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Bathing Beauty: Lauren Remington Platt

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For those not in the know, Lauren Remington Platt is a name you’ll want to remember. She’s that really tall, beautiful blond that can be seen at NYC events and in the party pages of swanky fashion rags. She’s got impeccable style and bone structure suited for a model, with the brains to boot. Lauren is the founder and CEO of Vênsette, an online, members only, hair and makeup booking system. Here’s how it works: Professional makeup artists and hair stylists come to your home (or office) and give you the VIP treatment for a very affordable price (roughly $325 for an evening look). Have a charity to attend? Not a problem. The MET ball? No worries. A hot date? Vênsette’s got you covered.

While Lauren has long been a staple on the social circuit, it’s Vênsette that is now the talk of the town.

Here, Lauren dishes on her favorite beauty products and why she’s full of awe for the fine folks of General Hospital

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1)  A great eye shadow brush. It is almost always about the application as opposed to the product.  You can never blend too much!

2)  Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher.  I use it before I put on foundation if I am going out.  It smooths your complexion while also being translucent.  Also perfect for the morning after a big night.

3)  Nail Polish Remover. There is nothing more unprofessional or unattractive than chipped nail polish.

4)  Dry Shampoo. I have to make my Vênsette blow outs last!

5)  Lip Gloss, I love Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1.  I am a fan of a natural lip.
 
What is your all-time favorite product?
Armani Beauty Rouge d’Armani Lipstick – Rouge 400. There has yet to be another lipstick that can compare in its pigmentation. I named the Vênsette Look Grace Kelly in Wicked after the the perfect pout this product creates.
 
What product do you buy in bulk?
Individual false eyelashes.

You moisturize your face with…
Gunilla of Sweden.  Organic and a great price point

Favorite body product?  

Fresh Sugar Body Polish

Favorite hair product?

Shu Eumera Satin Milk
 
Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Your hair and makeup will never look as stunning as when in the hands of a professional artist…no matter how good you are with a brush.
 
Beauty icon you admire?
Anyone on the soap opera General Hospital.  Though its not admiration so much as awe.  We all know a person couldn’t possibly look that perfect after a 24 shift in the ER or just giving birth but I can’t help but be stunned how media promotes the fantasy of perfect beauty so unscrupulously.

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Bathing Beauty: Harley Viera Newton

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In honor of Fashion Week, here is an exclusive interview with one of NYC’s most stylish “it” girls, Harley Viera Newton. Model. DJ. Dior Ambassador. The life of Newton is both exciting and exhausting. Between appearances and DJ gigs at some of the city’s hottest venues, Newton is a highly in-demand New York City It Girl. And when she’s not spinning tunes or showing face, this LA native is hanging with the other cool kids of NYC…

Despite her night owl hours, Harley has flawless skin. Naturally, we had to know her secrets. We asked her our favorite beauty questions… here are the answers:

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Cle de Peau Concealer: works so well on under eye dark circles which I have all the time thanks to working in nightlife
2. Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm: It moisturizes like a chap stick but also brings out the natural hues in your lips, a great replacement for a lipstick or tint
3. Shu Uemura Eyelash curler: If I have no time to put makeup on I just curl my lashes with this curler and it makes a huge difference
4. Dior DiorSkin Poudre Shimmer 002: The best blush/bronzer ever. I use it to define my cheeks but also all over my face to add a bronzey-shimmer. Any of my friends who have tried it immediately go and buy it.
5. L’Oreal Infallible Never-Fail Black Eyeliner: A great dark eyeliner that has a little brush on its tip to help shape/ smudge eyes.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Egyptian Magic. It’s a balm that’s good for literally everything… nails, hair, chapped lips, dry skin, blemishes, everything!

What product do you buy in bulk?
Elgydium toothpaste

You moisturize your face with…
Dior Lor De Vie and Creme de La Mer

Favorite body product?
Hermes Eau D’ Orange Verte soap

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Dry hair shampoo for when you don’t have time to wash your hair! The Rene Furterer one is amaaaaazing.

Beauty icon you admire?
Brigette Bardot. Her eye makeup was always so killer.

*images courtesy of Harley Viera Newton.

