Let It Snow
Pampering and beautifying can suddenly become far less indulgent when you have to trudge from place to place in the wind and snow and the effects of your hairstyling, makeup application, or massage begin to unravel. Fortunately, there are professionals willing to brave the bad weather and bring their tools to you. Josephine Beauty Retreat (212-223-7157) will dispatch Dayler Chagas to your home for a perfect blow-dry ($100), along with a manicurist -- it's a lot more pleasant to have your toes dry at home than to wait around for 45 minutes before shoving them into your boots and possibly still smudging them ($150 for manicure and pedicure). Lisa Kalfus of Gil Ferrer (212-534-0219) will actually do color and highlights at your sink ($170–$400). Kimara Ahnert (212-452-4252) will send a makeup artist to paint your party face ($150). And when the celebrations are over, Graceful Services (212-593-9904) will give you one of its strong Qi-Gong massages ($120) and tiptoe out while you drift into slumber.
Behind the Masques
With all the chemicals we toss on our hair to straighten, color, highlight, or curl it, getting locks to look silky rather than fried is a feat -- ordinary conditioners no longer suffice. Hair masks are a more intensive treatment, meant to return suppleness and shine to even the most abused strands. "Conditioners, which generally contain oil, make hair easier to comb out but don't improve its condition,'' explains Alain Pinon of Salon AKS. "Masks actually penetrate the hair shaft.'' Phytocitrus ($34 at Salon AKS and Clyde Chemists) uses shea butter to soften and the acid of grapefruit to smooth hair. Oscar Blandi ($23 at Barneys New York) and Archipelago Botanicals ($17 at Details) both make mud masks that fortify and nourish the hair and scalp with minerals. René Furterer's vitamin-rich Okara restructuring mask ($22 at Zitomer) is specifically geared to color-treated hair. Frédéric Fekkai's Protein Rx Reparative Treatment Mask ($28.50 at Sephora) uses protein from soy and milk to strengthen, and Privé's Intensive Masque ($25 at Elizabeth Arden).
Jurlique -- the petrochemical- and pesticide-free Australian skin-care line with celeb-filled shops in L.A. -- has finally opened a New York outpost. The shelves are stocked with wonderfully scented products, including a facial wash made from almonds, tahini, and oat bran; an antioxidant-rich herbal recovery gel, with ingredients like green tea, quince, daisy, and rose; plus an ultrasensitive line (Michelle Pfeiffer's favorite), a line for men, and another for babies. Jurlique even has teas, like one called Men's Harmony, which contains gingko, catmint, and vervain. Best of all, in February, it'll be opening treatment rooms in the back of the store, where the products will be used to give a range of facials (477 Madison Avenue, at 52nd Street; 212-752-1980).
Violet- and charcoal-smudged eyes may have smoldered on the runways, but on you they could look a bit October 31. "Slate gray, or gray with a hint of mauve, gives a similar but more subtle effect, and it works as one shade without having to highlight or accent,'' assures makeup guru Trish McEvoy. She has released Glace in Pewter ($15 at Saks Fifth Avenue), L'Oréal has introduced Wear Infinité long-wearing Silky Powder Shadow in a pearlized lavender called Effervescent ($3.95 at drugstores), Estée Lauder's Pure Color EyeShadow -- in those adorable mirrored cubes -- now comes in Silver Ball, and Clinique's Graphite is a duo of pearl and silver ($18.50 at Bloomingdale's). So you can leave those darker shades to your goth friends.