FRONT/CENTER: OPENING CEREMONY PARTNERS WITH SEPHORA AND GOES RADIANT ORCHID FOR FALL 2014
The New York City designers gave yesterday’s runway show a blast of Radiant Orchid.
For the Fall 2014 Opening Ceremony fashion show, the makeup look was created by our own Artistry Ambassador Aaron de Mey using the Sephora+Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection, starring the versatile and feminine Radiant Orchid (and a chocolate wall—really). The Sephora Glossy caught up with Opening Ceremony’s visionary founders, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, to hear how they got inspired by the shade. HOLLY SIEGEL
What do you find inspiring about Radiant Orchid?
HUMBERTO LEON & CAROL LIM: We love that while it is bold, there is an effortlessness to wearing it. The rich, saturated color makes you feel vibrant.
You used Radiant Orchid not only in beauty, but also in your fashion collection. Tell us about how they complement each other.
CL: It was natural for us to “think” in this color and incorporate it into our collection, as it translates well into the color palette. Radiant Orchid looks and feels very rich in the fabrics and techniques we used to bring our clothing to life.
How was it collaborating with Sephora’s Artistry Ambassador Aaron de Mey?
HL: We love collaborating with Aaron, he is both a visionary and an inspirational partner. Aaron is able to interpret the mood we want to create into polished, exciting looks and always exceeds our expectations!
How did you strike a balance of the color on different features—eyes, cheeks, lips, nails?
CL: We always look at the entire picture and see where we want the focus to be. From there, we work with the other features to enhance that focus. For our show, Radiant Orchid is featured on the cheeks of all our models—the rouge appears as a very natural, beautiful flush. We loved that it had such a feminine effect on the look. The rest of the makeup look is a bit softer in contrast.
Bumble and bumble is doing the hair. How did their styling enhance the beauty vibe?
CL: We have worked with Bumble before, and they have always been incredible at working with us to create the right mood for the hair. It is always a three-way dialogue among us, Aaron, and [stylist] Anthony [Turner]. We work together to ensure that one element doesn’t overpower, but rather enhances, the other.
Carol, how would you take this beauty look from the runway and make it your own?
CL: For me, I love taking one of the elements and incorporating it into my look: one day it might be the sheer balm on the lips, another day it might be a bolder shadow on the eyes. There are a lot of elements to play with.
Did you learn any beauty tips or tricks to recreate this look?
CL: Yes…to always start by making sure all the basics are covered! An even skintone, good eyebrows to frame the face, and moisturized skin!
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Benefit Cosmetics / Lollitint
Smashbox / Be Legendary Lipstick in Fuchia Flash Matte
Sephora Collection / Rouge Cream Lipstick in Love Test
Urban Decay / Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy
Dior / Voluptuous Care Lipstick in Mauve Mystery
Fresh / Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Berry
OCC / Lip Tar - Matte in Pretty Boy
Make Up For Ever / Rouge Artist Natural in Purple
X-RAY: TORY BURCH ON HER NEW PERFUME
The fashion and accessories designer gives us the scoop on her self-titled debut fragrance.
Tory Burch, known for her wearable but chic clothing and accessories, has just debuted her first fragrance—but clearly, has always harbored a passion for perfume. “I remember playing with my mother’s perfume bottles when I was young, spraying on many different scents at the same time and then being thrown into a bath,” she says. Luckily, the opportunity to create her own presented itself, and she no longer has to improvise. Below, Burch takes us through some of the key elements of her first fragrance. HOLLY SIEGEL
“I find inspiration in many different places, but my parents have been the greatest source of inspiration for our fragrance,” says Burch. “It is anchored by vetiver, my father’s signature scent, which we balanced with floral and citrus notes. The bottle was inspired by my mother. She had an incredible tray filled with vintage atomizers when I was growing up, and we wanted something that would look beautiful on top of a vanity.”
“I have always been inspired by my parents,” she says. “Fretwork was very much a part of [my parents’] design sensibility. It was a part of their vernacular, and now it’s become a signature of the brand, and the perfect accent for the fragrance.”