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Bathing Beauty: Writer Kirsten Smith

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Author and screenwriter Kirsten Smith – known as “Kiwi” to her inner circle – is just about the coolest writer I know. I’ve long been a fan of her writing and her films like Legally Blonde, She’s The Man and The Ugly Truth, which are female comedies with serious smarts. Her new young adult novel, Trinkets, combines Kiwi’s distinct girl-centric voice with a hilarious plot that will transplant you back to high school – and the drama that comes along with it. With so much girliness in her writing, I was curious to learn how the queen of girl power primps.

Here are the favorite products of one of my real life idols:

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Karite Lips Shea Butter Vanilla Lip Balm – Not too sticky or too slippery. Good for kissing.
2. Shikai Shower Gel (Yuzu) – Great scent, super sudsy and au naturale.
3. 3 Lab Super Eye Treatment – Every pricey eye cream is a gamble but this doesn’t cause any breakouts and also keeps the eye area nice n’ moist.
4. Osmosis Stem Factor Face Serum – So I can be elastically dewy but not shiny.
5. Salon Graffix Hair Spray Extra Super Hold – The glue of all hairsprays. Hairdressers are in awe of its power.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Alba Botanica Body Butter. The texture and thickness of it are concentrated, but it absorbs into the skin quickly so you don’t feel slimy. And of course the yummy smell which has become my trademark scent.

What product do you buy in bulk?
I’m a total hoarder, so I buy all of the above-mentioned things. I even buy toothpaste in bulk. It’s a sickness.

Favorite hair product?
Davines Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner. I have fine, curly hair and this product that I’ve just discovered holds curls without being too heavy. I use the conditioner every day but I only use the shampoo once every three days.

You moisturize your face with…
To wash my face, I use Lancer Skincare Blemish Control Polish to exfoliate, and follow with Lancer Exfoliating Blemish Cleanser. Then begins my “ritual” with Osmosis Skin Care products: Clear  Facial Conditioner, then Stem Factor Serum, Renew (an anti-aging with Retinal), Repair healing mud, and I add Quench and Immerse at night for extra moisture.

Favorite body product?
Have I mentioned Alba Botanica body butter yet?

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Over-moisturize. You can never be too moist.

Beauty icon you admire?
Madonna was always my idol – she’s so creative and hilarious and stunning and artistic. I collected photos of her from the moment I discovered her as a teenager and covered my room with them. Of course, I don’t have the makeup skills, so my eyeliner ends up looking less like Madonna and more like Courtney Love, but that’s okay because I think sloppy beauty can be sexy too.

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Bathing Beauty: Kourtney Kardashian

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Kourtney Kardashian is 1/3 of the sisters Kardashian from the hit reality tv shows, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. She’s also owner and buyer for Dash, the hip LA, Miami and New York stop for every fashionista. Then there’s her seriously entertaining blog, www.officialkourtneyk.celebuzz.com.

In between all of this, Kourt is also a great friend and mother of two. Kourt and I have known each other for half of our lives (don’t ask my age) and she’s one of my favorite people on the planet: kind, talented, smart, driven, witty and, of course, beautiful. And she always has been all of the above…


Kourt took time out from her hectic, overbooked day to answer our favorite beauty questions (see, told you she was nice):

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?

1. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream – I use this as lip balm. I love the smell and the texture.
2. Lancome Definicils Mascara – Instantly makes me look alive.
3. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – It totally opens up my eyes!
4. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer – It covers everything without looking caked on.
5. Nars Sin Blush and Casino Bronzer Duo – The best colors and they give me that glow!

What is your all-time favorite product?
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. I love that it’s lightweight so I don’t feel like anything is on my skin, and it has spf!

What product do you buy in bulk?
Johnson + Johnson Baby Lotion.

You moisturize your face with…
I rarely moisturize my face, but when I do, I usually need a good moisturizing so I use Creme de la Mer.

Favorite body product?
I have always used Johnson + Johnson Baby Lotion on my skin. The scent is comforting and clean. I moisturize my body morning and night!

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I love putting vitamin E oil on my eyelashes and around my eyes. I have done this since high school!

Beauty icon you admire?
Since the first time I watched Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I fell in love with her. I love how put together and beautiful she always looked whether in her famous little black dress or an over sized sleep shirt. She’s always naturally gorgeous.

