Lori Goldstein, Style Editor

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“Everything for me is a visual delight, what makes me happy, and that’s what my bathroom is an extension of. I designed the whole room—I went to the stone yard and bought the agate, and it was just as fun as going to Barneys! It’s not like I’m a prissy, primp-y girl, but I love my baths. I have a major tub. I’m obsessed with my bath and bath oils, and my Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap that I’ve been using since the hippie days. Also I hate when my hair is too clean, so I love soaking in my tub with all the oils in my hair, making it that great texture that you can’t really get just by putting product in it. I go through different oil phases—I’m obsessed with Rodin, which we all are—and also I just love finding new ones, but very natural. I’ve always been that way, but especially when you’re soaking in a tub, you want to make sure it’s good for you. I’ve used Dr. Hauschka always—I just refilled the Sage Bath. And I just found these two great ones: Lothantique, and Susanne Kaufmann. I go to different places to find them…there’s this hippie place on Eighth Avenue called Arcadia, and I go to Aedes [De Venustas]. And I love the oils for fragrance—I feel naked if I don’t have my oil on.

I have to get comfortable when I get home, so the bra comes off, the hair clips goes in…I’m obsessed with my hair clips—there were like five years of my life where I never went anywhere without a hair clip. It became a joke…Orlando [Pita] was like, ‘You have to stop.’ He’s been cutting my hair for over twenty years; we’ve been best friends forever. My hair’s been a million different styles but it always has to be kind of punk-y; I hate when it looks too normal. I like things a little off; I like being an individual and I like playing. There’s a story I did in September W where the girl has this half dyed hair with green and pink and I just love it! I would totally do rainbow hair. But anyway I don’t think I’ll ever have long hair again—short hair suits me and it’s so easy breezy. Kérastase products for colored hair are awesome; when I’m on the road and I just use whatever the hotel has, it’s so not the same.

I love a product…in my categories. What’s cool is I have my categories, it’s not like this, that, and the other. Oils for the bath, nail polishes—I love Deborah Lippmann, she’s my friend—oils for the body, and lipstick. The red lip is kind of this classic thing I’ve lived in since the eighties. I guess I hide behind it, and really, the older I get, you just put that lipstick on and that’s the focus. I’m really into the NARS pencils, the Dragon Girl…they’re easy, I just carry them with me, and you put that on with a sunglass or your glasses and it’s kind of like a mask. The pink I’m wearing now is Funny Face by NARS. It’s kind of that nice in-between color that’s not too bright. I love my By Terry's too, and the By Terry Or de Rose is a great lip balm because it has some iridescence. Homeoplasmine is also great for prepping lipstick; it kind of gives the lips this plumpness.

I’ve had oily skin my whole life—which is a good thing now that I’m a certain age—and in the old days, it was all about getting it squeaky clean. I’ve retrained myself to appreciate those natural oils and moisturizing. Skin care is pretty much Joëlle Ciocco. She’s amazing—if you’re in Paris you have to go. We can barely communicate because I don’t speak French and she doesn’t speak English, but it’s beyond and those products are beyond. It’s this regime I’ve been on for years and years. Barneys carried the products for a minute but then they stopped, and luckily I found Isabelle Bellis in New York. I love Colbert M.D. by Dr. David Colbert, and his products are great too, I use them in between—but I can’t get off the Joëlle. In fact I was just in Paris and she just turned me on to these ampules of Magnesium that you buy at the pharmacy there. I don’t know what it does but I put one on every morning and my skin feels amazing. And I used to only do the cleansing and moisturizing but she just put me on a whole new set of products—I’m not even telling you how much it all cost…you know, I could have gotten an Hermès bag. [Laughs] The drag is, there’s no SPF in her products, so she tells me to use La Roche-Posay Anthelios. But Pat Wexler also makes a great moisturizer with SPF that I’ll sometimes use.