Citrus and fruit notes such as crisp grapefruit, mandarin, sweet bergamot, neroli, and cassis provide brightness and reflect Burch’s optimistic spirit, while florals such as pink peony add femininity and cedar and sandalwood ground the scent.
THE FASHION TIE-IN
“It’s similar to the clothes and accessories we design—sophisticated but down-to-earth, combining disparate ideas you don’t usually see together. The fragrance is the same way. There’s a brightness to the scent when you first smell it, and then you realize that it’s more complex.”
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Tory Burch / 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Tory Burch / 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Tory Burch / 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray
Tory Burch / 0.20 oz Eau de Parfum Rollerball
THE TIP-OFF: HOW TO CHOOSE A MEN’S COLOGNE
Your foolproof guide for finding the right scent for your man.
Whether he’s Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now or prefers wetsuits to three-piece suits, he should always smell amazing. This Valentine’s Day, gift him the most coveted cologne sets. First, decode his scent style with this handy chart, then read on for more information on the featured fragrances. RENEE TRILIVAS
Gucci Guilty Pour Homme
For the gentleman who goes after what he wants, this lemon, lavender, and sandalwood scent is worthy of the magnetic alpha male.
Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio Pour Homme
Inspired by seaside Mediterranean holidays, this sweet and salty blend of mandarin, amber, and marine notes captures the spirit of the ocean, earth, and breeze on sun-warmed skin.
Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme
Zesty bergamot and ginger are spiked with a dash of white pepper, cedarwood, and creamy tonka bean in this intoxicating mix of modern masculinity.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million
Strong meets sensual in this gilded take on universal power and luxury with refined rose, cinnamon, and leather.
Giorgio Armani / Acqua Di Gio Pour Homme
Yves Saint Laurent / L’Homme
Gucci / Guilty Pour Homme
Paco Rabanne / 1 Million
SPOT IT: HIGH-FASHION FRAGRANCES
Find your fancy in seven ready-to-wear perfumes, straight off the runway.
Whether you want to button-up or button-down your style, designer fragrance is the ultimate one-size-fits-all luxury. With couture elegance and timeless allure, these stylish scents bottle the core fabric of some of the most captivating fashion houses in history. From the essence of backless bombshell dresses to sophisticated tailor-made trousers, try on these wearable scents to find your best fit. ARIELLA GOGOL & RENEE TRILIVAS
Tory Burch Tory Burch
Tomboy vetiver and coquettish peony couple for a scent as comfy and coy as your favorite pair of ballet flats.
Pink pepper and sultry peach cling to warm amber in this sheer play on uninhibited temptation.
Artfully draped with white musk and modern caramel, this lavish scent captures seduction’s free spirit.
Chloé Roses de Chloé
This feminine mingling of tender rose and magnolia conjures moments of bohemian romance.
Marc Jacobs Daisy
Bubbly charm and innocence blend in this sparkling mix of violet leaves and wild strawberry.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana White
This flawless balance of musk, peony, and muguet offer an air of enigmatic individuality.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black
Dark violet, vanilla, and sandalwood radiate an uptown-meets-downtown sophistication.
Tory Burch / Tory Burch
Gucci / Guilty
Prada / Candy
Chloe / Roses de Chloe
Marc Jacobs / Daisy
Elizabeth & James / Nirvana White
Elizabeth & James / Nirvana Black
ZOOM IN: THE SCENTS OF DESIRE
We navigate the three stages of love through an intoxicating cloud of our most sensuous scents.
Love is blind, but its sense of smell is pretty darn good. Unleash your sensuous side with Sephora’s sought-after scents. Here, we sniff out three lust-worthy fragrances that capture the notes of love through all its phases. RENEE TRILIVAS
THE SCENT: Philosophy Loveswept
THE FEELING: An innocent ode to boy-meets-girl turned total infatuation, where each coquettish glance and delicate waft alludes to sparkling romance.
THE NOTES: Bergamot, Lotus Blossom, Purple Passion Fruit, Musk, White Cedarwood.
THE TIP: Mist on this tantalizing scent an hour before you see your date for a lingering, warm, amber radiance.
THE SCENT: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
THE FEELING: This powerful perfume rouses the explosive sparks between you and your beloved—an electric first kiss quickly erupts into a can’t-keep-your-hands-off-each-other whirlwind of passion.
