Slather on the Saffron: YSL Launches a Decadent New Skin Cream

Our whole lives, we’ve been taught that the fast track to good health and wellness is eating our fruits and veggies. But, wearing our spices? When it comes to beauty, yes, says YSL, which has launched a decadent new skin cream packed with precious saffron.

Or Rouge
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The new cream, called “Or Rouge” (that’s French for “Red Gold”), doesn’t actually derive its beautifying goodness from the supermarket-spice-aisle form of saffron. Instead, Or Rouge is made with saffron in its next-to-impossible-to-get natural form, which comes from a crocus that blooms only in Morocco. In the fall. So precious is this saffron that a single pot of Or Rouge will set you back $400. But for the restorative benefits of this North African bloom, which include skin renewal, cellular turnover, firming, and reduction of dark spots, discoloration, and redness, it seems a fair price to pay.

Read more about Or Rouge on Refinery29.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 19, 2014

Surf & Sand Style: 4 Beauty Products for Your Next Beach Getaway

You’re in the home stretch. Winter is almost over. But while you wait for temps to rise, booking a tropical vacation is never a bad idea. What is? Jumping on a plane without these four must-have, getaway-ready beauty products.

Beach Beauty Tips

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March 12, 2014

The Mane Event: Jared Leto’s Locks Stun at the Oscars

Jared Leto was a big winner last night. He took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and landed himself atop every “best hair” list. Rightfully so, too. The rocker/actor’s effortless, ombré look was the envy of every viewer – male and female alike.

As soon as he hit the red carpet, my news feed was filled with comments such as, “Printing a pic of Jared to bring to my next hair appointment. BRB.” And you know what? I totally thought the same thing.

Jared Leto's Hair

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March 3, 2014

Winter Beauty Woes: 3 Gold-Medal-Worthy Solves

The 2014 Winter Games may have come to a close, but cold weather is still out in full force. So, until things heat up, we’re taking our beauty cues from figure skater Gracie Gold, who managed to look flawless throughout the games despite freezing temperatures. Here are a few tricks to get you through the next couple of months.

How to Beat Winter Beauty Woes

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February 26, 2014

The Selfie as Skincare: Introducing Teledermatology

Selfies have taken the world by storm (it turns out, Doutzen Kroes really does wake up looking that good), and it seems the skincare industry could be their next stop. Think it sounds far-fetched? Maybe. But those photos you’ve snapped everywhere from your Big Game party to your sister’s wedding might, in fact, be a dermatologist’s window into your dermal distress.

Doutzen Kroes Selfie
Research published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that, when it comes to an in-person visit versus sending a self-snapped photo, dermatologists generally agreed on patients’ skin troubles and conditions. Translation? Serious skincare on the go. I’ve never been a fan of taking my own picture, but snapping selfies in the name of healthy skin might be the perfect reason to get comfortable in front of the camera.

Read the full story on ELLE.com.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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February 19, 2014

The Thick of It: How to Achieve Bold Brows This Season

Step away from the tweezers. When it comes to this season’s eyebrows, bushier is better. Sure, big brows are nothing new – thanks to It girls like Cara Delevingne, they’ve been a major beauty trend this past year – but the F/W 2014 runways made it official. They are here to stay… for now, anyway. To get in on it, check out the tips below.

How to Get Bold Brows

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February 19, 2014

Coming Up Roses: How to Make an At-Home Petal Facial

My coworker just passed by the writers’ corner and exclaimed, “It’s like a garden over here!” And, honestly, it is. Roses abound in the Rue office on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, however, in four to seven days, sad, half-wilted petals will stand in their place. Sure, you could make potpourri – while knitting mittens for your bridge group. Or, you could do something far more fabulous: give yourself a facial. According to SELF magazine’s contributing blogger Alexandra Samuel, roses are “ridiculously” good for the skin. “They’ve got built-in toners to get you glowing.”

How to Make an At-Home Petal Facial

Image via SELF

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February 14, 2014

The Beauty Report: The 3 Best Looks From NYFW

So, clothing may be the biggest draw of New York Fashion Week – but there’s no shortage of beauty trends on those runways, either. Here are three looks sure to be a hit next fall.

NYFW Beauty Trends

  1. Dramatic Eyes
    From rag & bone to Meskita, bold cat-eyes lined the lids of models strutting down this season’s runways. And I’m not talking about a little flick of liner – come fall, your cat-eye should be anything but subtle.
  2. Loose Chignons
    As seen on the runways of Altuzarra and Christian Siriano, messy, loose chignons are primed to be a big hair trend, so say goodbye to those polished ballerina buns.
  3. Burgundy Accents
    From the nail art at Prabal Gurung to the shadow seen on the lids of Helmut Lang’s models, burgundy seems to be the upcoming color du jour. I, for one, am certainly not complaining.

 
By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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February 12, 2014

Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage Beauty at Meskita

From Peter Som to Richard Chai Love, the makeup looks at New York Fashion Week have been all about the eyes. And it was no different at Meskita‘s neoprene-filled runway show last night, where Bobbi Brown’s lead makeup artist, Rogelio Reyna, took the cat-eye to new levels.

NYFW: Behind the Scenes at Meskita

“We wanted to go with a 50s-meets-New-York-Barbie look,” Rogelio says, “so we just did flawless-looking skin with an extreme cat-eye.”

His tips for achieving the runway look? “Always follow your natural eye. Start at the corner of your eye, draw a little line up to the crease, do a little triangle, and follow it onto the lid itself. And then, just color within the lines.” Rogelio also recommends using Bobbi Brown’s award-winning long-wear gel eyeliner to keep your cat-eye from smearing.

As for other beauty trends this Fashion Week, Rogelio says it’s all about soft, not-overgroomed brows and a pale, almost-nude lip. Sounds like our fall beauty routines will be pretty easy – once we master this cat-eye, that is.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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February 10, 2014

Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage at Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano. Today, we know him as Project Runway’s youngest – and most successful – winner. Pieces from his eponymous label can be seen inside the likes of Italian Vogue and all over the red carpet. But before he conquered the fashion world, did you know he was a hairdresser? Fact. And it’s just one of the reasons Sebastian Professional lead hairstylist Anthony Cole wanted to work with the designer on his highly anticipated Fall/Winter 2014 show.

Christian Siriano at Fashion Week

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February 9, 2014