By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
After more than 30 years as the official inhouse perfumier of Loewe, Emilio Valeros (who created such iconic scents as Loewe 7, Solo Loewe and Aura) retired earlier this year, leaving the luxury Spanish design house with a major void to fill.
But Loewe, which has been around 1846, has always managed to adapt to new demands and realities (the brand started off as a cooperative of leather artisans and later expanded to include clothing and fragrances), always maintaining its exquisite distinction of quality and refinement, while adjusting to contemporary styles and tastes.
And this time around was no exception.
Within a few months of Valeros’ departure, Loewe had a brand new master perfumier, Núria Cruelles (one of only a handful of female perfume-makers in the industry and one of the youngest perfumiers ever).
Last month, Loewe released Cruelles’ first fragrance creation, Aura Pink Magnolia (the name being a hat tip to Valeros’ original Aura, the brand’s bestselling feminine scent), inspired by the allure of a woman who is an artist’s muse.
Packaged in a subtle rectangular glass flask adorned with golden brushstrokes inside an understated carboard box that opens like a book, with the image of a single flower captured by the German early 20th century photographer Karl Blossfeldt on its face (Loewe’s new corporate look, as of 2018), Aura Pink Magnolia Eau de Parfum is a tribute to feminine mystery and sensuality.
Intense and haunting, Loewe Pink Magnolia’s unprecedented composition is 20 percent essential oils, so its floral-fruity aroma lingers far longer than most perfumes.
And breaking with the traditional fragrance progression, Cruelles has abandoned the conventional three-step evolution of the opening, heart and closing of a scent to create what Loewe has dubbed a circular structure, much like the natural aura each woman possesses.
The four auras of Pink Magnolia starts with an earthy musk that quickly expands into an intoxicating burst of Indian sandalwood.
The sandalwood gives way to a core of fresh red fruits that unfold into a soul of pink magnolia flowers.
All four scents intermingle to create a fluid perimeter of fragrance.
Loewe Aura Pink Magnolia, available in Mexico as of September, is fronted by Russian model Kris Grikaite.
Nashi, the Milan-based haircare line that has made unruly tresses and bad hair days a thing of the past, is now available in Mexico at selected salons across the nation.
Known for its three-step hair therapies that focus on revitalizing from the inside out, Nashi used four core natural ingredients to protect hair and keep it healthy and shiny.
The first ingredient, collagen, provides strength and elasticity.
Keratin protein protects hair cells at the follicle level against external damage and stress.
The third major Nashi ingredient, stem cells, act as antioxidants, rejuvenating hair to look brighter and more vibrant day after day.
And the final ingredient, elastin, gives hair resilience to keep its shape and natural style.
The Nashi line includes a purifying scalp and hair shampoo, a reconstructive conditioning treatment and a smoothing masque that leaves hair soft and disciplined.
And now, Nashi has a brand new collection of haircare products with natural argon to help give hair a boost of shine and manageability.
Suitable for all hair types, Nashi Argon’s premiere product is Nashi Argon Instant Hydrating Styling Mask, a spray-on, leave-in oil that repairs, repairs, nourishes and brightens all in one step.
This super light oil doesn’t weigh down your look, so your hair is full-bodied and radiant.
Nashi Argon Instant Hydrating Styling Mask can be used on either dry or wet hair and has a built-in UV ray protector.
There is also a Nashi Argon Shampoo, a Nashi Argon Spray Conditioner, a Nashi Argon Deep Infusion Masque (that can revitalize even the most seriously damaged hair in just seven minutes) and a Nashi Argon Hair Mist.
All Nashi products are made from 100 percent natural ingredients.
Lust and Stardust
Marc Jacob’s new fall Lust and Stardust makeup collection, now available at Sephora, is all about shine.
This limited edition collection for eyes, lips and face offers a spectacle of glitter, glitz and glam to intoxicate the senses and unleash your inner glitterati with shine-packed finishes, supersized packaging and dazzling new shades.
This glitter-gratification collection includessequin-finish eyeshadows in high-impact colors that will dazzle through the night, an O!mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer compact with a soft, peachy pink glow to brighten skin, and a selection of Enamored Dazzling Lip Laquer lip glosses that look like you are wearing 30 coats for lasting color and unbelievable glossiness.
The super-sparkling, high-shine lip gloss comes in four new shades to give your lips glitzy dimension and is dressed in special-edition glitter packaging to make getting sparkling as fun as being the shiniest star at the party.
Black Gold Rush
Hot Tools has created a unique hair iron that not only both smooths and curls, but also adds volume to limp, lifeless hair.
Hot Tools Black Gold Ionic Salon Shine Flat Iron is a favorite among celebrities because it is so versatile.
The styling surface of the iron has a black 24-karat gold finish with titanium and ceramics to evenly distribute heat.
The plates glide smoothly and effortlessly along each section of hair, meaning there is less pulling and tearing.
Consequently, each strand of hair is evenly styled, from top to tip, for professional, salon-like styling.
And, the Black Gold Ionic Salon Shine Flat Iron’s proprietary Micro-Shine finish helps reduce friction and damage, while adding shine to every lock of hair.
An automatic two-hour shut-off feature offers peace of mind, and thanks to the tool’s universal dual voltage, you can bring your Hot Tools Black Gold straightening iron along on your trips to Europe or Asia.