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No.31 & No.57

No.31 & No.57


J.Crew is making its first foray into fragrance, a collaboration with the perfumer Arquiste, which sells its other fragrances at retailers including Barneys, Net-a-Porter and Birchbox. According to a rep for the company, there will be two scents — "No. 31" and "No. 57" — which will sell for $78 (50 ml) and $25 (10 ml) in all of J.Crew's stores and online.

According to the company, the inspiration for the fragrances came from a gallery show by Peggy Guggenheim. (We'll let that sink in for a minute.) More specifically, they're modeled on Guggenheim's "Exhibition by 31 Women," the States' first all-female modern art exhibition featuring works that debuted in 1943. If that sounds lofty, it is, but the actual composition of the fragrances draws on the scents of the cocktails and perfumes that would have filled the gallery that night — think aged whisky, cedarwood and vanilla. Alcohol: The universal reference point.

New Shampoo Trends

I tend to splurge on shampoo (Shu Uemura), so this article caught my attention.


MG_3338-900x540If “non-foaming shampoo” sounds like a paradox, you must know that“non-sulfate shampoo” is the new buzzword in the hair industry. Sulfates are the ingredients in shampoos that cause the product to lather. But these detergents have become highly controversial lately, as some recent laboratory studies claim, that they strip hair of their naturally hydrating oils and that may cause skin irritation for some people.

So why do shampoo brands include sulfate detergents in shampoos? Well first of all, because they are cheaper to produce and second and most important because, we’ve come to expect the better the shampoo lathers, the better the shampoo is. But as it seems this is not the truth. Unlike foaming shampoos, these detergent-free options won’t leave a residue. They are great for dry, damaged hair, and they also preserve hair color, since they don’t strip away the protective sebum and leave the cuticle exposed.

Tidbit: Marc Jacobs Hair Colors

Into The Gloss:

Guido's colorist, Victoria Hunter:

IMG_0099-582x388“It’s kind of a little nutty how this show has inspired people. I have clients calling from Paris, Japan—and they’re already trying to do it at home! I think they should just get me a dedicated store, because so many people are requesting this. The shades are very chic and tasteful and powerful—and with everything that’s been out there with color being so literal, this is a cleverer alternative. It’s something unique, and we haven’t really seen it before, which is why I think it’s caused a bit of a craze."

"Marc asked me if I could come up with something kind of mink-y, old-lady, that had that kind of antique-y look about it. We came up with five different shades: a mauve, a brown—which we were calling 'mink,' a beige—a very grey-ash color—and a flesh color, and a Nordic blond. But there were no real shade names; we just ended up calling them one, two, three, four, and five.

Good Reads | [Laughs]


Lindsey-WixsonI recently had my eyebrows bleached. I don’t really have a say in whether my eyebrows are bleached; it’s just how work is. I just go with it. I don’t care at this point. I’m fully past caring. [Laughs] And it’s part of getting into character, you know? So are the lips. My lips are a lot thinner than what makeup artists usually create, because they make them almost graphic. I love having my makeup done by Aaron de May because he knows how to make you feel comfortable. He’s one of my favorite people ever. And Rose-Marie Swift. I think those are my two favorite people.


Linda Always Copied Her!

ChristopheI went to Paris at 17. From the countryside right to Paris: freedom, parties! I worked for Jean Louis David, a big chain of salons, 600 salons. At the time, Jean Louis David had the best studio team, and one of the good hair stylists called me from the set of a L’Oréal commercial with Stephanie Seymour. He said, ‘I can’t make her hair shine. It’s all grey and dull.’ And he asked, ‘Can you come in and do color?’ I arrived, I had no idea who Stephanie Seymour was, no idea who he was, and I did it, and she liked it. She was a low brown, and I just did a gold shade, with no peroxide. She loved it, and after she wanted some highlights. When she comes to Paris, I do her hair, with pleasure. And I became the hair colorist of the top models at the time. They’ve done so many color changes, you know. They have to change hair color four times a year to be top models. Kristen McMenamy (4), I did her hair for 15 years during the top model time. She was the one who was always ahead. Linda always copied her!

I'm presuming he's refrencing Linda Evangelista of course.

Hair Colorist Christophe Robin Speaks to Into The Gloss

Good Reads | The Bishnois


Daphne-Hezard-2-EDITED-642x427I always admired women with black eyes, ‘yeux charbonneux’ as we say in France, but I’ve never known how to do it—the way they do eyeliner…I was always wondering how they make this black eye with a little bit coming down, you know? Before, I was putting on some mascara but I thought I really didn’t look nice with mascara. Then I went to India and met the community of the Bishnois—it’s a very small amount of people, they live in a village, and they are the first eco people in India. They put some kohl on the eyes of babies to protect them from the sun. So, anyway, this community, they teach me how to do makeup. They have a really basic kohl—it’s a powder and they put it on with a brush or with their finger. So they taught me how to do it and gave me some pure product from there called ‘kohl’. When I came back from Paris, I couldn’t find it anywhere. I could have gone to the Indian Market and found it, but I went to Guerlain and I found this—it is their kohl. It’s some black powder around this little stick and you have to get close to the mirror and you close your eyes and do it. I don’t smudge it, I just leave it.

