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MELT DIRT AWAY WITH OLE HENRIKSEN

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Date: 08.20.14



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When I went to New York’s Maritime Hotel to learn about Ole Henriksen’s new Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, I wasn’t sure what to expect, having tested hundreds of cleansers in my lifetime.

This new 3 in 1 bright orange cleansing gelée is quite revolutionary, explained one charming lady whose skin looked so flawless that it could have been airbrushed. The Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is a re-imagined take on the classic cold cream, which may have fallen out of popularity in the US but women in Europe and the Far East have been using for more than a dozen decades (myself included).

The Melting Cleanser, or gelée, contains a unique blend of ingredients formulated to brighten and boost collagen synthesis, including vitamin C, virgin cherry oil, and Ole Henriksen’s favorite, rose hip seed oil (nature’s bountiful source of omegas 3, 6, and 9). The melting cleanser is transformative in a David Blaine kind of way, morphing from gelée to oil when applied on skin, then when activated with water, it spins into a creamy milk-like texture to become a complete magician.

The gelée itself is clean and fresh, like bright orange jelly or marmalade, and is paraben and synthetic free. It has a hint of fragrance, but I learned at the event that Henriksen, because of his European heritage (he’s a great Dane), “loves fragrance” but lets it be as natural as possible.

For $36, this is a beautiful, refreshing product, and one that deserves attention. It launches in stores and online on August 21.


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ROOTS: THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN HAIRLINE

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Date: 07.30.14



Nothing beats a freshly colored do without grays, dark roots, or regrowth. But if you just can’t get into your salon at the 4 or 5 week mark, those telltale signs of a dye job can make you feel like donning a fedora to hide.

Color Wow Root Cover Up ($34.50) is the brainchild of John Frieda co-founder Gail Federici. It’s like hair makeup. If you can baste a turkey or paint your nails, you can use this idiot-proof system to flawlessly cover anything that comes up between salon visits. The simplicity is brilliant—open compact, use small end of brush to apply colored powder into part or hairline, brush lightly, and voila! Color Wow has got you covered.

As a not-so-natural blonde myself, this little lifesaver is a Godsend. It comes is 6 shades—Platinum, Blonde, Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown, and Black. At first, I was doubtful that the Blonde shade would really cover my roots sufficiently, but it definitely softened the dark shadows and made my roots look less noticeable. You can also use it to extend the life of your highlights, if needed. And the best part is that it takes literally 2 minutes to apply and it’s rainproof!

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The formula contains kaolin, talc, mica, zinc stearate, silica, and starch to soak up oil and cling to hair so it stays put. It has a subtle sheen and does not clump up or feel waxy or sticky. For me, I would reapply it daily, but some lucky women can get away with a few days. It only washes off completely when you shampoo your hair.

Color Wow has 12 other problem-solving hair styling products in the range, including Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner to extend your color even further ($9 – 24).


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TOM FORD COSMETICS REVIEW

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Date: 01.01.14



I admit it. I can’t resist luxe beauty and would rather treat myself to one drop dead fabulous lipstick than a makeup bag full of uninspiring shades in Plain Jane cases.

Tom Ford never disappoints. His cosmetics collection is exquisite in every way – beginning with the glorious black packaging with matte gold accents engraved with TF. The sensuous experience of opening the glossy box to find a little black velvet pouch will make your heart quiver. Every minute detail is flawlessly executed.

Take the eye shadows for example. Each Eye Color Quad ($78) is pure perfection. The 7 shade combinations are thoughtfully matched to create the most beautifully dressed eyelids. With names like Titanium Smoke and Golden Mink, the looks are timeless and elegant. Each quad has a touch of glamorous shimmer along with silky matte shades to dress your eyes up or down as desired.

The Eye Defining Pen ($55) is a double-sided liquid liner in black lets you can choose the look you want – from subdued and subtle to all out drama. It glides on flawlessly.

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The Lip Colors ($49) are equally brilliant. The texture is creamy and they go on super smoothly. They are infused with soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil to add hydration and conditioning. The colors are flattering and wearable for all skin tones and lip shapes – even thin lips can benefit from the lighter beautifying shades in the collection. Among my favorite neutrals are Blush Nude and Spanish Pink, but the deeper pigments are equally gorgeous. Try Crimson Noir for a stunning oxblood lip look or Casablanca for a dark mauve tone. For a moister lip with a glossy sheen, there are also 10 sultry shades of Lip Color Shine.

Like his coveted fragrance collection, Tom Ford’s cosmetics are an ideal marriage of fashion, form and function. Unlike some designers who dabble in beauty or merely license their name out, the statement his pieces make is one of seductive opulence. Wear them and feel instantly confident and feminine.

Find Tom Ford Cosmetics at prestige retailers including neimanmarcus.com

 

 

 

 


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THE PERFECT CAT EYE BY ALEXA CHUNG FOR EYEKO

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Date: 12.31.13



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Alexa Chung has been called a lot of things in her 30 years. Beautiful is one word that springs to mind; global style icon has been thrown around, and of course she is a model,  photographer, fashion muse, and fashionista. Her newest role is as Creative Consultant for Eyeko, the quirky indie British eye themed makeup brand launched in 1999 by Max and Nina Leykind.

Alexa’s first limited edition collection for Eyeko has already been lauded as a brilliant success on both sides of the pond. It is made up of just mascara and eyeliner in jet black to duplicate her signature feline flick look. While the thought of emulating Alexa’s homage to the 1960’s surely appeals, most of us need more than a dab of mascara and eyeliner to get there.

We love the Eye Do Mascara ($26). It comes in a little silver tube with a huge brush and goes on very thick and lasts really well. It also promises to condition your lashes and promote growth while you have it on for an added bonus. Ingredients include ginkgo biloba, shea butter, vitamins, antioxidants, and botanical proteins. It takes a bit of work to get it off, however; but it is manageable. 

The Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner ($19) is not exactly idiot proof but easier than many others we have tried. There is a little learning curve but when you get it right, it is well worth the effort and looks amazing. The tip is thin enough to give you the control needed to draw smooth curvy lines, and it is waterproof so it stays in place. 

This look is sexy, it makes your eyes pop, and will get you noticed, but it’s not for every girl. In fact, if you have a normal job like a lawyer, stock broker, or marketing director, you may have to save this duo for evening wear only. It is very dark black—called carbon or pitch—and can be slightly overpowering, especially if you are not blessed with the fresh bold style of Alexa.

The packaging is fun, upbeat and clever. Alexa is credited with the design of that as well. I was excited to open the tube to see what was inside.

At $45 for the set, it’s a great value and delivers on all of its promises. A lot of diehard Eyeko fans will probably be campaigning hard for this to become part of the permanent collection.

We can’t wait to see what will be coming out next from the Eyeko-Chung collaboration.

 


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