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Financial Times
August 2016

Kathleen Baird Murray’s edit of the best products — depending on what you need

There were three of us on our Californian road trip, or four if you count the huge bag of sunscreens that came with us. Enough to cover the population of Venice Beach and yet somehow there wasn’t one product that suited our specific skin concerns. A cluster of spots had broken out on the face of one of our party; another was so sensitive her skin was irritated the minute she stepped away from the air-conditioning. As for me, the sun seeks me out like an Exocet missile; I could be buried under a rock and I would still get a tan. A good thing, perhaps, under England’s grey skies, but not so welcome if you’re exploring Joshua Tree National Park in July.

We happened to be on our way to Santa Barbara at the time, so I made a pit-stop at Cos Bar in Montecito, a niche beauty store founded 40 years ago. I wanted to learn how the local chic Californian women with their immaculate skin can live in the sun with seemingly so few repercussions.

At Cos Bar, the very welcoming beauty consultant, Sybil Mata, recommended Amore Pacific’s Natural Protector SPF30 (£52.30) as a good all-rounder sunscreen that won’t cause breakouts. And, she told me, the trick to making make-up last longer in the heat is YSL’s Touche Eclat Blur Primer (£29.50), an extremely popular product. To set make-up, she loves By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Powder (£42). Personally, I find the thought of wearing powder in the heat bordering on abhorrent, but this one is so lightweight you can’t feel it on your skin. After that, Mata suggests topping up on SPF throughout the day with a spritz of Amore Pacific’s Sun Protection Mist Broad Spectrum SPF30 (£56). “I keep mine on ice.” she added. They’ve got it covered, those Californians.

Now returned to Britain, I have since resolved never to grab the closest bottle of sun cream to me again. Here’s my edit of the best suncare products — depending on what you need. None smell of tiare flowers, but all come with a previously missing ingredient: trust.

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF45

The make-up primer: Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF45 (£76) A modern classic, with a silicone base that creates an invisible film for make-up to cling to when it gets hot, and a strong sunscreen protection. You need to shake the tube first to ensure the lightweight lotion goes on evenly.

"All these products come with a previously missing ingredient: trust"

The pigmentation protector: Institut Esthederm Photo Reverse (£55) While it’s loaded with filters and mineral screens to block out infra red, UVA and UVB rays, there are no actual SPF numbers displayed on the bottle of Photo Reverse (or indeed any of the Institut Esthederm products); they also encourage tanning, providing it isn’t achieved with any burning, as they believe that the quicker we tan, the more the skin builds its own natural protection. Many a dermatologist would be up in arms, but this French skincare brand, which has been going since the late 1970s and was created by a pharmacist, comes backed with so many proven patents that its counterintuitive philosophy does make common sense. Photo Reverse, a light, white cream that smooths to nothing, is heaven-sent for pigmentation sufferers. Not only does it block out the sun, it lightens existing brown marks even while you’re exposed to it. Protection and treatment in one.

Institut Esthederm No Sun

For those who can’t be in the sun at all: Institut Esthederm No Sun (£38) Another one by Institut Esthederm, this is loved by those with the kind of heat sensitivity that makes them prone to prickly heat, or who need to avoid sun exposure post-surgery or because of medication. A cream derived from 100 per cent minerals, it requires application 20 minutes before going into the sun and then reapplying every two hours.

Dry, sensitive skin prone to redness: Paula’s Choice Redness Relief SPF30 (£22.50) Paula’s Choice Beautypedia website, is a fascinating resource for ingredient listings and reviews, and not just of founder Paula Begoun’s products. This lightweight sunscreen from her own skincare range keeps skin feeling calm, and fights redness.

Institut Esthederm No Sun

Breaking the breakouts: Bioderma’s AKN Mat SPF30 (£13.90) Bioderma is brilliant for all skin complaints. This high-protection fluid for acne-prone skin is not only water-resistant, but it also claims to prevent your skin from having that all-too-familiar rebound outbreak when you get home.

The one-hit wonder: Innovative Skincare’s Extreme Protect SPF30 (£60) If you could take just one sun protection product to your desert island? With aloe vera to comfort and promote healing, Extreme Protect helps reduce inflammation and erythema, and is also good for acne-prone skins. It smells neutral but nice.

@kathleen_bairdmurray

Perfect sun care for sensitive skin

Main photograph: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

By: Kathleen Baird Murray

Aspen Daily News
July 2016

Private equity firm behind major expansion

The last time the Republican party faced a potentially contested national convention was 1976, when Gerald R. Ford beat Ronald Reagan on the first ballot before going on to lose the general election to a little known peanut farmer from Georgia named Jimmy Carter.

During that bicentennial year celebrating the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, KSNO radio was playing in heavy rotation hits like “Sara Smile” by Daryl Hall and Woody Creeker John Oates, which elbowed out Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” for 11th on Billboard’s “Hot 100” songs of 1976.

Over in a tiny space on the edge of Wagner Park in downtown Aspen, Lily Horn, a 25-year-old transplant from New York had just opened her “cosmetics boutique” that sold luxury, city-style skin care products to mountain women and tourists. Luxury cosmetics had heretofore been the domain of department stores like Bloomingdale’s, where Horn (now Lily Garfield) worked the previous year; Carl’s Pharmacy’s selection at the time was limited at best.

Armed with $5,000 and contacts with luxury lines like Borghese, Germaine Monteil, Lancome and eventually Clinique, Garfield opened the first Cos Bar (short for “cosmetics bar”), a store that this year celebrates its 40th anniversary in Aspen. There are now 14 stores in the Cos Bar chain, from Vail to Scottsdale and most recently at the Brookfield place in Manhattan.