Getting older, it’s a trip. Especially because in our minds, we’re still that ten-year-old kid, that twenty-year-old—we are who we are. Surgery and cosmetic procedures are such an individual decision, and I would never judge anybody for doing anything. I mean I grew up with a Jewish mother who was always, ‘Look at me now, should I do it?!’ And I thought, ‘Blech, I’ll never do anything.’ You hear so many young people saying, ‘No way, never,’ about something, and I’m like, ‘Honey, just wait.’ I don’t know if I’ll ever have a facelift or cutting—we all have what we can and can’t do—and I don’t think they’ve perfected surgery…I see so many scary faces. But there are so many great new products available, and I want to be honest with women.

I remember the first time I did something, I was around forty-five and I got fat injections, and I have to say it was kind of amazing. That’s all about under your cheeks, in your jaw line. But, that said, you had to take antibiotics, and you had to go through the process of taking your fat out of other places—it was just too much. So now I get Botox and also a newer filler for the jaw line. But it’s really all about who you go to, and I love Dr. Colbert. It’s an art, just like anything else. Unfortunately I think there are doctors who ruin faces. And if you go to too many doctors, that’s bad too, because everyone wants to leave their mark. Like, if you go to a hairdresser and they say, ‘Oh, the last one cut your hair wrong, let me fix it,’ and then by the third person you’re bald! [Laughs] It’s really about subtlety, and I go twice a year. But it is intense—I don’t love knowing that stuff is in my body; I’m half hippie so I’m not thrilled—but you do see the difference, and it’s worth it to me to be able to look in the mirror and not freak out and think, ‘I need a facelift.’ You have to follow your own gut and heart, and I’m grateful that these things exist, and that I know how far to go.”

—as told to ITG

Lori is the Style Editor At Large of W and the designer of LOGO by Lori Goldstein for QVC.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/theionfashion Ashley

    What a beautiful and comforting space. I really like how she emphasizes the use of oils for the body because oils often get overlooked, but they're a beauty product with so many uses! Great article.

    Ashley
    The I on Fashion
    http://www.theionfashion.com
    http://www.facebook.com/theionfashion

  • yvette

    Darling, I'm afraid fillers do not a half-hippie make.

    • mimi

      at least she was upfront and honest about it. how refreshing!

  • http://www.twitter.com/scmoran Sarah

    First and foremost, I am addicted to your site. I check every day to see what's new. I love going back and looking at the archives as well. Now, I was so excited to see Lori profiled this morning. I absolutely LOVE her style and now I get a peek inside her beauty products! Thank you for making my Monday morning just a bit better. Keep up the excellent work.

  • Cori

    Love Lori Goldstein, always have. I think its great that she was being realistic about her insecurities and getting older--its easy to criticize until you get older and start becoming unhappy with how aspects of your face are changing. Its not an easy thing. Personally I think if adding a little filler here or there makes someone happy and confident, who cares? Its her body/life so why not just live and let live?

  • Marlena

    Another victim of media pressure to be young and wrinkle-less. She is a pure example of how women are scared of aging and accepting themselves without gaining complexes. It should be her character, aura and charisma that make her beautiful, not fillers.
    And how on Earth can she call herself a hippie?!

    • yvette

      Amen. Totally agree. At least she said half hippie.

  • Sinead

    Oh, I love her! Love. Her. She is a terrific woman with a great sense of style. She's also incredibly kind. This post really made my day. I only wish you had published more pictures -- cannot get enough of the eye candy here.

    • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

      hello sinead, I did Lori too. Ttylelikeu did a feature on Lori. She showcased her entire closet of Hermes bags too :)

      • Sinead

        Hi Chic Noir (love your screen name!)

        I loved the StylelikeU feature on Lori. Thanks for reminding me about that. I will have to go back and look at it again.

        • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

          haha thanks Sinead :)
          and your welcome.

  • Melanie

    LOVE LORI! I loved reading this post... almost like story telling. Also, I would love to read more posts about Vogue girls. There is almost a secrecy to them- like Parisian women and their beauty routines.
    I WOULD SWOON!

    Melanie

  • jk

    I think her honesty is refreshing and she addresses getting older in a face-front kind of way. I think she exudes a comfortable, realistic and celebratory attitude about her beauty. And THAT is more beautiful than sugar coated self affirmations.

