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Dr. Batra says this is called purging and is to be expected: “The majority of patients I have treated experienced some degree of purging. Once the oil glands are heated and injured, their contents come to the surface of the skin and worsen acne temporarily.” She assures me, however, that the breakouts will last only for a week and that they should lessen with each subsequent treatment in the series. “As the sebaceous glands recover after treatment, they produce less oil [and the oil is] of a thinner consistency — clearer and less sticky.” That means less acne.

Unfortunately, the purge creates post-inflammatory erythema, or darkened spots, that I now cover with concealer (shout out to Kosas Revealer Creamy + Brightening Concealer). To prevent purging and lessen pigmentation moving forward, Dr. Batra recommends I get another laser — NeoSkin by Aerolase — two weeks after each session. “The Aerolase’s wavelength of 1064 nanometers targets capillaries to reduce inflammation, decrease bacteria that contributes to acne, treat pigmentation, and reduce oil gland production,” she explains. “It works synergistically with AviClear because it is absorbed by different targets in the skin.”

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My Skin After Two Treatments

Dr. Batra’s plan for alternating AviClear sessions with NeoSkin is working as intended. It’s been three weeks since my second treatment and I am floored by the results. I go through my monthly period zit-free. Only small cystic pimples emerge on the underside of my chin, which are easily hidden and short in duration. The one good thing about having an active breakout for my appointment is that Dr. Batra can choose to treat it with a diluted Kenalog or Cortisone injection, plus she sees exactly where to apply an extra zap of the device. Overall, my skin is the clearest it’s been in years, and I still have one more treatment ahead of me. 

My Third Treatment

I had to delay my third treatment by two weeks due to scheduling issues. This meant that when I headed in for my final session of AviClear, it was on the exact day of starting my period. The timing is worth mentioning because you can become much more sensitive to pain the week before and during your period. In certain areas, particularly the left side of my face and my upper lip, I found myself involuntarily flinching and jerking with each pass of the laser. For the first time, I requested Pro-Nox (a 50% Oxygen and 50% nitrous analgesia gas) to help make the treatment more bearable. After five deep inhales and exhales through the tube, I felt relaxed, slightly dizzy, and was able to get through to the end of my final treatment.

The Aftercare Rundown

After each AviClear session, Dr. Batra recommends staying off of retinol and other potential skin irritants (including salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, glycolic acids, vitamin C, and astringents) for 7 to 10 days. She also recommends religiously applying and reapplying sunscreen, and avoiding the sun when possible. To soothe redness you can use chilled compresses or gel packs, though I feel no need to, and you can wear makeup if you want.


By Crash redaction

High fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire have been widely accused of plagiarizing the work of Franco-Swiss artist Julian Charrière during its Fall/Winter 2023 show collection in Paris. 

The promotion material released early last week for the show, featured a foundation of fire, and picked up criticism from those in the art world for its undeniable similarities to the work of Charrière, And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, a video of Charrière’s dating back to 2019. The runway show itself was then staged around a fountain of fire in which models paced round.

A Video still taken from And Beneath It All Flows Liquid Fire, courtesy of julian-charriere.net

Many professionals from the art world have been commenting since the videos and comparisons began circulating on social media. Zadig & Voltaire are yet to comment on the accusations – simply deleting all comments making any reference to Charrière has been their sole response thus far. 

Promotional Material from the FW/23 show taken from the Instagram of Zadig & Voltaire.

The artist himself has responded to the announcements from fans, many questioning if the work was produced in collaboration with the artist himself – due to its absolute undeniable similarity, that bears more than a striking resemblance, and goes way beyond what could be considered an artistic reference point or inspiration. 

On Friday evening, before the live show, Charrière posted on his instagram starting, “Many of you have asked me about my involvement in the current promotional campaign of @zadigvoltaire for their upcoming fashion show planned tonight. I have never been contacted by this brand and must clearly state that I have not given any permission. I only discovered this campaign a few days ago, when people reached out to me about it and started tagging me. As of now there is no resolution on this matter and it seems that the company started deleting every comment mentioning my name under any of their posts and reels.”

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Selena Gomez has shown us plenty of unfiltered and raw moments of her life, including talking openly about her mental health, sharing her experience with lupus, and releasing her documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me for fans to discover more. So posting a makeup-free selfie is basically light work for the Disney Channel alum (as it should be), and we can’t stop staring at the most recent bare-faced photo she posted on February 2, where we also get a glimpse at her natural curls

The Only Murders in the Building star shared three selfies showing off her beauty from multiple angles on Instagram with the simple caption, “Me”. Her undone hair cascaded in waves around her and past her shoulders. In the first photo, you can see slivers of lighter caramel-brown highlights at the very front of her dark brown hair. More of those warmer highlights are visible in the last flick, and some pieces looked even lighter, like a honey brown. 

It’s always a delight to see the Rare Beauty founder’s fresh face. Her skin had a light radiance that we’re sure isn’t a result of taking her photo during golden hour, which is basically select periods of time when the sunlight provides the best lighting for photos. You can see some faint freckles around her face as well as a blemish right underneath her nose. She had a light sheen on her lips that we have a good feeling is probably from swiping on Rare Beauty’s With Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm in Honor


By Roisin Breen

The Loro Piana Spring/ Summer 2023 collection celebrates the energy of movement. By using bodily gestures as a way to connect with the surrounding environment, in the urban landscape or far from it: Loro Piana explores another angle to its Italian roots.

To capture the essence of this collection, Loro Piana enlisted the expertise of photographer duo Inez and Vinoodh both indoors and outdoors, by the sea, in the city and the countryside, in a villa or on the square. It features models Rianne Van Rompaey, Amar Akway, Mika Schneider, and Leon Dame caught as they move, clothes flowing around the body, gestures that are both expressive and spontaneous. Nothing is static: each image resembles a frame of a cinematic sequence where the confidence and personality of the diverse characters stands out in a gaze, in a movement, in an act.

The striking warmth of the natural light, the volumes of architecture and the nature of the vegetation, immediately convey the essence of Italy, the ease of a certain way of living and being that is typical of the Bel Paese. The minutiae of local details fade away and Italy becomes an impression and an enveloping feeling rather than a set of geographic coordinates.

The flow of the silhouettes, the density of the textures, the ease of the colors are a journey through Italy themselves: a balance of the active and outdoorsy, of the languid and the mildly formal. Faultless tailored suits and airy dresses mingle with bouclé coats, knitted jumpers, and Loro Piana icons, in a mix of cottons, cashmeres, silks and linens in an earthy palette of natural hues.

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By Roisin Breen

Bringing together the house’s technical savoir-faire, honed since its founding as a luggage company in Milan in 1913, the new Prada Moon bag revisits the iconic Y2K model giving it a modern, conceptual compendium. The Moon bag takes inspiration from the brand’s distinctive features referenced from its extensive and inestimable archive. In a nod to Prada’s past, present and future multiple, apparently distant worlds, come together in a versatile yet coherent design. It’s all in the details: the large metal buckle in the center – a feature of the model since its first appearance in the Spring/Summer 2002 collection – takes on an emblematic character thanks to the enameled metal triangle logo. Another of the brand’s favorite details, the grommet, borrowed from the sailing world, has a structural role, as well as providing a unique and idiosyncratic detail, presented in a metal version with a silver finish. Nappa leather receives a fresh interpretation: a special treatment which gives it a slightly padded appearance that accentuates its lightness. With a curved silhouette and bold, decisive form, the perfectly monochrome Prada Moon is available in four versions: light blue, cedar, geranium and mango. It is enhanced by the handles, strap and stylish removable keyring in matching colours.The compact and harmonious design makes it an eclectic essential – a new Prada classic.

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Lizzo just dropped her newest music for her song “Special” on February 1 — a glorious start to Black History Month, if you ask us — where she turns into a badass superhero with lengthy flowing waves, vibrant purple eye makeup, and very long nails. The pop star gave her TikTok fans a peek of her superhero form about five minutes before dropping the video. In the TikTok, she twirls around in a navy blue onesie (we have a strong feeling that it’s by Yitty) until she becomes her superhuman form for only a few seconds. 

Thankfully, we get to see more of Lizzo the superhero in her “Special” music video. She stars as a waitress named Melly (a nod to Lizzo’s legal name, Melissa), who leads a secret double life as a superhero named Lizzo. Unfortunately, in this universe, Melly nor Lizzo are beloved by the general public. Despite that, Lizzo does still have a few fans including a little Black girl with curly hair who adores the superhero — but I won’t spoil too many details because we’re just here for the gorgeous waves and purple ensemble.

Melly in her everyday life wears a messy updo with wispy curtain bangs, but when she becomes Lizzo the superhero, her undone hairstyle turns into deep waves that flow towards her behind. You know we couldn’t forget those baby hairs, swirled and swooped with precision. There was one loop in the center of her forehead that almost looks like the number 6. 

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February 3
Celebrate the Carnaval de Vénise at La Taverne Médiévale (Les Caves Saint Sabin, 50 rue St-Sabin, Paris 11th). Dances will be organized by the Carité de Guingamor in the great hall from 8pm. Costumes can be Heroic/Medieval Fantasy, or go from Antiquity to the XVIIIth century; the members of the organization can ask you to wear a tabard if they judge your costume “inadequate”. At 1:45am, JB Buda arrives for a completely different atmosphere until 5am. Tickets for those in costume €10 (€12 at the door); with rental tabard provided €15 (€17 at the door). Cloakroom €2/item.

February 3-5
Ready to explore the hidden side of Paris? This weekend is the 10th annual Paris Face Caché with visits under four categories: “L’Inédit”, “L’Interdit”, “Culturelles” and “Artistiques”. Some are free, some are paid (€9-€15), reserve your spots from January 23rd, it fills up fast! See the full program here.

Through February 4
The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rabbit is celebrated over two weeks in several locations throughout Paris, notably in the 13th arrondissement, home to the largest Chinatown in France, with the famous parade of dancing dragons and lions on the 29th. While waiting for the full schedule of events to be published, you can learn more about the largest Chinatown in France here: Celebrating the Chinese New Year in Paris’ 13th Arrondissement

February 5 (First Sunday)
Today is the first Sunday of the month, when many museums and monuments are open free in Paris such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Panthéon, Sainte-Chapelle, Hotel de la Marine, the Conciergerie, Guimet Museum (note, closed from 11:30am-2:30am this month), Arts-et-Métiers Museum, Picasso Museum, Cité de l’Architecture, Cluny Museum, Rodin Museum, Centre Pompidou (time slot ticket required), Quai Branly Museum (time slot ticket required), L’Orangerie (reservation required, already full), Musée d’Orsay (reservation required), and Versailles Château (reservation required, already full).

Through February 7
The twice-annual sales (soldes en français) kick off in shops all over France, with clothing and home goods up to 70% off. Even if “everything is cheaper online,” the sales are a great time to support small, independent shops, especially those which are usually a bit out of your price range.

February 11-12
The Salon du Vintage is back this weekend at the Carreau du Temple (4 rue Eugene Spuller, 3rd), with 100 exhibitors selling designer furniture, vintage fashion, vinyl records, and classic vehicles. “A moment of shopping, aesthetics, nostalgia, and ecology with a resolutely optimistic 70’s and 80’s soundtrack!” Open 10am-7pm. Entry €8, €7 for students, free for kids under 8.

Through February 12
CAPITALE(S) is a free exposition at the Hôtel de Ville (4th) celebrating 60 years of Paris street art, featuring the most influential artists, including Invader, Miss Tic, André, Swoon and Banksy. In the Salle Saint-Jean at 5 rue de Lobau, free entry with reservations online, Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm (Thursdays until 9pm).

Through February 19
“Dance and Music” is the latest collective photography exposition at La Fab, the gallery-museum of French fashion designer Agnès b in the 13th (between Station F and La Bibliothèque Nationale Française F. Mitterrand). “The exhibition looks, through the eyes of seven photographers, at this organic relationship between musicians and the audience. It captures the immeasurable joy and need to move to notes.” Entry €7. Open Wed-Sun 11am-7pm (from 2pm on Sunday).

Every Weekend until March 5
The Cité Fertile, a “Third Space” in the Parisian suburb of Pantin, transforms into La Cité des Merveilles every weekend through March at their massive space dedicated to sustainable living. On the program of this fun fair are sweet and savory street-food stands, oversized art installations, and different eco-friendly Christmas markets every weekend in December, including a Shizen Japanese Christmas market on Dec 10-11 and a Paris Night Market Dec 17-18 with local artisans (see the schedule here), live music, a labyrinth, games and attractions for young and old, and a magical atmosphere where tree-huggers have a good time! Free entry (but reserve your date online), open noon until 8pm.

Through March
The longest-lasting Marché de Noël is the Place Suisse in the Trocadéro Gardens, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower (5 avenue Albert de Mun, 16th), more focused on Swiss foods (like the cheesy raclette and fondue) as well as crêpes, sandwiches, and vin chaud. There’s also some games for kids and a BAM Karokoé stand for adults. Open daily noon until midnight.


By Roisin Breen

BONBOM is owned and artistically directed by designer Bonbom Jo. He majored in Menswear at London College of Fashion in 2019 and has lived in Texas, Denmark and Paris. Since launching in 2020, BONBOM debuted its first collection during the Paris Fashion week schedule of 2020, and has continued showing since. BONBOM’s Winter 22 collection was the opening runway show of Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2022-2023. The promising young talent sat down with Crash to talk about his path up to this point and his hopes for the future of BONBOM AND HIS participation in the KOCCA Metaverse Fashion Festival. Discover the showcase now at the official website: www.kmff2022.com

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Tell us a bit about your latest collection?

The latest collection is the Spring/Summer 2023, and the theme of the season was “To Be Safer Being With You”. Looking back at the images of medieval knights armor that I’ve been collecting for a long time, I found that the layering of the armor is visually similar to BONBOM’s pleats. It is a casual wear collection mainly featuring white T-shirts and blue jeans, which is intuitively and metaphorically resolved from BONBOM’s unique point of view by focusing on this point and drawing out the fetish that can be felt in it.

Where are you based as a brand and why?

BONBOM is based in Seoul, South Korea. I studied and worked in fashion in London and Paris, but came to Korea due to the Covid-19 situation. When I was in Korea, there was a positive response to my graduation work, so I developed it and created a brand named after myself and released a collection, so the brand is still based in Korea. However, there was a response from abroad first, so we are currently stocked in 60 stores around the world outside of Korea.

Where did you study?

After studying fashion design at Hanyang University in Korea, I majored in menswear at London College of Fashion in London. After that, I went through a pattern cutting internship at Y/Project in Paris and studied fashion in many ways. It’s only been two years since I launched the brand, so I feel I’m still studying almost.

 What inspires you to get creative?

I don’t get much inspiration from outside. I put the music I was listening to at the time and various emotions and  express them in an atmospheric way. I tried several times to get inspiration from the outside, but I design by sketching myself, recording things in my dreams, and jotting down good thoughts while walking on the street. Since I am always thinking about clothes, I just express what I have been thinking about while sitting at my office desk by drawing it with my hands. And rather than putting on all the elements clearly, I create the details or silhouettes I want to explore and fill in the rest of the details.

Communication with employees and the elements of culture they enjoy are reflected in styling/text/printing, etc., so it can be said that conversations with employees and lifestyles are also inspirational to me.

Who do you look up to the most?

I look up to Glenn Martins. As a designer, I like his talent and perseverance, and I respect the path he has taken, both mentally and professionally, within the constraints of many things. I respect him as a human being because I know he is a warm-hearted, mischievous and fun person who treats his staff and co-workers well.

Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to be a fashion designer.

Influenced by my father, an anatomy professor, I grew up learning the various physical characteristics of men and women in an easy and fun way. In particular, the interesting characteristics of the body, such as the fact that wide shoulders/narrow waist/developed shoulder and arm muscles/protruding hips and calf muscles, are considered attractive, and I wanted to make clothes that could emphasize them. Since then, I have been interested in clothes such as bustiers and corsets while studying ‘Western clothing’, and I am transforming and adapting them to the times so that they are not uncomfortable, and creating unprecedented high-fashion clothes with casual and streetwear being the trend.

What’s your favorite part of the process?

I like sketches the most. Because when I sketch, anything is possible. When I’m sketching, I draw as small as possible. That’s because it makes the silhouette more bold. Just looking at that, it seems that I value the big branches more than the details. I also like the time to choose fabrics. I love knitting patterns and basting so much that I can stay up all night with just a sewing machine.

Least favorite part…

My least favorite part is the styling. It’s because I have to face all the proportions and combinations I’ve imagined, but I also have to face the unfortunate part. It was good to put the clothes I’ve made so far and imagine it, but when I actually make it into a look, it becomes a complete reality, and it’s unfortunate that it feels like I’m staying with only one combination. Also, I think it’s because it’s a stage that leaves a belated bitterness about what it would have been like if there had been an item like this.

What are your aspirations for your brand for the next year…

Next year’s goal is to expand overseas, share a vision to increase profits, and have an atelier inside. Also, I want to have fun collaborating with various artists or brands. The most important goal is to work stably and happily with the BONBOM team.

Next 5 years…

First of all, I want to increase overseas sales by entering more stores. Internally, I want to stabilize the team and operate a profitable brand in a financially stable state. After all, it is a business, so I want to be a profitable brand. In addition to this, I want to be a brand that has a collection every season at Paris Fashion Week and has a fandom. I want to be a brand with maniacs/fans, loved by consumers, editors, and stylists with fun collections. Also, I hope my collection is a meaningful one. If there is a situation to open a flagship store, I would like to do so.

Next 20 years?

I hope that a foothold is prepared to become a new luxury, a new house. Together with my team, I will make that wish come true with all my effort, ability, timing, luck, and humility. Because I know that if I collapse from exhaustion when I’m having a hard time, everything will be nothing, so I will live as a designer who has solid strength that can be displayed in difficult times. Wouldn’t it be possible then?

In Jennifer Lopez land, every movie premiere, talk show visit, or photo op features her money piece highlights standing strong and on everyone’s radar. I want what she’s having — and that’s golden, contrasted strands in the front layers of her hair that have managed to peek through even in her signature snatched updos.

Lately, she’s been all about bombshell waves that round out at the temples, just like she wore on the night of January 18 for her visit to the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studios while promoting her new romantic comedy, Shotgun Wedding. Lopez posted a jaw-dropping Instagram photo of the look just hours before the appearance. Hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons seemingly teased out Lopez’s roots before he went on to curl the body of layers. Earlier that day, however, Fitzsimons kept the style romantic yet casual by pinning back some front sections of her hair with a soft hold. 

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There are endless ways to do the money piece hair trend. You’ve got deep brunettes going mega auburn in the front, and while the days came and went with the many celebrities who took on rainbow hair, you may have even seen the money piece highlight trend shine on a head with a fuchsia pink base color and baby-pink accents as well. 

Lopez’s highlights are all about reading in between the lines — not figuratively but literally; they easily blend in while accentuating her caramel brunette hair color and complimenting her olive skin tone. With her effortless transition of hairstyles for a day (and night) of studio talk even has us thinking that her money piece highlights are looking better than ever.

Inside this Issue:

* Commentary: The Cult(ure) of Luxury
* The Louvre Limits Visitor Numbers
* Notre Dame Restoration “On Schedule”
* Heated Cushions on Terraces Replace Heat Lamps
* Watch Silent Films with Live Pianist
* Meet Your Writer in Paris this May *
* Spotted in the Sainte Chapelle Giftshop
* Video of Paris at Lunchtime, Circa 1965
* RetroNews: Browse Historic French Newspapers
* Rent Limits in Paris: Check – and Report – Online
* Contraception Available in French Pharmacies
* Sleeper Train Review on Inspirelle

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By Roisin Breen

The Julie de Libran SS23 couture collection was intended as a celebration of women, of their support of each other and the versatility and beauty of the women who surround the designer, highlighting their strengths and characters in a dynamic and striking collection..

The designer personally requested for a selection of her muses to take part in her presentation, marking her belief that each dress is a moment, a memory and a feeling. To Libran, until something is worn, it cannot be considered fashion. She focuses on beauty and comfort to direct her fabric and silhouette choices, most of the dresses are draped on the body and made to measure. Celebrating craftsmanship and the time spent on each detail is of the utmost importance to the designer. 

“I always feel fortunate to be in Paris surrounded by such incredible haute couture ateliers and the opportunity to work with some of the most talented hands. I love when there is movement in a dress and for this collection, I wanted to create a feeling of lightness, which is the reason I chose to display my couture as an installation flying at eye level. My silhouettes wouldn’t be complete without Maison Sisley’s hair and beauty and Manolo Blahnik’s exquisite creations, so I am very grateful as always for our shared values and their continued support. I feel like couture has a sense of festivity and I wanted to celebrate and share this collection surrounded by all the women who inspire it.”

Discover all the exclusive shots by Schohaja below.

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I’m the first to admit that I like my skin tan, chiseled, and glowy all year round. That said, when a new product hits the beauty industry and claims to do all three, I know I immediately need to get my hands on it — and that’s exactly what I did when I first heard the news about Tarte’s Sculpt Tape Contour

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m a professional when it comes to contouring but I will say that I have tried my fair share of contour products (hello, many years of Best of Beauty testing) and I have a pretty good grasp of what types of formulas work for me. However, I normally stick to cream or powder formulas when it comes to sculpting my face — so this Tarte one feels kind of like uncharted waters for me. 

Sculpt Tape Contour is a liquid formula that’s packaged in a tube that distributes the product out of a cushion tip, similar to how the viral Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand operates. However, what makes this one different is the skin-loving ingredients that are in it. Each of the five shades is loaded with moisturizing shea butter, brightening licorice root, and hydrating glycerin. For a deeper look into the list, New Jersey-based cosmetic chemist Ginger King noted that the diamond powder in the formula contains dimethicone, a smoothing ingredient that will give skin a filter-like effect.

All five shades of the Tarte Sculpt Tape Contour: Cool Bronze, Soft Bronze, Warm Bronze, Deep Bronze, and Rich Bronze.

Courtesy of brand

To learn how to apply this contour product to perfection, I opened TikTok to see how all the girlies on the app were applying. After all, it did go viral after launching earlier this year. It seemed like everyone did it the way it’s explained on Tarte’s website — to dot the areas you want to contour and blend it out with a sponge or brush. Seemed simple enough, so it was time to get to work. 

I applied a little bit of moisturizer and primer to my skin first before popping the cap of the product. I twisted the applicator to unlock and gently squeezed the tube to dispense the formula to the cushion tip. I applied the shade Medium Bronze to my skin as so: four dots across my forehead, four across my jawline, three on each hollow of my cheeks, and a few dots down the bridge of my nose.


By Roisin Breen

Palm Angels started life as a photographic documentation of skater culture in Los Angeles. Publishing his photographs in a book in 2011, Milan-born founder Franceso Ragazzi moved to the city and was fascinated by the culture surrounding the sport and the styles of dress of the skaters that linked them so strongly to their culture: clothing as identity tropes and cultural signifiers, if you were. It seemed only a natural progression for Ragazzi when, in 2015, he decided to turn his photographs into fashion, and create his own clothing line, which is where Palm Angels as we know it today was born. 

It has since gone on to dominate the catwalks, with the brand itself staging numerous iconic runway shows, in any sort of brutalist staging imaginable: abandoned factories, playgrounds, piers; mountains of colored sand; building modernist towers; caging classical sculptures in plexiglass boxes while piercing darkness with beams of light. His shows are always one to watch, and this year will be no different, when, for the first time since its founding, Palm Angels will bring its collection to the streets of Paris for the Fall/Winter 2023 collections on March 5th 2023.

“They will ignore you, until they can’t,” says Ragazzi, defining Palm Angels core values as, “Transferring a precise point of view, a culturally relevant standpoint, a strong creativity, and a definite sense of community.” The brand is always widely celebrated for its collaborations with Moncler Genius project, 8 Moncler Palm Angels, which has been seen on the likes of @Naomi Campbell and @Fredo.

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When the masses want manicure inspiration, they go straight to Saweetie’s Instagram feed. The rapper is not shy in the nail-art department, often opting for out-there designs including lava lamp graphics, 3D gummy bear charms, and long, sharp talon nail shapes. She’s gone for the latter once again with her latest manicure, a stiletto-shaped set in an orchid pink that’s covered in cherry-shaped gems with a few other red gems trailing down the (very, very long) length of each nail. 

On January 30, the rapper posted a set of mirror selfies showing off the manicure, plus a close-up captioned, “new grabbaz.” Upon seeing it, Saweetie’s fans couldn’t tell if they were thrilled or scared or somewhere in-between — it was a mixed reaction, to say the least. “Them nails are da bomb I know dats right,” one commenter wrote on Instagram. “Those are some badass nails,” wrote another. “Saweetie always gone EAT ON THE NAILS!!!” another said.

A slew of heart, fire, and cherry emojis followed throughout her comments, but others were quick to point out how difficult it must be to… um, grab, with a set as long and sharp as hers. “Those are very long saweetie, can you do ANYTHING with those grabberzz???” one user asked. “Them might hurt bae,” another said. Someone even went so far as to call her “The Claw” in reference to that iconic scene from Toy Story


By Roisin Breen

Aries and Juicy Couture have joined forces to create an exclusive limited edition capsule collection encapsulating the ethos of both brands. Entitled “Rhinestoned Cowboys”, the inspiration behind the collection comes from the life and style of original the Rhinestone Cowboy Nudie Cohn and his Nudie Suits. The visual stimulus for the collection being Gram Parsons’ iconic white suit, evoking the cocktail of his eventual demise.

The collaboration is an Aries take on the “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” lifestyle of Los Angeles – the birthplace of Juicy Couture – and celebrates the maximalism of the Juicy Couture aesthetic. The iconic Juicy Couture velour is embellished and set with their renowned in-house Aries prints. An original luxe distorted snake print in rich jewel tones adorns its tracksuits with a collaborative diamante Aries x Juicy Couture “Aries Temple” logo across the velour and flocked mesh.

Lasered and loaded bleached velour stand off against sparkling diamante Aries x Juicy Couture “Aries Art Trip” graphics and the infamous Aries “No Problemo” throughout. Graphic unisex Ts emblazoned with graphics also appear  with unanimous “I Am Juicy” slogans

Aries x Juicy Couture will launch Thursday 2nd February 2023 and will be available to buy from www.ariesarise.com and www.juicycouture.co.uk

Photography by Joshua Gordon. 

Directed by Aries.

What better way to start your week than with a new gorgeous hairstyle from Gabrielle Union? The Being Mary Jane star knows we live for each and every new hair moment she shares on the ‘gram — and she’s 100 percent right because we can’t stop admiring the curly updo with which she ended January.

On Monday, January 30, Union appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show with her ringlets piled on her head to chat with Hudson about a range of topics, including Union’s 50th birthday trip to several African countries in October 2022 and that one time she got to party with Prince. She posted a short behind-the-scenes video on Instagram on the same day in which you can see her staring at herself in the mirror and admiring her good looks from a few different angles. 

Because her back is to the camera, we got a view of this textured hairstyle from the front and back. From the back, you can see that her curls were slicked up into what looked like a messy half-bun. The rest of those spirals were styled and presumably pinned down to fall towards her face, which created a faux curly side bang. This textured look had the perfect amount of mess, including a tendril of hair that was left out of the style right by her ear, which makes it look so effortless. 


By Crash redaction

Founded by creative directors Jinyoung kim & Suyeon Lee, DEW E DEW E is a brand that incorporates retro, femininity, and comfort into its collection every season. Through their unique storytelling, they propose a collection of styles that can easily be understood and interpreted. The designers sat down with Crash to talk all things DEW E DEW E and their participation in the KOCCA Mataverse Fashion Festival. Discover the showcase now at the official website: www.kmff2022.com

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Tell us a bit about your latest collection…

The theme of DEW E DEW E 22F/W is ‘Self-Portrait for Seoul Women’. This collection is inspired by the paintings of Frida Kahlo, known as one of Mexico’s leading female painters. Frida Kahlo tried to overcome reality with a strong ego and the power of love, even in painful environments and situations and she expressed this by melting it into a painting. In particular, she left a lot of self-portraits, which contain a strong image of a woman and a willingness to overcome pain etc. Sharing Frida Kahlo’s thoughts on life as a woman and a mother, we tried to express a self-portrait for Seoul women living in today’s society through a look.

Where are you based as a brand and why?

I was born and raised in Seoul, so I am active as a designer in Seoul. I feel most comfortable in a familiar place.

Where did you study?

I studied at Hongik University in Korea. I studied oriental painting and fashion design textile art together.

Who do you look up to the most?

Inspired by the work notes of contemporary artists and the fashion of ordinary people from the 1960s to the 2000s, I respect Miuccia Prada the most. Because I think she is the designer who best expresses the look that modern women want.

Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to be a fashion designer.

Being a fashion designer has been my dream since childhood. When I was young, watching K-pop singers, I always thought that I wanted to wear the clothes I designed for those singers.

What’s your favorite part of the process? 

I prefer the making stage the most. Pattern cutting and the draping process of designing the design by directly applying it to the mannequin.

Least favorite part…

There is no process I dislike in the design process, but if I have to talk about it, I hate the sewing part!

What are your aspirations for your brand for the next year…

I want to become a brand that continues to be loved, I hope that DEW E DEW E will become a brand that comes to mind when you think of romance.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Martha Stewart looks hot even when she’s mid-shampoo at the salon, but here we are. The queen of the pouty selfie struck again with not one but several shampoo bowl selfies from her stop at the Frederic Fekkai salon. 

Stewart pulled out her phone and took a few pics either pre- or post-shampoo, a time when I personally feel like the least attractive person on Earth, and manages to look gorgeous even in that less-than-glamorous moment. “Lying in the shampoo area of @FredericFekkai the light was perfect for a new selfie!!!” the homemaking icon wrote in her caption. “Absolutely no re-imaging!!! Skin looking good after a mostly dry January and pilates @bedfordpilates every other day. By re -imaging I meant no filtering my selfie!” Stewart liked the selfie so much, she even made her Instagram profile pic.

But one selfie wasn’t enough for Stewart — oh, no. She followed the initial pic up with three more, all taken at various angles at the same shampoo station. “These are the other three selfies I took. My expression was better in the first one but my skin looks great in all of them,” she shared, even spilling a few more beauty secrets in the process. “Un-filtered. No face lift. Great derms my whole life. Currently dr Daniel Belkin and dr Dhaval Bhanusali [sic] great diet. Great exercise and did I mention amazing facials @mariobadescu for the last forty years!” In the second carousel, the former model poses with pouty lips and arched brows while reclining on a towel, just like the queen she is.


By Roisin Breen

« I should be alone in the world. Just me, Steiner, and no other living being. Myself, naked, on top of a rock. No storm, no snow, no bank, no money, no time, no money. Then, at least, I wouldn’t be afraid. »

This is the ending statement from The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner, Werner Herzog’s 1974 documentary, which served in fact as the starting point and key inspiration for the Filippa Fall/Winter 23 collection.

The film follows Walter Steiner, a somber and sometimes inscrutable ski jumper, as he attempts to break the world record for ski flying – the daredevil sister of long-distance ski jumping. There is a sense of loneliness to the film, despite the crowds of locals who have come to see Steiner achieve something unfathomable, or simply crash. It seems that only when the ski jumper is in the air, moving with confidence and singular focus, does he seem to be free.

With its DNA rooted in this notion of freedom, liberty, and lack of restraint, artistic director Liisa Kessler felt instantly connected to the film and its main character. Take the collection, if you will, as a protest for freedom from the shackles of everyday modern life – work, confinement, wars, recessions. She invites wearers to celebrate their own individual small moments of liberty.

The collection itself is impeccably executed and wholly realized, a thoroughly elevated season for the Scandinavian brand, which was founded in the minimalist minefield that was 1993 by Filippa Knutsson and Patrik Kihlborg. Fabrics are to lust after and come in every form one can imagine, sturdy untreated denim, contrasting with soft buttery woolen knits and sheer silky shirts. Merino knits compliment bonded technical jerseys, and crushed corduroy stands tall next to luxurious moleskins. The color palette stays true to the Filippa K go-to formula of neutral earthy tones, but this time invites a sense of playfulness and lightness with pops of colors in seventies shades, reminiscent of the Steiner’s heydey. His skinny, singular figure in the air also serves as aesthetic inspiration for the collection, through looks with monochromatic silhouettes that instantly permit the mind to wander to 1970s ski jump suits and their apres-ski counterparts.

A faux-fur jacket, constructed directly from the recycled fur from a teddy-bear factory, stands center stage, alongside an equally limelight stealing faux-fur cozy handbag, fetchingly coined Mysa (a Swedish term which loosely translates to a cozy cuddy content kind of feeling). The Fall/Winter 2023 collection continues to reinterpret and revive the house’s codes in what is clearly a triumph for a revival of Filippa K and the notion of liberty.

Discover the looks be​​low and more at the official website.

www.filippa-k.com

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A week before its launch date, Charlotte Tilbury’s new blush was already swirling on TikTok… such is the power of all things “Pillow Talk.” But should you buy into the early hype around the Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wands? Allure had three editors, with three different skin tones, try the new formula to find out. We also talked to Tilbury herself: mother of the blockbuster Pillow Talk franchise, makeup artist to the stars (Kate Moss, Amal Clooney, Naomi Campbell, and more), and — in her words — “an alchemist.” Tilbury told us she’s in the business of “stealing a little bit of DNA here, there, and everywhere” and this time the DNA in question is from babies. “You know when babies blush, and there’s a certain pop of color?” Tilbury says. “It’s lit from within.” (Don’t worry — “DNA” is figurative for Tilbury. No children were harmed in the making of this blush.)

The Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wands are the latest addition to the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk phenomenon that started a decade ago with just a neutral-pink lip liner. The company says one product from the line — which now includes various lip products, eye shadow, and blush — is sold every six seconds somewhere on planet Earth. When a franchise is this successful, more is more so this latest formula comes in three shades on top of the classic soft-rose Pillow Talk. There’s also Pillow Talk Pink Pop (a bubblegum pink), Pillow Talk Peach Pop (a bold coral), and Pillow Talk Dream Pop (a vibrant raspberry). “They don’t sit on top of the skin and blend right in,” Tilbury says of the formula. Cosmetic chemist Marisal Mou explains that the formula’s silica spheres are “critical to creating a natural look” and “fill into the gaps of wrinkles and lines to create a blurring effect.” And while this is certainly not Tilbury’s first wand rodeo — she also has the Beauty Light Wands, Hollywood Contour Wands, and Easy Eye Wands – the formula in these wands stands out because of its skin-like finish. “It’s unique because psychologically, we almost expect a cream or liquid product to give a dewy look, and when it gives the unexpected result of being matte, it can have a ‘wow’ effect,” says Mou.

“Quality over Quantity” is the motto for the new director of the Louvre Museum, Laurence des Cars, who announced earlier this month that the museum recently began limiting the number of visitors to 30,000 per day, or between 7 and 8.5 million each year, “in order to facilitate a comfortable visit and ensure optimal working conditions for museum staff.”

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New Director, New Plans

That’s a far cry from the last director, Jean-Luc Martinez, who congratulated himself after the record-shattering 10.2 million visitors in 2018 (and 9.6 million in 2019). But if you were one of those visitors, it’s likely you had a miserable time. Because even though the Louvre is the largest museum in the world, and even though not everyone is trying to go see the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, or Venus de Milo (especially repeat visitors), and even though it’s possible to get “skip the line” tickets or passes, everyone still has to funnel through the same maddening crowds once inside.

The announcement came right on the heels of the announcement by the City of Paris of a record 4.5 million total visitors to the 14 municipal museums and monuments. The figure is usually closer to three million per year, but because of the re-opening of the Carnavalet and the Victor Hugo Museum, and the popularity of the Palais Galliera and the Catacombes, they’ve broken records. And if you’ve tried to get a ticket for the Catacombes — which now ONLY allow for tickets to be pre-purchased online for a shocking €29 in advance and €18 if it’s for the same day – you’ll understand why that’s not necessarily a good thing.

According to an interview in the Journal des Arts, Des Cars plans on enacting several other new measures focusing on the comfort of the visitors and museum staff alike. In addition to limiting the number of daily visitors to the previously-mentioned 30k max each day, she also plans on adding a fourth entrance, possibly on the east side of the museum (closest to the Louvre-Rivoli metro station). This would alleviate the lines that form outside the Pyramid entrance, which was built to accommodate the approximately four million annual visitors to the Louvre when it was opened in 1989.

Finally, she’s considering opening the museum each night until 7pm (instead of the current 6pm plus Friday nocturnal openings) in an effort to attract more Parisians back to the museum, which helps disperse the visitors to the lesser-known works and also ensures the museum still has visitors when international travel takes a hit, such as during the pandemic.  

None of this should come as a surprise if you’ve been following the news since Des Cars became the Louvre’s first female director in September 2021. “We have to be open a little later in the day if we want young working people to come,” she said in an interview that year in The Guardian. And a year ago in Le Monde she explained that “Visitors should feel good and not in a state of stress” due to the long lines, confusing signage, and bottlenecks around the most popular artworks. “Many visitors have bad memories.”

So now we’ll just have to wait and see what she manages to accomplish over the next few years as France’s visitor numbers creep back up to pre-pandemic numbers (the Louvre already had 7.8 million visitors in 2022).

Tips for Visiting the Louvre

Maybe…don’t?

Make sure you really want to go. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But I can tell you from over a dozen years of being a tour guide that most people visit the Louvre because they think they “should”, because someone is dragging them along, or because they’re traveling with a group and don’t have a choice.

If you need someone’s permission to tell you NOT to go, you can have mine. If there were fewer miserable people in the Louvre, everyone would be happier (there’s a food court and shopping mall — the Carrousel du Louvre — attached to the Louvre for those of you who would rather chill while your travel companions are inside).

Having said that, I think most people, even those who already really want to go, would benefit from reading up a bit in advance to focus on which artworks or rooms might actually make you excited enough to weather the inevitable crowds with a smile. If the Mona Lisa “disappoints” some visitors (not big enough, apparently), there are plenty of others that have the opposite effect. Have fun hunting them down, and when in doubt, check out Napoléon III’s apartments.

Napoléon IIIs Apartments at the Louvre
Napoléon IIIs Apartments

Louvre Tickets: Buy in Advance

While it’s not (yet) absolutely required, the Louvre highly recommends you purchase a ticket in advance if you want to be guaranteed entry to the museum. The exception is Paris Museum Pass holders, who MUST purchase a timed entry ticket in advance (you can do this before you’ve purchased your museum pass; in fact it’s a good idea to make sure there’s a slot open before you pay for the pass).

Also, if you already have a ticket you have three different entrances you can use: the Pyramid, the Carrousel du Louvre, and — my favorite — the Porte des Lions (see image below). Those without tickets have to use the Pyramid entrance.

screenshot of Louvre entrances

Strangely, the English version of the visitors’ page says “Due to a technical problem, the online ticket office is temporarily suspended”:

Wrong info in English
Misinformation (they probably just forgot to update it)

However if you actually click on the green “Tickets” button at the top right of the screen, you can indeed purchase tickets online:

Ticket screen for Louvre
Screenshot of the ticket reservations page.

Tickets are €17 if purchased in advance online, and €15 at the door for same-day entry if there’s space. Anyone under 18 is free (under 26 if you’re an EU member resident). It’s also free for everyone on July 14th.

Opening Hours: No Changes Yet

For now, opening hours remain 9am-6pm daily except Tuesdays, with Friday night opening until 9:45pm. The museum is also closed on January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.

Don’t Forget to Check Room Closures

If you have your heart set on a specific artwork or room in the Louvre (which, honestly, makes it a lot nicer to visit), you should check up on the daily schedule of closures and partial closures updated regularly before you decide on the day you want to visit.


By Roisin Breen

EENK was founded by designer, Hyemee Lee who has an exciting and diverse background as a designer. With a career spanning womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, textile, and accessories, her designs have no boundaries within fashion categories and naturally reflect her extensive experiences as a designer.

Always up for a challenge, Hyemee is forever seeking new adventures, and her never-ending curiosity and passion directs her in her unexpected, unconventional approach to fashion. Hyemee sat down with Crash to talk all things EENK during her participation in the KOCCA Mataverse Fashion Festival. Discover her showcase now at the official website: www.kmff2022.com

@eenk_official

Talk to us about your most recent collection…

For SS2/23 we presented our first solo show in Paris with the theme World Wild West, inspired by the pioneering spirit of the old wild west as a metaphor for exploring uncharted territory across the globe. The collection consists of colors and patterns inspired by the sunset, bold silhouettes from a romantic and relaxed mood, and a witty mix-n-match of materials that stirs the imagination, representing iconic western style in a contemporary reinterpretation. Surprisingly Carla Bruni joined the runway with a live performance, which was overwhelming. I’ll never forget the moment.

Where are you based as a brand and why?

Seoul. I majored in fashion at the university and worked for fashion companies in Seoul. It is a city where I have spent over half of my life, and all of my fashion life’s history.

What inspires you to get creative?

Everything I experience inspires me and keeps me creative. What I see, hear, wear, eat, and everyone I meet.

Who do you look up to the most?

I admire everyone who runs their own business and takes charge of the creative process in parallel.

Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to be a fashion designer…

I originally majored in computer science when I entered university and met my roommate, who was majoring in art. Being beside her all the time, I started to think of what I wanted to do for a lifetime. So I impulsively took a test for changing my major in the summer of my first year and decided to transfer my major to fashion design.

What’s your favorite part of the process? 

I love collecting and editing references for the moodboard every season and when I implement the silhouette pattern that I have in mind through the modeling and draping process.

Least favorite part…

There isn’t a particular part that I don’t really like.

What are your aspirations for your brand for the next year…

We are going for another show in Paris this season as a way forward to elevate the brand to grow into a global brand. I’m looking forward to becoming more robust as we grow both inside and out.

Next 5 years…

We have been running through a ‘Letter project’, where we started with A through. We are coming back to A for Archive after the project hits the alphabet Z, to present a brand archive exhibition going through the brand’s history, from A to Z.

Next 20 years?

My ultimate goal is to become the first global house brand based in Korea. Korean designer brands tend to grow older as the designer does, and then disappears after the designer leaves. There is no system yet where the creative director changes and carries on the brand throughout generations as the global house brands do – my goal is to become the first and build that system in Korea.

Selena Gomez has been open about her lupus diagnosis since October 2015, but it seems some “fans” still need to be educated. Recently, the Only Murders in the Building actor shared her skin-care routine on TikTok using products she’s been sent in PR mailers from brands like La Mer, Laneige, Dermalogica, and Tatcha

“PSA I got most of these products free. I ain’t just rolling like that everywhere,” Gomez captioned the video, in which stripped off her makeup (presumably Rare Beauty) and applied a range of treatments to her face and hair. “Use any serum to take off makeup before washing. It breaks it up nicely. Also use a sponge to wipe eyes to treat eyes delicately when removing [makeup].”

She added, “K I’m done pretending I know what I’m [talking] about.” 

While many fans applauded the pop star for keeping it real when it comes to receiving free skin-care products, as well as her level of expertise, some felt the need to criticize the video, particularly Gomez’s slight hand tremor as she applied products like micellar water. Per BuzzFeed, Gomez responded in the comment section of one since-deleted TikTok video, writing, “Lol I shake because of my medication for Lupus. Also, read my disclaimer. I ain’t no pro.”

In 2017, Gomez famously received a kidney transplant from Francia Raisa after battling the chronic autoimmune disease for around three years. According to Page Six, in her documentary series My Mind & Me, she shared a particularly vulnerable moment from 2020, tearfully saying, “it just hurts. Like, in the morning when I wake up, I immediately start crying because it hurts, everything.” 

Lately, it feels like Selena Gomez has been facing criticism from trolls for pretty much everything. On January 10, she seemingly responded to recent body-shaming comments following her appearance at the Golden Globes. “I’m a little bit big right now because I enjoyed myself during the holidays,” she said during an Instagram Live video with her sister Gracie. “But we don’t care.”

Next time you feel the need to poke fun at Selena Gomez — or anyone — I have a suggestion. Don’t.

It used to be if you pulled up any random photo of a person from any point in recent history, their makeup — the tint on the lipsshadow on the eyesarch of the brow — could tell you approximately when that picture was taken. But the beauty trend cycle has become shorter and shorter, to the point where even something as extreme as bleached-out brows has already had several moments in the spotlight during our lifetime. 

“Brow bleaching first became popular in the early ’90s following appearances on the runway via Alexander McQueen and Anna Sui,” says makeup and brow stylist Dani Vincent. “At that time it was a counter-culture and club kid look, and it was even donned by Madonna.” Now, thanks to TikTok, the avant-garde trend has become hot once again — to the point where even you (yes, you!) might be tempted to recreate the look at home. 

You can, of course, go the more temporary (and safer) route of covering up your brows with a mix of concealer and powder to mimic the bleached eyebrow effect. But if you’re determined to go all in, please leave the actual bleaching to the pros. Then, follow these at-home care tips to ensure your eyebrow experimentation doesn’t turn into a permanent disappearing act.


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The Effects of Bleach on Skin and Brow Hair

Similar to bleaching the hair on your scalp, bleaching your brows comes with the potential for adverse side effects. At the end of the day, bleach is a caustic chemical, meaning that it can burn the skin, board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara explains. “Bleach can cause irritation, inflammation, swelling, discoloration, and can damage the hair making it more brittle,” she tells Allure. “Eyebrow and eye skin, in general, are particularly susceptible to the above.” There’s also a risk of the solution accidentally making it into your eyes, which, as I’m sure you can guess, would hurt a lot. 

Not convinced? Even if you’re careful enough to avoid dripping bleach into your eyes, you could end up doing serious damage to your brows. “Ingredients used to bleach the hair [that include] high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can cause serious burns,” New York City-based dermatologist Michelle Henry previously told Allure. “If the solution is too strong, brows and hair can be damaged. Significant burns can also cause permanent hair loss. Even when done appropriately, the process can dry and damage the hair, making it more prone to breakage.”

Latinx-owned hair-care brand Ceremonia hit it out of the park with this nourishing Aceite de Moska scalp oil that magnifies shine, clears scalp debris, and combats frizz. It treats hair from scalp to ends, with a mix of powerful, natural oils including Mexican chia seed oil, maracujá oil, castor oil, and açaí oil. 

JVN Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil

Bread Beauty Supply Macadamia Oil

Due to a certain level of star power, JVN is already a fan-favorite in the hair-care space, so it’s not a surprise that we adore the Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil, which is free from harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can potentially damage the hair and scalp. Sugarcane-derived hemisqualane, rosemary extract, turmeric, moringa seed oil, and basic root extract work in conjunction to minimize hair loss, stimulate the scalp, and ​​improve hair health over time. You’ll be crying Queer Eye-level tears when you see how soft and shiny your hair looks after application. 

Bread Beauty Supply‘s Macadamia Oil is a Best of Beauty winner for a multitude of reasons, the main one being its ability to deeply penetrate the hair shaft and nourish hair from within. This gloss is considered a “light” oil that’s easily absorbable and non-greasy, making it ideal for all hair types. It’s rich in triglycerides and Kakadu plum oil, which can help to moisturize, repair, and strengthen the hair, while also adding shine. 

Ranavat Fortifying Hair Serum

Crown Affair The Hair Oil

For thousands of years, Indian women have used hair oil massages to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, which in turn promotes hair growth and healthier, longer hair. This Fortifying Hair Serum from Ranavat, the first south Asian-founded Ayurvedic skin-care brand to launch at Sephora, contains only three ingredients — amla extract to support hair follicle repair for healthier hair, jasmine oil to fight dandruff and sunflower oil to restore hydration. 

Made from just five ingredients, including tsubaki and meadowfoam seed oils, Crown Affair’s The Hair Oil provides intense moisture, enhances shine, and fortifies and smoothens hair fibers for optimal hair health. This product is best used as a pre-shampoo oil but can also be used as a leave-in conditioner or a styling oil. 

