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Emerald city: Pantone's Color of the Year

Once known mostly by graphic designers and manufacturing pros, Pantone has infiltrated pop culture with its Color of the Year, chosen by reps from around the world at a hush-hush meeting after much debate.

By CHERYL FENTON  |  January 04, 2013

Opening alert: Aesop

Australia's Aesop is one arty, smarty beauty brand. It doesn't advertise.

By JACQUELINE HOUTON  |  September 28, 2012

Photos: Miss Rhode Island/Miss Teen Rhode Island USA pageant 2012

Brittany Stenovitch earns the title of Miss Rhode Island and Elaine Collado wins Miss Teen Rhode Island on September 9th, 2012.
September 9, 2012 | Park Theatre, Cranston RI
By NATALJA KENT  |  September 14, 2012
Review: A Dangerous Method

Review: A Dangerous Method(1)

Perhaps the three characters in David Cronenberg's handsome, eloquent dramatization of the birth and near demise of psychoanalysis represent the parts of the psyche that the movement would eventually hypothesize.
Cronenberg's dramatization of the rise of psychoanalysis
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 23, 2011

America's next top girlfriend

She's not a model. But that's okay.
By KARL STEVENS  |  October 21, 2011
apollo 18 3

Review: Apollo 18

Officially, the final lunar manned launch was Apollo 17 in 1972. But what if there was another, secret one, and footage from it was "found" somewhere?
López-Gallego's inert thriller
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 09, 2011


Mirror, Mirror on the wall

(Oh, boy ... )
By DAVID KISH  |  April 09, 2010
Moisture management

Moisture management



Creams to combat winter+dry skin 

When temperatures plummet, your ’do needs some pampering, too. Coconut oil is the key player in Bumble + bumble’s Creme de Coco Masque ($30), which also features the moisturizing power of mango, shea, and murumuru butters. Comb the masque through shampooed hair and allow it to marinate for seven minutes or so; wrap locks in a warm towel for an extra-intense treatment. Pick up a tube at Salon Mare (42 Bromfield Street, Boston, 617.426.6273).

By Heather Bouzan  |  January 08, 2009
Green room: EmerginC

Green room: EmerginC


EmerginC — the decade-old line of high-grade,vitamin-packed cosmeceuticals — has cleaned up its act. The bevy of cleansers, toners, masks, and cult favorite Vitamin C serum is now more earth-friendly than ever — inside and out. The potent, free-radical-neutralizing products are free of parabens and lower in petrochemicals, plus they come packaged in earth-friendly paper printed with vegetable-based ink; so you can blast blemishes while saving literal and proverbial face. EmerginC products are available at La Dolce Vita Salon & Day Spa (569 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.266.0141) and Equilibrium Fitness and Spa (50 Congress Street, Boston, 617.228.5129).


By Staff@Night  |  January 06, 2009

Deck The Malls



A holiday-shopping survival kit

We consider a great lip gloss essential any day of the week, but holiday shopping calls for something a bit more protective. Slather lips with Biomimetic Perfect Lip Honey ($19), a no-frills balm by REN Skincare that’s formulated with a biomimetic complex — sounds fancy, makes you pretty — and, for karma points, is environmentally sound. Thick without being sticky (for both protection and kissability), and with a hint of shine (for style), the gloss is available online at

By Heather Bouzan  |  November 29, 2008

Green Room?: Plantlove Makes Natural Beuaty Products

Global warming is affecting more than the climate; it’s also heating up makeup companies, which are cashing in on consumers’ growing desire to be ethical and earth-friendly. Now from the makers of Cargo Cosmetics comes its all-natural, paraben-, and synthetics-free sister, Plantlove. The packaging for this collection of foundation, bronzer, blush, lip, and eye products is a funky, brightly colored psychedelic nod to our flower-power ’60s counterparts — and even the compacts are made from plant-derived plastic, while the lipstick case is made of corn and packaged in a wildflower-seed-embedded box you can moisten and plant. The 100-percent-natural origin blush in rose ($28) is a stellar example of ingredients — karanja oil, argan oil, and grape seed oil — in a pink-tinged powder that softly blends into skin. Pick it up at Sephora (Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.262.4200).

By Staff@Night  |  November 24, 2008

 A Real (Re)Treat?

A Real (Re)Treat?



