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I interviewed the perpetually glamorous Linda Rodin for the current issue of  STYLEBY.  And since it has been translated into Swedish for print the full feature is in English below. Happy reading!

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Stylist, icon and beauty boss, Linda Rodin has stepped into the world of colour cosmetics. The self-proclaimed ‘tough tomato’ introduced an edit of five eye-catching lipsticks to Rodin’s assortment of face and body care. Rodin’s foray into colour was much anticipated. Her eponymous line (which is now part of Estée Lauder Group) has been a favourite among fashion darlings since its launch in 2007. Having sent the beauty world into a tizzy after introducing her cult face oil, Rodin is partially responsible for the face oil craze. Her new generation of long-wear, high pigmented lipsticks are definitely products to watch. Linda opens up about her creative process, latest launch and aging gracefully.

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You’re known for saying “beauty is simplicity”. How does your current edit of products fit into this theory?

“I don’t make gratuitous products. I make things that I use daily and are essential to me.”

 

Why did you decide to launch lipsticks?  

“I decided to make lipstick because I use it every day and wanted perfect colours and texture.”

 

For those who aren’t familiar with Rodin, can you describe how you created the formula for your oils?

“I made the formula in my bathroom, mixing many of the oils I always loved and used independently of each other. One day I decided to mix them all together. It’s the same formula since day one.”

 

Was the process similar for creating lipsticks?

“It isn’t similar because I could not make lipstick at home. It is similar because I couldn’t find the perfect lipstick for me so I had to make it. It’s the same reason I made my face oil. Nothing on the market appealed to me at that time.”

 

Is your lipstick wardrobe complete with five shades or do anticipate additions down the line?  

“Yes. Totally complete.”

 

When did you start wearing lipstick?

“At about sixteen. We wore pale shades. Never bold colours.”

 

The shades and names feel very personal can you describe the influences for each lip colour?  

“The names and shades came naturally to me. A wonderful project. Red Hedy: she was a brilliant scientist and gorgeous actress. Brains and beauty. And she always wore the perfect red; So Mod: I loved Brigitte Bardot and Twiggy in the 1960’s and wore that shade. Love it; Billie on the Bike: my mother’s name was Beatrice aka Billie and I have movies of her from the 1950’s riding her bike in this gorgeous berry coloured lipstick; Tough Tomato:  because I am one. It’s a very vibrant orange that is flattering on most everyone; Winks: Named after my beloved Winky. I adore hot pink.”

 

Describe the texture and wear of the new lippies?

“The formula is creamy yet matte. It glides on so well and stays on for a long time. And it has a stain to it. Jasmine and neroli oils are in the formula.

 

The packaging is reminiscent of Lucite was this intentional?

“I’ve always loved Lucite. Clean and chic and simple.”

 

We hear you are developing lip liners for lip kits. Do you wear liner and feel it is an essential?  

“Yes. My lip liner is almost ready. It is essential for me to kind of draw my lip shape and then apply my lipstick.”

 

Can we expect more items from Rodin in colour-cosmetics?

“I can’t answer that now. Perhaps a few specific things but I’m not a makeup brand and I only wear lipstick and occasionally some eye stuff. I’m not into makeup but adore skincare.”

 

Has working with Estée Lauder made the dive into colour-cosmetics a more obvious next step for Rodin?

“No, actually. I had started working on my lipsticks pre-Lauder. But they were completed post-Lauder.”

 

Were you able to maintain creative control throughout the process?

“Yes. I worked very hard on the colour matching and creating the perfect formula–matte yet creamy. And long lasting.”

 

You’ve spoken openly about injectables. What is your take on how they are used in society today?

“I tried filler and after a short while I saw myself morphing into someone else. I stopped immediately. I think it’s quite sad that young women don’t let their faces evolve naturally. Wait a while and see how you might age. But to each his own Nothing is graceful about aging. I have no tips really. One has to decide that on their own. I prefer my face as it ages to a pumped up or pulled face. That’s just my personal opinion. But it’s not easy to look at wrinkles either. Just my preference.”

