Holiday Gift Guide: Olivia Pope Edition

Just when you thought Kiehl's Creme De Corps Whipped Body Butter couldn't get any better--the brand infused the body softening salve with their signature grapefruit an coriander scents. And they. Are. Divine. Even better? 100% of the Limited Edition Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter's net profits will support the No Kid Hungry campaign's efforts to end childhood hunger in the United States. Eleven year old Sofie Shore, daughter of Share Our Strength co-founder Debbie Shore its holiday Continue Reading [...]

Fictionary: Stresstival

Fictionary is a column showcasing beauty-related words that don't exist, but should.Different water can mean the difference between phenomenal hair and Vegas hair. It can also be the final nail in the coffin when it comes to my skin, causing a travel-related blemish. I've fine-tuned my travel skin care routine to a science so as to minimize the possibility of flare-ups, opting for a makeup-free flight at all times, and even a little Retin-A so I can exfoliate while I escalate to 40,000 feet. But Continue Reading [...]

Fictitious Fragrance Fan: ‘The Facts Of Life”s Jo Polniaczek

Jo, with her follicularly blessed foil, Blair Warner.Welcome to a new BBJ feature, Fictitious Fragrance Fans. Fragrance is one of the most difficult areas of beauty to discuss and I find myself trying to convey a scent to you, more often than not, by the pop culture character it embodies to me. So why not make it a thing?  Truly, I think this pairing is my Fictitious Fragrance Fan MASTERPIECE. Never have I seen a fragrance suit a fictional character more. The character? The Facts Of Life's Jo Polniaczek. Continue Reading [...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Hostess Gifts

Sparkle, Neely, sparkle: This is the 2012 BBJ Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas, click here. You're being fed and housed--the least you can do is show up with a gift that'll pamper your hostess once you leave. Right? Here, a roundup of some of my favorites. Limited Edition Kiehl's Creme de Corps collaboration with Kenny Scharf ($38) Kiehl's collaboration with New York pop artist Kenny Scharf, who designed the punchy limited edition 4th Annual Crème de Corps Holiday Collection, is also Continue Reading [...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Ten To The Men

Sparkle, Neely, sparkle: This is the 2012 BBJ Holiday Gift Guide. For more gift ideas, click here. The title is inspired by everyone's favorite drinking game, Kings. Remember when you drew a nine, you busted a rhyme and ten was always to the men? Anyway. As I say annually when I post my men's holiday gift guide, men and math are a mystery. Here's to hoping in 2013 both become less so for all of us, and here are my ten picks for the gentleman in your lifestyle this holiday season.1. Anthony Logistics Continue Reading [...]

It’s All About Soul (Lee)

Lashes are my thing, and as you know, I go where the lashes go. In 100-degree weather, mascara's not an option--it's halfway down my cheek before NOON. You gotta get tough, but that ain't enough. So because my usual lash guru Courtney Akai's been on maternity break, I took a little vaca from my regularly scheduled lash programming to jaunt over to Kiehl's Spa 1851 to try out a "soul sesh," That is, a lash extensions session with the eye-conic Soul Lee, formerly of Shu Uemua (a name all but synonymous Continue Reading [...]

Finest Hour Week: Skin Care

You guys, it's been TWO YEARS since I've instituted a Finest Hour Week, my favorite week of the year. That's a shanda for the NEIGHBORS, in the words of my Yiddish-profish 92 year-old grandmother. I LOVE a prom! And why haven't I been guiding you on what products you need to stockpile for YOUR prom? I can't ANSWER this. I guess I've been busy, which you and I both know is no excuse for anything. So for 2012, Finest Hour Week is BACK. And it's starting on a Thursday, because when you have your own Continue Reading [...]

Kiehl’s + Jeff Koons Holiday Collaboration

Kiehl's Creme de Corps is one of the most useful luxe indulgences, so it's perfect for holiday gifting. And in light of the recent Joe Paterno scandal (as a Pennsylvania native with countless PSU alumni as friends, I've been consumed with the story), I love that investing in my smooth skin staple benefits missing and exploited children. Side note: Check out Maureen Dowd's column on the subject here. And? Kiehl’s has extended its collaboration with artist Jeff Koons for a Limited Edition Holiday Continue Reading [...]