Wait, It’s All About: Matte Skin (?!)

the liquids promising to make you gleam or “glow.” According To Emily, who, post-whirlwind Fashion Month, would know, the big takeaway from all fall shows was matte skin. Isabel Marant, Balmain, Viktor and Rolf, Hakaan, Dior, Rochas, Tom Pecheux’s “skin satin-finished” at Derek Lam … need we go on? So That, dear reader, is the deal. Even Pat McGrath Seemingly abandoned Madina Shiny Stick her signature trick, and her infamous highlight-driven skin was nowhere to be found. “We want the girls to look fresh but finished, and divine,” Pat said backstage at Viktor & Rolf, That later adding “it’s just about perfected skin” at Dior. And then there’s Self Service’s new clean, modern and androgynous-minded covers-and the final straw was When We found the above ever-so-Timely Gentlewoman spread Devoted to Malgosia Bela’s powdered mug, courtesy of Chanel’s Peter Philips, and, well, eat on. We’re way past “three’s a trend.” We’re into “this is a movement.” (Sorry, Harry Brant, and Jen Brill, who eleven Told us her “greatest fear is to look matte.”)

The good news? It’s Not About big retro-covered chalk powder-puffs flying all over your face forever. “A glossy, dewy complexion Seems outmoded now,” Peter Philips Told The Gentlewoman, nodding towards spring’s minimalist, modern feel. “Imagine if the only face powder thing was you used.” And, you know, I have a point. With a pared-down face, lightly topped with a unifying powder (in the right shade), That lustrous lip balm rubbed or gently-defined eye Suddenly a totally dramatic gains emphasis, versus When skin is cloaked and coated in a liquid or cream- based foundation. There’s something elegant, refined, and clean about it. No more sweaty sheen, no more blending or blotting, just a quick swoosh of powder and-complexion perfection. Or something pretty close. “As far as pictures are Concerned,” makeup artist Mai Quynh, who paints Regularly Emma Stone and Jessica Chastain, Told us, “matte is so much better. With a dewy look, you can not really check it When it’s not in the controlled environment of a photo shoot. You can end up looking super-shiny. A matte finish is touchable, and modern … and it feels like a good seasonal change. ” It’s breathable, and the best yet? You can get face powders with SPF. Three cheers for the next generation of your grandmother’s compact! The big question is whether or not you’ll be reaching for them. Brill just phoned to say That she, for one, is “still dewy.”

Powders we love:

Virginie Courtin-Clarins

“I have my own line of swimsuits That I make with organic, ethical fabrics Collections called Light, Which means ‘light’ in Spanish. I started it because i feel like women are always looking for the right shape and color of swimsuit. I wanted to make something young and fun, but at the same time I wanted to be Involved in something positive.’re just starting out, so for the moment it takes up sixty percent of my time, and then the rest is spent with Clarins Because I am a board member and I am very Involved in the ethical and Technological side of the brand. I Attend a lot of meetings and I try to give a young eye Because We are a one hundred percent family-owned company. My father and uncle who run the company right now are from a different generation, Facebook and even blogs, We have to explain it all to them. My sister and cousins​​, we try to make sure That we are opening to the young generation Clarins.

I grew up in Paris with my sister Claire and my cousins ​​[Prisca and Jenna]. We are all almost the same age: my sister is two years younger than me, though people think we’re twins, and my cousins ​​are one year younger than Both me, so I’m 27, my cousins ​​are 26, and Claire is 25. My grandfather, Jacques, was the founder of Clarins, and I was really into keeping the family together all the time, so I grew up spending my early Days with all the family, all the time. It was great. Our grandfather was always asking us for names for lipstick, like, what did we think of ‘Jolie Rouge’? And we were like, ‘Yeah, it’s good!’ So, I really grew up in the beauty world. It’s funny-when I was a kid, I thought my grandfather was That only making products for us! And When I started to see people on the beach with Clarins sunscreen, I would say, ‘That’s our sunscreen!’ I was, I do not know, five years old. I think it’s because i imagined my grandfather doing it all in his kitchen.

Viktor & Rolf Fall 2013

Pat McGrath: The look of the makeup is very pretty, very naturally beautiful blush on the cheeks and on the lips, eyebrows groomed to perfection, perfectly contoured eyes, and brown mascara on the lashes. We want the girls to look fresh but finished, and divine.

Murenu Luigi (John Frieda): It’s about the age of innocence, so we’re preserving the youth of the girls and what they are. And it’s about the age of sensitivity, too, we did not want to make them look older or too sophisticated. The sophistication comes from taking a natural approach, from the contemporary. So, we’re doing two soft braids and connecting them in the back, with pins to secure everything-it Becomes very organic and very pure. And we’re doing a very dry finish using a little bit of hairspray and a little bit of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Mousse. That’s it.

