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Golden Globes: The Beauty Prep; Gaga Feels The Burn; And More…


Getting glam for the Golden Globes takes a lot more than just 24 hours of preparation. Charlize Theron will apparently get a 50-minute Power Peel with microdermabrasion at Ole Henriksen five days before Sunday’s show, while Kate Winslet will be popping in for a last-minute electrocurrent Red Carpet Facial with Tracie Martyn before she breaks for L.A. [Us]

After creating a one-of-a-kind bald Barbie for a 4-year-old undergoing chemotherapy treatment last year, Mattel is being lobbied by a growing number of Facebook fans to mass-produce the doll for all girls—and women—suffering from hair loss. [Huff Po]

Women, like, say, Lady Gaga. After admitting last year that she was going partially bald following years of chemical hair treatments, the pop diva took to Twitter yesterday to say that she’d suffered some scalp burns after a late-afternoon bleaching session. Ouch. [Twitter]

All talk right now may be about the resurrection of Louis Vuitton’s fragrance business, but what about its once booming cosmetics business? Vintage lacquer duos from the brand have resurfaced online and they’re not cheap; a red and ivory varnish set will cost you a cool $595. [Racked]

There is a spoof commercial circulating the Internet today about the “the next revolution in beauty,” a.k.a, Fotoshop by Adobé. The idea of bottling Photoshop is funny enough, but the fake ad masters the tone of a classic beauty commercial, which adds just a little more hilarity to the equation. [Fashionista]

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The 411: Tracie Martyn


With a client list that includes such A-listers as Madonna, Brad Pitt, and Kate Winslet, superstar facialist Tracie Martyn has scrutinized the pores of most of Hollywood. The British-born pro started out as a makeup artist who had a knack for prepping skin behind the camera. She was so good that models like Kate Moss used to drop by her Brooklyn apartment for pre-photo shoot touch-ups. Eventually, Martyn developed such a following that she retired the makeup brushes and opened up an eponymous spa in Manhattan, where she now performs her signature Resculpting Facial (a.ka. the “Red-Carpet Facial,” known for its CGI-like lifting and contouring effects) on many a bold-facer. She also has a holistic skincare range that’s (almost) as good as a private session and a sparkling new spa in Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau hotel. Here, Martyn gives us a rundown of the experts she swears by.

The pro: Tracie Martyn

Founder of Tracie Martyn Skincare.

The Summer Staple: Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser

“During the hot sticky days in New York, nothing is more refreshing. This cools the skin with lime and spearmint, and smells like walking through a forest, as my lovely client Lena Olin put it. It’s also a great multitasker since it exfoliates with green papaya extract, zaps zits with willow bark and salicylic acid, and prevents aging with stabilized vitamin C from the Amla berry.”

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser, $65,

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Early Predictions For This Year In Beauty


After predicting 2008′s gold trend, a luxury lash revolution that saw thickeners and vibrating wands wow consumers worldwide, and a collective embrace of all things Amazonian, we’ve come to respect and actually look forward to Spa Finder magazine’s annual beauty trend report. While the economic downturn looks like it will put the focus in 2009 on multitasking (and money-saving) at-home treatments and what we put in our bodies rather than what we slather on, products and services for pampering still abound. Below, we’ve provided their top ten list (and one for good luck) so you can be somewhat cognizant of your beauty regimen’s annual transition when it happens.




1. Multitasking, Money-Saving Products

The explosion of targeted skincare products in recent years will give way to products that have two, three, or four beautifying uses, such as Joey New York’s Quick CTSM2, an all-in-one cleanser, toner, scrub, and mask. Another result of the downturn: more do-it-yourself and at-home spa-treatment-inspired products such as facial kits.

2. Brand-Name Facialists

Dermatologist lines like Murad, Perricone, and Wexler are being joined by a new generation of facialist-branded skincare treatments and products. Fifth Avenue’s Tracie Martyn and Los Angeles’ Kate Somerville are becoming franchise facialists with treatments at spas besides their own, and the skincare lines of facialists Eve Lom and Tammy Fender will reach the retail big-time.

3. Gem Stoned

Spas worldwide, such as New York’s Cornelia Day Resort and the Park Hyatt Dubai, are moving on from last year’s gold, silver, and platinum trend and are now touting the benefits of beauty products infused with precious and semiprecious gems. Whether gem extracts are dermatologically effective has yet to be scientifically determined, but more spas will swear by the subtle healing energies they impart.

4. The Skincare Diet

Reflecting a return to the inner-beauty mantra that a good diet begets good skin, food is the new skincare. Organic-derived ingredients, topical probiotics (the beneficial bacteria) in brands such as Bioelements and Nude, and a growing number of beauty supplement-like beverages are on the rise.

5. Antioxidant Free-for-All

All manner of teas, hearty alpine herbs like edelweiss, and rare fruit extracts will be joined by more—and possibly increasingly obscure—sources of skin-benefiting antioxidants.

6. Sunscreen Controversy

Are mineral sunscreen particles too small to be safe? Are chemical sunscreens bad for you? Do some antioxidants boost protection from UV rays? More questions are simmering about beauty’s most serious and important skincare product than the industry can answer, at least in 2009. Expect a summer of mixed messages and hot debate.

7. Suds-Free Shampoos

By popular demand, shampoos without the controversial ingredient sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or traditional foaming agents are hitting the shelves. Brands from California’s Sumbody to Paris’ Leonor Greyl produce a soft lather or emulsification, making suds-free washing a far more sophisticated experience than it has been in the past.

8. Organic Panic

While some beauty brands scramble for a USDA Organic logo, strip parabens from their formulations, or swap their packaging for something more earth-friendly to meet consumer demand, others will use 2009 to better define exactly what shade of green they subscribe to, while boasting transparency as their angle.

9. Hammams Are Hot

This year’s hottest beautifying bathing ritual is the hammam, a traditional Moorish-Mediterranean steam room, now found in brand-new spas from the Montage Beverly Hills to the InterContinental Montelucia in Arizona. Moroccan-sourced product ingredients such as argan oil, myrrh, and black soap are also building steam.

10. Hard Science Sells

There’s nothing like proof that a product works to justify a cosmetic purchase or a higher price point. That’s why science-backed products will be flourishing even in tough economic times. Look for the drug company debuts of Botox competitor Reloxin in 2009, an injectable; and the much anticipated eyelash-lengthener Latisse, by Allergan—along with more growth hormones, skin-penetrating peptides, and nanotechnology in over-the-counter beauty products.

BONUS TREND: Niche Nail Polish

Essie, OPI, and CND aren’t the only games in town. With Deborah Lippmann’s eponymous collection garnering a growing fan base and makeup artist Michael Marcus partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo for a nail line, there will likely be new offerings in this fun, affordable (read: recession-proof) beauty category.

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