CAMEO: MODEL GINTA LAPINA
The Latvia-born model featured in our Giftopia campaign on her favorite ways to be festive.
Top model Ginta Lapina got in the holiday spirit at our Giftopia photo shoot—despite it being the dead of summer. The Sephora Glossy asked her a few questions to find out how she gets MerryCrazy. HOLLY SIEGEL
Where will you be spending your holidays?
In the winter, I always go home to Latvia and spend at least a week with my family—making snowmen, eating amazing food, sitting by the fireplace, helping with the cooking, spending quality time with loved ones. For New Year’s, I go somewhere warm. That’s my routine every year!
What beauty items are on your list this year?
Lately, I’ve been playing around with lip colors and their different textures, so I’m hoping to get a couple new ones.
What beauty gifts can you gift to almost anyone on your list?
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat! Perfect gift for men and women.
We hear you’re really into sports.
With winter sports, I like snowboarding the best. This past year I spent some time on a few mountains and I loved it! Now it’s on my schedule!
What are your best beauty tips?
Lots of water for your body and your skin. Treat your face with face masks more than once a week. A shiny stick will make your skin glow. And always mix foundation with cream before applying it to your skin, because it will keep your face from drying out.
Silent night or partying till dawn?
When I’m busy with work, I’m the biggest homebody. I love being home! When I’m away on summer holidays or for special occasions, I like to go out with my closest friends.
What’s your winter look like?
I like to keep it simple, and I love nude lips for winter. But around Christmas, I like to wear red lips!
The greatest gift of all is…
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FRONT/CENTER: BITE BEAUTY FOUNDER SUSANNE LANGMUIR’S LOVE LIST
See the lipstick guru’s must-haves for the season.
The green-leaning founder of Bite Beauty—a luxe lipstick line made with ingredients that are literally “good enough to eat”—shares what beauty products are making her heart thump this holiday season.
Bite High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate
With the resveratrol equivalent of five glasses of red wine, each lip pencil delivers rich matte lip colors along with a whopping dose of antioxidants.
Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Cream
It’s no surprise that someone who champions antioxidants in her own brand uses this cream, which is packed with an advanced version of the antiager.
Bite Line & Define Primer
Lock in moisture and seal in color with this silky, all-natural formula that not only primes lips but plumps them, too.
Bite Cashmere Lip Cream in Sherry
“I am a strong believer that the more we use our own hands to make our products, the better they will be,” says Langmuir of the weightless formula that fuses hand-milled edible butters with pure pigment.
Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer
The ingredients in this moisturizer for dry and mature complexions—mango butter, raw honey, and fresh rose—deliciously echo Langmuir’s own penchant for employing food-grade ingredients in her products.
Clarisonic Mia (in Pink!)
Modern and intuitive, this sonic cleansing brush removes impurities six times better than your hands alone.
Atelier Bois Blonds Cologne Absolue
The scent’s personality—“sophisticated yet mischievous”—could easily describe the brand founder’s own trailblazing approach to beauty.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
This mascara lifts and elongates Langmuir’s lashes, framing her blue eyes in a thick black fringe.
Josie Maran Argan Oil
Renowned for her use of natural ingredients in her own line, Langmuir loves this oil made of 100% pure organic argan.
BareMinerals Matte Foundation
For being made of just five pure ingredients, this SPF 15 foundation defies convention: it looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk for flawless coverage.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Lacquer
This color-rich polish boasts the shine of no less than 30 coats of lacquer.
Bite VIB Rouge Crème Lipstick
This limited-edition shade of bright red was made exclusively for Sephora VIB Rouge members. With a long-lasting yet moisture-rich formula, it offers a delectable marriage of matte look with moist feel.
