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Men’s Winter Skincare

Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin. It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black. We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry…

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Winter is in full swing, and with the ever-falling temperature, your skincare routine needs to be kicked up a notch. Gone are the days of low-maintenance grooming routines of summer and fall. It’s time to ditch the bar of soap and focus on real hydration for your parched winter skin.

It’s important to find a cleanser that will wash away impurities from that ice hockey game you won earlier today, but won’t strip your skin of your natural oils. Try this Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser by Jack Black.

We all know that dry skin can also mean flaky skin, which is why exfoliation is just as important, if not more important, in the winter as it is in the summer. Remove all the dry skin cells through a scrub, like Face Scrub Exfoliant Visage by Clinique Skin Supplies for Men.

Kiehl’s Men’s Alcohol-Free Herbal Toner is perfect for soothing your chapped skin and preparing it for a moisturizer. Toners help penetrate the pores allowing for moisture to soak in.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can skimp on the SPF. Simplify your routine by selecting a moisturizer with SPF. For a lightweight moisturizer that does it all try LAB Series Daily Moisture Defense Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

Remember to nourish the rest of your body with Molton Brown’s Body Remedies Desert Bloom Body Quencher. The best time to apply moisture is within five minutes of your shower!

 

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Beauty Break with Olivia Chantecaille

Forget Shark Week. In the world of Chantecaille, spring 2013 is Shark Season

Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo. When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made. Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion…

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Photographed by KSW at Chantecaille Headquarters in SoHo.

When I asked Olivia Chantecaille, the glamorous and gorgeous creative director of her family’s namesake brand what her inspiration was for the spring 2013 Chantecaille collection, I hardly expected her answer to be: “the urgent need to save sharks from overfishing.” But, the more I got to understand the brand, the more sense her answer made.

Chantecaille has long been advocate of the environment and namely, engendered wildlife. Its modus operandi is to educate its chic clientele about relevant issues on global sustainability and have them pitch in, one swipe of lip-gloss at a time. You’ll see that message translated creatively into their products, whether it is The Elephant Pallette, from last fall of which a portion of the proceeds of the compact went to to help save many of the 38,000 elephant poached each year, or their spring 2012 initiative in partnering with the Marine Conservation Institute.

This season, Olivia has sharks on the brain. She spouts figures off the top of her head including that 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins (that works out to 138 sharks are killed every minute!). She goes on to talk about the devastating risks of the species’ extinction, but how does beauty work into all of this fascinating data, well, the pretty, easy-to-use and brand new Save the Sharks Palette launching at Saks this month.  Five percent of proceeds benefit the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade. Check out my interview with the beauty maven who is just as pretty on the inside as she is on the outside.

Jenn Falik: Let’s talk about the Save the Sharks Pallette.
Olivia Chantecaille: The Save the Sharks Palette is an ode to the animal, yes — but also an ode to the bold, bright and graphic fashions of the season, especially strong blues as an unexpected alternative to classic black.

J.F.: What product from spring 2013 will we never find you without?
O.C.: The Rose Délice Lip Chic. It’s a fresh, sophisticated way to wear a bright lip.

J.F.: What products do you reach for if you have exactly three minutes to get from desk to dinner?
O.C.:  I reach for the Save the Sharks Palette and dip my brush in the Black Tip ocean blue shade to create a navy smoky eye.

J.F.: Your skin is amazing. Tell us about your skincare routine.
O.C.:  My beauty resolution for 2013 is to get facials at least once a year and to extend the benefits with masks at home. But on a daily basis, moving into spring I’ll switch out my cream out for an oil-free version, and every single day I swears by our Nano Gold Eye Serum. The ingredients are so highly concentrated, I’m always temped to use it over my entire face!

Always the perfect host, Olivia invited me to have my makeup done before heading out — and all I could think about as I floated out to the elevator was that every Chantecaille makeup application should come with an iTunes download of “I Feel Pretty”, because I just couldn’t help but hum it to myself the entire way home.

My personal favorite product picks? Well, because you asked (new spring 2013 launches excluded, we are talking classics here): the Lip Gloss in Guava, Future Skin Foundation in Vanilla and Mascara Faux Cils (I know this sounds weird but smell it, it’s infused with Rosewater —rendering it the most elegant mascara ever!

 

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Marvelously Marni

Marni unveils its first-ever fragrance at Saks

Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift. But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni. As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with…

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Scent is a fascinating thing. One may distinctly remember their grandmother’s air of glamour with a single spritz of her signature Chanel No. 5, or dive back into childhood summers spent on the boardwalk with a whiff of saltwater taffy. The olfactory is indeed a marvelous gift.

But what does fashion smell like? Moreover, what do fashion, art, nature and architecture smell like — combined? That’s what Marni creative director Consuelo Castiglioni and her daughter Carolina sought to achieve with their first ever fragrance, eponymously dubbed, Marni.

As director of special projects for Marni, Carolina Castiglioni is responsible for taking her mother’s designs into the future. Her credits include launching e-commerce years back, founding the brand’s online magazine Anti Camera and blog too, partnering with contemporary artists on collaborations with the 20-year-old Italian fashion house.  Having grown up in the world of Marni, the fashion scion is steeped in the brand’s iconography enabling her to push limits and stake new ground for the visionary collection. Here, we talk with Carolina about the fragrance and the Marni woman, who, by definition is unique, boundlessly creative, passionate about art and lighthearted all the while.

SaksPOV: What was it like growing up in the house of Marni?
Carolina Castiglioni: For me, it was normal. Marni was started when I was 10.  It was about [my mother’s] style and the way she looked at things and found inspiration. We are close and we do things together as a family.

[Fun Facts: Consuelo’s husband and Carolina’s father Gianni Castiglioni is CEO, while their son Giovanni works in the retail division. The name Marni is also tied to the family. It it’s the nickname of Gianni’s sister Marina].

SaksPOV: This is the first fragrance from Marni. How did go about creating it?
C.C.:  Fragrance is a multisensory experience and in the Marni world, this is how we always do things — like mixing fabric, furs and wood [in the ready-to-wear]. It is coherent with the Marni aesthetic. We developed it together with Estee Lauder.

SaksPOV: The juice itself is unique from many fragrances out there, with notes of bergamot, cardamom and cinnamon bark. You can say that it borders on the masculine side.
C.C.:  My mother doesn’t like sweet or fruity [fragrances]. She prefers masculine elements like wood and incense. It reminds me of my home, growing up.

SaksPOV: Tell us about the bottle design.
C.C.: The bottle itself is timeless and classic in shape with the classic Marni elements: the dot. We played with proportions, as we do in in ready-to-wear and we did the same with the bottle, which [is large compared to its]  small cap. The red [Bakelite] cap reminds us of Marni bijoux [also made of Bakelite] 

SaksPOV: What do you want people to know when they experience the fragrance?
C.C.: We want our customers to shop according to their personality. We like them to mix pieces from different collections, even old collections. It’s about unexpected materials, colors and now, fragrance in a new way.

 

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Marni fragrance is launching exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. See the entire collection.