After taking on private equity company Tengram Capital Partners as an investor in December 2015, Cos Bar became poised for a major expansion to double the number of stores across the country, beginning with a new “flagship” Cos Bar in Los Angeles this fall. All told, 50 Cos Bar stores are planned.

“We’ve been self funding for 40 years. To take it to the next level, you need help,” Garfield said this week from the busy second-floor offices where her son, Oliver, the company’s COO, also works. Oliver plans to relocate this fall to Cos Bar’s new Los Angeles headquarters where he’ll work side-by-side with CEO David Olsen, formerly of the luxury e-commerce site Net a Porter.

Lily Garfield said she isn’t afraid that control over the Cos Bar concept and name would be lost with a private equity partner.

“One of the things they loved about the Cos Bar was that it was really unique, nothing like Sephora or Uta,” two cosmetic boutiques that have made inroads nationally and have arguably changed the way women approach an industry that, by 2018, is forecasted to approach $11 billion for skin care products, according to the trend-following GCI magazine.

While Sephora and Uta offer variety but little in the way of service, Cos Bar prides itself on a trained staff.

Its focus on service and “the luxury space that we occupy” is much in demand, Garfield suggested It was that luxury space of coveted client data bases and stolen trade secrets that was at the heart of a 2015 lawsuit between Cos Bar and a former employee that was dismissed last May by now retired Judge Gail Nichols.

Changing times

“When I first started, it was all about skin care and to make sure women were protecting their skin in this environment,” Garfield said.

“The original concept of makeup was, what was proper for skiing, for playing golf or for tennis,” she said, citing Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova as early clients who were reflective of the outdoors, healthy style.

Today, “The outdoor fresh look has gone the way of more of a city look,” Garfield added.

Ricki McHugh, owner of McHugh Antiques in the Aspen Square building, said she remembers Garfield’s first business and identified its location, in a mark of true longtime local-dom, as “above the old Aspen State Teachers College.”

“That was where you went to get a face cream,” McHugh recalled. “There were very few places to go. You could get Vasoline at Carl’s back then but if you had fine or fair skin, there really wasn’t anything available,” she said about the 1970s-era Aspen retail landscape.

The years of hands-on experience, followed by a slow initial expansion of properties (Vail, in 1986, was second in the chain) seems to have served the Cos Bar well.

“I think Lily was learning along the way,” said McHugh, whose business has also evolved, to include art and decor. “I think we were all learning,” she added.

The Cos Bar “look” or the idea, of what surrounded the Cos Bar brand, was behind a surprise phone call in 2012 from a representative of the Target chain asking her to curate a store-within-a-store called “The Shops at Target.” Cos Bar’s Target line was limited to nail polish, bath and body items and accessories like makeup pouches.

No makeup or skin care products were part of the promotion that lasted only six weeks in the store but had the longer lasting impact of creating a luxury brand with mass market appeal and staying power. Later in 2012, Garfield was recognized by Women’s Wear Daily as “retailer of the year.”

Pointing to a trophy in her office that represents the Oscars of the beauty industry, Garfield said,”I slept with it that night.”

For new business owners who may feel discouraged by headwinds early in their business, it’s worth noting that Garfield opened the Cos Bar in 1976, on the cusp of the driest ski season in Aspen’s modern history. She survived that year in part by learning an important lesson: Cultivate a local following.

While her new title is founder and chief merchandising officer,Garfield, 67, shows no sign of wanting to retreat from steering the Cos Bar’s future direction.

“They still want me (involved in the operation) because I am the face of Cos Bar. This has been my baby” for the past 40 years, she said.

Twitter, @Madski99

Cos Bar shows few wrinkles at age 40

Craig Turpin/Aspen Daily News

Cos Bar founder Lily Garfield helps customers at the cosmetic boutique’s store at 309 S. Galena St. that packs a lot of merchandise into its 1,200-square-foot main floor. The Aspen business, which turns 40 years old this year, is undertaking a major expansion and has taken on a private equity partner.

By Madeleine Osberger, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

65 | 57 Mag
May 2016

As a pronounced minimalist and disciple of all things au natural, this fashion editor has very few skincare and make-up basics in her possession. I prove to be profoundly overwhelmed and inefficient when perusing make-up counters and skincare lines My mind becomes festooned with a make-up mathematical equation that's lost on me. I keep in mind that the object of the game is to choose wisely any product I put onto the most important feature I present to the world: my face.

My mystical voyage of dermal beauty starts with a horrible habit of scouring Amazon, reading ambiguous skincare reviews inside the pages of Vogue, or trusting the advice of friends who have entirely different skin types than I possess. The arduous task at hand for some, if not most women, can either provoke migraines or worse – worry wrinkles!

Thanks to Shanna, manager of Carmel's Cos Bar, I'm encouraged to voyage into planet Make-Up with a renewed sense of confidence. What Cos Bar achieves so seamlessly is personalized service, epic variety of the most modern, all natural, and luxury products, plus a staff of studied professionals (quick summer job applicants for college kids or those just passing through, NEED NOT APPLY!) You are well taken care of here, ladies. Once you walk into Cos Bar armed with the motivation to change your makeup palette or skincare routine, you can rest easy knowing you're in good hands with the true queens of dermal beauty.

I spoke to Shanna recently while in the midst of a makeup and skincare rut and walked out with renewed hope of trying out (gasp!) blue eye shadow and sampling the highly coveted Korean skincare line, Amore Pacific.