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Josie Maran / 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
Fresh / Black Tea Age Delay Cream
Atelier Cologne / Bois Blonds Cologne Absolue
Tata Harper / Repairative Moisturizer
Clarisonic / Mia™ Skin Cleansing System
Dior / Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
bareMinerals / Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum
Marc Jacobs Beauty / Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer
Bite Beauty / VIB Rouge Créme Lipstick
Bite Beauty / High Pigment Matte Pencil
Bite Beauty / Line & Define Lip Primer
Bite Beauty / Cashmere Lip Cream
FRONT/CENTER: SEPHORA SHARES: WINTER 2013 PLAYLIST
Download the party with our favorite get-ready songs—free.
At Sephora, we think sharing is beautiful. So we give you Sephora Shares, our partnership with iTunes that allows you to discover and download our favorite songs, playlists, magazines, books, and apps—gratis. Our curated selections will be available for a limited time and will rotate regularly, so download the Sephora To Go app today on the App Store to get them all. And do it today, so you don’t miss our current offering: the Winter 2013 Playlist.
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X-RAY: DRYBAR BLOWOUT IN A BOX
Brand founder Alli Webb on gifting the perfect at-home blow-dry.
Her Drybar salons turn out approximately 100,000 each month, so it’s safe to say that Alli Webb knows a thing or two about the blowout. “I’ve been practicing as long as I can remember—I’m talking since I was a little girl!” she says. “Tools and products have majorly evolved since then. For me, it’s all about perfecting each section before moving on to the next. And of course, having my partners in crime—Buttercup, my Full Pint, Hot Toddy, and Chaser—to assist me.” Sound like a fun night? This season, give the gift of bouncy tendrils to “anyone who wants fab-looking hair” with the Drybar Blowout In A Box. Below, Webb explains it all. HOLLY SIEGEL
THE FULL PINT ROUND BRUSH
“It’s THE brush to give you tons of body and bounce,” promises Webb. “The ceramic design makes it easy for you to manipulate your hair into a nice soft curl. A must-have for the perfect blowout!”
THE BUTTERCUP BLOW DRYER
“I searched high and low for a dryer that was lightweight enough for my stylists to hold for eight hours a day. And we also needed a dryer with the perfect power and heat balance, not to mention unique technology so our blowouts would be the absolute best. There are other good dryers out there, but none that met our specific needs. There just wasn’t one that could handle all our rigorous demands.”
THE HAPPY HOUR SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
“The Happy Hour combo leaves hair super clean, lightly moisturized, and detangled. It brings hair back to its ideal condition to prep for styling.”
THE HOT TODDY HEAT PROTECTOR FRIZZ FIGHTER
“This product both protects against future damage and repairs past damage. It also protects against UV rays, environmental damage, and pollution. It can be used even if you don’t blow dry to keep hair strong and protect it against friction, dryness. Winter is coming—heat and wool are hair’s worst enemies!”
THE CHASER SHINE CREAM
“A really small amount, like a dime size, will do the trick for most people. Apply it from the mid-shaft to the ends with fingertips on dry hair to minimize frizz and add shine. It’s great for creating that messy beachy look—also known as a Drybar Mai Tai.”
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FRONT/CENTER: SHARE THE LOVE (LIST)
This holiday, make sure you get what you want.
You’re in love, again. This time it’s a seductively volumizing mascara that makes your eyes pop like jewels. But that’s nothing compared to the intoxicating rush you felt when you first spritzed on your now-favorite perfume. Or the face oil that gives you comfort when you need it most. Or the magenta lipstick that never fails to get you compliments.
You fall in love easily and you fall in love often. And that’s a good thing. But it’s no small task keeping all the names straight. So, prepare to love one more thing: your Love List. Tap on the heart icon on our site to add your favorite product to your list and you will forever be able to pull it up on your computer or mobile device of choice.
And as some of our favorite brand founders show, sharing is a beautiful thing—so peruse their Love Lists to see if you want to try some of their picks. Plus, make your Love List public to make everyone shopping for you perfectly aware that you’re more of a BB than a CC—and more importantly, that you don’t need another pair of cozy socks.
