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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]