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April 20 2014

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Beauty 411: Shin An

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SHIN Headshot-cropHairstylist Shin An’s signature dry-cutting technique has earned her devotees from coast to coast. Quite literally. Before heading west two years ago to open her eponymous salon in a breezy cottage (complete with sprawling patio for treatments alfresco) on Santa Monica’s Montana Avenue, An was wielding her shears in New York City, at Mark Garrison and Paul Labrecque. Her beauty cred is indisputable—she herself has one of the most enviable manes around, and hair master Philip B even named two products after her—so we were thrilled to have An divulge some of her own favorites on both coasts.

THE NAIL DESTINATION: Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa

“Whenever I am in New York, I stop in to see Aurora [Binu]. She truly gives the best manicure and pedicure I’ve ever had.”

Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa, 171 East 65th Street, New York, 212-988-7816; paullabrecque.com

THE HEALING TEAM

“I go see Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao in Santa Monica. They cover all areas of wellness and nutrition, and have helped two friends of mine with fertility issues. Then I see Philip Trigiani, a healer and acupuncturist, when I’m in New York. Philip has helped me relieve pain throughout the years.”

Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao, www.taoofwellness.com; Dr. Philip Trigiani, www.drphiliptrigiani.com

THE MASSAGE MUST: Chopra Center

“I love to go to the Chopra Center in La Costa for massages. Merwan [Ramsden] really knows what to do. Pure therapy and relaxation!”

See www.lacosta.com/chopra-center-and-services

THE NATURAL-FOOD STOP: Santa Monica Farmers’ Market

“I shop for all my produce at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. They have the freshest variety of everything, and it’s so close to home.”

See www.smgov.net for more information

THE BROW GURU: Brittney Gray at Shin

“Brittney is a master at shaping! She tweezes my brows to perfection instead of using wax.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128; www.shinhair.com

THE HAIR HELPER: Star Peterson at Shin

“My girl Star! She knows exactly what works for my head shape, and understands me. I am probably her most difficult client ever.”

Shin Hair, 1025 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, 310-310-3128; www.shinhair.com

THE GETAWAY: Croatia

“One of my favorite places is Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Adriatic Sea is breathtakingly beautiful and untouched. I love to stay at the Hotel Argentina. The views are amazing, and they have an infinity pool that goes right into the sea—so gorgeous! I always take a car out to eat at Velji Do, a mountaintop restaurant; the views are breathtaking, and only locals know about this spot. To make a reservation, you have to call a day before and place your order in advance. My favorite meal is the lamb and potatoes that they cook for five hours. Everything is locally grown, they have the best bread, and make their own cheese and milk—you can’t get more organic than that!”

See www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/grand-villa-argentina

THE WORKOUT

“It’s important for me to shake up my workout routines to keep them interesting. I try to fit in time about five to six days a week with a combination that really works for my body. A personal trainer, Effie, incorporates weights, cardio, and balance all in one session. I also see Paul Abbott at Foundation Pilates. He is a master with the Reformer and has accumulated over five hundred different exercises in his dojo. And finally, the famous Santa Monica stairs: an unbelievable workout that’s completely free.”

For Effie, effie4fit@aol.com; and for Paul Abbott, pamethod1@gmail.com

THE SKIN ROUTINE

“The Bamboo Mint Scrub by Ko’an has everything you need in a face [exfoliator], and a girl needs all the help she can get. And I love Tatcha’s Gold Camellia Beauty Oil—I honestly use this all over my body, face, and hair. The scent is so delish.”

See www.store.koancenter.com and www.tatcha.com

THE SIGNATURE SCENT BLEND

“I love earthy scents, so I layer Malin + Goetz Cannabis oil and Chanel Sycomore perfume. At least two people a day ask me what I’m wearing, and I always feel bad because it’s my own perfect, personal blend of two scents.”

See www.malinandgoetz.com and www.chanel.com

THE MAKEUP MUSTS

“The Kimiko Hydrating Tint SPF 20 is literally the only makeup I wear. It makes my skin look and feel dewy. For nails, I love the brand Julep. The colors are bright and intense, and the new Freedom Polymer Topcoat is the best; high shine, and it dries in five minutes.”

See www.kimikobeauty.com and www.julep.com

THE STYLING ESSENTIAL: Liqwd

“Liqwd Volume Catalyst is the best [body booster] on the market, and the scent is beyond. We sell it at the salon, and I can’t get enough!”

See www.liqwd.com

THE SPA PIT STOP: Crystal Spa

“I have to say, I always feel at home when I go to a good old-fashion Korean spa like Crystal. You don’t go here for the ambience, but they take the body scrub to a different level. They are beyond thorough and finish off the treatment with an amazing hair wash and face mask. I always sleep better after these treatments, and the best part: It’s $90! I’ve tried all of the fancy spas in L.A., and this is by far my favorite hidden gem!”