We’ve always prided ourselves on staying awake during spa treatments. What’s the point of spending time and money on something only to wind up unconscious for its duration? But then we paid a visit to the newly opened Spa at Mandarin Oriental (776 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.535.8820) for their New England Retreat ($260/Monday through Thursday; $280/Friday through Sunday) and all bets were off. Arrive early to take advantage of the spa’s “thermal experiences,” including the Crystal Steam Room, Vitality Pool, ice fountain, and “Experience” shower with touch-screen capabilities. Then, once you’ve left real? world cares behind, head to your treatment room for the nearly two-hour New England Retreat, which features the Mandarin’s signature foot bath, a body scrub, a delecta
By Stuff Boston  |  November 24, 2008

Bad(ass) Hair Day

Bad(ass) Hair Day

Sometimes you just need a little tough love. Like when your hair looks a mess and none of your friends have the heart to tell you that wearing a hat would’ve been a wise choice. For those days, there are Badass Hair products. Created by salon-owner-turned-product-developer Scott Fontana (formerly of Salon Fontana at the Sports Club/LA), the line of nearly 30 shampoos, conditioners, and finishers does everything from pumping up the volume and flattening flyaways to smoothing out-of-control tresses. Our favorites include Up All Night ($21.50), which keeps roots from going limp; Sophistication ($27), which adds polished shine to locks; and Switch ($25), which temporarily takes hair from coarse to smooth. Look for Badass products at the Beauty Mark (33 Charles Street, Boston, 617.720.1555) and By Staff@Night  |  November 14, 2008

So Sweet

So Sweet

Honey-based products that live up to the buzz

Though we sort of expected the luxurious Honey & Lemon Foaming Jelly ($20) to be sticky, it’s anything but. Created with honey from Provence (mais oui, of course), the shower gel works itself into a rich lather that’s quite multi-functional, serving as both shampoo and body wash. The addition of lemon essential oils ensures that hair will rinse shiny and radiant. Find it on shelves — in French it’s “gelee moussante” — at L’Occitane (Prudential Center, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617.536.4289).

By Heather Bouzan  |  November 14, 2008
Asia major

Asia major



Beauty retailers look East for inspiration

We’ve been known to ravage the refrigerated section of our local convenience store on Saturday morning, desperate for thirst-quenching, feel-good-again jugs of green tea. Well, Wei East does us one better with their 16-pack of Intensive Herbal Eye Treatment Pads ($36), steeped in extracts of green tea, Tibetan chrysanthemum, and peppermint. After using them for 10 minutes on closed eyes, we emerge refreshed, de-puffed, and ready to face the brunch table. Stock up at

By Heather Bouzan  |  November 03, 2008
Everyday Experts

Everyday Experts

Beauty advice from people who aren't paid to give it to you

When it comes to your beauty regimen, there are some things you just shouldn’t try at home — like mixing your own concoction of bleach to lighten your jet-black tresses or cutting choppy layers into the back of your own hair. But then there are those seemingly simple tasks that you might be too embarrassed to admit you don’t know how to accomplish. So we called in a few everyday experts to answer some of our most practical — yet pressing — beauty questions. They might man the salon chairs or the makeup counters, but they have beauty tips and tricks that come from their own life experiences.

By Erin Souza  |  November 03, 2008

The Big Cover-Up

The Big Cover-Up

Concealers that keep even the nastiest bumps under wraps 

Any beauty goddess worth her weight in mascara will attest that all make-up must be removed before one’s head hits the pillow. But we’re willing to break the rules for timeBalm ($18) by theBalm. Sold at the Shop at the Sports Club/LA (4 Avery Street, Boston, 617.375.8200), the bees-wax-based formula contains vitamins A, C, and E; soybean oil, which is rich in amino acids; and linoleic acid and phospholipids to help skin with the healing process. Plus, its six shades blend in and cover zits like a pro.


By Heather Bouzan  |  October 21, 2008
Polina Raygorodskaya@Night

Polina Raygorodskaya@Night


Model behavior 

Modeling since age 10 and running a fashion-consulting and public-relations business since she was in college, Polina Raygorodskaya is nothing if not ambitious. The Newton resident and owner of Polina Fashion produces fashion shows and handles PR for a number of up-and-coming businesses, including photographer David Alsdorf. These days, she does more producing than modeling, though she still embraces the jet-set life and travels weekly. But when she’s home, she likes to keep things low-key, palling around with friends over good beers and a game of pool.

