Beauty Buzz: Courtney Cox Covets ‘The Rachel,’ Alexis Bittar Brings Out the Bling, and Stop the Sunscreen Smuggling

By  September 23, 2014


It seems everyone had “The Rachel” when Friends took over the airwaves in the ‘90s, except for Courtney Cox. The star lamented the lack of love for her look during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. She laughed, “I don’t understand. I got nothing. I kept changing mine, like, ‘If you don’t like it I’ll just keep doing it,’ and they never stuck!” [YouTube]

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling, especially when it comes to holiday beauty buys. Alexis Bittar has just teamed up with Sephora to sculpt a set of gilded makeup brushes that deserve an exhibit. Bittar was inspired by Studio 54 in 1979, saying, “The sharp lines remind me of Blondie and there’s kind of a Donna Summer liquid gold feel. If you’re sitting down at your boudoir [doing your makeup], it makes it super elegant.” These are on top of our wish lists already! [Huffington Post]

There could be a slew of better sunscreen selections soon! The U.S. Senate recently passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act to kick-start the process of approving new over-the-counter sunscreen actives. This means beauty buffs won’t have to smuggle in sun solutions from overseas in order to get new filters, high UVA protection, and better photo-stability to save their skin. We’re counting down the days until summer starts again! [XO Vain]

Rodney Cutler’s headed over the Brooklyn Bridge with a brand new spot in the heart of Williamsburg. The salon is smaller than its Manhattan spot with only 5 chairs, and a tech-savvy booking system that fits with the communal feel of the neighborhood. Cutler said, “When I looked at this community throughout the day, a salon made sense. Williamsburg lends itself to a space that’s a shared experience.” [WWD]

We love to work up a good sweat at the gym, but we don’t want to deal with the resulting breakout. Aside from skipping the shower, rubbing too hard with your towel and not cleaning out your gym bag can make it easy for bacteria to spread on your skin. Keep it clean, kittens! [Byrdie]

Lady Gaga Steams Up The Screen for Her New Fragrance

By  September 23, 2014


Lady Gaga is touching as many people as she can in anticipation of her newest projects, literally and figuratively.

Mother Monster turned up the steam over the weekend with the first clip from her upcoming scent sequel to her best-selling Fame. In the video directed by Steven Klein, she’s featured rolling atop a pile of hot male models to the tune of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” from Cheek to Cheek (which drops tomorrow) with Tony Bennett. While she serves face to the camera, boxers duke it out for her attentions, painting the screen red.

As for the scent itself, Eau de Gaga is meant to be unisex, as luxe leather balances the white violet heart with a twist of sparkling lime at the start. The boxers in the video take a few swings at the camera, possibly to emphasize the punched up notes in the perfume-but we’ll have to wait until January when the fragrance hits shelves to know for sure. Are you daring enough to rock this androgynous aroma?

Haven’t seen the clip? Check it out below:

Rahua Reenters the Rainforest for Revitalizing Bodycare

By  September 23, 2014


Rahua is taking its natural touch from your tresses to the rest of you with its first body care range.

The brand’s signature rahua oil has kept the strands of the women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes silky and strong for centuries. But it wasn’t until the ‘90s that renowned colorist and stylist Fabian Lliguin imported it to the States, bringing a bevy of beauty buff’s hair back to life. The oil had a similar effect on skin thanks to the omega-9 fatty acids that deeply nourish skin. When paired with Quinoa (yup, the yummy superfood) and Sacha Inchi, the new Amazon Body Oil, body lotion, and even the shower gel improve skin elasticity and protect skin with antioxidants daily.

As if that weren’t enough, the body care buys also boast a gluten-free, organic, vegan formula with its signature scent of Palo Santo like its hair care range. But the new line comes with a few added notes of lavender, eucalyptus, and vanilla bean to sweeten the deal. Going green has never looked (or smelled) this good!

Kate Moss’s Model-Approved Beauty Musts

By  September 22, 2014


Kate Moss has set the standard for effortless beauty since her start. We regularly hear her name backstage every season when it comes to beauty inspiration. Luckily for all her fans, Ms. Moss shared a few of her vanity essentials in the pages of W.

