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In the world of facial moisturizers, those with their own perfumers are few and far between. But the fragrance of Argentum’s La Potion Infinie—with notes of orange, bergamot, lemon, Turkish rose, sandalwood, and patchouli—is only one of the things that sets it apart from the pack. The decadent cream is formulated using silver hydrosol. Silver has been long prized for its potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities, making it a fitting pick for troubled skin types. The other star player? DNA HP, an enigmatically named, marine-sourced ingredient that traps hydroxyl, a molecule known for its role in the degradation of collagen and elastin. DNA HP also allows moisture to penetrate the surface deeply and carries 10,000 times its weight in water. The cream itself has a rich, yogurt-like consistency, which sinks into skin in mere moments—great for those who crave hydration in wintry weather but don’t want to wait ten minutes post-moisturizer to apply makeup. La Potion Infinie comes chicly packaged, but the jar isn’t just another pretty pot on the shelf: Ultraviolet glass blocks damaging light to protect the product’s potency. Each onyx-colored tub comes with one of twelve cards, lushly illustrated Tarot-like mementos that bear archetypes like Ruler, Rebel, and Jester, all hailing back to the cream’s creation and the players that were part of its inception—from CEO Joy Isaacs (also known as Creator) to Dr. Gilbert Mouzin, a scientist (or Magician) in the field of dermo-cosmetics. But no matter which card you draw, you’re guaranteed a smooth, hydrated complexion.
As far as skincare is concerned, the women of a Japan have a long-standing history of knowing the secrets to a flawless complexion (geishas, anyone?). And if you’ve ever been to a drugstore in Tokyo, you know there is no shortage of adventurous beauty products lining the shelves—from dual-purpose patches that promise softer nipples and lips (yes, these are a real thing and are sold like Chapstick at the checkout) to a bevy of paper face masks that do everything from lighten dark spots to increase blood circulation. So when Hada Labo (one of the most popular brands in Asia—its Clear Liquid Hydrator is sold every two seconds) recently made its way stateside, I was ready and willing to get on board. After all, I feel like here in the U.S., we’re always a few steps behind the East in terms of skincare innovation (i.e., the BB and CC cream craze didn’t hit our shores until long after it was standard practice in places like South Korea and Japan).
Although there are 45 products in the range in Asia, the company is scaling it back to five for American consumers (and adding “Tokyo” to the end of Hada Labo to convey the line’s international origins). The initial lineup will consist of a facial cleanser, a protecting day lotion, an antiaging moisturizer, a gel cream, and a replenishing hydrator. All of the formulas—with the exception of the cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid and a special HA complex—boast the brand’s signature ingredient, Super Hyaluronic Acid (SHA), a proprietary combo of three types of hyaluronic acid at different molecular weights: macro (seals in moisture on the surface), HA plus (water and oil soluble, it merges with the skin), and micro (penetrates to deeper levels of the epidermis). SHA provides an intense dose of hydration that lasts—without feeling greasy or heavy.
In fact, my go-to product in the line, the Replenishing Hydrator (the equivalent to the bottle that sells every two seconds), is so lightweight that it feels like patting plain water on your face, but softens just as well as a thick lotion. For more intense moisture, the Skin Plumping Gel Cream—a serum and cream hybrid—is your best bet and contains the highest concentration of SHA, with fine line-plumping effects lasting up to eight hours. Hada Labo’s brand motto in its native Japan is “Happy Surprise,” and I’d say getting my hands on these products (minus the 14-plus-hour flight) is one happy surprise indeed.
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Avon announced that Megan Fox will be the face of its latest fragrance, Instinct. “There’s something very primal about it,” Fox says of the scent. “It’s about letting go of your inhibitions and just really experiencing yourself.” For some reason, the Divinyls’ hit song from the nineties immediately comes to mind. YouTube it and put on your headphones.
Splashlights—a term coined by Allure to explain a new highlighting technique in which a horizontal band of hair is bleached from ear to ear—is set to be the next big color trend come New York fashion week.
According to Us Weekly, Kate Middleton’s dad served as photographer for the recently released and low-key family portrait, but the duchess didn’t go without a blow-out for the shot—she enlisted a freelance hairstylist to get her strands camera-ready. We think The Cut sums it up quite perfectly: “Because when your hair is glorious enough to upstage multiple future kings of England, you treat it right.”
The charcoal you used to barbecue all summer long could enhance your beauty routine. Well, not that charcoal, exactly, but The New York Times talks about the purifying benefits of the black stuff for your scalp and skin.
Two is the magic number for Los Angeles wellness duo Sonya Dakar (skincare kingpin) and Kelly Boyer (executive chef and founder of farm-to-table meal-delivery service Paleta). The pair met while collaborating on charitable events at Dakar’s Beverly Hills clinic and then became each other’s clients. “Sonya keeps my skin looking young and beautiful, and I keep her nourished,” explains Boyer. “We decided, why not put the two together to truly address the complexion?” The fruit of their labor: A shippable two-day, two-pronged Get Glowing! Beauty Detox, which aims to purify and balance—both inside and out.
Dakar contributes products from her newest collection, NutraSphere Detox, which harnesses the power of Marrubium and Buddleja (botanical stem cells that fight free radicals and purge toxins). Included in the face-saving plan: a two-week supply (Dakar says it takes that long to really see results) of Detox Wash, Detox Micro Scrub, and Detox Hydrator. As a bonus, she added two days’ worth of Organic Omega Booster (a moisturizing serum), Daily Face Shield SPF 30, and Perfect Women Multi Vitamins. “It’s not uncommon to break out when doing a juice cleanse,” Dakar explains. “We wanted to keep skin clear during the detoxification process [with an] ingestible and topical approach.”
For her part, Boyer—a health-conscious survivor of late-stage cancer—overnights two days’ worth of tasty cold-pressed juices, “magic milkshakes” (gourmet nut milks), handmade energy bars, bath salts, smoothies bolstered by Dakar’s Ultima Power Protein Powder, and special “boosts” that fuel regeneration and skin repair. The standouts: A pumpkin pie milkshake with antioxidants and nourishing coconut, and prickly pear juice—a blend of healing cactus and cleansing chlorophyll that help keep inflammation at bay. Drink (and wash) up!
We predicted last year that former Avon exec Patti Pao’s ultra-luxe line, Restorsea, wouldn’t take long to swim to the top of the beauty world. (And, naturally, we were right.) Based around Aquabeautine XL, a potent enzyme collected from the post-hatching waters of Norwegian salmon, these products promise to slough dead skin cells just as well as glycolic acid or Retin-A—minus the flaky, red side effects. While the number of products in the range has steadily grown from two (a day and an eye cream) to seven in just a few short months, the newly launched Recharging Finishing Mist is guaranteed to be your go-to pick-me-up during the remaining dog days (and between shows during New York fashion week). A few spritzes not only feel refreshing after a sweaty commute or a mad dash to Lincoln Center, but this water may as well have been drawn from the Fountain of Youth—it’s laced with the purest form of the breakthrough exfoliating agent, which leaves your complexion hydrated, soft, and glowing. Even better: The lightweight, non-greasy texture means you can layer it under or over foundation without causing a makeup landslide. But snag a bottle fast, this miracle broth is limited edition. In other words, the skincare catch of the summer won’t last long.