1290 posts tagged "Skincare"
Stella McCartney is looking for a new beauty partner. Five years after L’Oréal acquired her skincare and fragrance brands, the two companies are parting ways. [WWD]
The rights to the most-watched Internet commercial of all time belong to Dove. The well-loved hair- and body-care brand’s “Real Beauty Sketches” has garnered more than 114 million views on YouTube and other digital-video platforms. [NYDN]
Despite opinions to the contrary, there are reportedly preventative advantages of “pre-toxing,” or getting Botox injections when you’re young—before wrinkles actually form. And the idea is gaining steam. Of the 6.1 million Botox injections that were performed last year, almost 100,000 were for patients in their twenties. [ABC News]
Botox or no Botox, Madonna is a study in how to maintain a youthful appearance, whatever your age. How does she do it? The likelihood is we’ll never know. But there is one product the queen of pop is willing to big up: “There’s this new line of products called Éminence, made with natural ingredients, and that’s what I’m using right now,” she recently revealed. Talk about some good free press. [Hollywood Life]
Rita Ora is feeling blue—literally. The R&B star has debuted a new cobalt dye job. [E!]
Full disclosure: CC creams are starting to overwhelm us. The skincare industry’s supercharged answer to BB creams, color correctors are flooding the market like they’re going out of style (which the presumably will by year’s end). That said, it’s rare that a new CC cream elicits much excitement from us when it crosses our desk these days—which is why we were surprised to find ourselves so enamored with the latest from Amorepacific. The Korean brand’s Color Control Cushion Compact SPF 50 boasts unique packaging and an application that makes it stand out from a wealth of similarly conceived products. It looks like a regular puff and pressed-powder situation, until you open the lid; then the mind-blowing commences. Made from a 100 percent bamboo-sap base, rather than a traditional oil-and-water mix, the antioxidant- and amino-acid-rich complexion enhancer moisturizes and protects with green-tea-seed oil and camellia-flower extracts, inhibiting redness and inflammation and soothing and cooling skin in the process. Even more impressive is the cushion delivery system, which features a spongy layer that, when pressed, releases just enough product onto the corresponding hydrophilic “puff,” which contains microscopic holes to ensure that no liquid is absorbed, thus preventing it from becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. (The unique design was apparently inspired by ancient Asian stamp-and-seal practices). Available in four different shades, the compact travels quite well and delivers dewy hydration in a few easy swipes. Consider our interest renewed.
Primers, once considered an extra step in the foundation-application process, are now fundamental to getting a smooth, flawless finish. They’re so popular, in fact, creams and liquids that fill in fine lines and wrinkles to properly prep skin for makeup are now a dime a dozen on retail counters, which make mind-blowing developments in the category few and far between these days—something that was not lost on Illamasqua. The British brand that appreciates a little shock and awe when it comes to product development (the unisex cosmetics line created “for your alter ego” already includes white foundation, green lipstick, and glow-in-the-dark nail lacquers galore) was looking to carve out a niche for itself in this growing share of the market, and managed to do just that with its new Hydra Veil. The result of actual consumer feedback that highlighted the fact that heavily pigmented foundations often appear cakey when applied to dehydrated skin, its unique gel texture is part moisturizer, part base, and all intrigue. The antioxidant-fueled formula comes with a little scooper that you actually need to help portion out a small amount of the buoyant jelly, which melts into your skin once it is spread over the face and neck. It hydrates on impact and can be applied under—or over—makeup; a light patting of Hydra Veil on the under-eye area is a clutch concealer-reactivator come 4 P.M.
Two years ago, when Miranda Kerr was quoted saying that she “will not go a day without coconut oil,” pointing out that she typically ingests about four tablespoons of the essential fatty acid-rich elixir a day, sales of the stuff spiked. That’s just a small window into how influential the Victoria’s Secret model has become on matters of health and wellness. An avid yoga practitioner and a fan of eating raw and organic, Kerr caught the attention of the beauty world when she launched her own all-natural skincare line, KORA Organics—a twenty-one-piece lineup of face and body essentials—that is as eco-luxe as it gets. “The range is exactly what I was looking for myself but was unable to find,” says Kerr. “I receive daily testimonies from customers all over the world who have firsthand seen the benefits of using KORA,” she insists—although getting a steady supply of the natural-ingredient-packed range is easier said than done if you live outside of Australia.
But that’s all about to change. This week, Kerr has announced an exclusive partnership with Net-a-Porter, whose newly launched beauty section will now stock select KORA items for a broader, American and European audience. “I personally love to shop at Net-a-Porter. It’s an easy, luxurious experience,” Kerr admits, adding that her Revitalizing Body Pack is a great place to start if you’re new to the line. “It includes my essentials for radiant, glowing skin for your body: Exfoliating Cream, Energizing Citrus Mist, Enriched Body Lotion, and Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil. [The oil] is one of my all-time favorite products.”
As for Kerr’s other tips for maintaining an angelic body—and lifestyle—she’s all about balance. “I live by the 80/20 rule. Moderation is key and essential. I try my best to fill my body with healthy organic food when I can, but enjoy a little indulgence every now and then! I believe if we choose to fill our bodies with healthy food, our minds with healthy thoughts, and nurture our spirit with rituals we enjoy, it can lead to a solid foundation of happiness.” Noted.
Attention, children of the eighties: Bongo, your favorite denim brand of old and mine, has branched out into beauty with a lineup of fragrances, body care, lip glosses, and nail polishes that will launch exclusively at Kmart. [WWD]
Here’s a secret: Whenever we fly, we put under-eye masks on about twenty minutes before we land to ensure that we look fresh despite many hours of travel. Today, Glee star Lea Michelle revealed via Instagram that she does the same thing. Stars: They’re just like us! [Hollywood Life]
Even though Jennifer Aniston looks back at her famous “Rachel” haircut with a boatload of regret, its onetime popularity was still a bigger deal than even the “Kate Middleton,” according to the Duchess of Cambridge’s own hairstylist, Richard Ward. [Daily Mail]
According to a new poll from the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), social media activity may be driving an uptick in plastic surgery requests. Never underestimate the importance of a good profile picture. [Time]