September 3 2014

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Beauty’s New It Ingredient Does Everything


As someone who values comfort over fashion (I can’t with 6-inch stilettos, I just can’t), I’m having a field day with the trends that have been dominating the last few seasons. Birkenstocks? Slouchy pants? Slip-on sneaks? Yes to all of that. While my wardrobe is getting sportier by the month, I’m balancing out my current tomboy-inspired style with super-girly products, including new skincare items infused with one of the most feminine ingredients out there: rose. The ancient flower is beloved not only for its delicate beauty and romantic scent, but also for the many skincare benefits that can be extracted from its cells and oil. Here, the beauty brands that are harnessing the power of rose petals now.


Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream

Sure, the formula has all the stuff that you know to look for in a good face cream, like collagen-production-boosting niacinamide and peptides. It even contains a rare rose de mai essence. But what will really make you fall in love is the texture. It looks and feels like a gel-cream hybrid—reminiscent of a gourmet custard—but doesn’t sit on skin.


By Terry Cellularose Nutri-Baume Intense Relief Balm

This is the face product you break out when your skin has taken a beating from too much sun, brutal cold, or intense wind and a regular moisturizer just won’t cut it. Slather on a thick layer of the rose-colored cream before bed to treat damage while you sleep. Or apply it right before you head out into extreme conditions for comfort and protection. Consider it your invisible ski mask.


Les Couvent des Minimes Beneficial Rose Complete Eye Cream

I knew I would be into this before I ever put a drop on my skin because of the addictive, sweet scent and the vintage-y packaging that looks like it’s straight out of an old-school apothecary. Even better: The cream inside the tube didn’t disappoint. After a week, my eyes looked less puffy and tired, almost as if I hadn’t been glued to my laptop for 10 hours a day.


Om Aroma & Co. Carrot Rose Serum

I get why some women steer clear of organic skincare products—sometimes the earthy scent can be a turnoff. This one smells pleasant enough to please hard-core boho girls as well as those who prefer more traditional fragrances. Not to mention the blend of carrot and rose hip seeds and rose oil will help you get the elusive glow many celebrities are so good at faking.


Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel

If you’re a flower snob, this antiaging face wash is right up your alley. It’s made with five different rose stem cells (like damas rose and desert rose), four different rose extracts (including rose hip seed, rose water, and rose canina), plus glycolic acid thrown in for good measure. Despite the abundance of rose in the formula, the scent is actually pretty faint. I like that the refreshing formula sloughs away dead skin cells as well as cleanses.


Acqua di Parma Rosa Nobile Velvet Body Cream

I don’t have a vanity in my Brooklyn apartment, but if I did, this elegant jar would be front and center. The body cream does double duty as a rose-infused perfume and a moisturizer, but sometimes the main reason to splurge on a beauty product is because it’s a more accessible luxury than, say, a new handbag. I bet the shopping high you would get from this is almost as good. Almost.


The Ultimate Quest for Smooth Skin


Despite the rise in popularity of argan oil in haircare and cosmetics around the globe, Morocco, the country from which this “liquid gold” originates, remains steeped in tradition and shrouded in mystery. Much of the female population, particularly in the ancient Berber communities that reside in the arid foothills of the Atlas Mountains, are still modest in their dress—often keeping everything but their hands and faces covered. It was only during a recent excursion to the Sous Valley with The Body Shop (which sources argan oil for its new body-care line from Toudarte, a fair-trade cooperative in the area) that I discovered these incredibly hard-working women have some of the softest skin I’ve ever encountered. Interestingly enough, they also wear the proverbial pants in their respective households.
Harvesting the argan fruit (which women young and old collect from the ground with perfectly aligned, downward-dog-like backs), drying it in the sun, separating the pulp from the seed, cracking it open, and pressing the “almond” (now widely done by machine) to release the precious oil inside is a long-standing tradition. What is relatively new is the notion of doing it outside of the home—a foreign concept in this patriarchal society. Comprised entirely of women, the Toudarte cooperative (part of a larger organization known as Targanine) is revolutionary in that it not only provides the surrounding villages with a source of substantial income (approximately 1,060 dirhams, or $289, per person a month) but also access to education. An on-site school teaches cooperative members how to read, write, and speak Arabic—skills that only men were privy to in the past. “Women are [now] autonomous,” explained commercial director of Targanine Cooperative, Latifa Anaouch, of the impact the project has on the population. “A woman can fulfill her needs and those of her children.”
Gaining independence, however, doesn’t come easy. One would assume by the speed with which these women crack baskets full of argan nuts that splitting one open with a rock to reveal the sliver of seed inside would be a fairly simple task. After joining the ranks for 45 minutes, I managed to set free only four seeds…and ruin my manicure. To put that number in perspective, it requires 2 kilos of cracked almonds to produce just 1 liter of argan oil. The Body Shop placed an order of 6,000 liters for the launch of the line. In short, that’s a lot of nuts. But manual labor and harsh environmental conditions aside, when my nut-cracking partner pulled up her long sleeve and gestured for me to feel her arm, it was insanely smooth—a factor I can only attribute to the fruits of her labor.
When I was later laid out on a marble slab at my hotel’s hammam and scrubbed vigorously until my flesh turned pink, I fully appreciated the final step in the treatment: a full-body massage with The Body Shop’s Radiant Oil. While the glowy, moisturizing effects of the hydrating elixir are certainly worth their weight in gold, discovering firsthand the storied beauty secrets of newly empowered Berber women is, well, priceless.

