From Red Soles to Red Toes: Meet Christian Louboutin Beauté

One of the biggest names in shoes has officially introduced his moniker to the beauty business. Christian Louboutin Beauté, a long-rumored extension of the shoe designer’s label, just launched with a flagship red nail polish leading the way. Titled “Rouge Louboutin,” the varnish is packaged in a faceted glass bottle with a calligraphy-inspired cap, playing off the eight-inch heel height of his tallest shoe, the Ballerina Ultima. A stiletto-shaped bottle is an obvious choice, but it’s also a nod to Louboutin’s first red soles in 1992, which were literally painted with nail polish.

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Image via Christian Louboutin

Not unlike a pair of his coveted red soles, “Rouge Louboutin” doesn’t come cheap. Currently the only hue available, the signature crimson shade will run you $50. Start contributing to your Louboutin fund – 30 more colors will debut on August 31. Until I can afford my own pair, I’ll settle for sporting red on my toes instead of my soles.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 24, 2014

Rock Blake Lively’s Met Gala Ponytail: Our Hairstylist Shows Us How

Summer humidity often results in frizzy locks, so I often opt for the never-fail ponytail during hot months. If you’re looking for fancier strands, however, turn to Blake Lively’s Met Gala tri-pony. (Amazing, right?) To re-create the look, just follow the simple steps from Rachael B., our hair and makeup artist, below.

How to Create Blake Lively's Met Gala Ponytail

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July 8, 2014

A Head for Business: Gwyneth Paltrow Embarks on a New Venture

Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Gwyneth Paltrow has quite the résumé. From winning an Academy Award to founding her own lifestyle website, it seems the mother of two has done it all. So when Blo Blow Dry Bar announced yesterday that she will be working on the company’s creative direction, I wasn’t all that shocked. Although I did wonder: Why her?

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Image via ELLE.com

Well, according to the beauty franchise, it was her “keen business instinct” and “emphasis on high-quality customer experience” that led to the collaboration. I have a feeling, however, that it might have more to do with last year’s talk of Gwyneth opening her own blow dry bar. Avoiding competition? Probably. But I am excited to see where she’ll take the company. (Think goop + blowouts.)

Read more about Gwyneth’s latest project at ELLE.com.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 29, 2014

To Have & to Hold: Brides-to-Be Get “Hand Lifts” for Engagement Selfies

First comes love, then comes… plastic surgery? According to NYC dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad, more and more engaged women are turning to “hand lifts” instead of filters to make sure their announcement selfies are flawless.

Hand Lifts

Image via ELLE

The quick – and pricey – ten-minute procedure involves JUVÉDERM injections that instantly smooth wrinkles and plump skin.  Now, I can appreciate a little pre-Instagram prep work. You know, some lotion and a fresh manicure. But appearance-altering measures? That just seems over the top. (And personally, I can think of much better ways to spend the $1,200 price tag.)

Read all about this cosmetic fad on elle.com.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 16, 2014

Natural Beauty: ELLE Editors Across the Globe Share Their Tips

The secret to natural beauty? According to ELLE editors worldwide, it’s all about incorporating eco-friendly ingredients into your beauty routine. So, this Earth Day, celebrate the environment – and yourself – by trying some of these home-grown tips.

Natural Beauty Tips

Wash with Rose Water
Rose water [is our secret] for keeping the face clean and moisturized,” says  Maria Georgieva, editor in chief of ELLE Bulgaria. Why? Bulgaria’s climate is very mild – perfect for growing roses. In fact, it produces 85% of the world’s rose oil. So, by no surprise, it’s also home to the world’s softest skin.

Use Olive Oil All Over
“There isn’t anything that olive oil can’t cure,” says Mihaela Batinić, beauty editor of  ELLE Croatia. “We use it all over in our beauty regimes – when at the beach, we put it on our skin, face, and hair.” That’s right, few things are as versatile – and as culturally celebrated – as olive oil. Mediterraneans credit their longevity to healthy doses of this liquid gold.

Soothe Skin with Sandalwood
“We get sandalwood in powder form. You mix this with any liquid – water, milk, yogurt, or rose water – for a quick cooling mask,” Ridhima Sapre, assistant beauty editor of ELLE India, reveals.

Visit elle.com for more home-grown beauty secrets.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2014

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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