Interviews

Shelley Callaghan Antica Farmacista

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Co-founders of the luxury (and just downright dreamy) home and body fragrance brand Antica Farmacista, Susanne Pruitt and Shelley Callaghan are moms, successful businesswomen and delightful human beings. They spent some time telling us all about their Mother’s Day traditions, the benefits of a good bottle of wine and what’s new that has them excited.

THE BEST MOM’S DAY GIFTS AND KEYS TO RELAXATION

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Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of AERIN and style and image director at Estée Lauder, spent some time sharing a peek into her perfumed world. A lover of art, travel and easy refinement, Aerin pours herself into her luxury lifestyle brand and believes that living beautifully should be effortless. See some of the ways she brings that philosophy to life.

SEE MORE FROM AERIN IN OUR MINI Q&A

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Clyde Johnson La Mer

As the executive director of education at La Mer, it’s Clyde Johnson’s job (and passion) to know everything there is to know about what’s best for your skin and how to achieve the results you’re looking for. We spent some time chatting (we really could have gone on all day) with Johnson about everything from rebooting your beauty regimen for the best possible outcomes to the science behind making the trademarked Miracle Broth, which goes into all La Mer products, so incredible and effective. Hint: the sound of rare kelp undergoing metamorphosis is vital to the process.

FIND YOUR “ME” MOMENTS AND GET BEAUTIFUL SKIN WITH MORE FROM CLYDE JOHNSON

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For our spring 2016 beauty trends photoshoot, we tapped the genius Kali Kennedy to work her magic on our models. When this California native wasn’t waving her beauty wands or taking selfies with just about everyone on set, she took some time to tell us about how she got into makeup artistry, her best makeup advice and what it’s like living and breathing beauty. Get to know Kali Kennedy–a force of positivity who takes a refreshing approach to her craft.

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YOUR BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY
Every unique feature you have is something that nobody else possesses, and those features are what make you beautiful–that freckly skin, big brows or whatever. You can’t not love the beautiful parts about you that make you unique. I tell people they’re beautiful every day, and I mean it. Everybody needs to be told that they’re beautiful, because they are.

 

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GET KALI’S BEAUTY ADVICE AND MORE ON-SET WORDS OF WISDOM

 

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Back when it all started in 2010, GLAMGLOW was so exclusive it didn’t have a name and could be found only in mysterious plain containers at sound stages across Hollywood for use solely by makeup artists. With a cult following of celebrities who appreciated its ability to produce camera-ready skin in no time, word of mouth among industry insiders quickly reached the public and grew this “magic mud” into the super-popular line of treatments and cleansers we thankfully all have access to today.

Founders Glenn and Shannon Dellimore gave us some time to talk about their brand’s beginnings, which mud is right for any skin concern and their favorite places in Los Angeles, which they call home.

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What’s the story behind GLAMGLOW? How did it all get started?
GLAMGLOW was born when Shannon and I were at a dinner party in the Hollywood Hills. That night, an actor friend confided he could not find a product to make his skin camera-ready in minutes—a product that could instantly refine pores, diminish visible imperfections, reduce fine lines and produce a noticeable glow that lasted for days. This became a topic of conversation and the verdict among fellow actors was unanimous. There was not a convenient, easy-to-use skin care product designed for instant camera-ready skin. With no background in skin care we set out to create a unique treatment for our friends armed with our imagination and a handful of willing celebrity test subjects. Extensive research led us to create a revolutionary formula that exceeded all expectations.

GET GLAMGLOW FOUNDERS’ PICKS FOR YOUR SKIN AND THEIR FAVORITE PLACES IN L.A.

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Right now everyone’s talking about a “new year, new you.” While that makes for some catchy ad copy, there’s really no way—no matter what you do—to start over and get a new you. We’re all, each one of us, stuck with ourselves. But there’s liberating hope! Just take a deep breath and try working toward the possible, achievable goal of a new year, a better you … one day (even just one baby step) at a time.

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That’s what Dawn Russell, creator of 8G Greens Superfood Supplement, aims for—even if she does end up grabbing something from her favorite burger joint, In-N-Out. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 25, Russell started writing a new chapter in her book of life and began her wellness journey. Of all that she learned along the way to remission, she decided to take her knowledge of—and life-changing experience with—nutrient-dense foods and come up with a way to share it with everyone.

Now a business owner, mother of two and avid racecar driver, Russell is offering the results of many years of research and development with her nutritional supplement that packs a ton of greens and vitamins into one tablet that effervesces in water and makes boosting your daily intake of greens a whole lot easier. (Baby step #1.) Not to mention it’s lemon flavored!

Russell gave us some time to talk about everything from the importance of each green in the supplement to her favorite wellness resources and her secret for a happy, healthy life.

