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Commune Hotels CEO Reveals Her Travel Essentials

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Niki Leondakis, the stylish CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, has the 24-hour business trip down to a science. She reveals her carry-on musts.

1 House of Creed Royal Water “The peppermint-infused citrus scent is refreshing after long flights.” $290.

2 Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser: “A face wash that multitasks (like me): antioxidants to soothe; vitamin C to hydrate; and grapefruit extracts to energize.” $9.

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Anti-Aging Products Sourced From France

French Beauty Products

Is it any surprise that top beauty brands are sourcing ingredients from France—the land of luxury—for their latest anti-aging products? Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion ($360) contains extracts of rare black diamond truffles from the Périgord, along with refined 24-karat gold. Nutrient-rich elastic kelp harvested off the coast of Brittany is the hero ingredient in La Mer’s new Intensive Revitalizing Mask ($160). And Dior’s limited-edition serum, La Cure ($2,000), available in January, incorporates sap from the vines of Bordeaux’s renowned Château d’Yquem along with pure concentrate from the grapes of its 2013 vintage—quintessential France in a bottle.

Katie James
Katie James is an Editorial Assistant at
Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @kjames259.

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee


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Fall-in-the-City Beauty Essentials

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Now that summer has officially ended, T+L editorial assistant Katie James shares her favorite new products to help you shift seasonal gears.

Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Mask ($169 for six): The beginning of fall means cooler temperatures, layered wardrobes—and all-around confused skin. To combat summer-level oil production and fall dryness, facemasks are my pinch-hitters. I’ve tried plenty, but this one—from Dolce & Gabbana’s debut Aurealux skincare collection—is supremely hydrating. I smooth the fabric over my face and neck right before bed (it fits like a glove), let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, and upon removal, my skin feels plump and refreshed—a recipe for sweet dreams, indeed.

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Hotel Spas to Visit Now: Guerlain Spa

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There’s nothing quite like the hotel spa experience. You can book an appointment last-minute; ride the elevator wearing just a bathrobe (with no shame); bask in a beautifully designed space; and head back to your room without even glancing at a bill.

These days, hotel spas are stepping up their game, partnering with top beauty brands to bring a new level of sophistication to their treatments and products. Here, one of our favorites:

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Our New Favorite Destination-Inspired Fragrances

Perfumes

Our favorite new fragrances are inspired by destinations near and far.

1. The windswept shores of England lie at the heart of Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt collection: a driftwood-and-white-musk base evokes rugged cliffs and ocean breezes. From $60.

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Backstage Beauty at Tibi SS15

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Season after season, Tibi designer Amy Smilovic turns out modern, wearable pieces in bold prints and rich fabrics—and her show this past Saturday was no exception. Taking inspiration from Japan and Peru, Smilovic crafted kimonoesque blouses, raffia-accented sandals, and stiff woven hats in muted tones.

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Backstage Beauty at Ann Yee SS15

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Climate change was the theme of Ann Yee's Spring/Summer 2015 collection—something that was on the minds of those who turned out for her presentation yesterday morning in 90-degree September weather. Prior to the show, the scene was cool, calm, and collected on the rooftop of midtown Manhattan's Refinery Hotel.

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Q+A with Celeb Hairstylist Serge Normant

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As one of the industry’s most sought-after stylists, Serge Normant is the ultimate globetrotter—a shoot in Paris one day; overseeing his New York City salons the next. The man behind Hollywood's most luxurious locks (he’s styled the likes of Julia Roberts, Reece Witherspoon, Gisele Bündchen, and more) sits down with T+L’s Katie James to reveal his tips and tricks for mastering summer hair—at home and abroad.

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Summer Beach Essentials, Part 2

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Just back from the Hamptons, T+L editorial assistant Katie James reveals her packing musts.

Nearly every Friday in July and August, I find myself toting a weekend bag to work—and rushing like mad to catch the 6 o’clock train en route to the Hamptons. Growing up, I spent summers out East, where I play golf in the morning, hang at the beach club in the afternoon, and eat dinner with family before heading to John Scott’s Surf Shack for a Corona with friends. And while my beauty regimen tends to be low maintenance out at the beach, I never leave home without these essentials:

La Prairie Foam Cleanser: I love feeling squeaky-clean after a day on the beach, where I often leave covered in sand and surf. This La Prairie formula provides a deep cleanse, and natural plant extracts counter balance for a soothing, moisturizing effect that keeps skin hydrated, and never dry. Not to mention the packaging and rosy scent are super luxurious. $80

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New York City’s Knickerbocker Hotel Partners with Celebrity Hairstylist Ted Gibson

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An exciting new development is about to hit Times Square—famed stylist Ted Gibson is moving into the Knickerbocker Hotel, a Beaux Arts-style landmark property opening this fall.

The scissor siren will oversee on-site salon services (in addition to his Fifth Avenue flagship and outpost at the W Fort Lauderdale); provide cuts for high-end clients that include Angelina Jolie and Lupita Nyong’o (a service that will set you back $1,200); and, most importantly—take on the newly minted role of Style Curator.

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