*originally published in part on www.beautybanter.com
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Bathing Beauty: Nicole Miller

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Designer Nicole Miller has been dressing women with her contemporary clothing for over 25 years. While celebrity fans of her sensual and refined aesthetic include Angelina Jolie, Halle Barry, and Jessica Simpson, Miller’s pieces are often seen inside the editorial pages of fashion magazines. Her collections are inspired by “film imagery and exotic cultures” and her separates showcase her adoration for prints and color. In the real world, Miller’s personality is just as colorful. At a recent dinner party, Miller and I discussed her love for nail polish (she has her favorites) and the need for that signature lipstick shade.  Just like her approach to fashion, Miller’s beauty routine is clean, dynamic and feminine.

Here, Miller discusses her must-have products and the reason she is never without a washcloth:

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 –  Sisley L26 Lipstick:I love wearing a nude lip — it is an understated, yet sexy look that is easy to wear every day. Sisley L26 is my favorite because it not only lasts long, but it has an amazing satiny texture.
2 – Borghese Nail Polish: I am a self-proclaimed nail fanatic and have a weakness for dark colored polishes; a few years ago my friend gifted me a Borghese nail polish and have been obsessed ever since! The best part about this polish is that it doesn’t chip.
3 – Peter Thomas Roth – Lashes To Die For The Liner: I don’t like spending a ton of time on my make-up, so I am always looking for multi-purpose products. I am hooked on Lashes to Die For Liner because it is extremely easy to apply, never smudges, and also works as a treatment for fuller lashes.
4 – Nicole Miller Glow Serum: I use this glow serum every morning and will not walk out of house without it on. It makes my skin look so fresh – it especially comes in handy after traveling or after a long night out.
5 – Barielle – Love Your Nails Nail Polish Remover Towelettes: I never travel without Barielle towelettes. This nail polish remover is acetone-free, you never have to worry about them leaking in your luggage, and they never dry out. I am obsessed with them! (Can you tell I am a nail fanatic yet?)
 
What is your all-time favorite product?
Sisley’s Phyto Teint Eclat Foundation. This is hands down the best foundation — the texture is extremely light and oil-free, but offers maximum coverage. It doesn’t leave your face feeling cakey or heavy, and gives your complexion a luminous glow.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Acca Kappa Lip Balm. There’s nothing worse than dry lips, especially when you wear lipstick. I stock up on this minty lip balm to keep my lips soft and hydrated.

Favorite hair product?
Aveda Brilliant Pomade.  I am constantly battling frizz, especially during hot, humid summer weather. This pomade is a life-saver, it always keeps my hair straight and tames frizz.
You moisturize your face with…
Pevonia’s Timeless Repair Cream: This cream, which contains caviar and pearl, helps repair and rejuvenate my skin. Since using this cream there is a visible different in my complexion.

Favorite body product?
Suave Skin Therapy Body Lotion. The body lotion is silky and absorbs quickly into your skin. What more can you ask for in a moisturizer?

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I always wash my face with a washcloth rather than my hands. I am convinced I get a deeper clean, and love how invigorating my skin feels without the irritation of an exfoliant.
 
Beauty icon you admire?
Lauren Hutton always looks gorgeous and natural. She embraces her uniqueness, keeping her makeup look minimal to compliment her natural beauty.

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Bathing Beauty: Laura Tremaine is a Hollywood Housewife

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Laura Tremaine is a Hollywood Housewife, but there is no Bravo-esque drama taking place at Chez Tremaine. She’s simply living a creative life with her filmmaker husband and their two little ones. Plus the occasional camera crew in the living room.

I met Laura several years ago, when I hosted a photography workshop taught by our friend, Jules Bianchi. A talented photographer herself, Laura writes daily at Hollywood Housewife on everything from motherhood to makeup to movies. Her Friday Links never cease to provide some fabulous article (or three) I’ve missed online or in print.

There are lifestyle blogs, and then there are blogs that deliver life and style all the while feeling like you’re chatting with an old friend. I think it’s a rare talent in this social media whirl.

After the evening at Blushington she threw last month, I asked her if she’d share some of her favorite things with Beauty Banter.

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?

1. Moisturizer (I change brands frequently, but my skin looks TERRIBLE without it, no matter the weather)

2. Loreal Voluminous mascara in blackest black, with a curved brush 

3. A quality straightening iron (I’m currently using a T3 from Sephora)

4. Stila lip glaze in berry

5. Very new to the list – but an instant favorite: Clarisonic Mia

What is your all-time favorite product?

