Soft Skin with a Hard Edge: Kiehl’s New Black Nail Polish

With its honest-to-goodness products, apothecary-style retail stores, and clinically clean packaging, Kiehl’s has long been loved for its fuss-free approach to skincare. And that’s exactly why I was surprised – and intrigued – to learn that the company will break into the beauty business in July with the release of a glossy black nail polish.

Black Nail Polish

Image via beauty-zone.org

My first thought: Really? If a company like Kiehl’s, which has found huge success in a singular sector, is rolling out a basic beauty product like nail polish, it must be special. Turns out, it is. Proceeds from the polish’s sales will benefit AmfAR in the organization’s fight against AIDS.

My second thought: But, black? Yes, and it makes sense. Legions of Kiehl’s fans already know that the company’s founding family members had a soft spot for motorcycles, a theme seen in its stores’ décor and in LifeRide, a nine-day motorcycle ride that raises funds for amfAR. So, biker-approved black it is. The polish will begin shipping in July, just as the fourth-annual LifeRide hits the road in Seattle.

Read more on WWD.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 26, 2014

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
                                                                                                         Image via Beauty Scene

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

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

Want Frizz-Free Curls? Try Plopping

Calling all curly haired girls – frizz-free ringlets are in your future. According to Refinery29, all you have to do is plop. Which is exactly what we thought. But read on.

Plop for Frizz-Free Curls

  1. Start by laying out a cotton T-shirt or microfiber towel on your bed. (Not a regular towel – it will just add to the frizz.)
  2. After you’ve showered, flip your head over and place your curls on the tee or towel slowly.
  3. Grab the ends of the towel or tee and twist so you have two Pippi Longstocking–esque twists on the sides of your head.
  4. Pull the twists to the back of your neck and secure by tying them together or using clips.
  5. Leave for 30 minutes as hair dries.
  6. Remove tee or towel and add a leave-in conditioner or light oil to seal the cuticles.

Voilà – post-plopping frizz-free curls.

[Via Refinery29]

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 6, 2014

Introducing EE Cream: Because Skincare Needed More Letters

Okay, let’s run through this quickly. First, there was this thing called cream. It existed alone, in all its noncomedogenic glory, and hey, it did the job. Then the skincare world alphabetized – via Asia – and in came cult favorites BB cream, CC cream, and, alas, DD cream. With no sign of stopping. (Flashback to first-grade cursive.)

Skincare Letters

The newest letter pairing – EE cream – stands for “extra exfoliation” and is set to hit the market under the guise of Previse Skincare’s EE MarineGranules this March. It’s apparently a “botanical-based marine mousse” packed with bamboo stem powder and other ingredients our lowly creams never would have dreamed of.

If anyone wants to get ahead on the creation of  ZZ (“zero zits”) cream, ping me – we should start sourcing intergalactic ingredients now.

[Via ELLE.com]

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 5, 2014

Hide That Hangover: The Morning-After Makeover

Odds are, you’re going out tonight. And odds are, you’re going to have one sip of champagne too many – just accept it already and have fun. You can hate yourself in the morning when you’re peeling yourself out of bed to attend New Year’s Day brunch. Hey, at least you don’t have to work.

The Morning-After Makeover

But still, you want to put on a good face for your first outing of 2014, right? Well, lucky for you, Refinery29 has recruited makeup artist James Vincent to dish out a few tips for making sure those telltale bags under your eyes go completely unnoticed. And honestly, from a few spritzes of toner to a little topical vitamin C, it’s pretty amazing what a difference his makeup tricks can make. Simply take note before you go out, and then order up that Bloody Mary in the morning. Hair of the dog, people.

Watch “The Ultimate Post-Party Makeover” on Refinery29.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 31, 2013

Forget Nail Art: Lipstick Is 2014′s Beauty Must

Sure, nail art may be the beauty trend that grabs the attention, but all you have to do is look down at your chipped polish to see that it’s getting old. The beauty trend with real staying power? Lipstick.

Lipstick-pic

The Huffington Post reports that more women than ever bought lip products in 2013 (I know I probably hauled in more than my fair share). So when Laura Weinstein, the vice president of marketing for the brands Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color declares, “Lip really is the new nail,” I’m inclined to believe her.

If our lips are about to get hit with the same level of attention that our nails got in the last couple years, who knows what’s in store. Colors we’ve never tried before? Stick-on prints? Glitter overlays? For me, it might just be the year I try orange. Or purple. Or even black if I’m feeling really adventurous.

Read more about lipstick’s imminent rise in popularity on the Huffington Post.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer 

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December 28, 2013

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Braids, Buns, and Twists

I’d like to let you know that, at this point in my adult life, I’ve mastered the side braid, the pigtail braid, the fishtail braid, and the French braid. Before you congratulate or humiliate me, I’d also like to let you know – I truly thought that was half decent. Until I stumbled on this hair manual: Braids, Buns, and Twists! 

Braid, Buns, & Twists: Christina Butcher

Image of Christina Butcher via NYLON

In it, braidmaster Christina Butcher proves that there are, in fact, more than four ways to braid one’s hair. And gives step-by-step directions as proof.

Seriously, this woman’s hair is gorgeous. So feel free to go crazy and try all 82 styles. If that’s aggressive, simply pop over to NYLON have a go at the Grecian braid. Then report back. My repertoire needs a little padding.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 22, 2013

Say It Isn’t So: Nail Art Is Over

Brace yourself. Nail art is allegedly over. Go ahead, take a minute to let that sink in. All set? Good. Now, where were we? According to Advertising Age, the nail polish fad is drying up, and fast. In October and November alone, drugstore polish sales have fallen 13 and 10 percent, respectively.

Nail Art Is Over

So, I guess that’s it. I mean, while my Pinterest boards beg to differ, you really can’t argue with numbers. Looks like I’ll be retiring my nail pen and putting away my glitter polish…

Read more about the nail art decline on Fashionista.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 16, 2013

The (Confetti) Eyes Have It: A Look at the Glitter Shadow Trend

When it comes to makeup, I’m a less-is-more kind of girl. And while I’m certainly up for a little extra lip color and highlighter for the right occasion (hello, company holiday party), the thought of shellacking my eyelids with glitter is enough to send me hiding behind my shower curtain.

Glitter Eyes

But just when I thought sparkly lids had secured their place in the annals of 80s history, they’re making a comeback. And the new iteration is tasteful enough that I might just try it. According to the beauty buffs at New York Magazine (who got a little help from a pro), the trick to rocking glittery lids without looking silly is to stick with neutral tones like pink and beige – or other shades that complement your eye color – and blend a metal-foil-finish shadow with a regular shadow to keep from going overboard on sparkle. Seems simple enough, right? Here goes nothing.

Learn how to get flawless glitter lids at NYmag.com.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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December 5, 2013