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Saweetie’s Beauty Regimen
If you don’t wash your face before makeup, you’re committing a crime. I start with Tatcha’s Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser, Ole Henriksen’s Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner and then, to really make my face look juicy, his C-Rush Brightening Gel Crème. I love Olaplex’s Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner; they smell so good. I shaved all my hair off this week to start a healthy journey and rebuild its strength. My hair stylist, Kendall Dorsey, introduced me to scalp stimulation. We use Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil and a lot of masks — Dark and Lovely has one I absolutely love. With makeup, I’m a MAC girl. I put Lipglass in clear on first and then the Dazzleglass in Sugarrimmed. I wish I’d known about Laura Mercier’s powder sooner; I remember how, when I used to do my makeup, I would blot my face because I didn’t know people set themselves with baking powder. As far as drugstore products, Cetaphil’s Deep Hydration Healthy Glow Daily Cream keeps my skin moisturized. I like to rub it on my feet and then put my socks on. With scents I love warm notes like musk and vanilla; I eventually want to come out with my own perfume. At night I use Farmacy’s Clearly Clean cleansing balm or Dior’s Prestige Le Baume Démaquillant. I melt my makeup off with a hot rag, then use wipes to get the rest. The one life-changing treatment I’ve discovered is athletic massage. Once I knew the difference between an athletic masseuse and a regular masseuse, I realized I needed an athletic one because I work and travel so much. I have so many kinks I need to get out.
On Jan. 10, the global luxury hotel group Rosewood will open its first South American property, in São Paulo, just steps from the city’s iconic Avenida Paulista. Set on the campus of a former maternity hospital — a notable exemplar of early 20th-century Paulista architecture in its own right — the hotel also features a brand-new garden tower courtesy of Atelier Jean Nouvel. The building’s interior, designed by fellow starchitect Philippe Starck, features more than 450 artworks by dozens of contemporary Brazilian artists, as well as six restaurants. Though conceived as an anchor for a large-scale lifestyle development called Cidade Matarazzo, the Rosewood is very much a part of the vibrant city that surrounds it, being just a stone’s throw from some of São Paulo’s most fascinating neighborhoods, such as Liberdade, the heart of the city’s Japanese diaspora (the largest in the world), and República, centered on a lush urban plaza and ringed by modernist masterworks like Oscar Niemeyer’s Edificio Copan and Franz Heep’s Edificio Italia. From $530, rosewoodhotels.com.
Year of the Sea Goat
In the summer of 2019, visitors to the Greek island of Hydra were greeted by the surreal sight of a giant mythological creature: the sea goat Capricornus, striding atop an ancient stone building as its voluminous multicolored tail fluttered in the wind. It was the opening salvo to artist Kiki Smith’s multipart installation “Memory” at the Deste Foundation Project Space, an old slaughterhouse perched on a hill overlooking the ocean. Inside were more sculpted creatures, both fantastical and real, associated with the island’s specific mythology and the space’s history as a site of sacrifice: mermen, owls, cats, bronzed goat entrails, all of them bathed in the unearthly pink light of the Rubino glass Smith installed throughout. The show’s catalog, “Kiki Smith: Memory,” out now, conveys a vivid sense of the cloistral space with myriad photos and features critical essays and behind-the-scenes images of the fabrication and installation process, as well as Smith’s concept drawings. $30, artbook.com.
The Amoeba Underfoot
At the height of the pandemic’s first wave in 2020, Jacob Winter, a 23-year-old marketing student at Baruch College, took to tufting rugs in his family’s garage in Patchogue, Long Island. The playful, vibrant, bizarrely compelling results caught the attention of friends, and before long he was fielding requests for commissions. By the end of the year, Winter, his boyfriend and co-founder, Franki Peroff, and creative editor Trevor Padoll were tufting full-time as Mush Studios, making rugs with signature amoeba-like shapes that pulse with waves of brash, offbeat color. Inspired by retrofuturism, science fiction and queer art, they feel organic but not necessarily earthly. According to Padoll, “We look to older interpretations of what the future will hold, and we play into that by taking something traditional and elevating it in a way that hasn’t been seen before.” From $350, mushstudios.co.
A new crop of detanglers has arrived just in time for winter. “Hydrating is usually the key to any hair issue, especially tangles,” says Mara Roszak, a Los Angeles hairstylist and salon owner. “Hair tends to tangle more when the weather is dry.” Sachajuan’s Leave In Conditioner contains cold-water algae, rich in magnesium, zinc and manganese, to add body and shine and promote a healthy scalp. Oribe’s Run-Through Detangling Primer deploys pomegranate, apricot and coconut oils to tackle the unruliest of knots and seal the cuticle to prevent breakage. For frizzy hair, Ouai’s Leave In Conditioner uses tamarind seed to relax kinks and panthenol and vitamin E for easy detangling. Co-developed by celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan, Drunk Elephant’s Wild Marula Tangle Spray harnesses its namesake oil, a superabsorbable variety high in antioxidants and omegas 6 and 9, to moisturize and smooth the hair shaft. Rahua’s Hydration Detangler and UV Barrier is full of fatty acids that impart a healthy shine as well as Morete oil, which shields hair from damaging UVA rays — and the tropical scent, courtesy of organic mango sugars, makes a post-ablution comb-through feel like an exotic escape.
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