8 Best Face Masks Transform Your Skin While You Sleep

Face masks, we love! But who has the time?! Still, our skin could use the pampering. That’s why these face masks are extra amazing — you can do them all in your sleep. These eight are the best face masks on shelves now, and each has a slightly different goal, (and a different mix of ingredients) so you can get exactly what you need, plus some Zs. That means you can literally sleep your way to better skin.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask 

Rodial’s take on a sleep mask incorporates one of the brand’s signatures: dragon’s blood (not real), which plumps and hydrates. It’s a thin, fun-to-apply gel which smells a bit like fruit punch and feels potently moisturizing from first application.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

The Kiehl’s take on the skincare trend is all about replenishing the skin’s water reserves. On at night (you’re actually meant to tissue off all but a thin layer to sleep in), rehydrated by morning.

Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask

Formulated with hyaluronic acid + Tata’s signature essential oils, this mask has a serum-like texture and a calming, bedtime-appropriate smell.

Dr. Jart Water Max Sleeping Mask 

A light as air gel mask that’s all about hydration. This one feels so good to put on that its tempting to use significantly more than the recommended 2-3 pumps.

Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask 

Erno Laszlo’s formula is literally to face masks what a tempur-pedic is to pillows. It’s pale pink, weightless, and bouncy texture glides on the skin making a dent in the product, but when you go to re-apply the next day, the surface is smooth again–like magic. It relies on ingredients like desert succulent, prickly pear, and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids to re-hydrate and plump the skin.

Sulwhasoo Overnight Vitalizing Mask

This Korean skincare brand (so you pretty much know they’re good) formulates their sleep mask with walnut extract and hyaluronic acid for hydration, while white mulberry extract helps to calm redness and irritation.

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

If you’ve never tried Boscia’s tsubaki (that’s the camellia flower) line of products, here’s one to start with. With it’s lovely light fragrant, smell, and potent mix of Asian power-ingredients (in addition to the tsubaki oil there’s Japanese sea kelp and rice bran oil, this feels like a treat to go to sleep in.

Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 

Some have compared this magic mask to botox. With ingreidnets like black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract, Fresh’s mask works to inhibit damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin’s elasticity. If you’ve tried anything from the Fresh black tea collection, then you know the scent is light and refreshing.

Send Your Lips to Rehab: How to Get an Extra Kissable Pout in Time for Spring

It’s been a brutal winter/spring (!?)…there are in fact rumored reports of snow this coming Saturday. While we rush to repair our wind-chapped faces though, let’s not forget our delicate lips!  To combat that rough, dry feeling, we all know and hate (not to mention the icky appearance of peeling lips), we’ve curated a complete set of lip treats: masks and scrubs to exfoliate the lips and get them smooth, oils and antioxidant repair creams to restore moisture to ensure your plumpest pout and finally soothing balms to complete the lip rehab experience.

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Watch Your Exclusive Video Horoscope From Fresh + Susan Miller

Photo: DORN + CARBONE. Editor: Alyssa Shapiro. 

Here’s a treat for a winter Wednesday. Susan Miller (of Astrology Zone) has teamed up with Fresh in honor of the brand’s chic new zodiac soaps to dispense astrological wisdom in the form of short but informative videos. Ms. Miller is already daily reading, or app-clicking for many of us, so what a treat to have her a) forecast the year to come, and b), provide an exclusive product recommendation based on the forecast. Seriously: fellow Tauruses: apparently, we’re going to fall in love this year, and it’s time to get some Honeysuckle perfume stat to set the mood.

Scroll down, find your sign, and enjoy.

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Mother’s Day Picks: 10 Luxe Candy Combos for the Woman in Your Life

Dean & Deluca’s Tattoo-esque Mother’s Day Cookies (Edible, and Less Permanent)

Mother’s Day is Sunday, have you picked out a gift for mom yet? If you’re drawing a blank, we’ve got you covered. Moms everywhere will be thrilled to get anything in our Mother’s Day guide. From beautiful jewels to sumptuous skincare and beauty goodies to the ultimate sweet treats, you’re good. Click through our picks below.