Into The Gloss: Daphné Hezard, Editor-in-Chief, L’Officiel


Cupuacu is a tropical fruit (or is it a nut?) that is similar to the cacao nut (or is it fruit?)  According to those in the know, Cupauacu smells like a cross between chocolate and pineapple and tastes like pear mixed with banana. The pulp is rich in fatty materials (similar to cocoa butter) that make it an excellent moisturizer. In addition, research has shown that the seeds contain no less than nine known antioxidants  (warning this list of chemical names may make your head spin just a little bit):


[The Beauty Brains]

Good Reads | Paper Tubes Lipstick


Jeanine-fam-2I thought, ‘What about paper?’ In the old days, the lipstick tubes used to be paper. The blush came in paper. So I was like, ‘Why can’t I just do that? I mean, you don’t need a mold,’ Because to make a mold, the cost on your own is like $40,000 to $80,000 depending on how many working parts are in it, just for one product! For us, it was just not an option. So I got on the phone and called anyone who did paper this, paper that. I finally found this guy at a company called Custom Paper Tube in Ohio. His name was Lou Stevens, and I was like ‘Hey, so… are you married?’ ‘Yeah,’ ‘So does your wife wear lipstick?’ ‘Yes, she does,’ ‘Okay, so like—the thing that twists the lipstick up, and then you put it on—could you make that out of paper?’ ‘I sure can try!’ I was like, ‘Okay!’ I needed somebody that could do the circular thing, like a mailing tube, right? But shrunk down. You needed whatever special machinery to curl the paper. So I started with a guy who made mailing tubes. Lou Stevens. It was black at first, because black was the cool thing to do back then. Then we did colors, and we’d do seasonal papers—one season we had paper that was like denim, paper based on jeans. Remember how cute the jeans were? We started out just for the one store, and then I said to Allison, ‘Look, you can’t just be in one store. You see how much we have to make? You’re not going to sell all of it!’ So once we had all of our basic samples—the lipsticks, and the shadows—we went and showed Fred Segal Santa Monica and Barneys. When we had our meetings, my mom was strolling my son around the block.

Into The Gloss: Jeanine Lobell, Makeup Artist

By Sarah | What’s in Your Bag?

  Old-style-suitcase I actually carry an entire department store with me when I travel. It is important to be prepared for a variety of occasions, potential wardrobe malfunctions and weather disasters. I am currently visiting family in London for the holidays and while going through the airport, I am constantly amazed at how much I over-pack, especially compared to Europeans. I actually applauded myself before I left for bringing only a 40-pound bag for 3 weeks (the suitcase itself must be at least half of that… right?). My enormous suitcase is always tagged “heavy” in airports and has never fit inside a European car comfortably (where is a gas guzzling American sized car when you need one?).  Looking back, I realize that maybe I didn’t need 8 cashmere sweaters or 10 cocktail dresses and those suede heels are completely inappropriate for rainy England (I wore them once and spent an entire afternoon with a suede brush trying to revive them.) Of course, everything seemed completely necessary when I was at home.

As much as I over-packed my clothing, my products are even more of a disaster. I think that half of my suitcase is filled with lotions, potions and instruments that guarantee a frizz-less, spot-less, beautiful trip. I was thus inspired to narrow down my beauty supplies to the bare minimum for a high maintenance girl.

What exactly can I not live without?

To start, I dumped all of my products across my cousin’s bathroom countertop. I pulled out the necessities: Moisturizer, Cetaphil cleanser and make up remover. This was the easy part. Next up: make up. Blessed with fairly easy skin, all I really need is my BareMinerals Matte Foundation in Light and BareMinerals All-Over-Face Color Blush in Warmth, which I use as blush for a hint of a glow (you would never know I spent my winter in England.)

For my eyes I rely on my Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow compact in Enigma. 4 purple-esque tones, an applicator and a mirror and this compact defines glamour to go. The light shades are great for day and the dark are perfect for evening. A little Guerlain Eyeliner in Noir Ébèene and Bourjois Paris “Volume Clubbing” Mascara in Ultra Black complete the look. I realize the name of the mascara is crazy, but it is the best. I always stock up while in Europe.

The rest of my makeup is easy. For my lips I use my Tarte Lip Stain Pencil in Lust which provides a hint of color during the day and at night I use DuWop Lipstick in Private Red. Isn’t this all you would really need for a few weeks? I also must have a fragrance,  Jo Malone Orange Blossom Cologne is a hint of spring and in a 50 ml bottle allowed in a carry on suitcase.

My goal for next year? To fit it all in a carry-on bag. As if that is going to happen.

Beauty Ad | Lancôme's Fall 2010 "French Coquettes" Daria Werbowy & Elettra Wiedemann

  Lancome Fall 2010 French Coquettes

Lancôme's Fall 2010's beauty "French Coquettes" starting Daria Werbowy & Elettra Wiedemann by Mario Testino.

The makeup collection was designed by artistic director Aaron De Mey, and pays homage to the French Belle Epoque. (Fuller details here).