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April 17 2014

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19 posts tagged "Topshop"

On Kate’s Side

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kate-bosworth-dinnerNot only was the slightly longer sleeve length on Kate Bosworth’s tee (part of her new line for Topshop, launching today) completely perfect, an observation made by Style.com’s in-house T-shirt aficionada and photo editor, but her deep side part was an ideal complement to her casual look. While Bosworth’s dividing line wasn’t clean-cut and perfect—reminding me of the rocker-inspired styles seen at Saint Laurent this season—the feminine curls and pink-stained lips added an element of easy elegance to her half-tucked top and jeans.

Photo: Carlos Acayo

Beauty 411: Ursula Stephen

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URSULA-STEPHEN-FINAL-2_resizeHer personal choices might often elude us, but when it comes to all things hair-related, Rihanna always has our undivided and rapt attention (like, say, last week, when she went gray, or, as she dubbed it, “brrrr”). And the woman usually responsible for RiRi’s chameleonic hair ways is stylist Ursula Stephen. Her three favorite moments in Rihanna’s hair timeline? “When we went red, the short black ’do we did for the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago, and the short blonde look for her ‘Hard’ music video,” she says. Besides tending to celebrity tresses (she also counts Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington as clients) and working as a Global Ambassador for hair-care line Motions, Stephen recently opened her first salon, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood; a thrill for those of us who call the 718 home. “I’d always thought of opening my own place, but this just feels like the right time in my life and career to do it, so when I got a call about a space, I couldn’t pass it up,” she explains. And lest you think she’s too busy to attend to us common folks, Stephen insists that though her schedule will vary from week to week, she will definitely be logging plenty of time at Ursula Stephen the Salon, 66 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 457-5834. Here, the busy stylist shares some of her own beautifying go-tos.

THE SERIOUS SCRUB: Olympic Spa
“At the Olympic Spa in L.A., you get scrubbed down like a baby by these superstrong women…in front of everyone! Don’t be shy about it. You will leave feeling like you have new skin!”

3915 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., (323) 857-0666; olympicspala.com

THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Stella by Tocca
“This fragrance manages to be so many things at once: pretty, sophisticated, rich. And I have to say, the men love it. I first discovered it at a spa in New York, and now it’s absolutely one of my faves.”

$68, at sephora.com.

THE GO-TO COVER-UP: Kevyn Aucoin
“Hands down the best concealer out there. It’s always a lifesaver for me.”

Available at shop.nordstrom.com.

THE BARGAIN HYDRATOR: Vitamin E Oil
“I actually first discovered it after I got a bad burn from a curling iron. It helped heal that and turned out to be such a great moisturizer. I especially like it for the rough areas, like my knees and elbows. Plus, it gives skin an amazing glow.”

Available at drugstores.

THE FLUSH FAVORITE: MAC Blush in Peaches
“The perfect blush for summer, if you’re going for that ‘I don’t have on any makeup’ kind of look.”

$21, maccosmetics.com

THE HAIR THERAPY: Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment
“It’s the best conditioning treatment around. I recommend it to all my clients and, naturally, use it on myself religiously, too.”

Available at drugstores.

THE FASHION STOP: Topshop
“It really is one of my favorite stores. I find all my trendy pieces there that I then mix in with designer stuff.”

THE MANI REGULAR: VP Nail Lounge
“I love this place in Brooklyn. They do next-level mani-pedis! The ambience is beautiful, the staff is attentive, and every service is great. Also, mimosas. Enough said.”

1082 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, (718) 636-0600; verypolishednails.com

The Fab Five: July Fourth Essentials

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beautyAs far as holidays go, July Fourth has a lot going for it: barbecues, fireworks, an endless rotation of ice-cold adult beverages. Chances are you’ll need certain beauty essentials to last you through the first rays of sun (well, let’s hope) to the final explosions in the sky. In honor of the occasion, we rounded up five picks (plus a bonus) that will prove indispensable regardless of whether the festivities find you beachfront, lakeside, or city-bound.

Clear Cut
Kate Somerville Daily Deflector Waterlight SPF 50+
Sun protection is a no-brainer, particularly if you will be spending a significant amount of time outside. Kate Somerville’s newest sunscreen is as un-sunblock-y as you can get—it’s super sheer, lightweight, moisturizing, and is apparently packed with shiitake-mushroom extract to help restore skin elasticity while blocking out those rays.

The Bluest Eye
Topshop Eye Crayon in Kingfisher
I will be the first to admit I’m all for some subtle holiday color coordinating—done tastefully. So with your, say, red-and-white polka-dot dress, might I suggest a thick swath of this bright aqua shadow stick across each lid. The blue color payoff is bold, and it will resist creasing for many a daylight hour.