HOW DID Cos Bar COME TO BE IN THE WORLD?
Cos Bar was founded in 1976 Lily Garfield. It started with a flag-ship store in Aspen, CO and now we have 15 stores.

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND THE Cos Bar BRAND?
Everyone here that works with Cos Bar has a minimum of 15-20 years experience. Nobody works here as a part-time job while they're going to college or just for fun. We make a firm career out of what we do. You have to have experience and we want to provide that for our customers. Our ladies are trained by every single line we represent. For instance, we are trained to present all the facets of each and every product. Cos Bar is an alternative to your run-of-the-mill department store and we aim to create a luxury boutique shopping experience that personalized for your needs- this is why we stand out! At Cos Bar we are not brand driven, we are customer experience driven, which makes for a more intimate experience.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MAKE-UP TRENDS FOR THIS SEASON?
Strobing. Intense highlighting. Flat and dull skin is definitely something to avoid. Playful make-up is definitely having a resurgence. The natural look is out and the Eighties are definitely seeing a resurgence. Make-Up is definitely supposed to be fun at the moment! We are seeing a lot more customers who really want to have fun with their colors and make-up techniques. Also, the lash! Long, long, va-va-voom eyelashes. And then fragrance, our fragrances are getting very popular.

WHAT KINDS OF SERVICES DOES Cos Bar SPECIALIZE IN?
We do make-up for weddings, proms, private parties, you name it. One thing we specialize in that's not offered anywhere else on the peninsula is Air-Brushing. We sale air-brushing kits, we teach our customers how to use them, and it's an incredible make-up experience and tool.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON MAKE-UP MISTAKES WOMEN MAKE THAT DAMAGE THEIR SKIN?
Not taking care of their skin. Not washing make-up off before bed. I always tell people when they ask me what to spend money on is to start with a good moisturizer and a good foundation. The rest will follow. You must take good care of your skin. You have to exfoliate, moisturize, and build a good skincare routine.

WHAT ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTS AT CARMEL's Cos Bar LOCATION?
La Prairie is definitely very popular. La Mer has a huge cult following and that's a big seller here, Tom Ford. Anything Tom Ford, the fragrances, including the lipsticks, mascaras, we can't keep them on the shelves!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCTS THAT YOU USE ON A DAILY BASIS FROM Cos Bar?
Our Air Brush from TEMPTU. Sisley is one of my favorite brands. It's a French brand, not mass-produced and they use a very refreshing variety of botanicals. I really enjoy their anti-aging products.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO AND GET A GLASS OF WINE OR MEAL AFTER A LONG, HARD, SATISFYING DAY AT Cos Bar?
It depends on the time of day! For lunch we definitely do Lafayette, we love Little Napoli, Vesuvios, all fun places to go.

THERE'S SO MUCH OUT THERE WITH REGARDS TO SKINCARE. SOME WOMEN CAN REALLY FEEL OVERWHELMED BY ALL THE OPTIONS! CAN YOU GIVE US TIPS OR ADVICE ON HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PRODUCTS?
The first thing you need to do is come in and let us talk to you. Every single woman is so different and unique. One woman may only need a moisturizer, because that's what she can handle for her lifestyle. We really need you to give us the opportunity to meet you, see you, and get acquainted with your skin. We have something for everyone even when it comes to different price points. We pride ourselves and standout by forging personal relationships with all our clients. Also, there's no recipe for good skin. If you give us just a few minutes or some time to work with you, we will find the perfect products that suit your needs.

WHAT'S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECIEVED FROM A CUSTOMER?
How good my skin looks! Once you commit to a skincare routine everything else just fall into place.

Visit Shanna and the staff of highly trained Professionals at Cos Bar in Carmel

A New Era Of Make Up and Luxury Skincare Service inside Carmel's Own Cos Bar
By: Ana L. Roman / Photo: Manny Espinoza

New York Magazine, The Cut
March 2016

No doubt you've done some damage at Sephora, and maybe at upscale beauty boutique Bluemercury, too. But it's unlikely Cos Bar has your credit card on file, yet. It will. With 14 Cos Bar beauty boutiques around the country today and 50 slated for the next five years, plus a big push in e-commerce, the luxury beauty retailer is about to go big. It's also celebrating a birthday – the big four-o – and, thanks to a steady regimen of retinoids, vitamin-C serums, and hyaluronic-acid creams, it doesn't look a day over 29. Not bad, considering Cos Bar is old enough to be those other beauty boutiques' mother.

I visited the first Cos Bar in its unlikely birthplace, Aspen, Colorado, last week while on vacation with my sons. I say unlikely because Aspen is not exactly the center of the beauty universe. Nor is it the capital of great skin, unless you like a goggle tan. Two days on the slopes and I'm florid with windburn, gummy with sunscreen, flaky-lipped, runny-nosed, and begging for mercy. When we sat down in her office, Lily Garfield, the founder of Cos Bar and queen of luxury beauty, handed me a box of tissues, a leopard-print face mask, and a bunch of beauty wisdom.

Give me a little Cos Bar history. How did you start it? Why Aspen?
I worked at Bloomingdale's in New York and I never wanted to set foot in there again. I came out to Aspen and with $5,000 to my name, I put in an order for Borghese, Lancôme, Orlane, and Germaine Monteil. Your skin takes such a beating in this environment. And there was nothing else here, other than the pharmacy. My store was originally supposed to be for locals, with the theory that, if it worked for locals, then the tourists would come. That was 1976. When Leonard Lauder saw the store – he has a house here – he said, "This is how cosmetics will be sold in the 21st century." And now indie cosmetics stores are more common.

