Aesop Opens Pop-Up Shop in Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog

March 16, 2014 - 10:57 pm


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Melbourne-founded skin, hair and bodycare brand has a knack for skincare as it does beautifully curated retail spaces.

The beauty brand recently partnered with The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn on a pop-up installation designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo who just happens to have a wonderful penchant for modern style. Décor-lovers will have to act fast before the display disappears in July.


A timber-framed glass enclosure makes for an intriguing centerpiece – meticulously segmented layers of sand – that will shift over time. The inspiration behind this ever-changing art is all Escobedo: a clever reference to “Modernism’s shift away from ornamentation.”  She was also inspired by Aesop’s overall “shibusa” or  ”sophisticated austerity” and as such the space is minimalistic yet rustic, clean yet industrial all at once.


The Invisible Dog was the perfect space for the temporary display because of its support for local Brooklyn artists: “combining residency studios, venues for exhibits and performances, and community engagement.”

(c) Photos: Rafael Gamo




7 Days of Beauty with, Beauty Diary

January 30, 2014 - 4:57 pm

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This month, the editors at asked me to show them what a week of my life is like. Seven days and several Instagram posts later and you have the Beauty Diary of Glynnis Mapp: one sweet Valley Nails gel manicure, a touche éclat that does just as good as your YSL and a sure-fire moisturizer to beat back that winter itch.

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Workout Beauty Picks for Your 2014 Detox

January 17, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Time to ditch those old 2013 habits.

Maybe you’ve promised yourself to incorporate more leafy things in your diet, walk instead of drive and take more time for yourself. Or perhaps you’ve decided to sweat-it-out just a little more this season. If that’s the case, nothing sets you on the right path to a better you than amping up your workout routine (or starting one in the first place). Whether you’re indoor cyclinghitting the treadmilltwerking your way to fabulous via dance class or stretching your way slim on the yoga mat, you might as well look great doing it. Here are five top essentials to have in your workout beauty kit.

Nothing solves your straight-from-work workout problems than a face wipe that not only – gently – removes the day’s cosmetic layers away but takes you one step closer to great skin in a swipe. The last thing you need is streaking mascara down your face during your hot yoga class (streaking mascara is neither pretty nor zen). Each biodegradable pre-moistened PreCleanse wipe melts away layers of excess sebum and helps you say see-ya to waterproof make-up and pollutants in a snap. Namaste.

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Wipes, 20,

Staying supple in the winter is a beauty mission that we accept wholeheartedly but a mission nonetheless. Ultra-rich moisturizers are nice after a pre-bedtime shower or bubble bath but not so great before a sweaty workout. Cue Environ, a South-African based brand with a light, water-based moisturizer that gives your skin the suppleness it needs without being too heavy. Plus, the vitamins, antioxidants and rosemary extracts in the formula lessens the look of stretch marks and scarring. #amazing
Environ Vitamin A, C & E Enhanced Body Oil, $84

What if you could just drink your way to beautiful? Sound too good to be true? Well, UK-based brand Ocoo has taken this idea and bottled it. Ocoo’s ready-to-drink beverage is packed with skin-revitalizing ingredients and superfruits (acai berry, pomegranate, aronia berry, red grapes) to help give you longer, stronger hair and nails, supple skin (thanks to vitamin C). Swap your after-workout coconut water for this beauty drink and you’re halfway there already. Ocoo Beauty Drink, £6.99,

Need an after-workout refresher? Before you dash for the gym showers, try a spritz of rejuvenating paraben-, sulfate-, fragrance-, phthalate- and petro-chemical-free grape water to keep your skin moisturized and supple, not oily and sweaty. Helps your pores stay clear and unclogged and above all, hydrated. And if you experience rosacea, this spray is a winner in your daily makeup routine. Sets makeup like a dream too.
Caudalie Organic Grape Water, $18,,

Shaving. Depending on how often you do it, it can wreak havoc on your poor, poor epidermis. Most of us like a nice close shave before we hit the treadmill, mat or bike, but over-shaving can create irritation and dark marks on the skin under your arms. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a product to help you stay clear and dry? Dove’s answer is a deodorant that’s more than just a sweat preventor. With calendula and sunflower seed extracts, this one moisturizes to accelerate your skin’s natural renewal process, transforming darkened underarms and giving you 48-hour odor and wetness protection. A 2-in-1 dream.
Dove Clear Tone Skin Renew Deodorant, $5-7,

Winter Skin Beauty Arsenal: Top Body Moisturizers

January 7, 2014 - 12:00 pm

When the cold winds of winter blow, you need a roster of bodycare ammunition to help you beat back dry skin and hair.