Multiple Choice
Ilia Multi-Stick in I Put a Spell on You
In the colder months, I’m perfectly content for each product to serve one sole purpose, but in those dog days of summer, when the desire to simplify is stronger than ever, multifunctional is a must. My current favorite is this makeup stick by the green-minded brand Ilia; the pale coral I Put a Spell on You will suit a wide array of skin tones, and it looks just as good on lips as it does on cheeks.

Polished Off
Priti Nail Color in City Girl Rose
While the state of my fingernails usually falls somewhere between totally bare and complete disarray, on holidays I always find my inner girly girl and get down to some painting. Because my tips have gone naked for about a month now, I’m easing back into the polish game with this new peachy pink by Priti that reminds me of the sparkling rosé I plan to be guzzling all weekend.

Check Your Head
Alterna Caviar CC Cream
That’s right, there are now CC creams for your hair. And here’s why I’m getting behind this one: It has just enough hold as a styling cream, it’s hydrating, it has UV filters to protect your color from fading, and it smells pretty awesome. I plan to generously slather it on before milkmaid braiding.

About Face
Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes
A bonus for your summer tote bag: Ursa Major’s new Essential Face Wipes. Cleansing, soothing, and shine-reducing, these wipes are great after a bike ride (or any other sweaty hot-weather activity) for a much-needed refresh.

Photos: Courtesy of Kate Somerville, Topshop, Ilia, Priti, Alterna, Ursa Major

Blink Brow Bar X Topshop

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Emma Watson is known as much for her truly exquisite eyebrows as her formative years spent at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. So impressive is the quality of her arches, in fact, that while we don’t usually put much stock into various celebrity salon endorsements, we can’t help but be intrigued by her go-to brow-grooming destination, the U.K.’s Blink Brow Bar. Founded in 2004 by Vanita Parti, the threading and lash extensions specialist took her team from London’s Bond Street to Henri Bendel’s last summer and has more expansion on the brain: Now, New Yorkers who log more time below 14th Street need not schlep uptown for their appointments—for the next two months at least. That’s how long Blink’s pop-up shop, b London, will be holding court inside one of our other favorite British imports, Topshop. Make an appointment or just, ahem, pop in for a little shaping or a full-scale eye reboot: Think eyebrow threading ($32), classic lash extension application ($160), and the heavenly, puff-reducing Ayurvedic eye soother treatment ($50). And if your eyebrows are, thanks to years of overzealous plucking, in need of complete reconstruction, try Blink’s newest menu addition, the Brow-hab treatment ($60), which helps slowly fatten up even the wispiest strands. Once your brows have been whipped back into shape, there is plenty of other therapy of the retail variety to be had mere feet away.

B London x Topshop, 478 Broadway, NYC, through December 23. For an appointment, call (212) 966-9555 (ext. 101, 102, or 103), www.blinkbrowbar.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Blink Brow Bar

Pretty in Punk, Backstage At Topshop Unique

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Topshop Unique’s girl is effortlessly cool and understatedly chic—a profile that was made infinitely clear with a quick peruse of the show’s front row. Next to Elle Fanning sat Leigh Lezark, who was a stone’s throw away from Poppy Delevingne, Pixie Geldof, Tallulah Harlech, and Olivia Palermo. “She’s the girl that everyone wants to be,” hairstylist Anthony Turner confirmed backstage, where the It-ness of it all was reinforced with a gaggle of the season’s biggest catwalkers. Cara, Jourdan, et al. got Turner’s low side parts, which were tucked behind the ears and treated with L’Oréal Beach Frizz for a shine-free, matte texture. “It’s the day after the night before,” he explained, throwing in a “nineties Kate Moss” reference as well as the words “very cool” to describe strands, thus completing the season’s hair inspiration trifecta. As models lined up before the show, Turner roughed up the hairline and broke up sections in the back, creating a randomness to the otherwise uniform coifs.

“It’s nineties grunge meets punk,” makeup artist Hannah Murray further elaborated, giving a “pretty edge” to designer Kate Phelan’s white and pale yellow palette. Mixing two Topshop Makeup Blushes in Prime Time and Flush, Murray made a makeshift, rosy eye shadow, which she dabbed with the silvery shade from its Eyeshadow Palette in Constellation to give lids a sheer iridescence. Cheeks were contoured using Topshop Lips in Beguiled, a vampish dark red that was layered with a dollop of its Balm for a dewy finish. To ensure the girls didn’t look “too done,” Murray took mouths down with a finger-patting of foundation while manicurist Anatole Rainey reprised Spring’s “nothing nail” with Topshop Nails in Nice & Neutral.