Why is the skin-care business challenged right now? Fragrances outsold skin care last year, and that was a first.
There's more competition. There's the dermatologist, the aesthetician, spas – we're all competing for the same dollar. And they're all copying each other. Doctors are taking existing products to labs and saying, "Replicate this." Also, some products need to be explained. And most salespeople aren't trained well enough to explain skin care. Salespeople will tell you things like, "You have to use every product in our line or your skin will react." Nothing bad is going to happen if you mix brands.

So what are your favorite products right now?
This cream by Amore Pacific. It's called Prime Reserve Creme. You have to try it. I'm 66 – should I say that? – and after I used it I ran into people who said, "What have you done? You look amazing." They only make 1,000 jars of the cream a year because it comes from some particular plant.

How much is it?
$750 a jar.

What?
Yes. And you cannot use it alone. You have to use another cream on top of it.

I'm sorry, but that's insane. Tell me what else you like that's under $750.
Linda Rodin's oil [Olio Lusso; $170]. Sisley Black Rose Oil ($235). I love oils, especially in this climate. You have to try This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray ($29). It's lavender and chamomile, and it puts you right to sleep. Try it on your kids' pillows. I love Temptu [the portable airbrush makeup machine; $195]. You can almost use it with your eyes closed. You could use it wearing a white chiffon blouse and it wouldn't get on it. And it doesn't look like heavy makeup at all. I'm a Clarisonic brush girl. I keep it in the shower. One of the greatest cleansers is by Cle de Peau. It's a cream that dissolves into an oil ($72). And don't even talk to me about the Cle de Peau concealer ($70). It's the best concealer in the world.

I need more than concealer. My skin is so red and dry and wrecked right now. I'm embarrassed to be seeing you like this. What can I do?
Did you bring your Clarisonic brush with you?

No. I had a lot of luggage.
You should have. Your skin is clogged with sunscreens. It's also dehydrated and windburned. [She searches her desk and hands me a Patchology face mask.] This will help. And you have to drink more water.

So tell me, what's the future of skin care?
Keep it simple. Go for immediate results. After cleansing, while your skin is still damp, apply an essential oil – the purest, highest-grade extracts from the plants. Then wait. Then apply cream. It's that simple.

The Beauty Boutique With a $750 Face Cream
By: Linda Wells / Photo: ShotShare-Getty Images

Downtown Magazine
October 2015

In our newly released fall 2015 issue, we featured Cos Bar; a luxury cosmetics shop with a twist; cosmetics are served with a side of compassion.

The new downtown hangout is taking up residency at Brookfield Place, and after its initial installation among the sea of lavish brand names, the beauty shop is having an official grand opening with founder, Lily Garfield, making a debut, on October 16th.

Cos Bar at Brookfield Place marks the brands 14th location, and first ever in New York. AND, you can attend the grand opening for the grandest city on earth. By rsvping on the CosBar website, you'll be able to mingle, meet the owner and learn about her compassionate ethos. Garfield's incentive to open shop was solely for customer satisfaction, telling us at Downtown Magazine, "We promote the customer, not the brand."

The festivity will include champagne, mini-facials, makeup applications, beauty demos and a gift with each purchase. Plus, 10% of all in-store sales will be donated to Cancer and Careers.

Downtown Magazine NYC article
By: Yasmine Rimawi

Charleston Weddings
July 2015

Some couples are plain fun. One sign? The first (or close to the first) vendor booked for their wedding is their party band. So it went for Annie and Davis, who returned to their beloved Charleston (where both had vacationed for ages) to exchange vows and celebrate in grand style.

But before the fun-loving duo got to the dance-off portion in their love story, a few other chapters came first. After having met in 2008 at a friend's wedding, they dated long-distance with Annie in the Big Apple and Davis in Charlotte, North Carolina. In time, the two moved to Santa Monica, California, for work (he's in sales; she's been in nearly every facet of events, from planning to stationery and staffing) and settled in, evolving into an inseparable couple and becoming parents of a beloved pup, Dempsey. Two years in, Davis received a transfer back to the Tar Heel State and knew he had to cook up a plan to pop the question.

After packing the moving truck and cleverly having all their apartment utilities shut off, he suggested they head to their favorite beachfront hotel for their last night on the West Coast. "I had no idea he had been planning this for weeks," she says, "or that he had already booked the best room in the hotel, one overlooking the Santa Monica Pier." They drove the truck over, checked in, and hit the porch for a sunset cocktail where Davis dropped to one knee and proposed.

The next three days were spent driving cross-country with Annie rattling off wedding details and reveling, she says, in Davis' undivided attention. By the time they'd made it to the East Coast, she knew she wanted to enlist Tara Guérard as a planner (she had styled Davis' sister's wedding, and as one in the event industry, Annie had been a huge—huge—fan of Soiree for years) and that they wanted to host the wedding in the Lowcountry. Another must? Hiring Simply Irresistible as their band.

"Besides getting married," explains Annie, "the second most important thing was for our guests to have the best time possible. We wanted to make it a night they'd never forget." They booked all their requisites (including the band) and were stunned with a 90 percent invitation acceptance rate (most out-of-town weddings average 60 to 70 percent). What started out as a "smaller" wedding had ballooned into a nearly 400-person blowout at Hibernian Hall. The couple balanced things out with an intimate Friday rehearsal dinner ("Making Waves"), and then hosted a self-described "huge" wedding on Saturday. "It was the best of both worlds," says Annie. "And we still have people raving about how much fun they had."