Probably the above-mentioned mascara, or possibly Essie nail polish.  There are so many colors I’m addicted to, but Ballet Slippers and Mademoiselle are both classics.

What product do you buy in bulk?

MAC facial wipes.  I know there are a lot of wipes on the market, but I’m addicted to these.  I love their texture and smell, I buy the huge packages.

Favorite hair product?

I don’t use a lot of hair products, but I will say that Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray has saved the day more than once.

You moisturize your face with…

I’ve tried everything from La Mer to straight Vitamin E oil (and both of those things I love).  Currently I’m using the Philosophy Miracle Worker and it feels perfect for right now.

Favorite body product?

When I remember, I like to splash on Neutrogena’s sesame oil just before I get out of the shower.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that less is more when it comes to makeup.  Too much product ages me.  But on the other hand – blush is the key to looking alive!  I can wear almost nothing else, but without blush I look like the sleep-deprived mother that I am.

Beauty icon you admire?

Of course I find inspiration in the icons from the past – Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy – but I also get invigorated by the unexpected – Tammy Faye Baker, for example.  As for someone who I admire currently, I’m all about Rachel McAdams.  I just love her confident red carpet style.  She has a little something to do with my pink hair and my new love for high waisted pants.

Photos by Greer Inez (top) and Laura Tremaine

 

Alex Asher Sears is a writer, photographer, and fourth generation Angeleno. She believes that you can find inspiration anywhere but thinks Slim Aarons, Nöel Coward and Diana Vreeland are a great place to start. Since 2007, she’s been sharing her eco-beauty finds with BB readers. She writes at AlexandraWrote, and also, quite literally, at Type A Calligraphy. Find her on twitter at @AlexandraWrote.

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Bathing Beauties: Erica Chan and Lauren Kolodny of HonestlyWTF

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If you haven’t bookmarked Honestly…WTF, do it now. Seriously. It may just be the best advice you take away all week. For those not yet in the know, the site, co-founded and written by the lovely Erica Chan and the equally lovely Lauren Kolodny, is seriously entertaining. The site explodes with personality, visually stimulating images, and a diverse range of need-to-know artist and art work, of-the-moment trends, and, my personal favorite, crafty DIY projects.

Like the site, started in May of 2010, good friends Erica and Lauren are full of great finds and random factoids. Note: Lauren is the one who introduced me to Joe Fresh, the Canadian import clothing store that had opened… a block away from me… in New York City… (and she lives in California).

While their site doesn’t offer much in way of their personal beauty philosophies or routines, Erica tells me that her personal style and beauty regimen are quite similar in that they are both “simple and unfussy, but never without a signature feature or detail.”  She continues, “I am pretty much a minimalist but I never leave the house without bright blue mascara or blush on.” Erica will be happy to know that a burst of color is, in fact, a spring trend, so keep on with the bold blue.

Read on to discover Erica and Lauren’s must-have products, ideas on aging gracefully and DIY trick to shiny hair.

P.S. Check out Honestly… WTF today for Beauty Banter’s post on our very own DIY lip scrub (soft, kissable lips just in time for V-day).

Erica Chan

What are you top 5, can’t live without products?
1. Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils Mascara in Extreme Blue – I’ve been wearing blue mascara for 10 years and I love that YSL’s Faux Cils makes my eyelashes seem longer than they are. Plus, I’m oddly attached to the scent.
2. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – I’ve never been comfortable wearing foundation so tinted moisturizer is sheer enough and the perfect amount of coverage for me.
3. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate – One or twice a week, I give myself an intense exfoliating treatment. ExfoliKate makes my skin feel new again without having to get a facial regularly.
4. Bond No.9 Noho Nuits – My signature scent of which I have mini vials tucked away in every one of my handbags — just in case!
5. Essie Nail Polish – I’m never without painted nails – I probably change my color at least twice a week.

What is your all-time favorite product?
I’ve been using Rosebud Salve for as long as I can remember. Not only is it always on my lips, it’s my cure-all for just about anything – especially in the winter for dry hands, cuticles, elbows, etc.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Biolage by Matrix Hydratherapie Conditioning Balm in the 32oz sizes. For someone who teases her hair but doesn’t ever brush it out, Biolage’s conditioning balm is the best for detangling all of my knots and snarls.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Oil Curl Control Creme is my go-to for holding body and keeping the texture in my hair. I either put it in my hair wet and let it air dry, or I use it as a styling creme.