THE NOTES: Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
THE TIP: Apply this incendiary fragrance at the nape of the neck for a sultry floral diffusion each time you turn your head or flip your hair.
THE SCENT: Balenciaga Rosabotanica
THE FEELING: Cozily snuggled into your love nest, you wear each other like a second skin, yet subtle spicy nuances bubble up for a dose of unexpected excitement.
THE NOTES: Experimental Rose, Hyacinth, Fig Leaf, Pink Pepper, Amber.
THE TIP: Slip into this sensual rose scent with perfumed body lotion or layer on both formats for suggestive staying power.
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Viktor & Rolf / Flowerbomb
Balenciaga / Rosabotanica
Philosophy / Loveswept
SPOT IT: FRAGRANCE SAMPLERS
Presenting the ultimate perfume gifts—with notes for their every nuance.
Finding your perfect fragrance is like finding your soul mate, so searching for someone else’s can feel like a heady black hole. Not only is it time-consuming, but it can also really stink, which is why we love fragrance samplers. Think of them like speed dating: they’re a fun, low-commitment way to select that very special scent (sans the awkward pick-up lines) and try out potential perfume personas. Try misting on a different bestseller before each rendezvous. With one spray, you can transform from the shy sweetheart on your first date to the sultry seductress on your second, and keep him guessing from there. Plus, once you pick your favorite, exchange the included voucher for a larger size of it. Here are three perfumed present possibilities for you and all your Valentines. RENEE TRILIVAS
SEPHORA FAVORITES Fragrance Sampler for Her
10 SAMPLES + 1 VOUCHER FOR A FULL-SIZE BOTTLE
Show yourself some love with some new perfume suitors. This collection packs ten minis of our most-loved women’s scents, all tucked away in a festive gold pouch that doubles as a party clutch. From the sensual essence of Ralph Lauren Romance to the unapologetically frisky Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir, discover who you want to be on date night.
Scents included: Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline, CLEAN Rain, Gucci Guilty Black, Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir, Marc Jacobs Honey, Marchesa Parfum D’Extase, Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Prada Candy, Ralph Lauren Romance, and Stella McCartney Stella.
FOR YOUR SUPER-HIGH-STANDARDS FRIEND:
Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her
14 SAMPLES + 1 VOUCHER FOR A FULL-SIZE BOTTLE
With fourteen of the most sought-after fragrances, this set satisfies even the most particular noses. With the dewy, flirty attitude of the gardenia-and-freesia formula of Coach Love, the vibrant rose allure of Givenchy Very Irrésistible, and everything in between, she’ll be feeling the love—and the lust. Plus, she’ll get a black beauty bag, perfect for hiding away her favorite samples to reapply mid-date and store love letters from her many admirers.
Scents included: Balenciaga Florabotanica, Chloé by Chloé, Clinique Happy, Coach Love, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue, Givenchy Very Irrésistible, Gucci Guilty, Hanae Mori Butterfly, Juicy Couture Couture La La, Lancôme La vie est belle, Marc Jacobs Daisy, Narciso Rodriguez for Her, Tocca Florence, and Versace Bright Crystal.
FOR YOUR ON-THE-GO SINGLE SISTER:
Sephora Favorites Prelude To A Kiss Fragrance Sampler for Her
5 SAMPLES +1 VOUCHER FOR A ROLLERBALL
Whether she is thirteen or thirty-something (and beyond), consider this starter sampler your sister’s ideal introduction to scent. She’ll choose from buzzy new favorites like Marc Jacobs Honey to fiery bestsellers like Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. Once she chooses “the one,” she can redeem the included scent certificate for a travel-ready rollerball.
Scents included: Chloé See By Chloé, Gucci Première, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, Marc Jacobs Honey, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.
Sephora Favorites / Fragrance Sampler for Her
Sephora Favorites / Fragrance Sampler for Her
Sephora Favorites / Prelude To A Kiss Fragrance Sampler For Her
IN VAIN: FOOTBALL NAILSPOTTING
Score a beauty touchdown with a sporty manicure.