3500 West 6th Street, Suite 321, Los Angeles, 213-487-5600; www.crystalspala.com

A Bloomin’ Beauty Secret

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tatcha-camellia-oilCAMELLIA (kuh-meel-yuh) /n. / 1. Named after G. J. Kamel (also known as Camellus), a Jesuit botanist who brought it from the Philippines to Europe in the 1700s, this genus of flowering plants is a member of the family known as Theaceae. It’s characterized by having glossy green leaves and white, pink, or red rose-like blooms, and is found in eastern and southern Asia; / 2. Called chahu in Chinese, meaning “tea flower,” this plant’s leaves (the finest of them being from the C. sinensis species) are used to make an aromatic hot beverage popular in places like Japan and Korea; / 3. A sweet seasoning used by millions of people to cook, most notably in southern China; / 4. The iconic symbol chosen by Coco Chanel to represent the legendary French fashion house; / 5. Traditionally used by geishas to hydrate everything from their hair to their fingernails, this oil rich in antioxidants and fatty acids extracted from the plant’s seeds helps restore skin’s natural balance and lock in moisture. E.g., “Camellia does a body, a quilted bag, and your skin good.”

Try It: Tatcha Gold Camellia Beauty Oil for face, body, and hair, $125, www.tatcha.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Tatcha

Beauty Nostalgia: Reminiscing With…Tatcha’s Victoria Tsai

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Shiseido-Liquid-Eye-LinerBeauty Nostalgia is a weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.

The Pro: Victoria Tsai, founder of Tatcha skincare

The Product: “Growing up in Texas, I worked in Vitativ, my mom’s beauty store in Houston, where we sold high-end skincare and cosmetics. My mother and I usually made our own skincare products, such as rice washes, for personal use, but I didn’t have real skin concerns at the time, so the specifics didn’t mean much to me. The cosmetics we sold, on the other hand, were my wonderland! I was a late bloomer, had an unfortunate perm, and was a bookish science nerd in a land of very blonde cheerleaders. Then, on one rainy afternoon when I was about 14, I discovered the most amazing Shiseido liquid eyeliner. It smelled like tar but glided on beautifully and dried down to a midnight black. As I experimented with the eyeliner, and a defined cat-eye, I instantly felt transformed and empowered by just a little flick of color, and I’ve been doing my eyes the same way ever since.”

Photo: Courtesy of Shiseido

Tatcha Goes for Gold

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Tatcha-Camellia-Nourishing-Lip-BalmWe’re of the mind that you can never have too many lip balms—even in the summer, when January’s cold, whipping winds are but a distant memory. We collect them, actually, so every bag switch or coat-pocket dig-around typically results in the discovery of a long-forgotten tube or tub of the suppleness-inducing emollients. But we don’t plan on losing Tatcha’s new Camellia Nourishing Lip Balm—anytime soon, at least. The squalene and camellia-, rice-, and macadamia-oil-enriched salve penetrates into lips almost on impact and features a small square of 24-karat-gold leaf on the top of the jar to evoke the Japanese brand’s homage to Imperial Japan and the opulent beauty rituals of its geisha girls. With every rub of the finger, a bit of the gilded shimmer melts deeper into the formula (and into our hearts).

Photo: Courtesy of Tatcha

The Fab Five: Spring Skin Rebooters

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Whether you call it a reboot, a refresh, or a revival, usually come January—after a month of out-and-out neglect plus overindulgence of every variety—our skin is in dire need of some kind of do-over. And since this also happens to be the time of year for appearance-driven resolutions, products designed to give skin an overhaul (from addressing discoloration to dehydration to loss of elasticity) seem particularly in order. Here, our five favorite new ways to get a fresh start in 2013.



The Lotus Position
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Cream
Used both for healing and beautifying purposes, the sacred lotus has been revered in Asian culture for thousands of years. The flower’s polyphenol-packed extract is the star of this supremely luxe salve, which is bolstered by blue-green alga and vitamins c and e to help offer deep hydration and improve elasticity.

Seoul Cycle
Amarté Wonder Cream
Boasting a formula centered on the power of a natural immunity booster (cultivated Korean mushrooms called Schizophyllan), this is the hero product from this new niche skincare brand out of Seoul. The treatment balm focuses on simultaneously lightening sun spots and exfoliating the skin.

The Night Time Is The Right Time
StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Night Treatment
StriVectin’s signature NIA-114 gets a major potency boost from the addition of the gold-standard antiager, retinol. Extensive clinical trials show the nighttime treatment to be both highly tolerable for sensitive types and effective at improving skin tone and texture. It’s a “midnight multitasker,” as the company rightfully touts.

Crystal Vision
Tatcha Akari Crystal Massager and Enriching Renewal Cream
Once you experience the wonders of this crystal massager inspired by Japanese acupressure techniques (it can be warmed or cooled for added effect), you will be immediately converted. Pat on the intensely moisturizing eye cream, rich in red alga, hyaluronic acid, and peony, then use the tool to gently massage it in, working in a counterclockwise motion from outer to inner corner, five times on each eye.

The Bright Side
Olay Professional Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment
Olay has mastered the elusive art of creating nuanced, advanced skincare options for those on a drugstore budget, and their Pro-X Even Skin Tone line exemplifies that effort. The latest addition is focused on fading dark spots and speeding up cell turnover.

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