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.
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.
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.
Crème 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, Crème 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.
"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!...
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!
"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?!'"...
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....
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.
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.
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.
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."