The industry’s top beauty brands are creating antioxidant-rich formulas to help fight against nature’s harshest and coldest climates – to help seal in moisture, stop that pesky cold-weather itch and turn back the hands of time.

Intriguing ingredients such as murumuru, kokum butter and boise oil give the skin lush, supple results.

Here, a roundup of some of the top products to help you say hello to a softer more supple you. You’re welcome.

Are you tired of your growing cemetery of products piling up in your bathroom cabinet? Here’s a 99% organic balm that triples as an exfoliating cleanser, a balancing mask or deeply nourishing protective balm thanks to protective rejuvenating geranium, starflower, rosemary, hemp and its main miracle-working ingredient, rosehip oil. Now that’s a beautifier that goes a mile.
Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm, $70,

This three-in-one soft-skin system gives you essentials to help polish and hydrate. The Conditioning Body Wash helps clean with refreshing botanical ingredients. The Exfoliating Body Scrub polishes you to a fine, smooth finish. The Body Hydrating Cream conditions you to perfection. The Climate Control Lip Treatment keeps your pucker flake-free and ready for your favorite lipstick. There you have it – you’re all taken care of. And for those who love a good soak, the Hydro-Active Mineral Salts are a sea-salt-infused miracle worker.
Dermalogica Body Therapy Kit, $37,

Leave it to one of my favorite Melbourne-based beauty brands to create a rich, wonderful-smelling balm to help slick away dry, itchy skin. Vanilla and sandalwood smell sweet while helping to soothe and soften excessively parched skin suffering from extreme hot and cold temperature changes. Also doubles as a perfect after shave moisturizer to calm irritated skin. Brilliant.
Aesop Rejuvenate Body Balm, $35,

This all-in-one oil can be used on the hair, body and face and makes for the perfect skin and scalp saver for the multitasker. It’s a hair oil to smooth away frizzies, a nighttime face moisturizer and a lush body oil all at once. Combined with the brand’s signature scent, it’s a must-have in your winter-weather beauty arsenal.
NUXE Love From Paris Huile Prodigieuse, $45,

Vegan and certified organic, this duo’s report card reads like a beauty A+. They say the fastest proof of age is a quick peek at the top of the hands. Make sure yours look wonderfully young with this serum-cream combo, made with vegan, 72% certified organic ingredients and Swiss apple stem cells. Talk about guilt-free beauty!
SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum and Hand Salve For Slow-Ageing, $50,

Whipped to peaked perfection, this rich body cream soaks your skin with shea, cocoa and mango butters blended with the brand’s signature antioxidant-rich argan oil for “abundant nourishment.” And how! Best applied to damp skin (after a bath or shower) for dreamy, velvety results.
Moroccanoil Body Butter, $52,

Good Reads: The Best in Beauty Books for 2013 and Beyond

December 20, 2013 - 1:57 am

Is the beauty-lover on your gift list a bookworm too? Here’s a handful of old and new coffee-table-sized releases that are must-reads for anyone looking to work in the beauty business, or any obsessive looking to brush up on their notable industry names. Chock-full of high-impact imagesinspiring success stories andhow-tos, these good books are gifts sure to have your loved-ones singing your praises ‘til next Holiday. And if your gift list is all checked off, add one of these to your own to-read list for the New Year. You’ll be getting 2014 off to a gorgeous start.

Hair. It can make or break the best of days. Some stylists believe if your hair is perfectly in place, you don’t need a stitch of makeup. Internationally-renowned hairstylist and a creative consultant for Bumble and Bumble, Laurent Philippon, would probably agree: the hair artist lifts the secretive veil on the industry’s best coiffs in his book Hair: Fashion and Fantasy. From tribal fashions to today’s new creations, each chapter explores braids, curls, loose hair, mohawks, chignons, colored hair, wigs, and crops – bringing you tales from fashion’s greats and archival photos. It’s a book that the hair obsessive in your life will certainly ooh and ahhover.

Natural-beauty has been the mantra of makeup artist icon Bobbi Brown for her entire career: she’s the type of artist that zigs while everyone else zags. When artists were creating electric-bright looks in the ‘80s she was busy creating barely-there palettes to help women highlight the beauty they already had. “A strong brow, bedroom eyes, a bump on the nose – these are features that inspire me.” Here, here Bobbi. If you love makeup and love makeovers, Pretty Powerful is sure to excite and delight with before-and-after images of real women, celebrities, and athletes and interviews with them on what makes them feel truly beautiful. Brown also shares her trade secret tips and techniques for creating perfect skin, eyes, and lips.