Team pride! We’re loving these baller nail looks from Instagram users @idreamoflacquer and @pamsandkin. Check out more user-submitted manis from Sephora fans and amp up your nail game for Sunday.
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THE PROFESSIONALS: ASHLEY OLSEN AND MARY-KATE OLSEN
The trendsetting designers behind Elizabeth and James on the brand’s namesake fragrance, exclusively at Sephora.
Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen have been style icons for years, so here at Sephora, we couldn’t be more excited to be the exclusive retailer of their new scent—make that scents. The sisters became so enthralled with fragrance that they created two perfumes, both for women, Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White. Meant to be worn alone or layered together, the two blends embody the same sense of duality inherent in their partnership and approach to designing Elizabeth and James. The Sephora Glossy caught up with Ashley and Mary-Kate to learn more. HOLLY SIEGEL
The traditional definition of Nirvana is a state free of care, pain, and external reality. What’s your personal definition of Nirvana?
MARY-KATE OLSEN: Fragrance is incredibly personal and intimate. We began this process thinking about those special, intimate moments that make everything else in our lives more exciting—nirvana moments. Everyone wants to experience nirvana and as modern women, we all define it differently.
Why did you decide to create two fragrances? Are they designed to be worn together?
ASHLEY OLSEN: We thought about the modern woman and what she wants in life. She wants it all: independence, career, love, great friends, etc. We created two fragrances to give her options and to reflect Elizabeth and James’s signature duality—striking a balance between masculine and feminine, sexy and sophisticated. Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black is dark and rich with notes of sandalwood, vanilla, and violet. Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is a lighter blend of peony, musk, and muguet. We didn’t create Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White with layering in mind, but they’re actually quite beautiful together.
Why did you decide to launch these fragrances at Sephora?
MKO: Elizabeth and James apparel, handbags, eyewear, and jewelry are for the fun, modern customer. Ashley and I wanted to partner with a retailer who understands and speaks to our girl. Sephora is amazing at connecting with their client and creating an environment that encourages her to explore and find new ways to express herself. It was a natural fit to launch Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White exclusively with Sephora.
Are designing apparel and accessories at all like designing a fragrance? Do you now find yourself wanting to create an entire fragrance wardrobe?
MKO: We’re already thinking about ways we can expand our Elizabeth and James fragrance world but for now, we’re excited about this launch. It’s been an amazing two-year process and we’re so excited to finally share Elizabeth and James Nirvana with Sephora clients.
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Elizabeth & James / Nirvana Black
Elizabeth & James / Nirvana White
Elizabeth & James / Nirvana Black Rollerball
Elizabeth & James / Nirvana White Rollerball
HIGH-FIVE: COLD WEATHER SKINCARE
When the weather outside is frightful, slather on something delightful.
Consider yourself lucky if you haven’t been snowed in, frozen out, or sleeping in airports over the past month. The Polar Vortex has the majority of the country out cold—and from what we hear, has left their skin parched and chapped. Below, some food for thaw. HOLLY SIEGEL
THE DREAM CREAM
Caudalie Premier Cru la Crème Riche features the same active ingredients as the brand’s popular Premier Cru la Crème, with the addition of three deeply nourishing plant waxes: jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower. The buttery texture will soften your winter skin for up to 24 hours while providing benefits for fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and dullness. Plus, a little goes a long way, and the scent—derived from rose petals infused in an oak barrel—will give you a taste of springtime.
THE OVERNIGHT DELIGHT
Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask softens while you slumber. Using a blend of tsubaki (camellia) oil, rice bran oil, wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and the protein-rich amino acid serine, it seals in moisture while protecting against free radicals and reducing visible redness. Go ahead: hydrate while you hibernate.
THE BRIGHT EYE
GLAMGLOW BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment is a tap-on, wipe-off eye mask that hydrates the eye area and helps absorb toxins—perfect after a late night at the airport or just to get rid of that bleary-eyed cold-weather look.
THE SOFTENING SERUM
During this time of year, those with oily or blemish-prone skin often have trouble finding a product to hydrate dry-winter skin without breaking them out. And ignoring the problem can actually lead to more oil production. Kate Somerville Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum delivers antiaging and moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.
