1313 posts tagged "Skincare"
Whenever celebrity-favorite aesthetician Sonya Dakar is in town from L.A., we make a point to see her—as much for her amazing touch and arsenal of incredibly active products as the pearls of wisdom she readily doles out. And then there are the compliments, of course: “You have baby skin,” she told us when we saw her at a launch event today. “When you’re 45, you’ll look 30!” But we digress. While we exchanged pleasantries and Dakar asked us about our own regimen, her heart seemed to sink when we mentioned the dermatologic-grade glycolic acid pads we’ve recently added to our routine. “Those are too strong for you,” she exclaimed as we dismissively nodded. Then she looked us deep in the eyes and reiterated: “Stop using the pads.”
Once we genuinely conceded, Dakar offered up a very tempting exfoliating alternative—not to mention a great tip: A big fan of gentler lactic acid, the skin savior was giving us the hard sell on her Flash Facial, a cooling, exfoliating gel bolstered by resveratrol and Hylasome (“It’s five times more hydrating than regular hyaluronic acid,” she effused), which does produce almost immediate results, as we—and Gwyneth “Most Beautiful” Paltrow—can attest. The actress apparently gushed over the product during her cover turn on People magazine, causing a mega-spike in sales. Dakar recommends following that up with her soothing, apple stem cell–enriched NutraSphere Nano Mask and saving the glycolic acid pads for rough patches on your knees, heels, and elbows: “Use them twice a week until the pads are gone. Then, good-bye.” A great idea for self-tanning prep—and a skimpy summer wardrobe.
Say hello to Byoutik, a new app that allows customers to search, book, and pay for any type of beauty services with a myriad aesthetician. In case you hadn’t noticed, beauty apps are the new nail polish. [WWD]
Breaking: Miranda Kerr’s perma glow is not cosmetically enhanced! “I love a little bit of natural sunlight in moderation with a big hat! Being outside in nature is great for the mind and body.” You can take the girl out of Australia… [People]
Rihanna: now sporting auburn highlights in her blonde shag. Tell your friends. [Hollywood Life]
Count another one for Olivia Wilde. The Revlon brand ambassador has just nabbed an Avon fragrance contract as well. [Marie Claire UK]
And now one for the indie music fans among you. Father John Misty, a.k.a Josh Tillman, formerly of the band Fleet Foxes, is releasing a women’s fragrance to go along with his new album, Funtimes in Babylon. The sweet orange oil, Tunisian neroli, violet absolute, bourbon, vanilla, and jasmine eau will be called Innocence—and is not a joke, apparently. Hey, it worked for Justin Bieber. [Pitchfork]
Despite her NorCal roots, Raquel Allegra is championing L.A. with each piece of her eponymous collection. The Berkeley-born designer, who first caught the eyes of fashion folks with the deconstructed tees she was making while an associate at Barneys in Beverly Hills, specializes in draped silhouettes in whisper-weight fabrics that come in a palette of muted neutrals, as well as a finessed tie-dye technique that puts our backyard efforts to shame. While their structured ease happens to work just as well across the Continental Divide, they are the stuff this lifelong East Coaster imagines any well-heeled Topanga Canyon resident would ascribe to. Ditto Allegra’s dedication to health and wellness. Here, she shares some of her own go-tos for body, mind, and soul.
The Body Indulgence: Massage with Keiko
“When I just want to indulge, I call Keiko Matsuo over for her brilliant deep-tissue massage and Reiki work. Breathe through the hard parts! It can be pretty painful, but it’s well worth it. And her oxygen facial at the end is epic! In NYC, you can catch her once a month at Yasmine Djerradine.”
For more information, visit www.yasminedjerradine.com.
The Desert-Island Product Line: Sunday Riley
“You know that question people ask about being stranded on an island and only having one thing? Well, for me it would be two things: The Bionic and Juno Oils by Sunday Riley.”
Available at www.sundayriley.com.
The Nude Nail Favorite: Deborah Lippmann
“About a year ago, Deborah Lippmann sent me a box of goodies; now her nude polish, Fashion, is all I ever wear.”
Available at www.lippmanncollection.com.
The Spiritual Guides: Triple Threat
“I have three Sikh gurus that I absolutely adore, who I go to for my health and spiritual wellness. Guru Prem Singh Khalsa, who first introduced me to, and opened my world to, Kundalini yoga, and Tej Kaur Khalsa, who is a brilliant teacher who I’d recommend to anyone looking to explore the Kundalini community in L.A. And then there’s my doctor, Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa, who blends Eastern traditions with Western medicine.”
Guru Prem Singh Khalsa, www.divinealignment.com; Tej Kaur Khalsa, www.ninetreasuresyoga.com; Dr. Soram Singh Khalsa, www.drsoram.com.
After at least two years of speculation, sources are indicating that a Gucci makeup line is officially in the works. But the question remains: will the Italian brand, which has had a licensing contract with Procter & Gamble Co.’s Prestige division since 2006, enlist P&G global creative design director, Pat McGrath to design the color collection? Here’s hoping. [WWD]
Don’t have the willpower to go on a real diet? Try the “miracle” tongue patch, a stamp-sized piece of surgical material that is stitched onto the tongue to make the consumption of food so painful, a liquid diet becomes compulsory. It might sound crazy, but it’s gaining popularity in Venezuela. [Time]
Paris Jackson, the King of Pop’s oldest daughter, may not be following in her father’s footsteps with a career in music, but she just might achieve her own superstardom the 21st century way—with a YouTube makeup tutorial channel. [NYDN]
Everyone’s free to wear sunscreen, just like Baz Luhrmann said in the nineties. But if you do so on the regular, you will in fact reduce the physical signs and speed of skin aging. Yes, you’ve presumably heard this many, many times before; but now there is scientific evidence to back up the claims. [NYT]
Fendi has announced that the new face of its forthcoming women’s fragrance will be—wait for it—Chiara Mastroianni. The French actress and Catherine Deneuve progeny will front the new scent due out in September. [WWD]
Don’t believe everything you read. The Soil Association has apparently been busying itself with the testing of shampoos and body creams that are making false claims about “all-natural ingredients,” many of which have actually proved to be laced with chemicals found in window cleaners and air fresheners. Yikes. [Daily Mail]
More on that rumored Fifty Shades of Grey “sensual” product range: The line’s signature scent will boast notes of bergamot, sandalwood, and musk, and include a perfume and massage oils, as well as a collection of “intimate” items. [Metro UK]
The late Princess of Wales was apparently a big fan of Cosmetics à la Carte, the British bespoke makeup purveyor—and U2. Diana was completely starstruck by the band when she happened upon them in the beauty store in 1987, according to the brand’s founder, who also revealed that Ms. Spencer subsequently bought everything they did! [Telegraph]