Beauty Road Test
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.
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.
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.
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
Just back from vacation to Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua, Jacqueline Gifford, T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, shares her makeup, skin, and hair musts.
Every traveler wants to step off a plane looking fresh, but let's face it: even an hour in the air can leave skin dehydrated, oily, and lackluster. I know I always feel the need to dash to the nearest restroom for touch-ups before meeting family or friends in baggage claim. Luckily, Kiehl's wants to relieve us of in-flight beauty stress with their new set of travel essentials, which includes a "First Class" Purifying Hand Treatment, In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist, Eucalyptus Lip Relief, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
T+L Editorial Intern Helen Zook shares her take.
The Product: Kiehl's Travel Tested Solutions Set, $49. Available now exclusively at Neiman Marcus.
In an ideal world, my carry-on liquids would begin and end with: toothpaste, cleanser, face cream. The problem with packing a simple dopp kit is that today’s beauty regimens can be anything but simple. Faced with deciding between myriad creams, serums, toners, exfoliates, and more, I yearn for one product that would take the place of ten—meaning a lighter suitcase and a simpler routine, all around.
Enter Clinique’s new Smart Custom-Repair Serum, a catchall formula that tailors its performance to address your personal skin care needs.
T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.
Say good-bye to the days of spritzing perfume on the neck, or dabbing fragrance along the inside of the wrist—so says Frédéric Fekkai. The stylist extraordinaire hopes to change the status quo with his new line of aromatic mists, which are sprayed on—you guessed it—hair.
T+L Editorial Assistant Katie James shares her take.
The Product: GrandCentralBeauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting Mask, $75 for 4 application set.
Pros: I’m not one for selfies, but Grand Central Beauty’s S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting mask left my skin #nofilter flawless: shine-free, super soft, and just the right amount of glow. To be honest, that wasn’t even half the fun. I felt like a mad beauty scientist mixing the mask (it comes as pre-measured dosages of a powder and booster), and then peeling away the botanical and mineral-rich concoction once it dried. Bonus points for travel-friendly packaging—the tub breaks down to a lid and mixing dish, perfect for packing a single application.
Cons: This mask requires a bit more cleanup than other treatments, but the geniuses at Grand Central Beauty already thought of that: the mixing dish is designed for quick and easy tidying. It’s as simple as wiping away the excess mixture, no water required.
Photo courtesy of GrandCentralBeauty
Are the latest beauty and wellness products worthy of a spot in your teensy carry-on? T+L Associate Editor Kathryn O’Shea-Evans shares her take.
The product: Clinique Superdefense SPF 20 Daily Defense Moisturizer; $47
Pros: I admit it: sometimes the sheer selection of facial potions, lotions, and—dare I say it, BB or CC or even ZZ creams—is enough to make me feel like breaking out in hives. I’m all about simplicity in the morning, so I’ve fallen head-over-ballet-flats in love with Clinique’s new moisturizer: it helps minimize the appearance of UV damage, prevents future damage with an SPF 20, and leaves my skin with a long-lasting dewy glow (thanks to ingredients such as barley and wheat germ extract). I’ll spare you the science-y details behind why it works, but lemme tell you: it does.
Cons: I will probably have to buy a new jar every month, I’m so addicted to the stuff.
Photo Courtesy of Clinique
Kathryn O'Shea-Evans is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter @ThePluckyOne.