New eyelashes, new hair products, new fragrances— say goodbye to the old and hello to the new treats in beauty.
by Anne Marie Guarnieri and Lesley Mckenzie
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Pierre Michael Salon; Monika Crouch; L’Artisan Parfumeur’s classic Mûre et Musc; Aquarian Roses perfume by Alexandra Balahoutis; Neil George Salon hair products.
LASHES IN A FLASH
If you love the look of luscious lashes and are willing to go to extra lengths (so to speak) to get them, head to the Pierre Michel Salon for eyelash extensions. Put yourself in the gentle hands of aesthetician Monika Crouch, who in just over an hour applies an entire set of individual customized silk lashes to your own, creating a dramatic yet natural effect. For peepers this glamorous, we didn’t even bat an eye at the price: $350 for a set that lasts about three months; two- to three-week touch-ups start at $100. Pierre Michel Salon, 131 East 57th Street, 212-755-9500; pierremichelbeauty.com.—LESLEY MCKENZIE
BY GEORGE, IT’S THE HAIR
Since 2005 bicoastal Gothamites have been flocking to LA’s Neil George Salon for Neil Weisberg and Amanda George’s special combination of British charm and California cool (the duo worked in London but didn’t meet until they’d moved out West). Though an NYC outpost isn’t currently in the cards, the salon’s amazingly addictive products are now available here. In addition to cleansing and illuminating shampoos and conditioners, look for detangling spray, volumizing spray, and Indian gooseberry treatment oil, all launching this month (from $20). Available at Space NK, 99 Greene Street, 212-941-4200; 217 Columbus Avenue, 212-362-2840. —ANNE-MARIE GUARNIERI
FRAGRANCES OF THE MONTH
Botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis of Strange Invisible Perfumes has just launched a trio of expertly crafted florals perfect for the season: Aquarian Roses, Epic Gardenia, and Urban Lily. All smell incredibly true to nature (no doubt due to the high-quality essences Balahoutis insists on using in all her fragrances), but it’s the freewheeling, Ladies of the Canyon quality of Aquarian Roses ($175) that’s particularly enticing. Available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, 212-826-8900.
Tart-y, jam-y, and a touch animalic, L’Artisan Parfumeur’s classic Mûre et Musc celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gorgeously ornate limited-edition bottle ($135). Though its heart is its blackberry note, what keeps Mûre et Musc from becoming too syrupy or adolescent is a generous allotment of resin-y oakmoss and patchouli. Also available: Mûre et Musc Extrait de Parfum ($280), a richer, more concentrated version of the original. Available at L’Artisan Parfumeur stores citywide.—A.M.G.
photograph by Erin Gillis (AQUARIAN ROSES)
Cover shoot: May/June 2014 issue of Gotham magazine.