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Give Your Makeup Routine a Cleanse: Effective Natural Beauty Products to Adopt

Our fridges are stocked with cold-pressed juice. Our Pinterest board is compiled with healthy recipes. With the promise of a fresh start, the new year always inspires a renewed resolve to live our best lives—or a life like Gwyneth’s. And along with upgrading our diet, it’s time to take a good, hard look inside our makeup bags.

Natural Beauty products at Nordstrom

The beauty industry has been quietly undergoing a natural revolution—but put aside thoughts of your hippy aunt’s patchouli-scented lip balm. Natural beauty products, ones that are completely phthalate-free, paraben-free and sulfate-free, are now just as innovative, effective and luxurious as their mainstream counterparts.

We’ve put together a slideshow of some of our favorite, most groundbreaking natural products to jump-start your beauty routine this year.

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ALL POSTS Beauty Interviews

Laura Mercier Celebrates 20 Years in Beauty and Talks Bloggers, ’80s Blush Colors and Baking

Industry icon Laura Mercier‘s French accent is as smooth as her widely worshiped translucent powder. When we spoke with her at the 20th anniversary celebration for her cosmetics line, her voice lilted musically as she reflected sincerely and serenely on her two decades in the business.

As a sought-after makeup artist turned beauty maven, Laura Mercier has developed a successful global line with a devoted following; many of her signature products have become the industry gold standard—her tinted moisturizer has a spot in most pros’ bags. In a candid conversation, Mercier shared a sliver of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her achievements, including the beauty trends she’s glad to see fade, the ones she’s embracing and how bloggers have revolutionized the industry.

Laura Mercier and Garance Dore

Laura Mercier with fashion blogger and photographer Garance Doré

What have been some of the biggest changes in the beauty industry in the past 20 years?

Today it’s obviously social media, pop culture, reality TV that’s really influencing the beauty industry more than anything. You no longer can talk to people the way you used to. Even advertisements are done differently. I mean, bloggers! We were laughing at the beginning, like,“Oh my God, do they think they are beauty editors?” We didn’t take it seriously. And look at it now. They are the biggest influencers. And we have great ones! So it’s like a new generation, new culture, almost, in the beauty industry. I talk about it as a culture.

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Interviews Style

Kate Moss, Skinny Scarves and the British Rock Family with Equipment’s Head of Creative

Cool girls are also very busy girls. So having a couple of sharp essentials can make dressing in the morning so much more of a breeze. Open a well-dressed, well-connected woman’s closet and you’ll likely see a couple of Equipment silk shirts among her go-to pieces.

It’s no surprise, then, that ultimate cool girl Kate Moss has teamed up with the Parisian label to bring her brand of British rock ‘n’ roll edge to their fall collection.

Kate Moss for Equipment

We chatted with Brett Ramey, head of creative at Equipment and a close personal friend of Kate’s, about the inspiration for the collection, how to style skinny scarves for fall and what makes Kate so great.

 Kate Moss X Equipment

We love the combination of modern French elegance and British cool in the Kate Moss x Equipment partnership. How did it come about?

Kate and I became friends through her agent several years ago. We were working with Daria [Werbowy] (she did that series of self-portraits), and the natural evolution was to have Daria photograph someone else, and there really wasn’t anyone else that made sense other than Kate. So we called Kate and asked, “Do you want to do this?” and then the campaign evolved into a collection. Really Daria was our joining force.

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Beauty Style

AGOLDE Nail Events with Miniature Art Master Mei Kawajiri

Mei Kawajiri is into fingernails the way Michelangelo was into marble muscles. Trained in Japan and currently making house calls to some of New York’s most illustrious bloggers, It girls and fashion photographers, Mei has taken full advantage of the nail art renaissance that fortuitously coincided with her arrival in the States.

Mei x A GOLD E eventWielding a whisper-thin brush and some techie tools you might be surprised to find in your manicurist’s bag (hello, 3D printing pen), Mei offers clients a unique avant-garde art that includes not only an astounding range of freehand illustration but also encompasses the mind-boggling subgenre of nail sculpture—all done on a miniature, moving canvas.

Nail artist Mei KawajiriMei (Instagram @CiaoManhattan2012) has collaborated with Google on finger-themed art for the Android watch (she cheerily points out that when she’s not making art on nails, she’s making art about nails), runway nails for the Nicopanda Fall 2016 show and now she’s lending her talent to the in-store launches of AGOLDE denim at Nordstrom. Impeccable tailoring underpins the artful laid-back vibe of the LA-designed-and-made jeans, making them the perfect pair for the awesomely proficient and gracious Mei.

We chatted with the charming celebrity manicurist at the AGOLDE launch event at our Michigan Avenue store about her tips for keeping your nail art fresh for weeks, her Magic 8 Ball trend predictions and more.

What was the first piece of nail art you did?

I painted fingers on my own nails. 🙂

What is your least favorite nail trend?

I know people love it, but the classic French manicure is just not my cup of tea. I think it makes nails look shorter!

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ALL POSTS Fashion Week

Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runway at Gucci

To embrace Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is to embrace tidy chaos. And that’s easy to do, even for the most buttoned-down of dressers, in part because of Michele’s ability to make an uncanny mix of texture, print, cut and embellishment combine in a single, perfectly styled look. In short, Gucci’s command of maximalist-cool isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Gucci Milan RTW Fall 2016 February 2016Images: InDigital

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Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Marchesa, Michael Kors, DKNY and BOSS

The Downton Abbey influence is in full effect at Marchesa, where this season brought a mesmerizing lineup of Edwardian-inspired gowns.

Marchesa's FW 2016 Collection during NYFW

Images: InDigital

Necklines dripping with jewelry-like beading, layers of tulle rustling with English countryside blooms, gilt embroidery and even a crown or two contributed to the decidedly regal feel of design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s fall show. A plunging column dress trimmed in silver fringe and a crimson-embroidered tulle mermaid gown seem especially likely candidates to walk another very important runway: the red carpet.

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New York Fashion Week Last Looks: Yesterday’s Runways at Opening Ceremony, Diane von Furstenberg, Victoria Beckham and Public School

Opening_Ceremony_114_fw16The trends of yesterday have always proved a endless store of inspiration for the savvy designer; those of the future, not so much. Why? To put it simply, it hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps that’s the reason designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon offered such a successful take on fast-forward fashion: they had the tangible art of visual futurist Syd Mead (of Blade Runner fame) to reference. The duo paid tribute quite literally—with the artist’s work printed atop color-blocked sweatshirts and a runway peppered with inflatable hovercrafts designed by Mead himself—while also taking the opportunity to explore more freely the idea of futuristic ready-to-wear, sans cartoonish construction.

SHOP: current season Opening Ceremony

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