Last Friday we were invited to MiN New York, a haute perfumery, apothecary, and atelier shop west of Broadway in SoHo, specializing in rare and niche products curated from all over the world as well as scent design, to sample some of the upscale scents that they offer. Founded by Chad Murawczyk, the collections featured in the Atelier are curated by Vice President Mindy Yang. We were greeted by Olya Bar, the Manager of Wonder, who guided us through the structure and process of choosing a scent at Min.
This past weekend in Bryant Park, Taste of France , organized by the New York French Community captivated thousands with the culture, cuisine, and atmosphere of France. In addition to booths full of French wine, crepes and bulldogs, (oh, and a 5 foot tall Eiffel Tower made out of butter!) we were fortunate enough to explore one of the most fabulous areas of French exports: the world of beauty. There were three beauty booths at A Taste of France: Clarins, L’Oreal, and Mane with Crafting Beauty. All offered samples and demonstrations. The L’Oreal booth had a rotating schedule of experts providing skin analyses, mini-facials, skin cancer screenings, and makeup demonstrations. Clarins offered samples and sold their fabulous products. Crafting Beauty and Mane organized what was our favorite part of the event. The beautiful and pure perfumes that Mane creates and Crafting Beauty packaged were truly something special.
Douglas Hannant's Spring/Summer 2014 collection showcased during New York Fashion Week to incredible reviews. In help with that was the classic, fresh-faced look of the models. Lead hair stylist, Edward Tricomi (co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons), styled the girls with slicked back hair with a simple twist. This is a great look for every day or a night on the town.
To recreate the simple, elegant look, blowdry your hair with a flat brush and use L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil, which protects the hair, fights frizz and adds shine. Once the hair is dry, add a dime-sized amount of Mythic Oil and run through your hair and then flatiron hair.
Super long hair has been making a comeback for a few months now, with celebrities rocking extensions on the red carpet and all. These extra long braids at Mara Hoffman’s runway show further indicate that long hair is a trend to follow and braids are clearly here to stay! And thanks to extensions this looks is easier to achieve than ever!
Because these braids are very sleek, we would recommend tape-in extensions like SHE by SO.CAP.USA because they have the flattest bond of all types of extensions available. The other great thing about tape-ins is that although they are a permanent type of extensions, they are reusable next time you need an extension touchup. Once the extensions are applied by a professional stylist at a salon, you can easily replicate the look at home.
It is the month of September, and whether you’d like to admit it or not, summer-lovers, the air is getting crisper, leaves are dancing to the ground, and fall is imminent. Autumn-romantics: rejoice!
Along with this glorious season brings the bustle of back to school. Don’t lie, even if you’ve been out of the classroom for years, you know the utterly blissful feeling of a brand new box of unused, perfectly narrow-tipped colorful crayons, a fresh, un-doodled planner, and pencils, sharp with erasers still intact. Yes, and a new pair of sweet kicks. This feeling of a clean slate, a new beginning and a fresh start is one that is comforting and reminiscent of a simpler time. You might not be breaking out the new zippered AND Velcroed Trapper Keeper, but LUSH Cosmetics has a way you can feel new and young again while getting so fresh and so clean (clean).
As beauty junkies, we tend to peruse the pages of Vogue and Allure looking for a top salon to get the sleekest hairstyles. Chains like Drybar and DreamDry usually pop up. Yet, little do we know that Blow, The New York Blow Dry Bar, was the first blow dry bar created that would set the trend for a slew of blow dry salons to follow. Boasting a chic ivory interior, and located in the meatpacking district, Blow hit the streets of New York City in 2005. Statistics show that 80% of women are dissatisfied with results when blow drying they’re hair at home. These original pioneers offered an answer to this popular problem: women can get voluminous blowouts at the salon without the fuss of having to do it themselves. Whether it’s a Farrah Fawcett flip or a simple up-do—Blow has a diverse range of blow dry styles for fashionable women everywhere. They also offer precise waxing and quality manicures.
The American brand, Forever 21, has collaborated with the American book company, Marvel, for a comic-con inspired clothing collection. The 20-piece line will launch this week in the brand's 450 US stores, and will range in price from $12.80 to $22.80.
Katy Perry's new perfume, 'Killer Queen', is more than just a fragrance. Ever since launching her first fragrance ‘Purr’ in November 2010, Perry has made each scent with the intention of reflecting where and who she is in her life at the time. Stemming off of the playful ‘Purr’ and slightly more provocative 'Meow!’ in 2011, Perry’s ‘Killer Queen’ has hit critics with an edge that has never before been seen compared to Perry’s generally cute and sassy fragrances.
If you’re looking for a quick pick me up this season—Equinox has it. Brighten your skin and relax with a rejuvenating Strawberry Facial. Voted the "Best Gym in America" by Fitness Magazine, Equinox boasts a multi-level gym space with state of the art equipment and notorious fitness instructors who will whip your bod into shape. Nestled on the second floor of the Brooklyn Heights Equinox is their best kept secret, The Spa. This tranquil beauty oasis is a dimly lit space that plays soothing music while you wait for an appointment. Our beauty editors tested out the Strawberry Facial and agree paying a visit to aesthetician Sarah Garland is a must! Sarah made us feel at home as she explained the benefits of a strawberry facial.