You moisturize your face with…
Ole Henriksen Skin Insulator with SPF in the morning and Mary Kay’s Intense Moisturizing Creme in the evening.

Favorite body product?
I use Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion every day. I especially like that it’s unscented.

Favorite beauty secret you picked up along the way?
A trick that I recently learned for opening up the eyes is to line the inner top lid. It really does make the eyes look wider!

Beauty icon you admire?
Growing up, Love Story was one of my favorite movies and I thought Ali MacGraw was the epitome of natural beauty. And even in her 70s, she has aged so naturally and beautifully. I look forward to aging with grace!

Lauren Kolodny

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Clarisonic Mia – Erica recently introduced me to this magic wand, and I can honestly say that I feel like I’ve had a facial every time I finish washing my face. It’s worth the money.
2. L’Annine hand cream in Avocado – I hate dry, cracked hands. I used to work with my hands a lot outside in the cold on set, so this hand cream became my life saver. I have turned so many girls onto it. I am obsessed and have several tubes at a time.
3. Dolce and Gababna Light Blue perfume – I have been wearing this for years, I can’t imagine smelling like anything else. It makes me happy, therefore I can not live with out it.
4. Some sort of chapstick or lip gloss – I usually have at least 3 different kinds in my purse. I used to be obsessed with SoftLips in Vanilla, but recently I have discovered Maybelline Baby Lips – LOVE.
5. Mascara – I don’t wear much make up but If I do put anything on its mascara, CoverGirl Lashblast.

What is your all-time favorite product? 
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – I feel like it really is the best product on the market.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Sunsilk Shampoo and Conditioner. They no longer sell it at drug stores so when I do find it at places like Big Lots and the 99cent store, I buy it all up.

Favorite hair product?
Moroccan Hair Oil Hydrating Styling Cream. I am in love with the smell of this, and it also feels so nice and silky on my hair.

You moisturize your face with…
I am always switching it up but right now I am using bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer.

Favorite body product?
Sabon Body Scrub in Vanilla Coconut. It’s smells like vacation and leaves your skin feeling so moisturized. It softens and smoothes your skin like no other.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
I always finish off a shower with a cold rinse of my hair. I was told that the cold water closes the follicles and the pores in your hair and scalp, so basically it protects your hair from air pollution, and gives a nice shine. That shit works, try it!

Beauty icon you admire?
I love Kate Hudson. She is never too made up, and she has that beachy California girl look on lock down. Not to mention that her smile is infectious, and nothing is more beautiful than a great smile.

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Bathing Beauties: Kidada Jones & Kazu Namise of Phylia de M.

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Growing up in LA, Kidada Jones and her sister, Rashida (Parks and Recreations actress) were the girls that every other girl wanted to be friends with (every town has that girl). They were – and still are – so exquisitely beautiful, talented, interesting, smart and fun to be around. I was thrilled upon hearing of Kidada’s latest endeavor, co-founder of the hair care line, Phylia de M. Besides having created a truly incredible 3-product hair system (thus, no need for fake enthusiasm next time I see her), we’re now both entrepreneurs of beauty. And I love anyone who will sit down and talk beauty with me for hours on end.

I am so happy for Kidada and her partner, the equally beautiful and talented Kazu Namise’s, newfound success with Phylia de M. The heritage of this line  is fascinating, stemming back to an all-natural proprietary blend created by Kazu’s godfather (read more about the line and my product of choice, Connect, here) that restores hair’s health.

While their personal beauty routines are quite carefree, take note of the interesting tips that both women offer in regards to health and natural living. If you believe that beauty comes from within, than Kidada and Kazu are two poster women for the cause.

Kidada Jones

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Phylia de M. CONNECT – not just saying that because I’m involved- I’m involved BECAUSE of it! Keeps my hair growing thick!
2. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel– OMG – it’s great for anytime and any type of skin.
3. NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum – I wanted something that was going to get busy on my skin but is nontoxic.
4. Josie Maran Argan Oil -another revolutionary product for cuticles, skin, hair -anywhere, anytime.
5. Epicuren Kukui Nut Coconut After Bath Lotion – One THOUSAND percent! makes me feel like a fresh baked goodie.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Aquaphor -It’s an ointment, moisturizer, skin protectant and it just works!