Photo by: Gabor Jurina

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Here is a summer beauty story I wrote for Sweden’s coolest magazine, STYLEBY. It ran on their new website, which -is in English and is definitely worth a gander. Make the most out of the last days of summer and up your beauty game. I chatted with some of my favorite beauty babes about their warm weather beauty essentials:

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After months of dry skin, cashmere throws and motorcycle boots it’s time to swap out winter basics for warm weather essentials. Tis’ the season of summer beauty. We tapped some of our favourite beauty editors about their picks for the season. These are the eight body products that get experts through summer looking absolutely gorgeous.

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Jeanne Deroo, Beauty Editor, ELLE (FR)
Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care and Herve Herau La Pommade
“I’ll be going to an Italian island this summer. I am bringing my favourite sunscreen. It is Sisley because the herbal smell is different from the usual summer scent and I love it. For after sun I use La Pommade from Herve Herau.”

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Alexandra Tunell, Senior Digital Beauty Editor, Harper’s BAZAAR (US)
Oui Shave Bikini Body Ingrown Hair Serum
“This summer I’m headed to Stockholm, Southampton for the occasional weekend and then home to L.A. When it comes to summer beauty I’m cursed with the worst ingrowns, so I’m always treating irritated skin with glycolic peel pads, which sting and can be really drying. This natural serum is gentle but potent—it has salicylic acid, exfoliating AHAs and brightening vitamin C—so I could throw on a bikini without any notice.”

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Silvany Bricen, Beauty Editor, Costume (NO)
O Way Fabulous Body Oil
“The body care product l cannot live without this summer, is Fabulous Body Oil from O Way. I am a big user of oils, and first tested this last year. I absolutely loved it because of its pureness and texture. It literarily melts into my skin without leaving a sticky residue. It contains Tamanu oil, which Polynesian women have used on their hair, and skin for decades. l’m going on a road trip in the USA this summer with my boyfriend, and I’m planning on sunbathing and being out a lot. A good body oil is the best nourishment my sun kissed skin can get. And l also use it in my hair to prevent the ends from drying out.”

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Samantha Silver, Beauty Editor, STYLIST (UK)

Nkd Skn Pre-Shower Tanner
“A product so genius you wonder why it’s never been done before. Apply this gloopy tanner to dry skin (no need to wait, freezing in the shower for three minutes like some others), put your dinner in the oven and scroll through Instagram for ten minutes and then shower it off. The clever formula continues developing for the next four hours. No more stained sheets. Easy Gisele-like limbs.”

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 Anja Skeppe Grahn, Beauty Editor, STYLEBY (SWE)
St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Everyday Body Lotion
“My favourite summer body product is St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion. Usually I’m not a big fan of tanning products (fake tan tends to look really unnatural on me). But this one– I love! My legs are incredibly pale and this lotion gives them an instant glow with just the right amount of colour. It evens out my skin really nicely. I also love that it’s quick drying so it doesn’t stain my clothes.
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Julie Levoyer, Beauty Director, STYLIST (FR)
Filorga Neocica
“I never leave Paris without some tubes of Neocica. The formula is super restorative. It’s originally made to help the skin recover after a medical intervention like laser or peeling. The texture is rich but light and melts well. It’s a super after sun treatment for the face and body. I use it immediately when I get back from the beach and also as a night cream and a lip balm. It’s super helpful when you have a sunburn. Just let it harden and it will repair everything! This summer I’m going to Greece: Athens, Corfu and the other Ionian islands. I know I’m going to be in the sun full time, swimming in the delightful azure sea. Neocica will save my skin from heat, UV and salt.”

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Megan McIntyre, Beauty Features Director, Refinery29 (US)
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF50
“I am fastidious about UV protection. When you’re both very fair and on retinols, you don’t mess around with the sun. I hate the feel that many body sunscreens have — greasy skin is not my jam — but this gorgeous lotion from Sun Bum gives you all of the protection with none of the slip. It goes on thick but sinks into the skin immediately and leaves behind a soft, almost powdery feeling. I wear this at the beach, for sure, but I also slap some on any exposed skin on any exposed skin on a daily basis. I even keep a travel size bottle in my purse for midday touchups.”