  • http://closetvanity.com Samantha

    She is such a trip! So funny and honest-- fantastic interview!

  • http://outofofficeon.blogspot.com/ Jennie

    addicted to your site. as a girl, you always wonder what everyone's vanity looks like, which products people use, what's in people's makeup bags, but you don't feel comfortable asking. this site is perfect.

  • http://www.erikastalder.com erika

    This is one of my favorite posts. I love that Ms. Goldstein isn't 20 and model-y. I love how frank and honest she is about her experience with the aging process. I love that she spends Hermes Kelly money on face products! That's just beyond fascinating to me.

    And for those getting uppity about Ms. Goldstein use of fillers and hippie status, please consider this: The first thing she says is "“Everything for me is a visual delight." Now, hippie tendencies or not, why wouldn't this point of view apply to her face? She's not a "victim of media pressure," she's doing what's right for her aesthetic and sensibility.

    I know the site is about beauty products, but I would have loved to have seen images of her bathroom, since she designed it herself--i think it would give us another viewpoint from which to understand her aesthetic and approach to beauty. Is the marble slab with coiled metal posts a lamp? Did she design that too? Is the area around her sink made of concrete? Where is the agate and fabulous tub she speaks of?

  • Erika

    The real meaning of the word hippie has become...meaningless.

    • http://am-180.tumblr.com/ sam

      perhaps. they probably don't surf the net much and miss out on this rad beauty blog, lol.

  • T London

    Regardless of what I think about procedures and media pressure about ageing, I appreciate her honesty. Some of the comments here are pretty harsh and unnecessary. Love that bathroom - wish I knew what some of those perfumes are - I think I see a Lutens in there!

  • http://www.mylifeinbeauty.com anita

    Love this interview - so fresh and honest. I love Dr. Colbert too, he is the nicest person ever. Love all of the product jpgs!
    Keep them coming.
    xoxoxoxo
    Anita

  • fallgirl29

    Ok, it's official. Going to Paris and getting a facial by Joelle Ciocco is now at the top of my bucket list.....

  • Christina

    I think the term "hippy" used by anyone on this site should be taken with the context of the fashion and beauty world. By textbook definition, a hippy probably doesn't have scads of amazing leather handbags and more lipstick than Barney's makeup counters. From this short, focused interview, Lori Goldstein seems like an amazing human with a great sense of humor as well as style. Fillers may not be in the Code of the Hippy, but saying these like this: "You have to follow your own gut and heart, and I’m grateful that these things exist, and that I know how far to go" absolutely is. I think the hippy spirit lies in following dreams, listening to your heart, loving the earth and yourself. If that includes fillers, to each her own. I'd join the Lori Goldstein commune at the drop of a hat!

  • http://Calu.typepad.com Marcela

    I love, love this post, and I am in love with this woman. I like a lot of the same things that she likes, she gives so many tips.
    I really like top shelf posts.
    The thing about the bath, and the oils I love it.

  • http://destroytheyouth.tumblr.com Shea Jenkins

    NARS pencils, the Dragon Girl… great color. I find myself gravitating more towards NARS products.

    @IM2DARLING

  • http://www.arsaromatica.blogspot.com Dain

    She didn't call herself a hippie, but that she's been using Dr. Bronner's since the hippie days, to demonstrate her fidelity to the product.

    • kate

      and I quote: "I’m half hippie"

      And yes, as someone else mentioned - hippie has lost all meaning.

      • tracy

        She's probably one of the few people reading this website who was actually alive and aware when the hippie days were happening, so i say she can use that term as much as she wants! And, as someone who's also getting older, I've experienced how my attitudes towards aging have changed- I'd still like to age gracefully, but it is really a big bummer to see how the years are changing you. I don't think anyone is happy about those changes, and working in the fashion/beauty business probably doesn't make it any easier to age.

  • Alyssa

    Nice! A real woman with real opinions using real products! I dig it.

  • jsc

    Is that beautiful milky counter top the agate? So much softer and prettier than usual granite. What a lovely choice. Wish we could see the whole room. And, thank you for featuring someone a bit older than 30. I think beauty becomes more complex as we age. As a 50ish woman, it's most fascinating and comforting to read about others' choices.