Charleston Weddings Party People
Courtesy of Charleston Weddings
Images: Corbin Gurkin

Meg O on the Go
May 2015

It's been months since I've done a favorites video. I think it's been since January! FAIL. Anyway, I thought it would be fun instead of trying to play catch up, I would talk about all of the products I've been using the past couple of months and whether or not I would recommend them. The raw footage for this is over 35 minutes long, but I've condensed it into two videos under 12 minutes! We've got a lot to talk about, (we're talking over 25 products) so I'm doing it the best way I can. Get those wish lists out and ready to go. There's a lot of good things you'll want to write down!

Also, there are some cameos in this video. Caroline makes an appearance right at the beginning and Katie and her son are towards the end when they FaceTime me!

By: Meg O.

Scottsdale Business & Life
November 2013
Scottsdale Business & Life
By: Scottsdale Business & Life

She Knows Beauty and Style
October 2013

Ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the beauty industry's best experts? You're about to find out! Over the next few months, I'll be chatting all things fashion and beauty with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Up today? Cos Bar owner Lily Garfield.

SheKnows: What are your top three beauty essentials?

Lily Garfield:The Clarisonic gently exfoliates and cleans your face thoroughly while stimulating skin. Creme d'Olives is a great product for women over 50. It softens the skin, prevents wrinkles and brightens the skin, creating a more elegant glow. Amore Pacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme is a basic moisturizer that softens, hydrates the skin and allows the foundation to stay on and not change colors.

SK: Beauty products are expensive sometimes! For the gal on a budget, what in your opinion is worth splurging on and what's better off saving on?

LG: Invest in sunblocks. Not all sunblocks are created equal. Not all drugstore and mass produced sunblocks do the job intended. Many pass the FDA requirements but don't necessarily give optimal coverage.

SK: Which celeb do you think nails it every time with her makeup?

LG: Halle Berry gets it right every time. She is flawless every time she steps out whether it is on the red carpet or the playground with her child. She can wear very minimal makeup and still look like the glamorous movie star that she is.

Lily Garfield

SK: What's one piece of beauty advice you've learned on the job that you'll keep with you forever?

LG: From my own personal experience, I would say whether you are pregnant, just gave birth or are going through chemo, you must always define your lips and eyes. The lips and eyes are communication tools and the first thing another person will notice on your face.

SK: What's your best tip for staying beautiful on the go while traveling?

LG: I would suggest always carrying a sample size of your favorite moisturizer while traveling that you can pat on your face to rejuvenate and plump up the skin. You want to avoid rubbing, as that will take your makeup off, and focus just on patting and pressing it gently into your skin. I would also recommend Amore Pacific's Skin Renewal spraying mist.

In terms of traveling and packing your makeup, I would recommend sticking with all creams and solids. Bringing a compact foundation and/or creams versus liquid will save you from the high altitude pressure explosion that causes most liquids to leak all over your belongings.

By: She Knows Beauty & Style

pure-wow
June 2013

We're bound to make the century mark, thanks to the buckets of olive oil we consume. Now we're dousing ourselves with the magical fruit in the name of beauty.

Cos Bar—an Aspen-based chain of high-end beauty boutiques—just opened its first Midwest shop in Highland Park. After the closing of the North Shore's Saks Fifth Avenue last year, Cos Bar is the new spot for finding brands such as La Prairie and Darphin.

It's also the only place in Illinois where you can find our newest beauty obsession: a pistachio-green face cream.

Creme d'Olives is exactly what it sounds like: a rich skin-care formula that's green in color thanks to two key ingredients, circulation-boosting olive leaf and pea extracts. It makes no wild claims about "erasing fine lines" or "plumping skin cells"; this is a straightforward moisturizer that's so luscious you need only a dime-size dab to cover your face, eye area and neck.

You also won't smell like a perfume lab. Made in Barcelona, Creme d'Olives contains no added fragrances—it comes by its herby, slightly floral scent naturally. A jar of the super-hydrating cream costs $145, but we're starting with the lightweight lotion version ($105) for summer.

Long olive our fresh complexions.

By: Pure-Wow
Creme d'Olives

Allure Magazine
February 2013
Going Downhill
Allure Going Downhill
By: Allure Magazine

Live Well Network
February 2013

The perfect nude lip can look elegant and effortless. However, the wrong shade can actually make you look worse. Here's how to choose your best buff!

"It's effortless. It's sexy. It's clean. You're going to see it at the gala, you're going to see it while you're at the grocery store," says image consultant Cliff McAden of The Cos Bar.

Although it looks easy, there are some know-how's!...

By: Live Well Network

Wise Choice
June 27, 2012

When celebrities like Kate Hudson and Heidi Klum holiday in Aspen, they visit Cos Bar beauty boutique! Cos Bar was started in 1976 by Lily Garfield and quickly became the go to hot spot for everything beauty. While Cos Bar is a beauty palace for fashionistas, the products often come with a hefty price tag.

I have exciting news! Now you can get a taste of the Cos Bar's stylish take on beauty without luxury brand prices. Cos Bar has teamed up with Target to offer a line of nail polishes, body wash, scrubs, lotions, body butter, cleansing towelettes, false lashes, tweezers, scented soaps, etc. all under $20.00 each!

By: Is it a Wise Choice? Video from Austin Live

Aspen Times
June 25, 2012

ASPEN — When Lily Garfield opened her first Cos Bar — in Aspen in 1976 — she had little idea of how far the business would take her. As it turns out, the boutique took her very far: There are now 12 stores in eight states, and most recently, Cos Bar was featured in the new The Shops at Target.

"I haven't been able to put my hands on it; it's been so surreal," said Garfield. "I still have this little-girl reaction when someone says they saw Cos Bar at Target. ...like, 'Really, did you buy something?!'...

