April 18 2014

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You’ll Want to Hoard These Hotel Goodies



We’re the first to admit that testing out (and taking home) a hotel’s bath products is one of life’s most underrated luxuries (bonus points for chic packaging). The Mark Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side totally gets where we’re coming from, and its newest bathroom amenities are some of the cutest we’ve seen yet. (We suggest ringing housekeeping and stocking up on an extra set or two as souvenirs—just don’t tell them sent you.) The hotel called on Richard Pandiscio (a man known for reinvigorating real estate) and French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme to create cheeky cartoons for the labels on these travel-size toiletries. For example, the bath gel depicts a man reading the newspaper mid-soak, while the shampoo bottle is decorated with a woman washing her dog. As if the hotel’s 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman wasn’t enough to get us through the door.

Meet Your New Favorite Foundation


bareminerals-foundationBareMinerals might be best known for its powder formulas (which caused many to board the mineral bandwagon and swirl, tap, and buff their way to complexion perfection), but the brand’s new BareSkin (liquid!) foundation is one of the best I’ve tried in a while. While the thin, featherweight fluid may bear a passing resemblance to a pricier option currently on the market from a certain Italian fashion house, BareSkin stands alone. Boasting a dreamy satin finish, the formula is buildable, so you can dial-up from sheer to full coverage (two drops, perfect on my skin, are suggested for the former, six for the latter). Not only does the finish look good, it does good: Jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut base offer a light veil of hydration, and broad spectrum SPF 20 protects, while vitamin C and lilac stem cells brighten dull complexions; those with sensitive skins can rejoice—there’s no silicone in sight. Though the design of the accompanying brush may seem a bit gimmicky, its silky synthetic bristles boast a reservoir that makes already-easy application a breeze. Squeeze a few drops of foundation into the center and buff away for a seamless, streak-free application. And with twenty shades, from my pallor’s perfect match (Bare Porcelain) to rich, deep hues (Bare Mocha), BareSkin’s going to delight a plethora of people. Here’s to mineral makeup’s triumphant new face.

BareMinerals BareSkin Foundation, $29; Perfecting Face Brush, $28; and

What We’re Wearing This Week: Buttoned Up

-------’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the Monday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

Eager to try out Treat, a polish collection born in Berlin (similar to Kast, who was raised in Germany), our resident manicure maven opted for a moody navy to match the still-chilly spring temps. “It’s not pastel weather just yet,” she quipped. This opaque hue—appropriately dubbed Buttoned Up—pairs perfectly with the sweaters and coats our photo editor still has in heavy rotation.

Treat Collection Nail Polish in Buttoned Up, $18;

Photo: George Chinsee

The (Mini) Drugstore Find We’re Buying ASAP


File this under Where Have You Been All My Life? Every woman can relate to the feeling of panic when faced with a spur-of-the-moment date night or day at the beach (or…like this morning, when I dared to bare my ankles in cropped pants) and you suddenly realize your lower limbs rival those of Sasquatch’s. Shaving your legs or underarms in the office ladies room is out of the question (unless you’re particularly gutsy and limber), but Gillette has developed a scaled-down solution specifically for these spontaneous, must-be-smooth moments: the Venus Snap. This pinkie-sized razor’s blades are surrounded by a moisture ribbon that’s ready to go after being run under the faucet or dunked in water (as seen in Erin Fetherston’s Fall 2014 concept film)—in other words, no shaving cream required. And its sleek travel compact can easily be slipped into your handbag, gym tote, or top desk drawer. With spring break in full swing, make sure you stock up so you’re prepared for life’s unexpected surprises (like an April day in New York City above 40 degrees).



The Odd Couple: Matte Skin and Shimmery Highlights


illamasquaFor Fall 2014, a glowy complexion was very much in, but the strategically placed shine that works brilliantly on the runway can also accentuate a slick T-zone. For those with combination or oily skin, one of the most effective ways to wear highlighter is to juxtapose it with a non-shimmery base. Or if you’re unconventional face painter Alex Box, you do the reverse: “I used a very light veil of matte white pigment over very luxurious, polished, newborn skin at Gareth Pugh—the matte pigment next to something so dewy only heightened the matte texture,” she explained. For those of us who dress (and do our makeup) in a slightly less conceptual manner, there’s Illamasqua’s Matte Veil, a new shine-controlling gel formula laced with humectants (like butyelene glycol and sodium hyaluronate) that help retain moisture. Patting this all over, or just onto areas prone to oil slicks, complements the shimmery pigments that help make the high planes of the face pop. As the saying goes, opposites really do attract.

Available April 3, $40;