Ren Clean Skincare

I've been using the Multi-Tasking After Shave Balm from UK-based Ren Clean Skincare for the past couple weeks. A non-greasy formula, the balm is well balanced, neither too thick nor too thin. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling healed. The smooth-action dispenser is well-designed, dispensing a perfect amount for use in one pump. The balm is unscented; all Ren Skincare products do not …

Ron Mueck: Brooklyn Museum

You might have already heard, but it’s worth a reminder that time is running out to see Ron Mueck's solo exhibition of eleven extraordinary works at the Brooklyn Museum through 4 February 2007. Known for his empathetic renderings, the sculptures are startingly lifelike—so much so that it was easier to look at the sculptures that had their eyes closed, because only then could you feel …

Six Out-of-the-Hearth Fireplaces

Sooty, ashy and smoky, traditional fireplaces can be more hassle than their mood-setting abilities are worth (and if you've seen Factory Girl, the romance of a fire looks especially trite when it sets a clichéd sex scene). These downsides look all the more dismal considering the environmental hazards posed by such an inefficient heat source. What follows are CH picks to keep you warm, eco-friendly …