SEE DAWN’S SECRETS, FAVORITE RECIPES AND WHERE SHE ESCAPES TO FEEL BETTER

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‘Tis the season for mulled wine, cozy slippers, long books and drying out like a prune. Even in our native Northwest with all its recent rain, we can’t get away from the skin irritation, dryness and breakouts that come like clockwork with December. So when we heard Kate Somerville, skincare expert for more than 20 years and industry pioneer, was going to be in Seattle, we couldn’t let her leave without asking a few survival questions and gleaning year-round skin-saving insight.

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Winter is here and with it holiday travels. For those of us traveling to (or stuck for good in) harsher climates, how can we defend our skin?
Airplanes are so brutal. They just suck every bit of hydration out of you. Try not to wear makeup if it’s a long flight. I really recommend taking the Dermal Quench on your flight, along with the moisturizer that’s right for your skin. If you have a lot of oils, you’ll want to go oil-free. If you have normal skin, use our Age Arrest. Nordstrom is also launching our KateCeuticals line soon, which is really geared for dry skin and mature skin. The moisturizer is Multi-Active Revive. When you get back from wherever you’re going, steam your face. Take a wet washcloth as hot as you can handle and place it over your skin for about five minutes. Or put it over your face in the bath and really allow your skin to steam.

FIND OUT KATE’S SKINCARE RITUALS AND THE HUSH-HUSH PRODUCTS SHE’S LAUNCHING SOON

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

charlotte-tilbury-interview-with-nordstromTalk about gifted. As one of the most in-demand artists in the industry, Charlotte Tilbury pretty much has the Midas touch when it comes to makeup. So, what’s on Charlotte’s list to give and receive this year? We know, we know! (Because she was nice enough to tell us). See what this gifted giver has in store for her family and A-list friends this holiday season.

SEE CHARLOTTE’S FAVES TO GIVE AND RECIEVE

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Beauty, lifestyle, DIY, cooking, vlogging—you’ll find it all coming from the the woman behind Hello Gorgeous, Angela Lanter. She’s a self-made sensation. We love her California-girl style and bright, positive personality. We also love that she used to be an insurance fraud investigator before starting her wildly popular blog, which proves you can grow up to be anything you want—and then do something totally different! Check out Angela on Instagram for outfit inspiration, beauty ideas and special guest appearances from her hubby Matt Lanter.

GET ANGELA’S PICKS AND GIFT ADVICE

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Chanel’s new oil-free moisturizer for sensitive skin, La Solution 10 de Chanel, has arrived at Nordstrom, and the reviews are rave. We spoke with Dr. Amy Wechsler, who collaborated with the iconic fashion house on their latest offering, about the product and why it’s so revolutionary for sensitive skin—and what we can do at home to make our own skin shine.

You are board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. How has that shaped your philosophy and practice?
A lot of patients come for help with their appearance and end up talking about life issues. Skin care can be so emotional. So much of how we think affects how we look, and vice versa. I’ve always believed in a very strong mind-body, and, more specifically, mind-skin connection. There are so many interconnections between the brain and the skin in terms of circulation, neurotransmitters and hormones. Anything that affects our mind, in either a positive or negative way, will definitely affect our skin.

You speak to what you call the mind-beauty connection both in your practice and in your book (of the same title). What are a few small things a woman can do with that mind-body connection to enhance her natural beauty?

Sleep! So many of us are burning the candle at both ends, and sleep deprivation has become the new normal. It causes stress, which can damage the skin and worsen skin conditions. While you sleep, your body repairs the damage of the day, and interrupting sleep by staying up too late or waking up in the middle of the night, slows down cell renewal. When your sleep is synchronized with your body’s natural rhythms, you’ll look better and feel younger.

There are lots of things other than sleep that are anti-stress and anti-inflammatory: exercise, sex, consuming anti-oxidants like red wine and dark chocolate. Seeing a friend face-to-face is anti-stress; getting out and looking at trees and nature for a few minutes a day breaks that stress cycle; deep breathing techniques. It’s different for everyone. For some people it’s yoga, for others it’s music, reading, travel, relationships, going out with your kids.

You’ve said before that it’s important to have an every-day skincare ritual. What, in general, do you recommend?

In the morning, use a gentle, mild cleanser. Follow with moisturizer and sunscreen, I recommend La Solution 10 de Chanel and Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 50. These are great options for people with sensitive skin. Solution 10 is particularly great because you can also use it around the eyes.

In the evening, use an eye makeup remover and then wash your face with a gentle cleanser. I always use a really gentle, mild cleanser. A cleanser should remove the dirt of the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Your skin should never be squeaky clean. If it’s squeaky clean, then you’ve removed the good oils too, which isn’t healthy for skin. Follow with your moisturizer, I recommend moisturizing day and night.

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