To re-create the hammam experience at home, try The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath, Body Lotion, Radiant Oil for Body & Hair, Rough Scrub, Massage Soap, Body Butter, and Solid Oil, from $6 to $25, available at


Photo: Courtesy of The Body Shop

Clarisonic’s High-Tech Solution for Summer Skin Damage


Beauty_Counter[4]Ask any beauty editor her secret to smooth, radiant skin, and chances are she’s using a Clarisonic. The oscillating brush has long been a desert-island essential for deep cleaning (the bristles move 200 to 350 times per second and remove six times more dirt than your hands), shrinking pores, preventing breakouts, and imparting a luminous glow. The brand offers a brush head and cleanser for every skin type, whether yours is sensitive, dry, or acne-prone, but omitted one crucial antiaging concern: hyper-pigmentation. At least until now.

The new Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution promises to reduce the appearance of dark spots (i.e, that smattering of freckles you earned at the beach) in as little as two weeks. The kit includes the cult-favorite Aria body design with densely packed, super-soft bristles that “buff” pigment at the skin’s surface and fade excess melanin. Meant to be used twice daily, the Sonic Radiance Solution comes with a gentle, milky morning cleanser and a more intense Skin Renewing Peel Wash for night laced with LHA (an acid that gently resurfaces skin) and gylcolic acid, to improve texture and tone. The Brightening Activator Serum, which should be applied directly after cleansing, is packed with potent ellagic acid and phenylethyl resorcinol to minimize the damage you incurred during those long summer days in the sun.

Considering the number of underwhelming “glow-inducing” products out there, I was skeptical, but after using the system for a few days, I noticed a difference. The pillowy brush and antioxidant-rich products felt luxurious, and my complexion looked radiant after each scrubbing session. Any redness was diminished, and the overall tone was considerably more even—almost like a soft-blur effect. I might not be in the market for an extreme antiaging regimen (yet), but there isn’t a demographic on earth who doesn’t want to brighten up.


The DIY Mask That Keeps Sonia Kashuk Glowing


isabel-marantThis column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.

From the Kitchen of: Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty

“I have a friend who is very holistic and loves to make her own treatments. She raved about this recipe, and although I am normally not one to dabble in homemade remedies, I tried it and really enjoyed it. I love the natural quality of papaya to remove dead skin and lighten discolorations, and the hydrating power of pumpkin. Plus, as a beauty person, the color of this mask is just gorgeous!”

One for the Recipe Box: Papaya Pumpkin Facial

2/3 cup fresh cubed papaya
15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 egg

“Combine the papaya, pumpkin, and egg in a blender or food processor and whip it all together to make the consistency extra smooth. Apply this mask over your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. You might feel some tingling as the enzymes in the fruit deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate the skin. Rinse off with warm water, then apply toner and moisturizer.”

Photo: Sonny Vandevelde;

Get Up Close and Personal With Beyoncé



It’s no secret that Queen Bey possesses an otherworldly glow. In fact, we’ve written about it in-depth here on Beauty Counter and even produced a video tutorial dedicated to the subject. But the selfie the beauty icon posted to Instagram last night took our obsession up a notch. (Not to mention it made us long for nude stiletto nails branded with our own initials instead of J+B, two letters emblazoned on much of the On the Run tour merchandise.) I confirmed with her go-to makeup man, Sir John, that there was no filter on this particular photo. (Yep, she really does wake up like this.) For mere mortals with visible pores, he suggests reaching for a glycolic scrub or fruit enzyme peel twice a week to smooth your complexion. Follow that up by slathering a rich eye cream all over. The other half of Beyoncé’s onstage summer radiance prescription: While your moisturizer is still tacky, apply a lightweight foundation for a dewy finish, then dust a matte peach blush on the apples and a “dark cinnamon” shade in the hollows of your cheeks. To take luminosity to the next level, smudge a pearlescent shimmer on the tops of cheekbones, above your brows, and down the bridge of your nose with your ring finger. Highlight eyes with a touch of glitter liner on top of a black gel formula, a trick Sir John employed for the past three shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. “It looked like a strip of emeralds on the monitors,” he said. And when all else fails, select Hefe before posting your self-portrait to social channels to instantly amp up the bronze factor. Modern technology: Blessing the rest of us with Beyoncé’s supernatural skin.


Photo: Instagram; Parkwood Entertainment