  • http://www.bpjewelry.com Jill

    So refreshingly honest. I really enjoyed this addition to your site!

  • Stephanie

    I appreciate her candor. At least she doesn't lie about using fillers unlike celebrities who shall remain nameless and say they look good for their age due to "exercise," "an organic diet," and "genetics."

  • Dianna

    I appreciate her honesty and I think I can see WHAT she means when she explains her approach to aging. Thanks for the great post!

  • http://www.beautyandthestreet.net Amber

    I am totally on her with the messy hair. Mine is naturally kinky/curly and I love it sooo much, I even get upset when I wash it and it looks all shiny haha...I loveee after those first few days from a fresh wash and it looks very crazy. I also adore her obsession with body oils what's life without them? Lovely, lovely piece!

    xx

    beautyandthestreet.net

  • mimi

    absolutely LOVE this. so great to someone be very honest about their regime and their beauty beliefs!
    i love all her products!

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    I really dig Lori's outlook. She's a "friend in my head". such great fashion style too. The Nars "girl about town" is a very popular lipstick that works well with a variety of skin colors.

  • http://virtuallystunning.blogspot.com David

    My favorite so far! & I definitely need to try Moroccan oil! :D

    Have a Good Day!

    David

    VirtuallyStunning.blogspot.com

    • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

      I'm curious about Moroccan oil too. If I try it I post will post something in the comments for you ladies.

  • http://www.sistersinblackfrocks.blogspot.com erika

    i really love the sage motherly advice. keep em coming

  • Kim

    The thing about aging is that on the inside you feel like you're 30 and one day you realize that the outside is suddenly not matching and I do mean suddenly. It's not an easy thing to find that balance. Really you can't judge until you cross that bridge.

    • Sinead

      Amen!

  • ti toan

    love how comfortable she is in her skin and her comment on how you do not know how you're going to react in a couple of years.
    i'm also quite interested in the magnesium you buy at the pharmacy. i live near France and would love to try it. would it be possible to have the reference ? that would be fantastic

  • Laura j

    Wow great interview. Very honest. Keep up the great work Emily!

  • Capitalist Pancake

    It's interesting, all we see are people who look 'done' or 'overdone' (in terms of surgery/procedures). I once read an article on a wealthy, much older socialite (very under the radar as far as name)/art collector who didn't look like she had anything done, still had wrinkles and some bags, just looked appropriate but good for her age. Apparently on her 70th or something she asked around her friends and went to the doctor who had done work that didn't look like 'work'. Which brings up an interesting point about what she said about art and procedures - there must be doctors out there who do the work based on them doing an age appropriate complement to the person, rather than the full Barbie like we're used to seeing. There are plenty of women who slather on tons of badly done makeup or wear clothes that are completely age-inappropriate because they think they look 20 yrs younger as a result (mistakenly), and to me, that all comes from the same place in your head, as far as ego or insecurity is concerned. It's probably more amplified (in the views of others) though, in the case of procedures, as most of them are invasive and quite a few are permanent.

  • https://thebeautyphilosopher.com TheBeautyPhilosopher

    I covet her stash! So pretty to look at.
    Can anyone tell me what shade those two Nars pink glosses are near the foreground of the third last photo? The colour is gorgeous!

  • http://theformergirlatbar.blogspot.com/ Alexis

    If I had a tub like that, I would never leave the house.

  • Patty

    This is my first read of the morning! Fantastic interviews. I especially enjoy the focus on natural holistic skin care. Please more interviews with facialists! Differing perspectives on skin care is fascinating.
    Thank you!

  • Iggy

    For me, it's sad that we're pressured into trying to remain eternally young. I don't understand how it could be beneficial to a person's self esteem to deny the normal, natural processes of growing older. There's a power in getting older. I love to buy into beauty as much as anybody, in it's more celebratory, embellishing forms (searching for unique and complimentary shades of powder and lipstick). Perhaps that's a false distinction. Hopefully in the future we'll figure 'beauty' out ;)

  • http://www.ellebeautiful.wordpress.com Elle

    Your stories are so great. There is something so fascinating about seeing the private aspects of people's lives. And I love reading all their beauty product raves!