Though she admits her routine changes daily, she starts every morning by chilling out with a few ice cubes. The old home remedy used by Old Hollywood screen sirens like Joan Crawford (Mommy Dearest, anyone?) not only refreshes the face with a little moisture, but the chill reduces inflammation, wrinkles, and pores while promoting blood circulation. When Moss needs some more moisture, she reaches for a jar of Crème de La Mer and a few drops of Visine.

Her own beauty icons Lauren Hutton and Jeanne Moreau inspired Moss’ signature pared down look, but she still likes to get pampered. A mani/pedi is a must for the supermodel before she paints the town, as is a black eyeliner pencil and a spritz of her signature scent Chanel No. 5. Just don’t tell Burberry about that last item.

Beauty Buzz: Julianne Moore Doesn’t Juice, Elle Fanning Becomes a Brunette, and NY Salons Make the Grade

By  September 22, 2014


Julianne Moore is spilling a few of her beauty secrets in the pages of NewBeauty, and while sunscreen counts as one of her essentials, there’s one trendy Healthy Obsession you won’t find stocked in her home: juices. She told the glossy, “I did a juice cleanse for the Golden Globes one year. I think I did it for three days. To be honest, the only weight I lost was in my brain!” [NewBeauty]

Elle Fanning has got the jump on the fall hair color flip, becoming one of the first blonde beauties to go dark. The star debuted the fresh shade with a bit of auburn at the L.A. Premiere of The Boxtrolls, snipping off 2 to 3 inches for a full hair makeover for the new season. Now she’s got us thinking about a haute hair change! [People]

It seem a few New York nail salons may have a few bad grades in their futures. The city has proposed new legislation that would impose a letter grading system for hair and nail salons and spas, similar to ones used for restaurants. The new bill will also ensure a customer bill of rights that covers issues like cleanliness and ventilation. Because nobody wants nail fungus, especially Big Apple mani mavens! [NY Daily News]

She’s back! After showing some Old Hollywood spirit, Natalie Portman’s showing off her best street style pose for Dior’s newest beauty launch, Rouge Baume. The 14 new lipsticks boast a formula featuring Cristal oil to smooth and protect lips for the perfect pout. Muah! [Fashion Gone Rouge]

When it comes to exfoliating our faces, we instantly reach for our Clarisonic and not a beaded scrub. The same should be said about out teeth. A Texas dental hygienist found that the microbeads found in certain toothpastes could do more harm than good by settling between gums and tapping bacteria that can lead to serious infections. Yikes! [Refinery 29]


Karlie Kloss Is L’Oreal Paris’s Freshest Face

By  September 22, 2014


It’s official: Karlie Kloss is L’Oréal Paris’s latest love.

Many figured the mega model was making the move to the mass beauty brand after she appeared in a Prodigy hair line ad with Liya Kedebe and Lara Stone back in March. Fashion Gone Rouge noted that while the brand initially denied the rumors, Kloss recently appeared in a teaser on L’Oreal Paris Canada’s YouTube Page confirming her slot in the roster amongst all-stars like Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, and Beyoncé.

While we await details of her newest campaign, it’s hardly the first beauty brand she’s represented this year. Kloss spread her wings as the angelic face of Victoria’s Secret’s Heavenly fragrance relaunch as well as the sultry silhouette for Chanel’s Coco Noir perfume.

Congrats, Karlie!

Beauty Buzz: Gettin’ Twiggy With It, Jennifer Aniston’s Wind-Swept Strands, NARS Says ‘Pucker Up!’

By  September 19, 2014


Here’s a big birthday shout out to “the Face of 1966,” Twiggy, who turn 65 today! She still serves as an inspiration to industry insiders and fashion fans today. A recent eBay survey found nearly 50% of women can’t live without the iconic model’s beauty essentials, including 35% of those who would rock her signature eye look of wide, double decker liner and pronounced lashes. And as such, the site has seen a significant uptick in Dior liner, volumizing mascara, and falsies sales. [Glam Inbox]

We Glam girls admit Jennifer Aniston is one of our biggest hairspirations, and now you can see why! In a new video, Living Proof takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot with the star where stylist Chris McMillan pumps up her sultry strands with the new Instant Texture Spray and play with her look. Aniston even jokes, “No time to take pictures, because he’s constantly messing with the hair.” [YouTube]