What product do you buy in bulk?
Coconut Oil

Favorite hair product?
Phylia de M. CONDITION – It detangles my hair, gives it maximum moisture and I can use it in the shower, as a leave-in treatment, or a styling cream.

You moisturize your face with…
SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel combined with Josie Maran Argan Oil

Favorite body product?
Fresh Brown Body Polish. It exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Oils, in general, are underestimated. I apply oils (coconut, argan) and take oils (primrose, plant) They are great for taking off makeup and moisturizing dry & damaged skin and hair.

Beauty icon you admire?
My mother (actress Peggy Lipton) because she is perfectly split between maintaining her beauty and not fussing over it. She has really taught me that beauty comes from within. Beautiful people don’t just happen – they fought their odds and cultivated the best parts of themselves, inside and out.

Kazu Namise

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Phylia de M. 3 Step Hair Kit – makes my scalp feel CLEAN and my hair strong, full and shiny! Plus it stops my excess shedding.
2. DNA Phyto-Lipid Hydrating Scrub – organic & gentle but really effective for a weekly deep cleanse to clear dead skin buildup.
3. Lanvin éclat d’arpege – This is my all-time favorite, my signature scent.
4. Laura Mercier Primer – I’ve used and loved this for ten years- it sets my makeup perfectly.
5. Fulphyl de M. (Miyamonte Fulvic Acid) – My family’s exclusive organic and pure Humic-Free Fulvic Acid. This is a supplement drink for everyday; it dually transports vitamins/nutrients to the right places in your body while chelating toxins out (coming soon from Phylia). I feel more energy, more restful sleep, and brighter skin, eyes, and hair.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Phylia CLEAN – I use it to wash my scalp, hair, face & body – It rejuvenates cells with healthy keratin leaving my skin, hair, and nails healthy and young.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Cold Pressed Organic Juices – I have one or two a day and they keep me fully energized & nourished! I am addicted to Pressed Juicery (especially their Greens3 and Almond Milk)

Favorite hair product?
Phylia Connect– Amazing organic treatment spray that makes my hair grow faster and fuller.

You moisturize your face with…
Miyamonte Renaturation Moisturizer or Caudalie VinoPerfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15

Favorite body product?
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil with our Phylia Cream (soon!). Smells heavenly and is super soft and moisturizing without being greasy.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Raw Potato slices-15 minutes on your eyes and it takes away puffiness and dark circles, and feels very relaxing.

Beauty icon you admire?
Gwyneth Paltrow.She’s beautiful and I admire her disciplined approach to her health & beauty routine from the inside out and outside in, which really shows.

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Bathing Beauty: Bryn Kenny of Dior

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For a beauty enthusiast, a career in the beauty industry is a dream come true. Free beauty products, access to A-list makeup artists and the first to play with new beauty discoveries, is all part of the job. As the current  public relations director for Dior Beauty (swoon!), Bryn Kenny is living the dream. Prior to the highly coveted Dior gig, Bryn was a beauty writer for W Magazine (another swoon-worthy job). Besides being an infinite trove of beauty wisdom (she offers up some sage beauty tips in her interview below), Bryn is also a stylish girl-about-town (you’ll frequently find her photos on such sites as New York Social Diary and Guest of a Guest). With her beach-chic good looks and her comprehensive beauty knowledge, Bryn embodies the best of both worlds: beauty and brains.

Here, Bryn divulges on the secret to “eyes that pop,” an alternate use for perfume, and the trick to applying moisturizer post makeup:

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1. Bright lipstick. There’s something very bold—and yet classic—about a colorful lip. Makes me feel French.
2. Dior Addict Lip Glow – Pretty much the opposite of bright lipstick; It’s a natural balm with a bit of color that adjusts to your skin’s chemistry. It creates this perfect flushed pink—like you’ve just been kissed.
3. Hand Wash by Molton Brown – Does that count as a beauty product? It’s like fragrance for your hands, so I’m going to say yes.
4. Dior Capture Totale Resurfacing Peel – Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! I use this product probably more often than I should.
5. Essie nail polish in Fifth Avenue – It’s the perfect happy red and perks up my somewhat dour black and grey wardrobe.

What is your all-time favorite product?
That’s impossible to answer (ha!) but if I must, Diorissimo Eau de Parfum. I love the fact that it’s been around forever and is absolutely timeless. It’s this very simple, fresh blend of Lily of the Valley. I even spray it on my sheets.