Makeup artist and NARS brand founder Francois Nars has launched his 10-year project in the making: Faery Lands: Tahiti. The 288-page book is filled with gorgeous black-and-white and color imagery captured around his island (yes, his island) Motu Tané, off the coast of Bora Bora. Nars highlights the culture and the people of this region with assiduous attention to detail. A photography-focused departure from makeup, this book is the first published collection of his personal images. If you’re shopping for the jet-setter in your life, this one is a must-buy.


There are names in beauty that continue to define the industry: the late Kevin Aucoin is one of them. Considered a makeup artist’s makeup artist, Aucoin was on the speed-dial of top celebrities of the 90s – his makeup heyday day. Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner and many others relied on him to help perfect and create their very glamorous public image. Revered by top editors and fellow beautifiers then and to date, Making Faces tells the story of success in the beauty business through the inspirational eyes of Aucoin and his affable humor. It’s a part of every good makeup follower’s library of beauty reads.

Nail-art obsessed? Grab hold of this manicure manual, now in its second edition. Author Sharmadean Reid, trend consultant and nail obsessive was tired of lackluster nail jobs at her local salons. To fix this, she opened her own. Wah Nails opened its doors to East London’s trendiest and was declared the spot in London where you could have “whatever you wanted on your fingertips.” Her personality, affinity for wow-factor nail art and the salon became a cult following almost instantly with the stylish set. The New York Times has called it the “first hipster nail bar … a fixture at London Fashion Week’s off-schedule shows.” In her 96-page book, The Wah Nails Book of Nail Art, Reid shares 25 of her most popular nail art designs from basic newsprint to more elaborate graphic looks – bringing the best in DIY nails to you.

Pantene Gets More Than 8-Million YouTube Views with Controversial Shine Strong Campaign

December 17, 2013 - 1:53 am

Pantene is causing a stir in the Philippines and around the world with an online video that attempts to tacklegender labels. In November, a 60-second video was released by Pantene Philippines depicting the hidden double standards that women in the region face in Filipino society and in the workplace. In a little more than a month, the video generated more than four-and-a-half million views and thousands of comments around the globe.

Now, the video has more than eight million views

Pantene’s Twitter account shouts out ambitious female celebrities, CEOs and asks controversial questions like: “Are women as guilty as men for unfairly labeling other women?”

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating office at Facebook and author of her popular book Lean In, posted a link to the video on her personal Facebook page , “This is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen illustrating how when women and men do the same things, they are seen in completely different ways. Really worth watching.”

The goal? “To help create a larger platform to educate and awaken everyone to unfair judgments they may be making about women.”

The #ShineStrong campaign asks Twitter users to share their #ShineStrong moments through tweets and pictures and the campaign aims to also “help women embrace their strength and shine.”

What do you think of this campaign? Watch the video here:

Cynthia Rowley Launches Exclusive Limited Edition Makeup Collection Items with Birchbox

December 13, 2013 - 1:49 am

Stuck on what to get a makeup-loving friend this Holiday? Cynthia Rowley to the rescue.

The New York-based fashion designer dreams up our favorite dresses, shoes and accessorieshome decorchic-looking specs– now she’s making makeup. Rowley’s created an exclusive Birchbox collection of makeup essentials for the beauty lover this Holiday.

The three-piece, full-size collection includes two limited edition items: the Gilded Canvas bag ($15), fand Eye Shadow Palette in No.1 with perfect silky neutral colors in Clove, Sugarplum, Patina, Mink, Champagne($24). The felt-tip Liquid Liner in Black ($18) will be an ongoing product with Birchbox (hooray!).

“(The makeup collection) is sporty, pretty, artistic and a little bit colorful while experimenting with new techniques, formulas and applications,” says Rowley.

The Cynthia Rowley Beauty Exclusive Launch Collection is a perfect kit for smoky, shimmery eyes this Holiday.

All you’re really missing now is the mistletoe.

Holiday 2013 Wish List: Beauty Must Haves

December 10, 2013 - 1:45 am

Who’s on your Holiday 2013 list? Whether you’re buying for your closest girlfriendyour mother, sister or your cubicle bestie, the perfect gift has to encapsulate her needs, desires and especially, her beauty personality.

It’s just weeks before December 25. Cue panic attack.