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Sarah Jossel, Beauty Editor, The Sunday Times Style (UK)
This Works Perfect Legs Skin Miracle
“I love This Works Perfect Legs. The texture smooths into my skin in a flash and is a fail-safe for an instant, even, subtle golden glow.”

Stockholm may be known as the capital of Scandinavia but I have a serious crush on our southern neighbor. Copenhagen is a wonderful city with fashion and culture in spades. The people are friendly, the food is amazing and everyone has a sense of style. From fashion designers like Ganni to Henrik Vibskov, Copenhagen is a seriously fashionable place. But best of all, there is a laid back ease that feels amazing. Here is my guide to one of the Nordic’s best destinations.

EAT

Väskt

Get ready for serious food heaven. This elegant hotel restaurant is decked out with hanging plants which gives a major greenhouse vibe. I suggest ordering the tasting menu, and vegetarian options are also available. Just be sure to alert you waiter to any allergies as they come out with a few surprises throughout the meal. The food is just as gorgeous as the décor so prepare ahead of time and charge your phone. While this could easily become an overpriced stuffy joint, the ambiance is cool, calm and collected.

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The Union Kitchen

Eat brunch here and order everything. From lemony ricotta eggs to lush salads– their brunch game is strong. And if you have a sweet tooth don’t miss their gorgeous waffles.

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Atelier September

This laid back café has a hint of Japanese inspiration. Ideal for brunch or a coffee break, it has the low key cool of a trendy New York coffee shop. Don’t miss their avocado toast and matcha on ice.

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BYOH Matcha

I could drink matcha lattes all day long. But sadly for me the craze hasn’t hit Stockholm. This yummy matcha bar, located between touristy Tivoli and Copenhagen’s trendy Meatpacking district, features matcha infused fare for all. From green tea ice cream, drinks and salads, this is the place to satisfy your matcha fix.

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Geist

Whether you sit in the restaurant, out in the beautiful garden, or on the street- grab any table you can. The food at Geist is fantastic and the plating is minimal. The exquisite menu of small dishes is designed to be ordered tapas style. The menu is rich in veggie friendly alternatives and the boiled cauliflower with black truffle sauce is an absolute must. Come hungry and order around three plates per person.

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The Market

My friend Mads suggested Market and described it as ‘super chill Asian food’. He couldn’t have been more correct. The food is elevated and unexpected yet understated. I can’t recommend this place enough. Everything has amazing flavor. Don’t miss their edamame in homemade Thai sesame sauce.

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Café Victor

This Copenhagen classic serves a mean omelet. There’s always a mix of older and younger clientele from posh business folk to trendy twenty-somethings.

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Paper Island

Walk over the newly built bridge to food truck heaven. Food trucks of every kind of cuisine are packed into a dark warehouse. Raw food, vegetarian options and fresh juices are available as well. The dark and crowded warehouse is contrasted by the bright industrial looking harbor that offers a selection of seating options. Music blares while dinners enjoy themselves at picnic tables and deck chairs overlooking the sea. Even though we seemed to miss the best food truck, it was a fun and social spot to grab a drink, juice or quick bite.

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HOTELS

D’Angleterre

If you are in the mood for splurging D’Angleterre is the place for you. The stunning hotel is located in the best part of the city, Kongens Nytorv. The service is impeccable and they pay attention to every detail. From the beautiful flower arrangements to their amazing spa and beauty products, it is worth every penny. While the food is tasty the restaurant can feel a bit stiff. I love to eat breakfast here ordering the food to my room so I can nibble after soaking in the tub.

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Hotel SKT Annae

For a less pricey option, the newly opened Hotel Skt Annae is wonderful. The rooms are small, but the location is perfect. If you are traveling with little ones you will need to upgrade to the larger room, which is what we booked. It is situated across from a beautiful park and is a block away from both the harbor and the shopping streets.

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SHOPPING

Holly Golightly

This tiny boutique is a must. Their accessories store features classic brands like Proenza Schoueler and has an impressive but limited accessories edit. I was psyched to see some pieces from Daniel Vila Vegas. I love her beautiful jeweled bugs. I interviewed her for a story a year ago and she is an absolute sweetheart—so it was great to see her things in the Nordics. I picked up a silk outfit on the sale rack at Holly Golightly’s clothing outpost. While I’m not typically enthusiastic about print, it was nice to reach outside my comfort zone.