  • http://www.chicnoirhouse.blogspot.com chic noir

    I like how Lori used the Hermes box to stash her lipsticks. With the Top Shelf feature I find myself as curious about what people use to store their cosmetics as I am with the actual cosmetics.

  • JM

    I was also hoping for a bathroom shot.

  • Maggie

    This has to be one of my favorite interviews! I don't see how people are criticizing her for saying she is a half hippie regarding using some natural and some unnatural products. "Half" is the operative word! Love her honesty and I think she is adorable!

    • http://thebeautyphilosopher.com TheBeautyPhilosopher

      I agree. Besides, even if she were 'full' hippy why should anyone criticize her? Beauty is beauty and love of beauty products, rituals and pampering has nothing to do with the type or quantity of product a woman uses.

  • amarie

    i love her attitude! i was smiling while i read it.

  • Crest

    The nerve of anyone reading an online fashion/beauty blog to even argue about the proper use of "hippie".

    • stella

      EXACTLY what I was thinking! Thank you!

  • amyC

    Love how she stockpiles the Marvis & bath products. Loved reading this :)

  • leinti nti

    i love her honesty, her sense of humour and she DOES look great.

  • http://sequinharvest.com/ Sequinharvest

    I have ALWAYS been a HUGE fan of Lori's...if you haven't already check her out on Stlyelikeu.com

  • Chloe

    Ha, so she keeps her hippie status if she uses thousands of dollars worth of products from Paris, but it's "OMG SHE'S NOT A HIPPIE!!1!" because she gets fillers? Oh please. As a normal reader of this site (which is basically dedicated to the pursuit of vanity) I appreciate it when the interviewees are as candid as possible. I am still a few years away from 30, but I was excited to see an older woman featured. And of course I am even more curious about Joëlle Ciocco. D=

  • http://stylesouk.wordpress.com Style Souk

    Without question, this is my favourite interview featured here.

    Our cultural - and, indeed, personal - pursuit of youth and artificial perfection is in overdrive, yet Lori seems to have a realistic and celebratory attitude towards ageing.

    She looks beautiful and her honesty only enhances that.

    Sarah x

  • Delaney Eubanks

    I love Lori's honesty I hope I can age with as much gracefulness as she has.

    PS: I adore your blog wish you would post more often. But when you do it's well worth the wait.

  • Andy

    I have only just recently stumbled across this website and am so in love I can't help but read all the archived posts. This article is fantastic, just like all the rest. Skin care interests me so much more then make up and fashion (though not by much) and I love these voyeuristic articles showing us the behind the scenes of these beautiful people's beauty regimes. I've already picked up so much from a week of reading this site and it's been the inspiration for my Christmas wishlist. However, I had to comment here seeing so many people's responses criticizing this woman for caving under the pressure of media to look younger - this is by no means something new created by today's society! Yes, the media has over-exaggerated this and with the development of cosmetic surgery it can become ugly, but it's an animal instinct ingrained in us. We are simply animals and at one point the only goals in our lives was to survive and procreate. Men were only attracted to young fertile woman; so woman color their hair blonde, shave/wax/trim anything that has naturally developed after puberty (legs, underarms, pubic, etc.), and try to keep their skin as smooth and flawless as possible. The same way woman are instinctively attracted to someone who is rich, powerful, who can look after and provide for her and any children they have. Botox might not be natural or organic, but there's no reason to criticize her for not growing old "gracefully" - she looks pretty gorgeous, graceful and happy to me! And HONEST!

  • http://www.mylifeinbeauty.com anita

    Dear Emily,

    Could we find out more about ampules of Magnesium? Like the brand and directions on how to use? I'm very curious : ) Would love to try them.

    Merci!
    xoxo

  • Inbox2001-misc

    Addicted to ITG's the TOPSHELF. More please.

  • Amanda

    Love this. Every inch of it. She's a character and a delight!

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