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BEAUTY BANTER: CAUDALIE’S MATHILDE THOMAS AND L’WREN SCOTT
Senior Writer Kelley Hoffman quizzes fashion designer L’Wren Scott and Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas on the cult of personality.
This week, the L’Wren Scott Caudalie Beauty Elixir Collector’s Edition—with its stunning, black-and-white, mosaic vine design—hits Sephora shelves. Because Scott and Thomas are both business women with insanely dedicated followings, and because both have just joined forces on a cult beauty product, we wanted to know—what makes the woman behind the brand?
THE CULT OF L’WREN SCOTT
My power color: Signature red.
My coffee order: Grande skinny vanilla latte.
My go-to outfit: Head mistress dress.
My most-loved animal: My pussycat Tiger and my dog Star.
My ideal meal: Anywhere I get to sit down, relax, and eat with my family.
My work motto: If a problem arises, don’t freak out. Just calmly evaluate what you can do to fix it. I am a perfectionist, so I am always working to perfect what I do.
My vacation getaway: Mustique, France, and anywhere exotic for a real adventure.
My best beauty tip: Sleep and eat well.
My proudest career moment: I never quantify myself in that way, so I guess I just feel proud that I do something I love and am passionate about.
My weekend hobby: Reading, going to museums, gardening, and often working…
My favorite kind of music: Oh gosh, it’s broad. Blues to Motown to a good Indian raga and yes, a bit of rock and roll.
THE CULT OF MATHILDE THOMAS
My favorite plant: The grape vine of course!
My weekend hobby: Having my kids teach me how to surf in the Hamptons.
My ideal meal: Homemade ratatouille and brown rice.
My go-to outfit: Something chic yet comfortable—I have to be able to ride my bike with it!
My vacation getaway: Méribel in the French Alps for skiing, the Hamptons and Cap Ferret to surf.
My coffee order: I don’t drink coffee, but I have a cup of green tea every morning.
My most-loved animal: Balloon, my white Labrador dog that lives at my family chateau.
My power color: Green.
My proudest career moment: Planting over 150,000 trees in 2012 in Peru through 1% for the Planet; having Premier Cru Eye hit #1 in antiaging at Sephora.
My best beauty tip: Use a powerful antioxidant-rich moisturizer day and night, use SPF every day, sleep eight hours, and be in love.
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CAMEO: L’WREN SCOTT ON HER COLLABORATION WITH CAUDALIE
Famed fashion designer L’Wren Scott fills Senior Writer Kelley Hoffman in on her collaboration with Caudalie.
If you’re a devoted fan of Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, you never forget your first spritz.
As fashion designer L’Wren Scott recalls, “I was in a French pharmacy in 1997. It was baking outside and I went in to buy a water spray to cool down and the pharmacist recommended it. I closed my eyes and he sprayed it on my face.”
The result? She puts it simply: “SOLD.”
Launched in 1996, the natural part-serum, part-toner mist of grape pulp extract, rosemary, lemon balm, peppermint, orange blossom, benzoin, and myrrh quickly became a cult favorite of actresses, stylists, models, and the like. As Scott explains, “It is very addictive if you like to feel constantly refreshed.” And, well, who doesn’t?
“Close your eyes and use it in the morning. Then [use it] to set your makeup. Mid-day as a refresher instead of a coffee. In the evening to wake up a bit before going out. And on airplanes at all times,” she says, adding, “I also use it as a stress reliever—I spray this on in the office and take a deep breath and relax and then deal with whatever the excitement or problem is at that moment.”
Lucky for Scott, Caudalie’s founder Mathilde Thomas discovered Scott was a fan, and the two women met for tea and discussed a collaboration. Thomas wanted to create a special collector’s edition that would speak to her fashion industry fans, and decided Scott was just the icon to outfit her bottle with a new look.
Today, Sephora brings you the product of Scott’s obsession—but now it’s an objet d’art available to all.
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X-RAY: JOSIE MARAN ESCAPE TO MOROCCO HOLIDAY LIGHTS & BRIGHTS SET
Josie Maran talks us through her argan-packed holiday gift set.
