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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.

Topshop Beauty Gets A Designer Collaboration Of Its Own

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Topshop is not new to the designer collaboration game. Successful partnerships between the U.K.-based retail giant and local talent like Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, Kate Moss, and J.W. Anderson (coming this fall), have spelled success for clotheshorses looking to get their fashion fix, fast. But the brand has yet to give its two-year-old beauty line the same kind of star power—an injustice that has finally been rectified. Introducing the Louise Gray x Topshop color collection for Fall, which abides by the two words that typically inform Gray’s runway shows: “young” and “fun.” This, after all, is the woman who has used The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as backstage beauty inspiration and christened the term “face confetti” after makeup artist James O’Reilly drew multicolored polka dots onto models’ faces at her Fall 2011 show. Her Topshop range comes with a similar stockpile of whimsy. Pastel pink and mint green packaging houses bright lipsticks in Mexican Wave, a bright orange, and Legend, a hot fuchsia; a creamy tangerine and rouge Cheek duo; and even a bright blue liquid eyeliner. Gray’s “face confetti” concept also makes a comeback here, this time in the form of glitter pots featuring circle- and heart-shaped iridescent sequins; the better to adorn lids and tips with.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop

Maison Martin Margiela To Release Replica: The Fragrance Line; Rihanna Gets Dreads; And More…

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Fresh off its Consumer’s Choice Award nomination at the FIFIs this week for its Untitled fragrance, Maison Martin Margiela is back with some more beauty news. The brand just revealed Replica, a trio of fragrances that are meant to mimic its Replica clothing line, a seasonal capsule collection based on duplicating garments and accessories found in flea markets. Each of the three scents, Flower Market, Beach Walk, and Funfair Evening, subsequently evokes certain olfactory triggers in our collective memory. They launch in Europe this summer, but won’t hit the States until next year. [WWD]

Topshop has announced that Louise Gray will be its next collaborator, and the London designer’s offerings won’t be limited to clothes. The mass retailer is promising a line of fluorescent glitter and creamy eye shadows from Gray as well. [Fashionista]

Since transitioning her blond shag with bangs into a severe shade of brunette with a side shave, Rihanna has been pretty loyal to a single hairstyle—until last night’s American Idol finale, that is, where she sported a towering mass of dreadlocks. [People]

Photo: Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Nail Pen Is Mightier Than The Brush

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Since launching its in-house beauty range two years ago, Topshop has made it a priority to be at the forefront of the nail polish revolution. Its core collection of lacquer shades includes everything from the classic red Dead Ringer and the pale pink Prim and Proper to a new line of crackle topcoats and a myriad of metallic varnishes. Next up for the British retailer? Nail art pens. While we have outgrown our one-time addiction to etching flowers, stripes, animal prints, and the like onto our fingers, we are enamored with French manicures of late after the throwback white-on-shell combination popped up on a few Fall runways in addition to more avante-garde iterations like the black-on-cream design that premiered backstage at Thakoon. Available in five shades, including Nightrider, a pure black; Frozen, a chalky white; Barbarella, a fuchsia; Visionary, a silver; and Hustle, a light blue, these felt-tip markers make scrawling that customary 1/8″ line across the top of your nails that much easier. The formula is water-soluble, too, so best to keep a damp Q-tip at your disposal while painting to perfect your lines before securing them with a clear topcoat. The range debuted earlier this month on Topshop.com, which is currently out of stock of everything except the periwinkle Hustle—a testament to the fact that we’re not the only ones digging the pens’ broad appeal. But after a little recon mission, we learned that the whole lot is still available at the store’s Soho flagship.


Topshop, 478 Broadway, NYC, (212) 966-9555.

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop