What a time to be alive...and obsessed with beauty. We may be in the midst of winter, but a roster of new hair and makeup offerings are transforming our cold-spell-battered skin and staticky strands like never before. Whether you're up for turning back the hands of time with Derek Zoolander, contour sans the bronze, or give your dirty hair new life, these products have got you.
A wise male model once told me, "Youth is 1% inspiration and 99% not being old." It stuck, but I'm still doing what I can to repress my yet-to-be-formed wrinkles. The essentials come courtesy of Kiehl's limited edition, Derek-Zoolander-emblazoned box set featuring three of their most popular skin potions: the Daily Reviving Concentrate, Super Multi Corrective Cream, and Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
The Ridiculously Youthful Collection, $26; kiehls.com.
Earlier this week I went to a launch event for Lanvin's latest sweet-smelling offering at the French fashion house's magical Madison avenue boutique. On hand were the very blooms used to formulate this addicting fruity-meets-floral notes. It's for sure my new spring scent.
Lanvin Éclat de Fleurs Parfum, $85 for 1.7 oz; shop.nordstrom.com.
Back in October, we co-announced Zac Posen's foray into beauty with MAC and since then I've been champing at the bit to get my hands on the goods, which includes a cat-eye-perfecting eyeliner pen, dusty jewel-toned shadow palette, cheek-carving blush/bronzer combo, and feather-soft makeup brushes (including our beloved kabuki). Posen is a master and these sumptuous pigments/tools cost a fraction of one of his gowns and will make you feel like Marilyn Monroe.
Zac Posen for MAC Collection drops February 24
If you're familiar with the sun-kissed powers of Benefit's best-selling Hoola Bronzing Powder, you're going to be a fool for their new soft-matte liquid bronzer. It's super lightweight, melty, and buildable for a natural contour (even if you're pale AF like me). Plus, it smells like a members only beach.
Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola Matte Liquid Bronzer, $28; ulta.com.
For the Italian fashion's second fragrance, creative director Jeremy Scott wanted to juxtapose the mundane products of everyday (you know, like a bottle of Windex) with luxury. The bouquet itself isn't as cheeky as the packaging, but still packs punch with top notes of mandarin and bergamot married with juicy raspberry.
Moschino Fresh Couture, $82; moschino.com.
RMS hails its new multi-tasker as a "holy grail" product and not for nothing. The shimmery rose gold hue pigment can be blended for the lips, cheeks, eyes, or as a highlighter for a candlelit effect.
RMS Beauty Master Mixer, $38; beautylish.com.
When it comes to dry shampoo, you really can have too much of a good thing, which is why we're loving Shu Uemura's new 2-in-1 dry shampoo formulated with micro-fine powders to ensure there is no residue or unsavory texture left behind. In other words, you don't have to worry about rocking the George Washington look.
Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner, $39; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.
I used to gel my curls with L.A. Looks back in middle school, but since then I've sworn off the stuff. That is, until Bumble and bumble's new gel-oil hybrid landed on my desk. It's endlessly fun to play with, but more importantly the brand's HydraSculpt gel teamed with lush Brazilian oils are a serious frizz-fighting combination. I added some to my everyday curl cream and it made my color processed ringlets waaay more defined. Curly girls, try it.
Bumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil, $34; birchbox.com.
If you don't trust yourself to contour the painterly way, you can literally sculpt your cheekbones pigment-free with this highlight concentrated collagen and peptide formula that helps preserve skin elasticity while keeping it drowned in moisture.
Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream, $60; sephora.com.
Tom Ford has officially launched his spring line and while the entire thing is glorious, I've entered an exclusive relationship with his new lip color pens (especially Red Corset). With the staying power of a lip stain and finish of a gloss, they're the best of two equally-important worlds.
Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color, $52; nordstrom.com.
Just as obsessed with Jen Atkin's work as the next Kardashian, naturally I wanted all her secrets in product form. Her new haircare line QUAI is as chic-looking as it is effective for cool-girl texture and bringing damaged hair back to life. See her tips for how Hollywood stars keep their hair from getting destroyed here.
Shop QUAI Haircare at theouai.com.