With a new little girl, Josie Maran hasn’t had the opportunity to escape to Morocco recently—but, she says, “I feel like I’m transported there anytime I wear argan oil, which is pretty much all the time!” Maran adds: “Morocco is the spiritual and practical home of our business, so it’s beyond inspiring for me. The argan tree, which is rare and protected by the women’s co-ops that provide our oil, takes 14 years to produce fruit, so I thank the trees whenever I’m there.”
This season, we’re thankful for argan oil, too—most notably in this curated kit that features some of Maran’s argan-based must-haves. Here, she breaks it down for us. HOLLY SIEGEL
THE 100% PURE ARGAN OIL LIGHT
“I included 100% Pure Argan Oil Light to spread the love for the latest member of our argan oil family, and because it’s great to put on before my makeup,” says Maran.
THE ARGAN ILLUMINIZER
“Holidays call for a little extra sparkle, and I love to mix Argan Illuminizer with my foundation and dab it around my eyes. You can’t have too much radiance during holiday season!”
THE ARGAN COLOR STICK IN SPICE
“Last week I was in New York, running around meeting with beauty editors, and the pressure was on, and my color stick gave me an extra boost of confidence,” says Maran, adding, “The shade is a great natural nude. It warms up the complexion and adds just the right amount of flush to lips and cheeks.”
THE ARGAN HIGH GLOSS LIP QUENCH IN PINK HONEY
“This sheer raspberry is delicious. I love that it gives me both color and intense hydration, since it’s infused with nourishing argan oil. And it’s 100% natural. I put it on in the morning and wear it while I’m running last-minute holiday errands—it’s that sheer. Then I re-apply it and build the color for a bold, nighttime party look.”
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HIGH FIVE: BE A MIXOLOGIST WITH CIATÉ NAIL LAB
This holiday, Ciaté invites you to mix things up.
Ever wonder how it would be to create awesome nail polishes and effects for a living? Ciaté’s new kit, a Sephora exclusive, gives you a sense of what it’s like inside visionary brand founder Charlotte Knight’s studio. The set comprises a specially formulated clear Suspension Topcoat that allows you to mix your own effects using 12 included glitters and tinsels. Want some color with your texture? Six of Ciaté’s blendable cream shades are also included to do just that—plus a slew of nail tools (such as an ombre sponge and a super-fine brush for painting dots), funnels, mixing tubes, and silver mixing balls. And should you want to name your personalized polishes, there are even nametags. Below, we’ve given you some inspiration to get started. HOLLY SIEGEL
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO LOOK NAUGHTY: THE RED HOT
Apply Mistress, the red shade, spiked with a tiny bit of Power Dressing, the dark blue, to make it deeper. Mix the black and red glitters into the clear topcoat, and apply two coats over it. Instantly says you’re up for a dare.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO LOOK NICE: THE SWEET THING
Blend Amazing Gracie, the pale pink, with a little bit of Mistress, the red, for a baby-pink hue. For your topcoat, mix the rose-gold sparkle with a bit of the white sparkle. Dab it on the tip, or use the Striper brush for a festive take on the French manicure.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MIX: THE COLOR EXPLOSION
Mix a little Pillow Fight, the lavender, with Power Dressing, the dark blue, and add a hint of Mistress for a deep purple. Make a topcoat using the light blue, dark blue, and purple glitters and apply two coats on an accent nail for an ultracustom look.
BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MINGLE: THE CONVERSATION STARTER
Blend Pillow Fight, the lavender, with Raincoat, the pink beige, for a light, creamy hue. Pile up the white and blue tinsels and roll your nails in them for a look that’s bound to get noticed.
BECAUSE YOU WANT A MERRYCRAZYFESTIVE MANICURE: THE HOLIDAY NAIL
Apply two coats of Mistress. Create a topcoat with the green glitter and the silver tinsel, and embellish away. You’re party-ready in just a few coats (even if you never take yours off).
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