By: The Aspen Times

Gloss Daily
May 23, 2012

Headed out of town for Memorial Day? It's always a puzzle trying figure out exactly what to pack—especially in your makeup bag. Our theory is, the safer the better. So if we're going to haul more that we really need, it's probably best to pack small. We went to Lily Garfield, founder of the beauty apothecary The Cos Bar, for tips on what not to leave behind. Plus a few perfectly sized travel items from her new Shops at Target collection. Happy packing!

By: Gloss Daily.com

ABC 4
May 14, 2012
Watch Lily and Oliver Garfield discuss the success of Cos Bar's line for The Shops at Target on ABC NEWS 4's "Low Country Live"!
By: ABC NEWS 4's "Low Country Live"

Shops at Target
April 20, 2012

We've been talking about The Shops at Target for months, but for those of you who remain unacquainted, here is what you need to know about the new design platform's five boutiques, shop owners and their upcoming collections: The Candy Store, Polka Dog Bakery, Cos Bar, Privet House and The Webster.

Soon enough, the masses will get to know each shop in a new commercial, airing this Sunday, April 22. That's right—The Shops are getting the VIP treatment with their very own Target commercial. Take a sneak peek at the spot below ...

By: abullseyeview.com

Shops at Target
April 20, 2012

Target always has cool collaborations where you go batty counting the days until they appear. Guess what! They're at it again! On May 6th, Target unveils their newest: The Shops at Target, online and in stores nationwide.They've partnered with five specialty stores for limited edition, affordable and way too cute items. They are: Cos Bar, The Webster, Privet House, The Candy Bar and Polka Dog Bakery.

Cos Bar is run by founder Lily Garfield and her son Oliver. The first store was in Aspen in 1976 and you can now find stores in eight states. The stores are full of prestige beauty products, beautifully packaged.

By: Sbettyconfidential.com

Allure
April 2012
Beauty Buzz. A Cult Line Goes Mainstream
Allure
By: Allure Magazine

Style Goes Strong
March 30, 2012

Lily Garfield knows a thing or two about taking care of your skin. She's a pioneer in the beauty boutique industry, having opened her first cosmetic and skincare Cos Bar emporium in 1976. Now, with a total of 12 locations dotted throughout the U.S., she's a living example of how doting on your skin can make you look younger.

She tests every single product before it hits The Cos Bar's shelves. In this way, it needs to get the Lily stamp of approval before it's sold.

By: Style.lifegoesstrong.com

Beauty High
March 28, 2012
Collaborations have become trendier than actual designer labels themselves. From the recently announced Altuzarra for J.Crew collab to Targets bevy of collabs (with everyone from Missoni to Jason Wu) we now not only look forward to the next pairing, but plan out how to be the first one through the doors on opening day.

Now, Target has decided the lifestyle brands need to get into the collaboration game, and will be releasing The Shops at Target coming in May. From brands such as The Candy Store and Cos Bar, they'll be bringing us products from upscale specialty stores at affordable prices.
By: Beauty High

Shops at Target
March 26, 2012

Lily Garfield began her foray into cosmetics where many makeup mavens start—behind the beauty counter. But she didn't stay there for long. The New Yorker-turned-ski bum quickly became Aspen's cosmetics queen and opened up Cos Bar on Main Street in 1976, one of the first independent beauty boutiques in the country.

By: abullseyeview.com

Vail Daily
February 9, 2012

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Cos Bar, an Aspen-based company that has shops in Vail and Edwards, is part of a new program Target stores will roll out in May.

According to an e-mail from company spokesman Evan Miller, the program, called "the Shops at Target," will put limited-edition items from five specialty stores into Target stores around the nation. Miller wrote that the Shops at Target items will be "affordable limited-edition collections designed and co-created by the shop owners."

By: Vail Daily

Shops at Target
January 12, 2012

Target announces the latest design partnership program, The Shops at Target!

By: abullseyeview.com
Downtown Magazine
October 2015

In our newly released fall 2015 issue, we featured Cos Bar; a luxury cosmetics shop with a twist; cosmetics are served with a side of compassion.

The new downtown hangout is taking up residency at Brookfield Place, and after its initial installation among the sea of lavish brand names, the beauty shop is having an official grand opening with founder, Lily Garfield, making a debut, on October 16th.

Cos Bar at Brookfield Place marks the brands 14th location, and first ever in New York. AND, you can attend the grand opening for the grandest city on earth. By rsvping on the CosBar website, you'll be able to mingle, meet the owner and learn about her compassionate ethos. Garfield's incentive to open shop was solely for customer satisfaction, telling us at Downtown Magazine, "We promote the customer, not the brand."

The festivity will include champagne, mini-facials, makeup applications, beauty demos and a gift with each purchase. Plus, 10% of all in-store sales will be donated to Cancer and Careers.

Downtown Magazine NYC article
By: Yasmine Rimawi

Charleston Weddings
July 2015

Some couples are plain fun. One sign? The first (or close to the first) vendor booked for their wedding is their party band. So it went for Annie and Davis, who returned to their beloved Charleston (where both had vacationed for ages) to exchange vows and celebrate in grand style.

But before the fun-loving duo got to the dance-off portion in their love story, a few other chapters came first. After having met in 2008 at a friend's wedding, they dated long-distance with Annie in the Big Apple and Davis in Charlotte, North Carolina. In time, the two moved to Santa Monica, California, for work (he's in sales; she's been in nearly every facet of events, from planning to stationery and staffing) and settled in, evolving into an inseparable couple and becoming parents of a beloved pup, Dempsey. Two years in, Davis received a transfer back to the Tar Heel State and knew he had to cook up a plan to pop the question.