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Storm

The Danish mainstay is popular among tourists and locals. It feels like mini Colette. With mens and womenswear, accessories and books available it’s hard not to waste away the better part of an hour perusing the goods.

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I stumbled upon this the indie label while on my way to Storm. It is hard to leave their store empty handed. From playful prints to sleek basics the store had a feeling of relaxed luxury. I imagined myself wearing their entire summer collection in St. Barts.

Street Machine

This street wear store has a great mix of hats, t-shirts and sneakers. The husband enjoyed it.

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Stilben

If only I had room in my luggage for a lamp. This interior store is a local favorite with amazing finds. Downstairs has lighting, candles, ceramics and table wear. The second floor has prints and pictures.

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Bridal Beauty

A few months ago I worked on a fun beauty feature for Refinery29. As a newlywed I jumped at the opportunity to explore bridal beauty across the globe and examine the trends and traditions that go into beautifying the bride to be. I teamed up R29’s Megan Cahn and you can see the full feature below:

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No matter where in the world a wedding takes place, it seems a universal truth that the bride will want to look and feel her best on the big day. For many, beauty prep begins long before her trip down the literal or figurative aisle, and can be deeply rooted in history and culture. Though some people are opting out of traditional weddings these days, we decided to take a look at handful of beauty rituals that accompany this big life step. From nose piercings to ancient baths, click ahead for a small slice of matrimonial beauty across the map.

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For many American women, even deciding on the smallest wedding day detail, like a lipstick or a mani, can feel agonizing. Traditionally, brides have assembled a team of their nearest and dearest to help make these tough calls, in the roles of bridesmaids and maid of honor. Due to time and money constraints, and stress in general, more and more women are opting out of having (or being in) a traditional wedding party. In response, companies likeThe Invisible Bridesmaid are popping up to help with pre-wedding services and bridal prep. Their founder, former New York fashion PR maven turned wedding expert, Jessica Janik, shares what beauty trends are buzzy amongst her American clients.

“Every bride wants to look like she’s glowing on her wedding day, so the focus has shifted from the eyes to the face,” she says. “There’s a movement away from dramatic smoky eyes to natural matte colors and great lashes. Additionally, my brides tend to want a lip color that is soft and a bit toned down from the red lip trend that we were seeing. I’ve noticed a lot of my brides going the route of lip injections, too.”

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Pop culture icons like Madonna and Rihanna have made mehndi or henna trendy stateside in recent years, but it’s deeply rooted in Indian wedding traditions. “Mehndi is applied to brides the day before their wedding ceremony,” says Janik, who works with many Indian clients. A professional henna artist or family member paints with a powder blend of medicinal plants, on the bride’s hands and feet. It is left on overnight to dry and removed the following day, leaving behind intricately beautifully designs that last over a week. But this ritual is not only for aesthetic purposes, “[It is said to help] de-stress brides and help relieve tension,” says Janik.

Like the American bride, Indian women also want radiant skin on their wedding day. “Brides often apply a mixture of turmeric, lemon, and honey on their skin to appear glowing on their special day,” says Janik. Many also wear a tilak or small red dot on their forehead between the eyebrows, similar to the bindi many Hindu women wear after marriage. When a tilak is applied on this major nerve point, it is said to prevent loss of energy. It also activates the Adhya Chakra, which supplies blood to facial muscles, making the bride look more fresh.

Wedding traditions differ a bit in southern India where brides are known for their stunning, adorned braids that fall down their backs, often past their waists. Flowers and Jada Billa, lavish silver and gold hair jewelry accessories, are woven into their plaits before the big day.

A bride often changes her outfits several times throughout the wedding, so she wants to make sure her makeup will complement all of her looks — typically it’s dark black eyeliner and poppy shades to match the color of her saris.

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Traditional Yemen weddings are lavish occasions with a massive social component (there are often thousands of guests). The bride starts her beauty prep early — five days before — and is surrounded by the women in her life the whole time.