Augustinus Bader The Hair Oil

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

While it may err on the pricier side, this luxury pick from Augustinus Bader, simply dubbed The Hair Oil, is a miracle product for anyone struggling with dry, damaged, or brittle hair. Formulated with the brand’s proprietary TFC8 technology, which is a combination of natural oils, vitamins, and amino acids, this hair oil helps to nourish and strengthen the hair, while also protecting it from damage. Our tester called this oil the “superstar product of the entire [Augustinus Bader hair-care] range” as well as billing it as one of the best hair oils she’d tried, period. “It was intensely conditioning and moisturizing, leaving my curls feeling both soft and strong,” she summarized.

Allure: Could you speak to the charitable aspect of the collaboration? Why was that an important piece of the partnership for you?

QC: Paul Mitchell asked me to send a list of different nonprofit organizations that really align with me and my work. I think it’s so cool because a lot of brands don’t take the initiative to go out of their way to make sure that their money is also being put in a place that is also creating change.

I think it’s really important to have a charitable component when you’re working with me because I represent a full community. And I come with a lot, not just my image. I come with my voice, my power, and my advocacy work. That’s really important to me. And the thing is, I didn’t have to ask. They asked me. And that was when I realized that this partnership was going to be way more genuine and, honestly, beautiful because I just felt like I didn’t need to do the extra work.

Allure: I’d love to hear a little bit about your own hair rituals growing up. Are there any hair-related traditions in your family?

QC: For my people, in my culture and many Native American cultures, we’ve always had long hair and practiced different styles of braiding, or even had different styles of buns, and all kinds of different hairstyles. 

The three strands [of a braid] represent mind, body, and spirit. And when you’re braiding, you’re connecting your mind, body, and spirit, and you’re connecting yourself to your ancestors, your wisdom because your hair carries all of the years of wisdom with you. And when someone passes away in your family or something tragic happens and you cut your hair out of grief, that’s just cutting off that extra weight of the loss and the hurt and all of the years of knowing that person. That was a tactic of grief, cutting your hair and growing new hair for a new journey.

Allure: What does your hair-care routine look like today?

QC: I wash with Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner, brush it out with a detangling comb, then air-dry [after using] Super Skinny Relaxing Balm. And sometimes I braid my hair in different styles. For my Met Gala [look] in May, I had a really big, cool, thick, side braid with my feathers attached to it. I had multiple braids, two little braids underneath the big, thick one. And I kept those two little braids in for I think a week after the Met Gala, [even when] I washed my hair, my little braids stayed in really well. 

When the clock strikes midnight, reach for your darkest, most dramatic lipstick and channel Taylor Swift. The musician, who continues to promote her latest album Midnights and the forthcoming Eras Tour just released the video for the single “Lavender Laze,” and she’s definitely leaning all the way into the romantic goth beauty trend.

In the opening scenes of the video, we see a more stripped-down Swift laying in bed with her partner. He’s snoozing soundly but she’s wide awake, wearing a subtle purple-gray eye to match the tone of the video; her hair is long and straight with her signature bangs perfectly in place. As the titular lavender haze begins to fill the room, Swift transforms.

First, we see the star in a purple Mongolian lamb coat and matching sparkly purple smoky eye with her hair in ’70s singer-songwriter waves, and then she submerges herself completely in purple-tinted waters, meant to symbolize the early stages of love and bliss. Her hair is soaked, but her dark burgundy lipstick looks pristine, as does her pale lilac shadow and deep black eyeliner. It’s glam. It’s romance. It’s a little bit goth. It’s a great look for Swift; she’s a big red lipstick fan but doesn’t often wear richer, darker reds. When the video ends, Swift is again seen as her more stripped-down self wearing just a hint of eye makeup and undone waves and floating on clouds of romantic joy.

Taylor Swift Productions & Revolution Pictures

Are we talking about OMITB 3 or, as one fan suggested, a new album? “SG3 IS ON THE WAY,” the fan replied, while another asked, “3 days? 3 weeks? 3 months? 3 years? 3 decades? 3 centuries? 3 millenniums?” 

Another fan wrote, “She loves leaving us in suspense with these cryptic messages, doesn’t she? Did she go blonde again?” 

In November 2022, Selena Gomez told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that her new album was “getting there.”

“If I’m being completely honest, which I have been, it’s been really difficult. I’m really used to going into a setting with the same people in my circle and just banging out music,” Gomez said at the time. “I’m now telling stories that people don’t know. People I’ve dated that people don’t know, experiences I’ve had that people don’t know. I created this whole private life that was just mine. And I feel like now I have to tell these stories. And people are gonna ask a lot of questions.”

Honestly, we already are!

This story originally appeared on glamour.com.  


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By Roisin Breen

Aime developed a passion for music and literature at a very young age, learning the guitar at the age of 11, then writing and producing his first songs as a teenager. He made the jump to dedicate himself completely to performance and music after numerous encounters and travels developing his artistic vision whilst living in Los Angeles and Berlin. He is a cathartic artist who commits himself fully to his art,. his visceral drive to emerge from the shadows and into the light is what drives him, with a consuming desire to give his music even more grace. His debut album Say Yes Say No in 2020, featuring the singles In This Dark Time (currently in sync in the Netflix series Elite,) and Shining Light, accumulated over 5M streams between them.

Next Friday, 3rd February, Aime Simone will be live in concert at the Fondation Louis Vuitton as part of a nocturnal series organized by SUPER! 

To discover more and purchase tickets, please visit www.foundationlouisvuitton.fr

@aime.simone

Images courtesy of Sonja Fix.

Name a more decadent, luxurious skin-care product than a facial oil — we’ll wait. Whether it’s concocted from a base of rosehip, argan, marula, or blue tansy oils (among many others), nothing feels more moisturizing and restorative than one of the best face oils on the market. Rich facial oils are suitable for most skin types — yes, even if you have combination, oily, and/or acne-prone skin —  and incorporating them into your daily skin-care routine is one of the best things you can do for your complexion. In the short term, you can expect an off-the-charts level of glow. And with continued use? Healthy, plump, and happier skin.

Connecticut-based board-certified dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD loves a good facial oil and has a few opinions on them. “The key when using pure facial oil is to use a little bit. That bottle should last you months because a little really goes a long way,” she says. A pure facial oil means that there are no added ingredients like fragrance, however, there are other oils on the market that have added active ingredients like acids to help with acne, fine lines, and other concerns.

And remember: Face oils aren’t like other types of moisturizers, like creams and lotions. Despite how they’re sometimes named or marketed, they don’t hydrate — but because they stay on the surface of the skin, they help seal in the hydration and ingredients of anything else you’ve already applied. Cosmetic chemist Nick Dindio previously explained to Allure that the skin’s lipids can be stripped away and cause dryness. “Oils can help replenish this lipid layer that is stripped away to moisturize the skin,” he says. “A strong skin barrier will prevent water from escaping, therefore keeping the skin hydrated.”

This leads us to a world of options when it comes to facial oils, meaning there’s something for every skin type: acne-prone, oily, dry, and even sensitive skin. Just like oil, we have you covered — below, check out the best face oils. (Dry skin, who?)

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