After packing the moving truck and cleverly having all their apartment utilities shut off, he suggested they head to their favorite beachfront hotel for their last night on the West Coast. "I had no idea he had been planning this for weeks," she says, "or that he had already booked the best room in the hotel, one overlooking the Santa Monica Pier." They drove the truck over, checked in, and hit the porch for a sunset cocktail where Davis dropped to one knee and proposed.

The next three days were spent driving cross-country with Annie rattling off wedding details and reveling, she says, in Davis' undivided attention. By the time they'd made it to the East Coast, she knew she wanted to enlist Tara Guérard as a planner (she had styled Davis' sister's wedding, and as one in the event industry, Annie had been a huge—huge—fan of Soiree for years) and that they wanted to host the wedding in the Lowcountry. Another must? Hiring Simply Irresistible as their band.

"Besides getting married," explains Annie, "the second most important thing was for our guests to have the best time possible. We wanted to make it a night they'd never forget." They booked all their requisites (including the band) and were stunned with a 90 percent invitation acceptance rate (most out-of-town weddings average 60 to 70 percent). What started out as a "smaller" wedding had ballooned into a nearly 400-person blowout at Hibernian Hall. The couple balanced things out with an intimate Friday rehearsal dinner ("Making Waves"), and then hosted a self-described "huge" wedding on Saturday. "It was the best of both worlds," says Annie. "And we still have people raving about how much fun they had."

Charleston Weddings Party People
Courtesy of Charleston Weddings
Images: Corbin Gurkin

Meg O on the Go
May 2015

It's been months since I've done a favorites video. I think it's been since January! FAIL. Anyway, I thought it would be fun instead of trying to play catch up, I would talk about all of the products I've been using the past couple of months and whether or not I would recommend them. The raw footage for this is over 35 minutes long, but I've condensed it into two videos under 12 minutes! We've got a lot to talk about, (we're talking over 25 products) so I'm doing it the best way I can. Get those wish lists out and ready to go. There's a lot of good things you'll want to write down!

Also, there are some cameos in this video. Caroline makes an appearance right at the beginning and Katie and her son are towards the end when they FaceTime me!

By: Meg O.

Scottsdale Business & Life
November 2013
Scottsdale Business & Life
By: Scottsdale Business & Life

She Knows Beauty and Style
October 2013

Ever wondered what goes on in the minds of the beauty industry's best experts? You're about to find out! Over the next few months, I'll be chatting all things fashion and beauty with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Up today? Cos Bar owner Lily Garfield.

SheKnows: What are your top three beauty essentials?

Lily Garfield:The Clarisonic gently exfoliates and cleans your face thoroughly while stimulating skin. Creme d'Olives is a great product for women over 50. It softens the skin, prevents wrinkles and brightens the skin, creating a more elegant glow. Amore Pacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme is a basic moisturizer that softens, hydrates the skin and allows the foundation to stay on and not change colors.

SK: Beauty products are expensive sometimes! For the gal on a budget, what in your opinion is worth splurging on and what's better off saving on?

LG: Invest in sunblocks. Not all sunblocks are created equal. Not all drugstore and mass produced sunblocks do the job intended. Many pass the FDA requirements but don't necessarily give optimal coverage.

SK: Which celeb do you think nails it every time with her makeup?

LG: Halle Berry gets it right every time. She is flawless every time she steps out whether it is on the red carpet or the playground with her child. She can wear very minimal makeup and still look like the glamorous movie star that she is.

Lily Garfield

SK: What's one piece of beauty advice you've learned on the job that you'll keep with you forever?

LG: From my own personal experience, I would say whether you are pregnant, just gave birth or are going through chemo, you must always define your lips and eyes. The lips and eyes are communication tools and the first thing another person will notice on your face.

SK: What's your best tip for staying beautiful on the go while traveling?

LG: I would suggest always carrying a sample size of your favorite moisturizer while traveling that you can pat on your face to rejuvenate and plump up the skin. You want to avoid rubbing, as that will take your makeup off, and focus just on patting and pressing it gently into your skin. I would also recommend Amore Pacific's Skin Renewal spraying mist.

In terms of traveling and packing your makeup, I would recommend sticking with all creams and solids. Bringing a compact foundation and/or creams versus liquid will save you from the high altitude pressure explosion that causes most liquids to leak all over your belongings.

By: She Knows Beauty & Style

pure-wow
June 2013

We're bound to make the century mark, thanks to the buckets of olive oil we consume. Now we're dousing ourselves with the magical fruit in the name of beauty.

Cos Bar—an Aspen-based chain of high-end beauty boutiques—just opened its first Midwest shop in Highland Park. After the closing of the North Shore's Saks Fifth Avenue last year, Cos Bar is the new spot for finding brands such as La Prairie and Darphin.

It's also the only place in Illinois where you can find our newest beauty obsession: a pistachio-green face cream.

Creme d'Olives is exactly what it sounds like: a rich skin-care formula that's green in color thanks to two key ingredients, circulation-boosting olive leaf and pea extracts. It makes no wild claims about "erasing fine lines" or "plumping skin cells"; this is a straightforward moisturizer that's so luscious you need only a dime-size dab to cover your face, eye area and neck.

You also won't smell like a perfume lab. Made in Barcelona, Creme d'Olives contains no added fragrances—it comes by its herby, slightly floral scent naturally. A jar of the super-hydrating cream costs $145, but we're starting with the lightweight lotion version ($105) for summer.

Long olive our fresh complexions.

