August 23 2014

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The Fab Five: July Fourth Essentials


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

Chop And Shop


New York’s growing appetite for barbershop/apothecary hybrids will be getting some more amuse bouche this week as the Ace Hotel’s newly opened outpost of Rudy’s barbershop unveils its corresponding concept store. Designed by WRK Design, the same firm behind the salon’s old-timey interiors, the space aims to combine retail therapy with gently priced cuts for style-conscious guys and gals. The aesthetic is essentially military commissary-chic; faded, institutional-green walls are accessorized with vintage X-ray glass-turned-light fixtures. Other features include a changing room that was a bathroom stall in a previous life. It’s somehow the perfect backdrop for the carefully edited selection of personal grooming products from lines like Kiehl’s, Bumble and bumble, Ursa Major, Le Labo and Baxter of California, as well as choice items from Rudy’s in-house range, which includes everything from bath bombs to reconceived army blankets. Black House Project dog beds, canvas totes by RTH and Kelty backpacks are also available for your purchasing pleasure. Fingers crossed the store makes the trip across the river when the West Coast shearing destination opens its next installment in Williamsburg.

Photo: Josh Farley

Ursa Major Is Nuts About Kendi


KENDI (ken-dee) / n. / 1. An oil derived from the nuts that fall from the Aleurites moluccana, a tree native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the neighboring Pacific islands; / n. / 2. Leaves from what is commonly referred to as the Indian walnut tree that are commonly made into a poultice to treat fevers and headaches; / n. / 3. The state tree of Hawaii; / 4. / An antioxidant-rich elixir teeming with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that has hydrating and anti-inflammatory effects when applied to the skin and hair; e.g., “String kendi up in a lei—or slather it onto your face to calm and moisturize your complexion.”

Try it: Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm with Kendi Oil, $36,

Ursa Major Is Out Of This World


There are two kinds of men’s skincare lines—they’re either offshoots of an already established women’s beauty brand, or they’re tragically cheesy, marketing-driven ventures aimed at capturing guys’ attention with ads, not quality products (“Double pit to chesty?” What does that even mean?!). Which is why Ursa Major is a very refreshing development. The Vermont-based, resolutely natural skincare line recently launched with one product: the Stellar Shave Cream. Here’s what it doesn’t have: parabens, sulfates, petroleum-derived chemicals, glycols, ethoxylated chemicals, ethanolamines, synthetic colors or polymers, silicones, phthalates, chemical sunscreens, or any trace of formaldehyde. Instead, the rich, non-foaming cream is formulated with natural ingredients like aloe and birch and sunflower extracts. Another bonus: Rather than synthetic fragrances, it boasts essential oils like organic Grand Fir, vetiver, and organic ginger. A boyfriend-assisted test-drive yielded the following information. It’s super-concentrated so you don’t need to use nearly as much as with traditional varieties and it works wonders on even the toughest whiskers, yielding an extraordinarily smooth shave. And, “it smells awesome.” Though the shave cream is the only star currently in Ursa Major’s constellation, the line will expand to include a lotion, a cleanser, and a toner come springtime.

Ursa Major Stellar Shave Cream is also available exclusively in New York at Odin.