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The Dutch Designer Sabine Marcelis’s Beauty Regimen

Left: Sabine Marcelis has collaborated with La Prairie since 2021, mentoring young artists and creating objects and installations for the brand. Right: clockwise from top left: Davines Oi conditioner, $47,; Diptyque Paris Mimosa candle, $74,; La Prairie Skin Caviar Harmony L’Extrait, $860,; Susanne Kaufmann Bath for the Senses, $70,; Byredo Blanche eau de parfum, $205,; Davines Minu hair serum, $30,; MAC Cosmetics MACStack mascara, $28,; Chanel La Palette Sourcils brow wax and brow powder duo in 02 Medium, $52,…Left: courtesy of La Prairie. Right: courtesy of the brands

Interview by Caitie Kelly

I shower and wash my face with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Milky Cleanser. I like to use body washes that I bring back from my travels to remind me of those trips: I have this Kokum Almond Cleansing Shower Oil that I got on a trip to India that smells so good. Because I dye my hair, it’s quite thirsty — I use L’Oréal Professionnel Purple Shampoo to keep the yellow out, and Davines Oi Conditioner. I always use Davines Minu Hair Serum when I blow dry my hair and finish with Oi Oil.

La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Liquid Lift wakes my skin up. For moisture, I use Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and then every second or third day, I’ll put on Skin Caviar Harmony L’Extrait. I feel like it’s feeding my skin. For makeup, I basically only wear a light bronzer to even out my skin tone, mascara and a little bit of an eyebrow wand. This New Zealand brand called Thin Lizzy has a 6in1 Professional Face Powder Compact that I’ve used for 18 years. I’ve tried to find fancy alternatives, but there’s just nothing as good as this. For mascara, I use MACStack; the eyebrow wand is MAC Eye Brows Big Boost Fibre Gel. If I’m going out, I like to wear Chanel lipstick in a hard-core vampy red, like the shade 57 Rouge Feu, with a gloss. Or I have a Chanel brow product that I’ll put on my eyes quite heavily. All day long I wear Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. I was recently on a work trip to Atlanta and picked up a new flavor, Cucumber Mint. I use Byredo Vetyver Lotion on my body, and in the studio I have La Prairie Cellular Hand Cream to give my hands a bit of attention after I’ve done labor- intensive stuff.

At night, I wash my face with water, and just before going to bed I put on Skin Caviar Nighttime Oil. I love the way it smells. For perfume, I’m currently wearing Byredo Blanche. I like the fresh cottony smell of that. My friends have this brand called Aeir and my boyfriend wears their Virgin Olive scent; another one we like is Grand Rose. He layers them. I’m a big bath person and I have this supernice oil from Susanne Kaufman. I smell delicious afterward and my skin is so nourished. My favorite scent in the whole world is mimosa. When I can’t get that smell from the flower itself, I like to burn Diptyque’s candle. I also have this maple syrup candle that is insanely good. A lot of wintry smells are spicy and this doesn’t have that at all — it’s still fresh.

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A 17th-Century Palace Turned Serene Small Hotel in Palma, Majorca

The lounge, and behind it the open kitchen, at Portella, a 17th-century palace that’s been transformed into a 14-room hotel in Palma, Majorca.Credit…Bárbara Vidal

By Gisela Williams

Majorca’s creative renaissance might be easiest to access in its capital, the city of Palma, a short direct flight from European cities like London and Paris. Ambitious restaurants, world-class galleries and independent boutiques are tucked between Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture and, in the last decade or so, several historic palazzos have been transformed into exceptional boutique hotels. The latest is Portella, a 14-room property opened this week by the brother-and-sister team Enrique and Inés Miró-Sans (she previously launched Casa Bonay, a fashionable hotel in Barcelona) and designed by the Paris-based design duo Festen. Hugo Sauzay, a co-founder of Festen along with his partner, Charlotte de Tonnac, says the couple intended to create “an oasis of calm and green in the city.” They drew on the history of the 17th-century palazzo, which is near Palma’s 11th-century Arab baths. Ten of the bedrooms include a small kitchen, but otherwise each is unique. One has a Joan Miró lithograph hanging over a long, cobalt blue couch surrounded by vintage Moroccan chairs. De Tonnac and Sauzay worked with local artisans such as the heritage glass company Gordiola to create a number of bespoke pieces. Visitors can spend time in the larger open kitchen on the ground floor or in the leafy courtyard, both closed to the general public. “We want guests to feel like it’s their home,” says Inés Miró-Sans, “but the most idealistic and indulgent version of one.” From about $320 a night,

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