Instead of fretting, here are a handful of seasonal ‘it’ items to peruse – a high-low shortlist of presents sure to dazzle your particular loved one and make them feel truly special – no matter what they’re coveting this season.

Nothing would make me happier than to see this sparkling fragrance flask under the tree and on my vanity table.  I’m sure the luxe-lover in your life would agree. I’ve been that good this year (I think).
Bond No. 9 Perfumista Avenue Fuschia Bottle, $1,000,

Is your gift-getter a skincare junkie? Look no further than Aesop for a cache of cleansers and creams that practically spell out refined luxury. The Melbourne brand’s plant-based products and refined packaging (those amber-hued bottles) will make an obsessive out of the most novice of beautifiers.
Aesop Alacrity Futurist Gift Set, $155,

This sultry collection no-smudge lip pencils from NARS and Guy Bourdin are a must in any beauty-lover’s collection. His iconic photos and the totally wearable colors just scream Holiday vixen. Plus the makeup case makes for a fun clutch.
NARS Guy Bourdin Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret, $45,

I’m obsessed with this perfect trio of shimmery neutrals, it’s a perfect pick for a beautifier that likes to keep it natural. Luckily, I already own this trio and this holiday I know I’ll be relying on it to keep me bright-eyed and radiant while I hop from soirée to soirée.
Ambient Lighting Palette, Hourglass Cosmetics, $58,,

Nothing says over-the-top glamour like gold-covered fingernails and Mariah’s glitzy and gilded OPI 18-karat polish is a stocking stuffer must.
OPI Mariah Carey Pure 18k Top Coat, $30,

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Runway Beauty Flashback S/S 14: Pantone’s 2014 Radiant Orchid

December 5, 2013 - 1:40 am

Pantone’s 2014 color prediction is Radiant Orchid (18-3224 TCX): A feminine and fresh hue that’s perfect for the beauty market. The  gorgeous, soft pastel purple appeared at PradaPeter Pilotto and Prabal Gurung. All of the designers featured lavender-pink beauty in their S/S 14 shows.

It’s like fashion’s top designer p’s were trying to tell us something.

Pantone says the color is the perfect multifaceted hue for 2014: “seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.”

Take a look at some of the Radiant Orchid-inspired looks from recent global runways below:

Prada S/S 14
Makeup Artist: Pat McGrath

Peter Pilotto S/S 14
Makeup Artist: Lucia Pica for MAC Costmetics 


Prabal Gurung S/S 14
Makeup Artist: Charlotte Tilbury for MAC

Shop Watch: Aesop and The Paris Review Open Chelsea Store

December 4, 2013 - 1:36 am

What do you get when you put an esteemed literary magazine together with a refined hair, body and skincare brand? The genius that is the new Aesop store in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood.

The beauty-literature collaboration came about when The Paris Review editor Lorin Stein and Aesop founder Dennis Paphitis (a long-time fan of the publication) met after years of mutual admiration. The result is a new storefront “founded on friendship and steeped in literature.”

“Since The Paris Review was founded sixty years ago, our only aim has been to discover what is new and best in literature. We’ve followed our own instincts, however whimsical they seemed to others,” says Stein. “The team at Aesop is full of that same spirit. I believe the idea for a Paris Review-themed store came to Dennis while we were walking down 27th Street – by the end of the block, it was a plan. We are honored to be associated with a company so well known for excellence, for enlightened practices, and – it must be said – for ointments that make complete strangers want to smell your face.”

The brand is known for creating impressive and architectural spaces for its global stores. At the Chelsea location, a floating, sculptural ceiling of The Paris Review (created with more than 1,000 back issues of the publication) and posted on the walls of the 400-square-foot space are old photographs, letters and other ephemera from its beginnings as far back as 1953 that gives customers a peek at the history behind the magazine: A quarterly publication that helped anthologize exclusive interviews from literary greats like Vladimir NabokovJoan DidionSeamus HeaneyIan McEwan, and Lorrie Moore. It’s considered “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.” The store sits just a few blocks away from The Paris Review’s New York office (544 W 27th St.)

“I first discovered the The Paris Review in a vintage Melbourne bookstore many years ago and became clinically addicted upon reading the twelfth issue, published in 1956, which featured Jean Stein’s interview with William Faulkner,” says
Paphitis. “I have since that time tried diligently to read every issue in a sober state.”


Melbourne-based brand Aesop was founded in 1987 and since it has been a top brand focused on quality formulations for the skin and hair with premium plant-based products and refined packaging.

Aesop Chelsea, 174 Ninth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011, 212-929-7838,