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Photography by Daniel Huskey; Creative direction by Vince Patti

Summer 2013 Preview: The Year the Hamptons Grew Up

With Memorial Day weekend charging down at us like a set of double overhead barrels at the now slightly less comfortable Ditch Plains, there’s little time for us to wax poetic about every little detail that’s happened in the Hamptons since our pre-preseason breakdown back in March, and there is even less time for you to read it, because nobody wants to be mincing about on the internet during the best long weekend of the summer. Not even us. So let’s get into it shall we? (Click on any bolded venue name for the BlackBook Guides review.)

All the cultural metrics that we’ve pored through point to one overarching theme: this summer, the Hamptons will be a little more mature. Not in a bad way, mind you. There will still be moments where the new threads you bought that day are soaked down the front with jungle juice before the sun has even gone down, and you’ll still find yourself in a circle goading a shirtless 20-something in board shorts and a starter cap who seems to have a Kool-Aid mustache to do something massively risky/painful/hilarious. Rest assured those moments will still happen, even if Town Board fun-sponges don’t want it happening at Indian Wells Beach.

The real difference is that last season the Montauk bar and restaurant scene blew up like a grow-in-water toy placed in pint glass of 151 and then put in a microwave. This year that model of insouciance and everybody’s-gone-wild attitude seems to have shifted. Who knows, maybe we’re all still a little hung over.

Rather than new Montauk restaurant bars with sailor tattoo flash painted on the walls and miniature buoys for cocktail swizzles, the restaurant scene is catering more toward those of us who want a great meal but don’t want to wait 40 minutes to use a port-a-john.

So what defines a more “sophisticated” restaurant opening? Delmonico’s of Southampton has moved into the old Savanna’s space on Elm Street. Bringing out some of the classic fare from their old-boys club in the Financial District (Est. 1837), the Hamptons outpost will be supplementing their traditional menu with more locally-sourced seafood dishes to suitably lighten the repertoire for summer in Southampton.

Longtime local favorite the New Paradise Café has been replaced by a new venture by Michael Gluckman called Madison & Main, a moderately priced, self avowed kid-friendly restaurant that has a new outdoor back deck and a raw bar (take that, American Hotel). Throw a couple dry aged steaks or a split lobster on their wood-fired grill and we’ll be there in a heartbeat.

A little farther down Main Street in Sag Harbor, Jeff Resnick and his partners Tora and Jesse Matsuoka have rebranded Phao into the nouveau American gastropub the Cuddy that does exactly what a traditional gastropub should: couple pub-style comfort foods with a high level of culinary execution. The redesigned interior and hand-crafted cocktail list enhance an atmosphere that swaddles you with reclaimed wood, artisanal cocktails, and food that’s at once recognizable and familiar, yet refined and delicate. Kind of like a ‘70s-era Ford pickup, but with a modern interior from Bentley.

What we have literally been drooling over is Fresh, the new spot by chef/owner Todd Jacobs. Jacobs, whose resume includes the American Hotel and Tierra Mar, has opened a restaurant that will have the most locally obsessed farm-to-table fanatics—be they vegans or carnivores—swooning. Everything they serve is as organic as ocean air, and you can build dishes to your own tastes and even control portion size. Even Michael "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants" Pollan would be thrilled.

Out in party central Montauk, lemonade/juice kings Sweet’tauk has partnered with Brooklyn’s Red Hook Lobster Pound in a total beach-treat paradise that (gasp) doesn’t even serve alcohol. This joint venture will reopen the rapidly vanishing niche of “places I’d go for lunch in Montauk with my spouse and our three small children without having to worry about overhearing some loud and filthily intriguing conversation regarding last night’s festive romp.” Also, although we have no issues with them, a little friendly competition might incite a lobster roll gap with The Lobster Roll and The Clam Bar. This we’d like to see.

Before moving on to the few instances of jeroboams, sparklers, and, in one wildly hyperbolic bit of insanity (or brilliance), parachutes, there is this thing we heard about.

Got 50 G’s sitting around in your sock drawer? Love wine? Well hot damn, you’ll love this: billionaire owner of the Houston Rockets Leslie Alexander is opening a wine club/storage cellar/rich-folks-need-hobbies-too club in Bridgehampton called Société du Vin. $50,000 (or £32,000, FYI) will allow you access to the 630-square meter facility, which was designed by Hollywood set designer–and Gerard Butler’s Manhattan loft designer–Elvis Restaino. See how that works?