On the first day, the traditional Yemeni bride’s house is filled with roses, and she puts on the Qamis or a veil that will cover her face until the wedding. But more modern brides have been opting out of this, reports the National Yemen. The following day the bride visits the Hammam or Turkish bath house with her ladies (the groom often goes to the baths with his crew, too) to get her skin soft and bright. She wears a red onyx necklace to the baths that is meant to fend off the evil eye.

Henna is also popular in Yemen, where the third day is the henna party, when ornate symbols are painted on the bride’s hands and feet. But since a lot of Yemeni brides wear white dresses, this is another tradition more modern brides are skipping. But many brides also find time to go to hairdresser, and for the ceremony, they are decked out in gold jewellery and veils.

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South Korea
In South Korea, it’s become commonplace for brides to throw a Western style wedding (white dress etc.) and then have a traditional South Korean ceremony for their families known aspaebaek. For the latter, brides don traditional wedding cloaks and paint red dots on their cheeks. Some say it is to ward off bad energy and protect them from evil (do we see a common thread here with the role of red?), while others say the ruddy cheeks symbolize youth and virginity.

The bride and groom both dress in ceremonial Korean wedding attire — she in a traditional dress called with an elaborate topcoat and flowing sleeves. A ceremonial coronet called ajokduri is placed on her head and a long hairpin with a dragon head at one end is tied in her hair.

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In this African country, the brides’ faces are often adorned in gold chains. The nose is customarily pierced prior to one’s wedding day and embellished with a festive chain. The ornate decorations are believed to enhance the bride’s beauty. Do you think this is where Riccardo Tisci looked for inspiration for Givenchy’s recent face jewelry?

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In Peru, Inca baths are revered as pure and used to detoxify the soul. These pools are thought to have cleansing properties. Though not as popular today, traditionally brides would bathe in these waters seeking purification before their wedding day. The revered waters were also thought to bless the bride with wealth and fertility.

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In traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies, the brides also wear a white dress and headgear — a white kimono and a hood, rather than a princess gown and a veil. An old-fashioned bride wears her hair in a sleek“wedding only” topknot. But since you have to have some seriously long hair to create this look, many wear heavy wigs. Once the hair is set, a white hood is placed over the hair to symbolically cover the wife-to-be’s “horns of jealousy.”

Photos via: Mario Testino, Vogue; Katja Rahlwes, Vogue; Signe Vilstrup, Vogue India; Khalid Alkainaey, Getty Images; Gun-Ho Lee, Vogue Korea; Afar Bride from Djibouti credit unknown; Japanese Bride, credit unknown.

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and I am on my couch in Stockholm feeling pretty pregnant. Me and my belly are sitting this season out, we’re sparing everyone the glorious site that is me waddling backstage from show to show. I just started to embrace the fall weather but spying all the SS16 beauty looks that have taken over my social media have left me feeling lovesick for spring. This week I will  round up NYFW’s best SS16 beauty looks, starting today with Diane von Furstenberg.

Queen DVF turned to makeup guru Pat McGrath to design the look for her SS16 show. As per usual DVF’s  cast of characters included supermodel elite and runway starlets like Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn and the Hadid sisters. This season her girls were the epitome of 70’s glamour, adorned with bright-green iridescent eyes. The shimmery aquamarine hue is a universally flattering shade that stunned on everyone and looked tropical chic. McGrath rimmed the top and bottom lashes with the bold pigment before painting the models’ eyelids and lower lashes with a glossy seafoam green. A heavy coating of mascara was applied as a finishing touch.  The look was inspired by two photographs; a shot by Steven Meisel and a snap of von Furstenberg at the opening party for Studio 54. This retro throwback has some serious mermaid vibes I can’t get enough of. It is a nod to a care-free time and also the first time von Furstenberg wore her hair curly. Her wild retro curls were replicated for the show by Orlando Pita. Pita embraced volume and texture giving each model a slightly unique version of fuzzy disco curls.

Photos courtesy of: Getty Images,@PaMcGrathReal, “NewerVersionModels, @dvf