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K-beauty Platform Glow Recipe Launches Namesake Skin-Care Range

NEW YORK — South Korean beauty incubator and e-commerce site Glow Recipe is introducing a namesake line of product.
Until now, the business has been split between discovering South Korean beauty lines and then adapting them for the U.S. market and maintaining e-commerce site Glowrecipe.com to sell these products. But now, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, cofounders and co-chief executive officers of Glow Recipe, are parlaying their expertise in K-beauty into a new multitasking skin-care range, that to start, has two products.
A Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, $45, gel hydrator and exfoliator, and a Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, $34, a deep cleanser, will be launched today at Glowrecipe.com, sephora.com and will enter all Sephora stores in the U.S. June 2. (A prelaunch last week on Glowrecipe.com sold out in five hours, and there’s now a 5,000 person waitlist for the mask.) Both products do double duty or even triple duty in the case of the cleanser, which according to Chang cleanses, moisturizes and even takes on the role of a toner.
Single products that take on multiple characteristics are central to the line, said Chang, who is open about her mission to debunk stereotypes associated with K-beauty — the most common being it takes at

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Credo Founder Shashi Batra, 51, Dies

Shashi Batra, the founder of Credo Beauty and a key player in Sephora’s U.S. success, has died.
Batra, 51, passed away Sunday from an aggressive illness. He is survived by his wife, Victoire, and two daughters.
Professionally, Batra was described by former colleagues as a visionary — and personally, was characterized as a warm, funny, family man.
“Shashi saw the humor in literally everything — it was the primary reason working with him was so wonderful,” said Annie Jackson, vice president of merchandising and planning at Credo. “While he always had a tremendous amount of responsibility, he never took work so seriously that it eclipsed what was important in his life, which was his family. He had a wonderfully optimistic view of the world and managed to face every challenge being able to beautifully articulate the good that would come from whatever hardship we faced.”
“He was funny,” said Betsy Olum, who worked with him at Sephora and maintained a friendship with Batra. “He was fun to be around and very kind, and he loved his family very much.” She described Batra welcoming her into his home during her numerous trips from New York to San Francisco for home-cooked meals. “He was kind enough to always open

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How Beyoncé’s Instagram pregnancy makes her a modern fertility goddess

The latest images from eight months of fabulous photo ops show the singer at her ‘push party’ wearing west African wax prints and a tie-dye bikini, with a henna tattoo on her naked belly

Pregnancy, so they say, is a magical time. And, in a world where nothing happens unless it happens on social media, that translates into nine months of unmissable photo ops. See Beyoncé’s Instagram feed, updated this weekend with images of the singer, about eight months pregnant with twins, at her “push party” (the same as a baby shower but with partners admitted).

Not for her the demure tent dress to skim the bump. Beyoncé wears a skirt made from west African wax prints fabric, a tie-dye bikini, head wrap with flowers, cowrie shell necklace, an armful of bangles and a henna tattoo on her naked belly. The posts look closer to a David Bailey portrait than the average mirror selfie.

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Anyone who loves clothes can be a designer now – just ask Alexa Chung

Like Samantha Cameron and Victoria Beckham, she has no training, but what does that matter? Plus, Barack Obama and Jon Stewart pose an age-old question

Do you have any thoughts on Alexa Chung’s fashion line?
Mike, by email

No. I appreciate this is not an acceptable position for a fashion columnist to take, but it is one I’m happily seizing. It’s so hard to be a contrarian these days, what with even the New York Times now publishing columns by climate change sceptics. How, I thought to myself, can I compete in the controversy stakes with that? Suddenly the answer was obvious: don’t have an opinion at all. After all, I have written so much about Chung – a private citizen – in my career that she would be totally justified in having me up for harassment at this point. So I’ve decided to let this one be.

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Martial Vivot Adds Hair Tools to Men’s Grooming Line

Martial Vivot, hairstylist, salon owner and founder of the self-named men’s grooming line, is expanding his expertise to hair tools.
This month, Vivot introduced a comb, beard brush and moustache comb to his line, which is sold on his web site and in Barneys New York stores. The tools are priced from $30 to $48.
“It’s just something that came up organically,” Vivot said of the tools. “Beards and facial hair are past trend now — [they’re] acceptable and normal to wear no matter what job [you have]. Men are not scared of saying it’s normal for a man to take care of himself.”

Vivot used a manufacturer in France to handcraft his new products out of natural materials such as horn and wood. “Your hair gets static when you comb it with plastic,” Vivot said. “We see many tools [at the salon], but the fact that I was able to touch base with this amazing company who has been doing tools since 1875 — I didn’t want to miss [out]. It goes very well with the way we approach men’s grooming at the salon — we didn’t go through some [flimsy] company and order the combs and brush.”
The tools are available on Vivot’s

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Haley Bennett Discusses Chloé Perfume, Acting and Fashion

PARIS — Haley Bennett is the latest embodiment of the Chloé signature women’s fragrance, which turns 10 this year.
The American actress made her movie debut in “Music and Lyrics” in 2007 and subsequently acted in films such as “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Girl on the Train,” both from 2016.
“It’s an honor to be a part of the Chloé journey and its legacy,” she said.
Bennett is no stranger to the Chloé brand. “I remember digging through my mother’s closet and looking at her beautiful frocks, and seeing this iconic emblem that said ‘Chloé,’” she told WWD. “It just struck a chord with me.
“I just love the story of how Gaby [Aghion] was a woman before her time. She was an immigrant to Paris and a pioneer of ready-to-wear. When women were quite restrained and formal, she introduced this beautiful alternative that didn’t cost the women luxury or style,” said Bennett. “I’ve always loved this philosophy. My mother was a working woman, and so it makes sense now to me, as a [working] woman myself, why she would be drawn to Chloé.”
Perfume has long been important to Bennett. “For me, fragrance is emotional; it’s intimate,” she said. “It’s a deep part of

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Red lipstick on eyes and cheeks

Follow Kenzo’s Studio 54-inspired styling all the way, or shade with blusher and eyeshadow

This season red lipstick isn’t just to sex up a pout. At Kenzo, their all-red make-up look was inspired by Studio 54’s divas, and created by blending lipstick across the eyes and cheeks with a clever little blush. This is disco beauty, meant to be worn with attitude under spotlights and spinning balls, but if you fancy just dipping a toe into the trend, start with a bold blusher or slash of reddish eyeshadow.

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Demure drama: Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress deconstructed

Choosing edgy designer Giles Deacon to create traditional gown results in elegant but unconventional bridal look

The Middleton sisters have established an effective formula in choosing wedding dresses. Choose an edgy designer, and commission them to create a fairly traditional gown. It works a treat, resulting in a bridal look which is elegant without being conventional, high-taste but not too avant garde.

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