Why, you may ask? Apparently Mr. Alexander felt that none of the other doomsday billionaire wine bunkers provided a convenient way to engender both storage and the ability to share with friends. Seriously? For around $10,000 we could install a really big wine fridge in our office and pay for a dedicated “wine line” to call our friends and invite them over. In any case, we’re pretty sure this won’t encourage the 1% to come East and start filling funnels with Chateau la Tour.

So what about those of us without scads of money who still want to visit the Hamptons and get filthy on overpriced bottles of vino? Well for you kind sirs and gentle ladies, we have Sienna Restaurant & Ultralounge. Picking up where Beaumarchais left off in the multipurpose club space/restaurant that is 44 Three Mile Harbor Rd. Sienna is bringing the UES’s TBar Steak & Lounge, sprinkling in a dash of the boozy brunch we all know so well, and adding it in equal parts to a Pink Elephant cocktail after 11pm. If you think we’re being snarky, consider this: all jokes aside, Pink Elephant’s David Sarner and Robert Montwaid really do know how to throw an awesome party, so while it’s fun to mock that poor, bewildered girl with smeared eye makeup rummaging through her broken Fendi bag asking everyone for a ride home or a cigarette, we can only do so with confidence because we’ve been in her shoes, possibly more than once. But we’re not on trial here.

We mentioned parachutes earlier. This is good. Day & Night is going to be back at Gurney’s Inn four times this year: Memorial Day, July 4 weekend, August 3 weekend, and Labor Day. On Memorial Day (we’re not kidding at all by the way) a member of the Dual Groupe family will personally deliver a magnum of Dom Perignon to a lucky table from 13,500 feet… by parachute. That’s right. This bottle will be chilled not by liquid nitrogen, or the whirling palm fronds of a thousand belly dancers, but rather by a 13,000-foot free fall through the sky. There is nothing more we can add to this than the litany of thoughts that have already passed through your head.

What else… The Crow’s Nest expanded and added some private bungalows, a bunch of Swedish chefs (we know) will be hosted at the Living Room c/o Maidstone Hotel this summer, and the Standard Hotel is joining the list of hotels that are offering sea plane service to the Hamptons this summer through StndAIR, (potentially at a discount as well, which has us totally interested).

So close that zip file, drop the mouse, and set that chair a-spinning for your first weekend in the new, more mature Hamptons. And if a bottle of Dom happens to alight upon your head from somewhere in the sub-stratosphere, consider yourself blessed. 

[Related: BlackBook Hamptons Guide; Hamptons 2013 Pre-Preview; The Hottest Hamptons Hotels for Summer 2013; More by Colin M. Graham; Follow Colin on Twitter for more Hamptons scoops; Download the free, GPS-enabled BlackBook City Guides for iPhone and Android; Reminisce on beach day’s past with last year’s Hamptons 2012 Preview and Post-Season Wrap-up]

Beers, Breads, and Buns at Landbrot, German Bakery and Bar

Sometimes a restaurant opens in New York that makes you wonder, “How did this not exist before? How did we live without it?” It’s a rare, divine occurrence, and the first dining experience at this kind of place is filled with a lot of head-scratching, unfinished sentences (“I just… I don’t know… where do I… begin?”), and cleaned plates. If this is something you have yet to experience, then stop into Landbrot, the new German bar and bakery in the West Village and LES. With one bite of their just-baked salted pretzel, a sip of Hoss Holzar beer, and a scoop of German chocolate cake, you’ll realize Landbrot is that kind of place, and there’s no living without it.

Let us remind you that Landbrot (German for “country bread”) is a German bakery and bar, meaning that they offer – in one place – most of what makes life so wonderful: fresh and fluffy breads and pretzels; rare German beers on tap; smoked salmon, ham, and cheese sandwiches; and warm apple strudel.
 
Eating and drinking is welcomed at the bar or a table, where you get an unbeatable floor-to-ceiling windowed view of all the curious passersby who are admiring your herring sandwich from afar. The brats, sausages, and “frankfurters” are equally as enviable.
 
At Landbrot, it’s hard to name what dish is the star of the show, as this spot satisfies all-day needs, from a cup of drip coffee and a sweet bun or muffin, to a salad, jelly doughnut, and a pint. And with the 185 Orchard St. location staying open until 4am, six days a week, skip the decision-making process and just go all day and night. Or why not sleep there? With all of the freshly baked goods delivered via glass dumbwaiter at the West Village shop, perhaps you can just crawl right into the tray and no one will see.

