hobbit, one of the prequel’s stars, Cate Blanchett, is already dishing out red carpet beauty tips in anticipation of the upcoming awards season. “I decant the [SK-II] Revival Essence into spray bottles and just mist it on over my makeup,” the brand’s global ambassador says. “It keeps you from getting that awful, cracky look.” [Allure]
Kate Bosworth started her official brand ambassador duties for SK-II with a press event in Australia, where she revealed a short list of her must-have products, including SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, YSL lipsticks, and tinted Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. [Bella Sugar Australia]
Horst Rechelbacher’s Aveda spinoff, all-natural beauty and lifestyle brand Intelligent Nutrients, is getting its first brick-and-mortar retail destination, a 1,000-square-foot space in Minnesota’s monolithic Mall of America. [WWD]
Lindsay Lohan has gone back to her roots, although her new deep auburn locks are apparently in transition, according to the Liz & Dick star. “It’s actually the wrong color than it’s supposed to be…But it will get there.” [People]
The skincare establishment’s latest must-have ingredient? Snail slime, of course. [Daily Mail]