THE LIP LOCK
Dry lips are one of the most chronic winter-skin problems. Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment keeps them soft for up to 24 hours thanks to the natural humectants in sugar and other key ingredients such as vitamins C and E. You’ll be lip gloss-ready in no time.
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Caudalie / Premier Cru La Creme Riche
Caudalie / Premier Cru The Cream
Boscia / Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask
GLAMGLOW / BRIGHTMUD™ Eye Treatment
Kate Somerville / Quench Oil Free Hydrating Face Serum
Fresh / Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment
MULTIPLICITY: SEPHORA COLLECTION EYE SHADOW LUSTER MATTE FINISH
One new effect. Nine shades. Infinite ways to play.
The SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Eye Shadow Collection has a new take on matte. Luster Matte marks the collection’s fifth anniversary with a fifth finish and adds a subtle, lustrous sheen to the modern matte eye shadow. Available in nine shades, the highly concentrated formulas contain up to 70% pigments, pearls, and shimmer particles. The result? A never-before-seen finish hybrid of superlative coverage and color—and endless possibilities for experimenting with shadow. Here are four ways to put a sparkle in your eye with the new Luster Matte collection. MELISSA LANE
GET SUBTLE SHIMMER
This new interpretation of the matte eye shadow endows lids with a soft shimmer that doesn’t look too clubby—or leave a trail of sparkle. Swan Song and Malted Milkshake are especially good choices for when you want luminous sophistication, not party girl glitter.
ADD A POP OF COLOR
The Luster Matte finish is nothing if not versatile. While you can opt for a nude, natural look, you can also don a shade like Berry Crush or Night Owl for an unexpected swash of brightness.
The lustrous texture helps color apply and blend well onto lids for an even, lasting wear. The effect is matte with just a hint of glow—and, as a result, a gorgeous eye-opening effect. We recommend experimenting with Desert Rose or Rio, depending on how subtle or strong an effect you want.
PILE IT ON
While you can wear any of our new Luster Matte eye shadows on their own, you can also layer them with other shades to create depth and dimension. For a smoky eye with just a touch of twinkle, try blending Safari, Truffle, and Smoke Signal.
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Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Swan Song
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Desert Rose
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Rio
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Berry Crush
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Night Owl
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Malted Milkshake
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Safari
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Truffle
Sephora Collection / Colorful Eyeshadow Luster Matte in Smoke Signal
SEPHORA’S MOST SENSUOUS SCENTS
Indulge and explore: the most-wanted in perfumes is calling.
THE PROVOCATEUR: THE DJS OF ARDENCY INN’S “THE SOUND OF NEW YORK”
Meet the disc-spinners behind New York’s hottest turntables and the women who inspired four blaringly gorgeous ARDENCY INN lip colors.
New York is the city that never sleeps—undoubtedly because the music is just too good to turn off. With that in mind, sonic-centric makeup brand ARDENCY INN introduces “The Sound of New York,” a cacophonous collaboration with four of the city’s most-requested DJs. “Downtown New York is ARDENCY INN’s birthplace and the visual backdrop of every photoshoot we’ve done,” says co-founder Stephane Siboni. Co-founder Gilles Kortzagadarian adds, “We feel [these DJs] collectively represent the sound of the city right now. Individually, they inspired us to create MODSTER Lip Vinyl in four uniquely bold shades.”
The chosen muses all paint on distinct personas for the campaign—gothicly glam Audrey Napoleon, boho wild child Brooklyn Dawn, effortlessly edgy Becka Diamond, and modern bombshell Valissa Yoe—grounded with one versatile lip formula. Whichever shade you chose, this non-sticky, long-wear liquid lipstick is loaded with intense pigments, reflecting a patent-leather shine that’s just as glossy as the ladies’ jet-setting lifestyles. So, swipe on the Lip Vinyl of your choice, and rock out to an exclusive 30-minute music mix created by each muse available now on ardencyinn.com. Here, we check out each DJ’s one-of-a-kind color, pair it with some of our favorite NYC noises, and offer up chart-topping new ways to remix the look. RENEE TRILIVAS
THE MUSE: Audrey Napoleon (DJ, producer, and performer)
THE LOOK: ARDENCY INN MODSTER Long Play Lip Vinyl in Dubstep Remix
THE SOUND OF NEW YORK: Canal Street Subway Stop: with a combination of underground grit and timeless thrill, this dark and dangerous deep plum reminds us of the steely shriek and exhilarating zoom of Chinatown’s subterranean underbelly.