Industry Insiders: Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi, the Gurus Behind Bar Lab

When it’s time to get your drink on, Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi are the men to know in Miami. The mixology gurus behind Bar Lab, a consulting service respondible for the cocktail menus at such nightlife mainstays as Gansevoort South hotel and W South Beach, embody an encyclopedia knowledge of spirits, mixers, garnishes, and glassware. This knowledge has won them devoted fans across the Magic City. So what’s the secret to their booming success? The two alchemists fill us in.

How has mixology changed over the years?
Elad Zvi: It has changed a lot and is always evolving. A while back, bartenders were using sugar-based juices and not-so-good ingredients. Now it’s all about freshness and the quality of your product.
 
What are some mixology rules that you’ve broken? 
Zvi: One of my favorites is the belief that classic cocktails should only be made certain ways; today there are many ways to make a classic, like frozen or tiki-style.
 
Your thoughts on wine.
Gabriel Orta: Wine is great! So many different wines in the market right now are actually great for cocktails. Some of my favorite wine regions are Portland, New Zealand and Argentina.
 
Pairing cocktails with your meal…yay or “wine-only” territory?
Orta: Yes!!!! More and more chefs are doing this now. Cocktails permit for more ingredients that actually support the meal. We do a monthly pairing dinner with different chefs in Miami, with great success.
 
Where do you go to hang out and drink?
Orta: In Miami we like to hang out at The Dutch, Sra. Martinez, Tropical Chinese; but really, our favorite place to hang is the ocean. It’s the best place to get inspired.
 
What makes the cocktails you design so out-of-the-ordinary?
Zvi: We always use ingredients that are unique and exotic. We like ingredients from the Middle East, India, Asia, and South America.
 
What do all master mixologists have in common?
Orta: We all come from the hospitality industry, so no matter how much we have accomplished or know about the art of cocktailing, we are all here to give our guests a great experience.
 
Is there a spirit or an ingredient you won’t use?
Zvi: Spirit-wise, I like them all. But the one fruit I wouldn’t touch is durian. The smell and taste is just too strong. It overpowers everything.
 
What is the next frontier in mixology?
Orta: Now is all about the ice; from shaved ice to block of ice to different shapes, ice is one of the most important ingredients in a cocktail. Also, cocktails on tab…instead of draft beer, you can have a Manhattan or a margarita on tab made from fresh ingredients.

Fridays at the Sephora Beauty Studio

Sephora, our favorite one-stop shopping destination for all things beauty, will be launching a neat in-store initiative on April 8th. Each Friday through the end of May, all 15 Sephora locations in Manhattan will be hosting interactive beauty events featuring some of the world’s top beauty brands. Meet the faces behind Fresh, or get tips from Josie Maran herself while also taking advantage of a free express service en route to work or after-work cocktails (I prefer the latter).

Services and brands change weekly so check out the http://bbook.com/guides/details/sephora-midtown-east-shop-new-york-10003www.sephora.com/go/fridaysatthesephorabeautystudio ” title=”calendar on Sephora’s website”>calendar on Sephora’s website before you pop in for a freebie makeover (no appointment necessary, but perhaps a bit of line-cutting needed).

A few highlights for this Friday, April 8th:

Josie Maran at Sephora Flatiron, 119 Fifth Avenue, 2 – 8 pm: Flawless Complexion Express Service Achieve a radiant complexion in just 5 easy steps with the Josie Maran makeup collection that is infused with her signature, all-natural Argan Oil – perfect to celebrate Earth month!

Fresh at Sephora 5 Times Square, 200 W 42nd Street, 3-9 pm: Sugar Lip Bar Visit the Fresh Sugar Lip Bar to experience award winning age-delay lip care and learn how to get sweet, kissable lips!

Peter Thomas Roth at Sephora SoHo, 555 Broadway, 1-7 pm: Meet Brand Founder, Peter Thomas Roth from 1-3pm Enjoy an Everyday Eye Treatment Express Service and also be on the lookout for Peter Thomas Roth himself!

Bumble & bumble at Sephora 5th Avenue, 1-7 pm: Express Hair How-To Learn dry styling techniques from the Bumble & bumble style experts and receive personalized product recommendations to keep your locks looking their best.