By: Pure-Wow
Creme d'Olives

Allure Magazine
February 2013
Going Downhill
Allure Going Downhill
By: Allure Magazine

Live Well Network
February 2013

The perfect nude lip can look elegant and effortless. However, the wrong shade can actually make you look worse. Here's how to choose your best buff!

"It's effortless. It's sexy. It's clean. You're going to see it at the gala, you're going to see it while you're at the grocery store," says image consultant Cliff McAden of The Cos Bar.

Although it looks easy, there are some know-how's!...

By: Live Well Network

Wise Choice
June 27, 2012

When celebrities like Kate Hudson and Heidi Klum holiday in Aspen, they visit Cos Bar beauty boutique! Cos Bar was started in 1976 by Lily Garfield and quickly became the go to hot spot for everything beauty. While Cos Bar is a beauty palace for fashionistas, the products often come with a hefty price tag.

I have exciting news! Now you can get a taste of the Cos Bar's stylish take on beauty without luxury brand prices. Cos Bar has teamed up with Target to offer a line of nail polishes, body wash, scrubs, lotions, body butter, cleansing towelettes, false lashes, tweezers, scented soaps, etc. all under $20.00 each!

By: Is it a Wise Choice? Video from Austin Live

Aspen Times
June 25, 2012

ASPEN — When Lily Garfield opened her first Cos Bar — in Aspen in 1976 — she had little idea of how far the business would take her. As it turns out, the boutique took her very far: There are now 12 stores in eight states, and most recently, Cos Bar was featured in the new The Shops at Target.

"I haven't been able to put my hands on it; it's been so surreal," said Garfield. "I still have this little-girl reaction when someone says they saw Cos Bar at Target. ...like, 'Really, did you buy something?!'...

By: The Aspen Times

Gloss Daily
May 23, 2012

Headed out of town for Memorial Day? It's always a puzzle trying figure out exactly what to pack—especially in your makeup bag. Our theory is, the safer the better. So if we're going to haul more that we really need, it's probably best to pack small. We went to Lily Garfield, founder of the beauty apothecary The Cos Bar, for tips on what not to leave behind. Plus a few perfectly sized travel items from her new Shops at Target collection. Happy packing!

By: Gloss Daily.com

ABC 4
May 14, 2012
Watch Lily and Oliver Garfield discuss the success of Cos Bar's line for The Shops at Target on ABC NEWS 4's "Low Country Live"!
By: ABC NEWS 4's "Low Country Live"

Shops at Target
April 20, 2012

We've been talking about The Shops at Target for months, but for those of you who remain unacquainted, here is what you need to know about the new design platform's five boutiques, shop owners and their upcoming collections: The Candy Store, Polka Dog Bakery, Cos Bar, Privet House and The Webster.

Soon enough, the masses will get to know each shop in a new commercial, airing this Sunday, April 22. That's right—The Shops are getting the VIP treatment with their very own Target commercial. Take a sneak peek at the spot below ...

By: abullseyeview.com

Shops at Target
April 20, 2012

Target always has cool collaborations where you go batty counting the days until they appear. Guess what! They're at it again! On May 6th, Target unveils their newest: The Shops at Target, online and in stores nationwide.They've partnered with five specialty stores for limited edition, affordable and way too cute items. They are: Cos Bar, The Webster, Privet House, The Candy Bar and Polka Dog Bakery.

Cos Bar is run by founder Lily Garfield and her son Oliver. The first store was in Aspen in 1976 and you can now find stores in eight states. The stores are full of prestige beauty products, beautifully packaged.

By: Sbettyconfidential.com

Allure
April 2012
Beauty Buzz. A Cult Line Goes Mainstream
Allure
By: Allure Magazine

Style Goes Strong
March 30, 2012

Lily Garfield knows a thing or two about taking care of your skin. She's a pioneer in the beauty boutique industry, having opened her first cosmetic and skincare Cos Bar emporium in 1976. Now, with a total of 12 locations dotted throughout the U.S., she's a living example of how doting on your skin can make you look younger.

She tests every single product before it hits The Cos Bar's shelves. In this way, it needs to get the Lily stamp of approval before it's sold.

By: Style.lifegoesstrong.com

Beauty High
March 28, 2012
Collaborations have become trendier than actual designer labels themselves. From the recently announced Altuzarra for J.Crew collab to Targets bevy of collabs (with everyone from Missoni to Jason Wu) we now not only look forward to the next pairing, but plan out how to be the first one through the doors on opening day.

Now, Target has decided the lifestyle brands need to get into the collaboration game, and will be releasing The Shops at Target coming in May. From brands such as The Candy Store and Cos Bar, they'll be bringing us products from upscale specialty stores at affordable prices.
By: Beauty High

Shops at Target
March 26, 2012

Lily Garfield began her foray into cosmetics where many makeup mavens start—behind the beauty counter. But she didn't stay there for long. The New Yorker-turned-ski bum quickly became Aspen's cosmetics queen and opened up Cos Bar on Main Street in 1976, one of the first independent beauty boutiques in the country.

By: abullseyeview.com

Vail Daily
February 9, 2012

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado — Cos Bar, an Aspen-based company that has shops in Vail and Edwards, is part of a new program Target stores will roll out in May.

According to an e-mail from company spokesman Evan Miller, the program, called "the Shops at Target," will put limited-edition items from five specialty stores into Target stores around the nation. Miller wrote that the Shops at Target items will be "affordable limited-edition collections designed and co-created by the shop owners."

By: Vail Daily

Shops at Target
January 12, 2012

Target announces the latest design partnership program, The Shops at Target!

By: abullseyeview.com