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Jessica Chastain Is Smokin’ In Le Smoking; There’s A Beauty App For That; And More…


Jessica-Chastain-YSLFollowing that YSL Manifesto with the purple-paint-covered hands, Jessica Chastain is back to front the fragrance, this time with a perfectly applied smoky eye, pink lips, and the house’s classic Le Smoking. [E!]

Beauty apps are the big new thing in the digital universe. From nail-polish color simulations to hair-salon booking programs, your passport to manicured tips, complexion perfection, and well-coiffed strands is just a finger swipe away. [Shape]

If it seems like everyone has a fragrance these days, it’s because the do. Celebrities, cities, sports teams, and now even universities are creating signature scents. [Austinist]

The cruise industry is mounting a comeback that’s based less on the bad press you might have read about a few ill-fated vessels recently and more on new amenities like the medi-spa Botox and derma-filler treatments that are now being offered onboard some Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Line vessels. [USA Today]

Photo: Courtesy of YSL

Gwyneth Gets A Makeup Contract; Birchbox Goes Global; And More…


First came the Boss Nuit Pour Femme campaign, and now comes news that Gwyneth Paltrow will (finally) be getting a makeup contract all her own. Mrs. Chris Martin has just been named the latest face of Max Factor. The historic line, which was taken off shelves in the U.S. three years ago, is still very dominant worldwide. Paltrow will star in a Pat McGrath-curated campaign that features different looks that tell the story of her different roles: mother, wife, actress, singer, and of course GOOP creator. [WWD]

Birchbox, the beauty sampling service upon which all other sampling services have been built, is going global. The company acquired the Paris-based JolieBox to extend its reach across the pond. [WWD]

It looks like Jessica Hart will follow in Miranda Kerr’s footsteps. The Aussie model has revealed plans to launch her own naturally minded skincare and makeup range down under. [Grazia]

The latest bit of publicity for Jessica Chastain’s starring role as the face of YSL’s forthcoming Manifesto fragrance has hit the Web. The new video vignette features Chastain in a Nicolas Winding Refn-directed short that involves purple paint, a silent auction, and a lot of intrigue. [Fashion Etc.]

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Glow On


Not all highlighters are created equal. Take YSL’s Touche Eclat; many have tried to best the radiance-boosting under-eye concealer at its own game, but few have succeeded. Illuminators are similarly hard to formulate. Add too much sparkle or veer on the wrong side of transparency, and you’re basically screwed. But considering its past success in the business of brightening, it should come as no surprise that the French beauty giant has managed to master those, too. Introducing its new Dare to Glow complexion enhancers, a mother-of-pearl boosted glimmering gel-cream that comes in a trio of different shades: Tempting Gold is a warm bronze, Fatal Red is a gilded rose, and Naughty Pink is an icy lavender. All three manage to melt right into the tops of cheekbones, clavicles, brow bones, or eyelids—wherever you decide to swipe them, even onto mouths (frosted lips are making a gradual comeback, don’t you know). The best way to maximize their blendability in our humble opinion, though, is to mix a few dots with your foundation or tinted moisturizer of choice. Nothing beats a customized skin tint—especially one that gives you luminescent pastel undertones.

Photo: Courtesy of YSL Beaute

Karl for Shu; Daphne Does Dior; And More…


Karl Lagerfeld is teaming up with Shu Uemura to launch a limited-edition range of pigments inspired by the designer’s love of the Japanese-born brand, whose products he exclusively uses when sketching. “Other manufacturers do not offer such beautiful colors,” he says. Except for Chanel, right? [WWD]

First came the spokesperson gigs for diet pills and burger joints, then the signature scents and skincare brands, and now the sisters Kardashian are teaming up on their very own makeup line. Khroma Beauty will “resonate strongly with multiethnic women of all ages who aspire to the Kardashian style of beauty.” Be afraid. [NYDN]

Daphne Groeneveld is the new face—and body—of Dior’s Dior Addict fragrance. See her scantily clad frame in a series of teaser videos for the scent’s full-length cinemercial, due out later this month. [Fashion Etc]

Jessica Chastain has been named the new face of Yves Saint Laurent’s forthcoming fragrance, Manifesto. It’s her first beauty contract—and was really only a matter of time. [WWD]

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The Summer Nail Files: Our Top Ten Polish Picks


Our style in the summer months has, over the years, become more or less like a uniform: pared-down cotton separates in solids and stripes with easy, slip-on sandals—a.k.a. ensembles that can withstand the sweltering New York humidity. That said, any nod to style is reserved for accessories: jewelry, bags, and, of course, nail polish—the only beauty product immune to summer’s sweat-inducing effects. Since our nails remain one of our few means of summertime creative expression they are in a constant state of flux, which isn’t a bad thing these days; in the current climate of manicure mania, there are more than enough colors to go around. With that in mind, we present the ten shades we’ll be playing with all summer long. Happy finger painting!

Think Dark Pink
Tenoverten Polish in Elizabeth
The cool Tribeca nail enclave has, in the brief time it’s been open, already earned a devoted fan base, and its premier line of polishes will likely follow suit. We’re particularly fond of the intensely pigmented fuchsia Elizabeth, named for the hip Nolita street in downtown New York.

Go Day-Glo
Orly Polish in Glowstick and Melt Your Popsicle
Something about the summer inspires us to incorporate colors into our repertoire that are most certainly never found in nature. And these highlighter marker-inspired lacquers definitely fit the bill. Too unnatural? Just use them as an accent or the tip of a French manicure, instead of an allover shade.
$8.50 each,

Lime Time
Essie Nail Polish in Mojito Madness
A light, creamy spearmint shade, this varnish looks as fresh on the nails as the delicious boozy beverage it’s named after does on a hot summer day.

Va Va Vamp
Eres Nail Lacquer in Damas
A rich brown with hints of red, this polish reminds us of our Chanel Vamp-loving days of the late nineties—in the best way possible. It’s an ideal fingernail hue for those of you whose skin remains on the lighter side of pale all summer long.
$25, at Eres stores.

A Coral Worth Coveting
YSL Nail Lacquer in Corail Divin
All corals are not created equal, and YSL’s excellent take on the classic color—part of the luxury brand’s impossibly chic new lacquer line (we also love the Bleu Majorelle)—is a testament to this fact. It’s a truly elegant adaptation of the Boca Raton mainstay.

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