By Erin Byers Murray  |  October 17, 2008
Past Tense

Past Tense



Even though it requires some upclose-and-personal time with the weird fungus creeping around our drain, a bath — augmented with a few candles, a glass of wine, and a good book, of course — is one of our favorite ways to decompress. A great addition? A couple of effervescent, smell-like-our-favoritemartini SugarBath Lychee Bath Cubes ($34), available at Fresh (121 Newbury Street, Boston, 617.421.1212). The cubes contain real brown sugar, purported to heal cuts and soothe skin.

By Heather Bouzan  |  October 03, 2008
Clean-up Crew

Clean-up Crew

Rushed early mornings (and afterwork obligations, for that matter) often require quick cosmetic touchups in the office ladies room. This week: five quick make-up removers you can't live without.

By Heather Bouzan  |  September 22, 2008
Coming Clean: A Guide to Summer-damage Detox

Coming Clean: A Guide to Summer-damage Detox


My name is Erin, and I am a sun worshipper. I have always been one of those girls who, against my better judgment and the foreboding images of wrinkly-skinned women shown to me in health class, just can’t seem to skip the sunbathing sessions.

By Erin Souza  |  September 08, 2008

Fast track: Beauty shortcuts that’ll shave moments off your prep time

Fast track: Beauty shortcuts that’ll shave moments off your prep time


As much as we’d love to schedule regular sessions at our favorite medi-spa, extralong lunch breaks for yet another “doctor’s appointment” aren’t always possible. But there’s no excuse not to squeeze in a before-bed peel with the Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads ($35) by Philosophy, available at Nordstrom (Natick Collection, 290 Speen Street, Natick, 508.318.2600). Like the anti-acne pads of our middle-school days, these glide over the face and neck, exfoliating, evening skin tone, and diminishing the look of fine lines with nary an uncomfortable tingle.

By Heather Bouzan  |  September 08, 2008
Totally apeeling

Totally apeeling

Sweetsmelling Green Apple Peel ($39) from Juice Beauty is right at home beside organic fruits, veggies, and other goodforyou foodstuffs that line the shelves at Whole Foods (various locations) — it’s created with a base of organic apple, lemon, and fruit juices, plus raw cane sugar. Considering our skin absorbs up to 64 percent of what we smooth on it, according to the beauty brand, we’re happy to minimize the harsh chemicals included in our primping regimen.

Looking for a professional-grade peel — or as close as you’re willing to attempt without the supervision of a trained aesthetician? We suggest the 3-Minute Peel ($128) from Laboratoire Remède. Its intensive blend of ingredients to slough off dead skin cells, soften fine lines, and add firmness and protection is übereffective, though the brand does suggest slathering on sunscreen for at least a week after the treatment — and, for sensitive types, gradually working up to the full three minut
By Heather Bouzan  |  August 22, 2008

She's gotta have it

She's gotta have it

The latest beauty obsessions we can’t live withoutWhile our makeup regimen changes almost daily (new mascara tester here, super-trendy nail polish there), we’re quite rigid...
By Heather Bouzan  |  July 25, 2008

Hot cut: The bob

Thanks to style icon Victoria Beckham, 1920s-inspired classic bobs made a major comeback this year (the Spice Girls might not be so lucky), and they’re...
By webteam  |  July 24, 2008

Hot mother earth: Green beauty

Even our faces have gone green with natural beauty products that are good for the planet and for our bodies. They’re made without harsh chemicals...
By webteam  |  July 24, 2008

Hot secret: Bodyscapes

Hot secret: Bodyscapes

If your excuse for not going to the gym is that you hate fighting the sweaty masses for your turn with the free weights, hate...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2008

Hot work out: Wii Fit

It’s way too hot to go running along the Esplanade, and in this humidity we don’t even want to walk to the air-conditioned gym. But...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2008

Hot wrinkle-free tan: Talk to the Tan

There’s nothing like a Botox commercial to turn you off from the sun’s rays. We love that all-natural beauty is all the rage, but a...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2008

Hot hair: Marc Harris

He dropped the “Salon” from his company’s title, developed a new product line, and added a fifth salon location to his repertoire. And Marc Harris...
By webteam  |  July 21, 2008