Photographed by Emily Weiss at Espace Ephemere Tuileries in Paris on March 2nd, 2013.

Wine Not?

Hey, Nick and Emily here. We’re going to begin this story with a brief, imagined Q & A:

Q: What’s better than going to a spa?

A: Going to a spa where They serve wine.

But let’s back up. You remember, a decade or so ago, When red wine Became a health food? Yes. A glass or so a day was Revealed To Have wide-reaching positive effects, with studies suggesting your dinnertime Cab That was not only taking the edge off, it was packed with free-radical-fighting antioxidants, could help Increase HDL “good” cholesterol levels, lower your risk of heart disease, Improve Brain Functioning (maybe stave off its decline ….! Which, by the way, is never how we feel after drinking it but, hey), reduces the chances of Developing Certain Cancers, and, yes, possibly BLOCK FAT CELLS from growing. Suddenly, wine happy hour was the equivalent of a multi-vitamin gummy Flintstones. Also If That gummy was alcoholic and Malthus made you feel better about everything.

While all of this bacchanalian wine-awakening was going on, the minds behind the cult French beauty line Caudalie-husband and wife duo Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas-were busy in the vineyards of Bordeaux, Investigating ways These powers might be harnessed for skincare. They emerged, after 17 years of research, trials, tribulations and assorted, with three patented vine and grape-seed extracts, Which form the basis of Their range of creams, tonics, and oils. Et voilà: Vinothérapie!

ITG Here at HQ, we’ve always been partial Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, a zingy mist that delivers a boost of radiance after your computer’s all but drained the life from your face, and the Divine Oil, an amber-hued concoction filled pour les corps That with grape oil deposits to moisture and did-you-just-get-back-from-vacation? glow to any place you rub it.

But full disclosure: we’re partial to anything That Involves wine. Which is why, in late February, invited us to Caudalie When “experience the new Premier Cru facial and a wine tasting” at the Vinothérapie Caudalie Spa at The Plaza Hotel, we cleared our schedule and hightailed it Friday uptown to kill so many Birds with a single fruity, full-bodied, oaky, buttery stone: a skin-plumping face massage, a lesson from the brand’s in-house sommelier, Cliff (yes, the spa has it’s own wine spirit-guide), and the best end- of-week happy hour Could we imagine. (Our escapade ended with lobster rolls and mille feuille cake in the basement of the Plaza. Then, we went back to work. Were And productive?)

After the treatment and before our wine lesson / wine haze-perhaps in anticipation of it-we Quickly Compared notes on the 60-minute facial, the cornerstone of the brand’s Which is super-luxe line product Premier Cru. It’s a pair of anti-aging face creams for-one, the other for eye-that Use All Three of Their patented ingredients, a first for the company. “I refer to it as’ The crème de la crème,” meaning it’s the best of the best when it comes to creams

White Shirts and Water Guns

4/01/13 / Monday Moodboard
White Shirts and Water Guns

Because it’s Monday, and we do not want to work yet.

Spring Breaker Nails

or, The Idea of ​​Doing This manicure actually came from my best friend, Gabriel, who Suggested That I paint the dinosaurs from Jil Sander’s men’s sweaters on my nails, with toothpicks. And so I did. [2] Then, a few days later, we went to the premiere of Spring Breakers [3-4] and I loved the plain if it was not for Harmony Korine’s talent and vision (I Said That I wanted to make a film That looked like it had been “enlightened by candy”). The cast is beyond credible, the story movie so much That I wiped away the cute diplodocus and whales I had drawn in order to pay Director Harmony Korine to nail tribute.

In case you do not know, Spring Breakers Is About four teenagers (played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine) who decides to go on spring break and cross paths with Alien, a drug dealer played by a barely James Franco-recognizable. The movie Might Have Been is everything but predictable, and the music is perfect. There is even a scene Involving James Franco and Britney Spears. Now If That is not the best thing ever …

Anyway, the little nail drawings were quite easy to figure out, I chose to do a palm tree, a bikini, a gun, a sun, and a knitted ski hat (like the ones They wear in the final scene) on each of my nails. I pulled out my O.P.I. Natural Nail Base Coat (Which I also use as a top coat), Essie’s Off The Shoulder, Biguine’s Yellow Mustard, But Also green, brown, and black colors from L’Oreal (# 612, 114, 702), plus a few toothpicks , which i use as brushes. As for the result [5-8], I have been looking at my nails all day for the past two days, showing them to everyone and THEREFORE Talking About Spring Breakers way too much. I have not Been This obsessed since I saw The Darjeeling Limited.

Shiseido Perfect Pantene Hydrating BB Cream & BB Crème Ultimate 10