What product do you buy in bulk?
This is an easy one: Carmex. They say it’s addictive and I’m okay with that. Every time I’m in Duane Reade I buy one because I’m always losing it. I find little pots of Carmex in my couch cushions like loose change.

Favorite hair product?
Sigh, hairspray. I’ll pretty much use any kind, drugstore, salon, whatever, but I love L’Oreal Ellnet. I have baby fine hair and hairspray adds a bit of body and texture. Also, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, the powder kind. It’s a godsend when I’m going from day to night, which is often.

You moisturize your face with…
I’m more of a beauty skeptic than a beauty junkie, but I’ve always been fascinated by skincare. Either way, it takes a lot to convince me to use a product at all, let alone religiously, and I’m addicted to Dior Capture Totale One Essential. It’s a serum that boosts the efficacy of basically any skin product you use. Alicia Keys’ makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff taught me an amazing trick with One Essential: after you’re finished with your makeup, rub a little on your palms and pat your face—it creates this really natural, healthy glow. I also use Dior L’Or de Vie La Crème and L’Extrait day and night. I have dry skin and it works miracles.

Favorite body product?
Pretty much anything Fresh makes. My new favorite is the Seaberry Body Cream—it just smells really good and is super moisturizing without being greasy. Plus, Fresh products are so pretty to look at. They have such a nice aesthetic.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Lining the upper inner lid with black liner… I think a Shu Uemura artist taught me this back when I was a beauty writer at W Magazine. It makes your eyes pop but no one is quite sure why.

Beauty icon you admire?
Ooh, there are a few. I grew up emulating strong-willed women like Madonna, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry and Kate Moss. Love a rebellious blonde. I guess I’ve always been drawn to beauty that’s a bit dark, rough-around-the-edges and complicated.Smudged liner, a crooked nose, a little rock ‘n’ roll.

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Bathing Beauty: Babi Ahluwalia of Sachin + Babi

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Babi Ahluwalia is one-half of the design duo that makes up Sachin + Babi. The other half just so happens to be her designer hubby, Sachin Ahluwalia (hence the name of the ready-to-wear contemporary line). With decorative dresses, texturized blouses and beautifully tailored jackets, Sachin + Babi is all about the chicness, all of the time. Celebrities like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Drew Barrymore and Kat Sadler are just a few of Hollywood’s fashionistas sporting the designs.

Babi is both beautiful and practical when it comes to her style. Her fashion sense is sophisticated yet comfortable, while her beauty routine is simple and unpretentious. Babi’s chestnut billowing mane, perfect skin tone and soulful eyes round out her unique beauty.

Here, the tools and products that Babi covets:

What are your top 5, can’t-live-without products?
1 – Tata Harper Rebuilding Moisturizer – I just love it.  Tara Harper uses all natural ingredients creating a pure and simple product.  The shelf life is short because she does not use preservatives but it is well worth it.
2 – Kiehl’s Lip Balm – A tube of Kiehl’s in your handbag is priceless, especially in winter. The product is simple but the quality and ingredients are so good.
3 – Forest Essentials Moisture Replenishing Bath & Shower Oil Madurai Jasmine & Mogra – You can only purchase this product in India; I love it for its purity and beautiful scent.
4 – Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler – It’s simply the best.
5 – Chanel Lipglossimer  in Wild Rose – It’s such a great pick me up and a very nice indulgence.

What is your all-time favorite product?
Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum . Her commitment to all-natural products is inspiring and she creates a great, clean and pure product.

What product do you buy in bulk?
Forest Essential’s Age Defying Facial Serum and Bath and Shower Oils. I have to buy them in bulk as they are only available in India.

Favorite hair product?
MoroccanOil Hydrating Styling Cream – With all of the blow outs and frequent color, it really rescues my hair!

You moisturize your face with…
Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex, Serum, and finally her Moisturizer.

Favorite body product?
Right now am loving The Body Shop’s glycerine soap (in bar or liquid form) in their great crisp citrus scent.

Favorite beauty secret you’ve picked up along the way?
Always slather on a face pack the night before an important day. I like any good replenishing moisture mask from Shahnaz Husain or Kiehl’s Algae Mask depending on what’s in the bathroom cabinet!

Beauty icon you admire?
Maharani Gayatria Devi of Jaipur. She had such regal elegance and a magnetic personality.

*images and makeup by Beauty Banter.

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