“Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power” at The Jewish Museum

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Helena Rubinstein’s birthdate was December 25, 1872, so I thought I’d share this vintage advertisement (featuring Madame Rubinstein herself!) and a reminder that the Jewish Museum’s exhibition about Rubinstein continues through March 22. I highly recommend it—it gives a detailed and lively look at the career of this one-of-a-kind cosmetics entrepreneur, art collector, and philanthropist. You can read more of my thoughts on the exhibition here, at Biography.com.

For more information about the show, visit the Jewish Museum’s website.

Image via the Jewish Museum.

Grand Opening of 942 Summit, Jersey City: Tea! Gluten-Free Desserts! Natural Bath & Body Products!

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Sorry about all those exclamation points… I’m just a little (well, a lot!) excited about a new business venture that has opened in Jersey City, New Jersey, where I happen to live. Jersey City lies directly across the river from Manhattan, and I love our section of town for its (relative) affordability, its diversity, its neighborhood feeling, and its total lack of pretense. All the same, I sometimes wish I could shop locally for “green” toiletries and healthy artisanal foods, rather than bringing them home from Manhattan.

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Barneys Beauty Event, September 2014 — with photo

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It’s that time of year again: Barneys is holding its semi-annual “bag event,” when you can receive a “gift with purchase” with your purchase of fragrance or beauty products.

Here’s the official information for the Fall 2014 event…

September 10th-14th:
With your purchase/preorder of $200 and up, you get this bag including the items (full and deluxe) shown below.

Click through for a photo of the gift bag’s contents:

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August 2014 Guerlain Makeover

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Last Friday I went to Bergdorf Goodman and had my makeup applied by one of Guerlain’s regional makeup artists. Her name was Jessica Mayo. She was friendly and sweet, and she expertly selected shades that really worked for my coloring and then taught me some skincare and application tips. When we were finished, she filled out the above face-chart for me. Obviously, I can’t buy everything on that list, but I did make a small purchase or two. Reviews of these products to follow soon!

Summer Sale: Mullein & Sparrow

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I wrote about Mullein & Sparrow, an all-natural skincare company based in New York, over a year ago when I visited a craft market, and I reviewed one of their products here. I’ve been following the brand’s doings ever since.

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And here’s some good news: Mullein & Sparrow is having a summer sale on all its products through June 30, 2014. You can get 20% off all orders with the code SUMMER at check out. United States orders over $75 ship free.

To shop at the Mullein & Sparrow website, you can click the floral image above, or here.

(Full disclosure: this is an affiliate link. I’ve shopped with M&S before, and I really do like their products.)

Alexis Karl’s Mythological Evolution, A Multimedia Exhibition

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Last weekend I paid a visit to the gallery space Warehouse 623 in Brooklyn to catch Alexis Karl’s multimedia exhibition “Mythological Evolution” before it closed. I’ve known Alexis for eight years or so. We first met when she was presenting her fragrance line Scent by Alexis at Henri Bendel, and I was immediately charmed by her fragrances and her overall style.

This exhibition, which ran from May 3 through May 24, brought together Alexis’ work in sculpture, painting, video, music, and fragrance. Its conceit was an alternative theory of evolution that involved lots of ruined (and re-emerging) civilizations, hybrid beings, and otherworldly transformations.

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