To celebrate Best Dressed Lips Day (today), NARS wants you to post your best pout. From now until September 26, makeup mavens can upload shade-inspired selfies for a chance to win one of six prizes based on the Audacious Lipstick Collection’s color families: nude, pink, coral, red, violet, and wine. Just be sure to tag your post with the hashtag #NARSissist and the name of the color family. Happy snapping! [Glam Inbox]

Birchbox is spreading the love in Soho! The shop is celebrating its first Customer Appreciation Day with free BYOBs (Build You Own Birchbox) all day, five free one-year subscriptions, and even Surprise & Delight shipments to random subscribers and personal thank you’s from the staff with something a little special for them. Head downtown ASAP before the doors close on this awesome occasion! [Glam Inbox]

September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Laura Mercier has partnered with Jenny Packham to join in the fight. The pair produced a teal clutch inspired by Kate Middleton’s teal dress from Our Greatest Team Rises Gala. Plus, you can pack it with Mercier’s Bonne Mine Palette and Lip Glacé in Peach Hope. All of the proceeds will benefit the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Foundation. [Glam Inbox]

If you decided to skip the long lines today and pre-ordered your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus then you missed an interesting sight. Customers who waited on line overnight in the Big Apple passed the time by pampering themselves in true techie fashion with the Anti-Acne illuMask. Only in New York! [Glam Inbox]

Halle Berry Lengthens Her Locks

By  September 19, 2014


Before Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry was the prime purveyor of the pixie. But it looks like she’s ditched her signature ‘do.

The star debuted a set of luxe extensions at an education fundraiser for CAA’s School Day Benefiting Communities In Schools where she and other stars like Djimon Hounsou, Jon Hamm, and Robert Downey Jr. raised $500,000. The star snapped up the lengthy locks back in August for her role in Kidnap as a mother in search of her lost son, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though Berry rocked a bob back in 2012, the last time her hair was this long was back in 2007 before her daughter Nahla was born. Just don’t expect her to keep the look for long after the film wraps. “I am my best self when I have super short hair,” she told The Huffington Post. “That’s when I feel most like me and most confidant. Cutting my hair was freeing. Someone saying you’re beautiful and the fact that you have no hair makes you even more beautiful, said to me it’s not about my hair. It’s about something else we emanate.”

Beauty Buzz: Connie Britton’s #TBT Tresses, Illamasqua Takes Flight, and Refresh Your Bronzer for Fall

By  September 18, 2014


We love a good #ThrowbackThursday snap, and Connie Britton’s is hard to beat. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently included a snap of the Nashville star and herself when they were roommates during a study abroad trip to Beijing. Though we know and love her signature rose gold ringlets, her strands certainly looked different back in the day. Go take a peek! [Glamour]

After Vivienne Westwood revamped Virgin Atlantic’s cabin crew uniforms, Illamasqua is sealing the special 30-anniversary with a crimson kiss. The cult beauty brand has crafted a Virgin red Glamore Lipstick to match the sharp ensembles. But they won’t be restricted to air-space as the shade is already available to snap up yourself. Talk about in-flight allure! [Glam Inbox]

We’re trying to keep our glow going even as we enter the chilly months, but it turns out we’re doing it wrong. Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian advised bronzed bunnies to skip the glitter synonymous with the summer and instead use a matte formula to help contour the face through the fall and winter. Excuse us while we channel our inner Kardashian. [Byrdie]

Say goodbye to Bath & Body Works! Rituals and & Other Stories are bring their bodycare lines to U.S. Rituals bring its East-Meets-West aesthetic to the mix with relaxing, energizing, and purifying collection made with mostly paraben-free ingredients. H&M’s chic sister not only had bath and body on the brain, but manicures too with a 70-shade nail polish line and other color cosmetics. We’re updating out shopping list as we speak. [Fashionista]

Hourglass is finally planting its flag. After years of being department store darlings, the beauty brand is set to open up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevardon September 22 in its hometown of Venice, California. Hourglass founder and chief executive officer Carisa Janes says of the storefront’s locale, “I’ve been here for seven years, and I’ve watched Abbot Kinney develop into this amazing retail pocket in Venice, and it just seemed like the perfect timing for us to do a store. It was the right street at the right time.” [WWD]


Day in the Life: Dr. Philip Kingsley, Trichologist

By  September 18, 2014


I started my hair and scalp clinic in London in 1960 and, due to a large USA following, opened my New York City centre in 1977. US Vogue had sent a ‘spy’ to check me out; I had no idea of this until Vogue wrote a fabulous review on me and my team which lead to people flying to London to experience my treatments. Both clinics are flourishing.

