Photo Credit: brioni.com
When you think of Brioni, the sensuality of fine Italian cashmere, silk, and wool come to mind. It is a label that speaks to prestige and elegance, most notably for finely crafted luxury menswear. A made to measure Brioni suit is the ultimate male status symbol — a mark of quality for a man who won’t settle for less than perfection.
The Italian couturier has launched a brand new fragrance, simply named Brioni. As you would expect, the hand fashioned bottle is a work of art in itself, and suitable for the Brioni man with discriminating taste. Designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created a modern bottle by hand that captures the movement of light and fabric in motion. Inspired by the Italian sculptures in Rome, the unique bottle is capped in hand brushed bronze which adds to its male character with a touch of antique charm.
The fragrance captures the essence of Brioni’s heritage of masculine grooming and elegance since 1945. “When a man wears a custom Brioni suit, he exudes a sexiness because he feels confident and protected,” says Brendan Mullane, Creative Director. “We wanted to bottle that feeling with a sensual and elegant scent.”
The new Brioni eau de toilette is comprised of three rich complex accords: Citrus (Sicilian lemon), Boutonniere (floral notes of magnolia, iris, and violet) and Woody (smoky, saffron, black licorice).
Brioni eau de toilette (75ml, $280) is available at Brioni boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and Selfridges in the U.K.
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What is the single beauty product you can’t live without? Is it an SPF50, or are you ready to feed yourself to the sharks without your glossy black mascara, or will you shrivel up under a palm tree and die without your 16 ounce tub of La Mer?
BITB polled a group of enthusiastic skin experts for their must-have beauty products, and their responses range from expected to kind of surprising.
“As a skin-care loving derm diva, this is very very tough, so here’s my answer with caveats. IF I can have only one topical product… and only one…it has to be Vaseline petroleum jelly. Vaseline is to me what Windex was to the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. You can use it for just about everything from moisturizing to protecting to healing… And then I’d just fashion a sun protective poncho and hat from palm leaves…”
Rebecca Kazin, MD — Dermatologist, Washington D.C.
“My desert island pick is Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreens SPF 50 which is perfect to protect skin against sunburn, and also helps avoid a shiny nose in the humidity.”
Robin Unger, MD — Hair Transplant Surgeon, New York City
Marc Edward – Celebrity Facialist, West Hollywood, CA
“My favorite desert island beauty product is my Marc Edward Skincare Nourishing Moisture Serum loaded with ceramides, lipids, sphingolipids, and is dewy and hydrating, giving the skin a glow. It’s my #1 selling product and it works well with any moisture cream anyone already has, and can be used under the cream or on top of any other serum. If you’re on a desert island, besides sunscreen your skin will become dry, parched, dehydrated, and lackluster quickly especially from drying saltwater from the ocean, so this is why I love this serum for the face or body.”
Tina Alster, MD – Dermatologist, Washington DC
“My choice would be SKIN IS IN BB Cream because it contains 1) an antioxidant to clear away free radicals and make the skin brighter, 2) a nonchemical SPF to protect skin from the island sun, and 3) a tint so that I can look fabulous!”
Just like your hair experiences product buildup — so does your skin. Product buildup can result in dull, rough, congested skin, and blackheads. After a summer spent piling on BB creams, suncare, and self-tanning wonders, it’s time to get your skin in top condition to meet the cold, dry air of winter head on. For dry, thin skin, stick with more gentle exfoliants with even-sized microparticles without sharp edges that won’t cause irritation, and use less frequently. For thick, oily skin that needs extra help, you can bump it up a notch and exfoliate daily to weekly, depending on the product and your lifestyle.
These are our 6 best bets for polishing away dead cells to reveal smoother, softer, and more radiant complexion.
ZO® Medical Vitascrub ($80) -- An Aegean blue fine microbead scrub that contains lactic acid (AHA) and salicylic acid (BHA), polylactic acid, vitamins A, C and E, this beauty chemically exfoliates dead skin cells and fights free radicals to boot. Use daily for oily skin, and 2-3 times per week for normal to dry skin for a spa-like experience.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant ($78) -- Polish away dirt and pore clogging oil with this creamy high potency scrub containing pharmaceutical-grade crystals, lactic acid, jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile.
Ole Henriksen Walnut Complexion Scrub ($24) -- This is not for the weak at heart. A thick and robust face scrub, it contains walnut powder along with chamomile, aloe vera, and comfrey to energize the skin and soothe. Definitely not for daily use -- suggest once or twice weekly and best for young, acne prone skin types.
Rituals Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Cream ($22) -- Part of the Tao Ritual collection, this exfoliator has a rich and creamy texture plus Chinese Bamboo, this mild exfoliating formula gently removes dead skin cells, while boosting circulation.
Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening Refining Buff Cleanser ($28) -- Lovely wild rose oil is the signature ingredient in this gentle cleansing scrub that is perfect to use in the shower daily.
Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Scrub ($69) -- This C+C Vitamin Scrub helps to brighten skin and give it a boost of energy with a soul-inspiring light citrus fragrance.