THE REMIX: Press loose gold glitter over this rich mulberry shade for a customized, gilded finish.
THE MUSE: Brooklyn Dawn (DJ and producer)
THE LOOK: ARDENCY INN MODSTER Long Play Lip Vinyl in Studio Mix
THE SOUND OF NEW YORK: Union Square Street Performers: like the so-good-they-should-have-a-record-deal buskers, this melon tint is playful, experimental, and always unpredictable.
THE REMIX: Turn it down by patting on a wash of pigment with your finger for a sheer, dewy flush of color.
THE MUSE: Becka Diamond (DJ, style maven, and blogger)
THE LOOK: ARDENCY INN MODSTER Long Play Lip Vinyl in Club Remix
THE SOUND OF NEW YORK: SoHo Taxi Cab Horn: this electric magenta is a bold jolt of head-turning energy that makes sure you see it loud and clear—even through the heaviest of gridlock.
THE REMIX: For a flash of matte color, apply a few coats of lacquer, blot for a stay-all-night stain, and get ready to cause some trouble.
THE MUSE: Valissa Yoe (DJ and stylist)
THE LOOK: ARDENCY INN MODSTER Long Play Lip Vinyl in Original Mix
THE SOUND OF NEW YORK: Broadway Show Tunes: part classic, part up-and-coming, this fiery red-orange lacquer adds drama and always puts on a good show, much like the roar of the Great White Way.
THE REMIX: After applying your favorite red lipstick, slick this glaze on the center of the lips for a pop of dimensional shine that makes lips look fuller.
Ardency Inn / MODSTER Long Play™ Lip Vinyl in Original Mix
Ardency Inn / MODSTER Long Play™ Lip Vinyl in Club Mix
Ardency Inn / MODSTER Long Play™ Lip Vinyl in Dubstep Mix
Ardency Inn / MODSTER Long Play™ Lip Vinyl in Studio Mix
TRENDING NOW: ESSENCES
Get to know the latest skincare product everyone is talking about—essences.
It’s an exciting time over in the skincare department at Sephora. From beauty oils to peels, we’ve tried so many new products that strangers are complimenting our skin (true story). Our latest obsession? Essences. We caught up with Jamie Anderson, Senior Brand Strategist, to learn more. HOLLY SIEGEL
“Essences are the ‘frosting on top’ that you would include as the step after cleansing—the first step in your moisturizing routine,” explains Anderson. “They easily absorb into the skin, and add a softness you will feel immediately.”
“The hydration from most essences is very long-lasting. Skin is plumped and softened all day. I’ve never gotten more compliments on my skin than when I’ve included this step in my beauty routine. They’re easy: you don’t need to stand around waiting for them to dry. Plus, most have great scents!”
HOW TO PICK AN ESSENCE
“Unlike other skincare categories, essences work for anybody. It’s a great way to hydrate and moisturize your skin without a fear of clogging pores. They all offer a base benefit of cushiony softness, but from product to product the long-term benefits range. I suggest using Skincare IQ combined with the expertise of a cast member in one of our stores.”
Below, some favorites:
FRESH BLACK TEA AGE-DELAY INSTANT INFUSION
“The black tea has a calming effect, so it infuses your skin with antioxidants. If you like Fresh’s Black Tea Mask, here’s a way to incorporate those benefits in your daily routine.”
LANCÔME ÉNERGIE DE VIE
“This energizing tonic provides hydration while revving up the skin’s radiance and glow.”
FIRST AID BEAUTY ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID RECOVERY
“Great for sensitive skin. The liquid oil-free formula is great hydration for oily skin types, or as an extra layer of hydration under a moisturizer for the driest of skin.”
LEARN MORE ABOUT SKINCAREIQ ▸
Lancome / Dullness Relief & Energy Recharge Daily Lotion
Fresh / Black Tea Age-Delay Treatment Toner