My wife Joan and I lived in New York for 14 years until we decided to come back and live in London, bringing our two daughters, then aged 11 and 8, to be further educated in the UK. We now live in London in Mayfair and I visit every 6 to 8 weeks to consult and oversee my clinic, where I am fortunate to have an amazing and dedicated team.

My typical London day:

7:30 a.m. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as far as hair is concerned, so I’m a fanatic about it! I start each day with a hearty plate of food, which usually involves smoked salmon, egg whites or bacon, either at home or at 5 Hertford St. After breakfast I exercise for 15 minutes touching my toes etc. to keep fit and flexible. Then I shower, and shampoo, condition, and style my hair using my products (of course).
9:00 a.m. I walk down to my office where I meet with my wonderful Executive Assistant, Susie Hammond, to catch up on emails and correspondence. These usually consist of questions from magazines such as Vogue, Oprah, Marie Claire, or established beauty bloggers. It fills me with pride how many quotes on hair I am for asked each day!
10:00 a.m. My first consultation appointment, of which I take one every hour. This always involves a full medical and family history, scalp examination and interpreting blood test results. I am rarely, if ever, idle during my day and have consultations booked for months in advance. Unless the World Cup is on, and, in which case, I may pencil out a few hours of my day. If one of my celebrity or Royal clients is coming in, however, I often see them before 8am if they want absolute privacy. However, many enjoy coming in during opening hours so that they can chat and catch up with my very knowledgeable trichotherapists. I remember Audrey Hepburn buying custom made shoes for all of my treatment girls in the 1980s, as they work so hard! It really is such a welcoming environment.
1:00 p.m. Lunch. Often a business lunch, or lunch with my best friend, the photographer Terry O’Neil (who was married to Faye Dunaway). With Terry, I usually go to The Great British on North Audley Street, and for business, Scotts or Harry’s Bar.
1:45 p.m. I rarely have long lunches except when it is business related. Then I meet with Jane Martin, my Personal Clinic Assistant, to go over patient blood tests results and correspondence. Following this, I visit my lab in the same building to discuss with Paul Franklin, my dedicated Laboratory Manager, new formulations, new products, and potentially useful ingredients coming onto the market. I will also meet with Carol Gillam, my Clinic Manager, and the irreplaceable Glenn Lyons, my Clinic Director. Glenn started training with me in 1964 and it is his 50th year with me this year.
2:45 p.m. Another consultation.
3:45 p.m. Talk to Aimee Rennard, my New York Clinic Manager, Graham Fish, Philip Kingsley Products Chairman, and Sinead Howard, Managing Director of PKP. Also my incredible daughter Anabel, who is Director of Communications. They are in another building with their own team, all of whom are dedicated and wonderful. I’m often thrown last minute requests, such as judging a beauty product contest, filming for QVC, commenting on the latest fad diet or, like last year, putting together product packs for the World Leaders attending the UN conference in London.
5:00 p.m. The end of my clinic day in London, but it is only 12pm in New York so I often continue with phone calls until around 7pm. It could be a worried patient, a member of the press, or a member of my Clinic Team. In the evening, I may have a business dinner or drinks which I try to avoid, but much prefer to see my friends, go the theatre, the Opera, or a charity gala. My favorite of all is to have dinner with my wife Joan, and two daughters Anabel and Katherine, who is a successful author and also helps me to write grammatically correctly! This is either at home or at my usual haunts: Scott’s, Hertford St, Roka, Harry’s Bar, Lucio’s or Coya. All in all a very interesting, diverse and busy life and I’m very lucky.